The New Europe
Contemporary architecture in these 10 countries necessarily presents itself as a process that is anything but linear. It must deal with hybridisation, with new global trends, as well as with the permanence of structures and national heritage. Architects, mostly practising in the private rather than public sphere, are contending with the various political inconsistencies of administrations undergoing change.
The very different panorama in each new member state avoids generalisation. As a broken mirror, this issue of AD does not pretend to provide anything but a partial - though authentic - view of the very crucial issues that contemporary architecture has to cope with. Local contributors look at the transformation of the city and national heritage, while also spotting a new generational fringe of local architects. The ethnic diversity drawn by this publication excites with its cultural richness, but also raises the looming question of what the identity of the new Europe might constitute in the future
Introduction: New Europe: Place(s) Without a Sense of Place? (Valentina Croci).
Cyprus: Nicosia and its d-Visions (Christos Hadjichristos).
Latvia: The Future in Riga’s Past (Janis Lejnieks).
Identity Game: Czech and Slovak Architecture Magazines as Travelogues (Maria Topolcanská).
Hungary: The Organic and the Rational Traditions (Edwin Heathcote).
Slovenia: An Architectural Heritage Moving Forward (Andrej Hrausky).
Estonia: The Remarkable Afterlife of the Linnahall Concert Hall (Andres Kurg).
Poland: Transforming Factories into Cultural and Educational Facilities (Hubert Trammer).
Estonia: Expanding Suburbia – White Neomodernist Villas and Beyond (Andres Kurg).
Lithuania: Assembling in Cities (Audrys Karalius).
Malta: Housing and Real Estate, 1980–2005 (Lino Bianco).
New Polish Architecture – Seeking to Establish Order? (Marta A Urba´nska).
Slovenia: A New Generation (Miha Desman).
Berlin’s Empty Heart (Howard Watson).
Building Profile District Court of Justice, Katowice (Jeremy Melvin).
Book Review Contemporary Architecture in China Compiled (Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren).
Interior Eye Top of the Rock Observatory (Jayne Merkel).
Theatre Beyond Child’s Play (Howard Watson).
Home Run Nile Street: Mixed-Tenure Housing (Bruce Stewart).
McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).