Footbridge Sulin in Slovakia by ZeroZero

January 16, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Slovakia, the Footbrige Sulin by Zerozero, a pedestrian bridge which crosses the river Poprad, the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia.

 

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

Footbridge Sulin – Zegiestow by ZeroZero © Jaroslav Val´ko

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the short-listed project is a pedestrian bridge made from reinforced concrete, the design of which is a logical product of the function it serves and of the structure needed to create the work in the chosen material.”

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakiamember of the panel of judges): “The bridge crosses the river Poprad, which builds the natural national border between Poland and Slovakia. It should be a generator of the trans border tourism development in one of the most beautiful European natural settings. The concrete slightly vaulted bridge body with brutalist surface reacts on the surrounding landscape and enhances it, similarly as the stone bridges or castles have done in past. The down-to-earth character of the structure is underlined by the simple vertical grooves of the concrete body and the wooden cladding of the floor and inner railing. Balancing on the borderline between original and banal the authors of the bridge succeeded to create architecture perfectly consistent with this (none) ordinary place.” (more…)

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” at SpazioFMG

January 16, 2018

SpazioFMG per l’Architettura, the FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti and Iris Ceramica brands’ exhibition gallery, is opening an exhibition entitled “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” in which 70 Italian architects of different generations are invited to interpret the symbolic and narrative world of Dante.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

The exhibition, curated by Luca Molinari with the assistance of Chiara Ingrosso, opens on Thursday, 14 December, confirming the Milanese gallery’s willingness to go beyond the field of design and approach various different areas of human endeavour related to architecture. The Milanese gallery opened the group exhibition “Sezioni. L’Architettura italiana per la Divina Commedia” (“Sections: Italian architecture for the Divine Comedy”), in which 70 contemporary Italian architects of different generations are asked to offer their visual interpretation of Dante’s literary imagination as expressed in his “sections”: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.


 

Practical information

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy”
14 December, 2017 – 23 February, 2018
SpazioFMG per l’Architettura
Via Bergognone 27, 20144 Milano
Italy

 


Artists and illustrators have imagined the three worlds represented in the Divine Comedy for centuries, representing this symbolic and narrative world in images picking up on the metaphors of the Tower of Babel and the Celestial City. But few twentieth-century artists have demonstrated an interest in the theme, or had the courage to approach it. The one single, powerful exception is Giuseppe Terragni’s Danteum, the first work to attempt to give physical, spatial form to the Florentine poet’s vision.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

The exhibition draws public attention to the theme once again, inviting architects and designers to offer their personal visual and textual interpretation of the most important work of poetry ever composed in the Italian language. “In “Sezioni”, we asked key figures in Italian architecture to address an unusual challenge, and the results have been surprising. By inviting prominent architects from different generations to redraw the section of the Divine Comedy, we created a new space for research that goes well beyond the traditional confines of design. We believe this exhibition offers a valuable opportunity not only to demonstrate Dante’s continued relevance to Italian culture, but above all to contribute to architectural debate through valuable, profitable dialogue with other fields of knowledge”. Luca Molinari, scientific curator at the gallery, introduces the exhibition that will be open to the public until 23 February 2018.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

During the “Sezioni” exhibition, the open space at Spazio FMG will be divided into three areas: an installation designed and coordinated by Alessandro Benetti and Federica Rasenti, accompanying visitors on a voyage of exploration of graphic representation. In the first space, fully visible through the windows of the gallery, visitors can leaf through a valuable copy of the Divine Comedy with engravings by Gustave Doré.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

The second area focuses on words: on 9 podiums made of FMG’s MaxFine Citystone Grey maxi-slabs, tablets are available for e-reading a selection of quotations from the Divine Comedy selected by Dr. Riccardo Buscagli, Professor Emeritus of Italian Literature at Florence University; the extracts alternate with texts by the architects and designers participating in the exhibition, describing their works.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

At the end of the exhibition route, visitors may admire images of overall and close-up views of the 70 designs projected in a slideshow loop, welcoming visitors into the world of Dante. Original drawings by 5 famous masters of Italian architecture will also be on display: Andrea Branzi, Aimaro Isola, Ugo La Pietra, Maurizio Navone and Franco Purini.

 

"Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy"  ©   SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

“Sections. Italian Architecture for The Divine Comedy” © SpazioFMG per l’Architettura

 

“Sezioni”, organised in Iris Ceramica and FMG’s gallery and showroom in Milan, is a preview of a bigger exhibition that will be held at the Reggia di Caserta in 2018, curated by Luca Molinari, including all 70 drawings with large format prints and originals.


 

News source: SpazioFMG per l’Architettura
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“Máquinas de vivir” exhibition at CentroCentro Madrid

January 14, 2018

Through choreography, music, actions, images, paintings, photographs, films, models, books, documents and scenographies, the exhibition proposes the spatio-temporal relation between three different and fields of production, three ways of understanding the territory, the city and the house, different and related ways of being in the domestic space, architecture and urban planning.

 

Viviendas para una comunidad de gitanos (O Vao, Pontevedra, 1970-1972), Pascuala Campos y César Portela. Foto: Anna Turbau.

Viviendas para una comunidad de gitanos (O Vao, Pontevedra, 1970-1972), Pascuala Campos y César Portela. Foto: Anna Turbau.

 

“Máquinas de vivir” (Machines for living) is a project that opens a three-way dialogue between radical architecture, social criticism and flamenco representations. Through choreography, music, actions, images, paintings, photographs, films, models, books, documents and scenographies, he proposes the spatio-temporal adjustment between three different and linked fields of production, three ways of understanding the territory, the city and the house, different and related ways of being in the domestic space, architecture and urban planning, reinventions of the flows of circulation, mobility and walk, whose development in the present starts in the second half of the twentieth century. (more…)

“New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography and Film” at Bauhaus-Archiv

January 12, 2018

Extensive photography show to celebrate 80th anniversary of the founding of American school succeeding the Bauhaus. This will be the last exhibition in the Bauhaus-Archiv building before the museum’s modernisation and expansion.

 

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is presenting the photography of Chicago’s New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design that emerged out of it in a major exhibition running from 15 November 2017 to 5 March 2018. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bauhaus successor institution that was founded by the avant-garde artist and former Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy in 1937 and developed into an important centre of photographic education in the US. (more…)

“The Bench: a Microscopy” at CIVA Brussels

January 9, 2018

Heavy, immobile and commonplace, a bench is one of those objects that one seldom looks at. Our eyes, drawn towards those things that actively invite our attention, slide past it. The exhibition, The Bench : A Microscopy, shifts the focus. It moves the bench from the periphery to the centre of attention and interrogates its relationship, and ours, with its urban and rural surroundings.

 

"The Bench: a Microscopy" © CIVA

“The Bench: a Microscopy” © CIVA

 

It also investigates the importance of underlying immaterial structures, such as the ways in which we move around. This project, inspired by Michael Jakob’s book, Poétique du banc, was set up in France in 2016 in the L’Onde art centre in Vélizy-Villacoublay and the Graineterie art centre in Houilles. (more…)

“La Même Indifférence” exhibition at CentroCentro Madrid

January 6, 2018

The work proposes a comparison between the neighborhoods of Orcasur and La Courneuve, presenting aspects and common situations in both neighborhoods as a reflection on the influence of urban planning on society and its development. “The same set of measures applied on a large scale will produce identical or very similar results in different societies and at different times.”

 

"La Même Indifférence"  ©   Aquellos Que Esperan / Koln Studio

“La Même Indifférence” © Aquellos Que Esperan / Koln Studio

 

Including in the cultural program of Tandem Paris-Madrid this photographic exhibition reflects on the influence of urbanism on society and its development, as well as on the identity of the inhabitants. The group “Aquellos que esperan”, formed by photographers Borja Larrondo and Diego Sánchez, documents since 2012 the aspects and situations of daily life in the suburbs, investigating the physical and psychic dimensions generated by both architectural structures and institutional policies. They carry out fieldwork consisting of many micronarratives to ask questions instead of reaching closed conclusions. (more…)

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura

January 2, 2018

The project, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Portugal, comprises the construction of the International Contemporary Sculpture Museum (MIEC) and rehabilitation of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa (MMAP), that the Municipality of Santo Tirso intends to open in this site.

 

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum is a piece that blends seamlessly with the surrounding architecture while creating a break between the two buildings and deftly adding the intended functionality.”

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can we relate different buildings with similar programs? By underlining the gulf between them, by building in the form of a distinct touch and position through construction of a new body that physically connects the two buildings. By joining all times, exposing their subtleties. By replacing a small window, a tiny detail, a memory. By re-inscribing the truth in the historical adjustment and reinterpreting the past to build another time. When discovering the dialog between two architects that put in place two buildings communicating in time and in history, one perceives the sequencing in their decisions, even the most silent ones.” (more…)