‘Ouvertures’, the first monograph on the multivarious work by the young architectural office Powerhouse Company is now available in a digital version for the iPad. Originally a printed book, the digital version contains loads of extra material. The added videos, sketches, building pictures and images provide a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into the design process of the office as well as an alternative reading experience.
In the App a simple ‘+’ icon reveals a secondary layer of information about the projects. This layer contains movies, process models, anecdotes, details and images. The iPad App is now available for €7,99 ($9,99) in the iTunes Store.
Nanne de Ru: “From the start we had the intend to launch an App next to our printed publication. Over the last few years, we have seen architecture books trying to show more and more of the process behind the designs and realized works. We always had the feeling that books are perhaps not the right tool for this kind of amalgamation of process, failures, anecdotes and results. The interactive abilities of tablets however have made it possible to add ‘depth’ to a publication. So the clean and clear lay out of a classic book can now obtain more layers of information through an App.”
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, announces the launch of the book and website related to its current major exhibition, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the CCA’s main galleries for an extended run until 15 April, 2012.
© CCA / Lars Müller Publishers
Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, the book, in French and English editions, bears the same title as the exhibition and is available from March 2012. Edited by exhibition curators Giovanna Borasi (Curator of Contemporary Architecture, CCA), and Mirko Zardini (Chief Curator and Director, CCA), the book extends the research produced for the exhibition and includes essays by leading academics Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, and Deane Simpson.
First monograph on the multifaceted works by the young architectural office
Six years ago Charles Bessard (*1970 in Paris) and Nanne de Ru (*1976 in Wageningen, Netherlands) founded the Powerhouse Company for Architecture, Design, and Research, with offices in Rotterdam and Copenhagen. Featuring selected projects, from designs to finished buildings, this publication shows the architects’ special, so-called integrated approach. Through key concepts such as context, collaboration, design, or detail, Bessard and de Ru elucidate their understanding of contemporary architecture, which can fulfill the requirements of urban life in terms of aesthetics and function alike. In order to do this, the range of architectural possibilities does not always have to be exhausted; sometimes simple, high-quality solutions are preferable. This goal manifests in the Powerhouse Company’s buildings and can be seen in the photographs taken by Bas Princen and visualizations by MIR.
Steven Holl Architects and William Stout Architectural Books are pleased to announce the release of a new book, Horizontal Skyscraper. Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and watercolors, the book documents the design and construction of the Horizontal Skyscraper – Vanke Center, which opened in Shenzhen, China in 2009. Horizontal Skyscraper includes texts by Steven Holl, Lebbeus Woods, Yehuda Safran, and Li Hu. William Stout Books will host a book signing event for Steven Holl on December 20th from 5pm to 7pm at 804 Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
The Horizontal Skyscraper is an innovative example of a large-scale, hybrid use building, which combines living working, cultural and commercial programs while also creating a large public tropical garden. The building hovers above the landscape, freeing it for public use and for a unique scheme of ecosystem restoration. With over 45,000 of the 60,000 square meter site planted and the addition of the building’s green roof, the total planted area of the project is roughly equal to the site before development. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large public landscape. By lifting the building off the ground, the project is both a building and a landscape, a delicate intertwining of sophisticated engineering and the natural environment.
Roldán + Berengué, arqts wanted to inform you about the publication of a new monograph TC Cuadernos n.100 “Roldán + Berengué, arqts. Arquitectura 1999-2011”. The monograph collects a selection of the most important R+B, arqts. projects in last 10 years organized in different chapters such as Existent, Topographic, GranVia, Informal and the Colective. TC cuadernos during last 19 years has published relevant spanish and portuguese architecs ouvre and with this edition they are celebrating nº100 issue. The monograph is publicated in spanish, english and french text version.
With Metropol Parasol, J. MAYER H. Architects have created a new landmark for the city of Seville. The design by the architectural office received first prize in the competition for the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación at the center of the medieval district of the capital of Andalusia. Metropol Parasol has the potential to turn the Plaza into a new, contemporary urban center in a quarter that was long neglected. The building complex, with its large, parasol-like structures, contains a museum featuring archeological finds in the basement; an indoor market on the ground floor; an elevated square for events, bars, restaurants; and a panoramic walkway on the roof of the parasol. The multifunctional Metropol Parasol signals an initial step in the dynamic development of cultural and commercial facilities at the heart of Seville.
CLOG released its first issue, a critical examination of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), with 40 contributors, including responses by Bjarke Ingels.
Online press, blogs, tweets, social media, and other digital forums have drastically increased the speed at which architectural imagery is distributed and consumed today. While an unprecedented amount of work is available to the public, the lifespan of any single design or topic has been reduced in the profession’s collective consciousness to a week, an afternoon, a single post – an endlessly changing architecture du jour. In the deluge, excellent projects receive the same fleeting attention as mediocre ones. Meanwhile, mere exposure has taken the place of thoughtful engagement, not to mention a substantial discussion.
The book aims to demonstrate a methodology for sustainable architecture using containers.
The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale. That is, they are also valid for designing living spaces.