BRACE LIFE architects

Architect LIFE architects (Hwang Sooyong, Han Jeeyoung) Location 179, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 136.7m2 Building area 79.34m2 Gross floor area 599.45m2 Building scope B2, 8F Height 35.8m Parking 1 Building to land ratio 58.03% Floor area ratio 349.99% Structure RC Exterior finishing exposed concrete Interior finishing exposed concrete Structural engineer SDM Partners Construction Lawoo Construction Mechanical and electrical engineer Suyang Engineering Design period Jan. – Oct. 2018 Construction period Feb. 2019 – Dec. 2020 Construction budget 1.9 billion KRW Client Yoon Changhee Place and Conditions A new building has been constructed on the site of Dong-A Woodwork, a site familiar to those who once frequented Hongik University (hereinafter Hongdae). For the younger generation travelling from Sinchon to Hongdae, it is a very important and symbolic location as Kevin Lynch once referred to it as the ʻedgeʼ and ʻlandmarkʼ. For LIFE architects, however the meaning of this place was accessory to its function. The 136m2 plot meant the architects concentrated on the structural solutions rather than imparting an…

BRACE LIFE architects

GANGNAM RETRO DIA Architecture

Architect DIA Architecture (Chung Hyuna) Design team Shin Secheol Location 43, Dosan-daero 37-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 195.8m2 Building area 111.3m2 Gross floor area 394.74m2 Building scope B1, 4F Parking 3 Height 13.35m Building to land ratio 56.84% Floor area ratio 181.61% Structure RC Exterior finishing glass block, tile, exposed concrete Interior finishing paint Structural engineer THEKUJO Co. Construction DASAN Constructing Engineering Mechanical engineer JUNGIN MEC Electrical engineer SUNGJI ENC Design period July – Dec. 2018 Construction period Mar. – Dec. 2019 Client Sheen’s Design House Aldo Rossi argued that the type of architecture derived by analogy within the context of the city could create a new city. The context of the city may also appear in the materiality or programme of architecture, but fundamentally, the physical characteristics of the permanent relationship between architecture and the city is in the form of architecture. The urban context may…

GANGNAM RETRO DIA Architecture

A DECLARATION OF LOVE

A house should be a world, unto its own, that emerges from the meeting of the experienced environment and the story of the inhabitant,’ says Patrick Warren, partner at Frits de Vries Architects + Associates Ltd. ‘This home is a deeply personal exploration of that idea.’ Located on a one-acre waterfront plot in Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, it was built as a retreat from city life in Vancouver for him, marine biologist Kevin Kaufman, and their labrador Taavi (meaning beloved in Hebrew). ‘The Sunshine Coast can be reached by a 40-minute ferry ride across the stunning Howe Sound,’ says Patrick. ‘It feels remote, but is close to the city.’ ‘Kevin and I are both spiritually drawn to nature,’ he explains. ‘As an architect from the Canadian west coast, I think that building…

A DECLARATION OF LOVE

Uncorked

Producers rally round to rebuild after Ahr flood damage Winemakers in Germany’s Ahr Valley have begun rebuilding alongside local communities after terrifying floods that led to deaths and also destroyed wine cellars and property. Floods led to more than 180 deaths in Germany and Belgium in July, and the Ahr Valley was one of the worst-hit areas, with flood waters also destroying property, bridges and roads. ‘It’s a disaster,’ said Marc Adeneuer, of JJ Adeneuer winery in Ahrweiler and head of the local branch of Germany’s VDP wine association. ‘You had to run for your life,’ he said of the sudden rise of the Ahr river. In some cases, flood waters were moving so fast they carried away wine barrels and equipment. Weingut Kreuzberg, which won a Best in Show medal for its…

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SEOGYO GEUNSAENG aoa architects

Architect aoa architects (Suh Jaewon, Lee Euihaing) Design team Sunwoo Uk Location 14-12, Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 255.9m2 Building area 128.51m2 Gross floor area 597.14m2 Building scope B1, 5F Parking 4 Height 16.49m Building to land ratio 50.21% Floor area ratio 188.41% Structure RC Exterior finishing brick, UHPC concrete panel Interior finishing exposed concrete, stucco (terracotta granules) Structure engineer Eden Structural Consultant Inc. Construction jium CM Corporation Mechanical and electrical engineer Daedo Engineering Landscape architect Botanical Studio SAM Design period May – Oct. 2020 Construction period Oct. 2020 – Sep. 2021 ‘L’existence Précède L’essence’ It has been a while since monotonous minimalism reigned supreme in Korean architecture or design. One stands in awe, drawing up close to the sheer finish of architectural projects, while a sense of unease establishes itself through close observation, probably due to feeling of aversion at such an inherent and servile essentialism and dogmatic approach, and the notion that a purer metaphysical idea exists. If one cannot accept things as they…

SEOGYO GEUNSAENG aoa architects
How to actually help an overwhelmed caregiver

How to actually help an overwhelmed caregiver

MY HUSBAND HAD BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL, CRITICALLY ILL, for weeks when I broke down in tears one day during a workout. Concerned gym buddies consoled me, and someone said, “You’ve got to stay positive!” “Do I, though?” I wanted to ask. I was urged to stay positive a lot during the years I was a caregiver for my husband Brad, through two kinds of lymphoma and a stem-cell transplant that nearly killed him. The advice was always well meant, and I always forced a smile, but inside resentment flared. I left mad, even though I’d gone to the gym to keep up with my self-care, following that other advice often given to caregivers: you have to take care of yourself. I bristled at that too; self-care added more items to my…

TECLA Mario Cucinella Architects

TECLA Mario Cucinella Architects

Architect Mario Cucinella Architects Location Ravenna, Italy Building area 60m2 Structural engineer WASP, Milan Ingegneria Constructor WASP, Ter Costruzioni Recycled material producer Mapei, Rice House, Orange Fiber, Primat, Officine Tamborrino Furniture designer Mario Cucinella Architects Landscape architect Frassinago Year 2021 This spring, a barnacle-shaped building has opened in the city of Ravenna in Northern Italy. It is the world’s first 3D printed, technology-built earth construction, housing ‘TECLA’. The house’s name derives from the city of the same name, the setting for Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities (1972). It reveals the architect’s desire to create a residential model that can be easily produced by imitating the image of a city in which buildings are constantly being built. Mario Cucinella Architects, who designed TECLA, is an architectural firm based in Milan and Bologna. Mario Cucinella, who leads the design firm, believes a house that combines earth, an old building material,…

Peter Gago

Peter Gago

Very few winemakers have the kind of gig that Peter Gago has – global ambassador for 177-year-old company Penfolds, the source of Australia’s most famous wine, Grange. Penfolds has been rated at various times as either the world’s most successful wine brand or at least one of the top 10, sitting astride a winemaking team that is charged with producing wines increasingly in the realm of luxury goods. Peter Gago is the fourth Australian to receive the Decanter Hall of Fame award, after Max Schubert in 1988, Len Evans in 1997 and Brian Croser in 2004. That two of the four are winemakers for the same producer, Penfolds, is unique in the Hall of Fame. Gago has been chief winemaker at Penfolds for 19 years, having taken over from John Duval in…

When ‘Natural’ Disasters Aren’t

When ‘Natural’ Disasters Aren’t

IN THIS SECTION Woodpeckers and Fire Moonlit Rope Walk Artworks From Snares History in Their Words ILLUMINATING THE MYSTERIES—AND WONDERS—ALL AROUND US EVERY DAY AT A NEWS CONFERENCE in mid-August of last year, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, announced that there were 367 “known” wildfires burning in the state. “I say ‘known’ fires,” Newsom said, “but the prospect of that number going up is very real.” A couple of days later the number did, in fact, increase, to 560. A few weeks after that, many of the blazes were still burning, and one—the Doe fire, north of Santa Rosa—had grown into the largest conflagration in California history. The smoke from the state was so bad that it veiled the sun in New England. By the time most of California’s flames had been put…

ABOUT BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE

ABOUT BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE

I like books. To be more precise, I like reading, browsing, and understanding books. After attending general courses and observing the work of seniors during my freshman year, I was able to follow one of my senior peers to an architecture bookstore when I became a sophomore. It was a bookstore run by one of those bookstore owners who knows everything about school matters. The senior and the bookstore owner recommended various books to me, explaining why I should read them as though I would not be able to practice design without knowing them. It was the first and probably the last time that I bought so many books at one go. It is quite amusing as I now think back on that day, when I purchased all those (insightful) books,…

MacBook Air (13–inch, late–2020)

From $999 From Apple, apple.com Features 13.3–inch Retina display (2560x1600), Apple M1 chip, 8GB unified memory (16GB available), 256GB storage (512GB, 1TB, and 2TB available), 802.11ax Wi–Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 2x Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports This is what the future feels like — Apple has taken its most popular MacBook and rather than give it a superficial makeover it has radically altered what’s inside. Say goodbye Intel, hello Apple silicon — and the most radical change to the computers we love in over 15 years. The late–2020 MacBook Air is the first of three new Macs to be powered by Apple’s M1 — a System on Chip (SoC) that takes all the know–how Apple has acquired through its experiences with iPhone and iPad and applied it to its new computers. The M1 comprises eight CPU…

MacBook Air (13–inch, late–2020)
3 How the rise of food delivery apps is changing hotel F&B design

