Art et Architecture

Topos N.108

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In recent years, thinking about globalization meant thinking about movement. The movement of people around the globe – of migrants, business travelers, refugees, tourists – has fascinated social theory. This leads to a strand of research that could be called “flow theory”. The assumption of this research is that if we want to understand today’s social reality, it is people’s movement that we have to look at, rather than, say, social structure or institutions. The numerous texts on movement and flow that have recently appeared have been critically dubbed by sociologists Heinz Bude and Jörg Dürrschmidt as “flow speak”. Their argument is that the research focus on flows actually represents a limitation for globalization theory. They suggest instead a conceptual turn that is oriented on issues of belonging, choice and commitment. In…

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republic of small things

Nauru, an island state in the Pacific Ocean with an area of 21 km² and 11,000 inhabitants, is officially the smallest republic in the world. Unofficially, however, a Spanish artist occasionally subverts the island state's record by founding republics in random landscapes. They are never larger than 100 m², their existence lasts no longer than 24 hours and their only inhabitant is the artist himself. The most important criterion for the existence of each respective "Minimal Republic" is the border artist Rubén Martín de Lucas artificially creates, which he does with geometric perfection. Sometimes he marks out a triangle on a piece of wasteland, sometimes he mows a square in a field of grain, and he's even created a republic with a circle of stones at a beach on Spain's…

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“CITIES ARE WAITING FOR TECHNOLOGY TO SAVE THEM FROM THEMSELVES.” There is a vicious cycle in the field of urban planning. It is called induced demand. Building more roads to solve traffic challenges is unfortunately based on a misunderstanding. Even the best technology and smart city approaches cannot guarantee success when creating liveable streets intended to improve the life of city dwellers. Sometimes a simple urban intervention can do much more to enhance city life than an expensive urban development project. Let's remember for whom we plan for. It's for us. In 1961 the late Professor Haim Hanani became vice president of the Technion Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading technology institutes. Once appointed, Hanani proposed to start teaching humanities as well. The other professors disagreed, claiming there was barely…

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jan stadelmann, daia stutz

Jan Stadelmann and Daia Stutz both studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil as well as Urban Design at the Technical University of Munich and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where they graduated with distinction. After gaining experience in a number of offices in Switzerland, they started their own practice – S2L Landscape Architects – in Zurich in 2016. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? It isn’t really clear where it all began, but it surely starts anew each morning, day by day. 2 INFLUENCED BY… topos. What else? 3 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? Because it is one of the most interesting fields of activity. 4 DESIGN PRINCIPLES? We don’t have any, it is the places and people which provide it. 5 WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL FOCUS? Public spaces, urban design and the big scale in general. 6 FORMULA FOR…

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günther vogt

Günther Vogt, born 1957 in Balzers, Liechtenstein, is owner and director of Vogt Landschaftsarchi-tekten in Zurich with branch offices in Berlin, London, Paris. He received international recognition for his landscape architecture projects for Tate Modern in London, the Allianz Arena football stadium in Munich and the Zurich Zoo Masoala Hall. Since 2005 he is a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. In 2010 he founded Case Studio VOGT as a platform for research and exhibitions. He served as a guest professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2012. The same year, he was awarded the Prix Meret Oppenheim of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liechtenstein. 1 CAREER STARTING POINT? As a nine-year-old carrying…

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Singapore has risen to second place on the 2019 Global Cities Outlook list, compiled by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The annually published list ranks cities based on which is best placed to become the “next generation of global hubs”. This achievement must be seen in context with Singapore’s long-standing ambition to develop into a global city. Shortly after its involuntary independence in 1972, the new country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs laid out his vision of how becoming a global city could benefit the city-state. The concept of “global city” has greatly informed Singapore’s economic and urban development approach ever since. Many of us have seen the glitzy architecture icons connected to this ambition, like the Marina Bay Sands development, the Singapore Flyer observation wheel or the world’s first ArtScience…