September 22, 2017Goeritz and Hall Guest-Edit Japan A+U 564
Hansjoerg Goeritz, Professor of Architecture, and his professional colleague and a former College of Architecture and Design faculty member, Matt Hall, have together guest-edited the September issue of the renowned international architectural magazine, A+U. The issue features original essays, new photography, images and research about Swedish architect, Bernt Nyberg [1927 – 1978].
Goeritz and Hall discovered Nyberg’s work during a mini-term study abroad trip with college students in 2010, and soon after, Hall began to research the architect, including interviewing surviving collaborators and capturing new photography and archive work.
This interest led Hall to curate and design the first exhibition on Nyberg’s work at the Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden. Soon after, Hall, Goeritz and Nathan Matteson curated a collaborative exhibit on Nyberg’s contemporary and friend, Sigurd Lewerentz, on the 50th anniversary of St. Peter church in Klippan, Sweden, with the contributing support of internationally recognized critics, scholars, educators and practitioners from Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the US.
Both exhibits and their related publications led to international recognition and interest from A+U, Tokyo.
In addition to co-editing the magazine, Goeritz and Hall also curated images and archival material, provided new photographs taken by them, coordinated and edited contributors’ writings, crafted their own essays and designed the layout for the publication. Material also was provided by ArkDes: The Swedish Center for Architecture and Design, Stockholm.
Goeritz’s essay seeks to contextualize Nyberg’s work beyond Sweden, and Hall’s essays focus on Nyberg’s collaboration with Lewerentz and the endangered nature of Nyberg’s work. Other essays were penned by Wilfried Wang and Vanja Knocke.
“Since our UT mini-term Grand Tour in 2010, Hansjoerg and I have been discussing Nyberg’s work and the intrigue into its mysteries,” Hall said. “Little remains of his work, and what does remain is in constant threat of demolition, symptomatic of a larger issue of preserving works of modern architecture. We believe it’s important for our work to disseminate Nyberg’s architecture internationally.”
“The pleasure to co-edit the publication is the result of Matt spearheading intense international collaboration, research, curation and writing for publications and exhibitions,” Goeritz said.
The September issue is available for purchase at major bookstores and at https://www.japlusu.com/ and other online retailers.
According to its website, A+U is published by A+U Publishing Co., Ltd., a sister company of Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd. First published in 1971, Architecture & Urbanism (A+U) is an architectural magazine in Japanese and English that provides information on architecture around the world. Each issue is edited from a unique perspective to efficiently deliver the latest trends to readers.