11.11.2008 | recent publications
by Centre Canadien d´Architecture
CCA Canadian Center for Architecture
Montréal, 11 November 2008 — The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is pleased to announce the publication of a new catalogue co-published by Lars Müller Publishers featuring recent architectural projects by renowned architects Stephen Taylor in London and Ryue Nishizawa in Tokyo that propose new approaches to living in urban environments.
The book presents Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa’s distinctive solutions to the challenges of building homes in existing dense urban fabric such as Tokyo with 35 million inhabitants and London with over 7 million inhabitants. Their innovative designs go beyond conventional norms and offer approaches that simultaneously shape the life of the resident and the face of the city. Published in conjunction with the earlier exhibition Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa, the book documents a selection of the architects’ projects alongside many CCA installation views. The exhibition was the first to introduce the residential work of Taylor and Nishizawa in North America, and was greeted by international critical acclaim.
Resulting from active collaboration between CCA Curator for Contemporary Architecture Giovanna Borasi and the architects, this catalogue (available in French and English) features an essay by CCA curator as well as individual and collective contributions by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa and a conversation between Giovanna Borasi and the architects. The volume also includes an essay by Peter Allison, Architecture Professor, London South Bank University, and a preface by CCA Director Mirko Zardini. The exhibition’s projects and installation are presented through approximately 110 reproductions on over 157 pages. Co-published by the CCA and Lars Müller, the catalogue is distributed by Lars Müller Publishers in Europe and in North America. It is also available for $29.90 through the CCA Bookstore (www.cca.qc.ca/bookstore).
CCA’s previous collaborations with Lars Müller date back from the publication of exhibition catalogues Sense and the City (2005) and Herzog & de Meuron : natural history (2002).
British architect Stephen Taylor is Founding Director of Stephen Taylor Architects, and was previously partner at Houlton Taylor Architects established in 1993. Stephen Taylor Architects has realised commercial and private projects throughout Europe based on a commitment to sustainable construction and research in new technologies to ensure environmental responsibility.
Stephen Taylor has developed his ideas for residential building on a range of scales, from individual houses integrated into inner city streetscapes to multi-units and a master plan for a district of London that mixes new buildings with existing structures. By establishing subtle relationships to the surrounding urban texture, his buildings are grounded on the street with simple but distinct façades separating public and private space.
Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa is founding partner, with Kazuyo Sejima, of SANAA, established in 1995, and he has maintained a parallel independent office since 1997. SANAA is recognised for international institutional projects such as the Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany; the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio; and most recently, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
Ryue Nishizawa’s projects express his belief that the house should establish a close relationship between interior and exterior space, linking the two environments and creating an atmosphere within the house by bringing the city inside. Through this mutual exchange, Nishizawa contributes to the vitality of the streetscape and offers new ideas on how space inside the house is simultaneously space inside a neighbourhood.