Urbanism in Print: A Magazine Review
Architecture, urbanism, and sustainable design have been covered in print exceptionally well this last month. Here’s some highlights.
Icon magazine delivered another strong issue, though not quite up to the standard of last month’s incredible Africa issue. Icon always cover a broad range of topics, with this month being no different. Featured were the Boeing 747 as ‘Icon of the month’, analysis of the Milan furniture fair and China’s World Expo, and a cover story exploring the re-design of an urban Tokyo plot to provide accommodation and income for its elderly residents. You can read some of the articles over on iconeye.com.
Dwell delivered their best issue for a long time (although I may be biased) by focusing on megacities. Unsurprisingly, the focus was predominantly Asian, with case studies from Singapore, Thailand, India and Japan, amongst others. There was a slight European twist too, including this great article about an 8-foot house squeezed in between two Victorian properties. If you’re interested in contemporary urbanism, this issue is worth buying. Unfortunately it’s no longer on the shelf in America, but as an import title it’s still available in the UK from Artwords in London.
July’s Wallpaper* featured the 2010 Design Directory, where 30 architectural studios from all over the world were asked to come up with a conceptual house that best demonstrated their abilities. Results varied considerably, as would be expected. You can see all examples here, or buy the issue - still available on the newsstand.
Onoffice is a small British magazine that explores workplace design, thankfully taking a pretty broad interpretation of what makes a ‘workplace’. As well as reviewing London’s recent Clerkenwell Design Week, the new Red Bull offices in London Bridge were explored, alongside an ‘office-cum-nightclub’ in Budapest. A high-tempo issue in fitting with the neon-green touches found on the cover! Onoffice are giving away free subscriptions to British readers at the moment, and you can get one here.
After getting lost in the post first time round, my issue of GOOD Magazine finally arrived this week, and it was worth the wait! The Neighborhoods issue explored local communities from all over the world (including my very own East London - called ‘a source of tension and wonder’), suggesting ‘our neighbors are a valuable resource’. Features including a guide to creating better neighbourhoods and conceptualising the ideal street set a positive tone, as is to be expected from GOOD. You can read more from the issue here.
Any other great magazines I should be reading?
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