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Washington ferry terminal informed by Native American longhouses

2 hours 41 minutes ago
Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal by LMN Architects

Seattle firm LMN Architects worked with the Coast Salish tribes to design the Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal on a sacred waterfront in Washington State. Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal is a two-storey building and a toll booth serving the Mukilteo-Clinton transport route for vehicles and pedestrians. Built to replace the 1957 terminal building, LMN Architects designed the

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India Block

Camira, Benchmark, Pedrali and Karimoku showcase products on Dezeen Showroom

3 hours 34 minutes ago

UK textile manufacturer Camira, furniture-maker Benchmark, Italian brand Pedrali and Japanese furniture brand Karimoku are among brands showcasing products on Dezeen Showroom this week. Furniture including seating, tables and storage have been added to Dezeen Showroom, which is an affordable space for brands to launch products and showcase their designers and projects. Read on to see the

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Amina Amber

Giordano Hadamik Architects builds hillside Villa Nemes using stone excavated on site

5 hours 41 minutes ago
Front window at Villa Nemes by Giordano Hadamik Architects

The walls of this Italian villa, designed by Giordano Hadamik Architects, are formed of natural stone excavated from the home's site. Villa Nemes is partially embedded into the Ligurian landscape. To help it merge with its setting, its architects chose to clad the exterior walls with a material that was readily available to them. With

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Amy Frearson

Buddy Hub seat by Busetti Garuti Redaelli for Pedrali

5 hours 43 minutes ago
Buddy Hub by Busetti Garuti Redaelli for Pedrali

Dezeen Showroom: Italian brand Pedrali has added an enclosed seating system, envisioned by Milanese design trio Busetti Garuti Redaelli, to its Buddy furniture range. Named Buddy Hub, the seat is available as an armchair or an elongated sofa, wrapped with a sound-absorbing panel to create privacy for those using it. "In line with the latest trend

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Architecture of Coexistence

8 hours 42 minutes ago
Architecture of Coexistence: Building Pluralism
Azra Akšamija (Editor)
Aga Khan Award for Architecture/ArchiTangle, July 2020

Hardcover | 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches | 292 pages | 100 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3966800082 | $48.00

PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION:

This book investigates how architecture can shape an open-minded and inclusive society, highlighting three internationally renowned projects: the White Mosque in Visoko, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1980); the Islamic Cemetery Altach, Austria (2012); and Superkilen park in Copenhagen, Denmark (2012). Scholarly essays across various disciplines, along with interviews with the architects and users of these projects, provide intriguing insights into architecture’s ability to bridge cultural divides. Soliciting a wide array of questions about migration, transculturalism, visibility, inclusion, and exclusion, the book sheds light on the long-term social processes generated between architectural form and its users.

Architecture of Coexistence offers a truly interdisciplinary perspective on a very timely subject: “Building pluralism” means designing for a respectful inclusion of different cultural needs, practices, and traditions.

With contributions by Azra Akšamija, Mohammad al-Asad, Ali S. Asani, Simon Burtscher-Matis, Amila Buturović, Farrokh Derakhshani, Robert Fabach, Eva Grabherr, Amra Hadžimuhamedović, Tina Gudrun Jensen, Jennifer Mack, Nasser Rabbat, Barbara Steiner, Helen Walasek, and Wolfgang Welsch. Photo essays by Velibor Božović, Cemal Emden, Jesper Lambaek, and Nikolaus Walter. ...

Azra Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian. She is the founding Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab (FHL) and an Associate Professor in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT).

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The documentation of Superkilen, the urban space in Copenhagen designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group with Topotek 1 and Superflex, is titled "Public Participation Extreme" in BIG's 2015 monograph HOT TO COLD. The design team won the competition for the half-mile-long public space with a proposal for "an infrastructure for integration, rather than an aesthetic exercise in Danish design." This tactic was predicated on the location of the project in "one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark," per BIG's website. The built design transformed the footprint of some former rail yards into a Red Square, a Black Market, and a Green Park. Across these boldly colored areas are distributed 60 artifacts — benches, signs, trees, garbage bins, etc. — that were transplanted from other countries and were selected via a process of extreme public participation: meetings, the internet, newspapers, and even a special mailbox for suggestions. The diversity of objects is meant to reflect the diversity of the area's residents.

These are the intentions, but what about the lived reality? Superkilen is one of three case studies in Architecture of Coexistence, which investigates how well prominent works of architecture (each one won an Aga Khan Award for Architecture) "can shape an open-minded and inclusive society." Rather than hearing from the designers, the book features interviews with people who live near the projects or frequent them and therefore understand how they are used. In the section on Superkilen, readers hear from Mette, an architect who sees it as "hope that we're a community"; Mohammed, who likes the swings from Iraq and says "the space itself welcomes you to socialize with other people"; as well as Julie, Uzma, Rikke, and Soheil. The interviewees were selected by anthropologist Tina Gudrun Jensen, who found nearly universal acclaim for the project. Accompanying the interviews are photos by Jesper Lambaek, which are actually aligned with the more documentary-style photos by Iwan Baan that populate BIG's book and website.

