Feature: Small and Sustainability
It seems safe to say that the relationship between architecture and society is something that we have never stopped discussing. Recently, however, there has been a remarkable intensification in the way that architects are rethinking what they themselves can do as individuals, and how they can contribute to society.
This issue features simple and small examples of how architecture can contribute to realizing the sustainable society of the future. The featured works include a house with thick cobwork walls made of a mixture of clay and straw (Switzerland); a mountain hut of in-situ concrete built with formwork from old exterior paneling (Switzerland); a reconstructed boathouse with interior walls and window frames of discarded lumber (Norway); a weekend house originally built in the 15th century and converted several times for different uses (Italy); an extension to a 200-year-old wine cellar (Austria); a house renovated by the clients themselves for four years (Belgium); bamboo sleeping units for orphans (Thailand), and so on.
The issue also features five energy-efficient houses, including two experimental university research projects.
Rotor, a collective of young Belgian researchers who investigate design, material resources, and waste, contributed an essay for this issue. It introduces the concept of C2C popularized by the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, which holds that waste can be eliminated by proper design. It examines the case of standard plasterboard, which was recently certified as a C2C product. (a+u)
Aires Mateus
Casa na Comporta
AFF Architekten
Hut on Fichtelberg Mountain
TYIN tegnestue Architects
Boathouse near Aure
TYIN tegnestue Architects
Soe Ker Tie House
TYIN tegnestue Architects
Safe Haven Library and Bathhouse
Christian Pottgiesser Architecturespossibles
Maison L
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
House Rot-Ellen-Berg
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
House BM
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
House Bern Heim Beuk
EM2 Architekten
Renovation Alter Widum
Yes Architects
House K
Spaceshop Architekten
Eco-Friendly House in Deitingen
Petra Gipp Arkitektur + In Praise of Shadows
Service Building Cemetary at Ulriksdal
Essay: On Plasterboard and Cherry Trees
Virginia Tech Center
Virginia Tech Lumenhaus
Werner Sobek
F87 Efficiency House Plus with Electromobility
Karawitz Architecture
Passive House in Bessancourt
Solar House, Vens, Aosta Valley
Daly Genik Architects
Palms House


Feature: 500th Issue Word and Image

500th Issue Word and Image
With this issue, a+u reaches a landmark 500 issues since its foundation. That we have come this far is due solely to the support of our readers and others involved in the field of architecture. We are very grateful.
In todays global information society, the world seems to have become smaller. As the view changes, it seems that creativity and the thirst for knowledge are being lost.
Around 1971, when this magazine was founded, it must have been incomparably harder to gather information about international architecture than it is today, when information of every kind is overflowing on the Web. In those times, one of the pleasures of reading must have been the exercise of imagination touched off by a photo (often a grainy one) or a phrase in a essay.
For issue 500, three editorial advisors have selected the best from among the many brilliant essays contributed to a+u by authors from around the world.
The selected essays are remarkable for their insight into architectural trends of the time and for the inspiration they offer for the architecture of the future. Drawings are presented along with the essays.
We hope that the essays republished here will be read by readers from the generation born after a+u was founded, and that they will find hints to inspire their thinking about architecture to come. This fall, we intend to publish another commemorative issue devoted to visual material from the first 500 issues.Regardless of the 40 years of architectural history introduced in these pages, and regardless of region, we have always tried to introduce the architecture that readers of the time demanded. Without chasing after fads and fashions, a+u will continue its conversation with the best that architecture has to offer. Please look forward to it. (Translated from Japanese by Thomas Donahue)Nobuyuki Yoshida
a+u 500 Covers

On a Selection Word and Image
Yasuhiro Teramatsu, Erwin J.S.Viray, Ken Tadashi Oshima

Paul Rudolph (a+u 71:02)
Essay: Twentieth Century Brick

Louis I. Kahn (a+u 73:01)
Essay: The Room, the Street and Human Agreement

Colin Rowe (a+u 75:10)
Essay: The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa

Bernard Tschumi (a+u 80:06)
Architectural Manifestoes Three Spaces

Rem Koolhaas (a+u 88:10)
From Delirious New York

Jeff Kipnis (a+u 90:01, Feature: Peter Eisenman)
Essay: A Matter of Respect

Jean-Louis Cohen (a+u 91:03)
Essay: Architecture and Modernity in the Soviet Union 19001937 part 1: The October Revolution and the Continuity of Architectural Culture

Jacques Lucan (a+u 95:09)
Essay: Architecture: Face to Face with Matter

Peter Zumthor (a+u 97:01)
Essay: The Body of Architecture Observations

Zaha M. Hadid, Wolf Prix, and Bernard Tschumi (a+u 98:07, Feature: Reality of the Image)

Sverre Fehns Sketches (a+u 99:01)

Barry Bergdoll (a+u 03:01)
Essay: Schinkel and Mies: Natures Perspective (Excerpts)

Toyo Ito (a+u 04:05)
Interview: In Pursuit of an Invisible Image (Interviewer: Kumiko Inui)

Peter Maekli (a+u 08:01)
Fragment of Lecture: On Ancient Architecture

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