Industry Articles

A place to share articles that we have come across that can benefit Vancouver’s A + D community by introducing new concepts and ideas, providing valuable information on new technologies or business methodologies, promoting design activism, or inducing awe or giggles!

Negotiation 101: How to Sell Design Ideas to Skeptical Clients

  1. Listen and repeat their words
  2. Always ask questions
  3. Patiently unravel your reasoning
  4. Present your case like an essay
  5. Point to the evidence

Steven Holl: “Architecture Needs to be Rekindled with the Other Arts”

“I am inspired by everything but architecture.” – Steven Holl

“If we don’t intermix the arts and collaborate, we are going to close… The arts are going to fade out individually. We are stronger together.” – Steven Holl

Artist Brings Fragments of Greenland Glaciers to Paris Climate Talks

With all of the information that came out of the Climate talks this year, you may not have heard about this art installation. This concrete visualization of 1000 year old ice melting and releasing air from another era evokes emotions like only art can.

150 Weird Words That Only Architects Use

Broken down into categories of “architecture-specific jargon”, “simple words given new meaning by architects”, “obscure words that architects overuse or misuse”, “unusual terms or phrases that architects love” and “strange concepts within architecture”

The In Crowd: review of “Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity”

If “contemporary architecture can no longer be defined by a single style or uncompromising school of thought, then perhaps it is the unprecedented status of starchitects and ‘starchistructures’ that has emerged as our era’s unifying theme.”

The New Age of Aging

“Aging will affect all of us, yet it has been underserved by architectural intelligence,” says Hollwich. “There is more urgency now than ever. This is our chance to make a big difference for everyone.”

Designing Cities for Intentional Play

“It is especially important to use play as the catalyst of conversation between people in an effort to create human connections in the designed environment.”

Colorful Lights are Turning Skyscrapers Into Tacky Billboards

“Light affects us as humans,” Sayegh said. “It’s psychological. It’s very important on many levels. It’s almost a primal thing, like the fire. Everybody likes light. But the absence of light is sometimes much more important.”

The Amazing Architecture that Capitvated us in 2015

Between its vegetable-shapped forms, urban generators, clever reuses, tech palaces, tree-scaped towers, and shiny stadia, the architecture of 2015 has wowed, seduced, and, occasionally, astonished us.

The AIA Establishes a Commission on Equity in Architecture

“Let’s face it: Architecture is not known for being a diverse profession, particularly among firm leadership.

This Frighteningly Smart Office Building Knows Exactly What You Want, When You Want It

“The Edge may be the most connected—and greenest—office anywhere in the world. Is this the future of working?

Male Engineering Student Explains Why Female Classmates Aren’t His Equals

“I did not for example grow up in a world that discouraged me from focusing on hard science,” he wrote. “I was not bombarded with images and slogans telling me that my true worth was in how I look.

Dear Architecture, We Need to Talk

“…I beg for critical life balance and flexibility and you respond with unpaid overtime…

The practice of architecture has to evolve.

We need diverse professional leaders. We need office leadership that is aware of the issues and willing to take quantifiable action to support qualified female professionals.”

2016: sustainable buildings go from being green to being good for you

“In 2016, erecting sustainable, profitable green buildings will no longer be enough to stand out. Buildings will also be expected to directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people who live, work and learn inside them. For buildings, healthy will become the new green.”

Toward a Museum of the 21st Century

This was a great article in the New York Times. It is a long article, so below are some images of what I believe the key take aways are.

During the concept presentation of the VAG, the architects also touched on some of these points when talking about the need for art to be accessible/viewable by people who may not typically attend the gallery.

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lzf cool daze

LZF’s blog Cool Daze posts awe-inspiring videos every week. We’ll share some of our favorites here:

“Just love this short dance clip, it manifests the grace of innocence and the subtlety of elegance, all staged on the immensely gripping and raw streets of New York City.”