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Jean Nouvel

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Jean Nouvel
53W53 Apartments . NEW YORK Ateliers Jean Nouvel . + archdaily Hines, the international real estate firm, together with development partners Goldman Sachs Investment Group and Singapore-based Pontiac Land Group, today announced the opening of the first model residence at 53 West 53, the gracefully tapered, 1,050-foot-high residential condominium tower adjacent to The Museum of … Continue reading Jean Nouvel
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Hiha Studio

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Hiha Studio
APARTMENT RENOVATION . GIRONA Hiha Studio . photos: © Pol Viladoms The project consists of the conversion of the ground floor of an old warehouse in to an apartment. The existing warehouse was divided into 3 structural bays, parallel to the façade, and a large courtyard at the back. The strategy for the project consisted … Continue reading Hiha Studio
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Dezeen Showroom launches with products from Vitra, Hem, Luceplan and Maruni

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Dezeen Showroom has launched today featuring furniture and lighting products by designers including Jasper Morrison, Stephen Burks, Faye Toogood, Naoto Fukasawa and Barber Osgerby. Dezeen Showroom is a new affordable space for brands to launch products and showcase their designers and projects to Dezeen's huge global audience. For today's launch, Vitra presents Tip Ton RE,

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Benedict Hobson

David Adjaye - Works 1995-2007

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David Adjaye - Works 1995-2007: Houses, Pavilions, Installations, Buildings
Adjaye Associates, edited by Peter Allison
Thames & Hudson, November 2020

Hardcover | 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches | 300 pages | 800 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343517 | $90.00

PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION:

Acclaimed architect David Adjaye is known for his artistic sensitivity and deft use of space and inexpensive, unexpected materials. With the hindsight of almost twenty years of practice and a raft of high-profile projects around the world— perhaps best symbolized by the National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington, DC—this book looks back on the houses and buildings of his early career.

Adjaye’s early commissions were the test sites for what would become his unique, celebrated, and highly sought-after brand of “critical regionalism.” From London to Brooklyn, in private houses and public buildings, his clever urban interventions abound: roof-level living space is added to a factory-turned-studio, a sunken courtyard encases a tower-like house, and basalt stone extends a basement dining area to a roofless gazebo.

David Adjaye—Works brings together all of these early projects and more and presents them with new analyses and recently uncovered archival material, testifying to the originality of an architect at the height of his talents who is changing the face of our built world.

David Adjaye has offices in London, New York, and Berlin, and his public buildings have brought him international critical acclaim. His previous books are David Adjaye: Houses and David Adjaye: Making Public BuildingsPeter Allison is a London-based exhibition curator and teacher.

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dDAB COMMENTARY:

David Adjaye established Adjaye Associates in the year 2000, meaning the firm with offices in London, New York, and Accra is now twenty years old. Instead of releasing a monograph that documents the entirety of the firm's output over that time, Works 1995-2007 is the equivalent of an origin story, covering projects completed a few years before before the establishment of his eponymous firm and the subsequent early commissions that Adjaye describes as "the formation of the thinking that underpins my current work." The early projects are also presented as "part of an enquiry into the social role of architecture" that Adjaye is "still busy completing."

The book was done with longtime collaborator Peter Allison, whose other books with Adjaye include the impressive Adjaye Africa Architecture. For Works 1995-2007, the focus is clearly on the houses and buildings completed over the course of Adjaye's first decade of practice, as well as some of the pavilions and installations the architect describes as "experimental projects" that allowed "investigations into materiality, how to make enclosures, and the framing and appropriate gaze for external expression." Accordingly, the texts are minimal, with the above quotes pulled from Adjaye's one-page foreword; following it is an essay by MAXXI's Pippo Ciorra, with six pages of text. For the bulk of the book, the project descriptions tend toward brevity, with just a few sentences each, though important projects, such as the Idea Stores and Rivington Place, are described at length, with a few paragraphs each.

