“Ventura Rodríguez” drawings from the Municipal Archives at Madrid Conde Duque

May 31, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the 300 year anniversary of the city’s Chief Master Architect’s birth to remember the works that helped shape Madrid as we know it today. On display are many original drawings recovered form the City Hall’s public archive.

 

Ventura Rodriguez  and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

Ventura Rodriguez and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

 

Madrid is celebrating the 300-year anniversary of the birth of one of the architects that contributed to shape the Capital city ‘s architecture: Ventura Rodríguez, whose work will be displayed in the South Gallery of Conde Duque from May 17 to July 23. The exhibition, curated by Pedro Moleón, Javier Ortega Vidal and José Luis Sancho -two architects and a historian- highlights Ventura Rodríguez’s special talent for drawing, besides the interest of his architectural works.

This architect is responsible for some of the most emblematic spots in Madrid: he is the author of the famous Cybele, Neptune and Apollo fountains and designer of the Royal Palace’s chapel. (more…)

“Open to the public” VIB Architecture’s scientific facilities at La Galerie d’Architecture

May 30, 2017

Through a selection of photographs and drawings of the design and construction process, VIB attempt to show their approach to architecture when working in these very demanding, high-tech environments.

 

MTC, Medical Training Center (Rouen) © VIB Architecture. Photo: Cyrille Lallement

MTC, Medical Training Center (Rouen) © VIB Architecture. Photo: Cyrille Lallemen

 

La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris presents an exhibition on the latest works by French architects VIB Architecture. This architecture practice has become renowned by their work in the design and construction of some of the most relevant recent scientific facilities in France, comprising the Neurocampus in Bordeaux, Silos 13 in Paris, MTC in Rouen, ENSICAEN Engineering school in Caen, INSERM Cancer Research Centre in Toulouse, EASE in Strasbourg and Institut de l’Audition in Paris. (more…)

“Forum Basel. Urban Spaces for Community Life” at the Swiss Architecture Museum

May 28, 2017

SAM Basel hosts an experimental exhibition and installation in which the museum’s rooms open up to the public hosting activities, architectural projects and case studies, becoming a place for collective dialog on public space.

 

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

 

Welcome to the public spaces of the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum! In keeping with the original purpose of the ‘Museion’ of Greek Antiquity, S AM is to be a house for public life from 20 May to 18 June.

Visitors can dwell in a co-working space in the first room, play table tennis in the second, get the feeling of being at a marketplace in the third or at a cinema in the fourth. Become part of public life at S AM and use its rooms for working, playing, reading, eating and relaxing. Commercial or political uses are strictly prohibited. (more…)

“The contemporary industrial city”, at Modena’s Historical Archives

May 26, 2017

The archive materials, photographs and documents displayed in the exhibition bring to light some of Modena’s best examples of industrial architecture, from early Twentieth century industry to the motor and TetraPak factories, introducing designs by Vinicio Vecchi.

 

Aerial view of the New Livestock Market, Modena 1945 © Historical Archives, Photography Fundation, Modena

Aerial view of the New Livestock Market, Modena 1945 © Historical Archives, Photography Fundation, Modena

 

The Historical Archive of the City of Modena has presented an exhibition on the city’s industrial past, in an attempt to draw attention to some of the city’s most important industrial buildings which have been sadly forgotten or ignored by the general public and the planning authorities. This is the second part of a larger research project carried out by the Urban History Research Office, which has already issued a publication by the name of “The City and the Industrial Architecture. The Twentieth Century in Modena“.


 

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La città industriale contemporanea
31 March – 1 June, 2017
Historical Archive of the City of Modena
Largo Porta Sant’Agostino, 337 Modena
Italy

 


The exhibition aims to bring back the image of a heritage which has sometimes been forgotten (because it is abandoned or demolished), and which in many cases need a planning intervention. Many of these buildings are still present but have failed to be recognized as a fundamental part not only of urban development but also of building the city’s identity.

 

Claudio Petrella. Project of the Scaglietti Bodywork workshop, Modena 1971-73.  Facade of the office building  © Municipal archive, Modena.

Claudio Petrella. Project of the Scaglietti Bodywork workshop, Modena 1971-73 © Municipal archive, Modena.

Corradi (coordinator), Lipparini, Lugli architects. Tetra PAK factory, Modena 1978.  Facade and detaille © Municipal archive, Modena.