3 How the rise of food delivery apps is changing hotel F&B design

A report by HGEM found that two thirds of hotel guests have used Deliveroo, JustEat, Grub-Hub et al. to order food directly to their room, with 71 per cent of guests aged 26 to 35 opting for delivery apps over in-house restaurants. The trend of ordering in to hotels is subsequently predicted to surge by 83 per cent in the coming years, with the wider delivery market’s revenue expected to increase to $97 billion by 2024, following a year of record growth. The popularity of the delivery model had been rising throughout the 2010s, but like most trends prior to the hyper-accelerator of Covid-19, its pace and dominance has rapidly built to a level of considerable influence and anxiety for the old guard of hospitality conventions. ‘This is a fascinating topic…

Windows 11 is here, and we’ll just have to like it

Windows 11 is here, and we’ll just have to like it

Take former Maximum PC editor, Alan Dexter. His attempt to upgrade from 10 to 11 ended up with a non-functional chimera, a blend of two operating systems that was far from ideal. It had Windows 10’s taskbar, but Windows 11’s rounded-cornered windows, and we dread to think what Geiger-esque blasphemy the Start menu would have presented had he been able to pop it up. If ever there was an argument that Windows 11 is just Windows 10 with a facelift, that’s it right there. Windows 10.5 is possible, you just wouldn’t want to try to use it. Elsewhere, the wisdom of carrying out a clean installation rather than an in-place upgrade has been borne out. Known issues include compatibility problems with Intel’s Killer network drivers; a memory leak in the File…

RIFUGIO VERDE

RIFUGIO VERDE

“Desideravo una casa che seguisse le mie necessità. Con spazi speciali concepiti per vivere in totale relax”Genoveva de la Peña Centro storico di Mérida, Messico. Casa de Abejas, ovvero Casa delle Api, è un omaggio alla passione della proprietaria, Genoveva de la Peña, artefice di progetti di ricerca a tutela delle api, fondamentali per la salvaguardia dell’equilibrio naturale del Pianeta. Analoga sensibilità alla base del progetto della sua nuova residenza, affidato allo studio TACO/Taller de Arquitectura Contextual, con l’obiettivo di stabilire una relazione virtuosa con il particolare contesto ambientale. Situata nella porzione più verde della città, questa casa è concepita come una vera e propria oasi in relazione diretta con la natura. Una richiesta fondamentale della padrona di casa è che parte della villa fosse indipendente, per consentire anche momenti di…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic

About iFixit iFixit is a global community of tinkerers dedicated to helping people fix things through free online repair manuals and teardowns. iFixit believes that everyone has the right to maintain and repair their own products. To learn more, visit www.ifixit.com. BACKGROUND Samsung recently unveiled two updates to its smartwatch line in the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Though externally similar to last year’s Watch3, there’s a good chance of internal differences, and we’re here to sniff them out. Time for a teardown! MAJOR TECH SPECS • Exynos W920 1.18GHz with dual ARM Cortex-A55 cores, Cortex-M55 display processor, Mali-G68 GPU, and integrated LTE• Circular Super AMOLED always-on display—1.19-inch or 1.36-inch sizes (both models) 330 PPI• 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal memory• 361 mAh battery, Watch4 Classic (46 mm). 247 mAh battery, Watch4 (40 mm)•…

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic
NO TIME TO DIE

NO TIME TO DIE

Daniel Craig once admitted that he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond again. He was being mischievous but he also strongly suggested that Spectre wasn’t the send-off he wanted. Above all else, No Time To Die is Craig’s film, a giant of a movie that leans heavily on all the things we love about Bond – the action sequences, the fabulous locations and yes, the car chases – while stirring in elements that are unfamiliar. Bond movies have always been explosive, but this one makes your ears buzz, widens your eyes, and most importantly knocks you sideways emotionally. It also lands with more pressure on its shoulders than any mere film – even a Bond one – could reasonably cope with. Traumatic in pre-production and obviously delayed by the…

HAM RADIO NEWS

YOTA Camp Held in Ohio The first-ever Youth on the Air (YOTA) Camp in the Americas was under way as this is written in mid-July. The camp was originally scheduled to be held in 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. Hosted by the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting outside Cincinnati, Ohio, the camp hosted some 30 young amateur radio operators (ages 15-25) from around the United States. Continuing Covid-related travel restrictions did not permit young hams from other countries in North, Central, and South America to attend this year. Highlights of the week-long program included a scheduled contact with an astronaut in orbit through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, program, as well as a weeklong operation of special event station W8Y. Updates…

Our Obsession With MARS

It’s a warm night in mid-October, and I’m winding my way up to the University of Virginia’s McCormick Observatory on a quest to solve an abiding mystery: Why are Earthlings so dang obsessed with Mars? The observatory’s hilltop dome is open, etching a glowing amber crescent into the autumn darkness. Inside stands a telescope that will help me see Mars as it appeared to observers more than a century ago, when eager astronomers used this instrument in 1877 to confirm the discovery of the two tiny Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos. Tonight UVA astronomer Ed Murphy has made a special trip up to the observatory, which is closed to the public because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The whirling dance of orbital dynamics has put Mars at its biggest and brightest in…

Our Obsession With MARS
A RARE ROSE, RESTORED

A RARE ROSE, RESTORED

The landscape architect James Rose once referred to the lawn-and-driveway pattern of suburban New Jersey as “civil obedience in the landscape.” He liked to flout setback requirements and other zoning regulations in favor of enclosing more space for private use. He rarely used drawings to create his designs, leaning instead on on-site improvisations that were meant to emphasize existing conditions. His projects were mostly residential, his clients often contrarians like himself. He may have been his own biggest client, spending many years tinkering with his own home and property in Ridgewood, New Jersey, which featured a Zen meditation hall. “He was probably the most astute critic of suburbia that the profession of landscape architecture has ever seen,” says Dean Cardasis, FASLA, the director of the James Rose Center, which is located…

ROOFTOP GREENHOUSE AGROTOPIA

Architect Van Bergen Kolpa Architects + META architectuurbureau Design team Van Bergen Kolpa Architects – Jago van Bergen, Evert Kolpa, Rutger Aaftink, Joao Guilherme Viaro, Minyoung Kwon / META architectuurbureau – Niklaas Deboutte, Eric Soors, Axel Cayman, Frederik Bogaerts Loaction Oostnieuwkerksesteenweg, Roeselare, Belgium Surface area 9,500m2 Construction and installations Tractebel engineers Horticulture engineer Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture Greenhouse construction Smiemans Projecten Client Inagro, REO Veiling INTEGRATE ARCHITECTURE AND AGRICULTURE Jago van Bergen, Evert Kolpa co-principals, Van Bergen Kolpa Architects Niklaas Deboutte, Eric Soors co-principals, META architectuurbureau × Park Semi Park Semi (Park): Commissioned by Inagro, a Flemish agricultural and research institute and REO Veiling, the agricultural cooperative company, Rooftop Greenhouse Agrotopia (hereinafter Agrotopia) is an urban food centre built on the roof of a vegetable and fruit auction facility in Roeselare, Belgium. What is the background to the project and what did it require to be established? Van Bergen…

ROOFTOP GREENHOUSE AGROTOPIA

FITNESS FREAK

BOSE FRAMES TEMPO People who run without music are weird. How else do you drown out the voice in your head that constantly tells you you’re a podgy failure and it’d be far easier if you just sat down on this bench and had a packet of Quavers instead? Of course, not everybody likes wearing headphones in case they get caught out by a sneaky bus, so Bose’s lightweight and sweat-resistant Frames Tempo have tiny built-in speakers that play music to block out that nagging voice while still letting the outside world in. Singing along loudly to Christmas songs while running through crowds is entirely optional. 240 / bose.co.uk HUAWEI BAND 6 Halfway between a fitness band and a full-on smartwatch, Huawei’s Band 6 packs in all-day SpO2 and heart-rate monitoring; sleep, stress and…

FITNESS FREAK

BECOMING GROWN-UPS: KIM JINHYU, NAM HOJIN

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. We Are Working on a Building of Our Own Design Kim Yeram: You have settled down in Sinsa-dong. Kim Jinhyu: Most of my family lives nearby, so naturally I came to Sinsadong and to this neighbourhood. Kim Yeram: You stay in a building you designed yourself, Quad (2019). Was this originally planned as a residential space? Nam Hojin: Right. The fifth floor, where we work, was…

BECOMING GROWN-UPS: KIM JINHYU, NAM HOJIN
The Language of Modernism and the Sense of Tradition

The Language of Modernism and the Sense of Tradition

Introverted Architecture is the constructing a place in which users can remain in a meaningful way. As most architecture is placed in a communal living environment (or natural environment), such as a city or town, it implies relationships between public and private spaces, community and individual, and inside and outside. Gestures made in accordance with this idea serve as the foundations for a society’s conception of architecture. The monumental architecture of the past served to overwhelm the surroundings, to express itself alone, and enforce societal consensus. Houses in ancient cities established more intimate environments with their courtyards for sitting with their backs to the street. In Renaissance cities, the façade of a building on the edge of the street was a means of communication by elevating urban space as public space.…

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me

With virtual life increasingly indistinguishable from everyday reality, it makes sense: Just as the price of dog-inspired cryptocurrencies Dogecoin and Shiba Inu coin have exploded, so has demand for—what else?—living, breathing shiba inus. While Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency created from a meme back in 2013 using the image of a shiba inu, enjoyed a burst of popularity this summer, it was recently overtaken in market value by the slightly less creatively named Shiba Inu coin. In classic crypto style, it sounds like a joke but is immensely valuable, with investors pushing up its price almost 800% in the past month, even though a coin still costs a tiny fraction of a cent. At the same time, shiba inu breeders across the U.S. say they’re seeing more business than ever since cryptocurrency trading brought…

