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.
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.