Corradi (coordinator), Lipparini, Lugli architects. Tetra PAK factory, Modena 1978 © Municipal archive, Modena.

 

This is the main idea that the curators have wished to make present through the exhibition of the different materials and sources, documents, graphics, maps, photographs, kept in the municipal archives, in particular at the Archives of the city and at the Civic Art Library L. Poletti. These contents have been integrated within the exhibition by a video contribution and special cartographies made specifically for the occasion.

 

Vinicio Vecchi. Arbe typography factory, Modena 1967.  Perspective ©Library of fine artsLuigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Arbe typography factory, Modena 1967. Perspective © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Leo furnishings workshop, Modena 1954-59.  Perspective. © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Leo furnishings workshop, Modena 1954-59. Perspective. © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

 

The exhibition is a new achievement of the industrial research route begun since 2014 by the Urban History Office in Modena, after the publication of City and Industrial Architecture. The twentieth century in Modena (curated by the Urban History Research Office of the City of Modena and the Cassa di Risparmio Modena Foundation, Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2015).

 

Artisan village of Modena west  © Reproduction of the cover of the information volume prepared by the Municipality: I villaggi artigiani: l'invenzione dei villaggi artigiani: governo del territorio e sviluppo economico nell'esperienza modenese, Modena, 2003.

Artisan village of Modena west © Reproduction of the cover of the information volume prepared by the Municipality: l’invenzione dei villaggi artigiani: governo del territorio e sviluppo economico nell’esperienza modenese, Modena, 2003.

Extraction of the east section of the map of industrial settlements along the Emilia Street, 1906-2015. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi on Cartographic basis of the Municipality of Modena, Territorial Planning Sector.

Extraction of the east section of the map of industrial settlements along the Emilia Street, 1906-2015. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi on Cartographic basis of the Municipality of Modena, Territorial Planning Sector.

 

The previous exhibition, The City and the Industrial Architecture in the drawings of the  Archives of the Historical Town Archive. The first half of the twentieth century in Modena, as the present, was conceived and promoted by the Historical Archives of the City of Modena and the Research and Documentation Office on Urban History, with the collaboration of the Institute for Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Region Emilia-Romagna, the Consortium of Productive Activities Areas and Services and the Order of Architects of the Province of Modena.

 

General Plan of the Municipality of Modena 1958 (not approved).  © Municipal archive, Office of the Urban planning, Modena.

General Plan of the Municipality of Modena 1958 (not approved). © Municipal archive, Office of the Urban planning, Modena.

 

After the first significant industrial development phases between the end of the nineteenth and the early decades of the twentieth century, Modena faced the need for structures to support the economy during the reconstruction period.

It did so through small and medium scale projects that looked to the relationship with the regional territory, as in the case of the New Livestock Market, consolidating and widening the settlements along the railway line barely after the Second World War. During the sixties, seventies and later, new areas of expansion were planned to the north and along  Emilia street. Particularly along the historical axis of the town, many innovative house-factory typologies were developed, similar to artisan villages, giving way to some of the most interesting examples of industrial architecture by one of the most prolific architects: Vinicio Vecchi, as well as some important examples of factories linked to the great historical motor industry of the city to the productive activities of the area such as the Tetra Pak industry.

 

Planimetric elaboration of industrial development areas from the postwar period to the latest intervention plans. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi with Consortium Productive Activities Areas and Services.

Planimetric elaboration of industrial development areas from the postwar period to the latest intervention plans. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi with Consortium Productive Activities Areas and Services.

 

Project by: Franca Baldelli, director of the Historical Archive of the Municipality of Modena; Vanni Bulgarelli, cocurator of the Cities and Industrial Buildings. The Twentieth Century in Modena; Catia Mazzeri, head of Research and Documentation Office on Urban History of the City of Modena; Matteo Sintini, architectural historian, contributing volume City and industrial architecture. The twentieth century in Modena.


