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Collective Intelligence _ in Design

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4 Architectural Design Forthcoming Titles 2007/08

Made in India

November/December 2007, Profile No 190

Made in India

Guest-edited by Kazi K. Ashraf

The architectural and urban landscape of India is being remade in most unexpected and exuberant ways. New economic growth, permeation of global media and technologies, and the transnational reach of diasporic Indians have unleashed a new cultural and social dynamic. While the dynamic is most explicit and visible in the context of the Indian city, a different set of transformations is taking place in rural India. Yet, as the political writer Sunil Khilnani notes, the world's sense of India, of what it stands for and what it wishes to become, seems as confused and divided today as is India's own sense of itself. It is a challenge, in these conditions, to explore how the deeply entrenched histories and traditions of India are being re-imagined, and how questions of the extraordinary diversity of India are being reinterpreted in its architectural and urban landscape. AD traces this compelling story through the writings of Prem Chandavarkar, Sunil Khilnani, Anupama Kundoo, Reinhold Martin, Michael Sorkin and others, and new projects and works in the Indian subcontinent.

January/February 2008, Profile No 191

Cities of Dispersal

Guest-edited by Rafi Segal and Els Verbakel

Questioning the traditional boundaries between cities, suburbs, countryside and wilderness, this issue of AD explores emergent types of public space in low-density environments. Cities of Dispersal describes this new form of urbanism; decentralised, in a constant process of expansion and contraction, not homogenous or necessarily low-rise, nor guided by one mode of development, typology or pattern.

While functionally and programmatically, dispersed settlements operate as a form of urbanism, the place of collective spaces within them has yet to be defined and articulated. The physical transformation of the built environment on the one hand, and the change in our notion of the public on the other - due to globalisation, privatisation and segregation - call for renewed interpretations of the nature and character of public space. The concept of public space needs to be examined: replaced, re-created or adopted to fit these conditions. What is the place of the public in this form of urbanism, and how can architecture address the notion of common, collective spaces? What is the current socio-political role of such spaces? How does the form and use of these spaces reflect the conception of the public as a political (or nonpolitical) body? And can architecture regain an active role in formulating the notion of the collective? These and other issues are addressed through essays, research projects and built work by distinguished writers such as Bruce Robbins, Albert Pope and Alex Wall, and practitioners including Zvi

Hecker, Vito Acconci, Mutopia, Manuel de Sola-Morales, Martha Rosler and Manuel Vicente in a search for new collective architectures within the dispersed city.

March/April 2008, Profile No 192

Versatility and Vicissitude: Performance in Morpho-Ecological Design

Guest-edited by Michael Hensel and Achim Menges

This third AD by the guest-editors of the highly successful Emergence and Techonologies and Techniques titles shifts the morpho-ecological design project into the realm of performance. Whereas the dictionary definition of performance - to 'carry out an action' or 'to fulfill a task' - invokes a tired utilitarian debate, Hensel and Menges inject the meaning of the word 'performance' with an entirely new life. In this context form is redefined not as the shape of a material object alone, but as the multitude of effects, milieu of conditions, modulations and microclimates that emanate from an object's exchange with its specific environment; a dynamic relationship that is perceived and interacted with by a subject. A synergetic employment of performance and morpho-ecological techniques combine to create integral design solutions that will render an alternative and entirely innovative new model for sustainability. This issue presents the historical precursors and precedents for this approach and presents the current state of the art of morpho-ecological design. Key contributors include: Klaus Bollinger, Lawrence Friesen of Buro Happold, Manfred Grohmann of Bollinger & Grohmann, Aleksandra Jaeschke, OCEAN NORTH, Remo Pedreschi, Defne Sunguroglu, Peter Trummer and Michael Weinstock.

Architectural Design September/October 2007

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