Archifutures Volume 3: The Site

A field guide to making the future of archtecture

Conceived, edited and designed by &beyond. The third volume in a new book series bringing together projects and initiatives, both real and speculative, that are shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and thus our societies of the future.

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Archifutures is a new field guide to the future of architecture. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. Edited by the &beyond collective (of which Sophie Lovell is a founding member) and published by dpr-barcelona, the first three volumes – The Museum, The Studio, and The Site – map contemporary architectural practice and urban planning, presented through the words, ideas and images of some of its key players and change-makers. From institutions, activists, thinkers, curators and architects to urban bloggers, polemicists, critics and publishers, these are the people shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and so helping to shape our societies of the future too.

Leading on from the theoretical approaches contained in Volume 2, the third volume: The SiteA field guide to making the future of architecture, presents a further selection from the Future Architecture platform’s 2015 call for ideas. The focus here is on the nitty-gritty of practice: projects and strategies that are on-site or site-ready to shake up that future. These are the inspirational solutions and ideas, which could soon be transforming the landscape of architecture and our cities, reasserting the agency architecture in its widest sense.  Contributors include: Aleksandra Zarek; Plan Común; Guerilla Architects; Jack Self; Lavinia Scaletti; Léopold Lambert; Manon Mollard; Urbz and Natasha Reid.

The publication of all three volumes also marks the launch of the digital platform archifutures.org, designed to functions as the Archifutures digital bookshelf, a live repository of Future Architecture platform contributions and experiences. This allows both participants and readers to arrange and print on demand their own personal compilations. It also enables them to interact with the material and its dissemination, feeding back into current debate and mapping out new networks.

Archifutures is conceived, edited and designed by &beyond and published by dpr-barcelona. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana.

Archifutures Volume 2: The Studio

A field guide to speculating upon the future of architecture

Conceived, edited and designed by &beyond. The second volume in a new book series bringing together projects and initiatives, both real and speculative, that are shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and thus our societies of the future.

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Archifutures is a new field guide to the future of architecture. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. Edited by the &beyond collective (of which Sophie Lovell is a founding member) and published by dpr-barcelona, the first three volumes – The Museum, The Studio, and The Site – map contemporary architectural practice and urban planning, presented through the words, ideas and images of some of its key players and change-makers. From institutions, activists, thinkers, curators and architects to urban bloggers, polemicists, critics and publishers, these are the people shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and so helping to shape our societies of the future too.

In Volume 2: The Studio – A field guide to speculating upon the future of architecture, the focus is on the cutting-edge thinking and wider theoretical questions and themes underpinning the series, from reflections upon what our ideas of “future” really mean to the changing role of the architecture profession as a whole. This volume comprises speculative visions, essays and texts from contributors including: Ana Jeinić, Miloš Kosec, Clément Blanchet, Amateur Cities, Liam Young, Something Fantastic, Merve Bedir, Tomaž Pipan, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Tiago Torres-Campos and Reinier de Graaf.

The publication of all three volumes also marks the launch of the digital platform archifutures.org, designed to functions as the Archifutures digital bookshelf, a live repository of Future Architecture platform contributions and experiences. This allows both participants and readers to arrange and print on demand their own personal compilations. It also enables them to interact with the material and its dissemination, feeding back into current debate and mapping out new networks.

Archifutures is conceived, edited and designed by &beyond and published by dpr-barcelona. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana.

Berlin in Fifty Design Icons

by Sophie Lovell

“Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Berlin is that it is a major European capital that is still defining itself. Berlin’s modern history has been so often interrupted in such radical ways that the city remains in a continual state of transformation: always becoming, never quite being – not yet, anyway.”

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Berlin in Fifty Designs Icons, written by Sophie Lovell and &beyond editors Florian Heilmeyer, George Kafka, Fiona Shipwright and Rob Wilson of &beyond, with Sebastian Schumacher, is the latest addition to the prestigious Design Museum Fifty series, presenting designs that have shaped Berlin.

