In December, we announced the pre-sale of Included: the first overview of Mei in 25 years of work. The first copies flew out the door and we are now working towards the official book launch! This will take place on 23 March, during Thursday Night programming at the New Institute.
Included; architecture as means for a new future
Included stands for the design attitude of Mei architects and planners: for the ambitions the studio wants to achieve with its buildings; for everything that serves as inspiration in the design; for all the people Mei interacts with, teams up with, learns from and builds for.
The book shows an overview of projects by Mei architects and planners of the past 25 years. From the 1995 modular Smarthouse to the wooden residential building SAWA that is currently under construction: they all display a fascination for intelligent building systems. Ambitious transformation plans, including projects such as the Schiecentrale, Fenix I and the Silk Factory in Naro-Fominsk, demonstrate how the firm has developed into a frontrunner and expert on adaptive re-use and innovation in architecture.
Using a wide range of ingredients – from façade elements and culture clusters to marketing strategies – Included provides an insight into Mei’s working method. Conversations with various experts address underlying themes and their current relevance. While the ecological and social need for a different approach to the built environment grows, Mei consistently explores new ways of working by doing, building on established design principles and expertise.
“Less architecture – more inclusivity”
Included will be officially launched at the New Institute, as part of the Thursday Night programming on Thursday 23 March. During this interactive debate evening, Mei invites designers, users, thinkers, doers plus the public to discuss inclusivity in architecture. Which interests and voices can be included in the design of the built environment? What are conflicts, and opportunities in current practice? Does less architecture allow for more inclusive design?
More information about the speakers and the programme will follow soon. Signing up is possible starting today via The New Institute’s website.
Until the official book launch on 23 March, you can order Included for a temporary discount price of €39.95. From 23 March, the retail price will be €49.95. If you order through Mei, you can optionally have your book signed. At pick-up, you will also receive a free Rotterdam poster, designed by 75B.