Edito: PUZZ_LIT. Poetry and resuscitation. On the street

Text: Mugur Grosu
Photo: Alexandra Savu, Dorothee Hasnaș, Mugur Grosu

Seven years ago, I spoke with the former chief executive of the London Development Agency, architect Peter Bishop, at the launch of his book, Temporary City. I asked him if there was any place for poetry in the big cities. Of course, he told me, and he recounted architect Jaime Lerner, who reached the position of mayor of the Brazilian city of Curitiba

Dossier: The Mies van der Rohe Award. Inside view

Intro: Ștefan Ghenciulescu

For over 12 years, I have nominated, as an independent expert, works for the EU Mies Award, as to use its shortened name. In 2019, I had the privilege to be part of this edition’s jury. Together with my colleagues, we shortlisted 40 projects of the 383 submitted, then 5 finalist projects, then the award. Andwe visited all the 5 works selected in the final, as well as the one receiving the award for emergent

Sergison Bates architects – Garden building, Mereworth, Kent

Text: Sergison Bates architects
Photo: David Grandorge

Completed in 1658, Yotes Court is a Grade I listed country residence within a 20-acre estate.

Our project is for a leisure building comprising a 15m indoor heated swimming pool, associated changing facilities and gymnasium.

Densifying the margins. Patio house, Bucureștii Noi neighborhood – Bucharest

Republic of Architects is led by Emil Burbea, Oana Iacob, Radu Ponta and Alexandra Zăgan. They are no strangers to Zeppelin, in very different ways: to their designs of minimal living prototypes, to the transformation of their office space in an open place, to apartment buildings or theoretical texts on transition urbanism. Most articles shared the context – the Bucharest central area – the combination between practice and the critical overlook on the city, the space, urban life. For this article, they take us on a ride outside the downtown.

Vlad Bina: Design for a Virtual World. And then back

I met Vlad Bina in the very early 90s, when I was a young architecture student, while he had just graduated. He was considered by his teachers to be an outstanding student and graduate and I remember his wonderful hand drawings. He left for the US, where he works in feature film Production Design designing digital and physical spaces for storytelling. He is using for this an extensive 3D computer graphics experience built on an architectural, design and art history background.

Edito: Zeus. There is unrest in the city

Text: Mugur Grosu

There are those nagging, fly-like tunes that keep playing in your head, no matter how hard you tried to cast them away, they come back, time and again, and there’s no flyswatter to help you. The phrase in the title comes from the same place, it keeps coming back periodically, like a fly, and it keeps on troubling me, I can’t find the flyswatter. It started a few years back when, while cleaning up a box full of floppy disks and other digital antiquities, I came across a CD I could not place, only saying, in black marker, ZEUS.

Mies van der Rohe Award 2019: Transformation of 530 social dwellings, Bordeaux. Interview with Anne Lacaton

The Winner of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 is Transformation of 530 dwellings – Grand Parc Bordeaux by Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal associated to Fréderic Druot & Christophe Hutin architects. We are honored that our editor-in-chief was one of the seven members of the jury: Dorte Mandrup, George Arbid, Angelika Fitz, Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Zeppelin), Kamiel Klaasse, María Langarita, Frank McDonald.

Tony Fretton Architects: Westkaai Towers 5 & 6, Antwerp Docks

Text: Tony Fretton Architects
Foto: Peter cook, Philippe Dujardin

As part of the extensive redevelopment of the Antwerp Docks, six residential towers are ranged along the waterfront of the Westkaai.

The planning regulations stipulated their outline form and position. Each pair of towers was required to be related but different, like twins.

Urbanizing the periphery. Mahalas, suburbs and 1811 New York

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu

The charm, the issues, and the potential of the suburbs. Densification in a fragile environment

Let me tell you a story about the school of architecture and the suburbs. A few years ago, following a very inspired choice by the department, the workshop of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture with the 2nd -year students had the locations of both 1st-semester projects in the Andronache neighbourhood, towards the North-Eastern margin of Bucharest.

Visiting a Clever, Cheerful Man. The “Anton Pann” Memorial House in Bucharest

Project: Zeppelin
Text: Constantin Goagea
Photo: Andrei Mărgulescu

Old Bucharest remains visible to this day in the irregularity of many streets and in the architectural typology of some houses. Next to the Stelian-Lucaci church, somewhere close to Calea Călărași, there lies one of those pieces of town where one can still find, in the path of streets and property limits, the 19th-century specific urban model

Positive-negative. Zumarraga Interpretation Center for La Antigua Chapel

The building is both inside and outside the mountain, it’an object and a limit, a margin and a gate. And its walls have been shaped by its columns

Project, text: Salvador Ventura de Blas, Pau Llimona, Yoshihide Kobanawa, Kaoru Kobanawa
Photo: @KOBFUJI Architects

Architects of dreams. Around the “Pink Floyd. Their Mortal Remains” exhibition

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo: Georgiana Ghenciulescu, Ștefan Ghenciulescu

No, I did not cry at the exhibition. Well, I teared up a bit, at the end, when, after a “silent disco” tour, when each visitor was practically alone with the exhibits and the music and talks coming from the wireless headsets, we arrived in a large round room where you could see on a circular screen a loop with the end ofone of their last concerts, including David Gilmour – the one from back then and the only one – thanking the audience.