ARCHITECTUR

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New Orleans

The sun is hidden away by darkening skies and a faint drizzle starts to fall. Suddenly my cellphone alights: Flash Flood Warning. The rain starts pouring down and everybody out on foot starts to run for cover.

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Vimsy interior at House, Singapore

House has taken possession of abandoned British military barracks in Tanglin Village in the midst of the lush jungle of Singapore.

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Q/A Lebbeus Woods

What projects are you working on right now?

–I'm doing a lot of writing. Particularly for my blog (on lebbeuswoods.net) but also what I call independent writing, meaning I have something to say, but no place to publish it yet.'

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Q/A Ken Yeang

Architecture all too often look the same wherever we go around the world, square modernist boxes on the ground or in the sky. Malaysian-born Ken Yeang dare act local in a global world, considering architecture basically a shelter which has to contend with climate as a given immutable parameter.

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Q/A Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has achieved star-status after years of lectures and rejected competition entries. Now her architectural gems has grown out of the deconstructivist language she once promoted, and they are popping up everywhere.

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Leo Gullbring commenting the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice for Azure

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Zaha Hadid’s Ordrupgaard

Zaha Hadid's extension to the Ordrupgaard museum north of Copenhagen presents itself as a soft almost live shape among the apple orchids in the quiet garden.

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Wingårdh’s Västra Karup

The Mill house by Wingårdhs architects is quite a little gem right in the middle of Västra Karup, a sleepy village in the increasingly gentrified western countryside of southern Sweden..

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Calatrava’s Turning Torso

Santiago Calatrava's latest skyscraper Turning Torso is almost finished. The gleaming white facade does it's solitary twists in the harbour area of Malmö, the third city in Sweden.

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Vito Acconci's Mur Island

Always judge architecture by the toilet. It's there we're truly human, taking care of our fragile leaking bodies, trying to keep up appearance in the face of a supposedly eternal architecture.

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Klas Anshelm

Klas Anshelm belonged to the same generation as Peter Celsing, Ralph Erskine and Carl Nyrén. But based in Lund, far from Stockholm, his rugged and at the same time caring modernism never got the same attention.

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Venice Architecture Biennale 2004

Models of curving, sprawling, morphing, dynamic, moving architecture alights along the darkly lit halls of the Corderie dell'Arsenale, the main thoroughfare of the ninth edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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The shadow of progress according to Paul Virilio

Unintended or not, caused by the ’human factor’, by sheer calculation, or by terrorists, accidents cast the inevitable shadow of contemporary society.

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Reality-check in the wake of 9.11

More than anything 9.11 was the beginning of the 21st century. The attack on the World Trade Center saw the global explode in the midst of the local.

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Gio Ponti’s Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

The Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm by Gio Ponti, one of Italy's most influential architects of the 20th century, was received by Swedish architectural critics at its inauguration in the late '50s as ’an elegant lady shoe, very beautiful, but perishable, apt to be outmoded by time'.

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Hotel design for the future

What do we want from a hotel? Should it contain the caressing safety of home? Or should it be a titillating adventurous expression of freedom? Or something completely different to the expected?

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Daniel Libeskind and the Jüdisches Museum

A truly strange museum is emerging amongst the shiny new bank palaces, luxurious department stores and Prussian administration buildings in Berlin.

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Thomas Sandell

What is Swedish design? Forget Ericsson, forget Volvo , forget IKEA. A mobile phone is just a phone without a cord. A Volvo is just another car. And when were IKEA lastly at the forefront of design anyway?

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Gunnar Asplund's Skandia

You slip into a cinema, leaving the blackish grey city-walk, heavy doors closing behind you. Inside you're welcomed by warm, attuned colours, getting your ticket at the box. FULL STORY


Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor has acquired quite some fame during the last years. But his architecture is all but superficial and fashionable.

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Ideals in urban design - Malmö planning an university

In connection with the arrangement of the international urban competition for University College of Malmö on Universitetsholmen a conference was organized the 25th april 1997 by Juul & Frost, Copenhagen, in cooperation with the Organising Committee for Malmö University College and City Planning Office, Malmö.

