xia 112 | 3.2020 | Water


Dear Readers,

good news in difficult times: XIA by AIT made it to the shortlist in the Best Trade Journal category in the competition for the Specialist Medium of the Year! After 25 years of xia intelligente architektur, we ventured a relaunch at the end of last year, and in January we competed for the coveted prize of the German specialist press with the first issue of XIA by AIT on the subject of Earth. The fact that we were among the top three in the category at the first attempt makes us proud and shows that we are heading in the right direction. Many thanks to the responsible editors Annette Weckesser and Katharina Göb, deputy editor-in-chief Dr. Uwe Bresan and our graphic designer Jürgen Hoffrichter! In our third xia issue, everything revolves around the topic of water (from p. 24). The wet element is just as relevant to the design of the diving tower in Millstatt as it is to the residential building in Darlington, the house of prayer in Abu Dhabi, the school building in Taklu Du, Thailand, or the latest rest stations along Norway’s National Scenic Routes. Project reports and products related to the subject of glass (p. 58) complement our report section, and in our series and sections on Student Work, Change of Perspective, Art + Architecture and Personalities — as in our cover picture — we focus on the human being in architecture. As a special service, we are sending this issue as an e-paper to all subscribers who are currently working from home — just send me a short note at pstephan@ait-online.de. Stay healthy and confident!

Best wishes
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.
Chief Editor

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