Best of #March

Farms and old houses renovations, kinetic stools, dancing bacteria and a journey in Kurdistan.  Discover here the best of March.

In the Netherlands colonies of bacteria move to the beat to create truly ‘natural’ colors, while the traditional Taiwanese terrace-houses adapt to contemporary needs with effective solutions; farms in Belgium become single-family residences, the Coachella desert keeps on attracting international talents and a German photographer of Kurdish origins takes us into a journey in her homeland.

— The new renovation project by Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu in Ghent, Belgium, rethinks what there already is, but totally differently.

— Shen Ting Tseng Architects rethink the traditional Taiwanese terrace houses with a residential building made of “breathing pockets” between houses at each level, and with roof gardens.

— The young photographer Kani Marouf went to Kurdistan, her homecountry, where she found everyday life stuck in between borders of radicalism, war and suppression.

— Zeller & Moye renovated a house from the 30s in the heart of Mexico City, adding a roof garden, new patios and openings, contemporary finishes and custom made furniture.

— Carlo Ratti Associati will unveil a special kinetic wooden stool designed for Cassina using the “implicit programming” design principle and CNC technologies. #MDW2017

Dyeing textiles with dancing bacteria is the latest biodesign project by Dutch designers Laura Luchtman and Ilfa Siebenhaar, leading to a more sustainable colouring.

— The house by Megumi Matsubara & Hiroi Ariyama in Nagano surrounds and is surrounded by the trees and plants of the forest, with five courtyards that vertically invite light and nature into this house.

— Sixteen international artists took over the Coachella Valley, amplifying the geographies, ethnic, social, historical and geologic layers that exist in the southern California desert.

— Manuel Herz Architects designed a 150 sqm carpet that reflects on human rights representing four main humanitarian treaties, and invites people to sit on it and share ideas.

— In Rome, Annette Messager presents 15 works, some conceived for Villa Medici while others are among the most significant in her long career: a universe of small things, made up of everyday gestures and materials, often related to a feminine and intimate world.

Top: Claudia Comte, Curves and Zigzags, Desert X installation view, 2017. Courtesy the artist, Royale Projects and Desert X

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