So­cially minded de­sign takes many forms. What’s your favourite ex­am­ple?


“Con­cen­trated com­mu­ni­ties, which don’t just make for good cities, but are also more emis­sions- and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient. In an in­creas­ingly ur­ban world, den­sity is cru­cial.”

For this is­sue, Azure con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Andrew Braith­waite (who also works as a restau­rant re­viewer – hence his back to the cam­era) trav­elled to Ja­pan to in­ter­view ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma. → Page 68

“Char­coal soap made from Ja­panese bam­boo of­f­cuts. It’s eco­log­i­cally friendly and also black, which is cool.”

To cap­ture images of Kengo Kuma, Tokyo-based pho­tog­ra­pher Ir­win Wong made his way to the city’s Mi­nato neigh­bour­hood, where the ar­chi­tect’s firm is head­quar­tered. → Page 68

“The mass tim­ber movement, which em­braces sus­tain­ably har­vested wood as a ma­te­rial for tall build­ings. I've been read­ing about Van­cou­ver ar­chi­tect Michael Green’s in­volve­ment with it.”

In “The Glass Tower,” Linda Bes­ner ex­am­ines the dis­cour­ag­ing re­stric­tions and prej­u­dices that still hin­der fe­male ar­chi­tects, and what it will take to over­come these bar­ri­ers.

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“The thrilling trans­for­ma­tion of the in­dus­trial waste­land un­der­neath Toronto's Gar­diner Ex­press­way. This sum­mer, I watched farm­ers sell veg­eta­bles from stands and kids pull tricks on skate­boards in an area long de­void of hu­man life.”

Toronto writer Kather­ine Laid­law dis­cov­ers how col­lab­o­ra­tion and mul­ti­func­tion­al­ism in­form the prac­tice of Rot­ter­dam de­signer Rachel Grif­fin. → Page 48

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