“Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer” at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

November 11, 2018

Considered one of the most influential architects and designers of the twentieth century, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) will be honored at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in his first retrospective in France. A prolific creator who was equally interested in both industrial and craft production, Ponti revolutionized post-war architecture, opening up the way for a new art of living.

 

Basilica, Palazzo del Bo, University of Padua © Tom Mannion

Basilica, Palazzo del Bo, University of Padua © Tom Mannion

 

The exhibition Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer, presented in the museum’s main hall, covers the entirety of his long career from 1921 to 1978, highlighting numerous aspects of his work from architecture to industrial design, from furniture to lighting, and from the creation of journals to his incursion into the fields of glassware, ceramics and metalwork. Over 400 pieces, some of which have never left their place of origin, trace this multidisciplinary display that combines architecture, furniture and interior fittings for private homes and public buildings (universities and cathedrals). (more…)

“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

October 22, 2018

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (more…)

“Louis Kahn and Venezia” exhibition at Theatre of Architecture in Mendrisio

October 16, 2018

The exhibition “Louis Kahn and Veniezia”, which inaugurates the programme of the new USI Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio designed by Mario Botta, stages for the first time the profound link between the American architect and the Italian city.

 

"Louis Kahn and Venezia" The project for the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Biennale building © USI

“Louis Kahn and Venezia” The project for the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Biennale building © USI

 

Louis Kahn and Venezia for the first time showcases the close ties between the American architect, one of the twentieth-century Masters, and the city of Venice. Kahn’s relationship with the Italian city date from his first stay in 1928 and continued over the decades with further visits. It was strengthened by his participation in the Biennale, his friendship with Carlo Scarpa, the various lectures he gave and above all his project, which remained on the drawing board, for a Palazzo dei Congressi. (more…)

“Léon Stynen, architect” at deSingel International Arts Campus

September 17, 2018

The exhibition ‘Léon Stynen, architect’ displays iconic designs from Stynen’s rich archive. This material is brought to life with photos, models, pieces from private collections and testimonials from colleagues, employees and clients.

 

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer  © VAi

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer © VAi

 

The best-known designs by Léon Stynen (1899-1990) include the Belgian Pavilion for the World’s Fair in New York – in collaboration with Henry van de Velde and Victor Bourgeois -, Antwerp’s BP building, the casinos at Ostend and Knokke, and deSingel. As director of the Academy of Antwerp’s architecture department (1948) and the National Superior Institute of Architecture and Decorative Arts La Cambre (1950), he also played a leading role in the development of architectural education. In 1963 he became the first national chairman of the Order of Architects.  (more…)

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” at Ivorypress Madrid

September 16, 2018

Ivorypress is pleased to present artist Kasper Akhøj’s latest project, entitled Welcome (To The Teknival). The exhibition, open until 3 November 2018, consists of a photographic series taken by Akhøj between the spring of 2009 and summer of 2017 during the ongoing restoration of E-1027, Maison en bord de mer.

 

"Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)"  © