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This Week From The Editor

Sablé means sand in French—slipping, compliant, and infinite. Like sand, natural materials have, and are now, exceedingly defining the semantics of art and architectural disciplines, attesting to how all life on earth is connected. A hopeful thought to reside in.

From Earth, To Earth

From nature we come, and to it we return. Our lifeforce, vengeful, all-giving, indifferent yet foundational, the planet persevered, before being defeated by our own greed. Yet, we strive to somehow undo the damage.

This week’s issue is an earthy palette of stories, revisiting the multifarious use and application of natural materials: Anne Feenstra's sandy explorations in Tannirbhavi, Makaldamar, and Deauville; Jeanne Gang translates organic forms of nature into the Gilder Center; and 2023 Golden Lion recipient Demas Nwoko expands on material and immaterial worlds.

Are we ready to listen to, and preserve the stories of Earth?

Amit Gupta

Perusing 'The Inventory of Life' with Mathieu Lehanneur

Demas Nwoko receives Golden Lion Award at the 18th Venice Biennale

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Jeanne Gang’s cave-like Gilder Center reconciles architecture and nature

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Sand Ocean Light! Sandy explorations in Deauville, Makaldamar, Tannirbhavi

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STIRfri Exclusive

The Laboratory of the Future

Biennale Architettura 2023

This year's exhibition will explore the theme The Laboratory of the Future with a focus on Africa or the African Diaspora.

20 May - 26 Nov
Biennale Architettura 2023


20 May - 26 Nov


Venice, ITALY


Curated by Lesley Lokko and organised by La Biennale di Venezia, the 18th International Architecture Exhibition will be open to the public from May 20 to November 26, 2023, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, and at Forte Marghera.

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Motifs of intersecting columnar forms yield Swell Studio’s Onna collection

Motifs of intersecting columnar forms yield Swell Studio’s Onna collection

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Jay Sae Jung Oh crafts ‘Savage’ sculptures of debris draped in leather

Jay Sae Jung Oh crafts ‘Savage’ sculptures of debris draped in leather

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Global Provincialism

The contaminated architecture by Bethlehem-based AAU Anastas


Salvatore Peluso

Global Provincialism

Architects Elias and Yousef Anastas elaborate on their multidisciplinary practice that brings together the global and the local.

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