ArchiExpo e-Magazine - #46 – People Places SpacesArchiExpo e-Magazine

People, Places, Spaces

In our May issue, we focus on the heart of urban settings: people! Our freelance journalist Frederick Bernas visited Sao Paulo, a gray city going green, and talked to Movimento 90º about the Green Corridor architecture project. You’ll enjoy the video interview with Guil Blanche, the founder of Movimento 90º. We also get into some great furniture and places for public spaces in Thinking Urban: Furniture & Public Spaces for People.

In line with the theme of this issue, we decided to highlight architecture and design studio Associated Trades from Argentina for their hands-on manner of working together and collaborating. We think you’ll enjoy learning about the studio, born out of a friendship among architects, blacksmiths and carpenters.

We have a nice collection of art and design for you this month with articles on the new wallpaper design for FEATHR, Benjamin Shrine’s fabric sculptures, the ICFF event in NYC and more.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief



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In our high-tech society, studies show we’re less inclined to be social. Is that really true? Human beings feel the push to interact and are finding themselves drawn to public spaces. Perhaps the old-style town, based around a public square (think Italy), wasn’t so bad after all. As cities grow, a need for community is...

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Every Sunday, the Minhocão elevated highway in São Paulo is closed to traffic, reclaimed by the people whose vehicles it serves. Landscape architect Guil Blanche is regularly among the throngs of pedestrians who stroll through the raw cityscape: The highway almost seems to bisect buildings themselves, with windows and...


“We are an architecture studio, and we’re not an architecture studio,” says Santiago Vaca Guzman, a founding partner of Oficios Asociados (Associated Trades) in Buenos Aires. Gathered in a bright warehouse where the firm’s new nerve center is currently under construction, Vaca Guzman and his two partners feel equally...


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Benjamin Shine is one of today’s leading fabric sculptors—receiving the Enterprising Young Brit Award in 2004 and the Courvoisier Future 500 Art & Design Award in 2017. He has collaborations with John Galliano, Bergdorf Goodman and Givenchy under his belt, just to name a few. He describes his work as painting with...

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  • Courtesy of FEATHR

    Kiki Slaughter and FEATHR have worked together on a new wallpaper collection. Their previous partnership, the Oh La La wallpaper and fabric collection won the Surface of the Year 2017 at the World Interiors News Awards as well as second place at the Homes & Gardens Wallpaper of the Year Awards in 2016. This new...

    Courtesy of Lagom bath and Villeroy & Boch

    When it comes to public and private bathroom trends, styles and choices can provide a unique experience for guests. Product design can reflect niche cultural interests while offering a feel-good, clean environment for adults and kids alike. Perhaps kids fight going to the bathroom because they’re not kid-friendly?...

    Hundreds of bottles are clustered in racks facing a huge rock, known as “the infinite stone.”
    Courtesy of the Zuccardi family

    Nestled among mighty mountains in the captivating Uco Valley, the Zuccardi family’s newest wine production center could easily be mistaken for the set of a space warrior movie or a new-age place of worship. Instead, it’s a temple dedicated to the rituals of making and drinking wine—created by a group of devout...

    Courtesy of UNSense

    UNSense is a new tech startup and innovation platform focused on architecture and the built environment. Although it is founded by Ben van Berkel and UNStudio, it remains independent from the latter with quite different goals. UNSense’s raison d’être is innovation. The startup aims to explore how technology can be...

    Furniture pieces include designs by Tom Dixon, Edra, Fornasetti, Gubi, Fritz Hansen, Driade.
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    Just beyond Milan in the Italian Dolomite Mountains, tucked away in the village of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, is the new Penthouse by the architectural studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners. The 160 m² penthouse is situated on the 4th floor of the five-star Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa. The partnership between the studio and...

    Photo by Seph Lawless

    Seph Lawless is a self-proclaimed “artivist,” an artist who’s also an activist. As a photographer he dares to enter abandoned spaces, lots and even restricted...

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    When Peter J. Lassen left Fritz Hansen in 1979, it wasn’t under the best of circumstances. He was CEO, and times were rough for the Danish furniture...

    Courtesy of ICFF

    Attending the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javitt’s Center in New York City recently was like letting loose my inner five-year-old...


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    Jody Miller-Young spent 30 years as a publicist in the entertainment industry, working with icons like Iggy Pop, Roger Waters, The Cure. Among several other professional activities, she is currently CEO of AxolotlFL, a custom surfaces brand.

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    Monica Hutchings

    Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house copy editor.

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    Mairi Beautyman

    Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

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    Frederick Bernas

    Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

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    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

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    Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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