Mark #30 —

Mark’s thirtieth issue sees yet another consummate and confident survey of the hottest contemporary developments in architecture and design.

Masaaki Takahashi’s article/interview on Yasutaka Yoshimura immediately jumps out. One of Japan’s most promising young architects, the article will doubtless raise a few eyebrows for Yoshimura’s position that contemporary architecture should look to socially mediated technologies such as Google or the music industry’s creative commons licensing when plotting a course for the future. Needless to say that with its strong tradition of authorship becoming a default setting in architecture during the twentieth century, there will be many who find Yoshimura’s position somewhat controversial.

Yen Ping Chua’s article on Morphosis’ enormous new headquarters for gaming corporation Giant Interactive Group is an exercise in proving that size really matters. Housing the entire campus in one huge asymmetrical geometric structure approximately the size of eight football fields, this really is a fine example of the difference between understanding the booming Chinese economy in theoretical terms and confronting is materialising quotidian scale.

As usual, there are also all the regular standing sections that cover the world of architecture as it unfolds put together with eloquent insight and an encyclopaedic knowledge, all accompanied by informative plans and beautiful photos, of course.


    Mark #30 –
    February 2011 228 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    ZECC Yasutaka Yoshimura Film Director Thom Andersen Shanghai Office for Giant by Morphosis Hong Kong Design Institute by Thomas Coldefy House in Houston by Ronnie Self Museum in Tochigi by Hiroshi Nakamura House in Tokyo by Junichi Sampei Letter from Cairo Novelist and Architect Takayuki Suzuki on books
    Creative Director –
    Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder
    Editor In Chief –
    Robert Thiemann
    Art Director –
    Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder
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Our Take —

Mark Magazine is the much-lauded international magazine on contemporary architecture that has added a particular vision and opinion to the international architecture perspective. Published out of the Netherlands, it’s no surprise that Mark – which has been going for a number of years now- reflects certain sensibilities for which Dutch contemporary architecture is internationally known: it’s stark, unapologetically contemporary and offers up architectural design solutions that often pay little attention to orthodoxy and convention. Perhaps this is best summed up in its own strap line of ‘another architecture’.

With a bold and crisp art direction, Mark is one of those magazines that certainly makes what the name promises. It is instantly attractive and easily navigated, despite actually managing to get a whole lot of information and imagery into each and every issue. And, whilst the contributions and commentary always include highly respected voices from the world of professional and academic architecture, one of the great successes of Mark is that it extends the Dutch understanding of architecture into the international arena, namely that architecture is a social phenomenon that engages all members of society. This manifests itself in the form of an editorial vision that intrinsically understands that contemporary architecture has many fans and an actively engaged audience beyond professional architects. Thus, it is an intelligent yet accessible title that has broad appeal and proves rewarding reading to almost anyone with an interest in architecture and the built environment.

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