a+u Architecture and Urbanism 20.11_602

a+u - Architecture and Urbanism - is a monthly architectural magazine established in 1971. Since its inaugural issue, a+u has been widely celebrated by architects everywhere as Japan's only monthly periodical that provides in-depth reporting of architecture worldwide. Each issue is edited from a unique perspective, with essays penned by renowned architects, critics, and historians to guide the direction of tomorrow’s architecture, within and beyond Japan. Text is bilingual in English and Japanese. 1971年1月創刊。創刊以来、海外の建築情報を伝える日本唯一の月刊誌として、広く建築界に親しまれています。a+uの取材ネットワークは全世界に及び、100余カ国を網羅しています。これら各国の建築家を直接取材し、毎号独自の視点で編集することにより、生の動向をいち早く読者の皆様にお届けしています。また、建築家・評論家・歴史家による書き下ろし論文を掲載し、明日の建築のあり方を考える指針として国内外の建築界に多大な影響を与えています。

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feature: so–il unfinished business

This is our first monograph featuring the work of NYC-based SO–IL. SO–IL spend a lot of their time thinking about boundaries in the built environment, the interfaces between them, and where our bodies fit in. Much like bodies, SO–IL’s work can sag, be pulled taut, and occasionally moves and “breathes.” It’s built in urban situations with confounding levels of structural complexity – socially, economically, politically, materially – and integrates into them, encouraging touch and consideration, instead of untangling from them. As described by Mohamed Sharif in the monograph’s opening essay, the family of work can put us at ease but also inspire a certain agency that comes from being social in it – the result of pulling back a chainmail mesh for another person, or lying on agricultural netting intended…

architecture, at – and of – ease

“A building of the Conglomerate Order… seems natural…we experience the feeling of a fabric being ordered even when we do not understand it or are ‘lost.’ We may not be able to see where we are, but can nevertheless navigate through our capacity to feel light and warmth and wind on our skins; sense the density of surrounding fabric; know that behind that wall are people; smell who has been here, or where someone has gone harnesses all the senses: it can accept a certain roughness, it can operate at night; it can offer especially, pleasures beyond those of the eyes: they are perhaps the pleasures of territory that the other animals feel so strongly has spatial presence – more awesome than object presence – something not remotely reducible to a simple geometric…

kukje gallery

Kukje Gallery is committed to presenting the work of the most current and significant Korean and international contemporary artists. The project’s objectives are two-fold: to strengthen contemporary Korean culture’s presence in the art world and to sensitively integrate a state-of-the-art gallery space into a historic area of northern Seoul. Our contextual design responds with a balance of bold contemporary aesthetics and intricate traditional techniques. A standard white cube gallery would be too austere for the historic urban fabric. We pushed all circulation to the periphery and enveloped the whole structure in a hand-fabricated chainmail veil, unique in strength and drape. Computational processes synthesized with traditional fabrication techniques created the bespoke facade of 510,000 metal rings. We worked with engineers at Front Inc. to develop the facade through research and testing, which…

l’air pour l’air

What is your relationship to the air around you? We collaborated with artist Ana Prvaĉki to debut a special performance during the second edition of the Chicago Architectural Biennial, Making New History. The project, titled L’air pour l’air, explores the continued legacy of musicians as our cities’ atmospheres grow ever-more polluted. With the abundant plant life of the Garfield Park Conservatory venue as inspiration, we worked together with Prvaĉki to create an ensemble of air-filtering mesh enclosures. Designed to clear the air through breathing, these enclosures also highlight awareness of the most familiar of spaces, personal space. An ensemble of flute, trombone, saxophone and vocals from the Chicago Sinfonietta wear the part-mask, part-shelter structures – all instruments that require air to produce music. Performing an original composition by Veronika Krausas, De Aere…


The Frame Series is a family of sorts. Not a nuclear family, with its implied hierarchy, but a more generous and open one. Maybe it is better to speak of kinship. It assembles people and holds them momentarily together within a steel mesh, stretched over a constellation of bent tubes. Channeling a Bauhausian interest in the steel pipe as the basis of furniture, the Frame series eclipses functionalist design. It demands the question, “how to use?”, and asks this collectively. As one sits down the mesh tightens, making you aware someone has joined. To date, five frames have seen the light, with a sixth in the making. The notion of open furniture, furniture that defies obvious use builds on an interest in our studio to design space and objects that stimulate…


Atlanta’s singular cityscape is celebrated for its abundance of trees. Murmuration, a temporary installation for the High Museum of Art, responds directly to the architecture of its Renzo Piano-designed Piazza. Using the lens of bird migrations, it reacts to Atlanta’s relationship with the natural world. As they cross the Piazza, guests are enveloped by a foliage-filled mesh canopy suspended from a steel framework, evocative of the tree canopies found throughout the region. We worked with Atlanta-based engineers Uzun & Case to develop a constellation of metal frames suspended from six poles and wrapped in agricultural netting, which gives the installation its shape. The sculptural arrangement echoes the form of a bird murmuration, a flock of birds, momentarily suspended in mid-air. The canopy is strewn with ample birdfeeders, seating perches, and other…