Arquitectura No. 386
Concursos Javier García-Germán & Alejandro Valdivieso (eds.) This editorial project aims to reflect on the major demographic, economic and ecological transformations that will occur in Madrid up to the year 2050, aspiring to propose the changes that the profession requires to provide an effective response to the challenges that the future Madrid poses. The project aims not only to anticipate the territorial, urban and architectural strategies that will be necessary, but also to reflect on the structure and competencies of the profession, as well as on the institutional framework it needs. Working on the axes of the New European Bauhaus, the proposal The Future Madrid proposes to develop six thematic issues that reflect on the city from the perspective of territory, climate, inclusion, the body, beauty and practice. Each of these thematic issues will be co-edited by two renowned architects, one from Madrid and one international. These international debates will be given local roots through
Monsoon as Method
Assembling Monsoonal Multiplicities Lindsay Bremner, Beth Cullen, Christina Geros, Harshavardhan Bhat, Anthony Powis, John Cook, Tom Benson The book presents the methods that Monsoon Assemblages has evolved for engaging the monsoon, a globally connected weather system, as a co-producer of urban life and space in South and Southeast Asian cities. It challenges views of climate as an inert backdrop to urban life, instead suggesting that it is materially and spatially active in shaping urban politics, ecologies, infrastructures, buildings and bodies. The book invites urban practitioners, from architects to policy makers, to think differently about space, time, representation and human and non-human agency. It offers intra-disciplinary, intra-active methods for rethinking human and non-human relations with weather in ways that meet the challenges of climate change and the Anthropocene. Foreword by Karen Coelho.
Houston Genetic City
Peter Zweig, Matthew Johnson, Jason Logan No city in the United States is synonymous with unbridled growth and land speculation as the sprawling Texas city of Houston. Though Houston is described as a city, its massive size makes it regional or even megaregional in scale—including a patchwork of satellite downtowns and suburbs, a vast floodplain of bayous and coastal prairie, as well as a long stretch of Gulf Coast. This fragile landscape is increasingly beset by global problems, from flooding to rampant growth to congestion. Its lack of zoning means ad hoc developments scatter across the landscape with little formal planning, where urban developments are always provisional and negotiable. Houston Genetic City is a collaborative and speculative book about Houston’s future, and by extension the future of urbanism in unplanned cities globally. Using maps, photographs, timelines, and collages, the book lays out the conditions for new urbanization in this fragile landscape. We