From the embossed linen cover, which appears to be the Chris Ofili window at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, to the photographs and drawings included for each project, the presentation is consistently good. It is an uncluttered presentation that emphasizes the qualities of space and materials that are a hallmark of Adjaye's designs, be they one of the 35 built works in this book or any of the projects completed since the book's end date of 2007. I'm not exactly sure why that year was selected as the cutoff for this book — it ends with Horizon, a timber pavilion completed in London in 2007 that was rebuilt for a 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago — but it does lead into the Great Recession, when commissions dried up for most architecture firms, and too many more projects would have made the book unwieldy.

Before opening it, I couldn't help wonder if Works 1995-2007 was planned as the first of a series of complete works, in the vein of Renzo Piano Building Workshop's now-five-volume series done with Peter Buchanan. Adjaye is certainly a candidate for such a treatment, but given that the book focuses on completed projects and has only 35 of them completed over 12 years (a list of 78 works with one image each is included in the back matter), it is hardly complete. Although we can't expect a 2008-2020 volume anytime in the future, readers interested in Adjaye's beginnings will be very happy with this book. I was not familiar with most of the projects, and I found myself gravitating to the renovations and additions for London residences; the creativity of the SJW House, to name just one (also, it should be noted this is one of many projects in the book that is not on Adjaye's website), is impressive. That Adjaye still builds similar residential commissions to this day signals that a return to his formative years is not limited to books.

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John Hill

Jony Ive to design "the next generation of Airbnb products"

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Jony Ive legacy – Apple chief designer

Apple's former chief design officer Jony Ive has been hired by online rental service Airbnb to develop new products and services for the platform. Ive, who left Apple last year after almost 30 years to establish an independent design company called LoveFrom, will act as a design consultant for the online holiday rental website. "Today, I'm thrilled to

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Tom Ravenscroft

To avoid a repeat of the Mogadishu attack, Somali needs biometrics

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I was mayor of Mogadishu in 2017 when it experienced the country’s deadliest ever terrorist attack. The lessons have not yet been learnt. Three years ago, on 14 October 2017, Somalia experienced a turning point when devastating truck bomb attacks ripped through Mogadishu’s busy Zoobe junction. It was the country’s deadliest ever terrorist attack, killing almost 600 people and leaving hundreds seriously injured or missing. Though Somalia’s capital had seen its fair share of blasts, the Zoobe attack was particularly horrendous in terms of the sheer power of the explosives deployed, the loss of lives and destruction of property. It […]

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Thabit Mohamed

UK government's housing formula "does not make sense" say planning groups

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Planning reform propose revised algorithm for housing targets

The UK government's proposal to use a mathematical formula to determine where to build 300,000 new homes a year has been criticised by campaigners. The formula would be used to set a target number of homes to build for each area in England, with the aim of building more housing in less affordable places to increase

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Morris+Company

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Morris+Company
MODU modular system Morris+Company MODU is a modular system designed by Morris + Company. Due to its design and flexibility, MODU allows the user to combine its modules, designing diverse real estate products such as shelters, houses and buildings of 25m2 and over. The blending of these different volumes creates unique spaces and their layout … Continue reading Morris+Company
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Trypta by Stephen Burks for Luceplan

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Trypta lamp by Luceplan and Stephen Burks features acoustic panels

Dezeen Showroom: American designer Stephen Burks has worked alongside Italian lighting brand Luceplan to create Trypta, a pendant light that helps improve spatial acoustics. The Trypta pendant lamp that Burks created for Luceplan is part of the brand's The Lights of Silence collection of acoustic lighting products. It is made from a trio of sound-absorbing panels

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sanaa

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sanaa
City Cultural Center . Taichung sanaa . ricky liu & associates . photos: © REX ZOU A few pictures by REX ZOU of Taichung City Cultural Center in progress. _ And a few additional images of some early versions of the project. _
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