Architalks: Architecture of Change

US / Mexico Border Fence - Arizona

US / Mexico Border Fence – Arizona

Where will our profession be in five years? Ten? Twenty?

In the last few decades the field of architecture has rapidly evolved. Older (unfulfilled) concepts like prefabrication have given way to new means of digital fabrication, and the very way we build seems to forever be poised to make the technological leap to the next generation of building. Yet somehow, we never seem to get there.

Elytra Filament Pavilion

A generation of architects chomping at the bit to lead the profession, inspired by the community service ethos of Samuel Mockbee, studying through their academic years of the ultra-precise digital fabrication of Frank Gehry and Erik Owen Moss find themselves at a crossroads of technology and civilization that scarcely seemed possible just two decades ago.

However, in an era of 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities, the largest infrastructure project on the American agenda is an eighteen to thirty foot tall border wall, some two-thousand miles long. At a time where our technological capabilities seem something out of science fiction, when the battlefield is transitioning from boots and rifles to UAVs and cyber warfare, the greatest nation of the world is about to embark on a multi-billion dollar investment that’s only slightly more advanced than a medieval city wall.

Monteriggioni – 13th Century Border Wall

It remains to be seen what forms the next great architectural movement will take, if there is one. The greatest architectural minds are working hard today to find solutions to some of mankind’s greatest challenges. Refugee housing crises, climate change, and a host of other challenges are not just technical problems, but social and economic problems. It’s my sincere hope that as a society we begin to invest as much in solving these problems as we so building walls and dropping bombs.

Whether we realize it or not, we live in a designed world. The question is: will this be a design for destruction or for a sustainable new world that we can safely hand down to our children and our children’s children?

Bruce Mau

Thoughts from the rest of the #ArchiTalks crew on Architecture and Change:

Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks : Architecture of Change

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
architecture for change

Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)

Evan Troxel – Archispeak Podcast / TRXL (@etroxel)

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Architect(ure) of Change

Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Architecture of Change

Cormac Phalen – Cormac Phalen (@archy_type)

Nicholas Renard – Renard Architecture (@dig-arch)

Andrew Hawkins, AIA – Hawkins Architecture, Inc. (@hawkinsarch)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
architecture of change: #architalks

Jes Stafford – MODwelling (@modarchitect)

Cindy Black – Rick & Cindy Black Architects (*)

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Change — The Document Evolution

Rosa Sheng – EquitybyDesign [EQxD] (@EquityxDesign)

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
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Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)

Amy Kalar – ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)

Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
The Architecture of Change: R/UDAT

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Architecture = Change

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
My Architecture of Change / Hitting Pause to Redesign My Life

Jonathan Brown – Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)

Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)

Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)

Brinn Miracle – Architangent (@architangent)
Architecture of Change: Building a Legacy

David Molinaro – Relax2dmax (@relax2dmax)

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)

Daniel Beck – The Architect’s Checklist (@archchecklist)

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)

Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)

Lindsey Rhoden – SPARC Design (@sparcdesignpc)

Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)

Greg Croft – Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)

Courtney Casburn Brett – Casburn Brett (@CasburnBrett)

Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Imagining the Future of Architecture

Aaron Bowman – Product & Process (@PP_Podcast)

Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture

Kyu Young Kim – J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)

Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
The art of Architecture of Change

Karen E. Williams – (@karenewilliams3)

Jared W. Smith – Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)

Rusty Long – Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
Architecture of Change

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)

Adam Denais – Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)

Ken Saginario – Twelfth Street Studio ()

Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
The Architecture of Change

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One Comment

  1. Posted April 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I’d enjoy discussing this post with you over coffee some day.


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