New Éire: Ireland's modernist self-fashioning ...
Ireland is in a reflective mood these days. With the island nation on the edge of Europe facing up to the reality of a severely damaged economy and a decimated construction industry, nostalgia is doing what it's wont to do. A recently published book
Help the Aged: innovative adaptive reuse in architecture
'Waste not, want not' is an expression that has become increasingly pertinent in recent years as economic conditions have forced many of us to tighten our belts and make the most of what we have, rather than constantly replacing old with new. This
Real Terms: the authentic approach of architects Carmody ...
'Emerging', 'the ones to watch' and 'the stars of tomorrow' are just some of the labels that have been applied of late to young London-based architectural practice Carmody Groarke. Founded just four years ago, the studio has more than proved its
Erst Moskau, dann die Welt: Corporate Architecture der neuen ...
Das Leben ist eine Suche – mit diesem Slogan wirbt Google in Russland. Doch in erster Linie sucht Google selbst: Nach mehr Usern, denn im Gegensatz zu Googles Vorherrschaft in anderen Ländern ist der Marktanteil in Russland bei ca. 20 % stagniert.
Picnic, plants, architecture - the fascinating world of ...
One of today's most outstanding architects has been selected as the guest of honour at this year's "Interieur" trade fair in Kortrijk (Belgium). Junya Ishigami, a pupil of Kazuyo Sejima, is the founder of junya.ishigami+associates, lecturer at the
Viaducts: new urban encounters
An intelligent approach to repurposing disused viaducts is providing a number of cities with new public spaces that delight users with fresh and intriguing perspectives of familiar urban landscapes. Architonic examines how such projects, in turning
Right on So Many Levels: innovative car-park design
When Joni Mitchell sang that 'they paved paradise and put up a parking lot', she neatly expressed our none-too-positive relationship with that most modern of building types, the car park. Architonic invites you to pull up to the bumper and take a
Over Site: how Caracas's new cable-car system is making ...
Once so disenfranchised that they didn't even appear on maps of the city, Caracas's favelas are, thanks to projects such as the technically and politically remarkable MetroCable transport system in San Agustín, acquiring a social legitimacy. Here,
Route Master: the 2010 London Festival of Architecture
With the 2012 Olympics coming round that last bend and into view, this year's geographic-route-fixated London Festival of Architecture decided on 'The Welcoming City' as its theme. But just how welcome was that as an idea...
Exhibition: Richard Neutra in Europe (1960–1970)
Between 1960 and 1970, so in just ten years, the American architect Richard Neutra (*1892 in Vienna, †1970 in Wuppertal) had eight villas constructed in Europe; four in Switzerland (one of which was the only one to be built without a flat roof),
Look Who's Talking: architecture in the ...
If architecture is the accumulation of centuries of knowledge, then what of its existence in an era of perpetual and instantaneous updates that the Internet and social networking brings? For a technology-driven industry, it seems slow to embrace the
Camouflage Architecture: underground buildings
If you're familiar with the Wombles, then you probably encountered underground architecture at any early age. The Wombles' home was located in the London suburb of Wimbledon, close to the underground station, and embodied every child's dream:
Rezension: 'Mythos Metropolis' von Franziska ...
Die Stadt mit ihrem Reichtum an narrativen und mythischen Bildwelten hat über eine lange Zeit hinweg einen besonderen Topos in der modernen Vorstellungswelt belegt. Ein neues Buch von Franziska Bollerey, herausgegeben in deutscher und englischer
Sarasota Revisited: Architonic explores the architectural ...
The 'Sarasota School of Architecture' was coined as an historical term by architect Gene Leedy in the 1980s to describe the unique mid-century, European-Modernism-meets-Florida architecture of the city. Here, we examine how the physical legacy of
Making an Exhibition of Ourselves: Architonic deciphers some ...
No form of architecture is perhaps as loaded with rhetoric as the expo pavilion. With hundreds of countries currently jostling at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai to attract visitors into their little piece of home, Architonic takes a look at what's at
Getting high in London: the 2012 Olympic city's ...
When Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiled the design of a 115-metre-high steel tower by renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor, which is to be built next to the city's new 2012 Olympic Stadium, the reaction from press and public was one of emphatic
'Harmonious Anarchy': revisiting Hak Nam, Hong ...
When photographer Greg Girard decided to visit the notorious, citadel-like 'Walled City' slum in Hong Kong's Kowloon, where the daily lives of 35,000 people played out, he was told he may not come back alive. Luckily for him, he did. And, luckily for
The windows of the world: new full-height glazing systems
In ancient times, windows would be covered with animal skins or fabrics to keep the elements at bay. It was only from the 12th century onwards that glass was used in windows. Large expanses of glazing have only been possible, however, in the
Rezension: 'Heavenly Vaults' von David Stephenson
Wir leben in einer Zeit, in der Sakral-Architektur zum emotionalen Thema geworden ist. (Man denke an die jüngst getroffene Entscheidung der Schweiz, den Bau von Minaretten zu verbieten.) David Stephensons Buch mit beeindruckenden Fotografien von
High Alpine buildings – modern day witch houses
Thanks to prefabrication and new methods of transportation, construction in the mountains is more efficient than ever, and better able to take into consideration the specifics of these sites in terms of construction methods and architecture – be it