AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association

October 30, 2017

This autumn sees the launch of AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association. The project marks the centenary of the first intake of the school’s women students in 1917 and takes the form of an exhibition, accompanying book and three-day international conference.

 

Denise Scott Brown_ photograph Robert Venturi_ 1966_ Venturi © Scott Brown Collection_ the Architectural Archives_ University of Pennsylvania

Denise Scott Brown  photograph Robert Venturi 1966, Venturi © Scott Brown Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

 

AA XX 100 represents the work of AA women, its graduates and teachers, who are among the most important architects and designers, educators and historians of the 20th-21st century; some are celebrated: Dame Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete, Farshid Moussavi and Patty Hopkins, and many others unrecognised. (more…)

“Walter Niedermayr: coexistences” exhibition at AUT

October 30, 2017

The South Tyrolean artist Walter Niedermayr – internationally known for his photographic studies of space as reality occupied and shaped by people – has been studying and photographing the specific building culture in the Fiemme Valley for many years.

 

"Walter Niedermayr: coexistences" © Walter Niedermayr

“Walter Niedermayr: coexistences” © Walter Niedermayr

 

The Valley Community of Fiemme (Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme) is a union of eleven municipalities in the Trentino-Alto Adige region that has existed for more than nine hundred years. This once free and autonomous administrative structure comprises to date nine Italian-speaking villages or communes—Predazzo, Ziano, Panchià, Tesero, Cavalese, Varena, Daiano, Carano, Castello-Molina di Fiemme—one Ladin-speaking community called Moena, and the German-speaking municipality of Truden. (more…)

“Aldo Rossi. Il gran teatro dell’architettura” at Politecnico di Milano

October 28, 2017

Politecnico di Milano remembers the Italian architecture master on the twentieth anniversary of his death in a comprehensive exhibition featuring selected materials from the University’s archives and the Ghirri, MAXXI and Rossi Foundations.

 

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) - © Introini, Marco

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) – © Introini, Marco

 

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the death of Aldo Rossi, the Politecnico di Milano organizes an exhibition with the will to remember this fundamental figure of Italian and international architectural culture who studied and taught at the Architecture  School of the Milanese University.

The exhibition’s programme also includes a conference to be held during it’s inauguration session on 19 October 2017 at 18.00,  to be delivered by prof. Kurt W. Forster, emeritus professor at Yale University. This lecture on Aldo Rossi’s figure and the legacy of his teaching will be held in Rogers Conference Hall (via Ampère 2).

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BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award winners shortlist revealed!

October 25, 2017

Learn who are the 15 selected teams eligible for the BigMat International Architecture Award Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes and the Public Prize, which will be unveiled during the awards ceremony on the 24th of November in Florence, Italy.

 

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat '17 Award ceremony venue.

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat ’17 Award ceremony venue.

 

With the final closing of the Public Choice Award, on Tuesday 24th of October, the definitive list of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 winners has been revealed.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti and H3T Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

The winners of the 2017 BigMat International Public Prize -awarded with 1.500€- will be revealed, along with the rest of the BigMat International Architecture Awards – 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Special Mention for Young Architects and the Grand Prize-  on Friday the 24th of November at the awards ceremony in Florence.

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“Réinventer Paris” exhibition within Tandem Paris-Madrid events

October 25, 2017

How will Paris be in the next decades? The exhibition “Reinventer Paris” (Reinventing Paris) showcases 23 winning designs, 74 finalists and all 358 entries submitted by multidisciplinary teams – formed by architects, urban designers, engineers, farmers, young entrepreneurs, philosophers, and artists – who entered an innovative urban design competition organized by the Municipality of Paris.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

 

The 23 sites, many of them emblematic of Paris’ history, are located in nine of Paris’ twenty arrondissements and they are all very different in terms of their layout and characteristics, thereby enabling a multitude of possible responses from candidates.

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“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Culturgest Lisboa

October 24, 2017

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

 

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it”. (more…)

“Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the AA” at deSingel Antwerpen

October 23, 2017

The exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association presents 50 works on paper by architects and artists collected by the long-term chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, Alvin Boyarsky.

 

Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), “The Pleasure of Architecture,” 1983. Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1982–83. Color screen print on paper, 30 11/16 x 20 3/16”. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © OMA.

Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), “The Pleasure of Architecture,” 1983. Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1982–83. Color screen print on paper, 30 11/16 x 20 3/16”. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © OMA.

 

As chairman of the Architectural Association, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool but as a form of architecture in its own right. This book brings together an iconic set of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time—including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, OMA–Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, Shin Takamatsu, and others.

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“Arniches and Domínguez. Architecture and life” at ICO Museum Madrid

October 21, 2017

The ICO Foundation presents an exhibition on two of the most creative architectural practices in Spain during the Twentieth Century. Authors of the Racecourse of Madrid along with Eduardo Torroja, the work of these architects is known for its mediation qualities between Spanish tradition and early-century modernism.

