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Topos

Topos

N. 111

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Country:
Germany
Language:
English
Publisher:
Georg D.W. Callwey GmbH & Co. KG
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Quarterly
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3 min.
editor's note

Dear readers, let’s talk about water. About the Janus-faced character of water. Water is life. Thales of Miletus, the ancient philosopher, for whom water was the source of all things, knew this. We all know its importance. Perhaps it’s more apparent to those who don’t have access to it. During the coronavirus crisis, water can even save our lives: We simply need to wash our hands. This brings us to an important dimension of water, i.e. the political dimension. Not everyone can find clean, healthy water, although the UN General Assembly recognises access to water as a human right. For his project African Waters, German photographer Florian Wagner travelled across ten African countries and documented exactly what this problem looks like: water is plentiful, but poor management makes its protection…

1 min.
sea urchins under the desert sky

What do we see? Is it real? Or is it rather a movie set? Maybe a scene from Star Wars? Or is it just a futuristic, architectural Fata Morgana, one that architects would see if they were lost and dehydrated in the desert? Neither. It is The Buhais Geology Park Interpretive Centre, which lies approximately 50 kilometres south-east of the city of Sharjah, UAE – a region of prehistoric and geological significance. The site features an abundance of marine fossils from over 65 million years ago, mountain ranges and ancient burial sites from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Seeking to create a series of exhibition spaces in order to present the region’s geological phenomena Hopkins Architects have designed five interconnected pods of varying sizes. The geometry of the pods…

4 min.
opinion

Cultural Geographer and Alpine Expert In today’s post-digital age, our economy and society are extremely unstable and small disturbances can lead to serious problems that endanger the entire system. The coronavirus – defined as a disturbance – is currently showing us how quickly a local epidemic can turn into a pandemic that threatens the future of both the economy and society, and thus our ability to live together. If the virus is most potent in cities, what does this mean for the countryside? Perhaps a new perspective of the city and the countryside will emerge. Our society today is characterised by the fact that it is highly differentiated and specialised on all levels, i.e. the economy, infrastructure, our way of life and leisure. At the same time, a great many activities are…

2 min.
talent vs. mastermind

TALENT Steven Tupu Steven Tupu is the founding principal of terrain, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in New York. Terrain works within an ecological context – each project, no matter its size, is part of a network of environmental and human connections. Born in New Zealand, Steven received his Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture with Honors from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 1993. After his studies, he immigrated to the U.S. where he accrued over 10 years of experience before launching terrain in 2004. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT Studying Landscape Architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne and being forever inspired by fellow students and professors. 2 INFLUENCED BY My Elders, including my Samoan grandfather Tupu Folasa and my Kiwi grandmother Winsome Castle – both community leaders, makers and uniquely resourceful. Also, Carlo Scarpa, Vladimir…

4 min.
rome

Last weeks’ footage of Rome has a confounding familiarity to it. Its streets emptied by the government response to the pandemic, the eternal city seems to have finally honoured its reputation, suspended in a timeless state devoid of human life. Yet, the photos of the Spanish Steps, one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, only depict the final stage of a process already started in 2016, when the monumental stairway was cleaned as part of a costly Bulgari-funded operation. After the marble was returned to its original white, some suggested fencing off the area off and locking it overnight to avoid a quick return to old habits and dirt. The proposal was rejected, but then in June 2019 the municipality issued a ban on sitting, eating, or drinking on…

4 min.
dying waters

Where ten years ago waves splashed against the walls of the villages, today you see an almost endless salt desert. Ships that once carried people from one side of the lake to the other lie on the shore like stranded whales, decaying. Salty winds from the desert are spreading further and further across local residents’ fields, causing their crops to dry up. Deprived of their livelihoods, people are fleeing to the surrounding towns and cities, and the villages around Lake Urmia are dying out. In the 1990s the lake was still about twice as large as the whole of Luxembourg. Increased periods of drought and higher summer temperatures have accelerated evaporation, however. In addition, thousands of illegal wells were built and through a large number of dams and irrigation projects along…