Frame #125

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AMSTERDAM – As cities deal with higher density and an increased proximity of dwellings, the Nov/Dec issue of Frame explores promising proposals for future-proof housing.

Young architecture practice Kwong Von Glinow presents multi-family solutions, while MVRDV and WOHA propose multifunctional high-rises that offer not only apartments but also space for offices, retail shops, hospitality enterprises, medical facilities and greenery. O-officereactivates a Guangzhou neighbourhood while safeguarding its collective memory, Octane’s serviced apartments offer a form of hospitality-infused urban living aimed at time-poor professionals and modular homes by the likes of David Adjaye and Faye Toogood adapt to London’s tricky urban-infill sites. From horizontal sprawl to vertical stacks and from concrete jungles to urban greenscapes: tomorrow’s residential buildings aim to make high-density cities healthier and more livable.

Objects
Rapid manufacturing accelerates on-demand design. Indoor greenery enjoys a light treatment. The corridor sparks social interaction. Discover new directions in the world of products.

The Challenge: Future of Cohabitation
In the lead-up to each issue, Frame challenges emerging designers to answer a topical question with a future-forward concept. As urban areas grow outwards and upwards, the cost of inner-city living becomes equally inflated. In order to stay central while avoiding social isolation, various groups of people are opting to share the load. Today that means everything from self-sufficient communes to co-housing models, but how will cohabitation look in the future? In line with this issue’s living-themed Frame Lab, we asked five makers to come up with possible solutions.

Portraits 
Introducing Sibling Architecture. Bethan Laura Wood cycles to the strings of a cello. Rachel Whiteread gets concrete. Barber Osgerby proves that one plus one is three. Thom Mayne discusses his metaMorphosis. Meet the people. Get their perspectives.

Living Lab 
It’s predicted that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. Since many metropolises are already bursting at the seams, accommodating such growth demands new modes of habitation. Should we build upwards or outwards? How can we live collectively without sacrificing individuality? How can public space best serve its modern-day demographic? Facing these questions and many more, a number of today’s architects are dreaming up future-proof housing solutions.
 
Reports: Kitchens
Brands explore the many faces of efficiency. The open-plan model linking cooking and living continues to grow. Designers take to the kitchen to heal communities. Discover what’s driving the business of design.

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