This first issue in the Complex Buildings series contains projects and articles by a diverse group of international designers and architects, among them, Urban Think Tank, Studio Muoto, Bruther, NL Architects, Bel, Flores Prats, Maio, V+, De Smet Vermeulen, and JaJa. To help define and investigate the complex condition of the hybrid project, which is often a mixed-use building or architectural solution that seeks to revitalise the urban context while improving spatial efficiency, the featured works are accompanied by historical references.
In the 1990s the military began to use the acronym V.U.C.A. (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) to describe the dynamic and incredibly complex nature of modern warfare. Since then, the only constant has been an ever-increasing degree of complexity.
Complex Buildings, the new series of a+t magazine, identifies different conditions of complexity within architecture. Through classic and contemporary projects grouped into four blocks – Generators, Linkers, Mixers and Storytellers – a+t proposes complexity as a positive concept in the design process. The buildings selected are not evidently complex but essentially complex.
Towards a Neo-Cosmopolitan Architecture in the Age of V.U.C.A. Dominic Leong
GENERATORS: The Complexity of Anticipation. Aurora Fernández Per
Sport and Cultural Centre. Paris (France)
Urban Condenser. Paris-Saclay (France)
Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ. Barranquilla (Colombia)
Fábrica de Cultura: Grotao. São Paulo (Brazil)
Park and Play. Copenhagen (Denmark)
LINKERS: The Complexity of Continuous Presence. Aurora Fernández Per
Sala Beckett International Drama Centre. Barcelona (Spain)
MAD Brussels. Brussels (Belgium)
Exhibition Display System for Species of Spaces at MACBA. Barcelona (Spain)
110 Rooms. Collective Housing. Barcelona (Spain)
MIXERS: The Complexity of Everyday Life. Javier Mozas
De Smet Vermeulen architecten
Linker Oever Intergenerational Project (IGLO), Antwerp (Belgium)
Leong Leong, Killefer Flammang, Pamela Burton.
Anita May Rosenstein Campus – The Los Angeles LG BT Center. Los Angeles, CA (USA)
STORYTELLERS: The Complexity of Context. Javier Mozas
NLarchitects / BeL Sozietät für Architektur
Spielbudenplatz Urban Plan. Spielbudenplatz Plot 1. St Pauli, Hamburg (Germany)
Spielbudenplatz Plots 2 and 5.
St Pauli, Hamburg (Germany)