Architecture of Coexistence isn't all post-occupancy evaluations though. Scholarly essays — more than a dozen of them in the whole book — delve deeper into transculturalism and other issues at the heart of the book. Keeping the focus of this brief review on Superkilen, Jensen contributes an essay that follows her interviews: "Rhetoric of Segregation, Everyday Forms of Coexistence: Diverging Visions of Diversity and Coexistence in Denmark." It is accompanied by essays by Jennifer Mack, an architecture professor in Stockholm, and Barbara Steiner, a curator and the current director of the Kunsthaus Graz. Clearly the book is interdisciplinary, interested in social processes as much as — if not more than — design itself. In turn, the book should be of interest to people with interests in cultural studies, Islamic studies, migration and other related subjects, not just architecture.

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Fran Silvestre

8 hours 53 minutes ago
Fran Silvestre
HOUSE OF SAND . Valencia FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS . . photos: © Diego Opazo The house is located in front of the Mediterranean, in a place where an imposing dune protects the coast from storms. This starting point defines the configuration of the project. The house is materialized with two volumes arranged perpendicular to each … Continue reading Fran Silvestre
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Sweeping metal ribbon enfolds Chinese cultural centre by Christian de Portzamparc

9 hours 11 minutes ago
The sweeping ribbon that enfolds Suzhou Bay Cultural Center by Christian de Portzamparc

A ribbon of steel and aluminium winds around the Suzhou Bay Cultural Center, which French architect Christian de Portzamparc has completed on the shore of Lake Tai in China. Set on an esplanade in Wujiang District in Suzhou, the centre is divided into two distinct wings that contain a mix of performance halls, educational spaces

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Lizzie Crook

noa*

9 hours 22 minutes ago
noa*
Floris . Siusi allo Sciliar noa* network of architecture . photos: © Alex Filz Floris, extension of ten suites to the Parc Hotel Florian in in South Tyrol. _
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MVRDV

9 hours 38 minutes ago
MVRDV
Bvlgari . Bangkok MVRDV . photos: © Ketsiree Wongwan Bangkok now has a Bvlgari flagship store with a façade designed by MVRDV. Located in the IconSiam department store – one of the largest malls in Asia – the project is the second in a series of façades designed by MVRDV for the luxury brand, following … Continue reading MVRDV
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Architecture Foundation pulls out of controversial Antepavilion competition following legal wrangles

9 hours 42 minutes ago
Architecture Foundation pulls out of Antepavilion competition following legal wrangles

London's Antepavilion charity has launched its fifth annual pavilion competition without former partner the Architectural Foundation, which has withdrawn due to ongoing battles with the local planning authority. Competition organiser Russell Gray told Dezeen the foundation had "taken frighted" [sic] after Hackney Council served an injunction on the 2020 pavilion, which saw fibreglass sharks placed

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Tom Ravenscroft

Network of Architecture raises "treehouse" hotel on stilts above park in South Tyrol

10 hours 42 minutes ago
The exterior of the Floris hotel extension by NOA

Italian studio Network of Architecture has completed an extension to a hotel in South Tyrol comprising ten gabled guest suites elevated on stilts to preserve access to the scenic grounds. Network of Architecture (NOA) was tasked with adding ten suites, named Floris, to the Parc Hotel Florian, which is located in the Alpine village of

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Alyn Griffiths

Six seminal projects from Bauhaus designers Josef and Anni Albers

11 hours 41 minutes ago
Josef and Anni Albers

Nicholas Fox Weber, a longtime friend of Josef and Anni Albers and executive director of their foundation, has authored a visual biography of the renowned Bauhaus couple and their work. Here he discusses six of the most interesting projects from the book. Called Anni & Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal, the book traces their artistic

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Jennifer Hahn

Enrique Jerez and Blanca Leal transform mid-century garage into music school

13 hours 41 minutes ago
Classroom with orange vinyl flooring from the Yoglar Music School by by Enrique Jerez and Blanca Leal

Located in a former garage space at the base of a residential block, this school for music in the Spanish city of Burgos makes a feature of the building's existing concrete structure. Local architect Enrique Jerez and interior designer Blanca Leal were commissioned to create the Yoglar school by a client, who wanted to create a

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Ali Morris

Clayworks natural clay plasters offer a variety of interior finishes

15 hours 42 minutes ago
Clayworks Rustic clay plaster finish

Dezeen promotion: UK brand Clayworks has created a range of natural clay plasters to achieve a smooth, rustic, or rammed earth appearance across interior surfaces. Presented as part of Dezeen Showroom last year, the Clayworks series of natural and sustainable products can be used to add visual intrigue for residential or commercial interiors. All of the Cornwall-based

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