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eVolo 05

By: admin | March - 27 - 2013
Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Title: eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture
Guest Editors: Juan Azulay (Matter Management), Benjamin Rice
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 300
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740039

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INTRODUCTION

Xenoculture is a term coined by Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani that describes the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. In this issue we borrow the idea and explore the realm of Architecture Xenoculture — the work of architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities. An architectural form that emerges from mathematical processes and new material explorations and proposes something never before seen — an aesthetic yet to be determined.

Some of the work showcased has been produced by leading architecture practitioners and academics worldwide including: Hernan Diaz Alonso, Servo, Francois Roche, Marc Fornes, Kokkugia, Zaha Hadid, Volkan Alkanoglu, and Rafael Lozano among others.

Architecture Xenoculture is the problematization of work produced by embracing the proliferation of this mist of fear. It argues for the harnessing of this aesthetic of fear towards a yet-to-be determined end – intensifying its practice towards new thresholds, those that unleash the potential of the alien in the world beyond the limited imaginary we have become anesthetized to, conjuring insecure material and behavioral manifestations of the xeno-gene and its ability to adapt, mutate, survive and fight.

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

 

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

Architecture Xenoculture

eVolo_05: Architecture Xenoculture

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eVolo 04

By: admin | July - 1 - 2012

eVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space

Title: eVolo_04: Re-imagining the Contemporary Museum, Exhibition & Performance Space
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 192
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-1938740039

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INTRODUCTION

The architecture for performance and exhibition, being museums, galleries, music halls, pavilions, etc., has been in the leading edge of architectural innovation throughout the history and evolution of the discipline. Architects and designers experiment on new aesthetics, concepts, and ideas with projects that tend to have a flexible program and a large budget. In many cases, the main requirement of such structures is not only to accommodate a specific program but also to inspire the imagination of its users and challenge the current state of architectural design. Some examples, such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao by Frank Gehry or the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon are considered design masterpieces of the 20th Century. Gehry’s Museum transformed the city of Bilbao from a small industrial Spanish city into a world destination, while Utzon’s Opera House become the symbol of Sydney and Australia.

This issue of eVolo studies the most innovative examples of performance and exhibition architecture today. These are projects that revolutionize architecture on many levels, including sustainability, aesthetics, technology, and urban design. It is interesting to point out that these works are not concentrated in one specific region, but are located in every corner of the globe; from MVRDV’s Comic and Animation Museum in China, to the new Broad Museum in Los Angeles by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, or Kengo Kuma’s Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »

Title: EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS

Cover: Hardcover
Size: 9″ x 11.5″ x 2.5″
Pages: 1224 
ISBN: 978-0-9816658-4-9
Limited edition: 500 copies
Second printing: Printed on demand. To be delivered in July 2012
Price: $120 – Includes shipping to any part in the world.

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INTRODUCTION 

Established in 2006, the eVolo Skyscraper Competition has become the world’s most prestigious award for high-rise architecture. The contest recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are some of the multi-layered elements of the competition. It is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.

Over the last six years, an international panel of renowned architects, engineers, and city planners have reviewed more than 4,000 projects submitted from 168 countries around the world. Participants include professional architects and designers, as well as students and artists. This book is the compilation of 300 outstanding projects selected for their innovative concepts that challenge the way we understand architecture and their relationship with the natural and built environments. Read the rest of this entry »

eVolo 03

By: admin | October - 27 - 2010

 

eVolo_03: Cities of Tomorrow

Title: eVolo_03: Cities of Tomorrow
Cover: Perfect Bound
Size: 9″ x 11.5″
Pages: 130
ISSN: 1946-634x
ISBN: 978-0981665832

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How do we imagine the cities of tomorrow? This is one of the most difficult questions that architects, designers, and urban planners need to answer in a time where more than half of the world’s population lives in urban settlements – a mere century ago only ten percent did.

In this issue we examine innovative urban proposals that will transform the way we live; projects that preserve the natural landscape with integral architecture and urbanism with deep connections to site, culture, and environment. These are concepts of hybrid urbanism that offer a juxtaposition of programs to live, work, and play for a hyper-mobile population.

