Büro Ole Scheeren unveils design for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Mar 9, 2015

Located in close proximity to the Forbidden City, construction is underway on the new headquarters of China’s oldest art auction house. Embedded in the historic fabric of central Beijing, the building will form a new hybrid institution between museum, event space, and cultural lifestyle center.

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Archdaily interviews Ole Scheeren on Guardian Art Center

Mar 9, 2015

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Guardian Art Center is featured in Financial Times

 Mar 6, 2015

Financial Times Architecture and Design Critic Edwin Heathcote writes about Guardian Art Center project and interviews Ole Scheeren.

Full Article:China Guardian Auctions building rises in Beijing

Ole Scheeren joins the dialogue at “Quo Vadis”

 Feb 3, 2015, Berlin

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Ole Scheeren speaks at TEDx Shanghai Salons

 Jan 17, 2015, Shanghai

Invited by Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), An NGO accelerating the greening of China, Ole Scheeren talks about the eco-livable cities with the design of two projects in Singapore as case studies.

The Interlace is featured as an unusual home in NYT

Jan 8,2015

In the article “An Unusual Home Amid Singapore’s High Rises” in New York Times, journalist Mike Ives interviewed Ole Scheeren on the design of The Interlace.

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The Interlace is selected as one of the TOP 10 housing project

Dec 15, 2014

The Interlace is selected as one of the TOP 10 housing project by

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The Urban Habitat Award for the Interlace

Nov 10, 2014, Chicago

Tiang Wah Eng (Vice-President, CapitaLand) and Ole Scheeren receive the Urban Habitat Award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in a ceremony in Chicago.

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Ole Scheeren joins a panel discussion at Frankfurt Book Fair

Oct 8, 2014, Frankfurt

Ole Scheeren joins a panel discussion with the topic “‘The City as a Challenge”, which inaugurates this year’s Weltempfang “Urban Life and Megacities” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The event is co-hosted by the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and opend by Andreas Görgen, head of the Cultural Department of the Federal Foreign Office.

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Keynote Opening Lecture at World Architecture Festival

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Oct 1, 2014, Singapore

Ole Scheeren opens the World Architecture Festival with this year’s theme “Architects and the City”. His speech responses to “a perspective on the relationship between architects, architecture and urbanism, in a world changed utterly by the wave of city-building which is defining and transforming life in the 21st century.”

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Ole Scheeren speaks at 2014 CTBUH Conference

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Nov 17, 2014, Shanghai

CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) invited Ole Scheeren to speak on “Rethinking the Skyscraper”. Under the topic of “Space Formations”, Ole Scheeren presents a series of architectural prototypes that generate shared spaces of communal and social interaction and manifest the creation of spaces not only within, but through and around tall buildings in an urban context.

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Lecture at World Economic Forum

Sep 10, 2014, Tianjin, China

Ole Scheeren participates in the World Economic Forum in China and speaks about “Redesigning Urban Life”. Together with artist Daan Roosegaarde, they explore the radical changes in urban design that are transforming the way we live.

“The Interlace” by OMA / Ole Scheeren wins global Urban Habitat Award

Jun 27, 2014

The Interlace in Singapore, a large-scale residential development by CapitaLand Singapore, has been chosen by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Chicago as the winner of the inaugural worldwide Urban Habitat Award 2014 in recognition of its groundbreaking contributions to the urban realm and social sustainability.

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Connective Architecture(s)

Jun 26, 2014, Frankfurt

Ole Scheeren talks about the topic of ‘Connective Architecture(s)’ in Städel Architecture Class, which is a post-graduate Master of Arts program in Advanced Architectural Design. The Class invites international renowned architects to provide a lecture series to the students.

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Lecture at City of the Future – Future of the City

Jun 25, 2014, Stuttgart

Ole Scheeren talks about the rapid development of mega-cities in Asia at the conference “City of the Future – Future of the City”. The conference debates on urban development and provides information on outstanding projects and innovative solutions.

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Keynote speech at Heinze ArchitekTOUR

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Jun 24, 2014, Munich

Under the theme “Heinze ArchitekTOUR – Architecture and Passion”, Ole Scheeren was invited to talk about his fascination for Architecture and design.
The first ArchitekTOUR in 2010 was thematically inspired by the football World Cup. In this fifth tour, it accompanies the World Cup in Brasil by touring through six football stadiums in Germany. Ole Scheeren speaks at the Allianz Arena, Munich.

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Büro Ole Scheeren selected as one of three winners in competition for new Axel Springer media headquarters in Berlin

Dec 16, 2013

Büro Ole Scheeren has been selected as one of the winners of the architecture competition for the future media campus of Axel Springer SE, one of Germany’s most influential and dynamic media enterprises, next to Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Bjarke Ingels/BIG.

