Dialogue : : Paul Lewis : : Manual of Section \ LTL Architects

Given the environmental and material challenges that frame architectural practice in the twenty-first century, the section provides a rich and under-explored opportunity for inventively reimagining the intersection of structural, thermal, and functional forces. Moreover, the section is the site where space, form, and material intersect with human experience, establishing most clearly the relationship of the body to the building as well as the interplay between architecture and its context.

ARCHITECTEM met with Paul Lewis of LTL Architects to discuss their most recent publication aptly titled Manual of Section, presenting a framework for describing and evaluating Section as well as a lexicon of different types of sections and their functions. Featuring essays on the history of section and its role in architectural design, LTL Architects founders Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis, describe the seven categories of section they developed—Extrusion, Stack, Shape, Shear, Hole, Incline, and Nest. Relying on extensive archival research. These sectional categories are illustrated through 63 detailed cross- section perspective drawings of significant structures built around the world over the past 100 years.

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For ARCHITECTM series DISCOURSE, Michael Wacht dissects the Five Architects featuring Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Richard Meier. Never an official group, but popularly known so, by way of this black and white 70’s publication. Exploring thoughts and ideas generated through their work, Michael uses a framework of observation and quotations to allow for further investigation.

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The following paper explores ideas of utilizing Architectural Diagrams to create Geometric Forms that anticipate user responses. Penned by Michael Wacht, ARCHITECTEM Los Angeles based contributor, it was  featured as a “Poster Presentation” at Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). The ANFA Conferenece took place at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies from 22nd to 24th September 2016. 

Michael is the President of IntuArch, an architecture firm that focuses on developing innovative geometries in response to research in programmatic, environmental, circulatory, and contextual analysis. Previously, as Director of the Los Angeles Studio of MADA s.p.a.m. , while working with the Dean of the USC School of Architecture, Qingyun Ma, he acquired a focus on creating effective design strategies. Michael is now a jury critic at USC.

The paper is followed by a downladable pdf of the presented poster.

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Dialogue : : Cynthia Davidson, Co-Curator United States Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia

For the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, the United States Pavilion presents ‘The Architectural Imagination’, a curatorial project led by Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León featuring speculative architectural proposals for four sites in Detroit, Michigan. ARCHITECTEM met with Cynthia Davidson over gelato at the vernissage to discuss the curatorial vision, selection of Detroit as the focus, and her journey to curating; below is an excerpt from the conversation. 

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