Seeing this picture, you wouldn’t think of Volume as cornerstone. But ‘The Block’ issue (Volume #21), produced in parallel to the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam in 2009, was instrumental for creating the exhibition ‘Block City/The Past, Present and Future of Mass Housing’ at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague.
The exhibition is based on a fifteen-year research of Dutch architect Bart Goldhoorn into the possibilities of housing development in the future. His concept of the ‘Block City’ is a combination of analysed housing complexes of the 1960s and the 1970s as well as the contextual, individual, but also very expensive ‘Designer City’. Goldhoorn had the opportunity to test this concept in a new town for 40 000 inhabitants south of Moscow. The outcome of his endeavour are four master plans and 150 models of housing blocks created by architects from around the world which are part of a touring exhibition from 2011.
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