We continue our policy of theme issues and
open issues twice a year. This particular open issue contains
manuscripts on Community Participation, Real
Estate Development, Housing Poverty, Dual Usage
Sociability, Formal and Spatial Contemporary
Transformation, Experimentation with Hanoks in Korean
Housing, Infill Renovation and Post Ecological
Architecture. These are based in a range of different
countries from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jordan, Turkey,
Korea, to Japan. The inquiries are deep and thorough,
maintaining a firm grip on subject matter and focus.
Different lines from the two different abstracts
give evidence to this.
For example in the paper dealing with Ecological
Architecture: Ecology shows us not on environmental
problems; it shows that we need a new balance and harmony
between individuals, beings, communities and all
China comes in three times therefore it is worth
looking what the author(s) have to say here: Over the last
two decades, China has experienced drastic transformation
of housing systems as well as rapid urbanization. It is
of great policy interests to investigate how these socioeconomic
transformations have improved or aggravated
the housing poverty conditions for those disadvantaged
In both cases much can be learned how societies
manages to manage themselves to bring about stable
and thriving economies.
Looking towards the impact of the other manuscripts
Infill Renovations by Kazunobo Minami in Japan
shows how his approach has improved the condition of
many apartments preventing them from serious deterioration.
Very recently the Korean housing field has been
awakened and successfully shown how to revive and reinterpret
the traditional hanok. The hanok literally means
the Korean-Style house. In Ankara modernization and
changes in housing can be best seen in Kavaklidere-
Ankara telling how a ‘modern’ lifestyle was brought
about in the 50’s. To see the idea of how an ordinary
business district exists in the day but turns into a very popular
city night life spot at the end of the day offering a
variety of leisure services mainly in the form of cafes and
restaurants read Leila Bustami in the Emotional
Sociability of the Abdoun Circle. Heritage Revitalisation
Projects and Community Participation in Hong Kong are
evaluated in the manuscript by Binqing Zhai and Albert
We are trying to encourage Chinese authors to
write for Open House International. Please suggest this
to any Chinese architects/Planner or Urbanists you think
might like to write an article. I can always follow this up.
Complimentary copies can be sent. I hope that in the
next year we will be able to publish a theme issue on
China. Some suggestions from any of you for theme subjects
would be helpful.
From here to the future of our journal I hope we
can formulate good themes and manuscripts and
progress towards a journal of even better and higher
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