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Ole Scheeren is featured at Deutsche Welle Top Stories Art & Architecture

Nov 18, 2013

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CCTV Wins “Best Tall Building Worldwide” Award

Nov 12, 2013

The CCTV Headquarters in Beijing wins “Best Tall Building Worldwide” Award of 2013 of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which was announced on November 8 in Chicago. Ole Scheeren talked about the project and the award – in German: and in Chinese:

NOWNESS: A Short Film with Ole Scheeren

Nov 6, 2013

NOWNESS: The global culture platform for digital storytelling premiered a short film with Ole Scheeren.

Ole Scheeren lectures at UDK MONDAY

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Oct 21, 2013 Berlin

UDK MONDAY is a continuous lecture series organized by Universität der Künste in Berlin. Ole Scheeren has been invited to share his experience with the students.

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Keynote Speech at Innovation Conference 2013

Oct 3, 2013, New York

Architectural Record’s annual Innovation Conference highlights the profession’s top innovators, most influential new projects, and groundbreaking achievements in super-tall, super-efficient and super-smart buildings. Ole Scheeren is invited to give a Keynote speech.

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Buro-OS Shortlisted for Axel Springer Media HQ

Sep 14, 2013, Berlin

Buro-OS is among the five design firms which were selected out of 18 invited candidates to the second and final phase of the design competition for the Axel Springer campus in Berlin.

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Lecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Darmstadt

Jun 26, 2013, Darmstadt, Germany

Invited by the Department of Design and Structural Engineering, Ole Scheeren shares his architecture practice experience with the students.

Megacitys by Quarks & Co

Jun 25, 2013

Quarks & Co, one of the most successful science magazine programmes on German television, features the CCTV project amongst others and interviews Ole Scheeren on his design.

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Debate: Ole Scheeren and Ab Rogers to Talk Architecture & Innovation at the V&A

May 28, 2013

Organized by The Architectural Review magazine, Ole Scheeren and Ab Rogers discuss architecture and innovation at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The monthly debates on the Architecture& discussions at the V&A explore the critical intersection between architecture and other disciplines.

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Mirage City Cinema at the Sharjah Biennial 11

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Mar 13 – May 13, 2013

Architect Ole Scheeren collaborates with film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul to create a space where film and architecture meet in Sharjah’s historic centre.

The cinema provides a unique setting for a program of film screenings curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul as part of the Sharjah Biennial.

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ARTINFO Nominates Archipelago Cinema One of the World’s Coolest Movie Theaters

Feb 20, 2013

Archipelago Cinema comes first in ARTINFO’s ranking of the coolest cinemas from around the globe, published on the eve of the 85th Academy Awards. In the words of the writer: “never did a movie have to work harder to retain viewer interest.”

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CCTV and Archipelago Cinema Are Featured in 2 of the TOP 10 Categories at designboom

Dec 31, 2012

designboom releases the TOP 10 list of 2012 at the end of the year. CCTV Headquarters is selected among the Towers category, Archipelago Cinema is selected among the Public Spaces category.

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CCTV Is Selected as Building of The Year at ArchDaily

Dec, 2012

The winners of the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards are announced recently, CCTV Headquarters is the best Institutional Architecture. As described, the award is “a peer based, crowd sourced, architecture award where a collective intelligence of thousands of architects filter and recognise the best architecture featured on AD during the past year.”

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“Core Values” Speech at “V-Talk”

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Nov 23, 2012, Shenzhen, China

Ole Scheeren delivers a speech at “V-Talk”, a charity talk to the public organized by China’s biggest developer Vanke at their Shenzhen Headquarters. Ole Scheeren gives a speech on “Core Value” which is a research topic of his masters studio at Hong Kong University.

Ole Scheeren Juror for Shenzhen Bay Mixed Development Project

Nov 22, 2012, Shenzhen, China

The city of Shenzhen is renowned for its fast growth in city scale. In the more recent city plan, there will be the Qianhai CBD and the Futian-Luohu CBD as two planned CBD of the city. Invited by China Resources group, Ole Scheeren evaluates the Shenzhen Bay Mixed Development project located at Qianhai area.

Buro Ole Scheeren unveils design for twin towers DUO in Singapore

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Nov 14, 2012, Singapore

As part of a historic joint venture collaboration between Khazanah and Temasek supported by the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, Ole Scheeren’s design for DUO articulates the symbiotic partnership, and actively engages the space of the surrounding city to form a new civic nucleus in Singapore’s modern metropolis.

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DUO Receives Best Futura Project at MIPIM Asia Awards

Nov 08, 2012, Hong Kong

DUO was shortlisted as 3 winners of Best Futura Project at The MIPIM Asia Awards in July. DUO receives Silver Award at the ceremony today. The Award recognizes excellence and innovation in Asian real estate development.

