Blueprint Magazine Issue 347

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The focus of Blueprint in this issue is innovation in architecture. We asked 20 international architects, thinkers and designers, from Shigeru Ban and Liz Diller to Kengo Kuma and Daniel Libeskind, what innovation means to them and why it is important to their practice. Four of those interviews – with Ben van Berkel, Asif Khan, Mohsen Mostafavi and Andrew Whalley, three of which were filmed in arper’s London showroom and the latter in Grimshaw’s New York office – can also be watched on our website designcurial.com. Following on from these interviews, we look at how architectural practices are increasingly investing in research to enrich their working environment and help inform real-life projects, we reflect on the ways research departments in architecture schools are harnessing the opportunities offered by technology and robotics, and talk to Zaha Hadid Architects’ Patrik Schumacher and BuroHappold’s Wolf Mangelsdorf about the long-standing parametric collaboration between the two practices. Elsewhere, we share the best of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena with the theme Reporting from the Front, head to the Serpentine Galleries to see Danish practice BIG’s first outing in the UK, along with four summer houses by Asif Khan, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Kunlé Adeyemi, and chat to Snøhetta about its transformation of Mario Botta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We tour South Kilburn estate with Alison Brooks and find out how it’s being transformed from a neglected backwater, visit Foster + Partners’ new flagship store for Apple in San Francisco and drop in on Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in its new office at Leadenhall.

On the front cover we have Herzog & de Meuron’s new extension to the Tate Modern, the angular Switch House, while we also visit another of its projects at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and review its latest retrospective on Alexander Girard.