THE PLAN is celebrating 150 issues! And it’s doing it with a collector’s edition, available from November at authorized sales outlets and on our website. Our magazine’s journey began in 2002, with the first issue opening with an exclusive interview with Tadao Ando. Since then, there have been thousands of articles devoted to great architects and Pritzker prize winners, as well as to smaller studios that, through THE PLAN, have been able to lift their profile and show off their work.
In September 2017, THE PLAN 100 was released with a special cover to celebrate the milestone. We’re doing something similar with THE PLAN 150, which has a special page 3 created by artist Alberto Pratelli in watercolors.
The cover of THE PLAN 150 is dedicated to the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences, a project by KPMB. The issue, the seventh for 2023, then opens with the editorial “Conservation and Transformation: Architecture as Memory,” by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. The article examines the role of memory in architectural design, highlighting how past experiences and hidden images influence the creative and design processes. The architecture that emerges from this can be interpreted as a manifestation of memory.
In the Letter from America column, Raymund Ryan looks at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, designed by OMA. Following improvements to existing structures and a new pavilion, inspired in its details by the great masters Mies van der Rohe and Rem Koolhaas, this museum campus offers visitors a unique experience.
We move from Buffalo, New York, to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Soma Site 3 Lab Building at MIT, designed by Perkins&Will. This project has transformed and reinvented an existing historic building, placing it alongside a new volume that’s been split in two and rotated 90 degrees to each other. Still in Massachusetts, KPMB has designed the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences. The unusual feature of this building is that it was conceived as a series of overlapping “academic neighborhoods,” delineated by a façade of overlapping blocks. Its real importance, however, is that it serves as a model of excellence for sustainability. In Great Falls, Virginia, Robert Young Architects has designed Treehouse, a home named for its well-defined relationship with its setting, with the surrounding vegetation playing both an aesthetic and protective role.
The last stop in the United States is Manhattan Beach Residence, Los Angeles, designed by Olson Kundig. The most important feature of this project is its internal courtyard, inspired by traditions brought here by the Spanish and Mexicans.
In his column Viaggio in Italia, Valerio Paolo Mosco looks at Studio Kuadra, an Italian studio with an international clientele, particularly in China. Among the works he examines are the Redemptoris Mater Cinisi Church, in Palermo, Italy.
The Zoom column offers a closeup of the Paral·lel residential complex in Palma de Mallorca, designed by OHLAB. The façades of this project reflect the design criteria of the whole, summarizing its aesthetic, functional, and energy saving aspects.
Located in Los Vilos, Chile, Casa Ochoalcubo was designed by Max Núñez Arquitectos. The home occupies a very special location with unique panoramic views. From above, its geometries integrate perfectly into its natural surroundings, leaving the starring role to the blue of the ocean.
THE PLAN 150, the seventh issue for 2023, opens with an editorial by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, “Conservation and Transformation: Architecture as Memory.” The projects we look at in this milestone issue include homes, residential complexes, chur... Read More