1. Three Scenes and Speculations from A Future City

    Rami el Samahy and former OU/CMU alum Adam Himes have just published an article with Issue 1 of Stages: Future City. Stages is an online journal that presents new writing and thinking, and is a space for staging research generated from the Liverppol Biennial’s year-round programme. The paper is entitled “Three Scenes and Speculations from A Future City” and can be found here.

    Some images to whet the apeitites.



    A version of this paper was also presented in December at the Mathaf Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and the Liverpool biennial Future City event in Doha.

  2. BSA Design Awards 2013: Honors Award in the Unbuilt Category

    The Museo Maya de América, our collaboration with HGS, won the Honors Award in the Unbuilt Category at the BSA Design Awards 2013! Excited? Very.

    Jury comments:

    "This project is architecturally incredibly strong - creating a museum structure that plays with solid and void and interior and exterior spaces in a manner not often found or experienced. The strength of the stone and concrete structure presents itself to the city as a Mayan artifact – almost a found object that has been transformed into a museum of Mayan culture and art. While the renderings are beautiful the jury wished that plans of the project were included in the presentation. The section of the project provides a sense of the special complexity of the interior volumes."


  3. AIA Young Architects

    We are very pleased to announce that o,u’s own, Mark Pasnik, has been honored as part of the 2014 AIA Young Architects Award Winners. Very welcome news to start 2014!

    More information here.


  4. MMA Debuts

    Over the weekend, the New York Times wrote about the debut of the Museo Maya de America at the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique and Design Show. It’s the first appearance of the Museum and we can’t be prouder of it’s location. Here’s the key paragraph:

    "The museum has its own display space here, describing its plans to be “the leading institution in the conservation of the cultural heritage of Guatemala.” It will house, we are told, “one of the world’s most significant collections of objects, artifacts, artworks, textiles and information on the history and culture of the Maya civilization.” A model shows the prospective building, which is expected to cost $60 million. The architects are Harry Gugger Studio, the firm over, under and Seis Arquitectos).”


  5. mas-studio:


    (Cover by Chris Ware)

    Architecture and narrative,  as Victor Hugo nostalgically pointed out in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831, have walked hand in hand through history, crossing paths without really risking the extinction that the archdeacon of Notre-Dame gloomily predicted. Today, in a moment where the conjunction of the crisis and the entrance into a new stage in the communication era impulse the discipline into new, multiple directions, the narrative aspects of architecture come to the front. This issue tackles the intersections between architectural practices and different forms of visual narrative. Within this overall theme, our NARRATIVE issue moves on both sides of the line that separates these two disciplines, presenting three different perspectives, organized in three consecutive parts. The first section of the issue deals with the presence of graphic narrative in disciplinary architecture, both past and present while the second one discusses the crossing of borders portrayed by comics artists who also make forays into the built world. Finally, the third one moves towards both sides of the spectrum,  briefly covering the tangents with (implied) written narratives and emerging animation practices in architecture.

    Contributions by Andrea Alberghini, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Sir Peter Cook, Manuele Fior, Factory Fifteen, Iker Gil, Jones, Partners: Architecture, Tom Kaczynski, Jimenez Lai, Klaus, Léopold Lambert, Luis Miguel (Koldo) Lus Arana, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Clara Olóriz Sanjuán, César Reyes Nájera, François Schuiten, Joost Swarte, Mélanie van der Hoorn, and Chris Ware whose work is featured in our cover.

    This issue is guest edited by architectural scholar Koldo Lus Arana and architect-cartoonist Klaus.

    Enjoy, discuss, and share our 20th issue!


  6. Future City: Doha

    Presented by the Mathaf and Liverpool Biennial, Future City: Doha examines “the intersections between geographical, social, and cultural memories.” o,u’s Rami el Samahy will be presenting at the conference this weekend, and 4D Doha is on display in the exhibition space. 

    More information, and a schedule, can be found here.



  7. A Second modernism

    Our year of book design continues with this brick—928 pages!—of a book from MIT. Edited by Arindam Dutta, with help from many, including o,u’s Michael Kubo, and ably put together by Irina Chernyakova. o,u provided the template and worked with the team at MIT to make sure that all possible issues with the layout were resolved.

