Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

November 29, 2017

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.

 

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

 

The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (more…)

“Unbuilt Rome” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

November 28, 2017

The city is the material presence of the built environment as much as the accumulation of lost, destroyed or imaginary elements, which not anymore or never became parts of reality. All of these elements, physical or immaterial, constitute a collective cultural capital of a place and contribute to shape its diffused mentality.

 

"Unbuilt Rome" © Supervoid

“Unbuilt Rome” © Supervoid

 

The project Unbuilt Rome explores this idea of the city as a stratification of built facts and drawn thoughts, through a shared research that examines a series of projects designed for Rome and never realized. These projects – together with countless others which incurred in the same destiny – played a key role in the construction of the common imagination of Rome and had a significant influence on the architectural culture and on the debate on the city.

With the contribution of AM3, BDR Bureau, Fosbury Architecture, Ganko, Gosplan, La Macchina Studio, Raumplan, Supervoid, Warehouse of Architecture and Research. Featuring the work of Jacopo Valentini. (more…)

“Patrick Bouchain” exhibition at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

November 27, 2017

On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the Frac Centre- Val de Loire, a retrospective exhibition will retrace 4 decades of creation, pay tribute to his methodology, showcase years of learning and teaching, and highlight his political commitment to architecture.

 

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

 

The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work. (more…)

“Form follows Rule” exhibition at Architekturzentrum Wien

November 24, 2017

Who decides what our cities and buildings look like? Is it still the architects and city planners, or did the law take over long ago? The exhibition ‘Form follows Rule’ shines a spotlight on these regulations, without which nothing happens in architecture.

 

Would such a fantastic playground still be possible today? WIG 74, Kurpark Oberlaa Image: MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten

Would such a fantastic playground still be possible today? WIG 74, Kurpark Oberlaa Image: MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten

 

Who makes the rules, what do they tell us about our society, and were things really any better in the past? Clear and concrete, critical and, in some of the examples, even inadvertently comical, the Architekturzentrum Wien exhibition uncovers this otherwise invisible background to architecture and urban development. (more…)

“Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making” at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

November 22, 2017

Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making is the first of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Hammering, planing, sawing and weaving – it was pretty loud and dusty in the workshop wing of the School of Design, the Bauhaus Dessau. Although conceived as ‘laboratories for industry’, a great deal was still done by hand in the Dessau workshops.

 

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

 

The exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making tells the story of the workshops from the perspective of craft in the original setting, the weaving workshop in the Bauhaus building in Dessau. At the Bauhaus the relationships between art, applied art, industrial production and craft were discussed in more radical terms than elsewhere. And the backdrop to these domains, the economic and political situation in the Weimar Republic on which the school was dependent and in which it also aimed to actively intervene, had a far greater influence on the fate of this institution than any other. (more…)

“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at Centro Cultural de Belém

November 21, 2017

The official Portuguese representation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale chose as its central theme Álvaro Siza’s remarkable work in the field of social housing, covering his projects undertaken in different contexts: Campo di Marte (Venice); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin); Schilderswijk West (The Hague); and Bairro da Bouça (Porto).

 

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

 

In all of these projects, he demonstrated his experience in terms of social participation, reflecting a democratic understanding of the city, citizenship and the collective memory, which also brought him closer to the thinking of his contemporary Aldo Rossi. Álvaro Siza’s projects have created genuine “neighbourhoods”, a central theme on the current European political agenda, in defence of a more inclusive and multicultural society. The exhibition also documents the architect’s return visits to the four neighbourhoods in 2016, where he was confronted with such phenomena as immigration, ghettoisation, touristification and the gentrification of cities.

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“Madrid a Medias. Free Urban Planning” at CentroCentro

November 19, 2017

Madrid, a medias is a new cycle of three exhibitions on the hopeful, welcoming and joyous city that has arisen during the last decade of crisis and indignation (2007-2017).

 

Celebración en El Campo-de-Cebada-del-primer-encuentro-TEDxMadrid-al-aire-libre-celebrado-en-2014-TEDxMadrid

Celebración en El Campo de Cebada del primer encuentro TEDxMadrid al aire libre celebrado en 2014 TEDxMadrid

 

The project shows the city that has sprung in urban gardens and social centres, in self-managed plots and neighbourhood spaces, social markets, and street parties. A half-finished city, created by many hands, open to new ideas, new hopes, and new collaborations and made with other materials and other resources. (more…)

“Revisiting Moneo’s Prado” celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum’s extension

November 17, 2017

The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest extension in the history of the Museum – designed by Rafael Moneo – with a commemorative publication that includes a text by Jorge Fernández-Santos illustrated with a photographic essay by Joaquín Bérchez, and a summary of the contribution made by the extension to the overall modernisation of the Museum initiated at that time.

 

Moneo, Villanueva and Cabrero. Photograph taken from Room 516 of the Ritz Hotel, Madrid. © Joaquín Berchez. 2017

Moneo, Villanueva and Cabrero. Photograph taken from Room 516 of the Ritz Hotel, Madrid. © Joaquín Berchez. 2017

 

In addition, the Museum is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Joaquín Bérchez, a photographer, architectural historian and senior professor of art history at the Universidad de Valencia. To complete this celebration, the Prado is presenting ten, new 360-degree videos made with support from Samsung, a technological sponsor of the Prado. The videos show working areas in the extension that are not normally accessible to the public. (more…)

“Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

November 16, 2017

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I by the Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778–1823), Sir John Soane’s Museum will present Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I – a new exhibition revealing the story behind the Museum’s most treasured possession.

 

Joseph Michael Gandy, Architectural composition to show the comparative characteristics of thirteen selected styles of architecture, No Date. © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

Joseph Michael Gandy, Architectural composition to show the comparative characteristics of thirteen selected styles of architecture, No Date. © The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Known as ‘The Great Belzoni’, Giovanni Battista Belzoni was one of the most famous and pioneering explorers of his age, and played a crucial role in the development of Egyptology as a scientific discipline. A former circus strongman based in London, in 1815 Belzoni took up the role of engineer in Egypt, charged with the removal of large and heavy antiquities. (more…)

“An architecture of dialogue” exhibition by Atelier Arcau

November 15, 2017

In its forthcoming exhibition at Paris’ galerie d’architecture, atelier arcau will present its architectural philosophy and its approach centered round openness and dialogue. The exhibition, from November 2 to December 2, 2017, will explore the firm’s DNA through three sections highlighting major landmarks in the firm’s evolution, exploring both its history and what it could become tomorrow.

 

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

 

French architecture firm atelier arcau was founded in Vannes, on the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan, in 1979. Now one of the largest architecture firms on France’s Atlantic coast, atelier arcau’s attachment to its native Brittany has helped give it the strength to pursue its creative freedom. Run by architects Julien Veyron, Xavier Fraud and Marc Monnier, atelier arcau’s mission is to create unique spaces which are both modern and in harmony with their setting and the local culture. (more…)