In the remote Senegalese village of Sinthian, close to the Mali border, the New York studio of Toshiko Mori has begun construction on a cultural center. Conceived and funded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed in collaboration with two non-profit organizations – Sinthian Medical Center and American Friends of Le Korsa (AFLK) –, it will complement existing health and education facilities serving a community of twelve tribes. Intended as a place for gatherings and cultural exchange, the new multipurpose complex will include performance spaces and accommodations for visiting artists. The design is a parametric transformation of the traditional pitched roof, which is inverted in order to collect rainwater. Distributed around two courtyards, the complex will be raised with local building materials and methods, with elements made of bamboo and blocks of rammed earth. The openwork walls will contribute to thermal comfort.
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an
architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works
and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English
texts placed side by side.
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story,
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on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed
on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details),
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