We digest bad news, to get over something and try to find our way around it. But we also digest information and knowledge. Especially in our academic environment we are being fed with new inputs on an almost hourly basis. Taking time to let the abundance of thoughts sink in and reflect is the basis of creating a new understanding of a certain subject and being able to formulate our own thoughts on it.
Illustrating the process of digesting, the cover captures the different stages of it. While the act of eating is sometimes gross, even grotesque, we feel satisfied afterwards. And while our stomach is doing its work, we are looking forward to excretion, finally letting go of our burdens. Why chicken? You will find the theme popping up more often within our issue.
In the first article Federico is taking us to the best chicken place in Bogotá, which can only be found by tasting its exceptionality (page 4). From there we go further North, into the United States, and together with Nathan we discover the history of KFC’s and what role architecture plays in their restaurants (page 6). From fast food we turn to fast fashion (ultra!) and the edition takes up speed as Tuyen dives with us into the incredible phenomena of Shein, the new and all records busting fashion brand. Have you ever wondered what their secret is… (page 8) But not only Shein shits out new designs every day – we do too! In her last article as an editor of Bnieuws Oliwia is painting a humorous yet very serious picture of our Faculty (page 11). While our editor Emilie is coming to terms with the history of Austrian neutrality she is inviting us to take a position and speak up if we disagree (page 14). So let's scream it out loud: what the f*uck is happening to bouwpub?
At times it may seem as if everything is a bit hard to swallow but when we look a bit deeper we can see beautiful projects emerging. Did you hear about the CARE workshop? If Shigeru Ban took all your attention that day, treat yourself with some thoughts about it (page 18). And what to do with old buildings? Anouk is inspiring us to rethink the structures that are already there and are only waiting to be reimagined by us (page 20). Jonathan is exploring different ways on how we could critique architecture, so that we may find out what good architecture really is (page 24). We end this issue with another of our dear editors leaving the team. Jonas is reflecting on his time at Bnieuws with 108 questions, one for every week he worked with us (page 28).
We hope you all enjoy this new issue of Bnieuws and it will give you a break from shitting out your projects by feeding you with some new thoughts to digest.