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  • Pre-Sale: The 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition - May 2020
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    Pre-Sale: The 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition - May 2020
    Copies will ship in March 2020.
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  • The Houses Issue, Jan/Feb 2020
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    The Houses Issue, Jan/Feb 2020

    In its January/February 2020 issue, Azure explores domestic architecture establishing new house rules for living across the globe.

    Multi-generational living is on the rise, bringing extended families together under one roof for a host of economic, social and cultural reasons. And just as no two families are alike, no two multi-gen models adhere to the same principles. In B.C.’s capital, for instance, D’Arcy Jones Architects takes shared living in a distinctly modern direction by shrouding two separate yet connected volumes with sheets of sculptural galvanized aluminum, while the Czech practice DDAANN links a series of traditional gable-roofed cottages outside of Prague with a central indoor-outdoor living space to create a summer home for three generations of a single family.

    Meanwhile, a Jenga-like single-family house by REM’A Arquitectos nestles seamlessly into a hillside in Portugal, its staggered volumes arranged to be simultaneously private and exposed. And in the realm of multi-unit residences, Waechter Architecture is redefining the norm with the Origami complex in Portland, Oregon: The low-slung row of townhouses features sharply angled roofs and uniquely pleated surfaces that give each unit its own personality while still aligning with the neighbourhood’s existing architecture.

    Also, jet-setting Chile-based architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen shed light on the deep philosophy that drives their unorthodox work.

    Plus: The argument for parasitic housing, Sir David Adjaye’s Ruby City art museum has Texans seeing red (in a good way) and the Toronto studio I-V fronts a new cannabis shop in Saskatchewan with a fake laundromat.

    Spotlight on Bathrooms

    Sleek systems, (very) smart toilets and more

    Landscape

    Montreal’s long-neglected Expo 67 site gets a major facelift courtesy of Lemay

    Good Acoustics

    Cutting-edge solutions for better sound control

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  • The Retail and Hospitality Issue, Nov/Dec 2019
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    The Retail and Hospitality Issue, Nov/Dec 2019

    AZURE’s November/December edition explores some of the category’s most innovative spaces, from a new model of urban retreat by Ace Hotel in New York City to a cutting-edge concept store in Lisbon.

    Other features include:

    Serving the Modern Nomad: Ora Ito’s fresh use of shipping containers as portable hotel rooms
    Wizards of Wow: The Insta-ready dining spaces of a rising Montreal design firm
    Not-So-Basic Training: Unconventional design programs focused on sustainability, from Bali to Bologna
    Groundbreaker: Dessau, Germany, finally gets the Bauhaus museum it deserves
    Landscape: A sculptural new archway on a Belgian dike connects locals with a nature reserve

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  • The Innovators Issue, October 2019
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    The Innovators Issue, October 2019

    Will genre-busting architect Junya Ishigami revolutionize his profession? Is Sidewalk Toronto a model for smart neighbourhoods everywhere? Check out Azure’s October issue – a deep and incisive look at today’s most innovative problem solvers, civic projects and idea accelerators – for the answers to these questions and more.

    Covering a big chunk of Canada’s largest city, Alphabet-backed Sidewalk Toronto offers a utopian vision of what a 21st-century neighbourhood can be. But at what cost? In its October issue, Azure explores both the promise and potential pitfalls of the world’s most ambitious smart-city venture. In New York City, meanwhile, A/D/O by Mini’s groundbreaking idea accelerator, Urban-X, is beginning to see the results of its unique start-up support, turning out one real-world innovation after another. And from his base in Tokyo to this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion in England, Junya Ishigami continues to challenge the relationship between architects and nature, inspiring a re-evaluation of how buildings can and should enhance “the whole of the Earth.”

    Plus: How two London practices transformed a cramped Victorian terrace house into a light-drenched modern abode / The top design trends for 2020 / A new baseball stadium lights up Mexico City’s skyline / The ruins of a historic fort become a canalside oasis in Cape Town

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  • The Interiors Issue, September 2019
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    The Interiors Issue, September 2019

    What makes an interior great? Charm, innovation and unbridled originality are just a few of the qualities that characterize the spaces in Azure’s September issue, profiling some of the most intriguing and inspiring residences around.

     In the September issue, Azure focuses its lens on four fantastic domestic spaces with design cred to spare. In Atlanta, architect Jennifer Bonner’s one-of-kind family home pays homage to Southern vernacular through creative finishes and more than a few architectural flourishes, while a mountainside retreat by U.K. firm Gort Scott in British Columbia reflects its setting both materially and structurally. In Spain, meanwhile, architect Valentín Sanz’s ultra-efficient rental unit boasts a tiered wooden structure serving as furniture, storage space and room divider in one. And in Milan, Turin-based firm Marcante Testa artfully outfits an apartment with a riot of finishes, shapes and colours.

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  • The AZ Awards Issue, Jul/Aug 2019
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    The AZ Awards Issue, Jul/Aug 2019
    The AZ Awards Issue, Jul/Aug 2019
    The AZ Awards Issue, Jul/Aug 2019
    The AZ Awards Issue, Jul/Aug 2019

    From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards, celebrating the best in architecture and design. Among the wide-ranging projects cited by this year’s international jury of experts are a graceful central library in Finland, a stunning cantilevered addition to a heritage building in Ontario and ingenious inflatable arches for beautifying construction zones. As well as highlighting 2019’s top picks, the issue honours 48 Award of Merit winners and reveals the ever-popular People’s Choice recipients.

