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abusive architecture job posting of the week
April 20, 2009, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Economy, Work Life
The economy is bad, and there are lots of architects out of work, but no need for this level of abuse.

“We are looking for interns unafraid to question the basic premises of architecture and to operate far beyond its boundaries, in territories more familiar to history, philosophy, economics, and religion. AUDC is a radical architecture practice….Please see our Web site http://www.audc.org/ and our book, Blue Monday, for more about us. Please do not apply if you have not looked at these…AUDC principals will be in the office three to five days a week, but interns are expected to be self-starters…. AUDC is a radical architecture practice that is a labor of love, not a for-profit….We regret that all internships in 2009 are unpaid, … .Please bring your own computers and software (e.g. CS4, CAD, Office). … PCs are acceptable…..We look to fill three positions, one centered on video, one on graphics, and one on research. Application to be submitted as a single PDF (8MB maximum) document including:
Cover letter
Resume/CV
Portfolio
Letters of recommendation”

Good grief, letters of recommendation for an unpaid internship where you are expected to provide your own computer and thousands of dollars of software??



Architect as Secretary of HUD
December 15, 2008, 8:15 pm
Filed under: Architecture, North America, Politics, Urban Design

Shaun Donovan, armed with degrees in architecture and public policy from Harvard’s GSD and Kennedy School, is Obama’s nominee for HUD. In 2004 he foresaw the subprime crisis, which means he is a sharper cookie than 99.99% of Wall Street.

New York HPD bio

New York Times profile

Interview with Gwendolyn Wright in the Architects’ Newspaper

And an interview with the Observer.



Obama’s audacious public works
December 15, 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Design, Economy, North America, Politics, Transportation

In the Boston Globe, Bob Campbell comments on Barack Obama’s proposed public works program: “The audacity of hope for better public works.”

In his radio announcement, Obama mentioned roads and bridges, sewer systems, schools, mass transit, electrical grids, dams and other public utilities, windmills and solar panels, and expanded access to the Internet.

Nothing in there specifically about architecture.




“What recession?” Green Architects Say
November 14, 2008, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, Economy, Green

Matt Chaban writes about the one bright spot in the design economy in the Architect’s Newspaper.



McDonald’s, WalMart, Subway, Oh My!
November 9, 2008, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Design, Economy, Green, North America

retailers go green, big time.



Big box stores go green
August 11, 2008, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Design, Green

From the New York Times. I’ve seen dozens of student projects propose photovoltaics for big box roofs over the years. Why did it take so long for these stores?

Graphic from the New York Times

Graphic from the New York Times



Albert Speer Jr helped design the master plan for Beijing Olympics
August 8, 2008, 6:02 pm
Filed under: Asia, Urban Design
Albert Speer Jr

Albert Speer Jr

"Bird's Nest" National Stadium, Herzog de Meuron

"Bird's Nest" National Stadium, Herzog de Meuron

Albert Speer Jr, an architect and urban planner like his father, helped design the master plan for Beijing’s Olympics. He was tasked with laying out the plan for access to the Olympics complex, focusing on the construction of an imposing avenue, which connects the Forbidden City and the National Stadium, aka Bird’s Nest.

From The Guardian and The Times of London.




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