New Series: gmp FOCUS

Our new series gmp FOCUS documents an exemplary selection of buildings by architecture firm gmp—von Gerkan, Marg and Partner. Each volume presents one building by means of detailed texts and photo galleries by renowned culture journalists, architecture critics, and photographers. Among others, the publications focus on the Hanoi Museum of Vietnam, the Chongqing Grand Theater in China, the State Ballet School in Berlin, and the Hans-Sachs-Haus in Gelsenkirchen.

The architecture partnership gmp was founded in 1965 by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg. gmp became known especially on account of its airport architecture: in 1975, Berlin-Tegel was opened as a drive-in airport. It is not only their projects such as the exhibition center Neue Messe Leipzig, the reconstruction and roofing of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, or the Berlin Central Station that have gained international acclaim. In China, they have realized the trade fair and congress centers in Nanning and Shenzhen, as well as the Universiade Sports Center and the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. Further buildings include the opera houses in Chongqing, Qingdao, and Tianjin, as well as the National Museum of China in Beijing and the new West Railway Station in Tianjin. gmp has been awarded more than 590 prizes in national and international competitions, of which more than 310 first prizes, and numerous distinctions for exemplary architecture. They have realized more than 370 buildings up until today.

Tianjin Grand Theater in China
Tianjin Grand Theater in China © Christian Gahl

Our new series gmp FOCUS documents an exemplary selection of buildings by architecture firm gmp—von Gerkan, Marg and Partner. Each volume presents one building by means of detailed texts and photo galleries by renowned culture journalists, architecture critics, and photographers. Among others, the publications focus on the Hanoi Museum of Vietnam, the Chongqing Grand Theater in China, the State Ballet School in Berlin, and the Hans-Sachs-Haus in Gelsenkirchen.

The architecture partnership gmp was founded in 1965 by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg. gmp became known especially on account of its airport architecture: in 1975, Berlin-Tegel was opened as a drive-in airport. It is not only their projects such as the exhibition center Neue Messe Leipzig, the reconstruction and roofing of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, or the Berlin Central Station that have gained international acclaim. In China, they have realized the trade fair and congress centers in Nanning and Shenzhen, as well as the Universiade Sports Center and the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. Further buildings include the opera houses in Chongqing, Qingdao, and Tianjin, as well as the National Museum of China in Beijing and the new West Railway Station in Tianjin. gmp has been awarded more than 590 prizes in national and international competitions, of which more than 310 first prizes, and numerous distinctions for exemplary architecture. They have realized more than 370 buildings up until today.

Tianjin Grand Theater in China
Tianjin Grand Theater in China © Christian Gahl
 

How Do We Create Cities Together?

„How do we create cities together?“—Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science, Regula Lüscher, State Senate Department Director of Berlin, Marcos Rosa, architect, Sao Paolo, and Stefan Horn, urban dialogues, Berlin, discussed this question together with Kristien Ring, architect and founder of AA Projects, Berlin.

Richard Sennett’s keynote and the following discussion focused on the relation between top down planning and bottom up initiatives: How can citizens be integrated in processes of urban development? What are the advantages of bottom up projects and what are their limits? How can community projects have an impact on the city beyond the confines of the particular neighborhood?

The lecture and discussion took place at March 31, 2015. The book Handmade Urbanism. From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models, edited by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute Weiland, also focuses on the role of participatory methods in urban development. It presents 15 exemplary projects realized mostly in less favored areas of five major cities in emerging countries, examining the potential of urban transformation embedded in community initiatives.

„How do we create cities together?“—Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science, Regula Lüscher, State Senate Department Director of Berlin, Marcos Rosa, architect, Sao Paolo, and Stefan Horn, urban dialogues, Berlin, discussed this question together with Kristien Ring, architect and founder of AA Projects, Berlin.

Richard Sennett’s keynote and the following discussion focused on the relation between top down planning and bottom up initiatives: How can citizens be integrated in processes of urban development? What are the advantages of bottom up projects and what are their limits? How can community projects have an impact on the city beyond the confines of the particular neighborhood?

The lecture and discussion took place at March 31, 2015. The book Handmade Urbanism. From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models, edited by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute Weiland, also focuses on the role of participatory methods in urban development. It presents 15 exemplary projects realized mostly in less favored areas of five major cities in emerging countries, examining the potential of urban transformation embedded in community initiatives.

