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Hudson Yards, Fumihiko Maki, Elemental, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sissel Tolaas, Fabio Castelli, Yto Barrada, Arte Sella, Tippet Rise

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In this issue

The Blue Chemist

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Cover illustration: The Blue Chemist

Panel generated by CNC machines representing several plausible forms of vermiculated rustication. Photos © Oak Taylor-Smith

Archaeology. Meditation over time

The stone eating worm
“Between the conception and the creation between the emotion and the response
falls the shadow.” Thomas Stearns Eliot, The Hollow Men, 1925. Edited by Adam Lowe & Charlotte Skene Catling

Mishka Henner, Meadow Creek Wind, Bonneville County, Idaho, 2017. Archival pigment prints on Dibond, white aluminium frames. 31.6 x 40.6 cm. Courtesy of Galleria Bianconi, Milan


Mishka Henner, Turbines
Mishka Henner tells how industry has shaped the American landscape

Rope Bridge over the Chambo River at Penipe, Ecuador. Engraving. From Vues des cordillières et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique, by Alexander von Humboldt with Aimé Bonpland, F. Schoell, Paris 1810

Anthropology. Objects & Beheaviour

Difficult relationships between maps and the landscape
The landscape is everything a map fails to grasp of the world and to express in terms of the separation between subject and object, placing some distance between them. Text by Franco Farinelli

Studio Visit. Mokuchi Woodworking. Photo Andrea Caputo

Studio visit

Mokuchi Woodworking
In just a few square metres, Mokuchi has organised the studio around a large central empty space, its only permanent feature being a traditional Japanese carpenter’s workshop. Edited by Andrea Caputo

Manifesta 12 Palermo, Palazzo Butera, 2017. Photo by CAVE


Manifesta 12, Palazzo Butera. Europe and the Mediterranean.
Palermo, Italian Capital of Culture 2018, inaugurates Manifesta 12. Venues include Palazzo Butera, a new institution committed to researching knowledge. Edited by Paola Nicolin

Le Cabaret Sauvage, Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1997. Model. Wood, cloth, plastic, aluminium, lead. 10 x 57 x 57 cm Event. An event has to make the maximum impact, exploiting illusion, the careful use of materials and an innovative programme. This makes its collaborations key – e.g. with artists of the calibre of Daniel Buren and Claes Oldenburg. Collection FRAC Centre-Val de Loire. Gift by Patrick Bouchain. Photo François Lauginie


A mental landscape
The FRAC in Orléans uncovers extracts from its latest acquisition: Patrick Bouchain’s complete archive. Text by Luca Galofaro

Plant nation. © Cristiana Favretto

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Plant nation. © Cristiana Favretto


Plant nation. Stefano Mancuso, Cristiana Favretto e Antonio Girardi
The plant world plays an active part in monitoring and controlling the environment of smart cities

“Miracle Pine” was the only tree survived at Takada- Matsubara, Rikuzen-Takata City, Iwate Prefecture, after the great earthquake and tsunami which hit Eastern Japan in 2011. The photograph was published on the poster of the exhibition “The spirit of Tohoku: ‘Clothing’ by Issey Miyake” at 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, July 2011


Landscapes express the history, civilisation, experience and ambitions of a society and its culture


Hudson Yards, West Side , New York City, USA. Photo Michael Moran

Urban Landscape

Hudson Yards, West Side, New York City
The most impressive real estate redevelopment in US history consists in the transformation of 11 hectares of working railway yards into a completely different landscape

Maki and Associates, Sea World Culture and Arts Center Shenzhen, China, 2017. Photos Maki and Associates

Museum Landscape

Maki and Associates. Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen
Combining a museum and shopping centre, Sea World Culture and Arts Center is a dynamic composition of strictly white architectural volumes set in a seafront park. Photos by Maki and Associates

Elemental, Ochoquebradas house, Los Vilos, Cile/Chile. Photo Olga Surogina

Domestic Landscape

Elemental, Ochoquebradas house, Los Vilos, Chile
A completely unexpected authorial work by Studio Elemental, recognised for its social commitment. Photos by Olga Surogina, Alejandro Aravena

