BE – The Journal of The Built Environment Trust. Issue 2 ‘Wellbeing’, 148 pages, £15
“Anyone with a taste for traditional architecture must agree that the Japanese toilet is perfection, ” writes Jun’ichiro Tanazaki in an extract from In Praise of Shadows in the new issue of BE. The second issue of BE – The Journal of The Built Environment Trust takes readers on a walk across the landscape of ‘Wellbeing’ from the aesthetic and physiological delights of the Japanese toilet, to essential texts on ‘Biophilia’ by Judith Heerwagen, and the late Oliver Sacks on the ‘Restorative Commons’, to Sarah Williams Goldhagen examining the relationship between architecture and neuroscience in Louis Kahn’s design of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in Lo Jolla, California.
In our economically and politically stressful times, the notion of wellbeing has struck a nerve among consumers and businesses, the current issue of BE explores how wellbeing is played out by architects and designers in the built environment, examining its wider social and political context. In our feature ‘Beyond the Panopticon’, architect Mads Mandrup and landscaper designer Marianne Levinson reveal the design decisions behind Denmark’s Storstrøm Prison, called the world’s ‘most humane’ maximum security prison, and reflect on the political and philosophical issues they wrestled with as designers.
In ‘Atmospheres of Love: from Complexity to Kitchenism’, Charles Jencks explores the profound intersections between design and wellbeing, expressed in the architectures, landscapes and practices of the Maggie’s Centres. Arup’s Tristram Carfrae thinks through the extraordinary collaborations required to complete Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, from the 3D printing of models to an understanding of theology. The issue also includes features exploring: the politics of the Tower Block; how social media is directing the image of architecture; to Beatriz Colomina on the medical origins of architectural modernism; essential pieces on wellbeing from philosopher Frederic Gros, writer Jun’ichiro Tanazaki, architect and planner Jamie Lerner; plus, a comprehensive Wellbeing guide.
The launch issue of BE was listed by the venerable Library Journal – alongside Anxy and Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman’s Resist! – in its top 10 Best magazines of 2017, highlighting, “a remarkable beginning that holds the potential to enjoy long success.” Designed by StudioPensom, BE is available in selected magazine and bookshops and online
TitleBE - The Journal often Built Environment Trust
PublisherBuilt Environment Trust