Alejandro Zaera-Polo surveys innovative building materials and technologies since World War II–from Albert Kahn, and Lee Porter Butler, to the textile facades of the London Olympics. He notes the disconnect between sophisticated materials employed in pedestrian designs. He argues that the architectural and political resides at the level of the detail.
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Henk Ovink describes five of the projects developed by Rebuild By Design teams that were selected in 2014 for implementation: the New Meadowlands Productive City + Regional Park (MIT + CAU + ZUS + Urbanisten), Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: a Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken (OMA), Blue Dunes – The Future of Coastal Protection (WXY/West 8), Living with the Bay: a Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore (Interboro Team), and the Big U protective system around lower Manhattan (BIG Team).
Henk Ovink frames a survey of his work with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force with a discussion of Sandy as a crisis that created an opportunity for rethinking environmental and infrastructural vulnerabilities. He briefly outlines the Dutch culture of water management. The Rebuild By Design initiative began as an attempt to create a similar ethos of water management in Manhattan and New Jersey. He describes the teams engaged in field research and extensive engagement with locals and relevant government agencies. Ovink concludes with a discussion of five of the projects developed by Rebuild By Design teams for water management and infrastructure for Manhattan and New Jersey.
Suha Ozkan begins by reviewing essential principals of architecture from Vitruvius to Ken Yeang. He discusses projects that creatively respond to difficult environments in Saudi Arabia, India, Bangladesh, and Egypt. He reviews recent projects that employ locally-available materials, including work by Hassan Fathy, the Association pour le Développement d’une Architecture et d’un Urbanisme Africains (ADAUA), Cal-Earth, Balkrishna V. Doshi, Charles Correa, Jean Nouvel, and Foster + Partners. He concludes with innovative approaches to urban preservation in Mostar Old Town, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Asilah, Morocco.
Michael Sorkin outlines his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
Michael Sorkin argues that as the globe urbanizes, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is disappearing. He discusses his projects for new cities in Arizona and China, and describes his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
Michael Sorkin outlines the current state of urban life worldwide, arguing that even as the globe becomes urbanized, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is in danger of disappearing. He insists that the master plan remains a necessary tool for designers.
Christoph Korner outlines the major themes of Graft’s practice, stressing being prepared to recognize inspirations, and to take advantage of serendipitous encounters. Lars Krückeberg surveys Graft’s work, moving from small to large projects, including exhibits, retail, a dental clinic in Berlin, a zero-energy house for Kuala Lumpur, apartments, cultural facilities, hotels, a green mixed-use development in Dubai, and projects in China for eco-tourism and skiing. Krückeberg also surveys some of Graft’s activities outside of architecture, including furniture design, the Make It Right project in New Orleans, a therapeutic intensive care room, and Solar Kiosk sustainable recharging stations in Ethiopia and Kenya.