December 2011: Iwan Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell'Architettura on occasion of their 100th issue.
Brasilia - Chandigargh Living with Modernity
A visual tour through contemporary life in both cities, With commentary in the form of an essay by Cees Nooteboom on the photographs and by Martino Stierli on the architectural and planning history.
In 1960, Brasilia was celebrated as the realisation of an urban planning vision based on designs by Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. At the same time, the sectoral city of Chandigarh was rising according to plans by Le Corbusier. "The test tube city" arose as an export of modernity from a Western planning euphoria that displayed utopian traits. In both cities, foreign architecture entered into a harmonious relationship with indigenous culture, forming new and independent identities. This publication addresses the question of how modernism has been appropriated in both cities, and how the people who live in them deal with it. Commonalities and differences are identified and images of everyday urban life showcased.
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Hamsun, Holl, Hamaroy
Steven Holl has set up a documentation centre for the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859 - 1952) on Hamaroy, in northern Norway. This unconventional building reflects the author's no less unusual personality. The centre in the barren landscape of Hamaroy, where Hamsun lived and worked, the silence and solitude, challenge visitors to involve themselves with him and his work. The book records the connection between Hamsun, the architecture and the landscape. Photographer Iwan Baan relates the landscape and the building to each other, and historical documents illustrate Hamsun's contradictory life and influential work, et al. the novel Hunger (1890), with which Hamsun achieved his fame. In 1920 the poet was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Order Here> or at your local bookseller. The book won the DAM architectural book award for best architecture book in 2010