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me
‘TANTALIZING’ RESULTS OF 2 EXPERIMENTS DEFY PHYSICS RULEBOOK

‘TANTALIZING’ RESULTS OF 2 EXPERIMENTS DEFY PHYSICS RULEBOOK

Preliminary results from two experiments suggest something could be wrong with the basic way physicists think the universe works, a prospect that has the field of particle physics both baffled and thrilled. The tiniest particles aren’t quite doing what is expected of them when spun around two different long-running experiments in the United States and Europe. The confounding results — if proven right — reveal major problems with the rulebook physicists use to describe and understand how the universe works at the subatomic level. Theoretical physicist Matthew McCullough of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said untangling the mysteries could “take us beyond our current understanding of nature.” The rulebook, called the Standard Model, was developed about 50 years ago. Experiments performed over decades affirmed over and again that its descriptions…

How the Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your Whole House

Home EV chargers are fairly simple things, or at least they used to be. Wired directly into a home’s electrical system, at a baseline they provide 240-volt power through a specialized plug to recharge an electric vehicle. Lately, though, they’ve become a lot smarter, and Ford’s new Charge Station Pro can not only charge a vehicle but also allow it to power a house. In a stroke of genius, Ford added an option called Pro Power Onboard to the 2021 F-150. A built-in inverter puts out 2.0, 2.4, or 7.2 kW through one 240-volt outlet and either two or four 120-volt outlets, depending on spec. The inverter is powered by either running the engine or, on hybrid models, drawing off the battery. The brilliance of this feature was on full display…

How the Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your Whole House

HYBRID OFFICES

When our contributing workspace editor Riya Patel explored how a number of tech giants were planning their office comebacks (see page 20), she found that many of their employees weren’t planning to come back at all – or at least not full-time, anyway. Already at the start of the pandemic, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that around half of them could anticipate working from home permanently over the coming five to ten years. Google expects over half of its 140,000 employees to work part-time in the office, and another one-fifth to work from home permanently, a sentiment solidified with a tweet from CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘The future of work at Google is flexibility.’ This phenomenon doesn’t just apply to the tech sector, either. Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace…

HYBRID OFFICES

LA CASA DEI RICORDI

“I progetti non dovrebbero essere solo funzionali ma anche giocosi. Così cerco di tenere assieme rigore e leggerezza”Danielle Siggerud Una casa di famiglia dove trascorrere le estati, migrando verso sud: da Oslo (dov’è nata) alla Danimarca (dove vivevano i bisnonni) all’inseguimento di uno scampolo di sole. “Appena finivano le scuole ci trasferivamo a Liseleje, cittadina costiera non lontana dalla capitale. Io, le mie due sorelle, i nostri genitori e i nonni, in un cottage con la facciata nera come l’inchiostro, le finestre piccole e un grande giardino”, racconta Danielle Siggerud, classe 1988, che dopo aver lavorato per due anni come architetto presso l’ufficio londinese di John Pawson si è trasferita a Copenaghen per avviare il suo studio. “John mi ha insegnato a considerare le aspettative dei miei clienti in senso globale,…

LA CASA DEI RICORDI

TWICE AS NICE

p115 p112 Two years ago we released our first Two Good Cookbook, which celebrated gathering around a table to share good food and great stories. We only learned the word “commensality” during the making of the book – it means fellowship at the table; the positive social interactions associated with people eating together – but it is what we have unknowingly been practising for 15 years, since Two Good Co started life as a soup kitchen in Kings Cross. Two Good Co exists to fight gender inequality through rebuilding independence and self-worth. We do this through the careful creation of delicious, nutritious food and high-quality, sustainable products. You will hear many chefs talk about cooking with love; we are no different. Through good food and good things, we strive to remind those who…

TWICE AS NICE

Tasting Krug: A Lesson in Blending

Whenever I write about Champagne or other sparkling wines made in the traditional method, I always note that these are some of the most technically complex wines to produce. Champagne requires two fermentations (the bubbles are created during the second fermentation). Then there’s the incredibly elaborate blending process: wines from three different grapes and potentially thousands of vineyard sources, and in the case of non-vintage Champagne, multiple vintages. A recent tasting with Krug Champagne illustrated the intricacy of the Champagne production process. I met (virtually) with Krug’s chef de cave Julie Cavil and the house’s director, Olivier Krug, to taste the recently released 2006 Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil (97, $1,050) alongside the 2006 Brut (97, $285) and the 162nd edition of the Brut Grande Cuvée NV (95, $169),…

Tasting Krug: A Lesson in Blending
Knowing How

Knowing How

Craft: An American History by Glenn Adamson. Bloomsbury, 387 pp., $30.00 Art Isn’t Fair: Further Essays on the Traffic in Photographs and Related Media by Allan Sekula, edited by Sally Stein and Ina Steiner. Mack, 326 pp., $45.00 Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, November 22, 2019–February 2022 When Francis Galton, Charles Darwin’s problematic cousin, wrote of taking stock of his own “mental furniture,” he meant assessing the background experiences and assumptions that informed his thought—the objects we barely see but instinctively accommodate as we move around the metaphorical room. Galton’s scientific star has dimmed since his death in 1911 (fathering eugenics has consequences), but he wasn’t wrong about furniture. Last summer, when a flamboyantly stately French commode popped up in an episode of the Frick Collection’s…

CEOs step into the breach

CEOs step into the breach

For decades, American CEOs studiously avoided wading into controversial issues of the day. There was no possible upside, only risk. But the apolitical CEO is one of the many norms shattered by President Donald Trump. The 45th President has made it acceptable—and now necessary—for corporate leaders to be more outspoken. It’s sort of a no-brainer to speak out, as National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO Jay Timmons put it on Jan. 6, against “armed violent protesters who support the baseless claim by outgoing President Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost.” There are a number of factors driving this new embrace of the bully pulpit. For one, insurrection, sedition and violence in the streets is bad for business. Big organizations require stability. Tear gas and bear spray…

The man who sold the New World

The man who sold the New World

I started drinking at the age of three. We were having a picnic on the banks of the river. My brother was drowning in the weir. My father was trying to rescue him. My mother was having hysterics. And there was this bottle of my mum’s damson wine. No one was looking, so I drank it. Delicious.’ I’m reworking, reshaping, rewriting, revising my book Oz Clarke on Wine (see p22). That’s the first paragraph of the book. It goes on: ‘That put me off drinking till I was 18.’ Well, it was 19, actually. But why is this relevant? Because the world I grew up in was a wine-less world. What happened during those 16 lost years? Nothing. Other people who end up in the wine industry may have had indulgent parents…

Style AND SUBSTANCE

Style AND SUBSTANCE

Winemakers in Tuscany have successfully interpreted the weather patterns of recent vintages, yielding wines with markedly different style characteristics but with only minor fluctuations in quality. This means that the two vintages currently available from Italy’s premier wine region, 2019 and 2018, offer wine lovers plenty of choice among their favorite appellations and producers. Benevolent weather in 2019 resulted in fruity, balanced reds and fresh whites, with the early releases enjoyable now. The 2018s currently on retail shelves include some of the more serious super Tuscan offerings, yet the style of these young reds is more supple than their 2017, ’16 and ’15 counterparts. Gaia Gaja, whose family owns Ca’ Marcanda in Bolgheri, recalls an unusual pattern of rainfall in 2018, with 13 inches from May to October, rather than the typical…

THE ANGLE AT WHICH CATS AND HUMANS LIVE TOGETHER

A Land Lacking in Context The site in Dongcheon-dong sits on a hill with a gentle slope and was developed as a collective housing area through a civil engineering project. When I first visited this place, the engineering works were already in progress. In a chaotic atmosphere, through various heavy machinery comes and goes, I could see the shape of the site had just been revealed. The principles we hold towards land throughout our design practice can be more vexing when on ground and when contemplating a newly developed housing complex. Fortunately, the construction of other housing areas in Dongcheon-dong had already been completed, and so it was possible to predict how the neighbourhood we were going to build would change or evolve after one year. Nevertheless, completing a building in…

THE ANGLE AT WHICH CATS AND HUMANS LIVE TOGETHER
THE HAPPY PLACE

THE HAPPY PLACE

It’s the ultimate Ibizan dream: a sweeping yoga deck edged with fragrant lavender, from which panoramic views stretch out over the lush countryside towards the Mediterranean coast. ‘The sunsets are amazing, and the outside space is perfect if you come home late and want just one more drink,’ says Ali Pittam of Cancan Design who, along with Roberta Jurado of Box 3 Ibiza, was responsible for kitting out this contemporary property. Located on the north-west coast of the island, Can Fructu was almost a shell when the pair, who have collaborated on projects in both London and Ibiza for several years, were tasked with bringing the home to life. ‘The owner has a young family, but they also do a lot of entertaining,’ says Roberta, ‘so it’s designed for relaxation, but…

Uncorked

Uncorked

Napa Valley and Bordeaux at tipping point on global warming? Fresh concerns about a climate ‘tipping point’ for Napa Valley and Bordeaux red wines have been raised by scientists, after analysing temperature and grape data. Writing in the Oeno One journal, researchers said climate data showed a significant increase in average growing season temperatures in both Napa and Bordeaux, particularly since the 1980s. So far the warmer conditions have generally contributed to better average wine quality, noted the authors, from the University of Bordeaux’s ISVV Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin and UC Davis. However, analysis on five vintages of California Cabernet Sauvignon found that higher sugar levels in grapes could lead to loss of colour. Higher temperatures can also increase grapes’ sugar content during ripening. The authors concluded:…

THUNDER STRUCK

THUNDER STRUCK

Pickup trucks were the longest holdout in the transition to electric vehicles, and for good reason. Their use cases are different, more diverse, and more challenging than anything a car or SUV deals with. They need to tow and haul and off-road as well as they commute, and those all take radically different skill sets. They’re also the bestselling vehicles in America and huge profit and loyalty centers for their makers. Ford absolutely had to get its first-ever electric truck right, and with the 2022 F-150 Lightning, it damn well did. No joke: The Lightning is one of the most important pickup trucks—vehicles, really—in history. Forget early adopters, environmentalists, and technophiles. This truck has to convince construction workers, farmers, ranchers, surveyors, and everyday truck fans that electric pickups aren’t just viable…

VIVA MEXICO!

