Mark magazine is a platform for the practice and perception of architecture at the dawn of the third millennium. Since its launch in 2005, the magazine has proven to be a timely, visual, non-academic publication full of first-hand information from creative people. Mark has a radically international perspective, shining its spotlight on starchitects and new talent alike. The magazine explores the boundaries of architecture and anticipates the industry’s future.
Issue 50 June/July 2014
"In early February, Mark announced an open competition for a cover design to celebrate the magazine’s 50th issue. No fewer than 540 entries from 48 countries made it anything but easy to single out the best proposal.
In Mark #50, the winning cover design by Efisio Nicolò Sabiucciu graces our magazine, with a handful of glittering confetti added for extra oomph. Other entries which made us pause, think or giggle can be found in an extensive jury report (also online). For new readers, we recount a few highlights from the history of our magazine. And while we sit back and enjoy literal architectural eye-candy (or, in this case, cakes) designed for us by Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architecten, Wiel Arets Architects and Atelier Vens Vanbelle, we also revisit a slew of previously published projects in Spain and China to see how they’re faring years after being in the spotlight."
Issue 49 April/May 2014
"Literally translated, the saying goes that the Fleming is ‘born with a brick in his stomach’. It’s become a cliché, but it expresses well the tendency of the Flemish to earn a diploma, settle down and build a house big enough for family life. Renovating an existing house is an option, too, but erecting a new home is better. Preferably a detached house that’s as close as possible to where your parents live.
In Mark #49, we ask ourselves; how long can this obsession for detached houses with gardens go on? That’s the burning question. Flanders is filled nearly to the brim with very low-density development, an increasing scarcity of land has driven the price of building sites to historic heights over the past ten years, and ever-stricter energy requirements make it increasingly difficult to build detached houses."
Issue 48 February/March 2014
"Danish architecture is experiencing an undeniable heyday. How is it that such a small country has such a high level of architectural success?
In Mark #48, we delve into several projects that stand as successful examples of Denmark’s commendable approach to the design and planning of its infrastructures. The issue first heads to Aarhus to look over the undergoing transformation of its docklands, a redevelopment project in which architects such as CEBRA, JDS, Search, Louis Paillard, 3XN and UN Studio were involved. We then visit the work of Henning Larsen, BIG, 3XN and COBE. All have also contributed to elevating the quality of architectural practice in Denmark."
Issue 47 December 2013/January 2014
"German architecture is known for its quality and sustained reliability. In as far as a strong construction industry or structural efficiency goes, attractive designs have yet failed to arise.
However, Germany recently seems to have taken on more than what it can handle in regards to projects plagued by unmanageable budgets, endlessly postponed completion dates and unfavourable social, economic and political realities.
In Mark #47, we turn our attention to the three biggest planning headaches of the moment: Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg and Stuttgart’s central train station. High-profile architects are involved in all three projects, and all three are steeped in scandal. How did it get to this point? And what’s going to happen now?"
Issue 46 October/November 2013
"Former Hollywood wild-west Pioneertown now plays host to 350 off-the-grid inhabitants. Mark looks at how they have reappropriated this scripted-setting into a fully functioning town. Architect Linda Taalman shows two sustainable houses she designed, along Pionneertown’s outskirts, while art collector Jerry Sohn reveals three spiritual pavilions.
Then Issue #46 visits two houses designed by Jun Igarashi in Hokkaido, stops in with 3D-printing visionary Enrico Dini in Pisa, and heads to a floating school by NLÉ in Lagos before talking to Álvaro Siza Vieira in Porto about his reading habits."
Issue 45 August/September 2013 -- SOLD OUT --
"São Paulo is marked by opposites, contrasts and recently, social unrest and its new architectural projects revel in this dynamism. Mark takes a look at new cultural, commercial, retail and housing projects, including Triptyque’s unconventional shopping complex and Vigliecca e Associados’ housing project that revitalises a slum in the ‘polyphonic’ city.
Then Issue 45 heads for Antarctica to explore Hugh Broughton's design for a research station, stops at a petrol station in Batumi by Giorgi Khmaladze, and moves on to Dalian, China, to visit Coop Himmelb(l)au's new Conference Centre before revisiting The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo."
Issue 44 June/July 2013 -- SOLD OUT --
"The past 15 years have seen architecture in Indonesia free itself from the stifling uniformity that defined it during the presidential regimes of Sukarno and Suharto. Large government-controlled architecture firms have made place for small, independent practices that are giving the country a new sense of self-confidence. This issue, Mark focuses on 14 of the nation’s newest projects. Then it’s off to China, where OMA’s stock exchange in Shenzhen has just been completed."
Issue 43 April/May 2013
"New museums keep popping up in the USA. We visit three of them: Farshid Moussavi's Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Zaha Hadid's Broad Art Museum in East Lansing and Morphosis's Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. In the Netherlands, Ector Hoogstad gave Eindhoven University of Technology a new library and Powerhouse Company added an impressive villa to their growing..."