This issue contains a 64-page DESERT EXTRA SPECIAL featuring Ra Paulette’s spiritual man caves New Mexico, a road trip through the sultanate of Oman photographed by Kuba Ryniewicz, OMA’s desert adventures in the American West, Studio Anne Holtrop’s material explorations in Bahrain, everyday street beauty in Iran, and work by Bureau Spectacular, Jürgen Mayer H., Charlap-Hyman & Herrero, Frank Gehry, Ed Ruscha, among many others. PLUS: A machine elf’s guide to desert flora by Carlos Sáez.
WANG SHU AND LU WENYU
The husband and wife team has forged a practice that spans China’s past and future, cities and countryside. The pair’s more outspoken half expounds on the cultural battle for the heartland and the country’s unflagging pursuit of the new.
Interview by Andrew Ayers
Portraits by Hailun Ma
ERIC N. MACK
From outdoor desert installations to major museum shows, this unconventional painter’s work threads together architecture, explorations in perspective, and a love for 90s rap divas.
Interview by Mahfuz Sultan
Portraits by Rafik Greiss
Branching out on her own, the playful New York architect and educator creates vital spaces that bring people together, from a public pool in the East River to a spectacular funicular in her native Romania.
Interview by Pierre Alexandre de Looz
Portraits by Asger Carlsen
As elusive as he’s accomplished, this Milanese master and quick-witted nonagenarian has made inquisitive nuance his signature architectural style. A quick recap on 60 years of practice.
Interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Portraits by Omar Golli
Israeli State attacks in the Negev explained by Eyal Weizman for Forensic Architecture; desert architecture by Arthur Elrod; Noor Al-Samarrai reminisces on notions of displacement and drought in Baghdad; a three-day philosophy rave with Beaudrillard in the Nevada desert hosted by Chris Kraus; Michael Anastassiades’s retrospective in Cyprus; a close look at master weaver Gunta Stölzl; Tiffany Lambert explains the phenomenon of Trash Aesthetics; New York designer Leon Ransmeier shares his favorite chaises longues; an interview with Caryn Blair on fighting food deserts; Messgewand’s digital furniture; a modular cork landscape by Bernard Dubois; a visit to Chen Chen & Kai Williams’s studio; New York’s New Establishment of architecture and design curators with José Esparza Chong Cuy, V. Mitch McEwen, and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron; Finland’s 10,000-year history of material culture; the history of Herman Miller; an encyclopedia of scale figures by MOS; a review of Blow Up, an exhibition about scale, nostalgia, and queer space; Audrey Large’s digital vases; Stromboli Associates’ sets and interiors; and two special design portfolios featuring home textiles and magic lamps.