Editorial 4—All is Full of Landscape

Is it really? In the 1990s, landscape was reiterated as a tool to open up new conversations, projects, and reflections that dialog between the natural and the artificial. This meant that it could determine cultural, social, ecological, and economic forms; and in the process, landscape either becomes an overarching concept or it gets itself caught up in the particularities of the different categories. As the term continues to be prominent in the wake of climate change and the constant desire for technological innovation, where can these traces be heard, felt, read, and seen? Coinciding with the late-March launch of NESS.docs 2 Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, this editorial surveys and questions landscape in its different forms and scales—from books and films to exhibitions and real-world solutions. It does not try to redefine landscape or to provide an answer to its many iterations but instead encourages an exploration of how it manifests itself in and through a variety of experiences.
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The Dossier: Mad World Pictures

Explore the planetary representations published in NESS 2.

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Ph. Pablo Gerson

Landscapes of the Unstable

An exploration of landscape that opposes the formalistic, closed, stable, and objective.

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Sloped Simplicity: Residential Building Gapont by Uli Mayer and Urs Hüssy

This new apartment building takes advantage of the local landscape.

Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos ph. Javier Agustín Rojas

Architecture for the Community: Plaza Houssay by RDR Arquitectos

Reformulating the relationship between a park and its surroundings, this project reactivates a forgotten public space in Buenos Aires.

It Has to Do With Time

An exploration of Manthey Kula’s post-potential drawings, site-specific projects, and an email conversation with lead architect Beate Hølmebakk.

NESS Reads, Watches, Explores, Listens, and Shares

A list of what is inspiring us as we #stayathome.

TreeHugger by MoDusArchitects © Oskar Da Riz

Culture Magnet: TreeHugger by MoDusArchitects

A bold concrete building wraps public space with sinuous curves.

Your reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Ph. Adrian Aleson

Architecture as Experience: Your Reflection by Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa

A mirroring scenario invites visitors to a Chilean Park to experience public space in new and unexpected ways.

Urban Geographies by Pedro Correa

Contemporary Strategies: Common Places by Plan Común

A collective research that proposes critical solutions to encourage public spaces and social interaction.

Landscape as Cult. Courtesy Bureau Europa

Romantic Nature, Raw Cultivation, and Verticality in “Landscape as Cult”

Questions (re)emerge around landscape and nature in this exhibition at Bureau Europa.

NESS 2 Mad World Pictures Cover

Mad World Pictures

How can we present and represent this mad and uneasy to synthesize world?

Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados Ph. Ilana Bessler

Innovative Connections: Ladeira da Barroquinha by Metro Arquitetos Associados

A staircase that allows for different user experiences and that engages with the built heritage of the city of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.

Grito Alcorta by Opera Publica Ph. Gustavo Esmoris

How to Remember: El Grito de Alcorta by Opera Publica

Memorial Space and Monument to the 100th Anniversary of the Alcorta Farmers Revolt.

To Rebalance the Landscape: Paseo Civico Metropolitano – Alameda Providencia Corridor by Groundlab

A historic avenue in Santiago is updated to keep up with the cultural necessities of today’s citizens.

The Notebooks of Giancarlo De Carlo, Triennale Milan, Exhibition design by Parasite 2.0 Ph. Gianluca Di Ioia

Beyond the Diary

Parasite 2.0 has done the exhibition design for a show on the archive of the Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo.

Chaptal Residence by Nathalie Eldan Architecture Ph. Loreno Zandri

Feels like Home: Chaptal Residence by Nathalie Eldan Architecture

An apartment in a historical building in Paris is renovated for a contemporary and active lifestyle.

What is a River in California?

Heidegger, technological control, and the artistic perspective meet to explore California’s rivers.

Pyramids Playground. Courtesy AFA Group.

Urban Reliefs: Pyramids Playground by AFA Group

A play hub designed to redistribute activities between the courtyards and public spaces in a Moscow neighborhood.

Courtesy Ryan L Foote

Architectural Bites

Artist-Designer Ryan L Foote reinvents chocolates for the digital age—and architects.

House for Two Brothers by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

Cubed Privacy: House for Two Brothers by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer

Two brothers share identical weekend houses on a single concrete prism.

Baakenpark by Atelier Loidl © Mark Pflueger

Urban Excursion: Baakenpark by Atelier Loidl

This intervention transforms a former industrial site into a new urban park for the HafenCity quarter in Hamburg, Germany.

Over the Edge by Jonathan Burlow Ph. Simone Bossi

Updated Granary: Over the Edge by Jonathan Burlow

The extension of this coastal house in the United Kingdom takes on the existing house’s prototypical elements.

Installation view of Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole at Sean Kelly, New York
 January 31 – March 21, 2020
 Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
 Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Shapes and Voids: “Towards No Earthly Pole” by Julian Charrière

This solo exhibition at Sean Kelly in New York features polar landscapes and explores how humans and the natural are inextricably linked.

Face to Face/Tête à Tête by PLANT Architect Inc. Ph. Steven Evans Photography

Conversation Piece: Face to Face/Tête à Tête by PLANT Architect Inc.

