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 / Art & Architecture

AZURE September 2018

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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8 Issues


2 min.
future positive

This is turning out to be a significant year for Azure. The beginning of 2018 saw the launch of a redesigned print edition. A dynamic reimagining of the Azure website is in the works. And this issue marks my first as editor-in-chief, making me only the third person to hold that role in Azure’s 33-year history. Needless to say, I am honoured and thrilled to be shepherding this valuable resource at a time when architecture and design are more important than ever to the well-being of our communities and especially our cities, the main focus of this issue. As more and more people make their homes in dense urban clusters, seemingly intractable problems such as exorbitant housing costs and disappearing public spaces are making many metropolises forbidding to a growing number…

2 min.
we asked…

What was most memorable about your assignment for this issue? KENDRA JACKSON Azure’s Managing Editor During the three whirlwind days I spent in Chicago for NeoCon (page 042), I made time to wander along the Riverwalk (above), which was completed last year. It’s an amazing amenity, and it’s great to see it being used by locals as well as tourists now that it’s had time to integrate into the fabric of the city. What design initiatives do you think cities can take to be more livable for all? AMRIT PHULL Writer/Researcher, “Exterior Textiles” (page 109) I live in an Indian province with over 2,000 slums. Some hold tens of thousands of migrant workers with no access to water or sanitation. This is the most violated human right today and is inherently an urban issue. We need large-scale…

1 min.
pipe line

If you were to imagine turning a crazy straw into public furniture, you might picture something resembling Lou Corio Randall’s Pipe Line series. Created by twisting a single steel tube into strikingly simple, graphic forms, the concept delivers both a bench and a bike rack in a fluid stroke. After dreaming up the idea while earning his Product and Furniture B.A. at Kingston University London, Randall spent nearly a year developing the project, coming up with multiple configurations that accommodate varying numbers of spots for perching or parking. This past May, Clerkenwell Design Week saw four iterations of Pipe Line street furniture installed around the London district, all in the event’s signature punchy pink. Each version was made to seem like a continuation of the last, shooting up from the ground,…

2 min.
hive minded

Bee Hospital The worldwide decline in the bee population prompted New York designer Shau Heng Li to develop a futuristic concept to help bees survive our increasingly unfavourable environment. His “hospital” includes a variety of modules, including supplement centres (shown), where bees can collect probiotics and essential nutrients that enable them to digest pesticides. Mite guard dispensers attach to trees, drawing the bees in with syrup and dusting them with a chemical solution that kills Varroa mites, a parasite known to attack honeybees. The third proposed module type collects data to monitor the health of not only the bee population, but the environment as a whole. shaudesign.com Marlène Huissoud Since finishing her M.A. in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London four years ago, Marlène Huissoud has…

2 min.
five things we learned from phillip k. smith iii

Whether it’s hundreds of angled reflectors casting shifting shadows in the Sonoran Desert or glassy-surfaced panels merging earth and sky on the grounds of an Italian palazzo, Phillip K. Smith’s installations betray his background as an architect: They’re all meticulously planned, precisely executed and explicitly site-specific. After the 2008 recession, the California native decided to turn from designing homes to creating “memorable experiences,” which he has been doing – via the media of light and reflective surfaces, in settings both urban and remote – to growing acclaim. Azure spoke with Smith, who’s based in Palm Desert, last spring in Milan, where his palazzo project, created with the fashion brand COS and pictured at bottom left, was a Design Week hit. In Smith’s view, architects can learn much from artists –…

2 min.
pushing the envelope

Spanning almost a full city block in Vancouver’s Gastown, the latest Avenue Road location occupies a two-storey, 1,115-square-metre heritage building that elegantly follows the contour of its gently sloping site. Inside, the high-end furniture retailer’s first foothold on the West Coast (the company has two other showrooms, in Toronto and New York) is decidedly more dramatic. Less a store than a series of stage sets, the space invites visitors to move through a progression of shifting vignettes, each composed of tightly curated pieces that exude a distinct atmosphere. “Finding the right space was vital,” says Stephan Weishaupt, who co-founded Avenue Road with design superstars Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu 11 years ago and assumed full ownership in 2016. “It had to match a certain retail experience that I had in mind…