Berlin’s turbulent history has led to a wealth of innovative, evocative design: from the provocative graphic identity of the Volksbühne to the Pop-Art-meets-Brutalism of the Bierpinsel; from the ingenuity of the Berlin Durchsteckschlüssel (courtyard key) to the DIY ethos underpinning the car park-rooftop-bar Klunkerkranich. Some of the city’s most monumental architecture left behind by successive regimes also make an appearance, such the 1936 Olympic Stadium and East Germany’s urban planning showpiece, Karl-Marx-Allee, alongside more contemporary examples such as John Hedjuk’s Kreuzberg Tower and the rapidly transforming Potsdamer Straße.

When viewed together, these fifty icons form an intricate visual history of this unique city. One part visual documentation, one part city guide, and illustrated with photography selected by the Design Museum, Berlin in Fifty Design Icons unlocks the design stories of one of the most complex, intriguing cities in the world.

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Archifutures Volume 1: The Museum

A field guide to communicating the future of archtecture

Conceived, edited and designed by &beyond. The first volume in a new book series bringing together projects and initiatives, both real and speculative, that are shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and thus our societies of the future.

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Archifutures is a new field guide to the future of architecture. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. Edited by the &beyond collective (of which Sophie Lovell is a founding member) and published by dpr-barcelona, the first three volumes – The Museum, The Studio, and The Site map contemporary architectural practice and urban planning, presented through the words, ideas and images of some of its key players and change-makers. From institutions, activists, thinkers, curators and architects to urban bloggers, polemicists, critics and publishers, these are the people shaping tomorrow’s architecture and cities – and so helping to shape our societies of the future too.

Volume 1: The Museum, which launched at the Lisbon Triennale in November 2016, spotlights the work of the Future Architecture platform members themselves, whilst the second and third volumes, The Studio and The Site, present a thoughtful selection of theories and practice shaping the “future of architecture” today.

The first volume, The Museum – A field guide to communicating the future of architecture, includes contributions from institutions such as the MAXXI in Rome and the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel; festivals like Tirana Architecture Week and Prishtina Architecture Week, Kosovo; research and education platforms Design Biotop in Ljubljana and CANactions in Kiev and publishers dpr-barcelona. It maps their work communicating new and innovative thought and practice that is leading architecture today, highlighting the strategies they use and programmes they run to support this. Steering the dialogue are current practitioners and thinkers including Superstudio, Socks Studio, Nick Axel and Léa-Catherine Szacka. The volume also a specially commissioned “collage conversation”, a visual dialogue between generations, from Superstudio co-founder Cristiano Toraldo di Francia and Guillermo Lopez of MAIO.

The publication of all three volumes also marks the launch of the digital platform archifutures.org, designed to functions as the Archifutures digital bookshelf, a live repository of Future Architecture platform contributions and experiences. This allows both participants and readers to arrange and print on demand their own personal compilations. It also enables them to interact with the material and its dissemination, feeding back into current debate and mapping out new networks.

Archifutures is conceived, edited and designed by &beyond and published by dpr-barcelona. The series accompanies the Future Architecture platform, a European-wide network and EU-funded initiative created by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana.

&beyond

The next-level publishing collective

In April 2016 Sophie Lovell co-founded &beyond, an international collective of editors, writers and graphic designers specialising in print and digital publishing.

www.andbeyond.xyz

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Founded in 2016, &beyond is an international collective of editors, writers and graphic designers specialising in print and digital publishing. Comprising the editorial team that brought you uncube,the digital magazine for architecture and beyond, &beyond brings together experience and publishing expertise as well as a world-class, worldwide network of collaborators.
Equally adept working in print or online, with sound, moving images and stills, &beyond specialises in understanding and implementing next level publishing. Transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary, &beyond delivers consulting, concepting and production to the highest standards. No schnick-schnack.

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uncube magazine

Architecture and beyond

From September 2013 to April 2016 Sophie Lovell was Editor-in-Chief of uncube, an award-winning digital magazine about architecture and beyond.

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uncube, the digital magazine for architecture and beyond.

Between 2012-2016 uncube published 43 themed, monthly magazine issues in a format combining the virtues of print with the convenience of digital. In parallel, uncube ran a blog publishing stories from across the spectrum of architecture, design, art, urbanism and beyond.

uncube’s approach was like no other architecture magazine. The self-imposed editorial mandate: to address topics that went beyond the conventional context of architecture discourse with a critical eye and a clear independent voice. Issues covered subjects ranging from robotics, outer space, acoustics and bioarchitecture to new forms of communities and expo architecture via materials such as bricks, and monographs on the likes of Frei Otto, Zaha Hadid and Charles Correa.