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Ole Scheeren Juror for Shenzhen Hanking Center

Oct 20, 2012, Shenzhen, China

Invited by Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, Ole Scheeren participates in evaluating six short-listed designs for the 320 meter high Hanking Tower located in the main road of Shenzhen. As an extension of the jury invitation, Ole Scheeren also joined a public lecture on skyscrapers together with the competition participants.

Ole Scheeren on 40 years of diplomatic relations in China and Germany

Oct 11, 2012, Beijing

As part of a special publication celebrating 40 years of Sino-German cooperation, the German Embassy in Beijing invited 19 contributors from various sectors of society to share their personal experiences. Ole Scheeren’s text is featured in a special selection of these stories published in China Daily.

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Archipelago Cinema receives a special commendation at the 2012 WAN AWARDS

Oct 01, 2012, London

Archipelago Cinema receives a special commendation at the 2012 WAN AWARDS in the Civic Building category announced at the World Architecture Day in London. The panel agreed unanimously that the combination of romanticism and fantasy made it worthy of a special mention.

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Ole Scheeren on Megacities at DLDcities London 2012

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Sep 21, 2012, London

Vision of life in megacities was the topic of the first DLDcities conference held in London. The speakers were invited to address the question of how we can shape the future in the urban age. DLD (Digital-Life-Design) is a global platform on digital innovation, science and culture.

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Ole Scheeren speaks at CTBUH 9th World Congress in Shanghai

Sep 19, 2012, Shanghai

CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) invited Ole Scheeren to speak on the challenges and opportunities that architecture in China faces today.

More than 850 delegates from 43 countries participated in the three day event.

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Ole Scheeren speaks at ZVEI Annual Congress 2012

May 24, 2012, Berlin

Following Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel’s speech, Ole Scheerentalks about future orientations and cities in architecture and urban design in response to the topic “Mega-Cities 2050: Smarter Living or live in the Moloch?”

ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronics Industry) represents the economic, technological and environmental policy in the electrical industry.

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Ole Scheeren speaks at “Leadership in Green Building” lecture series

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May 04, 2012, Singapore

As the awareness of sustainable architecture increases, environmental responsibility – and that of the architect – must be understood not only in the context of carbon footprints and green building, but also in terms of integrating buildings into their social and cultural context. Through the lecture topic – Integrated Environments, Ole Scheeren elaborates on alternative models of creating inclusive architecture through processes of integrated planning and design.

This lecture series is organized by the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), aiming to provide a platform for discussion of environmental sustainability in buildings.

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Archipelago Cinema by Ole Scheeren

Collateral Event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Jul 26, 2012, Beijing

Archipelago Cinema, a floating auditorium designed by architect Ole Scheeren, will form part of the official selection of collateral projects in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. An evocative outdoor theatre located within the old harbour basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard, the modular raft will act as a mobile stage for public events, including the world premiere of the film Against All Rules.

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Final Completion of CCTV Headquarters in Beijing

May 16, 2012, Beijing

Hailed as what “may be the greatest work of architecture built this century” by the New York Times, the CCTV Headquarters, designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, was commemorated today during a ceremony in Beijing marking the official construction completion of the building, set to broadcast the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer.

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Archipelago Cinema: A floating auditorium for Thailand’s Film on the Rocks Festival.

Mar 20, 2012
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Archipelago Cinema, an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea, premiered at the inaugural edition of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival, curated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton. The Festival, which took place from 9th-12th March 2012, is set to become an annual meeting place for art and film.

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Ole Scheeren speaks at BODW

Dec, 2011, Hong Kong

After being the opening keynote speaker for Business of Design Week (BODW) in 2005, Ole Scheeren was invited to participate in a special session Culture & the City in BODW 2011. In echo to this topic, Ole Scheeren talks about Culture of the City and what architecture should bring to culture and the city.

The annual BODW was hosted by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), which is an ideas exchange platform and leading design event from 2002 on. This year’s partner country is Germany.

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Ole Scheeren to build landmark tower in Kuala Lumpur

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Ole Scheeren, the architect behind one of the most iconic buildings of the 21st century, the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, today revealed his design for a new landmark tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The 268 meter tall tower, Angkasa Raya, was unveiled today by Malaysia’s Minister of Federal Territories at an official ceremony in the capital, and will stand as a symbol of Malaysia’s diverse and multi-cultural society.

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Ole Scheeren joins panel at Condé Nast World Savers Congress

Oct 20, 2011, Singapore

The 5th Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Congress invited Ole Scheeren to participate in its feature panel on China’s urbanization. Having practiced in China for over 10 years and realized one of the world’s largest architectural projects – the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing – Ole Scheeren discusses the relationship between the country’s rapid growth and its increasing focus on sustainability.