Précieuses esquisses

Coiffure Laurent Philippon. Maquillage Vassilis Theotokis pour M.A.C. Manucure Sylvie McMillan pour Chanel. Assistantes réalisation Nelly Carle et India Hunnikin. Set design César Sébastien.…

Précieuses esquisses

DONGTAN JANUS Kim Dongjin + L’EAU design

Architect Kim Dongjin (Hongik University) + L’EAU design Co., Ltd. Design team Cheon Yunpil, Cheon Suyeon, Won Jongyoung, Kim Gahee, Park Jooseok, Jang Wooseong Location 6-36, Dongtandae-ro 14-gil, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Programme multi-family housing, neighbourhood living facility Site area 264m2 Building area 158.07m2 Gross floor area 480.45m2 Building scope B1, 3F Parking 4 Height 17.85m Building to land ratio 59.08% Floor area ratio 153.62% Structure RC Exterior finishing appointed tile, antico stucco (rasatura) Structural engineer SDM structural Engineering Construction Moowon Construction Co., Ltd. Mechanical and electrical engineer Suyang Engineering Design period Jan. – July 2018 Construction period Jan. 2019 – Feb. 2020 Client Park Sanghyun Janus is a god from ancient Roman mythology, possessing one body and two faces that correspond to two contrasting impulses. A human, despite the notion of the ego, is an agent of consciousness that communicates with an inner self, tends to create a persona unconsciously, and develop an exposed personality in order to enact one’s role in society. When one experiences desires that are in…

DONGTAN JANUS Kim Dongjin + L’EAU design

Zero Hour

IN A SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING THE opening days of COP26—the U.N. climate summit taking place in Glasgow over the first two weeks of November—India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2070. The announcement means that all five of the world’s largest emitters now have a net-zero target—a date by which they intend to add no more carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than they take out. Climate scientists say the world needs to cut human-caused CO₂ emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach net zero around 2050, lest global warming rise more than 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. That’s the point at which climate-change impacts become much worse for much of the world; avoiding it was the aim…

Zero Hour

Elliot Page

ELLIOT PAGE DOESN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW LONG HE HAD BEEN ASKING. But he does remember the acute feeling of triumph when, around age 9, he was finally allowed to cut his hair short. “I felt like a boy,” Page says. “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday.” Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Page visualized himself as a boy in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl. After the haircut, strangers finally started perceiving him the way he saw himself, and it felt both right and exciting. The joy was short-lived. Months later, Page got his first break, landing a part as a daughter in a Canadian mining family in the TV movie Pit Pony.…

Elliot Page

The Performance Wheel Has Been Reinvented

LIGHTER WHEELS ARE FASTER WHEELS. And after decades of incremental advancements in wheel casting and forging technology, additive manufacturing (3D printing) is primed to transform how little performance wheels can weigh and what the wheels look like. An early example of what we can expect was produced in 2019 by wheel-building boutique HRE in collaboration with GE Additive, GE’s 3D printing subsidiary. Their HRE3D+ wheels mated printed titanium components with a carbon-fiber barrel. The 20" x 9" front and 21" x 12.5" rear wheels weighed just 16 and 19 pounds, respectively. For high-end wheels of the same size, this saves roughly a pound in the front and two pounds in the rear. Traditional wheels are manufactured using cast or forged aluminum alloys. These existing processes are cost-effective but suffer from material inefficiencies…

The Performance Wheel Has Been Reinvented

Deep WATERS

“Dark denim worn with bold gold jewellery is such a striking statement – and ideal for dressing across the seasons”DONNA WALLACE, FASHION & ACCESSORIES EDITOR“Crisp and clean, Ami’s skirt suit presents a modern rendition of ’90s minimalism”OLIVIA SINGER, FASHION NEWS DIRECTOR Short & SHARP Thanks to chic tailoring, thigh-skimming minis are no longer reserved for after dark Knit ONE When it comes to comfort, there’s nothing better – or cooler – than knitwear “How to wear fulllook knitwear? Proenza Schouler’s crochet halter dress”LAURA INGHAM, FASHION MARKET DIRECTOR“Whether you’re going grunge or elegant, the elongated sleeve adds a modern touch to your look”LAURA INGHAM, FASHION MARKET DIRECTOR All day LONG Take your comfort clothing from the sofa to the streets with the snuggly super-sleeve Fom Acne’s dreamlike duvet dressing to Raf Simons’s grunge-tinted enveloping knits, an array of designers…

Deep WATERS

V OBJETS DE DÉSIR

Au clair de la ligne. Plissé. Terre brûlée. Photos : Clément Pascal; DR. Photos : Courtesy of Tom Hartford for Gallery FUMI, Courtesy of Thomas Joseph Wright - Penguins egg for Gallery FUMI; DR…

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INBOX

INBOX

OVERPOPULATION EXTRAPOLATION (“How to Save Planet Earth,” May 2021) Let me recommend adding a curve for the human population to your graph of the CO2-loading of the atmosphere. The two will roughly coincide starting about two centuries ago because the growth in the human population is the root cause of all environmental issues, but is never mentioned in articles such as yours. The global population has roughly quadrupled during my lifetime, destroying habitats, increasing the resources consumed, and generating waves of refugees. Without the growth in human numbers, none of these problems would have occurred. Yale Zussman You continue to step away from the major cause of most of today’s problems. Saving the Earth cannot be accomplished by conservation, science, and technology as long as human overpopulation is not addressed. This is apparently a…

History In the Making

History In the Making

Amarone della Valpolicella has deep roots in northern Italy’s Veneto region, where the wine is notable for its signature production process, appassimento. Amarone was one of the great Italian reds that helped Americans develop a palate for the country’s wines in the 1970s and 1980s, when it was the wine to order at a fine dining Italian restaurant. Yet the introduction of other wines and regions from Italy saw Amarone lose its preeminent position over time, and since then it has often been overshadowed. Today’s vintners know this storied past, but they are not looking backward when it comes to quality. Amarone is now more exciting than ever, with a bright future ahead, as the top-tier estates refine the details of production from the vine to the barrel. The resulting wines…

NEW ICON, CHANEL 22

타고난 선구자였던 가브리엘 샤넬. 그녀가 창조한 샤넬이란 이름의 거대 제국의 출발점을거슬러 올라가면 ‘여성 해방’이라는 슬로건과 마주하게 된다. 1955년 2월에 탄생한 ‘2.55’백이 그 대표적인 예다. 당시 여자들은 늘 가방을 손에 들고 다녔다. 이를 불편하게 여긴가브리엘은 가방에 체인을 달고 ‘어깨에 메는 최초의 디자인’을 탄생시킨다. 여기에서 그치지 않고일곱 개의 포켓으로 공간을 나눠 물건을 쉽게 찾을 수 있도록 실용성을 극도로 높였다. 여자들의양 손에 자유를 선사한 2.55 백은 전 세계적인 센세이션을 일으켰으며 현재까지 스테디셀러로 이어질 만큼 그 인기가 여전하다. 혁신적인 디자인과 더불어 샤넬을 대표하는 핵심 철학을 꼽자면 단연 ‘우아함과 실용성’ 아닐까. 옛것을 새롭게, 하지만 고유의 감성은 지킨 채 명민하게 진화해온 샤넬. 버지니 비아르 역시 창립자의 정신을 계승하며 거대 제국을 성공적으로 진두지휘 중이다. 그 결과물 중 하나가 바로 최근에선보인 ‘샤넬 22’…

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Is Cuba Jamming Radio Amateurs?

Is Cuba Jamming Radio Amateurs?

