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Steven Holl: “I am interested in Architecture that Speaks to the Soul” (ArchDaily, 9/21/2019)
New York City now has three buildings by Steven Holl – Higgins Hall Insertion at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (2005), Campbell Sports Center for...
stevenholl  architecture  soul 
25 days ago by davidkoren
Wiley: The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, 3rd Edition - Juhani Pallasmaa
"First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. It asks the far-reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense – sight – become so predominant in architectural culture and design? With the ascendancy of the digital and the all-pervasive use of the image electronically, it is a subject that has become all the more pressing and topical since the first edition’s publication in the mid-1990s. Juhani Pallasmaa argues that the suppression of the other four sensory realms has led to the overall impoverishment of our built environment, often diminishing the emphasis on the spatial experience of a building and architecture’s ability to inspire, engage and be wholly life enhancing.

For every student studying Pallasmaa’s classic text for the first time, The Eyes of the Skin is a revelation. It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture. This third edition meets readers’ desire for a further understanding of the context of Pallasmaa’s thinking by providing a new essay by architectural author and educator Peter MacKeith. This text combines both a biographical portrait of Pallasmaa and an outline of his architectural thinking, its origins and its relationship to the wider context of Nordic and European thought, past and present. The focus of the essay is on the fundamental humanity, insight and sensitivity of Pallasmaa’s approach to architecture, bringing him closer to the reader. This is illustrated by Pallasmaa’s sketches and photographs of his own work. The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself."

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books  toread  architecture  senses  multisensory  juhanipallasmaa  humans  bodies  stevenholl  sight  smell  sound  taste  texture  touch  humanism  sfsh  design  peterkeith  body 
august 2017 by robertogreco
Walking tour of Helsinki's architecture | Travel | The Observer
"Design is to Helsinki as literature is to Dublin and samba is to Rio. It is simply a cultural manifestation of the national character, and Finns are sensible, detail-oriented people. Apart from the great Alvar Aalto, few Finnish designers or architects are widely known outside their own country. But to Finns themselves, designers such as Tapio Wirkkala and Ilmari Tapiovaara are household names. Their furniture from the 1940s and 1950s – once inexpensive, hard-wearing everyday items that now count as collectible classics – is still passed down from generation to generation.

Beyond simple, perfect objects, Finns have an innate sense of the role design can play in society. How many countries can you think of that make design a matter of government policy? Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, uses designers to address issues from sustainability to education. Let's just say they take their design pretty seriously."
artek  marimekko  cheltenham  bertramgoodhue  secondglances  stevenholl  jugend  walking  cities  worlddesigncapital  alvaraalto  architecture  2012  policy  sitra  design  finland  helsinki 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Vanke Center - Green Building and Environmental Project Case Studies - GreenSource Magazine
Designed by Steven Holl Architects, which completed its Linked Hybrid residential complex in Beijing in 2009 and is busy working on large-scale projects in Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Nanjing, the 1.14-million-square-foot Vanke headquarters hovers 50 feet above the ground—a “horizontal skyscraper” that is a bit longer (1,310 feet) than the Empire State Building is tall (1,250 feet). By raising the building off the land (on eight supporting structures clad in back-lit, translucent glass), the architects were able to turn almost the entire site, including the area under the building, into a park open to the public. And by planting the roof, they created about the same amount of green space on the site as had been there before. “Our aim was to use a private development to create a public park,” states Steven Holl.
architecture  china  holl  stevenholl  housing  park  landscape  hotel  widescraper  from delicious
april 2011 by nth
cityofsound: Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl Architects, and designing for the occupation of space in contemporary Beijing
"Given that the "mechanism of the host country" here isn't particularly geared in this way, the next morning, I decided to use a prop to overcome the gulf in language between Beijing’s taxi drivers and me. Pouncing on Linked Hybrid’s distinctive form, I quickly sketched out its shape on a bit of paper and showed it to the driver. The driver was relatively old—though you never know here; he had the kind of skin that looked as if it was aged by the conditions of Beijing rather than the natural passage of time—but good-natured with it, and though he looked utterly bewildered by the scribble, he shrugged and decided to give it a go."
beijing  papernet  architecture  stevenholl  danhill 
april 2011 by straup
"The Light Pavilion by me and Christoph a. Kumpusch is already under construction in Chengdu, China. I here state publicly that I will not accept another project in China until Ai Weiwei is released unharmed from detention or imprisonment."
aiweiwei  lebbeuswoods  stevenholl  architecture  china  humanrights  freespeech  2011  imprisonment  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Steven Holl Architects: Linked Hybrid, Beijing
Ostensibly, a "twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side. Filmic urban public space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an 'open city within a city.'"
beijing  architecture  urbanism  publicspace  stevenholl 
december 2009 by Urbanscale
Urban Development: The Battle for the World's Skyline - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
"A building frenzy is raging in Asia, Russia and on the Persian Gulf. And cities like London and New York don't have the money to compete. Will Western urban landscapes soon look outdated?"
architecture  china  europe  us  nyc  london  cities  growth  future  wealth  infrastructure  planning  construction  classideas  remkoolhaas  normanfoster  herzogdemeuron  russia  stevenholl  qatar  kazakhstan 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The New, New City - Life in an Instant City - Shenzhen, China - Dubai, United Arab Emirates -
"In China, they want to make everything look new. This is their moment in time. They want to make the 21st century their century. For some reason, our society wants to make everything old. I think we somehow lost our nerve.”
china  architecture  cities  planning  future  design  perspective  us  classideas  futurism  dubai  stevenholl  remkoolhaas  nicolaiouroussoff  zahahadid  urban  urbanism  capitalism 
june 2008 by robertogreco

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