Art et Architecture

Topos N. 110

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What does the future of mobility look like? This is a question that concerns researchers, city planners, architects, landscape architects, mayors, politicians as well as artists–like the illustrator of the centrefold–all over the world. topos 110 tries to find answers to this question–by means of urban projects, utopian visions, and views towards the past, present and future. When we think about urban mobility, taking a glance into the past is often worthwhile. Look at ancient Rome, for instance. Take the issue of freight delivery. There were no delivery drones in use yet; the Romans had to use wagons. As those wagons, however, tended to create congestion in the narrow streets they were banned from the city during the day. This is, in a way, very modern in terms of managing the…

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Your gaze meanders across the distant view. The eye scans the all-encompassing slope facing you. Small paths cross the dry, dusty, light-flooded landscape, winding their way between miniature houses and cairns. Now and then there‘s a splash of colour, which is mostly sky blue. But this is in contrast to the sky itself, which is not blue. This is a place full of loneliness, without life. A place for the dead. The Virgen de Lourdes Cemetery in Lima, Peru, which covers over 60 hectares, has been the final resting place for thousands of Limeños since the 1950s. For their children as well, as the ZONA NIÑOS sign points out. The camera's shutter release is triggered by photographer German Villafane, who was born close to this place. He too could have…

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“would you board a plane if the captain told you there was only a 50 per cent chance of surviving?”

Climate targets? That was something we were trying to address, wasn't it? It's been five years since the world community in Paris committed itself to the 2°C, or better still 1.5°C, target. And yet we are emitting CO2 as if there were no tomorrow. And the carbon clock is ticking louder and louder. Natalie Sauer, a French-British environmental journalist, takes a look at Great Britain, where the next UN climate conference will take place in November 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. And what is Boris Johnson doing? He shows no sign of embarking on the green revolution that's needed to show any sort of climate leadership. By the time I submit this article to the editor we will be a mere 7 years, 11 months, 3 days, 23 hours and 9 minutes…

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talent vs. mastermind

TALENT Martin Thoma INTERVIEW: Tanja Gallenmüller Martin Thoma studied landscape architecture and spatial development in Munich and Zurich, Switzerland. At LAND Germany, he was responsible for master plans, such as the upgrade of public spaces and the transformation of mining and industrial areas. Since 2019, he has been supervising projects such as schools, kindergartens and large green roofs from the design phase straight through to completion at Stephan Huber landscape architecture in Munich. 1 INFLUENCED BY Bjarke Ingels and the Älpler Silbi from Switzerland, on whose mountain pasture I really learned how to work with pristine nature. 2 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? Landscape architecture is the combination of creativity and nature which I can apply to shape and change our environment over the long-term. 3 DESIGN PRINCIPLES? A concept must be explainable in one sentence. 4 WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL FOCUS? To influence…

4 min.
mexico city

While the country wrestles with the increasingly gruesome violence spurred by the nation’s drug war, Mexico’s vibrant capital seems to dance to its own beat. Forget what you think you know about “el monstruo”, as the city has been known in the past, and you will be surprised to find a cultural epicentre bursting at the seams with fresh, raw energy. Chefs are cooking up a new culinary movement by remixing age-old pre-hispanic recipes. The city’s flourishing contemporary art scene has led many to call it the next Berlin. And a new generation of architects is pursuing an architecture that is both contemporary and timeless, Mexican in its extraordinary sensuality and material sensitivity, yet by no means folkloric. Add to that a veritable renaissance in the film, fashion and design…

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gliding over cityscapes

UTE STRIMMER Urban areas are growing and encountering new challenges. Cities are getting louder and louder, traffic is increasing, streets are getting more congested and the air is getting more polluted. These are all factors that affect people's quality of life. More and more cities are therefore looking for alternatives to cars, buses and trains in order to find answers to their traffic problems. Planners are increasingly advocating inner-city cable car systems as a means of mass transport: What has primarily been used in mountainous areas to open up valleys is now beginning to provide traffic relief in cities as well. Cable cars can connect nodes within transport networks and expand a city's transport infrastructure, for example by linking rail networks on the ground or extending tram lines that don't go…