“Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990″ ​at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

March 31, 2018

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the first public building designed by the world-renowned architect Norman Foster. In celebration, the Sainsbury Centre is launching a major exhibition to shine a light on developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s.

 

SCVA-Superstructures-lead-phot-Ken-Kirkwood

SCVA-Superstructures-lead-photo Ken Kirkwood

 

SUPERSTRUCTURES tells the story of architecture’s fascination in the post-World War Two decades with new technology, lightweight structures, pioneering building techniques and innovative engineering solutions. Discover how the Sainsbury Centre was made and how earlier feats of engineering, such as The Crystal Palace, inspired Superstructure galleries, factories, offices, transport hubs and homes. (more…)

“Architecture of Storage” at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ Berlin

March 29, 2018

Freeports, data centres, self-storage facilities, museum archives – all part of an ever growing landscape that tends to remain at the edge of our daily attention. Usually unspectacular, its functionalist architecture is inseparable from its content and requirements: security, accessibility, and flexibility.

 

Atelier d'Architecture 3bm3, Le Freeport Singapore, 2010, courtesy Atelier d'Architecture 3bm3

Atelier d’Architecture 3bm3, Le Freeport Singapore, 2010, courtesy Atelier d’Architecture 3bm3

 

The motives for storage are manifold: from downsizing in response to worsening housing crisis to stowing away private high-value assets secure and tax-free. The storage of information in the form of bytes – be it the warehousing of our knowledge or the marketing of our digital identities – and with it, the notion of dematerialisation increasingly shapes the general understanding of what storage is. (more…)

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” at Slovak National Gallery

March 27, 2018

The exhibition remembers the work of Friedrich Weinwurm (1885 – 1942), the most significant representative of architectural avantgarde in Slovakia. Through the documentation of both realised and unrealised architectural works, it will bring us closer to the architect’s idea of “respectable architectural art for the period.”

 

"Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path" © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

“Architect Friedrich Weinwurm: New Path” © Olja Triaska Stefanovic

 

It refers to his main architectural focus: form, operational and spatial relations but also the structural and technical side of architecture. It will introduce the personality of this left-wing intellectual and his ability to interpret the social role of architecture, which is the solution to the housing issue and other topics connected to it as well as the role of individual and the family in the modern society, collectivism, urban planning, industrialisation, and standardisation. He applied these themes mainly during the Unitas and New Age projects. In his declaration “Where does the new path go?” from 1931, he did not focus on the formal, structural and spatial side of architecture, but he touched on solely social aspects of architecture. (more…)

“Startup Madrid: Context, Structure and Light” summer workshop at the Technical University of Madrid

March 25, 2018

The objective of the course is the development of an architecture project located in the city of Madrid in the context of an experimental workshop where students will have the opportunity to delve into some aspects of architecture such as the relationship with context, the proposal of new structural strategies and the usage of light as a fundamental tool in the creation of architectural space.

 

CARTEL STARTUP MADRID_IMAGE

 

The project, which will be located in a singular metropolitan area of ​​Madrid, will have a hybrid character in its function so that students can develop and experience both the scale of a private (residential) use and the scale of other public uses (sports, cultural, coworking, etc.). (more…)

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

March 25, 2018

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” offers the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design, from past to present. The exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.

 

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

 

The nightclub is one of the most important design spaces in contemporary culture. Since the 1960s, nightclubs have been epicentres of pop culture, distinct spaces of nocturnal leisure providing architects and designers all over the world with opportunities and inspiration. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Haçienda in Manchester designed by Ben Kelly to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London.  (more…)

“The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979)” exhibition at Villa La Pietra Florence

March 24, 2018

The exhibition seeks to reconstruct through photographs and documents the history of the Olivetti image from 1952 to 1979, examining three places where Olivetti products were displayed (exhibitions, stores and the school), in which narrative forms – oral, written, and visual – of the Olivetti identity were progressively developed.