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Enoura Observatory, Giappone/Japan. Copyright Hiroshi Sugimoto


Hiroshi Sugimoto, Enoura Observatory, Japan
The Japanese artist has built a large complex wholly out of ancient recovered building materials, to preserve and disseminate his country’s rich cultural tradition

Sissel Toolas, The smell of the oceans. © SSSL

Immaterial Landscape

Sissel Toolas in conversation with Formafantasma. The smell of the oceans
With Ocean SmellScape, the artist and researcher Sissel Tolaas collects samples of smell molecules from oceans, because the world is never what we see

Yona Friedman, Sculpting the void, sketches

Family landscape

Schloss Hollenegg. The living legacy
A project that begins from a family’s archives, acts upon the landscape of the castle and restores an object, intended to last over time. Text by Annalisa Rosso

Fabio Castelli. Small tales carved in wood. Photos Bea De Giacomo

Sculptural landscape

Fabio Castelli, Small tales carved in wood.
Castelli sculpts landscapes in wood to recount the tales he chooses not to write. Photos by Bea De Giacomo

The Cinémathèque de Tanger, created in 2007 on the initiative of Yto Barrada

Cultural landscape

Agadir, for example
In conversation with Jean-Louis Cohen, the artist Yto Barrada discusses Morocco’s sociopolitical landscape. Photos Giovanna Silva

Arte Sella. Cultivating art. Photo Giacomo Bianchi. © Arte Sella

Natural landscape

Arte Sella. Cultivating art
Taking care of a place is a courageous and revolutionary act. In Val di Sella, contemporary art creates a way of living together with nature and, by extension, with the world. Text by Emanuele Montibeller

Inverted Portal, 2016, by Ensamble Studio. Tippet Rise Art Center. Photo James Florio

Natural landscape

Tippet Rise Art Centre. Boundless landscape
Scattered around 10,000 acres of ranch land, eight artworks create a synthesis between architectural, cosmic and musical order. Text by Francesca Cigola

Photos of the set of the original Netflix series Godless. Photo Ursula Coyote/Netflix

TV Series

A mining town the Wild West where women rule the roost
A village in the New Mexico desert provides the backdrop for seven episodes of Godless and is the largest Western film-set ever built. Edited by Keren Cytter

Still frame from Tacita Dean’s film Antigone, 2018


What landscape will live on, after us?
Antigone is Tacita Dean’s latest experimental film, a reflection on the natural and cultural landscape. Edited by Piero Golia

Gianni Bonini. lllustration Vincenzo De Cecco

On the couch

“The Mediterranean”, argues Bonini, “remains the sole bulwark against the aggressive lifestyles of the new oil theocracies”. Edited by Walter Mariotti

Introduction to new realism by Maurizio Ferraris (Bloomsbury). Book cover


How climate concerns are forging new bonds between architecture and philosophy
The climate is driving a new dialogue between architecture and the human sciences. Edited by Philippe Rahm

Travel. Bangkok. Photo Cecilia Fumagalli, Emilio Mossa


A secret agent in Bangkok
Six wooden huts stand in the heart of the Thai capital. Tracked down in the 1950s and 1960s by Jim Thompson on his travels, they were dismantled and reconstructed to try and preserve what was being lost. Text and photos by Cecilia Fumagalli, Emilio Mossa

How to design lightscapes. Photo Gwel Photography


How to design lightscapes
Can light transform a space into a place? We asked Elettra Bordonaro, the lighting designer who led the three-year research programme Social Lightscapes Workshop Series. Edited by Giulia Guzzini

Frank Lloyd Wright, Chevrom casement windows from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York. © Courtesy of Sotheby’s


In her book Schermi di luce (Rizzoli), Julie Sloan writes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 4,000 windows for approximately 150 of his buildings. No one better than he could transform leaded glass into architecture