The Plan 132 [09-2021]
SO - IL | Minarc | First Office | Fung + Blatt Architects | Design, Bitches | Amunátegui Valdés | Lehrer Architects | Taalman Architecture | La Más | Welcome Projects | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson | Miralles Tagliabue EMBT | Kéré Architecture | MAB Arquitectura | McLeod Bovell | Takaaki Fuji + Yuko Fuji Architecture | Gehry Partners
Mutations, metabolisms, or metamorphoses – how are cities transforming at the crossroads of the new century? This question, made more topical than ever by the pandemic, is the subject of the editorial that opens THE PLAN 132. The piece was written by Carmen Andriani, an architect and professor specializing in urban regeneration at the University of Genoa.
Next comes Michael Webb’s Highlights column, in which he looks at an initiative of the city of Los Angeles that, to solve the problem of the shortage of affordable housing, asked architects to present designs for ADUs, Accessory Dwelling Units. Numerous ideas were submitted, including Pebble House by studio SO–IL.
Also in the field of social housing, but this time in Italy, MAB Architettura and Beretta Associati worked on the Moneta Milano project. The two studios won the Progetto 10.000 contest for this 310-apartment coliving development, conceived with the idea of community at its heart.
Returning to the United States, the iconic Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan is the setting for the renovation of an apartment in the Jenga Tower. Studio Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has redesigned the interiors of the residence, reflecting the dynamic forces expressed by the concrete and glass tower itself, the work of Herzog & de Meuron.
The home-studio of architects Takaaki and Yuko Fuji in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, on the other hand, features a steel structure and timber interiors. Hallmarks of the building are its bay windows, which, stacked together, define the volume and the interior spaces.
Moving from the built to the natural environment, an integration between architecture and nature forms the basis of McLeod Bovell Modern Houses’ concept for BlackCliff House in West Vancouver. Perched on a clifftop, the home is situated between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, offering views over the latter through its large windows.
The cover of THE PLAN 132 is dedicated to Frank O. Ghery’s The Tower, a building that, standing 184 feet (56 m), towers over the skyline of Arles, France. Built using over ten thousand stainless steel blocks and fifty glass boxes, the tower houses exhibition spaces, offices, a library, and a cafeteria.
By contrast, Kéré Architecture’s design of the Burkina Institute of Technology in Koudougou has a village-like composition of several low buildings that feature local building materials and techniques, all arranged within an open enclosure.
Marking the twentieth anniversary of the death of Catalan architect Enric Miralles, the exhibition MIRALLES. Perpetuum Mobile is entirely dedicated to wood and design. The event is curated by Benedetta Tagliabue and Joan Roig i Duran, and is taking place at the Disseny Hub in Barcelona. The exhibition brings together over twenty furniture pieces, all of them wood, that Miralles designed for his last home, conceived as a space in constant motion.