This was also the year of Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei's Serpentine Pavilion , which we feature in a video by Pedro Kok. In New York, the Via Verde apartment complex prompts a renewed dedication to the unglamorous field of affordable housing, and in Berlin, raumlaborberlin and the Hebbel am Ufer theater organized a DIY world expo in the abandoned fields of Tempelhof. In Brussels, Elii's Jane Fonda Kit House rendered a possible future in which citizens use their own muscles to produce the energy required for their domestic space; and in Tokyo, Hiroshi Nakamura creates a building with a dual identity , featuring a garden rooftop in an ultra-urban setting. Finally, we explore the second lives of past Serpentine Pavilions , observing how real estate and cultural development collide through the symbolic capital of architecture.
Below are our top ten architecture stories of the year.
Best of 2012 #architecture
— The Arco House: where economy dictates concise design
— Concrete Twist
— From Freewayland to the Garage
— Todd Saunders: Forest Stair
— The 2012 Serpentine Pavilion
— Via Verde
— The World is Not Fair
— Elii: JF Kit House
— Fragments of green in the city
— Tales from beyond the grave