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Posted 15 Sep 1987

‘3330. WIEDERHALL, published ten times a year by Stichting Wiederhall, PO Box 1923, 1000 BX, Amsterdam. Annual subscription 170 Dutch guilders (approx. $A 113)’, Architectural Science Review, Volume 30, Number 3, September 1987 (Sydney: Department of Architectural Science, University of Sydney, 1987), 84-85.

New Journal

This new magazine consists of 36 large pages, 295 mm square, printed on good paper. The illustrations occupy more space than the text. The accompanying information explains that Stichting Wiederhall is a foundation that also organizes exhibitions and lectures on architecture, and that this magazine is edited by a group of young Dutch architects and theorists. “It shows you an architecture that is aware of the conditions of its own existence. It shows you a new architecture of the continent, a mode of thinking and designing deeply rooted in the intellectual universe of the Amsterdam-, Berlin-, Paris- triangle.” The magazine names an Editorial Board of 5 persons; one of these, Joost Meuwissen, wrote the Editorial. It also lists an Editorial Committee of 13.
The content and style of the contributions is perhaps best illustrated by quotations from the beginning and middle of the second article
Moscow Resistance, by Wiel Arets and Wim Van Den Bergh, two members of the Editorial Committee:
“There might always have been people attempting to find their own existences as individuals by means of resistance within supervised society. Always and everywhere people get aware of themselves as being independent individuals. They have got the powerful will to alter and improve their circumstances with a critical spirit. Situating this project for a tower villa hotel for Russian dissidents right in the Moscow centre might easily be misunderstood as singlemindedness, when you would look upon it as an isolated project..
“The tower villa hotel has been situated on the most southern part of an island in the Moskwa river left over after a canal digged. To its north it is overlooked by the towered Kremlin bulwark. To its north-east stands the first realization of the living combine concept, at the Serefimowicha Polanka Bolshoi, built 1928-1931, spanning the whole island width. It has three interconnecting courtyards of mainly ten storeys concrete framed and concrete piled housing.....”
The one-page article is accompanied by a one-page street plan of part of Moscow, on which the proposed hotel has been drawn three­-dimensionally. In its middle there is an outdoor courtyard with a group of palm trees.

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