There are few other journalists who can enjoy such an international network in the world of architecture as Frank Kaltenbach. Born in Stuttgart, he has been part of the Detail editorial team since 1998. He studied architecture at University of Stuttgart and at Arizona State University in Phoenix (USA). Before discovering his passion as an architecture journalist, he worked as an architect in Tokyo, Vienna and Munich. His expertise includes complex structures and large international projects. As a passionate photographer and writer he has travelled to many countries from Europe to Asia. Frank also shares his enthusiasm for architecture as a discussion moderator and member of various juries. He teaches History of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
Foto: Boris Storz
An Innovative Facade Garment for Textile Research
Reutlingen University has moved into Texoversum, the new building devoted to textile research. The robotically produced shell of fibrous composite materials represents a collaborative project by Allmannwappner Architekten, Menges Scheffler Architekten and the structural engineers from Jan Knippers Ingenieure.
Architecture Biennale 2023 – national pavilions
Self-Reflection, Diversionary Tactics and Real Science Fiction
Decolonization and decarbonization are the guiding themes determined by Biennale director Lesley Lokko. The 64 national pavilions present rather humble self-portraits and timid approaches. Outside the green Giardini, the future of urbanization is being renegotiated: in the desert of Saudi Arabia.
MVRDV: Colourful District Revitalization on Mallorca
In Palma de Mallorca’s run-down district of El Terreno, MVRDV and their partner office GRAS Reynés Arquitectos have planned 60 rental apartments for the shoe brand Camper. The seven buildings differ in their rooflines, materials and colours, yet form a single unit.
Terraced Landscape by Sanaa in Sydney
Sanaa’s expansion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales spans the deep lanes of the city’s freeway and creates open spaces, primarily for contemporary Australian art. The new terraced landscape park forms a visual link between the existing 19th-century building with Jørn Utzon’s opera house.