Editorial 2—What’s Your Story?

Taking the local flows of people, goods, and capital as a starting point, the Chicago Architecture Biennial brings to the fore the role of storytelling and imagination in the issues confronting architecture and urbanism today. One thing becomes clear: community is key. Our story at NESS represents a collective imagination: it is full of collaborations, countries, voices, typologies, and different forms of inhabiting both on and off the page. This editorial features a variety of views and asks what role biennials play in the engagement of architecture with larger issues such as gender, politics, ethics, economy, ecology, technology, art, and more.
Architecture Biennial © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty, 2019

Celebrating Architecture Part II

Building the local ground to discuss architecture’s culture.

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Model studies for Structures of Landscape, Montana, 2016. Courtesy of Ensamble Studio

Ensamble Studio: Between Play and Representation

Ensamble Studio talks with Pablo Gerson about model-making, music, and videos.

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Augustin Schang ph. Mariam Samur

Agustin Schang on Being a Cultural Instigator

A conversation about architecture in the expanded field of cultural production.

Albion Terrace Extension by Outpost London Ph. French + Tye

Contrasting Composition: Albion Extension by Outpost London

The transformation and extension of a traditional Victorian house into a new and contemporary domestic space.

Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019. Ph. Ana Guedes

Lisbon Architecture Triennale – The Poetics of Reason

The fifth edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is now on view until December 2.

Criticism question Vladimir Belogolovsky

If I say that architectural criticism is dead would that surprise anyone today?

Belogolvosky discusses architecture as problem-solving instead of aesthetics.

House in Ohasu by arbol Ph. Yasunori Shimomura

A Peaceful Combination of Styles: House in Ohasu by arbol

The Japanese studio’s design hybridizes cultures and influences.

Casa ocho vigas by Covachita Ph. Onnis Luque: Arquitectura Vista

In the Search of Shade: Casa Ocho Vigas by Covachita

The Mexican studio designed this single-family house around a courtyard composed by a concrete structure.

The Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee Ph. Richard Barnes

Quietly Innovative: The Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

The new building is built especially for the acquisition, study, exhibition, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center by Neutelings Riedijk Architects ScagliolaBrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Integration and Growth: Naturalis Biodiversity Center by Neutelings Riedijk Architects

The expansion of the center drove an integral renovation that combines new and existing spaces.

CLUBE at Monte, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Flora, Architecture Office

Thoughts in Architecture: CLUBE

A young Brazilian studio whose practice orbits around producing and discussing architecture.

Congress and Exhibition Center by Studio Botter + Studio Bressan © Simone Bossi

Between Village & Nature: A New Exhibition Center by Studio Botter + Studio Bressan

The building offers a new meeting point for the Agordo community in Italy.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, from "Unraveling Modern Living," digital collage, 2019. Courtesy of Graham Foundation

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio Transforms Domestic Space in Unraveling Modern Living

Explore new forms of collectivity in this immersive installation at the Graham Foundation.

City of Spreads and Densities, top down view of the City Center of São Paulo. Courtesy of Somatic Collaborative

A Trans-Scalar Approach to Architectural Design by Somatic Collaborative

An exhibition, a book, a house, and a table corroborate architecture’s role as a critical mediator.

Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2019. Ph. Pablo Gerson

Somatic Collaborative on Scales, Research, and Activism

Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski in conversation with Florencia Rodriguez about the singularity of their practice.

Covered Market and Exhibition Space in Schiltigheim by Dominique Coulon & associés © Eugeni Pons

Heritage and Community: Covered Market and Exhibition Space by Dominique Coulon & associés

A restoration in the historical center of Schiltigheim brings back to life a building that was closed over a decade ago.

Design: Studio Christopher. Oslo Architecture Triennale

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 – Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth

Oslo Architecture Triennale explores new ways of shaping our society by experimenting with radical alternatives to economic growth.

Casa João de Barro by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados

Close to Nature: Casa João de Barro by Brazilian Firm Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma designed a house that merges with the surrounding landscape.

Steampunk installation by Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham (Fologram), Soomeen Hahm Design, Igor Pantic, Format Engineers. Courtesy of TAB 2019. Ph. Tõnu Tunnel

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 – Beauty Matters

The fifth edition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB), Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty, is on view until November 11th.

Redefining the Riverbank: Tanzhaus Zurich by Barozzi Veiga

A new building in Zurich encourages the connection between the city and the river.

Stanley Tigerman Rides Again Courtesy of Volume Gallery

Undulating Spaces in the Exhibition Stanley Tigerman Rides Again

The exhibition of late artist and architect Stanley Tigerman takes place at Volume Gallery in Chicago until November 2nd.

Museum and entrance to the UNESCO Pearling Site by Valerio Olgiati © Archive Olgiati

A New Dimension: PEARLING SITE, museum and entrance to the UNESCO Pearling Path by Valerio Olgiati

The Swiss architect built the entrance and museum for this cultural heritage site in Bahrain.

