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Insight
1 week ago

With Kaunas as the European Capital of Culture in 2022, the Lithuanian city is rediscovering its heritage of modern architecture, particularly the two interwar decades when the country's second city served as its capital. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
1 week ago

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake — influential in the world as fashion as well as in the world of architecture — died on Friday at the age of 84. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
1 week ago

The impressive Shilin Night Market is a magnet for locals and tourists in Taipei. Starting this week, the new Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC), designed by... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
1 week ago

Snøhetta designs a tower for Tokyu Corporation in Tokyo that features a terraced roof topped with trees. Ulf Meyer isn’t buying it. [First published on July 28, 2022; updated with renderings on August 5.] Ulf Meyer


Insight
1 month ago

Enzo Enea is a new type of landscape architect, sometimes filling the landscapes he designs with plants from his own arboretum in Switzerland. Ulf Meyer visited Enea at his office and tree museum in Rapperswil-Jona, southeast of Zurich, speaking with the landscape architect about his design... Ulf Meyer


Reviews
1 month ago

The Valley in Amsterdam is a new type of high-rise cluster. The design by MVRDV uses its publicly accessible namesake “valley” to unite the mixed uses of the 75,000-m2 project. Ulf Meyer toured the recently completed development and sent us his impressions. Ulf Meyer

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Insight
1 month ago

June is Pride Month, marking June 28, 1969, when a group of LGBTQ+ people rioted following a police raid of New York’s Stonewall Inn. Fittingly, this June sees the release of Gay Architects: Silent Biographies, from 18th to 20th Century, which finds two German experts, Wolfgang Voigt... Ulf Meyer


Found
2 months ago

Architect Kazuo Shinohara’s Umbrella House has found a new home — in Germany, though, not in its former home of Japan. The building joins the Vitra Campus as a venue for small gatherings and, following buildings by R. Buckminster Fuller and Jean Prouvé, the third historic building to be... Ulf Meyer


Reviews
2 months ago

The new Nasjonalmuseet (National Museum), designed by Klaus Schuwerk Architects, is the largest art museum in Scandinavia — and one of its finest, according to Ulf Meyer, who visited ahead of its opening day. Ulf Meyer

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Insight
2 months ago

Boonserm Premthada, Thailand’s most interesting architect, argues that “architecture is the physical creation of an atmosphere, serving to heighten our awareness of our natural surroundings.” Premthada revealed other interesting aspects of his unique approach to architecture in his... Ulf Meyer


Insight
2 months ago

Witnesses, the new exhibition on the research practice Forensic Architecture and the fifth exhibition in The Architect’s Studio series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is disturbing, says Ulf Meyer. Ulf Meyer


Insight
2 months ago

Earlier this month Shigeru Ban spoke at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin as part of the "On the Duty and the Power of Architecture" lecture series. Ulf Meyer sat down with the Japanese architect after the talk,... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 5/3/22

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao just wrapped up a mentorship with Luísa Sol as part of Germany’s Forecast Festival. Now Bilbao is the subject of an exhibition opening on May 14 at Aedes Forum and her practice is designing a monastery outside Berlin. Ulf Meyer spoke with Bilbao about these... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 4/21/22

John Ronan became world famous with the Poetry Foundation and Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, two elegant orthogonal buildings in Chicago. Now, with the headquarters for the Chicago Park District under construction, he is on to something else. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 4/18/22

A handful of projects in Finland’s capital find local and international architects alike grappling with masterpieces of modern architecture and tackling large-scale mixed-use developments. Ulf Meyer visited Helsinki recently to get a handle on things. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 4/15/22

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has announced the completion of 800 Fulton Market, a mixed-use office tower in Chicago's booming Fulton Market District. Ulf Meyer finds in it a return to structural expression for SOM. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 3/23/22

Two new initiatives are aiming to add more modern architecture to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ulf Meyer reports on a recent symposium focused on the built heritage of Erich Mendelsohn. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 3/23/22