 

Design Award Wüstenrot Foundation

The architecture firm Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei received the design award of the national competition of the Wüstenrot foundation “Building culture in Germany” (Baukultur in Deutschland) for the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart—a center used by the evangelical church in Stuttgart for culture, art, spirituality, and education. Among other things, the new building convinced the jury because of its harmonious relation with the existing layout and buildings of the neighborhood. You can find a detailed description and images of the Hospitalhof on LRO’s website.

The Wüstenrot foundation awarded 14 projects in the competition, which will be exhibited between February 24 and March 27, 2015 at BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten), Zeppelin Carré, Friedrichstraße 5, 70174 Stuttgart.

The architecture firm Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei received the design award of the national competition of the Wüstenrot foundation “Building culture in Germany” (Baukultur in Deutschland) for the Hospitalhof in Stuttgart—a center used by the evangelical church in Stuttgart for culture, art, spirituality, and education. Among other things, the new building convinced the jury because of its harmonious relation with the existing layout and buildings of the neighborhood. You can find a detailed description and images of the Hospitalhof on LRO’s website.

The Wüstenrot foundation awarded 14 projects in the competition, which will be exhibited between February 24 and March 27, 2015 at BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten), Zeppelin Carré, Friedrichstraße 5, 70174 Stuttgart.

 

Jan Gehl—Cities for People

On February 18 the Danish architect and city planner Jan Gehl talked about his principles in urban planning, which focus on the human scale. He presented numerous international projects that have integrated these principles—among others his hometown Copenhagen.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Alfred-Herrhausen-Society to present the first German edition of Gehl’s international bestseller Cities for People (Städte für Menschen).

For more than 40 years, the architect and city planner Jan Gehl has been involved in redesigning or creating new designs for squares, streets, even entire city districts, for the benefit of the residents. He bases himself on insights that he has gained through many years of studying city situations in various countries. By observing megacities in detail himself, Gehl develops methods and strategies for bringing significant positive change to dysfunctional and inhospitable urban landscapes. The most important principle behind Jan Gehl’s urban planning on a human scale is that the urban space has to be experienced at the speed of a pedestrian, instead of from a vehicle. This is the only way to succeed in making both traditional metropolises and rapidly growing cities in developing and emerging countries into “cities for people”.

On February 18 the Danish architect and city planner Jan Gehl talked about his principles in urban planning, which focus on the human scale. He presented numerous international projects that have integrated these principles—among others his hometown Copenhagen.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Alfred-Herrhausen-Society to present the first German edition of Gehl’s international bestseller Cities for People (Städte für Menschen).

For more than 40 years, the architect and city planner Jan Gehl has been involved in redesigning or creating new designs for squares, streets, even entire city districts, for the benefit of the residents. He bases himself on insights that he has gained through many years of studying city situations in various countries. By observing megacities in detail himself, Gehl develops methods and strategies for bringing significant positive change to dysfunctional and inhospitable urban landscapes. The most important principle behind Jan Gehl’s urban planning on a human scale is that the urban space has to be experienced at the speed of a pedestrian, instead of from a vehicle. This is the only way to succeed in making both traditional metropolises and rapidly growing cities in developing and emerging countries into “cities for people”.

 

Architecture Magazine Speech: Now Available at JOVIS

The bilingual architecture magazine speech: is now part of the JOVIS program: Each issue of the international magazine focuses on one topic relevant to modern architecture, highlighting it from different perspectives including theoretical and practical issues, history, and relevance, and discussing it in depth through international and Russian projects. All texts are written in Russian and English and illustrated with numerous graphics.

The first issue in 2015 analyzes the metro as a distinctive architectural type and a unique public space. The modern metro has ceased to be simply a means of getting to where you need to be by the shortest route; more than any other kind of public transport, it today determines the architectural image of large cities and the comfort of their urban environment. speech: 13 looks at the layout and design, transport infrastructure, as well as innovative technologies and materials using examples of metro stations from all over the world, which have been built in the last three years.

speech: (English and Russian) is published twice a year; up from issue 13 in cooperation with JOVIS Publishers. Issues 1–12 are available on inquiry through JOVIS Publishers.

