THE PLAN 133 [10-2021]
Featuring the latest industry news along with some of the most significant current projects, the October issue of THE PLAN takes us on another journey into the world of architecture. What do architects and engineers imagine today when they design a complex of buildings, a landscape, or infrastructure that will be part of the world tomorrow? The editorial that opens THE PLAN 133 examines this question. It’s written by Werner Sobek, a German engineer and architect, founder of the Stuttgart-based Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, and founder of the international engineering firm of the same name. He urges architects to dream a feasible utopia, one that is positive and the result of a coming together of conscience and science. In Michael Webb’s Highlights column, we meet American Kevin Daly (kdA Architects), among the most interesting architects to be working in Los Angeles for 30 years. So, what makes him so good? His ability to work on a variety of projects united by three factors: (1) satisfying client needs, (2) full respect for budgets, and, in particular, (3) the ability to adapt to local climatic conditions. We remain in California to learn about the latest work by Gehry Partners. Still in North America, after the success of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Canadian firm Archistar has returned to the world of music with a project for the Beckmen YOLA Center. This project is marked by a more sober register, both in terms of cost and form. We then travel to Africa with architect Diébédo Francis Kéré and photographer Iwan Baan. Through a notebook and camera lens, we discover fragments of light and life in the ancient structures of Burkina Faso, as part of a special feature that includes an interview with the two. In Rwanda, we visit a university complex built in the urban district of Kigali, now the site of a number of clusters of innovation. This is a project in which exposed brick facades encourage a material connection with the setting. Next we go to the town of Jesolo in Italy’s Veneto region to look at a new residential and commercial complex, designed by ELASTICOFarm, that asserts its own special personality against a uniform and calming coastal backdrop. In the municipality of Montorso Vicentino, we analyze the new Faeda headquarters, the work of 3ndy Studio. Also in Italy, we visit the Bocconi Campus, designed by SANAA, a potential point of reference for the Milan of tomorrow. Finally, we travel to India to view an extraordinary project: a villa with 150 steps to the sea that draws its inspiration from that country’s ancient stepwells. The product of the creative flair of Matharoo Associates, the project also features on the cover of this issue.