“Skyscraper Age”: an exhibition about the history of the Pirellone, Milan’s iconic tower

May 30, 2016

The exhibition, part of the Triennale di Milano, is divided into four areas representing the different stages of the building’s history: its concept design and construction, its transition into public hands, the devastating accident of 2002 and its new life as a social center of the Region of Lombardy.

 

Pirelli Tower at night © Publifoto Fondazione Pirelli

Pirelli Tower at night © Publifoto Fondazione Pirelli

 

Organized in collaboration with La Triennale di Milano, the 26th floor of the Pirelli Tower (now belonging to the Lombardy Region as a multipurpose building) is holding an exhibition about the tower, its history and its impact on Milanese society.

The exhibition, curated by Alessandro Colombo,  is divided into four areas representing the different stages of the building’s history: its concept design and construction, its transition into public hands, the devastating accident of 2002 and its new life as a social center of the Region of Lombardy. (more…)

Reporting from the front: 2016 Spanish and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

May 29, 2016

This years edition, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, focuses on the work of architects that show how creativity and commitment can transcend material constraints. “Taking Care” and “Unfinished” are the Italian and Spanish Pavilions – the latter of which has been awarded with the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

 

"Unfinished", image of the Spanish Pavilion for the XV Venice Biennale © Fernando Maquieira

“Unfinished”, image of the Spanish Pavilion for the XV Venice Biennale © Fernando Maquieira

 

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from May 28 to November 27th 2016, has been curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena.  Under the title “Reporting from the Front” the mission statement of  the curator of the 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, aims to present a combative and decisive architecture that managed to solve the major challenges the world is facing today. (more…)

“Traversées Urbaines” at Frac PACA, Marseille

May 26, 2016

The selection of videos in this exhibition brings together the production of artists and architects for whom the city is a subject of analysis as much as as a field of intervention.

 

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

 

It creates a dialogue among contemporary works with  proposals from the 1960-1970’s radical movement: close to Arte Povera, conceptual art, body art and land art, European and American radical architects start creating urban performances; they activate prototypes that work as sensory environments by locating them in public spaces, developing an approach both action-bound and sociological towards urban space. (more…)

At Home in Britain: a closer look and a new proposal for British housing

May 25, 2016

The exhibition at RIBA, made in partnership with BBC FOUR’s new series on British housing, showcases the works of six teams of architects that have taken on the challenge to redesign and transform three traditional housing typologies: the terrace, the high-rise apartment and the cottage house.

 

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers' housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969  © Architectural Press Archive_RIBA Collections

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers’ housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969 © Architectural Press Archive RIBA Collections

 

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow re-examines how we live and showcases thought-provoking ideas for future housing design. Taking the cottage, terrace and flat as a starting point, six contemporary architecture practices from Britain, the Netherlands and France have been newly commissioned to transform the three familiar typologies to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century. The architects participating in this exhibition are Mecanoo, Edouard François, Jamie Forbert Architects, Mӕ, vPPR and Studio Weave.

Using material from the RIBA Collections as stimulus, the architects will celebrate and critique vernacular housing of the past and explore ideas of affordability, communal living and housing density today. The new work will be displayed alongside photographs, books and drawings from the collections. (more…)

“Zdeněk Fránek. The Scale and Measure” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery Prague

May 25, 2016

Fránek Architects: The Scale and Measure exhibition at Prague’s Jaroslav Fragner Gallery will show how contemporary architecture relates to the public. The leading architectural studio in the Czech Republic will introduce its profile projects of recent times: the Skywalk observation tower in Dolní Morava, a study of the residential Face House in Prague as well as the energy self-sufficient Liko Noe building.

 

“The Skywalk” by Zdeněk Fránek Architects © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

“The Skywalk” by Zdeněk Fránek Architects © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

 

Despite different typologies, construction and technologies, all three projects share an unusual extent of intervention. These projects move the public and place questions abstracting from the discipline of architecture itself. They shift and define the level of tolerance, imagination and empathy. The exhibition itself reaches out to both the audience and users through their interactive concepts, based on an intensive understanding of the space and environment of the buildings. (more…)

LACUNA/AE. Identity and Modern Architecture in Venice, at Torre Massimiliana

May 24, 2016

Over 100 photographs by seventeen Italian photographers document former industrial areas of Venice redeveloped into residential complexes in the second half of the 20th Century and nearby areas, which were built at the same time.

 

SACCA FISOLA, Andrea Avezzù © LACUNA/AE

SACCA FISOLA, Andrea Avezzù © Andrea Avezzù

SACCA FISOLA, Andrea Avezzù © Andrea Avezzù

 

From May 28th to August 28th 2016 the Istituzione Parco della Laguna hosts the photography exhibition LACUNA/AE. Identity and Modern Architecture in Venice at the Torre Massimiliana, a former military fortress recently restored, located on the island of Sant’Erasmo, located to the north of Venice.

The exhibition is ideated by Eleonora Milner and is curated by Elena Caslini and Eleonora Milner, in collaboration with the Archivio della Comunicazione del Comune di Venezia and with the support of the Associazione Culturale Lavanderia Young. (more…)

Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti, Venice

May 23, 2016

In celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design that spans four decades, Fondazione Berengo will host an abridged retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.

 

The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

The exhibition, coinciding with this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings and models of Hadid’s repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in a variety of media including photography and film.

Through Hadid’s designs – built, under-construction, in development and unrealised – the exhibition displays the pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines Zaha Hadid Architects’ work. (more…)

“Limits to infinity” Utopias revisited by FRAC Val-de-Loire

May 19, 2016

The exhibition is one of the four installments of the centre’s wider-scope theme named “The city faraway”, featuring works by Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, Yona Friedman and Charles Simonds.

 

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

 

On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s  No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s  Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men. (more…)

“André M. Studer. On the measure of things” at S AM Basel

May 18, 2016

Based on original documents, this 2016 summer exhibition at S AM provides the first general overview of the oeuvre of Swiss architect André M. Studer, who died in 2007. André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture.

 

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67  © Christian Kahl, 2016

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67 © Christian Kahl, 2016

 

His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation. (more…)

Town Hall of St-Jacques-de-la-Lande, by LAN Architecture

May 18, 2016

The building by the French office, winners of the ’13 BigMat French National Award, questions and challenges the contemporaryness of the town-hall typology through the introduction of the square as a spatial organizer.

 

Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, LAN architectes 2016 © Julien Lanoo, 2016

Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, LAN architectes 2016 © Julien Lanoo, 2016

 

LAN architects have recently completed the construction of the Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, a small town in the French Bretagne. Inspired by the typical elements that comprise the historical Town Halls in France, the building strongly relates to the urban context by including in the design two outdoor squares that organize the program of the whole building.

In this way, the French office, who were awarded with the 2013 National BigMat International Award for France, intend to redefine the typology of the Town Hall from a contemporary point of view: “minimizing impacts, developing potential, and predicting the unforeseeable”. (more…)