 

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

 

The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979) exhibition curated by Caterina Toschi and produced by Ellyn Toscano, New York University Florence, will opened at Villa Sassetti, Florence. The opening was preceded by a rountable discussion at on Olivetti’s visual culture, experimental identity and corporate image between the 1950s and 1980s, and its legacy. (more…)

Black Flying House in Bohemia by H3t Architekti

March 20, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Honorific Mention For Young Architects. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “a hugely original hanging room that can be installed in a number of different ways and which in this case is installed under an existing railway arch.”

 

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

 

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakian member of the panel of judges): “Studio H3T architekti has won renowned for the realisation of small often temporary objects in the public space. The strategy of uncovering the hidden potential of the place through new intervention was followed also with their last installation. The black flying house was situated in the abandon military area on the periphery of the Czech town Pardubice. The wooden archetype of a house was hoovering under the arch of the ruined railway bridge and offering the potential guest the standard of an emergency shelter. In the absurd position and location the trivial form of the object acquired strong social-environmental content. The work was removed according to the demolition warrant after 39 days of existence.” (more…)

“A Thermodynamic Imaginary” – Tomás Saraceno at MAAT Oval Gallery

March 19, 2018

A Thermodynamic Imaginary presents a new immersive ensemble of sculptures from this ongoing project, including existing and new pieces that allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new attunements between humans, more-than-human beings and the Earth system, reaching an ethical commitment with the sun, the atmosphere, and the planet.

 

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

 

In the upcoming Spring, MAAT presents a wide range of exhibitions in which the theme of climate change stands out. Following the acclaim of Bill Fontana’s Shadow Soundings sound and video installation, which received more than 70.000 visitors, on March 21 MAAT’s Oval Gallery will host a new large-scale commission by Tomás Saraceno.  In the fifth intervention at this iconic space, the artist imagines the Aerocene, a future in which humans will live in solar and wind-powered aerial cities. On April 11, Eco-Visionaries, our second international “manifesto-exhibition”, invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation. (more…)

“Strategies of Displacement” exhibition by Antoni Muntadas at CGAC Santiago

March 18, 2018

Strategies of Displacement is an exhibition that reviews Muntadas’ work through specific projects and incorporates his recent shift towards landscape. The author marks a route that steers towards an unstable territory, one that raises questions, in a selection of projects that converge around three ideas: losing (yourself), disappearing, going (away).

 

"Strategies of Displacement" exhibition by Antoni Muntadas © CGAC

“Strategies of Displacement” exhibition by Antoni Muntadas © CGAC

 

Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942), a figure of reference in international art, is building a transdisciplinary discourse centred on criticism of the media; he places the extensive function of art in interaction with social sciences, the mass media and the new information technologies to reveal the linguistic mechanisms of power. In the seventies he created the term media landscape to give a name to this new landscape, which has been, since then, the main goal of his investigation. (more…)

“Cloud ’68—Paper Voice” Smiljan Radić’s collection of Radical Architecture at ETH Zurich

March 16, 2018

The exhibition “Cloud ’68—Paper Voice” pays homage to the architecture and thinking of European radical movements that flourished between the 1950s and 1970s producing a wide range of experimental expression. It presents Smiljan Radić’s Collection of Radical Architecture with recordings of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

 

“Cloud ’68 - Paper Voice” exhibition view © Martin Stollenwerk

“Cloud ’68 – Paper Voice” exhibition view © Martin Stollenwerk

 

“Cloud ’68—Paper Voice” spans two collections from that period, which open up different readings of Radical Architecture. From the personal collection of the Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, a selection of 173 graphic pieces—lithographs, drawings, original etchings, and ephemera—will show the horizon of meaning of the diverse architectural approaches from those years: works by Constant Nieuwenhuys, Guy Debord, Asger Jorn, Haus-Rucker-Co, Archigram, Utopie, and Superstudio, among others, will meet in 33 panels that recall Aby Warburg’s “Mnemosyne Atlas”. (more…)