Archis 2008 #4

Vanitas. Venice Biennale 2008

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Is there any criticality at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and if so, what does it suggest? Since ‘architecture beyond building’ was theme and issue, it should be possible to say what building is about and what architecture could be about. Michael Stanton discerns some patterns in this giant architecture fair and was saved from […]

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Archis 2008 #4

Get the Balance Right!

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Urban network sustainability Interest in systematic design relations has led Ronald Wall to study global relations between cities and corporations as an indicator of progress and success. In this way he studies global and local development as an integrated system. This approach of competition and performance produces an interesting perspective on the concept of sustainability. […]

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Archis 2008 #4

Counter-Histories of Sustainability

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Because sustainability as an ethical imperative is widely elevated to the top of the architectural agenda, the objectives of this new ‘cause’ (as well as the meanings of the term itself) become even more multivalent. To the technically minded the emphasis on sustainability means that architects need to completely reconceptualize their profession’s priorities in order […]

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Archis 2008 #4

Editorial

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Notabene, one of the top book and gift chain stores in Norway, will replace the metal shelves in its shops with Re-board board-based shelves to lower its climate change impact. Underpinning its commitment to a low-carbon future, Notabene will replace the fixtures and fittings in each of its 130 stores with 100% organic, recyclable materials. […]

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