“Concéntrico 04″ International Architecture and Design Festival

April 30, 2018

Concéntrico 04 is the fourth edition of Logroño’s International Festival of Architecture and Design, a reflection on the urban environment and the city. The Festival invites you to explore the city through installations, exhibitions, discussions, activities and performances, creating a connection between places, squares, streets, terraces and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed.

 

"Amanita muscaria" information pavilion, Patricia Ramos Mateos, Miriam Alonso Barrio and Paula Mena Albarrán © Concéntrico

“Amanita muscaria” information pavilion, Patricia Ramos Mateos, Miriam Alonso Barrio and Paula Mena Albarrán © Concéntrico

 

Each installation is created by a team of architects and/or designers who make proposals, experiment and explore new fields of design with their environment, thereby establishing a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture, which seeks to activate citizens’ reflection on these spaces. Multiple different suggested routes for an unconventional look at the city, to awaken the desire to reclaim the joy of spaces, of the city. (more…)

“Formes et Lumière” exhibition by Gitty Darugar

April 27, 2018

Form, function, light, and color are the concerns of architects and their constructive creations. In her photographs of the buildings of the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the photographer Gitty Darugar interprets these physical structures in abstraction – an abstraction of light and color that crystallizes these forms into compositions of unanticipated beauty.

 

"Formes et Lumière" Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

“Formes et Lumière” Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

 

The architect’s three-dimensional elements are, of course, present, but we do not see these «man-made» shapes until Darugar’s magical photographic eye has transformed them into two dimensions. Her architectural photographs demonstrate not only how Architecture and Nature imitate one another – but also how, through Darugar’s work, this dialogue can achieve further creative expression in photography. (more…)

“Ride a bike! Reclaim the city” exhibition at DAM

April 25, 2018

The exhibition shows what an urban development needs to look like if it is to help persuade yet more people to get on their bike in the future. Projects from all across the world make the case for gently Reclaiming the City. The focus is on selected cities such as Copenhagen, New York or Oslo – these show how the path towards a more sustainable and social city can lead via planning a bicycle-friendly one.

 

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

 

Designing public spaces well is a central task for urban planners and landscape architects. And they are joined on their already cramped stage by yet another agent: traffic planning. Bicycle traffic plays a central, connective role in the work done by all three and can provide the key to success. In order to maintain and improve the quality of life in the cities, where densities are increasingly rising and space used all the more intensively, more space is required on streets and squares, more green and more open spaces. (more…)

Serralves Museum presents “Manuel Marques de Aguiar, 1927—2015: Building Places”

April 24, 2018

Manuel Marques de Aguiar (1927–2015), an architect, urban planner, urban manager and landscape designer belongs to a generation of architects from Porto for whom drawing is a privileged tool of thought. On the basis of his drawings, blueprints and architectural projects, this exhibition highlights his desire to transform the city and the landscape, ‘building places’ that will enable livelihoods.

 

"Manuel Marques De Aguiar, 1927—2015: Building Places" © Serralves

“Manuel Marques De Aguiar, 1927—2015: Building Places” © Serralves

 

Across six units, or ‘places’, the exhibition presents different testimonies by leading figures from his generation (such as Luiz Cunha, Carlos Carvalho Dias and Álvaro Siza, among others), memories of those who accompanied the persistence of Marques de Aguiar in the articulation between work and life. (more…)

“The Effusivity Pool” installation by Philippe Rahm architectes at Istituto Svizzero di Milano

April 23, 2018

The Effusivity Pool proposes to experiment an interior space which materials are no longer chosen according to plastic or memorial criteria, but on physics, looking for a sustainable form of Beauty. What we want to bring into the definition of the solid and thus the physical expressivity of a building or of an interior space, are physical, thermal and climatic values, such as those of reflectance, emissivity, effusivity and conductivity.

 

Philippe Rahm architects, "The Effusivity pool", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April - 9 May 2018 Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

Philippe Rahm architects, “The Effusivity pool”, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April – 9 May 2018
Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

 

The Effusivity Pool is thus a manifestation of a few materials chosen according to their climatic proprieties. But the choice of them is no longer made according to analogue or memorial criteria, but according to energy and climatic criteria. We put in place, according to a highly perceptible gradation, 4 materials according to their intrinsic property of effusivity, whose characteristic is to speed up or to slow down the body heat loss by conduction when the human skin is touching a material. (more…)

“Rationalism on Set” Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema

April 22, 2018

This exhibition explores a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong Modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years.

