OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’s University Library for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Ghent has been aptly described by the practice as a “pavilion-like piece of furniture” inserted into an existing 19th century Physics Hall. Yet, it also offers a striking architectural statement concerning the future outlook for well-considered, yet affordable heritage interventions.
What's New on the Bookshelves brings you the latest in architectural publishing. This month, you'll find the latest guide by Monocle on how to build a better life. There’s also a new monograph on famous French architect, Jacques Ferrier, as well as new solutions for ageing populations. We’re also bringing you a handy little guide that all architects should carry in their pocket. Finally, a research publication by The Worldwatch Institute on the viability of sustainable cities and strategies towards them.
The Commons, by Breathe Architecture, is situated in East Brunswick, six kilometers from Melbourne’s CBD. Clad in a chevron-patterned façade, the building is a raw and captivating piece of architecture. It’s also the prototype for a new development model, called Nightingale, which aims to transform the way that apartment buildings are financed and designed in Australia. It sits in stark contrast to current housing models, which remain unaffordable and conservative in their ambitions.
World renowned architectural photography, new atmospheric ways of communicating architecture, an OMA ghost cathedral at the Met, export of social spaces between European cities, London Skyline 2030 - not to mention the opening of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. This May, you can dive into exhibitions with all sorts of approaches to architecture across the world. Read all about them in this month’s “What’s On” guide.
In the fifth installment of the Venice Biennale Curator Series, arcspace talks with Australian Pavilion Creative Directors, Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland about their plans for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.