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Editorial 6–ANSWER: What’s an Object?
CLUE: This is NESS 3, the web version. Like in the iconic US quiz show Jeopardy!, giving answers in the form of questions is a way of going beyond common sense, cheating facts, or serious categories. It changes perspective and opens the game of NESS 3, this time in the context of algorithms, interfaces, and scrolls. As an augmented version our printed issue, this editorial explores the many-faceted sides of objects as they change shapes and dialogues throughout 2020 but also from print to digital. In the issue we included a quote by the new media theorist Wendy Hui Kyong Chun that says “New media live and die by the update: the end of the update, the end of the object,” but what traces of the object remain as we move online? Join us as we explore this question, more questions and architectures, and reveal glimpses of the publication thought for this online format.
In NESS 3, we compiled an eclectic list of quotes about objects and this is its continuation.
A cinema with seven rooms and a maximum capacity of 1051 people that is integrated in a global development plan for a pedestrian square in the historic center of Cahors, France.
A continuation of the feature published in the Documents section of NESS 3.
A real estate company’s corporate headquarters, located at Graz’s highest traffic entrance, brings clarity and conciseness as a new landmark to a transitioning industrial area.
A dialogue on how to build a Latin American posture.
The third work built by the young studio takes advantage of an existing construction to refurbish it and create a new chapel in the outskirts of Itupeva, Brazil.
A look at the projects Rio Bonito House, Santa Teresa House, and Varanda House by the Brazilian architect.
The mixed used building combines eighteen residential units above first floor commercial space.
The Fold, a small community playground in Changzhou, China, seeks to challenge children through the landform and leaves total freedom to the imagination and possible uses.
A design for a boutique Yoga studio in Berlin that incorporates flow.
The merger of an existing old building located on a circular lot with the new addition revitalizes the educational spaces and the teaching at the University of Toronto.
The Belgian architectural firm designed its own office, a mirrored, elevated prism that reflects its natural environment and blends in with the landscape.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Museum is a tribute to the Olympic and Paralympic movements with Team USA athletes at the center of the experience.
Located in Silicon Valley, this single-family house has three patios that articulate fluid interior spaces by creating their own exterior landscape.
Held in the unused Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the show brings the city to life.
Traditional lifestyles in a contemporary take for a house and orchard on a small lot in a village in Vietnam.
With a size of six thousand square meters, this is the largest public space of Guangzhou Vanke Cloud City in China.
The Swiss office designed a new housing project in Berlin that is composed of several parts and unites the different scales and typologies of the slab and the courtyard that characterize its surroundings.
The new Lindt Home of Chocolate is more than a museum: this versatile project redefines what civic buildings can be.
In the heart of the 13th arrondissement, this mixed-use program includes social housing , a nursery, and La Fab., home of the new agnès b. contemporary art collection.
This design is for a charity center that provides free practical and emotional support for people with cancer in the campus of St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds.
A bold, completely pink space full of texture and volumes that challenges the retail tradition of The Beverly Center in Los Angeles and creates a sensory experience.
Talking with founder Gabriel Kozlowski, we get to know this initiative that is addressing the pandemic by reflecting on the future and offering help on the ground.
Inside and outside of a creative hub, Lapalma proposes versatile and colorful furniture for Milano Design City.
In the middle of nature on Long Island, this cruciform house organizes different uses through wings and takes advantage of surrounding views.
The architects added a studio and a spacious deck facing the silhouette of the Angeles National Forest to the home of an LA-based artist.
A renovated apartment in Beijing that bets on open spaces, unevenness, strident colors, and textures to create a space full of details.
A small selection of flower vases from designers around the world that redefine the many faces of the same object.
A building originally designed for the Brazilian postal company was transformed into a library with an open and democratic space.
A curved roof generates unexpected interior spaces and a unique terrace for this office building in Japan.
A single-family house designed to promote family interaction and a relationship between interior and exterior.
The iconic design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago has been transformed to reflect student housing needs today.
A slim, existing house in São Paulo was transformed within a translucent volume that combines wood and glass.
A new building was built on old foundations to house the new offices of the start-up REMISE in Berlin, Germany.
Jouw, the store of the experimental gastronomy project Steinbesser, has invited forty designers and artists to re-think plates and utensils.
Noble materials, simple forms, and a lush courtyard make up this single-family home located in Mexico City.
A house that reinterprets Swiss vernacular architecture and is developed on a steep slope.
A single-family house in Wyoming that overlays traditional construction methods with a contemporary way of living.
A book that explores public space within the complex dialogue of planned and unplanned settlements in Latin America.
The transformation of a heritage building into a dynamic creative hotspot.
An autonomous and rigorous volume that makes use of the local archetypical figure, a barn.