Monday, June 11, 2012

ARCHITECTURE: Mark #37 - New Brand Georgia (

Apr/May 2012

( We’re off to Georgia, where we uncover the new architectural program – plus a governmental mission – that has birthed the country’s biggest construction boom in centuries. In Norway and Tokyo, natural resources are given two very different architectural functions, while a Stuttgart library channels the Renaissance and a Chilean campus brings students and teachers together. In China, plagiarism is part of the modernization of architecture. Finally, author T.C. Boyle talks about what makes architects such good fiction, while Jan Knippers discusses the importance of abandoning model thinking.

Cross Section
New works by: GraberPulver, Paul Morgan, Unsangdong Architects, Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, Suppose Design Office, X Architecten, Vaíllo + Irigaray, Searle X Waldron, Alphaville, Karl Frey, SOM, Atelier SAD, TCCT, Djuric Tardio Architectes, Ector Hoogstad, Rudolf Teunissen

Perspective: Georgia
* Brand-New Georgia: Georgia is seeing a construction boom it hasn’t witnessed in centuries. 
* Mikheil Saakashvili: The president of Georgia is personally involved in planning the country’s new buildings and infrastructure. 
* J. Mayer H.: Jürgen Mayer H. and Jesko Johnsson-Zahn talk about their experiences as architects in Georgia. 
* UNStudio: on the Kutaisi Airport design. 
* Henning Larsen: on the Batumi Aquarium. 
* Studio Fuksas: on the Tbilisi Theatre. 
* CMD Ingenieros: on Georgian Parliament. 


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