Architectural historian Marc Dubois, honorary chair of Docomomo Belgium has recently published the book Riverside Tower Antwerpenon the iconic residential building by Leon Stynen and Paul De Meyer.
The Riveside Tower is located on Antwerp’s Left Bank of the imposing bend in the river Scheldt. On the Right Bank, the city developed over centuries into an exceptional metropolis with a rich history. The Left Bank, simply called Linkeroever in Dutch, was a rural area where a number of fortresses were built in the nineteenth century to defend the city. The book presents in Dutch and English the story of the Riverside Tower by the architects Léon Stynen (1899–1990) and Paul De Meyer (1922–2011) in the right context of the construction site.
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Our colleagues from Docomomo Bulgaria have recently finalized a bilingual book Architectural Images. Bulgaria in the Second Half of the 20th Century. Context, 2022 [ISBN 978-619-92128-0-6, p.512, Sofia]. This is the first part of a planned series of studies dedicated to the features of post-war modernism in Bulgaria, published by the National Institute for Cultural Monuments and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria and Miodesign. The authors are Maria Davcheva, Stela Tasheva, Velina Pandjarova, Radosveta Kirova-Delcheva, Iva Stoyanova, Plamena Georgieva, Nina Toleva-Nowak.
The cases and buildings presented in the book are substantiating and systematizing some of the architectural forms and stylistic variations from the middle and end of the 20th century in Bulgaria, focusing on the connection between the buildings and complexes and the (urban) context and environment.