1. Most of what you'll design is already there 2. Ask the contractor 3. Work quickly 4. Precision for freedom 5. Don't try to do everything at once 6. Be clear and seek clarity 7. Use less references 8. Exercise 9. Take photos, write and draw a lot 10. It's okay to think of architecture as media 11. Be brave 12. Own books and make your own 13. You’re already better than your heroes, so compete with them instead of the people around you 14. Wear a uniform 15. Put materials in the correct order 16. Consider the supply chain 17. Architecture lasts longer than you probably want 18. Design while the sun is still out 19. Don’t talk shit 20. Listen to women 21. Nature is more beautiful than architecture 22. Don’t get really good at anything 23. Things change, don’t worry
24. Produce freedom for those without it
NILE is a modernist* design studio. We still pursue those antiquated lessons about structure, utility and beauty. But, we work in the present and maintain awareness between what’s interesting and what’s good. We should encourage freedom but always maintain structural clarity. Warm rules, loving-neutrality** and nice buildings. While we’re all living together, we might as well live in utopias, oases and other beautiful, clear constructions.
NILE collaborates with so many great people, thank you all. Institutions, friends, corporations, graphic designers, artists, developers, architects, fabricators, landlords etc. The studio was started by Nile Greenberg. He sometimes teaches; he’s been Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University GSAPP. The forthcoming book, The Advanced School of Collective Feeling, will be published by Park Books in Winter 2020, co-authored by Nile and Matthew Kennedy. The book Two Sides of the Border, published by Lars Müller Publishers, will come out in Spring 2020
Before founding NILE, Nile Greenberg worked at MOS Architects, SO – IL, and Leong Leong in New York and Los Angeles. This past experience focused on cultural, public and residential architecture. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. Ask if you have some questions.
*There are many readings of “modernist,” many of which focus on its very serious issues around power, race, class and history. This reading is forumulated around the fundamental and ongoing ideals of openness and collectivity that define the project.
**Loving-neutrality is also a complex coinage which might be misintepreted as being politically neutral instead of architecturally-recessive. See Peter and Alison Smithson’s: Without Rhetoric for more.