speech: genius loci

2012 / speech: architecture magazine
Concept, art direction, graphic design, layout: Kirill Zaev
Editor-in-chief: Irina Chipova
Publisher: SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov architectural bureau

speech: ornament
speech: new life
speech: square
speech: materiality
speech: for the future
speech: color
speech: water
speech: details
speech: genius loci
speech: structure
speech: museum
speech: affordable housing

siza, nishizawa, piano, big, aalto, dhk, twothink, rich, snøhetta, search, zucchi, urbanus, moneo, zumthor, 3xn, chipperfield, neri & hu, kahn, wang shu, tschumi, brodsky

288 pages, 23.5 x 30 sm, printed in full color, text in russian and english.
Paperback with flaps, full color + Pantone + UV varnishing, embossing.

ISBN 978-3-86922-019-2

The theme for this issue of speech: might strike some readers as mystic, strange, abstract, and so of little relevance to the rational and practical discipline of architecture. Nevertheless, genius loci – a notion which traces its origins to antiquity and means ‘spirit of the place’ (‘genius’ of place or its ‘guardian angel’ according to an alternative interpretation) – is of the utmost importance for architecture, if only because buildings do not exist separately from place.