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Mille-feuille: A tasty multi-layered magazine
9/27/2010

In this new issue Stylepark Magazine is a gourmet's delight, a veritable multi-layered delicacy. The pinnacle is probably a project of which we are very proud, namely the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 curated by Stylepark. On 25 August a festive prize-giving ceremony took place in Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia in Venice, for the first-ever bestowal of this award. What we, i.e., the Stylepark team, the architects and the Audi staff members involved in the project, experienced, discussed and developed together down through the months, was incredibly stimulating and sparked a fruitful dialog between the different worlds. This issue showcases a series of images from the exhibition at that architecturally impressive venue to record things for all of you who were not able to attend the awards ceremony.

Alongside the "urban experience" we offer various other exciting themes that address our focal topic of "layers". One seems quite obvious: paper as a material whose many-layered utility is illuminated by the article "No two papers are alike", by Katharina Horstmann. As a regenerative material, paper has often been underestimated and has of late grabbed the limelight again thanks to architects such as Shigeru Ban or designers like Naoto Fukasawa. Our author Carsten Krohn illustrates by means of different examples from architecture just how the changed spatial layering of functioning is reflected in how the outside is perceived. Marcel Krenz reminisces on David Hicks and Angelo Donghia, namely two grand masters of layering in drafting and design technology.

Our author Oliver Elser reports on this year's architecture biennial in Venice and decides that "a delicate lady from Japan, architect Kazuyo Sejima, as curator of the 12th Architecture Biennial, had banished just about everything from the exhibition that has for some time been really irritating visitors in the form of star architects and boxes of digital tricks."

In London, we cast a closer glance at Jean Nouvel's Serpentine Pavilion. Ulf Meyer and Erhard Schütz describe why the pavilion makes visitors happy. Lena Bopp introduces a layered model of a quite different sort in her text "Under The Same Roof": In London, a collective of individual designers have joined forces, to act as the Okay Studio.

New designer Max Lamb emphasizes the production process underlying his objects: He experiments with materials, explores their properties and watches how they respond to different processing technologies. And allows himself to be filmed while thus at work.

A "feelgood office" also hinges on new communication channels: At the "dress rehearsal in the spatial lab" we present the successful collaboration between architects office Ortner & Ortner and the specialists for office and work worlds at Bene, who have expanded and extended their head office.

The magazine, and once again it boasts such diverse contents, was as always lead designed by Antonia Henschel of Sign Kommunikation.

Order the Stylepark magazine here. (Please notice that the magazine is only in German available.)