Museum as Process, University of California, Davis, USA, 2016

m.XX, Berlin, Germany, 2016

Future Work, Design Miami, Basel, Switzerland, 2016

“Learning Curves,” August 1, 2016.

Our discipline’s understandable rejection of the behaviorist determinism of modernist design dogmas might have come at an unanticipated high price. The resulting not-so-newly found freedoms—after all, it’s been decades since the rejections of the Modulor, or Pattern Language—have not been reciprocated in allied fields like campus planning and the like. We architects have been left behind in broader cultural conversations that coopt and resituate empiricist terms to correlate buildings and audiences, inhabitants and users. For as we architects have freed […]

Our discipline’s understandable rejection of the behaviorist determinism of modernist design dogmas might have come at an unanticipated high price. The resulting not-so-newly found freedoms—after all, it’s been decades since the rejections of the Modulor, or Pattern Language—have not been reciprocated in allied fields like campus planning and the like. We architects have been left behind in broader cultural conversations that coopt and resituate empiricist terms to correlate buildings and audiences, inhabitants and users. For as we architects have freed ourselves from any faith in determinism, an entire industry has emerged to assert a kind of parametrics of correlation between objects and subjects, frameworks and performances. Sadly it is not difficult to imagine this kind of jargon: “if we lower the windows, ma’am, your son’s SAT results will dramatically improve!” Even more woefully, we architects have no constructive swerve away from such fallacies. In retrospect the rejectionist impulse is in [...]

Our discipline’s understandable rejection of the behaviorist determinism of modernist design dogmas might have come at an unanticipated high price. The resulting not-so-newly found freedoms—after all, it’s been decades since the rejections of the Modulor, or Pattern Language—have not been reciprocated in allied fields like campus planning and the like. [...]

Our discipline’s understandable rejection of the behaviorist determinism of modernist design dogmas might have come at an unanticipated high price. The resulting not-so-newly found freedoms—after all, it’s been decades since [...]

Our discipline’s understandable rejection of the behaviorist determinism of modernist design dogmas might have come [...]

Hinge House, Antiparos, Greece, 2016

Knoll Furniture System, 2016

Campus Santé, Chavannes-près-Renens, Switzerland, 2016

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, USA, 2016

“Cocooning,” January 1, 2016.

The design of interiors has come to embody a line of egocentric thoughts. It purports to put our biological body—and possibly even our soul and individualistic existence—at its center. Womb-like sensations arise, promising warmth, safety, and other prenatal comforts. How do we swaddle or cushion the self sufficiently for it to survive our savage reality? Interiority as a pure and peaceful haven for the spirit … a mindset that seems increasingly coveted, even as we roam in public. We create […]

The design of interiors has come to embody a line of egocentric thoughts. It purports to put our biological body—and possibly even our soul and individualistic existence—at its center. Womb-like sensations arise, promising warmth, safety, and other prenatal comforts. How do we swaddle or cushion the self sufficiently for it to survive our savage reality? Interiority as a pure and peaceful haven for the spirit … a mindset that seems increasingly coveted, even as we roam in public. We create mobile cocoons, shielding ourselves with screens, headsets, and blank stares. We eschew or minimize contact with others. Absurdly, even though technology has seemingly brought the outside world in, our devices have diminished points of contact with it. The public realm is contained, compressed, and trapped behind thinner and thinner layers of glass. The exterior is powered up or down with the swipe of a finger. Where this notion of interior [...]

The design of interiors has come to embody a line of egocentric thoughts. It purports to put our biological body—and possibly even our soul and individualistic existence—at its center. Womb-like sensations arise, promising warmth, safety, and other prenatal comforts. How do we swaddle or cushion the self sufficiently for it [...]

The design of interiors has come to embody a line of egocentric thoughts. It purports to put our biological body—and possibly even our soul and individualistic existence—at its center. Womb-like [...]

The design of interiors has come to embody a line of egocentric thoughts. It purports [...]