On March 15, Francis Kéré was named the 2022 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered by many as architecture's highest honor. Ulf Meyer visited Kéré in his Berlin office to speak with the architect about the Pritzker, his career, and some of the buildings his firm is working... Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 3/18/22

A team led by the firm of Australian architect Angelo Candalepas was selected by the Victorian Government and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in a competition to design the NGV Contemporary. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 3/16/22

Architect Lee Jeong-hoon is building a pavilion on the roof of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea in Gwacheon. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 3/15/22

Diébédo Francis Kéré has been named the laureate of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize. Born in Gando and based in Berlin (he is a dual citizen of Burkina Faso and Germany), Kéré is the first architect from Africa to win the prize considered architecture’s highest honor.  Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 3/4/22

The Museum of Resistance and Human Rights in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, got an interesting make-over, courtesy of architect Jim Clemes and designer Nathalie Jacoby. Ulf Meyer visited the reworked museum, sending us his impressions. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 2/22/22

Construction is now underway on the Kéré Architecture-designed Goethe Institute in Dakar, Senegal, with the new cultural center set to open its doors in the summer of 2023. Ulf Meyer


Found
on 2/17/22

The magic world of Hans Christian Andersen and his legendary fairy tales is on display in Odense, Denmark, in the House of Fairy Tales designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Ulf Meyer visited the H.C. Andersen House, sending us his impressions. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 2/8/22

Boris Iofan's Soviet architecture is rediscovered in a new exhibition, Stalin’s Architect: The Rise and Fall of Boris Iofan, now on display at the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin.  Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 2/2/22

In August 2014, the Ordrupgaard Museum reopened with a new primarily underground extension designed by Norway's Snøhetta. Ulf Meyer visited Ordrupgaard recently, sending us his impressions of the newly expanded museum. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 1/27/22

A big Peter Cook retrospective is now on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. Peter Cook – City Landscapes opened on January 21, with the famed architect and founding member of Archigram in attendance. Ulf Meyer filed this report and spoke with Cook. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 1/19/22

One of Kenji Hirose’s best houses — SH-60, located in Nakano ward of northwestern Tokyo — has been demolished. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 1/17/22

The Norwegian office of Mad arkitekter, the subject of Mad About Dugnad – Work Together, Build Better, a new exhibition at Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, has great concepts — and a ways to go. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 12/9/21

Moscow's newest cultural center opened on Saturday, December 4, in the former second city electric station, or GES-2. The transformation of the building was done by Renzo Piano Building Workshop for the V–A–C Foundation. Ulf Meyer


Found
on 12/8/21

The House of Hungarian Music in Budapest's City Park will open to the public at the end of January. Sou Fujimoto's design is an undulating canopy above glass walls that is all about blending the new building into its natural setting near the city center. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 11/24/21

Upon the opening of the new Bastian Gallery in Berlin’s Dahlem district on November 13, Ulf Meyer spoke with its architect, John Pawson — the king of British minimalism and a prolific Instagrammer — who revealed some insights behind his architectural designs in and beyond the German capital. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 11/12/21

Luxembourg’s second city, Esch-sur-Alzette (or Esch, for short, population 36,000), is preparing for its role as the European Capital of Culture next year. Ulf Meyer visited Esch to take in different parts of the city and highlight some of the additions being made in the run up to next year’s... Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 10/27/21

The International Conference on Architectural Criticism took place online over four days in October, with dozens of academics addressing the theme “On the Duty and Power of Architectural Criticism.” Ulf Meyer watched the proceedings and sent us his impressions. Ulf Meyer


Headlines
on 10/14/21

The Torch Tower will dominate Tokyo's skyline when it's completed in 2028. The 63-story tower is the main element in Tokyo Torch, a mixed-use development in the city's historic Tokiwabashi district. Ulf Meyer


Insight
on 10/14/21

Stockholm’s ArkDes portrays the famous Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975) as the “Architect of death and life” in a major monographic exhibition that opened on October 1, 2021, and is on display until August 28, 2022. Ulf Meyer toured Sigurd Lewerentz: Architect of Death and... Ulf Meyer


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