This book looks at the architecture of ArtLab, an innovative facility in Lausanne, Switzerland, intended to bridge the gap between science and the humanities on a university campus.
Alors que dans les années 1980, le centre historique du Caire, inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité, est surpeuplé et proche de l'insalubrité, l'Aga Khan Development Network met en place un Historic Cities Programme pour lui permettre de retrouver son caractère historique menacé tout en restant un quartier vivant et animé. Cet ouvrage raconte cet épopée et ses multiples réussites.
Inspired by nature and imbued in local identity, culture and art, the Harbin Opera House is an outstanding example of architecture's ability to engage, transform, and delight. This gorgeous book takes readers through every step of the design and construction of the landmark building, which rises like a "snow dune" in a large wetland area. Philip Jodidio shows how architect Ma Yansong incorporated the city's surrounding wilderness and climate into a curvilinear design-a poetic melange of edge and surface, softness and sharpness. Hundreds of photographs highlight how the enormous diversity of materials and construction-not only aluminum and concrete but also crystalline glass and Manchurian ash-brought together to create an invitation to linger, to appreciate the landscape, and to feel warmly enveloped. Philip Jodidio also looks at the effect this "cultural island" has had on the city-briefly a Soviet outpost, recently invigorated by investments in the arts. An exhilarating look at the making of a cultural landmark, this architectural exploration illustrates the impact of a single building on a community, and the role good design plays in creating a harmonious and spiritual connection between the built environment, humans, and nature.
Completed in 2019, the Swatch and Omega Campus in Biel (Bienne), Switzerland, is a magnificent example of technology, design, and environmental sustainability working in concert to create a space that promotes the health of users and the planet. This book illustrates every aspect of the project, including drawings, plans, and numerous interior and exterior photographs. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has experienced firsthand the trauma of natural disasters, which he has addressed in numerous emergency-relief projects. With the Swatch and Omega campus, Ban demonstrates how sustainable architecture can benefit industry as well, and why he promotes timber as the planet s only truly renewable resource. Philip Jodidio introduces readers to the buildings ingenious and cutting-edge features a serpentine, cocoon-like facade that echoes the playful elements of the Swatch brand; a gridshell roof structure consisting of thousands of precisely interlocking timber pieces. The Omega buildings with their clean straight lines are equally innovative and express the contrast between the two related brands. A feat of forward-thinking architecture, this corporate headquarters represents a benchmark for future building projects around the world.
Pour célébrer sa réouverture, le musée du cheval de Chantilly présente ses bâtiments restaurés, son domaine et ses riches collections sur le cheval : peintures, sculptures et accessoires équestres des civilisations du monde entier.
For centuries the garden has served as a central element in Muslim culture. In that tradition, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been rehabilitating existing parks and creating new spaces for more than 20 years. The results, seen in this fascinating book, show how these urban oases are catalysts for positive economic, social and cultural change--as well as encourage ethical ideals of stewardship, ecology, and beauty in the built environment. Philip Jodidio first traces the history of Islamic gardens and helps clarify the environmental and design ethos in the Islamic religion. He also discusses the beneficial sociological and economic impacts of urban gardens and parks. Succeeding chapters identify thirteen specific projects that illustrate these principles. There are historic sites, such as Humayun's Tomb Garden in Delhi and Timur Shah Mausoleum in Kabul; contemporary locations, including the National Park of Mali, and Al Azhar Park in Cairo; and settings that celebrate cultural and multi-cultural identities, such as Aga Khan Garden in Alberta and a city park Khorog, Tajikistan. Each chapter offers color photographs, plans, and brief texts about the site and its environment, and each site demonstrates how green spaces bring people of different backgrounds together to provide space for reflection, spirituality, education and leisure. Together these achievements demonstrate how parks and gardens can enhance the economic, cultural, and general wellbeing of their neighboring populations.