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of CQmagazine or of CQ Communications, Inc. – ed. Cuba is apparently blocking amateur radio frequencies to stop communication inside and from outside of the island nation in the face of political turmoil. Not only is internet access sporadic, but now there is also intentional interference on the 40-meter amateur radio band and it appears to be coming from Cuba. Cuban radio operators communicate regularly with hams in Florida and other areas with large Cuban populations. But as anti-government protests swept through the streets of Cuba in July, something strange was happening on the airwaves. Radio amateurs in the United States discovered that parts of the popular 40-meter band were suddenly being inundated with…

Tokyo’s Olympics trial

Tokyo’s Olympics trial

EVEN THE BEST-LAID PLANS WERE NO MATCH FOR 2020. When TIME sat down with Yuriko Koike in late 2019, Tokyo’s governor was exuberant in anticipation of the approaching Olympic and Paralympic Games. She capped our interview in the city’s hulking Metropolitan Government Building with an impromptu tour of the rooftop viewing gallery, where tourists browsed caps and tees emblazoned with the Tokyo 2020 emblem. In a flash, Koike hopped a security barrier and sat at a yellow-and-black polka-dot piano to play a few bars of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Did you know this is Godzilla’s favorite building?” she teased. The monster could hardly have done more damage to Tokyo than the pandemic. The Games have been postponed, tourists have been largely banished from the Japanese capital, and TIME’s conversation with Koike on Oct. 14…

Stealth and nuance

Stealth and nuance

From my writing chair, I can see about a dozen moderately priced tube and solid state audio amplifiers. The five stacked next to my desk are First Watt or Pass Labs models designed by Nelson Pass. Across the room is a hybrid tube/class-D Rogue Sphinx V3 integrated. That black Sphinx is standing on its side behind one of the DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 speakers. Next to the Orangutan is a Schiit Aegir. The most conspicuous amp in the room is my BFF, the Line Magnetic LM-518 IA,1 which breaks the night’s darkness with its tall, bright-emitter 845 triodes. Next to that is Ampsandsound’s Bigger Ben KT88/6L6 single-ended speaker and headphone amp. Behind the Ben is the made-in-Japan Elekit TU-8600S single-ended 300B kit-amp. In the shadow of the Elekit sits the stunning (but…

Question 1: How Deep and Wide Are We Digging?

Question 1: How Deep and Wide Are We Digging?

Kim Yeram (Kim): The required excavation process for building structure stabilisation and for the creation of underground space produces large quantities of carbon emissions, but its environmental pollution impact often goes unnoticed because this process is not as visible. Is there a method by which we can measure the amount of carbon emissions produced during excavation work? Tae Sungho (Tae): Most of the excavation or construction equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, and rollers use diesel as their energy source. As such, the carbon emissions produced as a result of excavation work can be calculated by measuring the amount of energy consumed by the equipment at the construction site. By multiplying the amount of energy used in the excavation work per carbon emission unit, it is possible to measure the amount of…

MOVIE BUFF

SONOS BEAM (GEN 2) You can’t really call yourself a film buff if you’re still using your TV’s flimsy built-in speakers for movie nights. Fortunately, there’s a very easy fix. Sonos’s second-gen Beam might not look any different to the last one, but with the addition of Dolby Atmos, HDMI eARC support and a chip that’s 40% faster than before, its five Class D digital amps, four full-range ‘midwoofers’, three passive radiators and centre tweeter can make those soundtracks really sing. Just what you need when you’ve scheduled a post-turkey screening of A Muppet Christmas Carol. Kermit never sounded so soulful. £449 / sonos.com TIE FIGHTER DESK LAMP What should you do if your desk is a little on the dark side? Shed some light on it with this TIE Fighter desk lamp, obviously.…

MOVIE BUFF

SCRUBBING AT THE BOUNDARIES: HWANG DONGWOOK

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. It Divides into Two Choi Eunhwa (Choi): Your work occupies a broad spectrum in terms of fields and forms. The fields encompass architecture, technology, and art, and the forms are diverse, from space-based work to virtual images, videos, and research. I’m curious about how you embarked on your practice. Hwang Dongwook (Hwang): In 2016, I began a one-person office called ‘Building Laboratory Architecture’. The…

SCRUBBING AT THE BOUNDARIES: HWANG DONGWOOK
WHERE EVERYDAY AND NON-EVERYDAY, DAY AND NIGHT, OUR STORIES LIE: LCDC SEOUL

WHERE EVERYDAY AND NON-EVERYDAY, DAY AND NIGHT, OUR STORIES LIE: LCDC SEOUL

Towards the end of last year, another historic factory in Seongsu-dong was given new life as a new spatial platform. While this is no longer something new, LCDC SEOUL exudes a certain different atmosphere in comparison to the commercial complex spaces that came before. The difference may come from its linguistically-weaved meticulous planning, the architecture that acts as its dependable background, and its particular view toward the neighborhood. I had the opportunity to interview the project management team composed of Kim Jaewon (principal, Atelier Écriture), Chung Kangwha (professor, Konkuk University), and the architect Seo Seungmo (principal, Samuso Hyojadong). Park Semi (Park): I’d like to know how the LCDC SEOUL (hereinafter LCDC) project came about. What brief did you receive from the client and what was your approach? Kim Jaewon (Kim): At first, SJ…

Mondi possibili

Mondi possibili

Iperreale Spingersi in avanti avendo cura del passato, esplorare, pensare in modalità tecno-green: dialogo e consapevolezza sono ‘tutto ciò che serve’ per cambiareInnesti arditissimi, sperimentazioni che attraversano i campi del sapere, intuizioni davvero disruptive: la rivincita della scienza Surreale Stare in equilibrio, osservare con attenzione e meditare: gioco, intuito e fantasia sono ‘tutto ciò che serve’ per convivere con i dualismi e le contraddizioni di oggiOpere d’arte come manifesti di allegria, da collezionare, installazioni pirotecniche e bagni di colore: è tutto un fiorire di vita Reale Rallentare, rimanere ancorati alle tradizioni, fare nido: materia, cultura craft e sensualità sono ‘tutto ciò che serve’ per tornare all’essenzialeSpigolature decise, quasi scolpite, superfici ruvide al tatto e alla vista, volumi frastagliati come fossero fiordi: il riscatto delle atmosfere indigene Irreale Accelerare, duplicare la realtà e amplificarla percettivamente. Puntare dritto sul…

Balanceakt in Weißbeton/Balancing Act in White Concrete

Balanceakt in Weißbeton/Balancing Act in White Concrete

Manuel und Francisco Aires Mateus sind bekannt dafür, Architektur zu denken wie Bildhauer: Aus zumeist einfachen, großen Volumina schneiden sie Öffnungen und Räume heraus, deren Geometrie und Lichtstimmung so manchen Überraschungseffekt bereithalten. Im Fall des Neubaus, den die Lissaboner Architekten gemeinsam mit Itten + Brechbühl am Hauptbahnhof von Lausanne errichtet haben, ist das Volumen ein Weißbetonkubus mit 42 m Kantenlänge – „so weiß, wie Beton nur sein kann“, wie Manuel Aires Mateus es ausdrückt. Das skulpturale, irritierende Moment besteht aus einer umlaufenden Glasfuge, die den Baukörper horizontal und diagonal durchschneidet. Der Raum dahinter dient als Eingangshalle mit Café, Buchhandlung und Garderobe und zugleich als Bindeglied zwischen den beiden Kultureinrichtungen, die sich den Neubau teilen – dem Fotomuseum Elysée und dem Designmuseum Mudac. Ihre Anforderun-gen an Raumzuschnitte und Belichtung waren höchst…

Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

2 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE LALANDE Pauillac 2018 98 | $198 | France Owner Frédéric Rouzaud hired Nicolas Glumineau as general director in 2012, and this famed second-growth has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Glumineau has overseen a replanting program, increasing the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards and shifting steadily to organic and biodynamic farming. A cellar renovation included new, smaller vats for a more exacting, parcel-by-parcel and even intra-parcel vinification process. The results show: In 2018, the estate hit the bar set by its acclaimed ’82 and ’59. The grand vin blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot offers a deep well of dark currant, blackberry paste and plum preserves shrouded in warm earth, tobacco, singed cedar and more. A blue chip built for long cellar…

Profiles of Wines Nos. 2 to 100

Objets de désir

LE TAPIS PASTEL Les couleurs douces de ce tapis en laine et soie, réalisé sur mesure à la main, se fondent délicatement. Teal&Copper, 1385 € le m2 , TOPFLOOR BY ESTI. LE MEUBLE BIO Dessiné en 1967 par Anna Castelli Ferrieri, le célèbre rangement est désormais fabriqué dans une matière 100 % durable. Componibili Bio, ø 32 × 58 cm, 190 €, KARTELL. LES VERRES À BULLES En verre soufflé, ils se distinguent par la forme imparfaite de leurs pieds animés de bulles d’air. Collection Eternal Snow, ø 6,3 et 9,2 cm, 14,95 € et 16,95 €, Bela Silva pour SERAX. LA MONTRE BIJOU Inspirée par les formes géométriques des pierres brutes, la créatrice Victoire de Castellane a imaginé cette montre en or jaune, diamants, pierres ornementales et nacre. Collection Gem Dior, prix sur demande, DIOR HORLOGERIE. LE CANAPÉ CHATOYANT Oversized et coloré,…

Objets de désir

AMALFI D’AUTORE

É difficile raccontare la personalità eclettica di Alba Primiceri Clemente. La sua bellezza luminosa, irresistibile, è stata ritratta dagli artisti più celebri: Warhol, Mapplethorpe, Basquiat, Schnabel, tra i tanti. Uno fra tutti, Francesco Clemente, suo marito, del quale è musa e compagna di vita. Alba si trasferisce con la sua famiglia a New York nei primi Anni 80, ma le sue radici affondano nella città di Amalfi, dove risiede fino ai 18 anni, quando sceglie di studiare scenografia e recitazione a Napoli. Il palcoscenico si trasforma nella sua passione principale, dalle esibizioni con il gruppo Teatro La Maschera, diretto da Memè Perlini, fino all’impegno come costumista e scenografa, a New York, e come cantautrice e interprete del gruppo americano Pink Martini. Ma torniamo alla casa di Amalfi, dove Alba Clemente…

