NESS is a printed publication about architecture, life, and urban culture launched in March 2018. We are in continuous dialogue with provocative designers, users, developers, and thinkers to expand and diversify our conversations and to be open to new visions and ideas. It is divided into Browser, The Dossier, and Documents.

NESS 2: MAD WORLD PICTURES

NESS 2, Mad World Pictures, cover of publication
BROWSER

LaFeliz
Argentina-based design studio fueled by a poetic exploration of materials.

Performative Archaeologies: The Work of Luis Úrculo
A peculiar storyteller that lets objects tune to and interpret anthropological, archaeological, or criminological ‘songs’ of our past.

Feminist Architecture Collaborative
A three-woman architectural research enterprise aimed at disentangling the contemporary spatial politics of bodies, intimately and globally.

THE DOSSIER

Mad World Pictures

Picking up on the question “What are the limits to the possible?” posed by Jean-Luc Nancy, The Dossier places the issue of planetary representations at center: Richard Saul Wurman recounts maps as a tool for understanding; Alexandra Arènes and Bruno Latour develop new cartographies of The Earth; Giuliana Bruno defines ‘tender mapping; the exhibition Walls of Air drafts the immaterial barriers of Brazil’s architecture and territory; and Fake Industries speculate on the sudden invention of the Indo-Pacific Region. Also, Uriel Fogué, Parasite Lab, María Jérez, Jesse LeCavalier, and Sophia Al Maria dared to play with an exquisite corpse via email.

DOCUMENTS

Michael Maltzan Architecture

Featured projects: Rice University Moody Center for The Arts, One Santa Fe, Pittman Dowell Residence, and a special profile on housing (Crest Apartments / Star Apartments / New Carver Apartments).

Ensamble Studio

Featured projects: Cyclopean House, Hemeroscopium House, Reader’s House, The Truffle, and Structures of Landscape.

NESS 1: BETWEEN COZY HISTORY & HOMEY TECHNICS

BROWSER

The Art of Denunciation
Nine installations that rocked 2017.

Eleni Petaloti & Leonidas Trampoukis are LOT. Eleni Petaloti & Leonidas Trampoukis are objects of common interest.
These architects’ sibling practices shift from one scale to another with subtle sophistication.

Lena Wimmer
An outside-the-box thinker whose projects include experiments in space infrastructure and floating columns.

REPORT–NESS: DETROIT

A report that brings together historical analysis, infographics, interviews, projects for the city, and a visual essay.

THE DOSSIER

Between Cozy History & Homey Technics

A series of conversations on discursive refuges and projection tools for architecture. Rustically recorded but fully committed: Stan Allen and Jesus Vassallo discuss photography and its role in documenting architecture and the built environment as a filter of abstraction; Enrique Ramirez and Mimi Zeiger reflect on the aesthetics—or lack thereof—in contemporary representation technics; Emanuel Christ and Camilo Restrepo imagine the type as a vehicle for ideas to travel through building cultures; and Sharon Johnston and Florencia Rodriguez exchange views on curating in architecture. Lastly, the idea of the event as a refuge is tested while revising and mapping the biennial phenomenon.

DOCUMENTS

Bruther

Featured projects: Helsinki Central Library, Museum of the 20th Century, Saint-Blaise Cultural & Sports Center, New Generation Research Center, Housing and Commercial Space, 133-135 Rue Pelleport, Sciences de la Vie Building

SO – IL

Featured projects: Kukje Gallery, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Breathe – MINI Living, L’air pour l’air – Chicago Architecture Biennial Performance

NESS.docs is Lots of Architecture’s monographic series. Each issue features one practice or subject for in-depth analysis: interviews, texts, and a variety of graphic pieces cooperate to unveil singular work that can globally inspire modes of thought about architecture and landscape.

NESS.docs 2: Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas

The second issue of our monographic series reflects on the project of Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, led by Charles Waldheim and the Office for Urbanization at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Curated together with Mercedes Peralta and Jeannette Sordi, NESS.docs 2 explores the potentials for landscape as a medium for urban intervention in the specific contexts of Latin-American cities.

More than twenty Latin American practices are shown and grouped in five different themes: Biological Environments, Resilient Grounds, Performative Systems, Revealed Protocols, and Assembled Natures. Finally, a conversation between Charles Waldheim, Florencia Rodriguez, and Luis Callejas deepens the discussion of our academic curricula, drawing as representation, political spaces, and the general sensitivity around landscape.

Co-Edited by

Lots of Architecture publishers, Florencia Rodriguez, Mercedes Peralta, & Jeannette Sordi

Contributions by

Ana Elvira Vélez Villa & Lorenzo Castro Jaramillo / Ana María Durán Calisto / Beals Lyon Arquitectos / Bulla / Camilo Restrepo / CAPA / Ciro Najle / Enlace Arquitectura / Fábrica de Paisaje / Francisco Walker Martínez / FUPAM / LUME, H+F Arquitetos / Metrópole Arquitetos & UNA Arquitetos / Gaeta Springall Arquitectos / Groundlab, LyonBosch+Martic, Idom & Sergio Chiquetto / Guillermo Hevia García & Nicolás Urzúa / Husos / Iñaki Echeverría Gutiérrez / Jeannette Sordi / José Alfredo Ramírez / Juan David Hoyos & Sebastián Monsalve / LCLA O ce / Luis Callejas / Manuel Gausa / Mercedes Peralta / Metro Arquitetos Associados / Opera Publica / Plan Común / Plan:B Arquitectos & JPRCR Arquitectos / RDR Arquitectos / Sérgio Bernardes / Tatiana Bilbao Estudio / Teresa Moller Landscape Studio

NESS.docs 1: Hashim Sarkis Studio

NESS.docs 1, Hashim Sarkis, cover of publication.

The first NESS.docs features the work and thoughts of Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture + Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014 and curator of the 2020 Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Hashim Sarkis Studio has worked in rural and urban locations ranging from the United States to the Middle East in the fields of landscape, urban design, and mixed-use, institutional, and residential architecture. NESS.docs is the first comprehensive monograph on his brilliant career.

Co-Edited by

Lots of Architecture publishers, José Mayoral & Felipe Vera.

Texts by

Stan Allen, Angelo Bucci, Kenneth Frampton, Pablo Gerson, Gabriel Kozlowski, José Mayoral, Luca Molinari, Florencia Rodriguez, Hashim Sarkis, Nader Tehrani & Felipe Vera.

Projects

Balloon Landing Park
Housing for the Fishermen
Daily Mosque
Town Hall & Park
Float Pavilion
Watermelon Landscape
Courtowers