ANDREA BULLERI
Back to the Future
(OFL Streams)

 

> Author: Andrea Bulleri

> Title: Back to the Future | Architecture and urban planning for an (extra)ordinary metropolis

> First Edition April 2018

> ISBN 9788894139471

> Language: English

> Pages: 148

> Price: € 14.00

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Capital of Albania by chance, Tirana has attracted international attention for its difficult transition after the fall of the Communist regime. Anarchy and disorder reigned during that historical transition, as excellently portrayed in Gianni Amelio’s film 'Lamerica' (1994), documenting Albania’s epic mass migration. Meanwhile, Tirana’s urban structure has exploded: the city has been literally overrun, demanding all of Albania’s resources and attention. Its arduous period of contemporary formation has been shaped by an absence of models, as it was caught between rapidly shedding its socialist identity and a superficial assimilation of Western ways. Lacking dominant cultural anchor points, though likewise no preconceptions, particular experimental approaches to urban planning have been taken, possible developments have been explored, and urban renewal strategies tested out. Now that the early days of its youth are bygone, the Albanian capital has reached maturity in its metropolitan consciousness, its population has almost tripled, and its size has burgeoned beyond all bounds.This book aims to understand a process of architectural and urban identity-building in progress, document its contradictions, and suggest a frame encompassing layers of landscape, history, political propaganda, and spatial consequences. These overlapped perspectives create an original, multi-layered, and never-linear reading. Though perhaps informal, such an approach is well suited to translating a city as complex and elusive as Tirana, one that has shown so much resistance over the years to any form of control.Beyond its European aspirations, its globalized camouflage, and its dialectical exercises in planning, Tirana’s path is often circular and keeps on returning to a Tirana that has always been there in its never-ending uncertainty and syncretic brilliance.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #16
Franz Di Salvo

 

> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2017

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 46

> Price: € 12.00

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PHILIPPE RAHM ARCHITECTES
Form Follows Climate
(OFL Lectures)

> Philippe Rahm Architectes | Form Follows Climate. About a Meteorological Park in Taiwan

> First Edition: Autumn 2017

> ISBN 9788894139464

> Language: English

> Pages: 60

> Price: € 10.00

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This publication is about the Jade Eco Park for the City of Taichung in Taiwan, an international landscape and architecture competition for a park of 67 hectares won by Philippe Rahm architectes, Mosbach paysagistes and Ricky Liu & Associates in 2011, with a construction completion in 2018. It presents original documents from the Detailed Design Phase completed in 2013 and some photographies of its construction. For Philippe Rahm architectes, Climate Change creates an opportunity to rethink architecture and urbanism with the climate in mind, to shift our focus away from a purely visual and functional approach towards one that is more sensitive, more attentive to the invisible, atmosphere-related aspects of space. Slipping from the solid to the void, from the visible to the invisible, from metric composition to thermal composition, architecture as “form and function follow climate” opens up additional, more sensual, more variable dimensions in which limits fade away and solids self-dissociate. The Jade Eco Park reveals how the climate can be at the base of a masterplan, adding sensorial qualities to the city at the same time as saving energy and meeting the objectives of Sustainability.
The park’s design composition is based on climatic variations, from warmer to colder, from wet to dry, from polluted to cleaner, generating a diversity of microclimates and a multitude of different experiences open to the free will of the visitors. The park’s buildings are also based on climatic issues, by dissolving in separate layers the different climatic missions of the facade, towards sun, heat, rain and pollution. Philippe Rahm architectes purpose is to say that if today climate is the problem, climate can be also the solution, by basing the design on physics, by rethinking the architecture and the urbanization of a city from an atmospherical point of view, more ecological, providing new quality of life to the inhabitant, more comfortable, more sensual.

 
CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #15
Lebanon

 



> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2017

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 44

> Price: € 10.00

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CAMERACRONICA MAGAZINE #14
Southern Italy

 

> ISSN 2281—1311

> First Edition: 2017

> Language: English and Italian

> Pages: 40

> Price: € 10.00

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