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In Project Without Form: OMA, Rem Koolhaas, and the Laboratory of 1989, ZHAW professor Holger Schurk delves inside the Office of Metropolitan Architecture when it was working on three competition submissions in one year. OMA has not bee the same since. John Hill


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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


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1 month ago

Bernd & Hilla Becher, the first posthumous retrospective of the German photographers famous for documenting industrial structures in the second half of the twentieth century, opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 15. Six years in the making, the exhibition is a must-see. John Hill


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1 month ago

With summer break upon us, World-Architects has rummaged through some of the many architecture books published this year to find fifteen recommendations for summer reading, presented from small to extra-large — from a book that fits in your pocket to a two-volume title for your coffee table. John Hill


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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


Insight
1 month ago

World-Architects stopped by the atelier of Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats on Carrer de Trafalgar in Barcelona in May, a couple of days after the EU Mies Awards were handed out at the Barcelona... John Hill


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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


Insight
2 months ago

The Bubble, a documentary by Austrian filmmaker Valerie Blankenbyl, was the big winner at the BARQ Festival in May, winning Best Documentary Feature Film. World-Architects editor John Hill... John Hill


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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


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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


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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 5/16/22

World-Architects editor John Hill was in Barcelona for EUmies Awards Day last week, sitting down with Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects in the Mies van der Rohe... John Hill


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 5/2/22

Strange Objects, New Solids and Massive Things is a "non-standard book" about the "non-standard way" Winka Dubbeldam and her New York Studio of Archi-Tectonics designs buildings and interiors. Here, we take a look inside the "strange object." John Hill


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


Insight
on 3/31/22

Two books and two exhibitions celebrate two decades of the Flemish government in Belgium commissioning architects for building projects through the Open Call, a unique "more-than-a-competition" process that has resulted in more than 300 completed buildings, landscapes, and infrastructural... John Hill


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


Insight
on 3/15/22

In one moment, everything in Anhelina Starkova's life changed. Putin's war devastated her hometown of Kharkiv and thwarted her plans for the future. But she has not lost her courage. Elias Baumgarten


Insight
on 3/10/22

Anna Heringer has already developed projects in Bangladesh using updated traditional building methods, and she is currently implementing a school complex in Ghana. In our interview, she argues in favor of a political change of thinking towards truly sustainable action and construction in... Katinka Corts


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


Insight
on 2/27/22

The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985 presents notable post-Independence buildings and projects in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka through a variety of media: drawings, photographs, videos, publications and other documents, and... John Hill


Insight
on 2/21/22

Visitors to the American-Architects platform of World-Architects last month voted Mecanoo’s renovation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC as US Building of the Year, picking it from dozens of adaptive reuse and renovation projects. Following... John Hill


Insight
on 2/9/22

The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985 opens at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York on February 20, 2022. Eduard Kögel spoke with MoMA chief curator Martino Stierli ahead of the opening about the theme of the exhibition and... Eduard Kögel


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


Insight
on 1/20/22

Apartment Blossom is the second volume in the Urban Studies Degree Zero Series. This beautifully designed, delicately bound book includes short essays by Li Han, partner at Drawing Architecture... Madeline Beach Carey


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


Insight
on 1/3/22

Interventions and Adaptive Reuse is a recently published that looks back at ten years of academic journalism focused on the “responsible practice” of adaptive reuse. Looking to the past, by virtue of an approach that has preservation at its heart, the book also provides perspectives... John Hill


Insight
on 12/13/21

As 2021 — year two of the coronavirus pandemic — draws to a close, World-Architects takes a month-by-month look back at some of the stories that transpired over the last twelve months: awards, competitions, buildings, exhibitions, and passings.  John Hill


Insight
on 12/3/21

Is idealism economically sensible? Yes, says Katharina Lehmann. In an interview with Swiss-Architects editor Elias Baumgarten she talks about values, what it means to be a female boss, and why coercive measures are not enough to stop climate change. Elias Baumgarten


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 11/18/21

For a period of two weeks starting in late September, the Arc de Triomphe was only recognizable by its shape. Schlaich bergermann partner (sbp) implemented the wrapping project of the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris. Katinka Corts spoke with Mike Schlaich on the engineering of... Katinka Corts


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 11/2/21

Is architecture able to heal? How can the working conditions of nursing staff be improved? And is this actually affordable? These were the issues discussed by experts at the roundtable "Organismus Krankenhaus nach Covid-19" (Organism of the Hospital after Covid-19) in Vienna on October 14th. Katinka Corts


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


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