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Mark #50 June/July 2014

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In early February, Mark announced an open competition for a cover design to celebrate the magazine’s 50th issue. No fewer than 540 entries from 48 countries made it anything but easy to single out the best proposal.

In Mark #50, the winning cover design by Efisio Nicolò Sabiucciu graces our magazine, with a handful of glittering confetti added for extra oomph. Other entries which made us pause, think or giggle can be found in an extensive jury report (also online). For new readers, we recount a few highlights from the history of our magazine. And while we sit back and enjoy literal architectural eye-candy (or, in this case, cakes) designed for us by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architecten, Wiel Arets Architects and Atelier Vens Vanbelle, we also revisit a slew of previously published projects in Spain and China to see how they’re faring years after being in the spotlight.

Keeping a keen eye on the present has always been the magazine’s hallmark, so after a brief moment of self-reflection, find out everything about Unsangdong Architecs’ urban acupuncture in South Korea, Jun Igarashi’s two different, yet related recent residences and Mamm Design’s insertion of a little slice of Japan into an Amsterdam apartment.

We will take a walk through Steven Holl’s striking addition to the now tragically damaged Glasgow School of Art, as well as Morphosis’ Emerson College in Los Angeles, revel in Richard Weston’s crystalline fabric patterns and marvel at Leonardo Portus’ photography of imaginary architecture models. After a weekend break in an off-grid holiday house by Architecture Brio near Mumbai and an active vacation at Álvaro Andrade’s rowing centre in Portugal, we finish with a few literary recommendations by Hans van Heeswijk.

Cross Section:

Ad Artis Architects, Suppose Design Office, Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur, OMA, Crab Studio, Adam Stockhausen, Kochi Architect's Studio, Reiulf Ramstad Architekter, Theo Deutinger, Atelier ChanChan, Casagrande Laboratory, Futurelab, Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Riegel Riewe Architects, Studioninedots

Perspective: Mark 50

  • Cover Competition: Jury report
  • Mark’s 50th Bake Off: Three architects were so kind to design us a birthday cake: Maixner Schlüter Wendt Architecten | Wiel Arets Architects | Atelier Vens Vanbelle
  • A Concise History of Mark
  • Reality Check 1: Spain
  • Reality Check 2: China

 Long Section:

  • Unsangdong Architects in Seoul: Two new projects help to regenerate their surroundings.
  • Architecture Brio in Mumbai: Testing the frontiers of practicality to build a weekend home.
  • Álvaro Andrade in Portugal: Rowing centre boasts the singular strokes of the School of Porto.
  • Leonardo Portus in Chile: Using detailed architectural models to construct alternate realities.
  • Jun Igarashi in Japan: The architect sees very little difference between his two recently completed houses.
  • Morphosis in Los Angeles: Building a vertical campus for an outpost of Boston-based Emerson College
  • Stephen Holl Architects in Glasgow: The new building for the Glasgow School of Art forms a striking contrast to the Mackintosh School of Architecture.
  • Richard Weston in the UK: Obsessed with the colours and patterns of minerals.
  • Mamm Design in Amsterdam: Inserting a bit of Japan into an Amsterdam apartment.
  • Hans van Heeswijk: Architecture books are useful when they contain plans and drawings.

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