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Bryant Family Intel

Among the original class of Napa Valley cult Cabernets, Bryant Family has one of the more intriguing histories. The site is located on prestigious Pritchard Hill. Planted in 1968 and 1971, it had fallen into neglect by the time Don Bryant found it in 1985. A St. Louis native who made his fortune in insurance and then amassed a considerable art collection, Bryant is also a wine lover. So he changed course, built a winery instead, and with Helen Turley as winemaker (1992–2001) began producing one of the valley’s most expensive, and soon most collectible, Cabs. Even so, the start was difficult, and a few years into development Bryant was ready to call it quits. But Turley managed to get the project on stable ground; vintages of the mid-’90s set a new…

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SPECTATOR SELECTIONS

Highly Recommended The issue’s most impressive wines. Includes top-scorers and wines that represent optimal purchases based on their combination of score, price and availability. 98 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District 2019 $98 CALIFORNIA A powerhouse wine, deeply structured and a bit decadent, but not weighty. Plump with personality, this reveals bold blackberry, garrigue, dusky spices and smoked pepper tones, building richness on the long, polished finish. Grenache, Mataro, Graciano, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2033. 1,615 cases made.—T.F. 96 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Kronos Vineyard 2018 $195 CALIFORNIA There’s a savory sparkle here, with sweet bay leaf and violet notes darting from the core of damson plum, loganberry and mulberry fruit, while the sleek and refined structure supports it all. Long and pure through the finish, offering…

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Our Lady of Deadpan

Let sadness tell you what to read. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion begins her essay “The White Album” by recalling a time when, she says, she had mislaid the script of life. She who had reread all of George Orwell on the beach of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu is talking about her loss of faith in the intelligibility of narrative: “I suppose this period began in 1966 and continued until 1971.” Her evocation of what the late Sixties were like in her feckless part of Los Angeles displays the gifts of her style, starting with a California Old Settler dryness. She may have had an attack of “vertigo and nausea” in the early summer of 1968, and she may have been an outpatient…

Our Lady of Deadpan

Vaccines vs. viral variants

IT’S ONE THING TO TEST A VACCINE IN A controlled study, and another to see it in action in the real world. Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved at the end of 2020, more than 250 million people around the world have been vaccinated, and public-health experts are starting to see how the shots are faring when put to the ultimate test. That information is especially critical as new, more infectious versions of SARS-CoV-2 are starting to dominate new cases in certain countries—such as the U.K. and South Africa—raising concerns among both the public and health leaders over whether existing vaccines will work against these viral variants. So far, studies show that the vaccines are doing what they should. In two large data reviews—one conducted in Israel, where most people…

Vaccines vs. viral variants

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1 NANOLEAF LINES Nanoleaf’s experiments in lighting reach a pretty spectacular peak with the Lines, a set of modular light bars, which illuminate your wall rather than themselves. They’re artistic enough even without the RGB glow, can be set to react to music and sound, and work with just about every home assistant as well as tying into Razer’s Chroma lighting system. From £180, nanoleaf.me 2 iROBOT ROOMBA J7+ Ten times as suckular as the Roomba 600 series and (yes) now able to detect and avoid pet leavings, as well as trailing cables and discarded toys, iRobot’s latest certainly boosts the smarts. It can also adapt its cleaning schedules to match your own, or give things an extra run around during times of high pollen or pet shedding – and it’ll empty its own…

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THE (ARCHITECT AND SOCIETY’S) PROCESS FOR THE NEW MEMORIES

THE (ARCHITECT AND SOCIETY’S) PROCESS FOR THE NEW MEMORIES

A Young Architect’s First Project In 2013, I founded my architect office in Euljiro with my university senior and colleague who were to become the co-founder sitting across a second-hand dining table of about 500 × 1,000mm in size. Back then, we gratefully took even unpaid jobs just for the sake of working as an architect. It was a time when more time had to be spent on the explanation process in response to the unreasonable social demands than on the actual design itself. This was how my first engagement with society as an architect was established. Any first experience is significant. One shows a high degree of responsiveness to one’s first experience, which is then stored as a formless memory-material that pervades the entire body. This formless and yet deeply…

SHINSABLUES

Architect poly.m.ur (Kim Homin) Design team Lim Hyunju, Lee Jaeman Location 32, Dosan-daero 49-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea Programme neighbourhood living facility Site area 184m2 Building area 105m2 Gross floor area 455m2 Building scope B1, 5F Parking 3 Height 20m Building to land ratio 58% Floor area ratio 199% Structure RC Exterior finishing exposed concrete (pine board) Interior finishing water paint on plasterboard Structural engineer THEKUJO Construction poly.m.ur Machanical and electrical engineer Jinwon Engineering & Consulting Design period July 2017 - Dec. 2019 Construction period Jan. 2020 - May 2021 Construction budget 1.15 million USD Client poly.m.ur With the notion that ‘architecture is ultimately about establishing order’ in mind, ShinsaBlues is the kind of project that privileges pattern, in the envelope that integrates structure and space, in function and ornament, in circulation and skin, part and whole. Since the arrival of the Gothic Cathedral, which was made of stone capable of withstanding compressive force, ornamentation, circulation, and spatial configuration could be naturally integrated into one overall structural system. On the other hand, modern architecture…

SHINSABLUES

PERMEATING LITTLE BY LITTLE: LEE HAEDEUN AND CHOI JAEPIL

I AM AN ARCHITECT ʻI am an Architectʼ was planned to meet young architects who seek their own architecture in a variety of materials and methods. What do they like, explore, and worry about? SPACE is going to discover individual characteristics of them rather than group them into a single category. The relay interview continues when the architect who participated in the conversation calls another architect in the next turn. We Live in an Old House in an Old Neighbourhood Choi Eunhwa: You are use a hanok in Seochon as both your office and home. When did you settle down here? Choi Jaepil: The first time we came to Seochon was when we were working at Samuso Hyojadong, an architectural firm. Then we went to Japan to study, and when we came back to…

PERMEATING LITTLE BY LITTLE: LEE HAEDEUN AND CHOI JAEPIL
THE LUNAR TUNES

THE LUNAR TUNES

If you think cartoon watches are for children, you may have a point. eBay has an endless supply of brightly coloured ones designed to appeal solely to kids. Even if you could squeeze one onto your wrist, a plastic Spider-Man watch for £1.99 (including p&p) won’t get you taken seriously at the grown-ups’ table. But now there are many cartoon watches that are clearly not aimed at little people, and have the big prices to prove it. How did this happen? A lot of it is down to NASA. The Apollo crews were obsessed with Peanuts cartoons. On Apollo 10, the Command Module was given the call sign ‘Charlie Brown’. The Lunar Excursion Module, tasked with scouting landing sites for Apollo 11, was ‘Snoopy’. The cartoon dog returned the favour by being space-obsessed,…

The Persistence of Pay Inequity

MY MOTHER UPHELD a steely work ethic. Laboring in the fields, and laboring through 11 live births—news that made our local East Los Angeles newspaper—how could she not? She had grown up in L.A. during the violent anti-Mexican deportation raids of the 1920s and ’30s, when massive sweeps herded immigrants and citizens alike. And although she believed in marriage, she became bitterly resentful of her financial dependence on my father. Thus she was determined to prevent her six daughters, us girls, from falling into the same predicaments. With the capricious raids always reminding her how “disposable” we were as Latinas, she strove to create a female tribe unafraid of hard work, a loving commune unto ourselves. At home, there was no expectation of charity. We worked for every need outside of…

The Persistence of Pay Inequity

THE GENERALIST

Tell us about the early days of your practice. BENJAMIN HUBERT: My early work consisted of concrete and cork lights, ceramics and other objects that were quite singular. I was interested in recontextualizing materials in simple yet expected typologies: the classic silhouette of a lamp, for example. Over time, I became much more interested in testing the properties of materials and began working with small, specialized producers throughout Europe. The years 2008 and 2009 were marked by austerity. Because banks were going bust, there was a return to what people innately valued. Craftsmanship, things that were less polarizing, became popular again. There was a desire for comfort. Everything was moving towards the idea of singular expression. For me, this approach eventually evolved into much more complex projects – not just accessories but…

THE GENERALIST
THE BEAUTY THAT CLARITY AND PERSISTENCE MAKE: ATELIER KHJ

THE BEAUTY THAT CLARITY AND PERSISTENCE MAKE: ATELIER KHJ

There is a certain kind of clarity in the objects, furniture, and spaces created by Kim Hyunjong (principal, ATELIER KHJ). Alongside this, there is a commitment to continually changing up his thinking, research and experimentation on materials, and degree of completion of finishing and details. ATELIER KHJ’s work is extraordinary because it is faithful to structure and functions considered the basis of architecture while also raising them to a high aesthetic level. Focusing on new perspectives on and expressions of structure and materials, I met the one who travels beteween objects to architecture. Park Semi (Park): After 11 years of studying and practising architecture in Paris, you returned to Korea and founded ATELIER KHJ in 2018. After 11 years, your life there would have been stable to some extent, so I…

BOUNTIFUL BUBBLY

BOUNTIFUL BUBBLY

The pop of the cork. The lively foam as the wine is poured. The delicate string of beads winding up through the glass. The sensation of the bubbles as they first hit the palate. These Champagne moments continue to intrigue wine lovers. With pandemic restrictions easing, consumers are once again enjoying Champagne in restaurants as well as at home. After the challenges and uncertainty of 2020, Champagne producers have seen exports to the United States soar in 2021, boding well for a happy holiday season. Since my last report (“Brighter Days,” Dec. 15, 2020), I have reviewed more than 225 Champagnes in blind tastings, all new releases. The focus was on the biggest names and the wines most widely available in the U.S. market, as well as bottlings from smaller producers…

I WEAR A SHORT-SLEEVED BLACK V-NECK T-SHIRT, EVERYDAY

I WEAR A SHORT-SLEEVED BLACK V-NECK T-SHIRT, EVERYDAY

THING Everyone has something that they care about. This article is about the things that protect and brighten the everyday lives of architects. The necessity to put stuff on my body is one of my pet peeves. I have never worn watches, rings, neck chains, or earrings, not even in my earliest years. I gave up wearing the wristwatch that private class soldiers usually wear (though I had it in my pocket all the time) as soon as I had been discharged from boot camp. I was even permitted to take off my wedding ring following the ceremony. It is not the same with clothes as it is with accessories. As I feel anxious about my possessions, I developed a skill for disposing of my belongings. Given this affectation, I had to…

Table for Two? Next Question: Vaccinated?

