For nearly two thousand years, China's imperial rulers built and expanded the Great Wall - the world's largest work of military architecture - for just one purpose: to protect the empire from an invasion by foreign barbarians and their culture. This mindset continues to this day - as evidenced by the construction of China's Great Firewall - so the wall seems like an unlikely site to invite a series of foreign architects to join their Chinese counterparts in creating a cluster of experimental works aimed at attracting visitors from all over the world.
The retail industry has been subject to a dramatic transformation over the past thirty years, resulting in the emergence of large-scale out-of-town shopping centres and new specialized shops in city centres. The architecture of this new kind of commerce has been carefully designed to seduce, encourage spending and enhance brand value.
The characteristic oval shape and the almost scale-like facade - made of the twisting ribbons that form the balconies - makes the new InterContinental Hotel in Davos, Switzerland, designed by Munich-based architecture office Oikos Architekten, a striking landmark. Like a giant, shimmering pinecone amidst snow-clad pine trees of the Swiss Alps.
Once again, we've taken a look at the most noteworthy new book releases, ranging from beautiful monographs on Aalto and Ray and Charles Eames to an insightful issue of CLOG dedicated to Rem Koolhaas and a thoroughly researched and engagingly written new take on the building of the ultimate architectural icon of Ancient Greece.
_Marina_Morón is the name of the creative collaboration between Jesús Marina Barba, professor at Granada University, and Elena Morón Serna, architect and researcher. Their work explores tangible connections between the image and architectonic space with an emphasis on the experiencial qualities of colour and the Japanese concept of 'Ma'.