With close to 400 employees, offices at five different locations and 40 projects on four continents, Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron is one of the largest and currently, perhaps the most successful Swiss architectural practice. Recently, however, some of their high-profile projects have caused a bit of a stir. The new Messe Basel trade fair hall and the Roche Tower have been criticized for dominating the skyline in Basel as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg continues to blow the budget. We spoke with Jacques Herzog in Basel about his curent trials and tribulations, as well as his influences and goals.
Today marks the first day of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, or CAFx2015, which was held for the first time last year. Spanning four eventful days the program this year impresses in both its scope and its ambition.
Yiorgis Yerolymbos studied both photography and architecture, with his MA focused in Image and Communication and his Ph.D. in Art and Design. He has presented five solo exhibitions (‘Default Landscapes’, ‘Road Trip USA’, ‘Interim’, ‘Terza Natura’, ‘No Man’s Land’) and participated in numerous group shows in Greece and abroad.
At the top of the pile of this month's numerous, noteworthy, new book releases is an insightful analysis of the past three decades worth of Dutch architecture attempting to find the roots of it's popularity. Also, and very apropos, Wimy Maas' self-declared 'bad-ass' guide to copy-pasting, as well as a remarkable collection of contemporary buildings that tackle some of the biggest challenges facing architecture today.
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.