WAI has been featured in Arhitectura Magazine
An interview by Kamilla Csegzi featuring WAI has been featured in the 4th issue of 2011 of the Romanian magazine Architectura.
WAI has been featured in On Site Magazine
WAI’s “What About the Aesthetics of Dirt?” has been featured in the 26th issue of On Site Magazine. The piece works as a form of manifesto calling for a re-interpretation of dirt as a concept in the design process. The magazine includes articles by Infranet Lab, the initiators of [Bracket] Magazine, Joshua Craze, Kate Forde curator of Dirt, the filthy reality of everyday life , John Szot, Chloe Roubert, Kenneth Hayes, Ksenia Kagner, and more…
To read WAI’s piece “What About the Aesthetics of Dirt?” stay logged to WAI.
WAI at the National Art Library / Victoria & Albert Museum
What About It? Part 1 will be available as a public resource in The National Art Library, a public reference library for the study of design, fine and decorative arts at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The WAIzine that forms part of the ARCHIZINES exhibition, and research project on contemporary architecture and urbanism magazines will be along books and manuscripts concerning international fine arts.
The National Art Library opening times are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 10.30-17.30, Friday: 10.00-18.30
Before you can use the Library you must register as a Reader. This can be done online in advance.
The Victoria & Albert Museum is located at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
WAI is about foam ideas. A product of a moment in time, WAI surges when thinking is being “overlooked” and the abrasive emptiness of imagery overflow and empty foam shapes threatens to saturate the architectural domain. WAI dares to challenge foam models with foam ideas. WAI proposes a subversion of the foam. If for the Pop-Architectures of today foam is just a material to make shapes, for WAI foam is a structure that generates endless cognitive connections. Our visual world is being bombarded by a constant lack of substance. WAI proposes substance behind the images. WAI proposes substance with the images. WAI is hypothetical. WAI dares to propose. WAI embraces discussions, dialogue and arguments. WAI dares to think. WAI is a Think Tank for the contemporary City and its Architecture. WAI is a Think Tank for the contemporary Architecture and its City. More and more, more frivolity is pontificated, and less substance is produced. WAI proposes a theory of alchemism— to transform quantity into thoughts, shapes into ideas, frivolity into substance. The more that is produced the more WAI thinks. WAI worries about triviality and inquires about sophistication. WAI is a Workshop for Architecture Intelligentsia. WAI asks…What About It?
For Inquiries, Lectures and presentations:
Applicants interested should submit an individual Portfolio in a pdf file (5mb max, no online links), CV and cover letter with “internship” in the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org . Candidates should be familiar with the theoretical background of WAI, posses a very strong overall knowledge of contemporary architecture and have critical thinking skills.
Applicants should have design proficiency and good written and visual communication capabilities. WAI is a contemporary think tank of architecture, applicants should be prepared to work in an unusual environment. Students are invited to apply.
-Proficiency in written and spoken English is a must. Chinese is a plus.
-Excellent model making skills
-Strong graphic and design capabilities
- Design software knowledge
-Critical knowledge of contemporary architecture
Nathalie Frankowski is a French Architect, Artist, and Author who graduated in 2008 from the department of Architecture, Art and Philosophy at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de
Cruz García is a Puerto Rican Architect, Artist, and Author who graduated in 2008 from the Universidad de Puerto Rico with a Master Degree in Architecture after earning the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for outstanding leadership and the Henry Adams Medal for the Highest Degree. His research thesis about Narrative Architectures from the 1920’s to the 70’s earned him the PBDT scholarship from the main research institution in the UPR. In 2008 he co-founded WAI a contemporary think tank for architecture and the city. Previous professional and academic experience includes international publications, research, teaching, lectures, and working in