AR 130: Pawn

Jun 5, 2013
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Designer

A chess piece [pawn]: one of eight on the board, spread across a frontline of attack. Multiple in number but restricted in advancement, its movements can be split into three broad categories in the game: sacrificial, decoy and transformative. This metaphor is the essence of Architectural Review Asia Pacific’s 130th issue – allowing for investigative writing and project reviews that respond to the framework but are not dependent on it. This issue looks at the import/export of architectural practice – not limited to simply a building’s physical location, but also in terms of collaborations, strategic alliances, data gathering, confluence of ideals and the fabric of identity.

The reincarnation of Architectural Review Asia Pacific sees the magazine’s focus switch to critically engaging in the conceptual practice and construction processes from within the architectural discipline, exploring the design process with a distinct focus on buildings, forming a ‘working narrative’ that extends beyond each individual issue.

  • On the cover: Busan Cinema Centre, Busan, by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Project reviews

  • Silk Apartments, Sydney, by Tony Caro Architecture (review: Michael Holt)
  • KIOSC, Melbourne, by Woods Bagot (review: Graham Crist)
  • Omnipod, Hobart, by Rosevear Architects (review: Alysia Bennett & Helen Norrie)
  • Busan Cinema Centre, Busan, by Coop Himmelb(l)au (review: Jinyoung Lim)
  • Jingumae House, Tokyo, by MIKAN (review: Christopher Kaltenbach)
  • China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, by MAD Architects (review: Clare Jacobson)


  • ‘Ultradisciplinary futures’, by Claire McCaughan & Lucy Humphrey
  • ‘Are we here yet?’, by Paul Walker & Justine Clark
  • ‘The New Radical Pragmatist (On Validation)’, by Marissa Looby


  • Caroline Bos (UNStudio)
  • Bjarke Ingels (BIG)
  • Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
  • Bob Nation (Nation Architects)

Plus: One to watch – Facet Studio; Gretchen Wilkins on prototyping urbanism; in conversation with Gerard Reinmuth; and Austin Williams reviews Splendidly Fantastic: Architecture and Power Games in China.

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