Mark #46 Oct/Nov 2013

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Former Hollywood wild-west Pioneertown now plays host to 350 off-the-grid inhabitants. Mark looks at how they have reappropriated this scripted-setting into a fully functioning town.

Architect Linda Taalman shows two sustainable houses she designed, along Pionneertown’s outskirts, while art collector Jerry Sohn reveals three spiritual pavilions.

Then Issue #46 visits two houses designed by Jun Igarashi in Hokkaido, stops in with 3D-printing visionary Enrico Dini in Pisa, and heads to a floating school by NLÉ in Lagos before talking to Álvaro Siza Vieira in Porto about his reading habits.

Cross Sections: 

Bierman Henket, Bolles+Wilson, Bernaskoni, John KörmelingLeeton Pointon, Schneider+Schumacher, Norisada Maeda Atelier, Alex McDowell, Henning Larsen, Atelier TeamMinus, World Map, DMVA & A3, AP Atelier, Storp Weber, Neutelings Riedijk, Rudy Ricciotti, Zaha Hadid


  • Introduction: Pioneertown, California
  • Taalman Koch Architecture: Linda Taalman built herself an unplugged weekend home that has inspired others to do the same.
  • Taalman Koch Architecture: Kyle Laughlin commissioned Taalman Koch to design a small prefab home with minimal impact on the landscape.
  • Arata Isozaki: Art collector Jerry Sohn has three Arata Isozaki-designed pavilions for meditation or daydreaming.
  • Boyd Wilson: Magdalen Boyd-Wilson let her retreat disappear into the landscape.

Long Sections:

  • Jun Igarashi in Hokkaido: Jun Igarashi's two new houses testify to the ongoing development of his architecture.
  • Lyons in Melbourne: Lyons is doing the most intriguing things with the city's institutional buildings.
  • Enrico Dini in Pisa: Visionary 3D-printing pioneer Enrico Dini explains hot properly colonize a planet
  • Níall McLaughlin in London: for McLaughlin, every job is a fresh challange
  • Speech in Berlin: Sergei Tchoban designed a museum for the display of his collection of architectural drawings.
  • March in New York: March turns rendering into an art form.
  • Adrian Streich in Dulliken: Adrian Streich Architects converted an industrial monument into an apartment complex.
  • Diederendirrix in Eindhoven: Diederendirrix converted an old Philips factory into an apartment building.
  • Álvaro Siza Vieira in Porto: In a novel, characters sometimes take over the story. A similar thing can happen in architecture.

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