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 that will be available soon, 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.  

Editorial Letter

We decided to keep our playful theoretical spirit and reverse the rhetoric of the iconic quiz show Jeopardy by making the answer “What’s an Object?” as the title of this issue’s Dossier.

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Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent by NADAAA

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.

MIA’s Office by MIA architecture

The Belgian architectural firm designed its own office, a mirrored, elevated prism that reflects its natural environment and blends in with the landscape.

United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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.

Roofless House by Craig Steely Architecture

Located in Silicon Valley, this single-family house has three patios that articulate fluid interior spaces by creating their own exterior landscape.

Living the City. An exhibition About Cities, People, and Stories.

Held in the unused Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the show brings the city to life.

The Red Roof by TAA DESIGN

Traditional lifestyles in a contemporary take for a house and orchard on a small lot in a village in Vietnam.

Tetris Square by Atelier Scale

With a size of six thousand square meters, this is the largest public space of Guangzhou Vanke Cloud City in China.

New Housing on Briesestraße by EM2N

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.

Lindt & Sprüngli Headquarters by Christ & Gantenbein

The new Lindt Home of Chocolate is more than a museum: this versatile project redefines what civic buildings can be.

La Fab. The agnès b. collection by SOA Architectes

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.

David Brown Appointed As Artistic Director for the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial

The designer, researcher, educator will take on the theme of the fourth edition, The Available City.

Maggie’s Center Leeds by Heatherwick Studio

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.

The Webster’s Flagship Store by Adjaye Associates

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.

Behind the Scenes of TomorrowAnew.org

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.

Color and Versatile Furniture for Creative Conversation

Inside and outside of a creative hub, Lapalma proposes versatile and colorful furniture for Milano Design City.

North Fork House by SO–IL and Shenton Architects LLP

In the middle of nature on Long Island, this cruciform house organizes different uses through wings and takes advantage of surrounding views.

Mount Washington Studio by FAR frohn&rojas

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.

HOUSE P by MDDM STUDIO

A renovated apartment in Beijing that bets on open spaces, unevenness, strident colors, and textures to create a space full of details.

Objects in Variation: Flower Vases

A small selection of flower vases from designers around the world that redefine the many faces of the same object.

Monteiro Lobato Library Renovation by MMBB Arquitetos

A building originally designed for the Brazilian postal company was transformed into a library with an open and democratic space.

Office in Sanno by Studio Velocity

A curved roof generates unexpected interior spaces and a unique terrace for this office building in Japan.

Montauk House by Desai Chia Architecture

A single-family house designed to promote family interaction and a relationship between interior and exterior.

Dirk Denison Architects Renovate a Mies Van der Rohe-designed Residential Building

The iconic design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago has been transformed to reflect student housing needs today.

Casa Schendel by AR Arquitetos

A slim, existing house in São Paulo was transformed within a translucent volume that combines wood and glass.

Remise Immanuelkirchstrasse by JWA BERLIN with Ralf Wilkening Architect

A new building was built on old foundations to house the new offices of the start-up REMISE in Berlin, Germany.

AMEND: Chris Emile Moves, Heals, and Opens Dialogues in Schindler House

An exhibition and performance series exploring Black male identity through movement, cinema, and sound in the iconic modern house.

Useable Tableware Designs That Go Beyond Usability

Jouw, the store of the experimental gastronomy project Steinbesser, has invited forty designers and artists to re-think plates and utensils.

Casa Sierra Fría by Esrawe Studio

Noble materials, simple forms, and a lush courtyard make up this single-family home located in Mexico City.

House in “La Place” by Deschenaux Architectes

A house that reinterprets Swiss vernacular architecture and is developed on a steep slope.

Ishawooa Mesa Ranch by Lake|Flato Architects

A single-family house in Wyoming that overlays traditional construction methods with a contemporary way of living.

Pure Space by Elisa Silva

A book that explores public space within the complex dialogue of planned and unplanned settlements in Latin America.

Concordia Design Wrocław by MVRDV

The transformation of a heritage building into a dynamic creative hotspot.

School Extension in Lugrin by ateliers O-S architectes

An autonomous and rigorous volume that makes use of the local archetypical figure, a barn.

Casa en la Huerta by WOHA Arquitectura

A 150-year-old house in an alfalfa orchard is renovated and extended to give a contemporary character to the traditional.

Karen Kubey on Spatial Justice Through Social Housing

This episode explores bridging the gap between politics and design in affordable housing.

Haus Salzkammergut by INNOCAD

A conversion and a new construction for a mixed-use building in Gmunden, Austria.

Cà Ospiti by Stocker Lee Architetti

Located in Switzerland, this residential building highlights the potential of the existing area with its simple and light grey volume.

Sint-Lucas School of Arts Antwerp by Atelier Kempe Thill

The transformation and extension of the new Arts campus in the Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp.

Café Roquet by NUA arquitectures

This project transformed an old accountancy office into a café in Valls, Spain.

Pam and Paul’s House by Craig Steely Architecture

A single-family house that takes advantage of the sloped terrain and generates a low impact on the natural surroundings.

Infinite Scrolls and Touching Keys

Can digital exhibitions be laboratories for rethinking bodies in space?

This is My Square by Conjuntos Empáticos (Sálvora Feliz + Marta Benito + Tomás Pineda)

A project that studies the possibilities within the use of public space with a series of temporary-inflatable devices.