    After World War II, a second modernism emerged in architecture — an attempt, in architectural scholar Joan Ockman’s words, “to transform architecture from a ‘soft’ aesthetic discipline into a ‘hard,’ objectively verifiable field of design expertise.” Architectural thought was influenced by linguistic, behavioral, computational, mediatic, cybernetic, and other urban and behavioral models, as well as systems-based and artificial intelligence theories. This nearly 1,000-page book examines the “techno-social” turn in architecture, taking MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning as its exemplar.”



  8. collective-lok

    Fellow o,u traveler Michael Kubo has teamed up with John Lott and past biennial winner Liam O’Brien and are finalists for the Van Alen’s new space. collective-lok site coming soon.


  9. DesignMaps

    Coming soon from o,u. Would you buy one?

    Boston is a city made vibrant by design, from the people who are a part of its many art and architecture schools, museums, stores, and distinct neighborhoods to the unparalleled quality of its physical environment, buildings, and public places. DSGNMPS looks beyond typical guidebooks and illustrates a curated selection of historic, mid-century, and contemporary destinations that make up Boston’s unique urban fabric. It features restaurants designed by the city’s leading firms, the top chefs’ venues in the city, the best design shops around town, and the city’s most fashionable hotels.

    Other guidebooks focus on all-encompassing overviews of the city’s architectural history. Often cumbersome to carry around, they often omit the most contemporary projects to focus on what many perceive to be Boston’s most important asset: the historic. The design tourist—even from within Boston—wants to know the best of all eras; the curated selection of buildings on the map provides the perfect balance of contemporary, modern, and key elements of historical architecture. It’s also small, efficient, and printed.


  10. mas-studio:

    Architect Bertrand Goldberg was born in Chicago on this day 100 years ago. He designed everything from a plywood boxcar to a floating world’s fair and, of course, Marina City.


    (Photograph by Bill Engdahl / Hedrich Blessing)


  11. mas-studio:


    (Cover by Stéphane Massa-Bidal)

    Unlikely futures envisioned in the past that never became a present. Improbable situations that, beating the odds, became the most tangible reality. Ambitious, grandiose and experimental, all these dreams and schemes radically challenged their present and envisioned a new future. They outlined principles for collective ambitions, defining new physical, political, economic and social organizations. Whether realized or not, these proposals hold valuable lessons for our present and future.

    This issue explores the desires, ambitions and consequences of these unrealized futures, as well as the factors that drove the success or realization of unlikely proposals.

    Contributions by Martin Abbott, Luís Santiago Baptista, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Ali Fard, Jordan Geiger, Chris Grimley, Evangelina Guerra Luján, Sparkle Hayter, Lisa Hirmer, Tom James, Elina Karanastasi, David Karle, Michael Kubo, Eva Papamargariti, Mark Pasnik, Mike Peart, Vassiliki-Maria Plavou, Theo Simpson, Nikos Skoutelis, Alexander Trevi, and Stéphane Massa-Bidal, who is the guest cover designer.

    Enjoy, discuss, and spread the word!


  12. Found in Doha Installation at Tasmeem Doha 2013


    Kelly and Rami recently led a research lab with Mary-Lou Arscott and Nick Durrant which culminated in an exhibit in Tasmeem Doha 2013. Students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia participated in the production of Found in DohaFor more information visit 4dDoha.


  13. The Making of Doha


    Rami and Kelly recently published an essay in the Tasmeem Doha 2013 Programme about Doha’s Corniche. It will also be featured in the upcoming publication Scenes and Speculations from an Emerging City. The full article is available here.


  14. The Cambridge School


    This month Michael Kubo of pinkcomma published a feature article in ArchitectureBostonabout what went on in the offices of The Architects Collaborative (TAC) during its formative years. The full article is available here.


  15. Book Review in ArchitectureBoston


    Check out Chris’ book review of Future Practice by Rory Hyde in this month’s edition of ArchitectureBoston.