A science center, an arts center, the headquarters of a real estate conglomerate, a mega-development "city of science and techniques," and a temporary performance pavilion that doubles as an "unofficial social club" for poor workers — in their latest portfolio for Places, the editors of Architizer select a group of projects that suggests the range of new building programs in China.
WILLIAM L. FOX
"What if our forbears had professionalized architecture around spatial intelligence rather than the technologies of shelter?" asks Leon van Schaik in his latest book. "Might society find it easier to recognize what is unique about what our kind of thinking can offer?" Writer William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, reviews Spatial Intelligence
, which argues for an enlarged approach to practice, and, as Fox says, "an acknowledgement that buildings have the ability to make people happy."
Earlier this month MIT professor of urban design Lawrence Vale braved the crowds — and the queues — of the Shanghai Expo. This latest world's fair is a study in superlatives: the largest ever in area, cost and global participation, and apparently well on its way to being the largest ever in attendance. As such, says Vale, "it succeeds in staking out yet another case for China's restored global pre-eminence."
Tom J. Buresh, Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Last month an international group of prominent bloggers gathered in Mexico for Postópolis!DF — five lively days of talks and conversation about art, music, design, architecture, landscape and urbanism. One of the bloggers, Cassim Shepard, director of Urban Omnibus, describes his experience in the Mexican capital — the chance to participate in the "extemporaneous formation of a collective portrait of the creative energies defining a city at a particular moment."
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000
New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.