PHILIPPE RAHM ARCHITECTES
Form Follows Climate
(OFL Lectures)

> Philippe Rahm Architectes | Form Follows Climate. About a Meteorological Park in Taiwan

> First Edition: Autumn 2017

> ISBN 9788894139464

> Language: English

> Pages: 60

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This publication is about the Jade Eco Park for the City of Taichung in Taiwan, an international landscape and architecture competition for a park of 67 hectares won by Philippe Rahm architectes, Mosbach paysagistes and Ricky Liu & Associates in 2011, with a construction completion in 2018. It presents original documents from the Detailed Design Phase completed in 2013 and some photographies of its construction. For Philippe Rahm architectes, Climate Change creates an opportunity to rethink architecture and urbanism with the climate in mind, to shift our focus away from a purely visual and functional approach towards one that is more sensitive, more attentive to the invisible, atmosphere-related aspects of space. Slipping from the solid to the void, from the visible to the invisible, from metric composition to thermal composition, architecture as “form and function follow climate” opens up additional, more sensual, more variable dimensions in which limits fade away and solids self-dissociate. The Jade Eco Park reveals how the climate can be at the base of a masterplan, adding sensorial qualities to the city at the same time as saving energy and meeting the objectives of Sustainability.
The park’s design composition is based on climatic variations, from warmer to colder, from wet to dry, from polluted to cleaner, generating a diversity of microclimates and a multitude of different experiences open to the free will of the visitors. The park’s buildings are also based on climatic issues, by dissolving in separate layers the different climatic missions of the facade, towards sun, heat, rain and pollution. Philippe Rahm architectes purpose is to say that if today climate is the problem, climate can be also the solution, by basing the design on physics, by rethinking the architecture and the urbanization of a city from an atmospherical point of view, more ecological, providing new quality of life to the inhabitant, more comfortable, more sensual.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #15
Lebanon

 



> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2017

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 44

> Price: € 10.00

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ACHA ZABALLA ARQUITECTOS
Indigo
(OFL Lectures)

> Acha Zaballa Arquitectos | Indigo. A Blue-Green Approach

> First Edition: Winter 2016

> ISBN 9788894139457

> Language: English

> Pages: 40

> Price: € 10.00

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The urban development has been characterized by the ability of ongoing innovation and the continuous improvement. Now a day, in a context of global economic crisis, the planning development inherited from the post-industrial era seems exhausted. Today the appropriate use of resources and the accurate assessment of social priorities remain to be the objective. We wonder how the innovation provided by technology, which is increasingly accessible, is helping to improve our cities, to conserve resources, to generate new ways of sharing the public space. In parallel to technological progress, and somehow due to it, the renaturalization of urban areas is becoming a priority. We wonder in what way it matters this longing for the approach to the natural issue in the concept of urban development with the goal of equality and a common identity based on diversity.Considering this background we are seeing an increasing number of proposals thatsuit their scale to available resources, promote flexibility and give the highest prominence to public spaces; proposals arising from bottom-up processes aimed to generate connections that enrich social relations and help to boost the vital pulse, creativity and, as a result, the economy. Within this context we focus this lecture in our proposal for a specific case: the revitalization of Forus area in Stavanger (Norway). ‘Indigo’ is a re-naturalization strategy with special emphasis on identity. It connects the concept of phenotypic plasticity in biology with the hillside construction of two opposed neighborhoods in the city of Medellin. And it allows the description of reusing architectural fragments of demolished constructions to coexist in the same text as the tempting idea of thinking of architecture like an extended phenotype of the human body, like a big prosthesis that synthesizes specific ecosystems with genetic and behavioral necessities.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #14
Southern Italy

 

> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2017

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 40

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MICHELE SBACCHI
Reversible Doctrine
(OFL Streams)

 

> Author: Michele Sbacchi

> Title: Reversible Doctrine | Essays on the unstable discipline of architectural design

> First Edition September 2016

> ISBN 9788894139440

> Language: English

> Pages: 144

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The book addresses the issue of reversibility of the discipline of architectural design. It is based on the assumption that architectural thinking is complex and unstable.
The study spans the extreme ends of architectural thought. On one hand, it aims at describing the reversibility of architecture and, on the other hand, it critically reconsiders some “fundamentals” of architectural thought. Indeed, despite the apology of instability, and praise for reversibility the book tries to focus on some archetypical “thinking tools” and the way they have been used within architectural theory. Principles, rules, abstraction as well as type and scheme are traced in their complex itineraries within architectural design especially in their early development in classical theories culminating in the Renaissance Neoplatonism. The impact of Cartesian thinking is taken into account as far as it acted to reverse architecture leading it towards its contemporary pragmatic and instrumental status. Within this frame a special place is given to the key notion of “construction” which ties together the above mentioned thinking tools and has been in certain cases at the core of architectural design. The role of “construction” and, more specifically “logical construction,” within architectural knowledge is analyzed in Giorgio Grassi, with reference to thinkers like Descartes, Kant and Foucault. To achieve this aim some of the realms that both Foucault and Grassi have “inhabited” are considered in detail, namely taxonomies and handbooks.
Other topics like the use of wood, clothing, landscape, secularization help to broaden the problematic field. The book owes much to Heideggerian thought. Yet it is vaguely permeated by an underlying discomfort with the load of that tradition. To some of the conservative and pessimistic views brought about by that line of thought, these writings attempt to substitute a more positive attitude.

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