This month in 'What's New on the Bookshelf' we recommend five different books including topics as politics, architecture tradition and representations within architecture. Firstly, we'll take a look on postcolonial Nigeria and the political struggles that arose in the wake of city planning. Also, we'll provide insight in Japanese domestic architecture after World War 2 - the first comprehensive study made on the topic. And eventually, we'll take a closer look on representations and the use of photography as a means of creating architecture. Finally, the ETH Studio Basel presents their research conducted on the processes of urbanization in six different territories.
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This month, we’ll guide you to different events counting a conference, architectural exhibitions and installations in both Denmark, UK and Sweden. In Denmark, Japanese architect Sambuichi investigates the architecture of Copenhagen’s underground, whilst a two-day conference in Aarhus focusing on sustainability gathers some of the leading professionals within the built industry. 100 years after the Russian Revolution, the Design Museum in London presents an exhibition reflecting on some of the ideas never realised during the Soviet era, but just remained as an idealistic imagination of the New Russia. Furthermore, the Barbican offers insight into the Japanese housing culture after 1945. Finally, the Swedish design museum presents a large retrospective exhibition on one of the most prominent Modernist architects and designers, Josef Frank.
Two weeks ago, the Danish Architecture Centre opened an exhibition on the principles of circular economy, titled Wasteland and so this month, we’ve hand picked a couple of books examining the theme of sustainability and circular design. One proposing methods and principles on how we maintain the lifecycle of materials and secure a positive legacy, and eventually one portraying the theme of obsolescence and its historical consequence and contrast in relation to sustainability. Furthermore, we’ll take a look on the post World War era and the need for re-humanizing in the wake of a painful period in European history. Regarding urban planning, there’s news! Both regarding the uprising of the Second Renaissance in Harlem and the comprehensive work and research resulting in the current parisian cityscape.
January 19, 2017 /
Colourful fishing boats rock calmly by the shore of Jisr az-Zarqa on Israel’s West coast as the minaret points skyward and a colourful city gate greets anyone happening upon it a friendly welcome. There, completely unspoilt by tourism in spite of its location on the white and sandy banks of the Mediterranean Sea, the only Arab coastal town in Israel could sound like paradise for many a daydreamer. ...
January 12, 2017 /
A few days ago, we said goodbye to 2016 and welcomed the year 2017. A year kicked off by a diverse program within the field of architecture. 2017 will be the year where two major events will be defining the cultural sphere throughout the whole year both in Denmark and in France. In Denmark, Aarhus will set the scene for European Capital of Culture, meanwhile in France the famous Centre Pompidou and other related venues will present a broad palette of events when celebrating its 40 years anniversary. Furthermore, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be focusing on the theme of waste management, whilst Kunsten Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective exhibition on one of the most remarkable modernist architects, Alvar Aalto. Lastly, Deutsches Arkitekturmuseum will applaud contemporary German architecture during their annual DAM Preis. ...
December 15, 2016 /
In need for some inspiration for what’s to put under the Christmas tree this year? This month, we’ll provide you with some inspirational books; our top five December titles. Stretching from the anniversary of a well-known cultural center in Paris, to a biography of one of the leading contemporary architects; Ghanaian-British David Adjaye, the lead designer of the recent National Museum of African American History and Culture. In Denmark, we’ll take a close look on the Danish design tradition and its influence domestically as well as worldwide. Furthermore, the theoretical platform CARTHA discusses relationships and networks within the field of architecture and their impact on architectural production, and lastly, for those of you planning a journey, you’ll get inspired by some of the most unique places to stay. ...
November 23, 2016 /
It’s been a big month for architecture news in November and it’s been tough to narrow it down to our top five! There’s a real focus on the future with BIG unveiling the latest in transportation technology and MoMA PS1 announcing the finalists for their Young Architect Program. It’s also a big month for prizes with the World Architecture Festival awarding their building of the year and the 2017 Moriyama Prize has opened for submission. ...
November 17, 2016 /
This month, we'll take you on a journey through the striking architecture of the Arab Emirates - and there are news for those dazzled about Scandinavian design! Furthermore, one of the most distinguished personalities within architectural theory presents a personal essay collection reflecting on his architectural voyage. And speaking of theory, the work of Robert Venturi and his theoretical approach is re-evaluated as is the case with Surrealism and its influence on architecture. ...