The Modernist #41 'Landscape'
All change! The Modernist morphs again, comfortable changing form and evolving as it moves forward. The new issue brings acclaimed Manchester designer Trevor Johnson onboard alongside Craig Johnson and Lily Platt. And yes, the focus is landscape and the format is... square, but get used to it!
Corinna Dean edits the new issue and here's what she has to say about it.
We can read landscapes as dynamic relations between the human, the non-human and the worlds they inhabit, always incomplete and in a state of transmission, undergoing processes of decay and growth, enhanced by ecological systems or degraded by misuse. These changes are crucial in terms of how we look back at history and forwards in terms of responsible programming, custodianship and care. This Landscape issue attempts to reveal these changes whether it is through an artificial incision, as was the case of the reconfiguration of the Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei, into a Sussex landscape or the design of an ecological park in the shadow of the Bridgewater nuclear park at a time when white energy was celebrated as a solution to cheap universal energy.
The Modernist is a quarterly publication about architecture and design in the 20th Century (fact). It is also a passionate, witty, academic, and thought-provoking read (another fact).
It's like waiting for the new Doctor Who to emerge (and no, we didn't get Sylvester McCoy)