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Interview with Mohsen Mostafavi

August 14, 2011
Interview with Mohsen Mostafavi

Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. For Conditions magazine by Boris Brorman Jensen, @ Harvard Graduate School of Design 26. May 2010 Boris Brorman Jensen (BBJ): The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) offers an array of master programs, doctoral...
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Game on!

December 29, 2010
Game on!

– interview with game designer Ola Janson (OJ) by Björn Ehrlemark (BE) from CONDITIONS “A game is a system in which players engage in an artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome.” BE: Can you consider architectural competitions to be games? OJ: There are lots of definitions of games, with...
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Designing architectural competitions: Balancing multiple matters of concern

December 28, 2010
Designing architectural competitions: Balancing multiple matters of concern

- by Kristian Kreiner Architectural competitions are a manifestation of a social institution with a very long history, dating back some 2500 years (Lipstadt, 1989; King, 2000). For an institution to survive that long, it can safely be assumed that its manifestations must have changed over time, in sync with the evolution of the...
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Survival Tactics

December 3, 2010
Survival Tactics

INTERVIEW WITH DORTE MANDRUP, 3/12 -2010- by Tor Inge Hjemdal and Anders Melsom We met up with Dorte Mandrup in her Copenhagen office to discuss her opinions on current competition culture within architecture, based on her extensive experience both as a jury member and as a competing office. Anders Melsom: What role do competitions...
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Quality Management Leading to a Political Discussion

September 23, 2010
Quality Management Leading to a Political Discussion

- by Adarsha Kapoor “Quality is never an accident. It is always a result of intelligent effort. There must be the will to produce superior things.” – John Ruskin 1 Quality management is a controlled process of attaining desired quality for a finished product. It is more than a process to achieve a desired...
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Quality Management, Architecture & Politics

September 23, 2010

An Exploration1 - by Luis Trappe With the issue of quality management in architecture high on the political agenda, it seems relevant to briefly examine what quality management really is. To do that, quality management must be traced back to its origins and placed in its socio-economic context. Subsequently the compatibility of quality management...
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Interview with Martha Thorne, Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize

August 23, 2010

Conditions: How is the Pritzker jury selected?Martha Thorne: The members of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury are recognized professionals in their respective fields and are passionately interested in and knowledgeable about architecture. They must be able to travel and devote the time necessary to jury duties. Each juror’s tenure lasts a minimum of three...
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Fairy Tales of Resistance: The Danish Culture Canon, Lars von Trier, and the Emperor’s New Clothes

July 2, 2010
Fairy Tales of Resistance: The Danish Culture Canon, Lars von Trier,  and the Emperor’s New Clothes

- by Iben Falconer In January 2006, Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish Minister of Culture, proudly unveiled his ministry’s most recent major initiative: the Danish Culture Canon (Kulturkanon). Touted by the Ministry as an initiative that would reveal the “indispensable” works that “define what is characteristic and distinctive about Danish culture,” the canon brought together...
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Metabolic Materials as a Measure of Architectural Quality

April 22, 2010
Metabolic Materials as a Measure of Architectural Quality

By Rachel Armstrong Between the 1830’s to 1840’s, the modern public health movement was started in Britain when Edwin Chadwick, advocate for the Poor Law, brought his vision of public health through sanitarianism into being through public works. This ultimately resulted in the construction of modern day water and sewage systems that set standards...
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Interview with Jan Olav Jensen and Børre Skodvin

April 22, 2010

Jan Olav Jensen and Børre Skodvin of Jensen & Skodvin 3rd of JulyBy Tor Inge Hjemdal Tor Inge Hjemdal (TIH): We read the architectural politics of the Scandinavian countries and we saw that one word was constantly repeated, but never explained or elaborated: quality. The word is used in a seemingly random way and...
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