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Issue 6 - Middle East 1Ivanišin Krunoslav, Baumgartner MarianneEssays, Videos

THE MOUNTAIN, THE RIVER AND THE HIGHWAY

by Marianne Baumgartner, "On the Road" Video by Krunoslav Ivanisin

And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And The Lord showed him all the land,...

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Issue 6 - Middle East 1Baumgartner Marianne, Samhouri Wael, Adanali Yasar, Ivanišin Krunoslav, Daher Rami, Arbid GeorgeInterviews

POSITIONS 1

Interview with Yaşar Adanali, George Arbid, Rami Daher, and Wael Samhouri

DEFINITION

Yaşar Adanali: Defining the Middle East, its boundaries, different meanings, layers is by itself a very difficult, value-bounded and mainly a political challenge. Especially, when one looks at the region from the perspective of its “western” neighbors, many...

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Issue 6 - Middle East 1Baumgartner Marianne, Kenzari Bechir, Adham Khaled, Ivanišin Krunoslav, Al Sallal Khaled, Hotz AnnaInterviews

POSITIONS 2

Interview with Bechir Kenzari, Khaled Adham and Khaled Al Sallal

Why are questions of identity and authenticity so central to the discourse on architecture in the Arab world?

Bechir Kenzari : As far as I am concerned, I think it is a wrong question, it is a false problem. In time of crises the issue of identity becomes a refuge. Eventually it...

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Issue 5 - Global Observatory Amunt, Baumgartner MarianneInterviews, Reviews

AMUNT - Sculpture and Void

by Marianne Baumgartner

AMUNT architects martenson und nagel thiessen were founded in 2005 as an architecture cooperation in Aachen and Stuttgart. Together they realised several small projects. Each project is approached with a critical examination. Topics such as energy efficiency or societal changes concerning habitation...

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Issue 9 - PREVI revisitedBaumgartner Marianne, Ramis Tomeu, Maki Fumihiko Interviews

GENETIC STRATEGY

Interview with Fumihiko Maki

You worked on the PREVI competition in 1969 with Kisho Kurokawa and Kiyonori Kikutake as members of the Metabolism movement. Did you consider the PREVI as a chance to develop some of the Metabolism principles?

In a retrospect, my answer is yes. But when we were approached by Peter Land...

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Issue 6 - Middle East 1Ivanišin Krunoslav, Baumgartner Marianne, Bellwald UeliInterviews

TRADITIONS

Interview with Ulrich Bellwald

There is a certain romantic aspect to the Middle East, very hard to avoid when we look at it from a European perspective: a mythical storybook place where anything can happen. How does the contemporary Middle East look from the inside, in terms of architecture?

After having lived for such...

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Issue 9 - PREVI revisitedBaumgartner Marianne, Ramis Tomeu, Pini AlfredoVideos, Interviews

BIG HOPES

Interview with Alfredo Pini, Atelier 5

Various international architects who were addressing new forms of dwelling and settlement in the 1950s and 1960s were chosen for PREVI competition. Atelier 5 caused an international sensation with the Siedlung Halen settlement. Why was this topic a cause for such an international concern at the...

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Issue 8 - Middle East 2Baumgartner Marianne, Khammash AmmarVideos

ARCHITECTS SHOULD BE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHERS

by Ammar Khammash

IN THE CITY: WILD JORDAN

As you all know, normally people think of a buildings having four elevations and in Jordan, in Amman, we have the 5th elevation, which is the most important because we have a very complex geomorphological city, where you see the roof. So the fifth elevation is the...

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Issue 9 - PREVI revisitedBaumgartner MarianneEssays, Videos

WALKWAYS, OASES AND PLAYGROUNDS - Collective spaces in the PREVI

by Marianne Baumgartner

The site of the PREVI international architecture competition was located some kilometres north of the built border of Lima in the 1960s, bounded and crossed by three important expressways. The area forms part of Peru’s long desert strip between the Andes and the South Pacific Ocean: an arid, dusty...

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