Arup Biomimetics
AS/D
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
MAD Architects
Matter Management
MONAD Studio
NH Architecture
Rag Urbanism
Rojkind Arquitectos
SOFTlab
Ted Givens
Terreform One
Trahan Architects
UNStudio
Vincent Callebaut
Will Alsop
WOHA Studio

2010 Skyscraper Competition
Australia in 2050
Urban Visions: 1850 – 2100

Essays and Interviews

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eVolo 02

By: admin | December - 7 - 2009

 

eVolo 02 - Skyscrapers of the Future

eVolo_02: Skyscrapers of the Future

Title: eVolo_02: Skyscrapers of the Future
Cover: Perfect Bound 
Size: 9″ x 11.5″ 
Pages: 200 
ISSN: 1946-634x 
ISBN: 978-0981665825

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Interviews with:
Carol Willis
Giacomo Costa

Skyscrapers by:
Herzog & de Meuron
Morphosis
MVRDV
Jean Nouvel
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Studio Shift

Essays by:
Brian Ahmes
Marcos Betanzos
Joanna Borek-Clement
Benny Chow
Mario Cipresso
Elie Gamburg
Arvin Garay-Cruz
Mohamed Ghamlouch
Ted Givens
Maryana Grinshpun
Mathias Henning
Reinaldo Leandro
Andrew Liang
José Muñoz-Villers
Chad Porter
Maria Prieto
Javier Quintana

2009 Skyscraper Competition:
30 most innovative projects

Aranda / Lasch:
Recent work

Editor’s Letter
by Carlo Aiello

It has been a tremendous satisfaction to compile this issue about the past, present, and future of the skyscraper. No other architectural genre captures our imagination and reflects our cultural and technological achievements like these towers that pierce the sky. We start off with the history and evolution of building high, from the Egyptian pyramids, Gothic cathedrals, and first American skyscrapers to the contemporary reality in Asia and the Middle East.

We present two fascinating interviews, the first one with Carol Willis, the founder and director of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City, who explains the true genetics and economics behind the birth and future of the skyscraper. The second one with Italian artist, Giacomo Costa, who shares his vision about “the relationship between the natural environment, human activity, and supernatural reality” with provocative images of an apocalyptic urban future.

Javier Quintana exposes the time gap between new architectural concepts and their built reality – like Arne Hosek’s “City of the Future” designed in 1928 and materialized in 1998 by César Pelli as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur or Sergei Lopatin’s 1925 idea for the Veshenka Tower in Moscow, later observed as the Willis Tower (former Sears Tower) in Chicago in 1974.

Another group of essays explore the global influence of Manhattan as a contemporary Babylon to be replicated across the world, or the role of the Italian Futurists, Japanese Metabolists, and Archigram, who influenced generations of architects and designers to push forward the concept of vertical living.

In the ‘Opinion’ section you will find critiques on some of the latest ideas for skyscraper design by some of the most forward-looking architects – like the concept of pixilated tectonics in Le Project Triangle in Paris by Herzog & de Meuron and Rodøvere’s Sky Village by MVRDV. On the other hand, Jean Nouvel redefined the Italian loggia towers of the seventeenth century with the Tour Signal in La Défense, Paris; while Morphosis Architects explores new programs for vertical density with The Phare Tower. Lastly, Studio SHIFT masterfully integrates their Miyi Tower in Sichuan, China, with the existing landscape.

Central to this issue are thirty projects from eVolo’s 2009 Skyscraper Competition which look into the future of the skyscraper with the use of new technologies, programs, and aesthetic expression. Sustainability, globalization, flexibility, and adaptability are just some of the multi-layered elements explored by some the entries. You will find examples of cities in the sky, horizontal skyscrapers that link various cities, or emergency architecture for disaster zones.

Finally, we present the work of Aranda / Lasch, a young New York-based design studio which develops their research on the observation of the patterns of organization in the natural world and its implementation in architecture and design. Their “Quasi-Series” furniture is designed following the assemblage logic of Quasi-crystals, where a structural pattern does not repeat itself.

We would like to acknowledge our readers for their encouraging letters and e-mails that we have received over the last months. It is our mission to continue discovering and promoting new talents and to present a new wave of architecture that will undoubtedly transform our world.

eVolo- to study, to develop, to evolve, to fly away…

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eVolo 01

By: admin | December - 7 - 2009

 

eVolo 01 - Housing for the 21st Century

eVolo_01: Housing for the 21st Century

Title: eVolo_01: Housing for the 21st Century
Cover: Perfect Bound 
Size: 9″ x 11.5″ 
Pages: 176 
ISSN: 1946-634x 
ISBN: 978-0981665818

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Editor’s Letter
by Carlo Aiello

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to the premier issue of eVolo. This architecture and design journal was initially conceived in 2004 by a group of graduate students at Columbia University in New York City. Following graduate school, inspired and idealistic, many of us felt the need to reach further and look more closely at ourselves and our specific strengths to figure out what we could uniquely contribute to the field of architecture. Unfortunately entering the work force revealed a scary truth; the world of architecture is a tough place, making little room to accommodate all the unique contributions that so many brilliant young architects were so eager to make. This, specifically, is the inspiration for eVolo; to provide a forum for showcasing the most innovative, the most avant-garde designs that will define architecture in the twenty-first century. Read the rest of this entry »