Being an architect in Africa is not easy. And being a woman architect in a mainly Muslim country like Niger makes it even harder. But Mariam Kamara fought against all odds to pursue her dream: «To give the people of Niger a sense of identity and pride through architecture». And now, as winner of the Mentor and Protegé Rolex prize, she will work with David Adjaye for two years. This is her story
Peter Zumthor has only a handful of buildings in his portfolio because, he told us in this interview, «you do not live forever, and we have the right and the duty to choose. It’s not snobism, just consistency». A talk with the Swiss architect after the presentation of the new wings of the Beyeler Foundation.
Architecture must speak to people, says Amanda Levete in this interview, and in this age of hatred and backwardness, it . A conversation with the London architect who designed the new wing of the Victoria & Albert Museum (and so much else).
The past and memory in the era of populism and mental closure. Because, according to architect Daniel Libeskind, we can still hope for a better future starting from our cities. An interview published on July 23rd on the Republic.
According to Kjetil Thorsen of Snøhetta, architecture can become an agent of change: if it is generous, open to people, and if it bears a meaning for the context it occupies. A chat with one of the partners of one of the most avant-garde architecture studios in the world.
David Adjaye has an anthropological outlook on architecture and believes that the West has a lot to learn from Africa’s shanty towns when it comes to fostering human relationships through buildings. An interview with the architect who charmed Barack Obama
Architect David Chipperfield talks about the former Ansaldo, the controversy and the risks of the projects all the same. Foto di copertina Jens Passoth
According to Neri Oxman, scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, materials are the new software: they will be programmable, responsive and printable thanks to 3D technologies. So we will have houses with soft floors, warm walls, transparent roofs. And self-costructing buildings able to grow in hostile environments. Possible?