At first glance, the humble state of Iowa, located in the heart of the American Midwest, might seem an unlikely location for the work of starchitects. Home to just over three million residents spread across a handful of small cities, the state is one of the least populated in the United States. Largely driven by agriculture and academia, the state has maintained a relatively tame architectural landscape—until now.
The Church of St Peter in Klippan is the last major work of Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz, and embodies a holistic and obsessive architectural vision. The church manages to sit independent of style and tradition, quietly questioning and subverting a multitude of architectural and constructional norms to form a deeply imaginative and particular building.
Reminiscent of Aalborg’s industrial past and located right in the midst of the historical city center and harbour, Nordkraft has become the essential nerve in the cultural life of the city.
Integration of art plays a central role in all aspects of the project, from the landscape to the program to the buildings themselves.
Two weeks ago, the Danish Architecture Centre opened an exhibition on the principles of circular economy, titled Wasteland and so this month, we’ve hand picked a couple of books examining the theme of sustainability and circular design. One proposing methods and principles on how we maintain the lifecycle of materials and secure a positive legacy, and eventually one portraying the theme of obsolescence and its historical consequence and contrast in relation to sustainability. Furthermore, we’ll take a look on the post World War era and the need for re-humanizing in the wake of a painful period in European history. Regarding urban planning, there’s news! Both regarding the uprising of the Second Renaissance in Harlem and the comprehensive work and research resulting in the current parisian cityscape.