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Hands On: Real Review by OK-RM, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

BP&O takes a hands on look at quarterly magazine Real Review, a collaboration between by OK-RM and Jack Self

Real Review is an award-winning quarterly magazine that pursues what it means to live today through analysis, evaluation and enquiry. It is a collaboration between London-based design studio OK-RM and editor Jack Self, the founder of architectural practice and cultural institute Real. Real Review offers wide ranging comment on a variety of topics, is presented in a compact format and mixes dense text, image and moments of space with the intention of being an efficient, economical and readable format.

In the third of an ongoing series, which follows reviews of Snøhetta’s Folk+Form and Blok’s Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold by Blok, BP&O takes a hands on look at Real Review.

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Superkül: Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Architecture Book – Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold, a book designed by Blok celebrating the first ten years of Canadian architecture studio Superkül

Superkül is an Canadian architectural studio with a portfolio described as having an understated boldness, subtlety and spacial richness, and a process that intends to find the essence of each project and remain true to this throughout design and development. Superkül has won many awards and is considered one of Canada’s most progressive architecture firms.

To celebrate the studio’s first ten years Superkül worked with Toronto-based Blok on a book that would serve as both a collection of work but also as a tool to articulate the firm’s unique philosophy and design approach. This beame an exercise in discovery and a clarity of positioning which was then conveyed materially through subtle paper transitions, finishes and printing techniques.

This is a companion piece to BP&O’s review of Superkül’s visual identity, published earlier this year. With a desire to broaden the content on the site to include the design of books, and with the site’s favour for material thinking and the architectural, Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold felt like an appropriate addition. This is an initial impression, based on the press release and images provided by Blok, if you would like to read BP&O’s hands on review, click here.

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Ascui & Co. Architects designed by Grosz Co. Lab

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Architecture business card with grey board and black foil detail by Grosz Co. Lab for Ascui & Co.

Ascui & Co. Architects is an Melbourne-based studio with a rich history, depth of experience and a vision they describe as being a true perspective rather than one founded on intuition. Their projects are considered smart and environmentally sustainable, unexpected yet grounded by purpose, and range from residential additions to multimillion-dollar commercial developments.

Anchored in the concept of Process & Possibility — a maxim that refers to the rhythm and harmony, beauty and functionality of Ascui & Co.’s work — Grosz Co. Lab designed a flexible brand identity system that celebrates the studio’s creative and progressive nature through a visual language of morphing patterns and an ever-changing ‘temperature’ based colour palette.

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