Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Vincent Jobse
AR in the neighbourhood
The Architectural Review always is one of my favourite magazines: intelligent, open for ideas and highly competent.
Like the issue on neighbourhoods, that was published last summer. The issue, like any issue of AR, seeks to articulate new visions of the potential of architecture and researches how it can re-engage more resonantly with wider social and human concerns. ‘How do we want to live’ is the main theme in general, and how should our neighbourhood look was the theme of this issue. To cite AR (I can’t express it better): “the possibilities of digital exchange are no substitute for our fundamental need for face-to-face interaction. This issue consitutes a conscious attempt to reassert the importance of the physical neighbourhood: the realm of chance encounters and enforced coexistance, as opposed to the online ‘community’, which is an abstract. transient, highly-edited world based on a single point of interest and exited at will.”