The use of wood in multi-storey buildings is an art form almost completely buried a hundred years ago. Reinforced concrete structures became the norm worldwide. In recent years, however, the sustainability debate has brought a renaissance to wood and an interest in large, urban, wooden structures has awakened. Shigeru Ban, well-known for his use of paper and paperboard, has built an office building in Zurich made entirely of wood, or to be more precise 2,000 m3 of Austrian spruce.
Our recently appointed photo editor Pygmalion Karatzas went on a trip to document the dynamic city of Doha, the capital of Qatar. The result is a photo report that covers Doha's cityscapes and architecture via an integral photographic approach that includes panoramics, featured buildings (both finished and under construction), as well as various artistic interpretations.
First up in this year's first news round-up, a decision has been reached in the controversy regarding the futore of the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Next, some good news for Zaha Hadid, a competition in Vancouver with an intriguing shortlist, Renzo Piano to design a campus in France and a lesson from Bjarke Ingels in running an effective business.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b. 1974) and his office Bjarke Ingels Group (or, BIG, as they are more commonly known), have risen to world-wide renown in record time, winning commissions left and right. Their projects, wildly varying in form and expression, all burst of unflinching confidence and supercharged youthful energy.
This year's last news round-up features the finalists for a competition for a media campus in Berlin; a failed attempt to ressurect Frank Lloyd Wright; Kenneth Frampton gets honored; a floating snow-covered cabin appears in Miami - and finally, a trailer for the upcoming REM documentary.