A transformation of parking spaces into an animated—and concentrated—parklet.

Freight Station Hannover by AFF architekten & TOPOTEK 1 landschaftsarchitekten Ph. Hanns Joosten

Open Expression: Freight Station Hannover by AFF Architekten & TOPOTEK 1

A mixed-use facility that combines a historic façade with a contemporary public space.

Parish Hall Herbolzheim by Kuhn und Lehmann © Achim Birnbaum

Graceful yet Functional: Parish Hall Herbolzheim by Kuhn und Lehmann Architekten

Four programmatic cores define the boundaries of the empty space that forms the heart of this Parish hall.

OBJECT Rotterdam, Aleksandra-Gaca, Ph. Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Moving Designs, Exploring Fresh Theater: NOMAD St. Moritz, OBJECT Rotterdam, and Madrid Design Festival

This month, a series of design events highlight both established and upcoming designers.

A New Cultural Space in the Torredembarra Theater by NUA arquitectures & NAM arquitectura Ph. Jose Hevia

Strategic Repurposing: A New Cultural Space in the Torredembarra Theater by NUA arquitectures & NAM arquitectura

A contemporary ruin is transformed to generate a new cultural space for the city of Torredembarra in Spain.

Offices Soler by Estudio Ana Smud Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

Luminous Potential: Offices Soler by Estudio Ana Smud

With void and light as the protagonists, the design for these offices brings new life to an old shed.

Skovbakke School by CEBRA Ph. Adam Mørk

Active and Welcoming: Skovbakke School by CEBRA

This school in Denmark takes inspiration from the surrounding forest.

Bodybuilding cover: film still from Esquizo (1970) by Taller de Arquitectura/Ricardo Bofill, graphic design by Riley Hooker (2019).

Off the Page: A Reading of “Bodybuilding. Architecture and Performance”

We highlight a few ideas that stood out in this book that explores performance as a critical tool to rethink architecture.

House of Wine by CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers Ph. Laurian Ghinitoiu

Architectural Treasures: House of Wine by CHYBIK + KRISTOF Architects & Urban Designers

This wine bar rethinks renovation and acts as a witness to the region’s multifaceted architectural history.

House in Takarazuka by arbol Ph. Yasunori Shimomura

Modern Nature: House in Takarazuka by arbol

This compact house prioritizes a relationship with nature through a courtyard at its heart.

Three Generation House by BETA office for architecture and the city Ph. Ossip van Duivenbode

Flexible and Living Together: Three Generation House by BETA office for architecture and the city

This multi-unit private housing in Amsterdam is flexible and takes into account different generational needs.

WERK12 by MVRDV Ph. Ossip van Duivenbode

Comic Transformation: WERK12 by MVRDV

The Dutch office completed a new mixed-used building located in a former industrial site.

Casa Morgana by J. MAYER H. und Partner Architekten Ph. David Franck

Out of Context: Casa.Morgana by J. MAYER H. und Partner Architekten

This renovated house distills and continues the archaic and brutalist aesthetic of the time in which it was built.

Private and Social Housing Units and Nursery by MAO - MOBILE ARCHITECTURAL Ph. Nicolas Grosmond

A Rare Parisian Gem: Private and Social Housing Units by MAO – Mobile Architectural Office

This project reinterprets the porch of the Parisian courtyard.

RUNDHERUM by mia2/ARCHITEKTUR ZT KG Ph. Kurt Hoerbst

From Inside Out: RUNDHERUM by mia2/ARCHITEKTUR ZT KG

Located in an Austrian forest, this renovation uses the existing structure as the programmatic core and combines it with a panoramic external layer.

Casa do Monte by Leopold Banchini Architects and Daniel Zamarbide Ph. Leopold Banchini Architects

Fluent Living: Casa do Monte by Leopold Banchini Architects and Daniel Zamarbide

In a historical enclave in Lisbon, this renovation features maximum material austerity and an atypical formal game.

Urban Infill Lofts Project by CHYBIK + KRISTOF Ph. Alex shoots buildings

Industrial Meets Residential: Urban Infill Lofts by CHYBIK + KRISTOF

Featuring a site-specific lighting installation and views of the city’s landmarks, this project encourages the revitalization of Brno’s post-industrial district.

Coffee shop in Strasbourg by Dominique Coulon & associés ©Eugeni Pons

Geometric Serenity: Coffee shop in Strasbourg by Dominique Coulon & associés

This small but distinguished coffee shop is a bright and attractive space with geometric curves.

Stealth Building by WORKac Ph. Bruce Damonte

Contemporary Injections: Stealth Building by WORKac

This building is a model of sensitive but stridently contemporary historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

Kaggeboda by AndrénFogelström and KolmanBoye Ph. James Silverman photography

Connected Through the Outside: Kaggeboda by AndrénFogelström and KolmanBoye

A small house located in the forest of the Stockholm Archipelago with three cabins and a diversity of outdoor spaces.

Mary Mattingly, Desert Deployment 2, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist and Artworks for Change.

Circular, Portable, Visionary, and Resilient: Survival Architecture

Housing solutions for Climate Change are explored in this exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.