In June, RECORD honors 2023’s Design Vanguard firms and focuses on wood, from mass-timber construction to sustainable sourcing to engineering innovations and seismic feats. The issue explores spiritual projects including a multi-denominational complex in Abu Dhabi; a Cape Town church; and a dual-congregation house of worship in Cologne. Stateside, Studio Gang’s Gilder Center at the American Museum of Natural History and a revamped Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts are both profiled. Also in the issue, June’s House of the Month finds inspiration in California’s strict energy code, our correspondent reports from Milan Design Week, and we catch up with David Adjaye.
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With a “farm-to-shelter” mentality, BLDUS founders Andrew Linn and Jack Becker have taken a hands-on approach to designing structures with a sustainable aesthetic that challenge mainstream stick-built construction.
A decade into their shared practice, Mexico City–born Ingrid Moye and Berlin-born Christoph Zeller use their bicontinental arrangement to execute projects in both Latin America and Europe, allowing their experiences to inform one another.
According to firm principal J. Jih, whose studio works out of a converted warehouse in Boston’s South End arts district, architecture is a place “to dissect value, encounter the values of others, and continually evolve one’s own values.”
A circuitous path led Olayinka Dosekun-Adjei and Jeffrey Adjei to found their Lagos-based firm Studio Contra, which has executed increasingly prominent projects, culminating in the Institute of Contemporary African Art and Film in the Nigerian city of Ilorin.
Founded in 2016 by Zhou Suning, Tang Tao, and Wu Ziye, the Nanjing-based practice got its start in rural China, where government investment aims to revitalize areas that have long suffered from lagging economic development and migration toward the country's wealthier cities.
Classmates Millie Anderson and Jimmy Carter began moonlighting on small freelance projects—today, Office MI–JI has introduced a refreshing new approach to the Melbourne design scene and completed several intriguing projects in low-cost local materials.
Based in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, husband-and-wife partners Nicholas and Deirdre McDermott founded their firm “on the belief that the future provides us with opportunity to constantly improve on the past.”
This month's special section examines timber construction, including strategies for sustainable sourcing, policies facilitating the material’s use, and engineering innovations accommodating unexpected typologies and unique locations.
Jeanne Gang's eponymous firm and the New York-based landscape architecture studio have completed the much-anticipated expansion and reimagining of the beloved arts institution at Little Rock's MacArthur Park.
A 10-story mass-timber tower designed by LEVER Architecture in collaboration with several university and industry partners withstood a recent seismic resiliency test at UCSD's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center.