when architects design and furnish their own home, they usually come up with something very special. The advantage of being both client and planner is that you can try out innovative and experimental ideas. For three years now, architect Peter Ippolito and textile designer Stefan Gabel have been living in their renovated Wilhelminianstyle maisonette in Stuttgart (see AIT 3.2017) and during our recent visit (top) we were able to see that the storytelling of the apartment is still true: The rooms with their strong character unfold a fascinating kaleidoscope of scenarios and yet have lost nothing of their topicality. The new building Parler Research 39 in Stuttgart (from p. 68) by Alexander Brenner is just as contemporary. However, sustainability also involves the responsible use of land and building resources, is our conclusion after selecting the projects for this AIT issue on housing. Particularly individual solutions are offered by existing rooms and buildings after conversion and renovation, such as the maisonette in Olot, the student fraternity house in Munich, the old apartment in Madrid, the weekend house near Prague or the stone house ensemble in Ticino. We also present the trends and new products from the Cologne furniture fair imm cologne (p. 30) and from Heimtextil and Domotex (p. 60). Since we not only want to write about responsibility and sustainability, but also act accordingly, we will be dispensing with film packaging when mailing the AIT issues to our subscribers from 2020. If you do not agree with this, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you feel the same way, thank you very much for your support!
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.