In our August issue this year, we reported on an incredible rebirth of restaurants across America as vaccines went in arms and people started dining-out free of fear again. After the darkest year of their professional lives, chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs were tired but eager to serve people once more. The caveat, we wrote: “Concerns remain, the biggest one being the large number of Americans who remain hesitant to being vaccinated. Because COVID-19 spreads so easily, even from people who show no symptoms, it’s possible the virus could surge again as people unmask. The more unvaccinated people who contract it, the more likely it is to mutate into yet a new variant that is resistant to the current vaccines.” This wasn’t particularly prescient. In fact, it was obvious. The only way you…

Table for Two? Next Question: Vaccinated?

Biden’s huge wager

AFTER ONE OF THE ROCKIEST TRANSITIONS IN U.S. history, Joe Biden’s term has gotten off to a brisk start. In his first 50 days, the President has muscled a massive relief bill through Congress, sending stimulus checks to millions of Americans and easing housing costs, student loans and health-insurance premiums. His team of government veterans has also executed a series of less visible but consequential moves, from increasing vaccine production to approving loans for multitudes of struggling small businesses. Now Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are traveling the country, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the plan. Biden has a 60% approval rating, according to a poll released March 5 by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, compared with about 41% for Donald Trump around this time in…

Biden’s huge wager

DESIGNING FOR NEURODIVERSITY

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a figure that’s expected to rise. ‘Based on epidemiological studies conducted over the past 50 years,’ writes the WHO, ‘the prevalence of ASD appears to be increasing globally. There are many possible explanations for this apparent increase, including improved awareness, expansion of diagnostic criteria, better diagnostic tools and improved reporting.’ That said, the why is irrelevant. What’s important is that designers factor neurodiversity into their buildings to make them more inclusive. Judging by a series of recent projects, the healthcare industry seems to be a good place to start. Take, for example, a new joint facility from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Designed by Perkins+Will in collaboration with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture,…

DESIGNING FOR NEURODIVERSITY

Fun and Games

While 2020’s Summer Games were a year late, the 2022 Winter Games are right on schedule. But not missing a beat means surprises—especially for the athletes. (Surprise number one: Their events are already complicated by politics, with the U.S. staging a diplomatic boycott—athletes will still attend; dignitaries will not—in protest of China’s human rights record.) Ski slopes that are being groomed at this moment on Xiaohaituo Mountain, in Yanqing National Park, about 60 miles north of Beijing, were originally scheduled to host a 2021 trial run. That was canceled, due to the pandemic. This month, skiers will be meeting the mountain for the first time. “None of us know it,” says Mikaela Shiffrin, 26, the alpine ski racer who has won two Olympic golds, “but what I’ve seen from the videos,…

Fun and Games

A WINNER NEVER QUITS

When media mogul Ted Turner launched his Cable News Network on June 1st, 1980, it marked a watershed moment for the information age. Despite initial public skepticism, CNN’s unique around-the-clock news coverage not only changed the television news industry, it altered our entire society and set it on a course it would travel for the next four decades. After the public’s adoption of CNN and the 24-hour news cycle, no longer were people willing to wait for the evening news for updates on current events. They wanted it immediately. Likewise, no longer would they be satisfied with checking stock prices, weather forecasts and sports results in the morning newspaper. Society’s demand for information, and the expectation that it be available instantly and constantly, can be at least partially attributed to the…

A WINNER NEVER QUITS

Hidden Narratives

ON HER DAYS OFF, New Yorker Cheyney McKnight might pull on leggings and a T-shirt or an African-print dress. But it takes a bit longer for her to get ready for her day job, when she dresses in a chemise, a corset, and three layers of petticoats topped by a cotton gown and a fabric head wrap. McKnight is a 21st-century Black American, but the historical interpreter and founder of Not Your Momma’s History specializes in portraying enslaved and free people during the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States. Drawing on almost a decade of work at living history sites including Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, she might dress as an enslaved person to demonstrate hearth cooking at a Virginia plantation or depict a free Creole woman during a New Orleans…

Hidden Narratives
101 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ITALY

101 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ITALY

The call of la dolce vita brings millions of visitors to Italy each year, ready to explore the country’s rich art and history, the thriving wine and food culture, stunning scenery and more. Enjoying Italy is as much about the broad, bucket list items (glimpsing Venice on the horizon as you speed across the lagoon from the airport) as it is the smaller details (enjoying the hustlebustle of Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori with its stacks of fresh produce and flowers). Large and small, here are 101 things that remind us why we love Italy. 1 Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal, Venice Typically thronged with tourists and the souvenir hawkers who love them, San Marco can be serenely lovely at the crack of dawn. The proportions are generous and the surrounding…

The Opposite of DX

The Opposite of DX

There are times when we need an HF antenna that will allow us to reach stations that are near to us. It might be simple, such as a state QSO party or even Field Day. It might be life critical, such as dealing with the devastation of a major hurricane or a large-scale power outage. In either case, the ability of the ionosphere to “bounce” our signal around the earth is not productive. In the early days of amateur radio, the old heads and Elmers all had this advice: Get your antenna as high as possible! Anything too low they derisively called a “cloud burner.” Well, it turns out that’s exactly what we need for regional emergency communication. This type of close-in propagation even has a name: Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave, or…

Andrew Jefford ‘You may be suspicious of celebrity wines...’

Last summer I was researching rosé, and thinking about the celebrity-wine phenomenon, much of it clustered around Provence rosé. It’s the perfect match. Provence rosé is aspirational, visually alluring and can be artfully packaged; and quality in rosé has a different meaning to quality in fine red and white wines. Forget about intensity, depth and concentration; great rosé is sublime understatement. And understatement can be created in quantity. Then one hot day at a friend’s house, I met Xavier Roger, a son of Sancerre’s Jean-Max Roger. He runs the Carcassonne-based wine-sourcing business LGI Wines, and was helping out with Kylie Minogue’s mainly pink wine brand. Roger put me on to Paul Schaafsma, the genial Australian who helped build McGuigan Wines in the UK before heading up multinational Accolade, then setting up…

Andrew Jefford ‘You may be suspicious of celebrity wines...’

Milestones

DIED Michael Collins Made giant leaps for mankind MICHAEL COLLINS BECAME FAMOUS FOR THE SIMPLE act of not walking on the moon. Collins, who died of cancer on April 28 at 90, is best remembered as Apollo 11’s command-module pilot—in some ways the unluckiest man on the luckiest mission of all time. It was Apollo 11 that, in the summer of 1969, stuck the first crewed lunar landing, taking Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down to the surface, while Collins remained in orbit 60 miles above. Not just an extraordinary pilot and astronaut—he went to space once before Apollo 11, aboard the 1966 Gemini 10 flight, when he became the first person to walk in space twice—Collins was also a reflective, poetic man. “A withered, sun-seared peach pit,” was how he described the lunar…

Milestones
A CIVIC CULTIVATION

A CIVIC CULTIVATION

Darling Square Darling Harbour, New South Wales Built on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation Aspect Studios Darling Square is located within the broader Darling Harbour precinct, an area arguably emerging as the happening end of the Sydney CBD, with an increasingly busy skyline and streets and a growing network of public city spaces. Configured in tandem with large public-private partnerships, these new public spaces offer a variety of experiences for the community, that will be increasingly valued in the context of Sydney’s growing and densifying urban condition. Situated midway along the partly pedestrian, 1.1-kilometre-long, 20-metre-wide spine that links Darling Harbour to Central Station, via Tumbalong Boulevard and Quay Street, Darling Square by Aspect Studio’s Sydney office, is a diverse, inclusive and community-focused addition to the public space menu…

Question 1: How Much Carbon is Emitted in a Comfortable Thermal Environment?

Question 1: How Much Carbon is Emitted in a Comfortable Thermal Environment?

