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italo calvino’s 1972 novel reserves a dear place in our libraries, architectural or otherwise, for its vivid recollections of cities and their curiosities, courtesy of a certain marco polo as he narrates to kublai khan. for though there is a certain kind of sensory appeal that is captured in the details of places, the real beauty of invisible cities lies in the masking of underlying notions of time, identity and language within these details. image © karina puente frantzen

from top, clockwise: eufemia, zaira, zoe, tamara

Invisible Cities

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isfahan, iran, may 2017 (ph annamaria arnesano)


lago di bled, bled lake, slovenia


a courtyard in bawa's campus for the university of ruhuna. geoffrey manning bawa friba, (july 23, 1919 – may 27, 2003), explored modernism and its cultural implications and created a unique, recognizable style of design which had a lasting impact on architects across the world. well versed in modernist theory, bawa was one of the original proponents of tropical modernism. ph harry sowden

teletón infant oncology clinic, project sordo madaleno arquitectos, querétaro, mexico. ph jaime navarro, paúl czitrom

three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by studio maks and junya ishigami associates for park vijversburg in the netherlands,


project reinach mendonça arquitetos associados, rio de janeiro, brazil. ph leonardo finotti


as part of the new pembroke pines city center that includes a public plaza, a 3,500 seat performing arts hall, the city hall and the frank art gallery for the city of pembroke pines, the brooks scarpa architects designed the gateway sculpture and attending landscape features to complement these activities and programs


japanese architect kengo kuma has completed the façade and interior design of a 10-storey hotel near tokyo’s skytree observation tower. conceived as an ‘art exhibit’, one@tokyo is located in oshiage — an area which combines the historic feeling of the country’s edo era with a lively sense of tokyo’s modern metropolis. at ground level, kuma and his team have installed a dynamic lattice of timber planks that refers to the factories found in the region’s downtown district. ph keishin horikoshi/ss tokyo

chief architect sun tianwen of shanghai hip-pop architectural decoration design co. captures the spirit of japanese cuisine in his latest waka haiku setsugekka restaurant project. he explains that, individually, the ultra-clear glass engraved with the sakura, the blue led light band and complete black background of sushi counter do not necessarily express the sense of zen — however, only when all of these elements mix harmoniously, then an appropriate design is obtained. ph zhang jing

david rockwell’s collaboration with chef nobu matsuhisa began with one small restaurant in manhattan’s tribeca neighbourhood. twenty-three years later, nobu tribeca has been closed to make way for a new flagship – nobu downtown – set in a landmark building in the financial district


nau design is a new brand launched at denfair in melbourne, hoping to start a "new australian design movement" with its furniture and lighting by local designers. nau has collaborated with adam cornish, adam goodrum, gavin harris and jack flanagan

lebanese native camille kachani develops an inventive collection of furniture relating to nature’s transformation process

artist ronit baranga creates ceramic sculptural works she describes as existing on the “border between living and still life”—objects guaranteed to either tickle your funny bone or haunt your worst nightmares, depending on your perspective. the pieces are both silly and sinister as they come to life as if from a cartoon

pouf couture by lorenza bozzoli, at luisa via roma home,

 antonella maione e mauro cazzaro, kanz architetti


located on the edge of blue harbor’s underground square, the second ‘lily nails’ completed by archstudio is in an irregularly shaped and elongated beauty salon in beijing. the project is aimed at extending two dimensional floral patterns into three dimensional spaces, creating a flexible environment. ph jin weiqi


parizaad, rahul mishra, couture 2017


irish artist niamh barry has designed a collection of  limited edition light sculptures that play with creatively with various shapes


riccardo agnello, mondello ieri e oggi, dario flaccovio editore,


prosegue fino al 30 settembre la prima edizione di standart, triennale armena d’arte contemporanea

“pipe brothers”: in mostra in arizona i tubi di scarico fognario intagliati e dipinti da james e tom franco, at asu art museum ceramics research center. ph deanna dent asu now

shio kusaka and jonas wood at musem voorlinden, the netherlands

et caetera

berlin-based art collective raubdruckerin (which translates to pirate printer) uses elements of urban design to create guerilla printing presses, adding ink to manhole covers, grates, and street tiles to create utilitarian designs on t-shirts and bags. the experimental print makers view the works as footprints of a particular city, with current designs collected from amsterdam, athens, paris, lisbon and their hometown of berlin

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