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Archis 2005 #2, Archis 2007 #2

An Awakening in Dubai

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You have been considered dead for years, leading a vegetative life, dependent on a life support system. Like a somnambulist you murmur words that make no sense and gaze at things that are not there. Not responding to any stimuli, doctors do not know how to resuscitate you. They take you outside, to see if […]

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Archis 2005 #2

A Few Centimeters of Asphalt

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Situated several hours north of Tokyo, the region of Echigo-Tsumari has always been a landscape primarily characterized by agriculture. Yet with the accelerating modernization of post-war Japan, the role of agriculture has steadily diminished, causing abandonment of vast swaths of land and the critical depopulation of many local communities. To counter this development, six municipalities […]

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Archis 2005 #2

Doing Nothing is Almost All Right. (Editorial)

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Success depends on the fullness of the portfolio, on the size of the projects, on prestigious clients, on a deluge of publicity, and, last but not least, on narcissistic, compulsive and histrionic personalities for whom enough is never enough. Unbridled ambition is the hallmark of the famous architecture firms and schools, where ‘going home’ is […]

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