Science is the essence of the ME building. Using industrial components and data processing technologies, while preserving the circulation network and the structural grid established by the original master plan, the mechanics hall is a new milestone in the history of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne campus.
The notion that architecture can have a positive and therapeutic effect on palliative patients is the central ambition of NORD Architect’s recently completed hospice in central Copenhagen. The design sensitively negotiates its dense urban context with a need for spaces of calm, tranquility and positivity, and the resulting Urban Hospice is an uplifting example of the value that thoughtful and considered architecture can bring to both the city and its inhabitants.
Jimenez Lai leads Bureau Spectacular, an architecture and design practice based in Los Angeles. His work spans many disciplines including the publication of architectural graphic novels. In this interview, arcspace finds out how Lai uses fiction to imagine and communicate his ideas of architecture.
In need for some reading during this year's Easter holiday? Our top five this month covers topics such as the Mexican-American Border, governmental security in the wake of terror attacks in Norway, and domestic Japanese architecture. Furthermore we'll provide an insight into Urban Squatting as practiced in Europe as well as the teaching philosophy at ALICE in Lausanne. Happy Easter!
The term livability tends to sum up what we associate with the welfare of a city, its architecture, and broader urban development. Livability suggests that quality of life is the holy grail of city competitiveness but current definitions create a clear hierarchy where architecture and design is at the top. Jeff Risom from Gehl ponders whether this is actually the case.