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Norway on the go

Things move fast in Norway. Only fifty years ago Oslo celebrated its 900th anniversary, and then this very year it is time for the 1000-year Jubilee. The same queer relationship to time is mirrored in how fast the country has been in adopting new architectural paradigms in vogue.

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Neil Denari

Architecture isn’t what it once was. Permuted by media, at the crossroads with all kind of cultures, the distinction between interior and exterior is obsolete.

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Marcos Novak

Is there an invisible architecture out there, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be made? And is there also a bunch of invisible aliens waiting to be unleashed, Mary Shelley’s worst fears coming true?

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Craig Dykers and Snøhetta

Snøhetta has emerged as one of the most promising young architectural offices in Norway. In winning the competition for a new library in Alexandria, Egypt, more than ten years ago, not only did they get a head-start, they also reinvigorated the status of Norwegian design on the international architectural scene.

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Senior housing in Sweden

In the last decade Sweden has experienced a surge in so called senior housing, apartments adopted for certain age spans, but without the harsh segregational pattern of the past. This new dwelling form might be seen as a revival of the ideals proposed in functionalist community housing of the ’30s, but the utopia of today is more contended, a plain nostalgia for the old village of preindustrial times.

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Björn Dahlström

The best design is in my view something akin to science-fiction in its exploring of alternative possibilities. It will strike you with wonder, widening your mind, opening it to new worlds beyond the everyday. 

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Patrizia Moroso’s Made in Italy

As the head of Moroso, Patrizia Moroso directs one of Italy's most avant-garde furniture manufacturers, making her a rarity in the macho-dominated design world. With her bubbling personality, she engages the famous and the unknown designer alike to create products that deliver something well beyond the expected.

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Louise Hindsgavl at odd with Danish modernism

Do we really control all these the virtual worlds in which we immerse ourselves in daily? What if they are inhabited by creatures unknown to us were in charge of those realms? Would we be that make us scared, enchanted, or a happy ticklish mix of both? Fear them or love them or not, these entities have been brought to life by the Danish ceramic artist Louise Hindsgavl. have brought them out in real life. Look, See for yourself: There's a uniformed dog having intercourse with a unicorn, and a devil jerking off and a giraffe with a bodybuilder's torso.

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Identikit Cecilie Manz

My childhood dream was to be a an artist . But later on I also got fascinated by the functionality and the restrictions you find in design. The best inspiration is often hidden within the assignment , you just need to work intensively to start the contagious process.

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Gaetano Pesce exhibits his rebellion

No wonder the giant posters on the streets of Milan portraits Gaetano Pesce wearing a gas mask. When the Triennale gets crowded by a abounding attendance at his first major exhibition in Italy, it's all about provoking. All kind of mellifluous shapes crafted out of plastic polyurethane, resin, silicon and rubber seethe the halls. Some moulded as giant manifestos, others soft and tactile. At the eve of the inauguration the spaces of the Triennale are boiling with a public confronted by asymmetric eye-glasses, giant lamps made out of shreds, drawings of his summerhouse out of rubber in Brazil, not to forget the velvety inviting 'Mamma Mia' of the UP5-serie (this time with the chained ball originally included as an ironic comment on women's role in society).

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Claesson Koivisto Rune

What's the ultimate sensation for the Minimalists at Koivisto - Rune - Claesson? Maybe Ann Veronica Janssens has found it in her installation at Rooseum, one of the two Art Museums of Malmö. You descend the stairs and encounters a soft immaterial wall. It fails to register with your senses, and no wonder, it's a misty smoke. 

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Fabio Novembre

The place is to be found on outskirts of Milan, somewhere along the line of an old forlorn tramway. 'Fabio?' says the shopkeeper, 'he's right here, on the backside, please, you can pass between the shelves, take that door over there'. And there's a flight of redpainted steps attached to the outer wall of an old small-sized factory. The setting is a large studio. Light grey concrete floor.

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Stockholm Furniture 2002

Strangely enough the Nordic trend is still hot. The flair for modernist cool, minimalist purity, and a honest natural approach is still tempting. And as the trend prevails Stockholm has even managed to outdo Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and now presides unofficially as the Nordic fair par excellence.

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