The Architectural Review 2021:07




ZAV Architects | Ryan W Kennihan Architects | Tadashi Yoshimura Architects | Grimshaw | Davidson Rafailidis | Diller Scofidio + Renfro | Enric Miralles | Sverre Fehn | Resistance | Carnival | Cinema | Glue

As the need to find alternatives to short-sighted or heavily consumptive traditions of constant new construction becomes increasingly urgent, we turn our attention to strategies of adaptive reuse with the AR New into Old awards, examining how buildings can be given a new lease of life and celebrating the creative ways they have been remodelled to welcome contemporary uses. This year, we sent critics to projects in Iran, Ireland, Japan, the US and the UK before our judges selected ZAV Architects’ Farsh Film Studio as the winner.

We also look to those who tear up the existing conditions to imagine and create new modes of practice, collaboration and being. Collage is used across art, architecture, text and film to communicate ideas and create new ones. David Campany writes: ‘To make a collage is always part catharsis and part allegory – a way of dealing with the world on your own terms, whether celebration, criticism or estrangement’. For this issue, we rifled through our own cutting room floor, as the AR editorial team all took to tearing up the Waste issue (AR June 2021) in loving destruction of our most recent creation. The front cover, by Lili Zarzycki, re-assembles parts of this issue’s aptly-themed predecessor with paint and tape, while Emily Post finds new meanings in old words in her assemblage from our June headlines, in the folio image accompanying the editorial. As is always the case at the AR, themes and imagery re-surface to riff off our past and continue old conversations; the monogram on this issue’s back cover was designed in reference to historical AR covers.

July/August 2021

New into Old

Winner: Farsh Film Studio in Tehran, Iran by ZAV Architects, Mehr S Zandi
Highly commended: Baltrasna House in Dublin, Ireland by Ryan W Kennihan Architects, Lisa Godson
Highly commended: Yamato House in Nara, Japan by Tadashi Yoshimura Architects, Nancy (Yao) Ji
Commended: Bath Schools of Art and Design in Bath, UK by Grimshaw, Ellen Peirson
Commended: Buckminster’s Cat Café in Buffalo, US by Davidson Rafailidis, Raymund Ryan
Commended: MoMA in New York, US by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Elissaveta M Brandon


Keynote: Fragment of the imagination, Jane Rendell
Stick to my words, Jen Calleja
Resisting the controlling image, Khensani de Klerk
Trans formations, Lucas Crawford
Carnival collaging, Janine Francois
Adventures in the asset store, Rob Gallagher
Metropolis futures, David Campany
Cuts through Hong Kong, Eunice Seng
Anti-collage cities in Israel-Palestine, Irit Katz
Reputations: Enric Miralles, Rafael Gómez-Moriana
Revisit: Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway by Sverre Fehn, Jørgen Tandberg
Outrage: Multiform movement making, Catherine Slessor
The glue that binds us, Andrew Clancy

Editorial contributors
Khensani de Klerk