Baku – Oil and Urbanism

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and formerly part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, is the original oil city, with oil and urbanism thoroughly intertwined—economically, politically, and physical—in the city’s fabric. Baku saw its first oil boom in the late nineteenth century, driven by the Russian branch of the Nobel family modernizing the oil […]

Perspectives – Tatiana Bilbao Estudio

Located in Mexico City, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio is well known internationally for its use of traditional Mexican construction techniques, the highly sculptural effects of its buildings and its unusually collaborative approach toward each client. Founded by Tatiana Bilbao (born 1972) in 2004, its completed buildings include the Gratitude Open Chapel in La Ruta del Peregrino, […]

Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura

Rather than a catalog of works, Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura is a visual and textual manifesto introducing an attitude towards the design and realization of architecture in an interconnected and global environment. Taking the form of a radical monograph, the book curates SO-IL’s content based on conceptual themes, allowing the reader to have a […]

Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent

Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent surveys the continent’s art landscape and marks the opening of Zeitz MOCAA, the first major contemporary art museum in Africa. Edited by writer and cultural commentator Ekow Eshun and designed by Wallpaper*, the book is produced in association with Thomas Heatherwick, the architect behind the museum. […]

Chaos and Culture

In 2006 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its gift of a new cultural center in Athens to house both Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera House within a forty-acre landscaped public park. Two years later, with designers and engineers in place and the project underway, the Greek economy collapsed. In Chaos and Culture, […]

LAB – Building a Home for Scientists

Laboratories are both monasteries and space stations, redolent of the great ideas of generations past and of technologies to propel the future. Yet standard lab design has changed only little over recent years. Here Mark Fishman describes how to build labs as homes for scientists, to accommodate not just their fancy tools, but also their […]

Bengal Stream – The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has one of the most important buildings of the 20th cen-tury: its parliamentary building by Louis I. Kahn constructed between 1961 and 1982. Little is known, however, about the local architecture scene that has emerged since then. Yet contemporary architecture in Bangladesh exhibits a strong formal idiom that has its […]