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This month’s AR explores architectural intensity in all its forms, from the density and energy of the city to fleeting spectacle and cycles of transient inhabitation. As the Venice Biennale repopulates the Arsenale and Giardini for another year, we examine the temporary city of Burning Man and the jaw-dropping influx of pilgrims to the sacred Islamic site of Makkah.
Catherine Slessor mourns the death of the pleasure garden and the ‘typology of intensity’ – fairgrounds, markets, pilgrimage sites, carnivals, nightclubs, sports stadiums and places of frenetic but transient inhabitation – while Rahul Mehrotra and Felipe Vera examine the kinetic cities of India, re-envisaging urban environments as ‘ephemeral landscapes’ shaped by temporal patterns and cycles of change.
Revisiting Moshe Safdie’s 1967 model for urban density at Habitat 67 in Montreal reveals that it has stood the test of time, while the most recent housing prototypes by Urban-Think Tank challenge the standard housing model across Khayelitsha, the second biggest township in South Africa. And this month’s Reputations lifts the shimmering, mutating lid on Frank Gehry whose iconic architecture is ‘in your face evidence’ of the world we live in.
With the world’s cities growing at a rate never seen before, Terry Farrell is optimistic that digital technologies will determine their future
Ingenhoven Architects’ Marina One mixed-use development in Singapore achieves a remarkable intensity of use and form
The Empower Shack prototypes in the township of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, upgrades extended-family housing with built-in flexibility
Placing the Aztec ruins centre stage, the Teopanzolco Cultural Centre is a dramatic landscape for performance
Working with Mumbai’s density, productivity and energy, Urbz’s user-centric architecture has expanded outside India to Bogotá, São Paulo, Geneva and Seoul
The development of Msheireb Downtown Doha is intended to recreate the cultural roots of the district while accepting the march of time
Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court
ZAV | Schemata | Vo Trong Nghia | Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez | Aalto University Wood Program | Mesura | O’BVDSH | Junya Ishigami | Charlotte Perriand | Olson Kundig | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Lu Wenyu | Sigurd Lewerentz
Renzo Piano Building Workshop | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Kieran Timberlake | Emergency Architecture & Human Rights | Youssef Haidar | CF Møller | Combas | Forensic Architecture | Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis | Piranesi | Typology: Prison
Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals
Wolff Architects | WISE Architecture | MAIO | Gabinete de Arquitectura | Dow Jones | Paredes Pedrosa | 6a Architects | Barclay & Crousse | Amanda Levete | Madelon Vriesendorp | Zaha Hadid
Kim Swoo Geun | David Chipperfield Architects | CoRe Architects | STPMJ | Kim Jong Kyu | Mass Studies | Iroje | Byoungsoo Cho | Sewoon Sangga | Paju Book City | Typology: Bathhouse
Teget | Wingårdhs | O-office | ZHA | Duggan Morris | Diederendirrix | Heatherwick Studio | Flores & Prats | MVRDV | LOWDO | Jørn Utzon | Rafael Moneo | Cedric Price
Emerging Architecture awards | Berlin | Archive: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie | Karl Friedrich Schinkel | Franz Hessel | Typology: public toilet
Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky
Gottfried Semper | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Caruso St John | Li Xiaodong | COBE | Rocha + Carrillo | Avenier Cornejo | John Portman | Typology: Shop
NL & XVW | Jo Noero | Studio Mumbai | GENS | CUHK | Lund Hagem | Lisa Shell | Lab.Pro.Fab | AHO & Kengo Kuma | Brinkworth | Charles Moore | Typology: Hotel
Superpositions | Philippe Rahm | Johansen Skovsted | AL_A | Vector architects | RAAAF | Plug architecture | RCR | Frank Lloyd Wright | Typology: Dam
Wolff Architects | Ross Langdon + Studio FH | David Adjaye | Urko Sanchez | designworkshop:sa | Diébédo Francis Kéré | Typology: Skyscraper
Herzog & de Meuron | Neri & Hu | Glenn Murcutt | KWK Promes | Christ & Gantenbein | OMA | Patkau Architects | Typology: Airport | Martin Heidegger
SO–IL | Montiel | Mangera Yvars | 5468796 | Taller | XTU | Marks Barfield | Leers Weinzapfel | Typology: Public Square | Denise Scott Brown
1438: Studio Mumbai | Peter Zumthor | Peter Salter | Liu Jiakun | Gianni Botsford | David Adjaye | Wim Goes | Fernando Menis | Typology: Studio | William Burges
Rare and unseen archive pieces plus commentary from: Norman Foster | Patrik Schumacher | Beatriz Colomina | Yvonne Farrell | Gillian Darley | Peter Cook
Death | Paul Lukez | Juan Carlos Salas | Fieldoffice | Typology: Crematorium | Boullée | Health | Karlsson/Vilhelm Lauritzen | Foster + Partners | RUF | Aalto
1435: 18 rising global stars, including Frida Escobedo and Beals Lyon, plus profiles of past winners: Bjarke ingels | Klein Dytham | Thomas Heatherwick | Sou Fujimoto