“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…)

“Private Spaces” Adolf Loos at CaixaForum Madrid

April 15, 2018

The first exhibition in Spain dedicated to Adolf Loos, a key figure of Viennese modern architecture, reviews his unique conception of architecture and interior design. A wide repertoire of objects and domestic furniture, explores the aesthetic thinking of the architect, pioneer in the debate between spaces of public life and private life.

 

Müller house interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

Müller house interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

 

The exhibition, curated by Pilar Parcerisas, focuses on the work of Loos (1870-1933) as a designer of interiors and furniture who emphasised the dialogue between spaces in public life and private life. A central theme of the show is the aesthetic revolution that Loos led in Vienna at around the turn of the twentieth century, when he rebelled against Secession to champion economy in architectural construction and design. (more…)

“Sacred Space. The Architects and Artists of the Church of the Santo Volto di Gesù” at Nivola museum

April 14, 2018

The Nivola museum, which has been interested from the beginning in the intersections between art and architecture (one of the main themes of Costantino Nivola’s work in the mid-20th century), presents an exhibition on a project that brought that relationship into the contemporary world.

 

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

 

In 1998, the architects Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon were commissioned to design the church of the Santo Volto di Gesù, a new church in the Magliana neighborhood of Rome, a highly populat- ed area with a long history of social struggle as well as unauthorized building, property speculation, and urban violence. A context as stimulating and complex as the strip of land allocated for the building, a small, narrow corner plot between the broad Via della Magliana and one of its side streets. (more…)

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura

April 11, 2018

The exhibition presents a series of interactive installations, conceived and built by the students of the atelier of Riccardo Blumer at the USI Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, representative of an educational path that insists on learning the fundamental principles of architecture through the understanding of the potentialities of the human body and its being a unit of measurement of the humanized world.

 

"Seven automatic architectures and other exercises"  by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

 

Teatro dell’architettura will host the exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi” from March 9 to May 31. The exhibition is the opening event of a long series of activities aimed at testing the potential of the building: an array of lectures, debates, film screenings and conferences that will lead to the major show Louis Khan e Venezia in October. (more…)

“Dissident Gardens” exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut

April 10, 2018

With the programme Dissident Gardens, Het Nieuwe Instituut explores the classic contrast between nature and culture and the changing role of design. In this context, the garden stands for the site where man’s desire to control his environment collides with the forces of nature.

 

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

 

Dissident Gardens includes an extensive programme of exhibitions in Gallery 1, including Biotopia, Smart Farming, Gardening Mars and Pleasure Parks and in Gallery 2 the exhibition The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017. Dissident Gardens is on view from 4 March to 23 September 2018. (more…)