     

    Plus: Highlights from Milan Design Week / Will Jones on the growing obsession in architecture to be biggest, tallest, first / Putting Bauhaus under the microscope

     

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  • The Workspace Issue, June 2019 - Cover
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    The Workspace Issue, June 2019 - Cover
    The Workspace Issue, June 2019 - Cover
    The Workspace Issue, June 2019 - Contents 2
    The Workspace Issue, June 2019 - Contents 1

    In our June issue, we look at the way working life is evolving – and how architects and designers are responding to the needs of both employers and employees. In London, MoreySmith fashions a new HQ for a menswear brand seeking a less siloed set-up, while Snøhetta’s ultra-flexible design centre for Swarovski in Austria is factory and showplace in one. In Toronto, MSDS Studio crafts a contemporary home for a venerable ad agency in a century-old building, while the clan behind Norway’s Kvistad corners the market on homey workspaces (fuzzy wall rugs included).


    Plus: From BIG to Linehouse, top architecture and design firms show off their own nerve centres / A Manhattan plaza by Scape camouflages impressive flood protections / Vancouver’s most arresting new landmark is a study in scarlet

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  • The Northern Design Boom Issue - Cover
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    The Northern Design Boom Issue - Contents 1
    The Northern Design Boom Issue - Contents 2

    In the May issue, AZURE travels to the far north to take stock of the remarkable range of modern buildings being erected there. In Labrador, Todd Saunders’s seaside cultural centre creates a new benchmark for the region, while Henning Larsen’s town hall-cum-footbridge in the Faroe Islands both nods to and expands local aesthetics. And then there’s Icelandic architect Pálmar Kristmundsson’s striking beachfront retreat – on the site of a former concrete factory.

    Plus: Thomas Phifer’s monolithic addition to the Glenstone Museum in Maryland / A conversation with Anna Heringer, the German-born architect championing mud as a building material / The ingenious concrete coach house by Turin firm ElasticoSPA in Italy’s earthquake-prone Friuli region

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  • The Products and Materials Issue, Mar/Apr 2019 - Cover
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    The Products and Materials Issue, Mar/Apr 2019 - Cover
    The Products and Materials Issue, Mar/Apr 2019 - Cover
    The Products and Materials Issue, Mar/Apr 2019 - Contents 1
    The Products and Materials Issue, Mar/Apr 2019 - Contents 2

    In Azure’s March/April edition, top architects and designers share their go-to fabricators for everything from glass curtain walls to specialty ceilings, while a survey of today’s next-gen materials includes more than a few surprises (recycled-plastic terrazzo, anyone?). In Nepal, German-based rug maker Jan Kath shows how it’s making carpets cool again. And in the U.K., the founders of prolific studio Industrial Facility reflect on how they balance creative and commercial success.

    Plus: A monolithic Chilean beach house by Alejandro Aravena / Snohetta’s stunning Central Library in Calgary / A flood-proof park on the New York City waterfront

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  • The Houses Issue, Jan/Feb 2019 - Cover
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    The Houses Issue, Jan/Feb 2019 - Contents 1
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    A vibrantly hued getaway in Portugal. Architect Omar Gandhi’s latest coastal marvel in Nova Scotia. The circular condo complex redefining Winnipeg’s landscape. These are just a few of the dynamic projects featured in Azure’s January/February 2019 issue, devoted to the best and most innovative residential architecture.

    Plus: An Irish art-house cinema more than a decade in the making / Toronto’s new Museum of Contemporary Art / How Mexico’s Teopanzolco Cultural Center pays homage to its pre-Hispanic surroundings

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  • The Interiors Issue, Nov/Dec 2018
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    The Interiors Issue, Nov/Dec 2018
    The Interiors Issue, Nov/Dec 2018
    The Interiors Issue, Nov/Dec 2018
    The Interiors Issue, Nov/Dec 2018
    In the November/December 2018 issue, Azure profiles some of the most cutting-edge interior designs from across the globe, including a sinuously ceilinged restaurant by Partisans in Toronto, a warehouse turned airy office space by Waterfrom Design in Taiwan and British starchitect David Chipperfield’s first project on Canadian soil: an unabashedly austere salon for an online fashion retailer.
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  • The Urbanism Issue, Sept 2018
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    The Urbanism Issue, Sept 2018
    The Urbanism Issue, Sept 2018
    The Urbanism Issue, Sept 2018
    The Urbanism Issue, Sept 2018

    AZURE’s September 2018 issue takes an in-depth look at how to solve some of today’s toughest urban challenges, from the key to creating more affordable housing (think architectural flexibility and public-private partnerships) to designing smarter, more inclusive public spaces (expert Claire Weisz has plenty to say on the subject).

    Plus: Fumihiko Maki’s game-changing new cultural complex in China / An on-the-ground report from the Venice Architecture Biennale / Avenue Road’s new showroom in Vancouver

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