Sophie Lovell’s interviewees during this time included: Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Temple Grandin, Ricardo Scofidio, Eero Koivisto, Werner Sobek, Achim Menges, the architecture cartoonist Klaus and many others. Collaborators and contributors were legion and included Paola Antonelli, Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Charny, Bernard Tschumi, Aaron Betsky and more.

uncube’s digital framework took two years to develop and continued to evolve beyond launch. The design won numerous awards, including Lead Awards Digital Magazine of the Year (2013) and was runner up Webby Awards Web Magazine of the Year in 2014 (pipped to the post by Wired.com).

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uncube magazine

Architecture and beyond

In 2013 Sophie Lovell became Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning digital magazine uncube.

uncube is a digital magazine dedicated to “architecture and beyond” and brings a whole new online magazine typology to the media landscape.

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In September 2013 Sophie Lovell became Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning digital magazine uncube.

uncube is a digital magazine dedicated to “architecture and beyond” and brings a whole new alternative online magazine typology to the media landscape. The magazine’s self-imposed mandate is to address topics that go beyond the conventional context of architecture discourse with quality, integrity, clarity, a critical eye and a clear independent voice.

The uncube blog also delivered selected reports and positions on current discussion topics in the field of architecture – and beyond.

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Dieter Rams: So wenig Design wie möglich

by Sophie Lovell

“Gleichgültigkeit gegenüber den Menschen und der Wirklichkeit, in der sie leben, ist die einzige wirkliche Todsünde beim Design”.

The Dieter Rams monograph is now available in German as well, published by Edel Books.

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“Gleichgültigkeit gegenüber den Menschen und der Wirklichkeit, in der sie leben, ist die einzige wirkliche Todsünde beim Design”.

Dieter Rams gehört zu den einflussreichsten Designern des 20. Jahrhunderts. Selbst jene, die seinen Namen nicht kennen, sind garantiert mit einem seiner Produkte vertraut, denn Rams prägte von Mitte der 1950er- bis in die späten 1990er-Jahre hinein als Chefdesigner die Handschrift des Elektrogeräteherstellers Braun. Ob Haartrockner, Radio oder Entsafter, alle von ihm gestalteten Produkte sind durch eine klare Ästhetik, hohe Bedienerfreundlichkeit und Nützlichkeit bestimmt. Denn Dieter Rams ist angesichts der mitunter chaotischen Gegenwart von der Notwendigkeit innovativen, verständigen und langlebigen Designs überzeugt. Seine zukunftsweisenden Ideen versucht er nicht nur mittels einer radikal reduzierten Formgebung zu realisieren, sondern hielt sie auch in zehn Thesen fest, deren letzte und vielleicht wichtigste lautet: “Gutes Design ist so wenig Design wie möglich”.

“So wenig Design wie möglich” ist ein hochwertig ausgestattetes Buch, das die Arbeit von Dieter Rams in all ihren Facetten dokumentiert: Beleuchtet werden neben seiner Tätigkeit für Braun auch seine Produktlinie für den Möbelhersteller Vitsoe (wie sein berühmtes Regalsystem 606), sein architektonisch höchst ambitioniertes Eigenheim sowie sein Einfluss auf die wichtigsten zeitgenössischen Designer. Mit exklusiven Fotografien, vielen Skizzen und einer Chronik seines Lebenswerks bietet dieses Buch einen umfangreichen überblick über das Leben und Werk von Dieter Rams, der zahlreiche Designklassiker schuf und einer jungen Generation von Designern bis heute als Vorbild gilt.

Date: 1st Edition: May 2011, 2nd Edition: Dec 2011, German Edition May 2013
Publisher: Edel Verlag
Author: Sophie Lovell (with a foreward by Jonathan Ive and contributing essay by Klaus Klemp)
Graphic design: Kobi Benezri

WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

An exhibition showcasing curated collaborations between designers and manufacturers in Vienna.