 

Variante “A” Hipódromo de la Zarzuela. Arniches, Domínguez y Torroja © CSIC Informes de la Construcción

Variante “A” Hipódromo de la Zarzuela. Arniches, Domínguez y Torroja © CSIC Informes de la Construcción

 

The ICO Museum in Madrid pays hommage to two of the greatest Spanish architects of the Twentieth century in its latest exhibition, “Arniches and Dominguez. Architecture and Life”, which will be open to the public from October 4 to January 21, 2018. The exhibition, curated by Pablo Rabasco and Martín Domínguez Ruzy, and carried out by the Fundación ICO, examines the personal and professional life of the two founding architects of the most creative architectural practices in Spain in the Twentieth Century. (more…)

One week left to vote for the BigMat International Award 2017 Public Prize!

October 17, 2017

Vote now! The winner of the Public Choice Award will be announced along with the other prizes and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony of the BigMat’17 International Architecture Award, which will take place at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, on November 24th.

 

Offices in Zamora, by Alberto Campo Baeza. Winner of the 2015 BigMat International BigMat Award © Javier Callejas

Offices in Zamora, by Alberto Campo Baeza. Winner of the 2015 BigMat International BigMat Award © Javier Callejas

 

Until October 24, 2017 you can vote for any three of your favourite projects among the 87 shortlisted in the BigMat International Architecture Award. Voting is open for all citizens residing in any of the participating countries: Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The project chosen by the participants will be included in the catalogue along with the other winning entries. The prize will be also awarded with 1.500 euros.

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“Piccolomini” drawings by Pier Vittorio Aureli at Betts Project

October 17, 2017

Betts Project presents Piccolomini, an exhibition of architect Pier Vittorio Aureli. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, showing a new series of pastel drawings.

 

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

 

These pastels on paper are part of a large series developed during several years; in essence, they are landscapes. They play with the most fundamental datum of the landscape genre, which is the horizon line. In painting, the hori- zon line is the axis through which, in the last six centuries, every Western depiction of space has been constructed. The horizon line is the most artificial and arbitrary datum though which we produce representations of space, and yet it has become one of the most potent means of naturalizing our perception of space.


 

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“Piccolomini”
September 29 –  November 18, 2017
Betts Project Gallery
100 Central Street, London
United Kingdom

 


All the conflicts, cracks, and contradictions that have produced the land as we see it are subsumed and equalized by the establishment of the horizon line.

 

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

 

For centuries the horizon remained hidden behind elaborate compositions. It was only in17th century Dutch and Flemish landscape painting that the horizon line was made visible as the most explicit feature of the painting itself. In the paintings of Jan Porcellis, Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter Snayers, the horizon becomes so overwhelming that it completely subsumes the vanishing point and any compositional feature that is not just the axis of the horizon.

 

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

 

The Piccolomini pastels on paper push to the extreme this logic of the horizon and as such they attempt to offer a final meditation on the very tradition of landscape painting at the moment in which this genre has been abandoned by artists and is seen as outmoded and romantic.

The series is named after general Ottavio Piccolomini for whom the Flemish baroque painter Pieter Snayers painted several battle scenes among which one of the most striking landscapes ever conceived – The Battle of Lützen (1632) – a painting that might have inspired one of the greatest paintings of the 17th century: Diego Velasquez’s Surrender of Breda (1634).

— Pier Vittorio Aureli, 2017

 

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

"Piccolomini" exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

“Piccolomini” exhibition view © Pier Vittorio Aureli, courtesy Betts Project

PIER VITTORIO AURELI was born in Rome in 1973. He graduated in architecture at the IUAV in Venice and earned his PhD at the TU Delft in 2005. His main research focus is the relationship between architectural form, political theory and urban history. He teaches at the Architectural Association in London and is also Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture. Aureli has written many essays on architecture and the city, and is the author of several books, notably ‘The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture’ (2011), ‘The Project of Autono- my: Politics and Architecture within and Against Capitalism’ (2008), and is the editor of the recently published collection of essays ‘The City as a Project’ (2014). Together with Martino Tattara he is the co-founder of the architectural office Dogma. Since its foundation Dogma has worked on the relationship between architecture and the city by focusing mostly on urban design and large-scale projects. In 2006 Dogma won the first Iakov Chernikhov Prize for the best emerging architectural practice. In 2013 an exhibition and accompanying cata- logue, ‘Dogma: 11 Projects’ opened at the Architectural Association in London. Part of the Dogma archive of drawings and collages is in the collection of the FRAC Centre in Orleans.
Aureli’s drawings are part of the Drawing Matter collection as well as private collections.

On Thursday 16 November 2017 Pier Vittorio Aureli will give a lecture at the Barbican, an event organised by the Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican.


 

News source and text: Betts Project
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