Over FORM's 15-year history, we've had the privelege and honor of speaking to some of the most compelling and accomplished architects and designers working. For this month's installment of our Wayback Wednesday series, which highlights some of our favorite articles from the last decade and a half, we're delighted to share an interview our publisher, Ann Gray, FAIA, conducted with Thom Mayne. As we pointed out in the original feeature, which appeared in our January/February 2011 issue, "Thom Mayne is producing work that is more relevant than ever." We're thrilled to be able to share what makes him tick.
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Following up the December announcement that it would build a tech campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell University has selected six firms from a field of 43 to design the campus. As reported by The Architect’s Newspaper, Skidmore Owings and Merrill (the firm that made the original renderings picture above) are still in the running and will remain with the project throughout the planning stage. The five additional finalists include OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. A contract for the winning firm is expected in April.
In a world where nearly 200 million people worldwide live in high risk coastal flooding zones, new design solutions are needed for homes that adapt to this reality. The FLOAT House, created by the Morphosis Team in collaboration with the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is precisely this kind of design. This residential home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward can withstand a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina; it sustains its own water and power needs; and it is manufactured cheaply enough to function as low-income housing.