Curated by Sophie Lovell

MAK Wien
12th Dec 2012 – 17th Mar 2013

Ventura Lambrate Milan
9th – 14th April 2013

NAI Rotterdam
22nd Jun – 15th Sept 2013

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An exhibition showcasing curated collaborations between designers and manufacturers in Vienna. Centuries of craft skills are mixed with new design thinking showing that design can be inspiring to everyone – producer and consumer alike. It is about the soft and hard values of design as a facilitator in bringing people together and enhancing the commercial and creative profile of a city at the same time.

Curated by Sophie Lovell

On behalf of: Vienna Design Week
Location: MAK Vienna

Exhibition Design: Studio Makkink & Bey

Graphic design: Hansje van Halem


WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

The exhibition “WerkStadt Vienna: Design Engaging the City” curated by Sophie Lovell had its first showing in Helsinki 6-16th September 2012 as part of the WDC Helsinki and Helsinki Design Week in the Kattilahalli, Suvilahti. Produced by Vienna Design Week in collaboration with MAK Vienna, exhibition design by Rianna Makkink and Michou-Nanon de Bruijin, Studio Makkink & Bey.
Next stop: MAK Vienna 12th December 2012 – 17th March 2013

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form 243

Sophie Lovell is new Executive Editor of form

The German design magazine form, first published in 1957, has a new owner and a new editorial team. No. 243 is the first issue to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor). The bilingual German/English magazine is based in Frankfurt and Berlin. www.form.de   Cover illustration: Katrin…

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The German design magazine form, first published in 1957, has a new owner and a new editorial team. No. 243 is the first issue to be produced under the editorial leadership of Stephan Ott (Editor-in-Chief) and Sophie Lovell (Executive Editor).
The bilingual German/English magazine is based in Frankfurt and Berlin.
www.form.de

 

Cover illustration: Katrin Schacke, poster: Heimann und Schwantes with June 14 Sam Chermayeff

WerkStadt Vienna

Design Engaging the City

A touring exhibition curated by Sophie Lovell will premiere at the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 in September 2012 and move on to the MAK Vienna in December 2012

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The exhibition Werkstadt Vienna: Design Engaging the City is about the rediscovery and revitalisation of local urban production workshops. In 2006 Neigungsgruppe Design (Tulga Beyerle, Thomas Geisler, Lilli Hollein) began a programme of pairing young, upcoming designers with traditional producers in the city of Vienna called Passionswege. The aim was to generate new dialogues between design and local manufacture, between the city and its makers and between material and technological expertise and experimental design attitudes. The Passionswege went on to become the foundation of the Vienna Design Week.

Amazing and inspiring projects arose from collaborations between designers such as Tomás Alonso (E), Mark Braun (D), Marco Dessi­ (I), Philippe Malouin (CAN), Max Lamb (GB), mischer-traxler (A), Adrien Rovero (CH) and Maxim Velcovsky (CZ) with traditional firms such as J.&L. Lobmeyr, the Viennese porcelain manufacturer Augarten and the Wiener Silber Manufactur. The results of the collaborations were then displayed in the shops and showrooms of the respective producers around the city and many pieces were to be taken into production or marked the beginning of enduring collaborations between designers and makers.

The initiators have now invited the curator Sophie Lovell and designers Studio Makkink&Bey to explore the results of this collaborative experiment in a touring exhibition, and share the richness, variety and sustainability of such an experimental approach with other cities. The first two stops on the tour will be: the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 in September 2012 and the MAK Vienna in December 2012.

BIO 23 Ljubljana

Biennial of Design Award Jury

Sophie Lovell was invited to join the jury of the 23rd Biennial of Design Awards in Slovenia held in Ljubljana on 27th September 2012

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The 23rd Biennial of Design (BIO 23) held by the Ljubljana Museum of Architecture and Design in Slovenia, was curated this year by Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg from Organisation in Design. Their chosen theme was: ‘Design Relations’ which addressed how designers and their works are influenced by modern technologies, digitalization and globalization, and how design is evolving.
From the works chosen by the curators for the exhibition at the biennial an international jury was asked to select the best designs from the past two years for the BIO 23 Awards. The members of the jury were Giulio Cappellini, Sven Jonke, Sophie Lovell, Jimmy MacDonald and Vasa J. Perović.

You can see a report on Slovenian national television here featuring interviews with the curators and jurors Sophie Lovell and Jimmy MacDonald – it is in Slovenian but the interviews are in English. For further information on the winners and the jury statement click here.

The show runs until 11th November 2012