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February 2017 on Craft

1438: Studio Mumbai | Peter Zumthor | Peter Salter | Liu Jiakun | Gianni Botsford | David Adjaye | Wim Goes | Fernando Menis | Typology: Studio | William Burges 

In this issue, we explore craft and the art of ‘making’. Can the fast-paced global economy be reconciled with our desire for the slow and handmade – and where does technology fit in?

We look at six projects that frame the architect’s ongoing obsession with the bespoke: Peter Zumthor’s zinc mine museum, Peter Salter’s Walmer Yard housing, Studio Mumbai’s Ganga Maki Textile studio, Gianni Botsford’s Layered Gallery, Adjaye Associates’ National Museum of African American History and Culture and the CKK Jordani concert hall by Fernando Menis.

Sam Jacob exposes the marketing of ‘fake’ craft, and Catharine Rossi argues why, in our ‘post-craft’ era, the original moral promises of William Morris are worth fighting for. In Outrage, Tom Wilkinson questions the dubious superiority of the handmade over technology and Typology turns to the very place where craft takes place, the artist’s studio, a once humble workspace now the hallowed ground of masters.

We also look at the making of the magazine itself: the cover features a terrazzo jelly AR by gastronomic architects Bompas & Parr, a die-cut stencil, hand-inserted tip-ins and a visit to our printing house to see the AR’s 120th anniversary issue in the making.

And announcing the winner of the inaugural AR Pop-up Award - a community-built straw-bale extension for a terminally ill resident that will be removed and recycled when he dies.