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Survive the Future: A Lesson on Megastructures with Glen Small

Interview by Anne Hars

A founder of Sci-Arc, Glen Small is “one of the dear eccentrics of American architecture … and an early leader in the movement for green building,” according to Michael Sorkin. In a series of email exchanges with Anne Hars, Small sheds light on present conditions of urbanity and ecological crisis through a brief lesson on the megastructure movement in architecture.

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Charles Long’s Eco-Decadence Redefines the Contemporary Austin

By Seth Hawkins

In a city with the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” The Austin Contemporary—known for its avant-garde, edgy programming—has renovated its flagship, the Jones Center. From January through March 2014, the Jones Center hosted artist Charles Long’s massive collaborative installation “CATALIN,” a true Gesamtkunstwerk combining sculpture, music, scent, light, kinetics, video, theater, and new technology into one spectacle.

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Designing for Orbit: a laboratory against inertia

By David Pasek

“Terrestrial architecture must learn from extra-terrestrial architecture” says space architect David Nixon, “as today’s architecture consumes pure products and leaves waste.” Nixon reminds today’s architects to concentrate on the basic human needs; for example, on housing concepts that could be erected in disaster areas within hours. He also dislikes architecture that reduces the task to formal questions.