CSMM publishes its second bookazine titled “Re:build the future,” showcasing the dynamic and challenging nature of architectural projects
Munich, 12 December 2023 – Hot off the press: Munich-based architecture and consulting firm CSMM’s latest bookazine “Re:build the Future” provides insight into visionary design for the built environment within the context of climate protection. In line with the guiding theme of “Re:build the Future,” which CSMM declared on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the collection includes thought-provoking essays, various expert and guest contributions, interviews, and project reports. These pieces not only challenge the status quo but also vividly showcase the added value that sustainable architecture and innovative design solutions bring to a modern society with a strong sense of identity. This release marks the second edition of the bookazine series, where urgent issues that lie at the intersection of society and construction are presented in a practice-oriented manner and through a dynamic blend of traditional book elements and modern editorial design. The inaugural edition from 22/23 titled "Change is Chance" received recognition from the esteemed Art Directors Club ADC for its conceptualisation and design.
On more than 250 pages and centred around the three key subjects of 'Building Identity,' 'Re:build the Future,' and 'The Ideal Office,' CSMM’s architectural designers address societal challenges that impose new demands on our built environment. These challenges are particularly evident in office environments, which have undergone significant transformation in recent decades due to societal and technological developments. The design principle of "form follows function" has evolved into "form follows value(s)." Architecture that prioritises efficiency is being replaced by a form that adheres to a clear stance — a stance that seeks sustainable management of the built environment and that places people and their needs at the centre. “Instead of reactive trouble shooting, future-oriented architecture must be able to continuously adapt to change,” the article “Form follows value(s)” in the new bookazine explains. CSMM’s plea is addressed to all stakeholders in the construction industry, urging them to explore untapped potential and to establish resource-efficiency in the built environment as a guiding principle.
The bookazine sheds light on this holistic perspective by featuring expert contributions, interviews, and examples of completed projects. These collectively serve as instances of a sustainable built environment that scrutinize traditional approaches, facilitate those that are unconventional, and thus create space for innovative solutions. In this context, tools such as ESG criteria, the Cradle-to-Cradle concept (C2C), and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are reflected upon in the construction context. While challenging, they simultaneously offer the opportunity for a sustainable transformation.
The principles of renewal and revitalisation expressed in our motto Re:build the future are also evident in the design of this book. Just as our architecture breathes new life into legacy buildings, that same spirit inspired the book’s design: This classic open-spine binding looks almost “naked”, symbolising the shell, the embodied energy of a building. The cover and its zeitgeist flair present a contrast and a complement to the barebones binding, much like a new façade to its existing structure. We see this book as an allegory of architecture in both its content and its design. Throughout the book, we celebrate the beauty of the past and honour its enduring qualities, while also taking those ideas forward into a vibrant and modern future, an ideal marriage of old and new.
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