The second volume of Nordic Architects, author David Sokol’s newly-released Ebbs & Flows features the work of 60 leading offices on the Nordic architectural scene, showcasing the new wave in architecture – both for today and the future.

The book illustrates the latest works, as well as as-yet unbuilt competition entries, from studios such as BIG, Snøhetta and sandellsandberg, which are claiming a share of the global market with projects in South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

An important driving force in the current Nordic approach to architecture is in social and cultural integration – whether it be in regard to kindergartens in Sweden, community centres in Denmark or schools in Finland. In addition to this is the strong push towards sustainable urban life, which is a big theme in contemporary architecture, not only in Nordic countries, but also around the world. With the use of contextualism and multidisciplinary, participatory design as its methodology, architecture in this Nordic mindset is proving to be a strong catalyst of social integration and the future of cities.

“They all acknowledge that a building, mixed-use development, or whole neighborhood that is beloved by its community stands a better chance of enduring for generations,” concludes David Sokol in his introduction.

Nordic Architects: Ebbs & Flows is published by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing, the same publisher of Behind the Scenes: Stories from the Design Industry by Hanna Nova Beatrice, who was featured in Issue 43 of Curve. The article, ‘The new revolution’ by Beatrice Feliz, profiles the rapid changes currently taking place in the design industry around the world due to the internet and globalisation. Subscribers to the magazine can read the article online here (or subscribe to Curve to access the full archive of current and past issues).

Nordic Architects: Ebbs & Flows can be ordered online from Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing.

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