 

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“CO.” architectural communication congress exhibition in Madrid

May 25, 2017

The exhibition features the work of young architect collectives whose approach to design is related to the different, alternative ways of architectural communication: social mediation, down-up processes, interdisciplinarity, networking…

 

CO. exhibition display © COCA Architectural Communication Congress

CO. exhibition display © COCA Architectural Communication Congress

 

The gallery space beneath the Spanish Ministry is hosting an architectural exhibition on the occasion of the 1st Architectural Communication Congress organized by MaCa and the Technical University of Madrid. The exhibition, which features work by architects and designers present during the Congress’ activities and lectures but also works by other so-called architectural collectives, focuses on a new form of architectural practice whose approach to architecture is strongly related to social mediation, alternative work platforms and citizens’ associations. (more…)

Savage Architecture & Freeport – the archive as urban catalyst at CIVA Stichting

May 24, 2017

CIVA Stichting presents this double exhibition reflecting on the idea of archives carried out by Love di Marco and introducing Davide Sacconi’s research on Gian-Piero Frasinelli’s work with Superstudio and 2A+P/A.

 

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A - Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian-Piero Frassinelli & 2A+P/A

Gian Piero Frassinelli and 2A+P/A – Central Archive of Human Cultures, The Archive and the Offices, 2015 © Gian-Piero Frassinelli & 2A+P/A

 

Architectural  proposals,  texts  and  visual  documents  shown  in  this double  exhibition  come  from various stories and temporalities. Savage Architecture unveils an approach that covers almost 50 years (1968-­‐2015) comprising prophetic texts and architectural projects while Freeport -­‐  The  archive as urban catalyst conveys the development of a reflection through the framework of the an academic  year. (more…)

“Smiljan Radić: Bestiary” at House of Art of České Budějovice

May 22, 2017

House of Art of České Budějovice presents “Smiljan Radić: BESTIARY”, a solo exhibition of the architect who runs a uniquely creative practice in Chile’s capital city of Santiago. BESTIARY will present modern-day bestiaries imagined by Radić through a presentation of 20 models symbolizing various imaginary creatures

 

"Smiljan Radic. Bestiary"   exhibition view © Michal Skoda

“Smiljan Radic. Bestiary” exhibition view © Michal Skoda

 

We are honored to be the first gallery in the Czech Republic to present the work of a greatly respected representative of contemporary world architecture, Smiljan Radic from Santiago de Chile. Radic has gained increased attention thanks to his unusual approach to architecture and his distinct creative perspective. His unique designs set him apart not only in his home country, but also on the international architectural scene in general. The exhibition is curated by Michal Škoda. (more…)

“Gaetano Pesce. Architecture and figuration” at Palazzo Ducale di Mantova

May 20, 2017

The great master Gaetano Pesce, considered one of the most influential artists of contemporary culture brings his architectural work and models to Mantova in a wonderfully curated exhibition staged as a part of Mantovarchitettura 2017.

 

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

 

The exhibition entitled “Gaetano Pesce: architecture and figuration” and curated by arch Renata Cristina Mazzantini, presents monumental architectural works and projects, some new, by Architect, designer and world renowned artist in Michael Sorkin’s opinion “the best furniture designer on the planet”. (more…)

“Caruso St John. Constructions and References” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

May 19, 2017

The Architektur Galerie in Berlin hosts reference images, photographs and concept models curated by the British architects: the three element display has been specially arranged to show their latest works and their personal approach to contemporary architecture.

 

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

 

British architects Caruso St John -Adam Caruso and Peter St John- have prepared a very special installation exhibition at the Architektur Galerie in Berlin. The exhibition features three elements which attempt to draw a narrative on the architect’s approach to architecture: from emotion and attention to details, rather than from abstraction.

These three elements – a central model area, a curtain-like surface as imageboard, and a series of large colour photographs of their works- have been specially arranged by the architects themselves for the Galerie’s main exhibition space. (more…)

“Interiors” everyday living space at MAXXI Rome

May 18, 2017

MAXXI presents the exhibition “Interiors: rooms of everyday” as part of this spring’s Re-Evolution series. The show follows Italian architect’s approach to interior space and design through the work of 10 of the most celebrated architects from 1930 to today: Scarpa, Rossi, Cini Boeri…

 

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001  © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001 © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

What is there inside architecture? All you need to do is open a door, cross a threshold and you are inside the space, a space which architects have always been asked to tackle.

From 6 May to 29 October 2017 in the spaces of the Archives Centre, the exhibition INTERIORS. Le stanze del quotidiano (The rooms of the everyday) curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura, and Elena Tinacci, recounts those interior spaces which we experience every day, as interpreted by 10 Italian architects. (more…)