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The Architectural Review #1508 Feb 2024

The Architectural Review #1508 Feb 2024

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The November issue of The Architectural Review showcases the shortlisted architects of the 2023 AR Emerging awards, who are leading the way in careful adaptive reuse and ecological ways of building around the world. But emerging into an industry that is overly reliant on unpaid labour and race-to-the-bottom fee structures has always been difficult. Since these conditions are rarely discussed, this issue is also dedicated to 'beginnings' and their paradoxes: ‘you are supposed to begin knowing something but also doing something completely new,’ writes Renee Gladman in the Keynote. Taking in napkin sketches, competitions, references and photographs, AR November 2023 serves a useful reminder that others came before, and that the beginning is behind us.AR December 2023/January 2024
This issue showcases the projects included in this year’s AR House shortlist, from modular furniture for Hong Kong’s super-small flats, housing for Mexican rubber workers and vertical living in London, to three examples of retrofitted homes in Kyoto, São Paulo and Copenhagen. In the rest of the issue, we turn to the artist’s house – a type of home with a unique set of functions and associations. It can form a Gesamtkunstwerk – a large‑scale spatial representation of an entire creative world. It is also often fetishised and painstakingly preserved, and turned, eventually, into a tourist attraction after the inhabitant’s death. In the six revisits of artists’ homes featured in this issue, the myth of the artist – the aspirational figure of an autonomous and creatively fulfilled individual – lingers on long after they are gone.

The artist’s house + AR House
The artist’s house:
Keynote: Art house, Tom Wilkinson
Revisit: Meisterhaus Kandinsky/Klee by Walter Gropius in Dessau, Germany, Florian Heilmeyer
Revisit: Gainsborough’s House by ZMMA in Sudbury, UK, Kristina Rapacki
Revisit: Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo by Juan O’Gorman in Mexico City, Mexico, Suleman Anaya
Revisit: Charleston in Firle, UK, Eleanor Beaumont
Case study: Exhibition centre by Jamie Fobert Architects in Firle, UK
Case study: Outdoor stage by PUP Architects in Firle, UK
Case study: Charleston in Lewes by Material Cultures in Lewes, UK
Revisit: Melrose Plantation in Louisiana, US, Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez

AR House awards shortlist:
Winner: Modular furniture for subdivided units by Domat in Hong Kong, China, Jen Lam
Highly commended: Housing for rubber workers by Manuel Cervantes Estudio in Chiapas, Mexico, Ana Karina Zatarain
Commended: Terraced House by Atelier Luke in Kyoto, Japan, Danielle Demetriou
Commended: Small House by MOCT Studio in London, UK, Ellie Duffy
Commended: Itu House by RADDAR in São Paulo, Brazil, Rafael Urano Frajndlich and Guilherme Pianca
Commended: House 14a by Pihlmann Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark, Morten Birk JørgensenThe February issue of The Architectural Review delves into the world of repair and restoration, topics that have recently animated the architecture community. Like the built-in obsolescence of electronics and household appliances, buildings too are designed with a use-by date. Reuse and restoration can break this cycle, as some of the buildings featured illustrate – but the issue also examines the powerful economic imperatives working against repair, which can scupper the best efforts to rehabilitate existing buildings. Architectural repair has repercussions far beyond the built envelope, as seen in projects from Chicago’s South Side to the West Bank, while the most urgent repair work facing us – that of damaged ecologies – is invoked by landscaping projects in Australia and Colombia.
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