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Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto in Tokyo, Japan. Photo courtesy Sou Fujimoto Architects Features
January 20, 2014 /

Musashino Art University Library
Sou Fujimoto
Tokyo, Japan

Sou Fujimoto’s new library for the famous Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, suggests that in the internet-age a library is just that: a library! All it needs are good lighting, good orientation, bookshelves, and nice reading areas. Fujimoto’s Musashino Art University Library has all these ingredients, and more.

Articles
January 17, 2014 /

Touring the World of Architecture: Week 3

This week, some good news for Frank Gehry, some not-so-great news for OMA, and the Shard is about to get a baby brother. Then, Foster proposes a bold scheme for London cyclists and a dreamlike video of LA.

Tamedia Office Building by Shigeru Ban in Zürich, Switzerland. Tamedia Office Building.  Exterior view. Photo © Didier Boy de La Tour Features
January 16, 2014 /

Tamedia Office Building
Shigeru Ban
Zürich, Switzerland

The use of wood in multi-storey buildings is an art form almost completely buried a hundred years ago. Reinforced concrete structures became the norm worldwide. In recent years, however, the sustainability debate has brought a renaissance to wood and an interest in large, urban, wooden structures has awakened. Shigeru Ban, well-known for his use of paper and paperboard, has built an office building in Zurich made entirely of wood, or to be more precise 2,000 m3 of Austrian spruce.

The Camera
January 13, 2014 /

Photo Report From Doha

Our recently appointed photo editor Pygmalion Karatzas went on a trip to document the dynamic city of Doha, the capital of Qatar. The result is a photo report that covers Doha's cityscapes and architecture via an integral photographic approach that includes panoramics, featured buildings (both finished and under construction), as well as various artistic interpretations.

Articles
January 10, 2014 /

Touring the World of Architecture: Week 2

First up in this year's first news round-up, a decision has been reached in the controversy regarding the futore of the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Next, some good news for Zaha Hadid, a competition in Vancouver with an intriguing shortlist, Renzo Piano to design a campus in France and a lesson from Bjarke Ingels in running an effective business.

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