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The Plan 131 [06-2021]

SO - IL | MCA - Mario Cucinella Architects | Labarca Martinez Architects | Morphosis | Labics | Gehry Partners | Olin | Geosyntec Consultants | Studio Zhu-Pei | Piuarch

Manuelle Gautrand and her studio were invited to take part in the 2022 Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial, which this year is themed “Bifurcations.” In our editorial, the architect tells us about the seven projects she’ll be exhibiting in the Church of Saint Pierre in Firminy, discussing for each the issues of urban evolution, environmental challenges, and public space.
In Viaggio in Italia, Valerio Paolo Mosco showcases the Piuarch studio, examining its origins and projects. The four founding architects all echo the style of Vittorio Gregotti, with whom they trained in the ’90s. However, as often occurs in eclectic Italian architecture, this continuity seems to be fueled more by departures from the style they inherited than by blindly following it: eclecticism in continuity.
 In contrast with the high-density urbanization projects typical of China’s cities, the Yang Liping Center for Performing Arts creates a relationship with its setting. The project by Studio Zhu-Pei seeks to make material connections with the surrounding natural environment so as to preserve and promote the spirit and cultural identity of the region.
The 2021 masterplan for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River aims to restore the area by creating healthy, interconnected ecosystems. To achieve all this, the mayor of Los Angeles turned to a group of remarkable professionals: Gehry Partners, Geosyntec Consultants, and OLIN. 
The SO–IL studio has put its name to a project in Mexico for the development of vertical dwellings designed to counteract the unbridled expansion of its city. Las Americas Social Housing aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the residents of León by pegging back uncontrolled urban sprawl.
Designed by Thom Mayne, director of Morphosis, Hanking Center Tower is a project that challenges both the laws of physics and the record books. At 1,180 feet (360 m) high, it not only ranks as China’s tallest steel tower but has also become an icon for Shenzhen’s thriving Nanshan district. 
Prototipo TELCA, the work of MC A Mario Cucinella Architects, is a groundbreaking project. On the one hand, the building demonstrates just how far 3D printing technology for the construction industry has come. On the other, it’s a testament to the viability of creating circular economies in architecture.
The Pantheon House, designed by Labics, uses Japanese-style frames to achieve a blend of linear geometric lightness and a sense of materiality and Romanesque chiaroscuro. 
Labarca Marttinex designed Casa Trancura so that the owners could enjoy the natural beauty of its setting, from the Trancura River to the Villarrica Nature Reserve, in Pucón, Chile.

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