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The Plan 130 [05-2021]
Jeanne Gang | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects - LOHA | Bidard & Raissi | NADAAA | John McAslan + Partners | Takeshi Hirobe Architects | Francesco Pascali | dell’agnolo kelderer architekturbüro | AREA | Golden Goose | ML Architettura

This issue opens with an Editorial Critique by Jeanne Gang about the need to reassess brutalist architecture, partly because it’s frequently the environmentally responsible thing to do. In Highlights, Michael Webb explores the close relationship between architecture and community through the lens of the 1500 Granville project in Los Angeles by LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects). NADAAA collaborated with Bidard & Raissi to design a residence that features several interrelating faces within a whole that combines visions of inviting familiarity with real and abstract monumentality. Innovation in healthcare is the cornerstone of John McAslan + Partners’ design of the Health Innovation Hub at Lancaster University. Takeshi Hirobe Architects is behind the Phase Dance residence in Shizuoka, Japan. This project strikes a novel balance between the natural and artificial, the result is a design that pays homage to the flows of nature. When working on Villa Ca’ Gioia, Francesco Pascali Architetto examined both history and the local area. Created by dell’agnolo kelderer architekturbüro, the Cantina Bolzano winery could be summed up as a cube in the middle of an oval-shaped plaza. AREA (Architecture Research Athens) has reinvented the vacation home with a design intended to offer leisure time perfection. ML Architettura designed the new headquarters of Golden Goose, a kind of architectural metamorphosis, the project has cleverly capitalized on the structural possibilities of two existing warehouses, transforming them into a work of contemporary architecture.

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The Plan 129 [04-2021]
Tony Joseph | Labics | Kanva | Rurban Studio | TJAD | Piraccini + Potente Architettura | JSa Architects | Robert Hutchison Architecture | bonetti/kozerski architecture | Malfona Petrini | Steven Holl Architects

Is it still possible for architecture and nature to coexist? This is the question posed by Tony Joseph from STAPATI in the #THEPLAN129 editorial. In Viaggio in Italia, Valerio Paolo Mosco looks at the autonomous architecture of Labics, opening a discussion with international relevance. But sustainability and nature are the focus of this issue. We look at the Biodome, a living museum redesigned by Canadian studio KANVA with NEUF architect(e)s, as well as the Xia Dynasty Museum in Erlitou, the work of TJAD and Rurban Studio. Also featured are a project by Piraccini+Potente Architettura that innovatively reinterprets the traditions of Italy’s Cesena area. Malfona Petrini Architetti reworks modern compositional traditions in its “house in the woods,” while the project by Robert Hutchison Architecture and JSa sets out to find a complete symbiosis between the built and natural environments. Our focus also extends to art, with Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture’s design for Pace Gallery, an example of living, monumental art gallery design that rewrites the Manhattan lexicon. We also look at an extraordinary project by Steven Holl Architects’ that balances light and lightness: Winter Visual Arts Building, Franklin & Marshall College.

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The Plan 128 [03-2021]
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects - LOHA | Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia | Barreca & La Varra | OPEN Architecture | Behnisch Architekten | RMA Architects | Henley Halebrown | Shinberg.Levinas Architects | PBDW Architects | Marx/Ladurner Architekten

Issue 128 of The Plan opens with an analysis by Lorcan O’Herlihy of the relationship between the domestic and social spaces. Barreca & La Varra then offers a thoughtful design lesson on ideal performance levels in the art of construction. But the main focus of this month’s issue is educational architecture. Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia outlines what the architectural vision will be for the Italian school of tomorrow. With its project in Shanghai, OPEN Architecture demonstrates how it’s possible to deconstruct a school into a village-like campus. In its design for Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Complex, Behnisch Architekten has created high-performance architecture that replicates nature. The work of RMA Architects, the design of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Ahmedabad, focuses on permeability, through both its materials and composition. Henley Halebrown embraces an orderly formalism with a hybrid project in the United Kingdom that showcases the firm’s unique style. Shinberg.Levinas has placed the emphasis on the public dimension in its contemporary urban design for an elementary school in Washington DC. Facilitating self-sufficiency, independence, and feelings of familiarity for students are all key elements in PBDW Architects’ design of the Cooke School & Institute. Finally, Marx / Ladurner Architekten balances the domestic dimension with the old and the new in its design of an elementary school in a small South Tyrolean community.

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