Carbon = Energy Many measures are being developed and implemented to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by buildings from low-carbon to carbon neutral approaches. According to statistics, architecture accounts for 23% of the total energy consumption, and 42% of all carbon emissions. And more than 70% of the emissions occur in the operation and maintenance stages. Making reference to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the most commonly used assessment tool, provides an estimate of where and how much carbon a building generates throughout its lifetime. The measurement of carbon emissions in the operation and maintenance stages are subcategorized into cooling, heating (hot water supply), cooking, and electricity. The quantitative criterion for all subcategories is to measure energy consumption. This is the method of calculating carbon emissions for each energy source based…

ECO WARRIOR

GARMIN INSTINCT SOLAR You can’t get much greener than solar power. And while the Instinct Solar won’t run entirely on sunlight, its battery life can be boosted to up to 54 days in watch mode thanks to a special coating on its screen. HOUSE OF MARLEY REBEL TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS Three little birds won’t sit on your doorstep if they find out your habits are harmful for the environment. So help them be happy with these eco in-ears. Made from solid bamboo and wood-fibre composite, they also ship with a sustainable braided cable. And don’t worry about battery life: eight hours of playtime is bolstered by 22 more from the wireless charging case. £100 / thehouseofmarley.co.uk LIFEPROOF WAKE Most mobiles don’t mix well with water, but Lifeproof’s eco cases want your phone to befriend the ocean.…

ECO WARRIOR

The Foundations and Variations in a House

House Kim Jeoungeun (Kim): Beginning with your Dumulmuri House (1998), you have designed a total of 25 houses thus far. These houses all have their differences in terms of their locations, scales, family members, and specific remits, but I assume that they also have a connecting theme. What do you focus on when designing a house? Jeong Jaeheon (Jeong): I first reflect on the more fundamental things rather than the visual and physical things. It is not about designing a house, but about narrating a life. As such, the most important thing is to understand the users. From the moment I receive a design request, I observe the client carefully until the final phase of construction. I ask myself why the client wants a new house, what kind of life the client…

The Foundations and Variations in a House
SERENE AND WHITE: GRAPHIC

SERENE AND WHITE: GRAPHIC

A building with an exterior that resembles a stack of books, known as Graphic, now occupies a place on Hoenamugil in Itaewon-dong. The exterior material was formed in collaboration with the Chinese ceramic artist Wen Ping, and the building’s concept is a comic book rental store-cum-bar. Traces of Kim Jong-u’s (principal, OONN) work can be found in the use of materials and lighting that have been designed to satisfy users in their experiences drinking and reading a graphic novel within the space. Kim Jong-u opened his office OONN in 2021 after managing his spatial design studio U.lab for about 15 years, and Graphic is OONN’s debut project. I had a chance to ask him about how he came to build Graphic and to hear more about his thoughts on interior…

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

Mount Rainier is an icon of the Washington state landscape. Standing at 14,410 feet above sea level, this active volcano presides over a diverse ecosystem. It’s the source of five major rivers and the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The snow-and ice-covered peaks give way to ancient forests and subalpine wildflower meadows as you descend its slopes. Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 369 square miles and contains about 240 miles of hiking trails. The park isn’t far from Seattle—about a two-hour drive—and it’s fantastic to go from the big city to this vast wilderness environment in such a short trip. Once at the park, which is very accessible for folks of all ages, you can photograph an incredible variety of beautiful scenery in relative proximity. And if you’re…

SPARKING JOY

SPARKING JOY

it's both entirely accurate and a bit of an oversimplification to refer to Star-Crossed, Kacey Musgraves’s fifth studio album, as a divorce record. Yes, the acclaimed 2021 release was written partially in the wake of her split from fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly. But songs like “Justified,” “Breadwinner,” and “Camera Roll” feel more emotionally complex than that descriptor suggests, and they’ll resonate with listeners long after tabloid interest in the 33-year-old Grammy Award winner’s love life has faded. Similarly, the 3,500-square-foot Nashville home that Musgraves moved into during the same period both is and is not a divorce house. Its purchase in 2020 was indeed necessitated by what she initially refers to as “a big life change.” (She immediately abandons the code words in favor of her usual candor.) But it seems…

MONASTIC MODERN

Earlier this year, images of Kanye and Kim Kardashian West’s home, designed by Axel Vervoordt, provoked a flurry of think-pieces commenting on the incongruity of its minimalism, given the status of the West family at the apex of a hyper-materialistic culture. Across retail and hospitality spaces, features of the stylistic minimalism of the West home are cohering into a design typology that offers sanctuary and refreshment within, from the heated unpredictability of culture without. It is a minimalism that is not subservient to negative space. Liberated from adornment, the raw material textures of the environment take centre stage – as if the walkways and rooms are carefully chiselled from and chipped into a slab of precious rock. Wobbly or roughly hewn openings and surfaces are restrained by strict principles of proportion,…

MONASTIC MODERN
Softwarescheune in der Oberpfalz

Softwarescheune in der Oberpfalz

Software Barn in Rural Bavaria In the small town of Falkenberg, J. Mayer H. und Partner are building for one of the region’s largest IT companies. Falkenberg hat Glück. 26 Baudenkmäler zählt der Ort mit knapp 1000 Einwohnern. Eines ist die mittelalterliche Burg, das kulturelle Zentrum der Gemeinde. Den wirtschaftlichen Mittelpunkt bildet die Firma IGZ, die Softwarelösungen für Logistikunternehmen entwickelt. 1999 von zwei Falkenbergern gegründet, sind heute 400 Mitarbeiter dort beschäftigt. Den Anfang machte – warum soll es in Bayern anders sein als im Silicon Valley – die elterliche Scheune der Firmengründer. Diese Softwarescheune 1.0 wird auch heute noch genutzt. Seither ging es stetig bergauf: Am Fuß eines Hanggrundstücks am Ortsrand entstand 2005 das erste Gebäude, alle fünf Jahre kam ein weiteres hinzu. Nun ist die Firma am Gipfel angekommen mit der…

1 Why a new generation of hotel robots focuses on space over service

1 Why a new generation of hotel robots focuses on space over service

Will a sector built on human-to-human interaction ever be ready to wholly engage with robotics? Where robots in the hotel space are nothing new, they have continually operated under a cycle of hype, deployment and ultimate dismissal. Japan’s robot-staffed Henn-Na Hotel opened back in 2015, but has since laid off the majority of its androids, while interest quickly waned in Softbank’s Pepper after it was repeatedly fired from service roles. For staff, malfunctions only served to produce more work, and the prevalence of contactless technologies indicates guests would rather just do tasks themselves. Post-pandemic shifts could prove an inflection point. Turning this technology from novel to necessity is already in progress. The latest iteration of service android – Engineered Arts’ Ameca – certainly looks and acts more human than its predecessors.…

SPECTATOR SELECTIONS

SPECTATOR SELECTIONS

Highly Recommended The issue’s most impressive wines. Includes top-scorers and wines that represent optimal purchases based on their combination of score, price and availability. 97 Aubert Chardonnay Russian River Valley Eastside 2019 $85 CALIFORNIA This sings with rich toastiness to the ripe, juicy and powerfully structured white fruit and cooking spice flavors that are backed by firm acidity. Buttery midpalate, with a glistening finish that shows accents of dried tropical fruits. Drink now through 2028. 1,014 cases made.—K.M. 97 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 $100 ITALY This rich red is energetic and balanced, saturated with black cherry, plum and mineral flavors. Accents of wild rosemary and sage chime in as this remains fresh and long on the iron and underbrush aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2045. 310 cases made, 100 cases…

How To Play “Superstition”

There is no more famous clavinet-based song than Stevie Wonder's mega-hit “Superstition”, from his 1972 album Talking Book. Originally written to give to guitarist Jeff Beck as a “thank you” for playing on Stevie's previous album (Music Of My Mind, 1972), Wonder was so pleased he decided to record it for himself. Then in an interesting move, Motown released his record before Beck's came out. Stevie plays drums, Moog bass, and clavinet on the recording, with horns overdubbed. So many bands like to play this tune, but too often, the keyboard player plays the iconic clav part wrong, or the guitar player wants to play the more rock-oriented Jeff Beck version. Let's take a deep dive into what it takes to play the part correctly. Finding The Truth When you listen to…

How To Play “Superstition”

What Would Donny Do?

I HAVE ONE SIBLING, A BROTHER NAMED DONNY. Because he’s seven years older, our childhood worlds rarely overlapped. When he was a high school senior, preoccupied with girls and Guns N’ Roses, I was in the fourth grade, building Lego pirate ships and mastering Super Mario Bros. 2. I was the good student; I liked school and got mostly A’s. Donny was the music guy, the fashion guy, the car guy. He drove an orange ’74 MG. The one time he helped me with homework, I was sixteen and reading The Great Gatsby. My American Lit teacher had assigned us a short paper on a Jazz Age–related topic of our choosing. The topic Donny suggested: the martini. You might say I was Donny’s student. He taught me to drive stick. Made me…

What Would Donny Do?
CQ Reviews: Laboratory 599’s Discovery TX-500 – Worth the Wait?

CQ Reviews: Laboratory 599’s Discovery TX-500 – Worth the Wait?

In late 2019, I learned about the upcoming release of the Laboratory 599 Discovery TX-500 (Photo A), a highly portable, ultra-compact, QRP transceiver designed to withstand the rigors of field operation. As more information about the transceiver became available in early 2020, I decided I had to see the TX-500 up close and determine, firsthand, if it met the manufacturer’s claim that it is, “a radio tailored for adventure, for extremes, for use in places unattainable before, with no sacrifice of performance or features.” Unfortunately, my plans to acquire the TX-500 in 2020 quickly faded due to the global pandemic. Laboratory 599, like many other businesses, had been temporarily shuttered waiting for the pandemic to pass. Unbeknownst to me, my XYL had pre-ordered the TX-500 as a surprise, but its…

I AM AN ARCHITECT

Dispersal and Addition Park Jiyoun: Thank you for inviting me to your office. It is an interesting multistory space with a pitched roof. Park Heedo: It took me about four months to find this space. As I’m fond of the energy that characterises the areas around Hongik University, the location had to be somewhere around here, but as you know, the rent is rather high. As I was browsing options that featured terraces and parking, I came across this interesting office space and immediately signed the contract. I get such good vibes from this place. My clients have also enjoyed their visits here, and so I thought it was only right to hold this interview here. Park Jiyoun: You are sharing the office with the interior design studio, TINKER. Do requests for architectural…

I AM AN ARCHITECT