On land or underground, humans require beautiful environments for their psychological well being. In this issue we exhibit a number of international subterranean projects for urban planning, and we offer a timeline piece on subway artwork found around the world to inspire future works.
Don’t miss other stories including the traveling Smog-free Tower by Roosegaarde–going to Beijing this summer–, an interview with UAE Designer Aljoud Lootah and a piece on Cevisama that takes you to the dreamland of ceramic tiles.
*Respects to Claude Parent, creator of Oblique Architecture, who has died at age 93.
“Everything’s the same.” During the press conference at last year’s Cersaie fair in Italy, architects discussed their discontent of the selection of ceramics on display.
Although we’ve been seeing the same trends a few years now–ceramics that look like fabric, wood, brick, marble or stone; ceramics with patterns,...
The metropolitan public comes together underground almost everyday, yet it is often forgotten how complex and labyrinthine these subterranean portals really are. That’s why these spaces are continuously (re)imagined and constructed by artists, designers and architects. ArchiExpo identifies 8 amazing spaces that keep underground commuters in awe. Follow the timeline for the flow of underground events.
Urban space is under pressure like never before. For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s population now lives in cities. According to the United Nations, this figure will soar to nearly 70 percent by 2050.
This has led many cities to expand laterally, following the pattern of low-density urban...
Roosegaarde shipped the last batch of rings at the end of January 2016. As orders keep coming in and international skies thicken with pollution, Studio Roosegaarde will see their tower, “the world’s largest smog vacuum cleaner,” travel the world. First stop? Beijing.
No smog left in Rotterdam thanks to the Smog-free Tower. Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde
Preparation should begin this summer. “We only need a few weeks to prepare, then one or two weeks to install the tower,” Roosegaarde continued. “It’s like a traveling pavilion.”
When the team of designers and engineers first began, they were told “it’s not possible” and “you can’t do it.” They completed the first tower in Rotterdam and began hearing, “Why didn’t we do this ages ago?”
They’re now focused on making several versions of the tower, both smaller and larger. The building itself uses green energy and can be compared to the use of a small water boiler. The technology resembles that which “cleans air in hospitals.”
The essence of their designs, as Roosegaarde explained, is a desire for beauty. “Beauty, for me, is clean air. Why do we let technology dominate our lives? Technology should be used for the good of people.”
Roosegaarde confirmed the tower will make its way to other cities like Mumbai and even Paris.