New Fourth Door Review – Are we there yet?

Notes on a magazine, interrupted.

As those who've been long and medium term observers of Fourth Door Reviews publication schedule practices will know, getting any of the editions out into the world has never been straight forward. So, without breaking with tradition, we are now at the point, a mere 1000 days after the last edition, where Fourth Door Review 9 is pretty darn ready, and will, with a fair wind, be published shortly! As with previous efforts the new edition continues themes which are the weave and warp of the Fourth Door Review entity while also allowing for various new and related themes.

Number 9 The Hall of Risk Issue

Sans Frontiers: Architecture and the Dispossessed
Francis Kere in Burkina Faso, Anna Heringer in Bangladesh, and Peter Clegg on the Richard Feilden Foundation in Uganda
Shigeru Ban - Architecture and the Planet of Waste
David Nash – On speaking the language of the trees
Our Kind of creatureliness: The animal voice of David Abram
Five Leaves Weft: Witchseason rides again
Richard Thompson: Troubadour of the old weird Albion, Uncle Joe Boyd and Vashti Bunyon. Liege & Lief and West of Electric Eden's new media Gro-World
Living Cambodia's ancient-modern musical tapestries

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This Fourth Door Review is once again focused on a special in-depth architectural section, looking at the new international network of humanitarian architects and the ground-breaking work being done in some of the most challenging parts of the world.

Sans Frontieres: Architecture and the Dispossessed is an extensive overview themed section looking at the emergence of architects working in and with communities across the developing world. The feature section includes pieces on Francis Kere and the influential Architecture for Humanity network, and pieces Architecture for Humanity network, and pieces by the Aga Khan award winning Anna Heringer, writing on ‘sustaining beauty’, Nordic practitioners TYIN Tegnestu and Jenny Reuter and also FeildenCleggBradley’s Peter Clegg on the Richard Feilden Foundations educational architectural work in Africa.

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The Architexts section is connected to the first in a two-part in-depth interview feature with the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, exploring his emergency post-disaster work and his interest in ‘weak’ materials; paper, wood and bamboo. The themed section is connected with the development of the annual Roots Architecture workshops at the world music festival WOMAD, and a developing new part of the Fourth Door website, on humanitarian architecture and design culture, including several taster articles.

In this Fourth Door Review’s Margins of Music another themed feature section, looks to the legends of seventies folk rock, the era of Fairport Convention, and their compatriots. In an exclusive interview, Julian Bell talks to folk rock’s old master, Richard Thompson, while the return to singing of fellow Witchseason singer Vashti Bunyon is profiled by Jeanette Leach, and White Bicycles author, Joe Boyd discusses the sixties, folk rock, lo tech and hi tech studios, world music and points ‘between.

In Framework the work of wood sculptor, David Nash, is explored and considered in an intensive feature interview. The Finnish photographer Sandra Kantanen, who has been making waves in the photographic world over the last eighteen months. The Belgian new media network FO.AM’s Maja Kuzmanovic contributes an essay on their Gro-World project in Digitalis. The American writer David Abram contributes an essay for the Dreams of Consciousness section from his recent Becoming Animal book, while architect Takero Shimazaki writes in Middleground about the Craft In Context course he runs, and the ways in which the craft of book making opens doors into the crafting of buildings.

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Fourth Door Review 9 - Full contents

Framework - Art

David Nash – On speaking the language of the trees - David Nash interview feature piece

+ Tremenheere: Atlantic Edge Garden – by Neil Armstrong

Sandra Kantanen – the Finnish photographer turning nature into a new kind of blur


Margins of Music – Music/Sound

New Folk for old: A special themed section

Richard Thompson – Folk rock’s old master returns by Julian Bell

Joe Boyd: Witchseason, the Fairports and world music by Oliver Lowenstein

Vashti Bunyan: by Jeanette Leach

Liege & Lief – Fairport Conventions folk rock classic revisited by Oliver Lowenstein



On the trail of the European Silk Route - Sweden and France by Oliver Lowenstein


Japanese architecture, craft & design – A mini-themed section.

Making Architecture through making books: T-SA architect’s Craft in Context architectural school by Takero Shimazaki

The emergence of textile design and art in Japan, by Toshimichi Kuwayama

The Incidental’s mixed media Cambodian collaboration - by David Gunn



Architecture without borders: Humanitarian Architecture and its consequences

- A special themed section

Shigeru Ban (part 1 of an in-depth interview covering Japanese architecture, origins, focus on 'weak' materials and work on emergency architecture

Francis Kere – Burkina Faso and the future of African architecture

Anna Heringer, - Sustaining Beauty - The Rudriphur METI hand-made school 

The Spirit of Meti - How The Hand-Made school has inspired Bangladeshi architects, by Rabeya Rahman

Meti 2.0 The Pakistan, by Ziegert|Roswag|Seiler  Architekten Ingenieure

Post-Tsunami school building on the Indian coast, Auroville, Pondicherry - by Suhasini Ayer-Guigan

Richard Feilden Foundation work in Africa by FCB Studio’s Peter Clegg

David Sanderson on the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) Oxford, Brookes

TYIN tegnestue on work in Thailand, Haiti and Sumatra

Jenni Reuter from HollmenReuterSandmen

Digitalis - New Media

Belgium’s FOAM Gro-World Mediaworks


Dream of Consciousness

David Abrams - Excerpt from Abrams recent Becoming Animal

Wordwatch - Book reviews

Electric Eden by Rob Young and Seasons they Change by Jeanette Leech reviewed by Brian Hinton

String, Felt, Thread - by Elissa Auther reviewed by Lesley Millar

In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon reviewed by Oliver Lowenstein