This month's top stories comes out of the Netherlands: OMA gets the go-ahead on stacked hotel in Amsterdam and MVRDV chosen to design an elevated park in Seoul. Also, ADEPT and Mandaworks will reshape the Stockholm harbourfront, Hadid set to build housing project in Mexico and DS+R reveals design for their US Olympic Museum.
Richard Bryant studied architecture before pursuing a career as a photographer. It was a modest start of site progress shots for colleagues and friends and building studies for the Architects’ Journal. Photographing the Soane Museum for an edition of World of Interiors brought him to the attention of a wider and international press and the architect James Stirling. Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Gwathmey Siegal, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid followed.
Among this month's stand-out exhibitions is an investigation of the drawing as a method of thought, exemplified with sketches by seminal architects from Bruno Taut to Frank Gehry. Also, intriguing investigations of the Cold War-era development in Berlin and Latin America. Finally, two different but related exhibitions on the ramifications of increased urban densification.
Surrounded by woods on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, the new Moesgaard Museum (MOMU), designed by Danish firm, Henning Larsen Architects (HLA), offers a new perspective on the role of the museum as a public space.
The highlights of this month's upcoming book releases include the first comprehensive study of Dutch architect, writer, and teacher Aldo van Eyck's 50-year career and Roland Fischer's extraordinary typological study of facade patterns and textures. Also, an a+u monograph on Caruso St. John and a collection of discussions on the topic of site specificity with, among others, Peter Zumthor and Bjarke Ingels. Finally, a manual for urban design that links temporary interventions to long-term thinking.