The cities of Taiwan impress; not because of their beauty, but because of their vitality. The architectural qualities do not reveal themselves at first glance, though - you have to know where to look.
This month's selection of current and upcoming exhibition features solo exhibitions about Thomas Heatherwick in LA and David Adjaye in Munich as well as a celebration of women's contribution to architecture in New York and the century-long history of social hosuing in Paris. Also, see how Hitler used aggressive planning strategies to excercise his population policies in Vienna.
A landmark of Scandinavian Modernism, the Studio Aalto was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955 to house his architect's practice. The white rendered brick building is located in the suburbial neighbourhood Munkkiniemi in the outskirts of Helsinki, Finland within walking distance of Aalto's home, in which he previously had his studio.
The new saw-toothed Maritime Museum in the small Norwegian port town of Porsgrunn by Danish architects COBE and TRANSFORM manages to fit into its surroundings, by mirroring the shapes of the town's characteristic gabled roofs, while at the same time appearing contemporary with its abstract shape and aluminum facades.
The headlining stories this month include BIG's proposal for an unknown media client somewhere in the Persian Gulf and the design of Hadid's massive new Beijing passenger terminal. Also, another twisted design from MVRDV, Koolhaas gets an offer he probably won't refuse and Obama's possible future Presidential Library.