Since it first started in 2007, the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress has become a major event bringing together luminaries such as former United States president Bill Clinton, the late great diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as socially minded celebs like Matt Damon and Ashley Judd to discuss global issues such as sustainability and the power of travel to do good.

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Inaugural Beijing International Design Triennial 2011 features Ole Scheeren

Sep 28 – Oct 17, 2011, Beijing

Ole Scheeren was featured in Beijing’s first International Design Triennial entitled ‘Ren: Good Design’ at the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square. His work, displayed in the gallery entitled ‘Reason Design Emotion’ was accompanied by a series of quotes related to the specific curatorial theme of this section: ‘Freedom in Architecture’.

“I’ve never seen the role of the architect as a problem solver.”

“I think, what we deliver is scenarios, and scenarios imply, sometimes, to create things that are not always smooth, that do not solve everything but also generate new frictions, new challenges. And I think that these are a fundamental part of advancement.”

“I see the contribution much more as a challenge of pre-assumed boundaries and a liberation from what seems to be unquestionable.”

“I think it is quite different if you actually are where you work or where your work is…if you confront yourself literally, personally, with the realities that a project ultimately entails. Not only in the context of its immediate work environment, but ultimately with its overall cultural context.”

“If you really look for something, you will never find it.”

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Keynote Opening Lecture at Datum: KL Conference

Jul 1, 2011, Kuala Lumpur

Eight years after Ole Scheeren was invited to give the closing speech at the first Datum:KL conference in 2003, Scheeren returned this year to Kuala Lumpur to address a 3000 person strong audience with his keynote opening lecture “Then and Now”. Looking back at the past 12 years of his personal commitment to Asia, Ole Scheeren elaborated on his various architectural proposals developed for the region and his ongoing search for new prototypes and strategies in Asia’s urban capitals.

The festival was officially inaugurated by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Rasak and is one the most influential architecture congresses in South East Asia.

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Ole Scheeren Juror for Hunan Province Museum

Mar 11, 2011, Changsha, Hunan Province, China

With almost 2 million visitors per year, Hunan Province Museum is one of China’s most significant state history and art museums and features a diverse collection including the 2000 year old relics unearthed from the Han tombs at Mawangdui. Nine international jurors, including Hans Hollein and Ole Scheeren, were invited to evaluate six short-listed designs for the conversion and expansion of the museum.

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The Economist Conferences: China Summit

Nov 3, 2010, Beijing, China

Organized by Economist Conferences, The Economist’s China Summit gathers a broad range of thinkers, policymakers and businessmen to discuss China’s role, risks, and opportunities in the world. Ole Scheeren elaborated on the role of the architect in an environment of dramatic change and rapid urbanization.

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Internationally Acclaimed Architect Ole Scheeren Announces New Practice

Press Release, Sep 16, 2010

Ole Scheeren, former Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Director of OMA Asia, announces the opening of his architecture studio, Büro Ole Scheeren.

Widely known for leading the groundbreaking design and construction of one of the world’s largest and most iconic buildings, the China Central Television Station (CCTV) and the Television Cultural Centre (TVCC) in Beijing, Scheeren has extensive experience on architectural projects of varying scale in multiple cultures and contexts. His work spans from the Prada epicentre stores in New York and Los Angeles, to the large-scale residential complex of The Interlace in Singapore and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan.

Ole Scheeren has established his studio in Beijing and Hong Kong together with long-time collaborator Eric Chang. In addition, he holds the position of Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. In choosing China as the firm’s headquarters, Büro Ole Scheeren demonstrates its commitment to Asia and the region’s acute significance in the worlds of architecture and design. As part of its international operations, Büro Ole Scheeren is establishing a further base in London.

Scheeren’s new practice will continue to exemplify his ability to work at extreme scales. Current projects range from city-defining structures to small, intimate buildings and include a 250 meter tall tower in the centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; an 800,000 square meter mixed use project in Chongqing, China; and a studio/gallery building for a Beijing-based artist. Furthermore, the firm has been invited to compete for a 2000 seat theatre near Beijing.

Through its intensely involved, committed, and focused practice, Büro Ole Scheeren is pursuing a rigorous search for new potentials in architecture through which to discover and implement specific, thoughtful, and unexpected solutions. Fusing global experience and general knowledge with precise understanding and appreciation of local conditions, Büro Ole Scheeren applies critical thinking to a process that extends beyond the boundaries of architectural production. It seeks to engage people and cultures, technologies and materials, psychologies and experiences and recognizes architecture as a connective and fundamentally social construct.