EM2N. Both And

A book about everything you ever wanted to know about EM2N, but were afraid to ask: why this office wins so many competitions, why they make this kind of architecture even though they come from Switzerland, what buildings by other architects they enthuse about, where they fail, how their floor plans actually function in detail, why, all the same they continue to build models, and how one can construct cities with buildings…

Endless Bauhaus

Has the Bauhaus already become a historical entity of the past or does it still have a contemporary presence? Which of its original intentions and ambitions have survived and can be tied in with the present? Which of its ideas seem unrealizable today? Is there anything genuinely owed to the Bauhaus? Has its general claim and aspiration for a unity of the creative forces in the arts and crafts, science and technology become anachronistic today – or do we need such goals more than ever in view of increasingly diversified and specialized societies? ...

Contemporary Architecture

The installation “Contemporary Architecture,” by realities:united at archcouture in Halle, Germany is a piece of subtle transfiguration. Tim and Jan Edler of realities:united, through the manipulation of standard light fixtures, made legible a quality usually invisible in architecture: time...

Pavillion To Go

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 was designed by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen. Ilka & Andreas Ruby contributed to the public experiment “models are real,” held at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on 28.09.2007, with a flip-book that enclosed the routes of motion in the Pavilion structure and allowed people to carry it away in their pockets...

Urban Prototyping

As there is no normative concept of city anymore, there is no normative concept of city-planning either. On the one hand, we see a landslide victory of the masterplan particularly in Asia with its seemingly unstoppable demand for instant cities to be planned and built from scratch in periods of 5-10 years. On the other hand, the masterplan easily finds its limits in situations where the city is essentially built already, yet still needs to be able to change and adapt to contemporary developments - such as in most saturated urban environments in Europe, but part of Asia too...

Appropriate Design!

Taking up the topic “identity” from The Design Annual 2007, the exhibition “Appropriate Design!” asks about the identity of design. How does design become what it is? And how does it produce its identity? If you understand identity as that aspect that makes a thing or person special and distinguishes it from others identity is not a static property but a process. After all we do not only derive identity from ourselves but produce it in exchange with our changing environment...

Dominique Perrault. Meta-Buildings

“A meta-building is a structure that exceeds the customary dimensions of a building to encompass a landscape or a city, both physically and conceptually.” This catalogue for the exhibition on Perrault’s work held at the Architecture Center in Vienna shows four current projects at four different locations: the two high-rise towers for Vienna in the Donau-City; the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg; the Ewha Campus Center in Seoul; and the Olympic Tennis Stadium in Madrid...

Groundscapes

Groundscapes explores the "come-back" of the idea of the ground onto the scene of contemporary architecture. When Le Corbusier in 1925 declared buildings should be put on pilotis he de facto turned the ground into the scorched earth of modernism's quest for progress. The ground was seen as an unwanted linkage with the history, place and gravity which modernism wanted to overcome. With the decline of heroic modernism in the late 1960s a new generation of architects eager to discover this forbidden land initiated a reterritorialisation of architecture which continues until today...

Urban Moods

The notion of "urban" is arguably one of the hot keys of contemporary culture. It’s become the synonym of cool and serves as Zeitgeist indicator of lifestyle, music, food, fashion and design. Yet precisely what urban means with regard to urbanism and the city has become increasingly vague. Depending on specific geographic, climatic, economic and cultural conditions, there are many, and often radically conflicting, implications of "urban" developments...

R&Sie…architects. Spoiled Climate

Designed by French graphic artists M/M and edited by Andreas Ruby and Benoît Durandin, this book offers an unusal introduction to the work of French Architects François Roche and Stéphanie Lavaux and their office R&Sie...Unlike normal architectural monographs it foregrounds the conceptual resources of the architects. It stands out by a disciplined use of mostly small-size images and almost completely renounces on descriptive project texts. The reader of the book cannot readily consume the work in a merely visual way, but has to work his or her way through its manifold layers to understand it..