 

"Rationalism on Set" © Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

“Rationalism on Set” © Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

 

A selection of vintage photographs will be complemented by film clips, sketches and contemporary periodicals sourced from the Cineteca Nazionale, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), the Cineteca di Bologna, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin) and the RIBA Collections. Rationalism on Set runs at London’s Estorick Collection from 18 April until 24 June 2018. (more…)

“Visionair” installation by Labics at Fuorisalone 2018

April 19, 2018

Labics at Fuorisalone 2018 in Milan presents “Visionair”, an installation that insists on reversing the point of view. Conceived as a prototype, this work continues the research of the architecture studio on the theme of the relationship between space and structure. Marco Cappelletti’s photographs document the intervention.

 

"Visionair" by Labics © Marco Cappelletti

“Visionair” by Labics © Marco Cappelletti

 

The idea behind the project stems from a reflection on the theme of reversal of the point of view, concept used by the brand Elica to describe the paradigm shift underlying the recent experiments on aspiring hobs. The installation is a visible object inside the Ca‘ Granda, a small architecture that immediately communicates its presence; a structure that, when approaching, reveals itself, letting perceive the presence of a space inside, an unusual space that invites the visitor to enter a surreal and upside-down dimension of reality. (more…)

“Domus 90. Gio Ponti” at Galleria Carla Sozzani

April 18, 2018

On the occasion of the 90-year anniversary of Domus magazine, the Fondazione Sozzani will present a selection of pieces by Gio Ponti, drawn from the Domus Archives. The exhibition recounts the architect’s multifaceted production and approach to the arts, expressed through the pages of the magazine he oversaw as editor-in-chief for over 40 years from 1928 to 1979, with an interruption from 1941 to 1947.

 

"Domus 90. Gio Ponti" ©  Gio Ponti / Domus

“Domus 90. Gio Ponti” © Gio Ponti / Domus

 

The work of Gio Ponti (Milan, 1891-1979) is evoked through suggestions starting from the theme of the house, to which he dedicated many editorials and essays, stimulating the debate on the transition to the “modern” home in the Thirties and interpreting the changes in society in the post-war period. The exhibition includes photographic images, Domus magazine covers and a selection of objects that together cover 50 years of his work. A series of images highlights the architect’s alphabet: the combination and comparison between objects, drawings, and architectural elements show his design approach, in particular the expressive potential of the materials that he embraces in every sector, from craftsmanship to architecture. (more…)

“Stadt des Kindes: On A Failed Utopia” at Architekturzentrum Wien

April 17, 2018

Even architecture had its 1968. At its opening in 1974, the Stadt des Kindes by Anton Schweighofer was among the most prominent examples of an architecture aimed at promoting social reform, adopting a pioneering role worldwide. The exhibition at the Architekturzentrum Wien tells of the revolutionary aspirations and the failure of this built utopia.

 

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Anton Schweighofer, Stadt des Kindes, Design of outdoor area, Wilfried Kirchner, Vienna 14, 1969-1974 Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

 

In the second Az W SammlungsLab, impressive pieces from the Collection from the Stadt des Kindes are combined with documentary footage capturing memories of criticism of the institution from former residents. Fifty years ago the Stadt des Kindes became a model project for politicians. As a new model for the “shelter” of vulnerable children and youths, the project remained an exception, albeit one which has gone down in international architecture history as an exemplary building. (more…)

“All The World’s A Stage? Comparing European Theatres, Operas and Concert Halls” at DAM

April 16, 2018

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Affairs is introducing european theatres, operas and concert halls. taking into account the discussion about the building ensemble comprising the frankfurt theatre and opera, examples of successful renovations as well as spectacular new constructions, which in some cases constitute catalysts for urban development, are being presented in order to support defining a sustainable vision for the future of the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt.

 

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo/NO – Außenansicht Photo: Jens Passoth

Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Oslo/NO – Außenansicht Photo: Jens Passoth

 

What will the theatre houses of tomorrow look like? What shape will these central collective cultural meeting places take? It is not just the technical requirements and opportunities that are changing — the way performances are staged and what the public wants to see are also in flux. The unique ensemble that forms the Schauspiel theatre and the Opera in Frankfurt shall soon be undergoing comprehensive refurbishment — 50 years after the emblematic structure with its glass foyer first opened to the public. Courses of action currently being discussed are whether to renovate or start afresh, stay in the same spot or relocate. (more…)