AIT 1/2.21 Retail and Presentation – Shop Design in Times of a Pandemic
When we selected the projects for this issue of AIT on the topic of ” Retail and Presentation”, the industry was still quietly hoping for a lucrative Christmas business. Today we know that efforts to control the spread of the virus have failed. The supermarkets shown in Essen and Monza as well as the market hall in Sanremo are still allowed to sell their food, but the fate of the hairdressing salons in Nara, Japan or Braga, Portugal, the exhibitions and galleries as well as the shops in Leipzig, London or Utrecht is more than uncertain. No question: Golden times for trade look different! This makes the article “Social Commerce” all the more important. The authors – architect Severin Küppers and professor of design Kostas Medugorac – learn from the crisis and show how shop design can work in times of a pandemic.
XIA by AIT 3-2020 – Building on, in and with water
After the basic elements earth (XIA 1-2020) and air (XIA 2-2020), our third XIA issue focuses on the topic of water. The wet element plays just as much a role in the design of the diving tower in Millstatt as it does in the residential building in Darlington, the house of prayer in Abu Dhabi, the school building in Taluk Du, Thailand, or the latest stations on the Norwegian landscape routes. Project reports and products on the subject of glass complement our report section and in our series and sections Student Work, Change of Perspective, Art + Architecture and Personalities – as on our cover picture – we focus on people in architecture.