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.
John Pawson’s collaboration with OMA, Allies and Morrison, and Arup on the new home for the Design Museum in West London is characterized by an incredible level of detail: from the rearticulation of the immense and innovative existing roof structure to the subtle and sophisticated interior finishes.
We hear the same stories in cities everywhere - of public assets lost to developers, of families driven to the urban fringe by exorbitant rent, of long-lasting communities erased to give way to luxury apartments. Counteracting these global trends, Bacton Low Rise Estate stands as a beacon of hope in our bleak housing climate.
Didn’t get a chance to see the Danish Pavilion at last year’s biennale? Well don’t worry as the exhibition is making its first stop post-Venice at the Utzon centre in Denmark. There’s also new retrospectives on the work on of Chinese Pritzker winner, Wang shu, and British pioneer, Sir Peter Cook. All this and more in this month’s What’s On guide to architecture exhibitions and events.