This year starts off with several interesting book releases, including the complete works of Spanish minimalist Campo Baeza as well as a well-grounded call for a radically new tectonic understanding in architecture. Also, a collection of the most controversial buildings of our time and the present state and future of space design.
The first volume of Taschen's monograph on the widely celebrated and wildly controversial Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser - known for his colourful and child-like paintings and his organic architectural designs - paints an inspirational portrait of one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century.
Once again, we've picked a few of the most exciting exhibitions for you to visit this month. Get a unique insight into the progressive Russian avant-garde at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin or visit the Studio Mumbai solo-exhibition in Bordeaux. Also, historical exhibitions on the tall ambitions that has shaped the Frankfurter skyline at the DAM, as well as the architectural and planning research during World War II at the MAXII in Rome.
Through the first half of the 20th century, Seoul seemed destined to remain in the shadow of the region's neighboring mega-cities Tokyo and Beijing. Since the late-80s, however, the South Korean capital has thrown its hat into the ring and assertively managed to attract vast amounts of culture and commerce.
The holiday season's most noteworthy new book releases ranges from a beautifully illustrated book investigating the library as typology and a sociological study on the metamorphosis of New York's Far West District. Plus, a fascinating look at the rising importance of infrastructure, multifaceted perspectives on the notion of scale and a study on the role of architecture in the films of David Lynch.