The bilingual architecture magazine speech: is now part of the JOVIS program: Each issue of the international magazine focuses on one topic relevant to modern architecture, highlighting it from different perspectives including theoretical and practical issues, history, and relevance, and discussing it in depth through international and Russian projects. All texts are written in Russian and English and illustrated with numerous graphics.

The first issue in 2015 analyzes the metro as a distinctive architectural type and a unique public space. The modern metro has ceased to be simply a means of getting to where you need to be by the shortest route; more than any other kind of public transport, it today determines the architectural image of large cities and the comfort of their urban environment. speech: 13 looks at the layout and design, transport infrastructure, as well as innovative technologies and materials using examples of metro stations from all over the world, which have been built in the last three years.

speech: (English and Russian) is published twice a year; up from issue 13 in cooperation with JOVIS Publishers. Issues 1–12 are available on inquiry through JOVIS Publishers.

 

Two IBA-Projects Awarded with Prize for “Human Housing”

Two projects of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg were awarded the Carl-Friedrich-Fischer-prize for human housing („humanes Wohnen“): the wing buildings of the Global Neighborhood and the apartment building New Hamburg Terraces.

Both projects are presented in the final catalog of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg Building the City within the City.

Two projects of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg were awarded the Carl-Friedrich-Fischer-prize for human housing („humanes Wohnen“): the wing buildings of the Global Neighborhood and the apartment building New Hamburg Terraces.

Both projects are presented in the final catalog of the International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg Building the City within the City.

 

Norihiko Dan’s Terminal One wins 2014 Taiwan Architecture Awards

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s redeveloped Terminal One project is top winner of the 2014 Taiwan Architecture Awards, according to event organizer Taiwan Architect Magazine Nov. 10. Designed by Japanese architect Norihiko Dan, who bagged top prize in the same awards three years ago, the NT$2.76 billion (US$90 million) project started in 2004 and took nine years to complete. (http://taiwantoday.tw)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s redeveloped Terminal One project is top winner of the 2014 Taiwan Architecture Awards, according to event organizer Taiwan Architect Magazine Nov. 10. Designed by Japanese architect Norihiko Dan, who bagged top prize in the same awards three years ago, the NT$2.76 billion (US$90 million) project started in 2004 and took nine years to complete. (http://taiwantoday.tw)

 

The Acoustic City – Website

Now online: theacousticcity.com, website for the publication The Acoustic City by editors Matthew Gandy and B.J. Nilsen. The book documents the relation between sounds and the city, comprising five sections: urban soundscapes, acoustic flânerie, acoustic ecologies, and  the politics of noise. It is accompanied by a specially commissioned CD, which features soundscapes from various cities.

The website contains updated news and sound examples from the CD.

Now online: theacousticcity.com, website for the publication The Acoustic City by editors Matthew Gandy and B.J. Nilsen. The book documents the relation between sounds and the city, comprising five sections: urban soundscapes, acoustic flânerie, acoustic ecologies, and  the politics of noise. It is accompanied by a specially commissioned CD, which features soundscapes from various cities.

The website contains updated news and sound examples from the CD.

 

Golden Lion of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice

Phyllis Lambert has been chosen to be the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2014! The Golden Lion will be officially awarded to Phyllis Lambert on Saturday June 7th, 2014 – 11 a.m. in the Giardini, during the opening and award ceremony of the Biennale. Recipients of last years were in 2012 Álvaro Liza, 2010 Rem Koolhaas, and 2008 Frank O. Gehry.

The photographer Ingrid von Kruse has portrayed the now 87-year-old Lambert in her book Eminent Architects (2012).

Phyllis Lambert has been chosen to be the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2014! The Golden Lion will be officially awarded to Phyllis Lambert on Saturday June 7th, 2014 – 11 a.m. in the Giardini, during the opening and award ceremony of the Biennale. Recipients of last years were in 2012 Álvaro Liza, 2010 Rem Koolhaas, and 2008 Frank O. Gehry.

The photographer Ingrid von Kruse has portrayed the now 87-year-old Lambert in her book Eminent Architects (2012).

 

Now Available at JOVIS: e-Books

From now on JOVIS is publishing e-books of selected new and backlist-titles from our program. All available e-book-titles can be found in our e-book-program.

From now on JOVIS is publishing e-books of selected new and backlist-titles from our program. All available e-book-titles can be found in our e-book-program.