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a+u Architecture and Urbanism

a+u Architecture and Urbanism

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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。

Country:
Japan
Language:
English
Publisher:
A+U Publishing, Co., Ltd.
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
public space 20xx results

[Sponsor] NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD [Co-Sponsor] Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd. [Chief Judge] Takayuki Kishii [Judges] Ryue Nishizawa, Takeshi Kito, Eriko Ozaki, Tadao Kamei The final screening for Urban Public Space Design Competition 2019 was held at Nikken Sekkei Ltd.’s Takebashi Office in Tokyo on Monday, March 9, 2020. There were presentations by 10 finalists that passed the initial screening, whose proposals had been selected from among 268 accepted (658 submitted), followed by interviews by judges, and then prizes were awarded: one First Place prize, three Second Place prizes, and six Honorable Mentions. In light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), during this final round the public viewing of entries was canceled, and discussions with the 10 finalists were conducted via teleconferencing. Winners First Place prize: ¥1,000,000 Tomohiro Fukuyama (NIHON SEKKEI) Kuniaki Tokoro (YOKOGAWA Architects & Engineers) Second Place prize:…

1 min.
feature: mvrdv files 4

MVRDV is an architectural office established in the Netherlands since 1993. Following our previous 3 series of MVRDV FILES in 2002, 2007 and 2017, a+u June issue – MVRDV FILES 4 focuses on the office’s ambitions to conceptualize sustainable “futureproof” buildings and cities as described in an essay by its cofounders, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, along with the 23 projects featured. The office prides itself on its visionary ideas of redefining spaces that we use every day. Whether it is the design of a new building or the re-purposing of an abandoned building, MVRDV capitalizes on every creative opportunity presented to them to rethink typologies and open up possibilities. Despite challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, the partners at MVRDV came together in a web…

9 min.
introduction: designing with idea(l)s for growing complexity in the built environment

Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries In the days of the Coronavirus crisis, when we are forced to enclose ourselves, it is necessary to make dreams and preparations for green, adaptable, productive, healthy environments, where we can meet and live together again. This evokes an exciting puzzle: there are so much more demands placed upon architecture than existed in the past, from regulations and codes to the expectation of improving inhabitants’ wellbeing, and from engaging multiple stakeholders to engaging with sustainability concerns. Each of these requirements can be addressed using a variety of ideas and ideals. But often competing ideas within the profession can seem incompatible with each other. Some practices avoid such conflicts in their work by adopting one approach and sticking to it. We work in a more…

2 min.
tencent campus

Located on a 133-hectare site in a prominent location in Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen, Tencent’s brief called for what is nothing short of an entire urban district. MVRDV’s proposal shows a smart city district shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range, with a waterfront park winding its way around the base. Tencent’s brief asked for a total of 2,000,000 m2 of floor space to accommodate offices for 80,000–100,000 employees. The brief was also technologically ambitious, requesting that the new campus be an exemplary smart city district. MVRDV’s competition entry envisions the Tencent campus as a grid of over 100 buildings with an undulating roof of photovoltaic panels, with bridges connecting buildings to form a continuous surface reminiscent of a mountain range. At the foot of the buildings, a waterfront park winds its…

3 min.
airbus uam

Thanks to technological advances, one of the most enduring symbols of futurism – flying vehicles – may soon become reality. MVRDV worked with Airbus, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, ETH Zurich, and Systra to research and plan for the future of Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Over 2 years, MVRDV supported Airbus in exploring urban development scenarios that leverage UAM as an opportunity to grow cities around the globe into thriving urban regions. Crucially, the research aimed to avoid any detrimental impacts that can arise when revolutionary transport modes are introduced to cities without careful planning. Instead, the research highlights how UAM can be beneficial to people of all backgrounds. The key to unlocking this potential lies largely in vertiports. These are similar to traditional transport stops, stations, and terminals, however unlike stations for other urban…

2 min.
the stack

MVRDV and Woods Bagot proposed a “new kind of skyscraper” for a landmark mixed-use site in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Stack is one of 6 invited entries in an architectural competition organized by the site’s owners Beulah International, a Melbourne-based developer known for its commitment to excellence in local design. Eschewing Southbank’s typical model of podium and tower – a typology that has always promised but seldom delivered – the Stack is a confident prism with a public interface on all sides. The 265,000 m² mixed-use tower represents a stack of neighborhoods including offices, residential, hotel, retail and entertainment, which are connected by 4 publicly accessible gardens. A special feature is the series of façades; open at the park levels, transparent for the offices, hotel rooms and apartments, and more opaque in…