International Architecture Biennial of São Paulo – Todo dia Ph. André Scarpa

International Architecture Biennial of São Paulo – Everyday

The 12th São Paulo Architecture Biennial encourages observation and performance in urban daily life.

The House Between the Trees by Diego Arraigada Architects © Gustavo Frittegotto

The House Between the Trees by Diego Arraigada Architects

A single-family house in a eucalyptus forest in Argentina.

The Cells of Life by Charles Jencks at Jupiter Artland. Image by Allan Pollok-Morris, courtesy of Jupiter Artland.

Designer, Landscape architect, and theorist Charles Jencks dies at age 80

A tribute to the influential thinker and author of The Language of Post-Modern Architecture.

Lounge room at the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Ph. Pablo Gerson

NESS Picks from the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

The importance of constructing other narratives through architectural thinking.

The Enrico Fermi School by BDR bureau © Simone Bossi

Built for Community: the Enrico Fermi School by BDR Bureau

The school in Turin, Italy embodies a cultural, pedagogical, and architectural reflection on educative spaces.

The Museum is Not Enough from the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The Museum is Not Enough

A new publication by the CCA that explores being an institution in our contemporary landscape.

Giovanna Borasi in conversation with Florencia Rodriguez

Architecture is Not Enough: Giovanna Borasi on Expanding Formats and New Challenges

In episode 6, we learn about Borasi’s thoughts on expanding formats as well as what’s to come for the CCA.

Guayacan Pavilion by Ambrosi Etchegaray © Jaime Navarro

A Place for Nature: Guayacan Pavilion by AMBROSI ETCHEGARAY

A nursery for the care and reproduction of the Guayacan tree in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Architecture Criticism Series 1 with Mimi Zeiger titled On Criticism, Lateness and Huxtable

On Criticism, Lateness, and Huxtable

Notes from the Ada Louise Huxtable and the Formation of the Architecture Critic Workshop.

Efrain John Gonzalez Little West 12th Street 1986/2019 Digital print Courtesy of the artist

Learning from Experience: An Exploration of Two Exhibitions at the Leslie-Lohman Museum

Currently on view, “Paco Cao: Attribution” and “On Our Backs” raise new questions and possible methodologies.

Roskilde Festival Folk High School by MVRDV and COBE © Ossip

Spirited Learning in the Roskilde Festival Folk High School by MVRDV and COBE

Dutch office MVRDV joined Danish firm COBE to design a non-formal adult education building.

Sede CAF Región Sur by LAPS Arquitectos Ph. Javier Agustín Rojas

A New Public Space for the City: CAF Región Sur by LAPS Arquitectos

A transformation of an existing building in the historic city center of Montevideo.

Photo of the NESS launch event in the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NYC

Conversations, Magazines, and Cocktails: A Celebration of NESS in NYC

A round-up of the event held at the Leslie-Lohman Museum on September 23rd.

Gonzalo Casals presenting "An ABC for Cultural Democracy" at Monte, Buenos Aire Argentina. Ph. Mariam Samur

Gonzalo Casals on Cultural Planning and Community Building

Gonzalo Casals speaks with Florencia Rodriguez about his multi-faceted career.

Caja de Tierra by Equipo de Arquitectura © Federico Cairoli

An Atmospheric Office: Caja de Tierra by Equipo de Arquitectura

This young practice built their own office in Asunción, Paraguay.

From the book Architecture in Nature / Nature in Architecture. Section of Kure Island and the relationship between coral polyps and sea level change due to climate change over the past thirty million years. Section of Kure Island and the relationship between coral polyps and sea level change due to climate change over the past thirty million years. Hancheng Chen

Abstract Metrics in “Architecture of Nature. Nature of Architecture” by Diana Agrest

A book that explores nature through architectural techniques of representation.

Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini © Dylan Perrenoud

An Alternative to Concrete: Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini

A single-family house located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Run Run Run by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation © José Hevia

An Interhuman Playground: Run Run Run by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

A new type of hybrid urban infrastructure.

Courtesy of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Ph. Kyungsub Shin Studio

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism – Collective City

Collective City: Reclaiming The City, Redefining Architecture is on view until November 10th.

Higashimatsuyama House by Kohei Kudo & Associates Ph. Kai Nakamura

Old and New Adjoin in the Higashimatsuyama House by Kohei Kudo & Associates

A new life for a 300-year old house in Saitama, Japan.

MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27 ph. Fernando Guerra

Open and Flexible: MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27

A single open space that completes an existing furniture store complex in São Paulo.

Sea Things by Sam Jacob Ph. Ed Reeve

Rethinking Plastic: Sea Things by Sam Jacob in the London Design Festival

Exploring the role of design and architecture in how we imagine our waste system.