Just add water: architecture startups!


Co-work
August 3, 2013, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Startup

The coffice (https://archstartup.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/coffice-where-all-the-magic-happens/) is no longer as viable of an option. As much as the coffee was good, the collaboration and new adventures seem to require more of a larger, quieter space.  Conference calls just don’t sound legit when you hear “Grande Machiato for Carl” yelled in the background.

There’s some interesting spaces around the world where people are collaborating/co-working.  It’s not just the cheaper rent that brings people together, its often the energy and excitement of starting something new.  While most often its artists seeking out the cheap rent, there’s opportunity to be had with realigning with the creative spirits!

Here’s just a few:

http://www.makeshiftsociety.com

ponyride.org

http://www.russellindustrialcenter.com/

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/21/arts/design/21pogr.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Joint ventures
August 1, 2013, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Startup

For a while now, I’ve been looking for new ways to collaborate with others architects, artists, urban planners…anyone. While running a solo practice has major benefits, it at times feels isolating, inefficient and limiting.   I’m happy to continue working by myself, as it’s no cliche that being able to do ‘what you want, when you want and how you want’ is pretty awesome, but I’d like to be apart of loose collaborations to keep me apart of a greater collective and keep on learning.

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A friend of mine used to be part of a firm that was based on an ‘open office’ structure.  The premise was there were three main principals. Each had a certain level of autonomy in both design and administration as well as the shared responsibility of bringing in new projects.  They shared resources (office space, rent, material libraries, consultants, and staff: interns, receptionist, business manager, accountant).  As the projects grew bigger with bigger liabilities, this loose network unfortunately wasn’t conducive to fixed roles and accountability.  I’m not sure where I stand on this, but for now, loose works and feels much needed.

Here’s a read of another office keeping things loose:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/wp/2013/07/08/hello-again-el-studio/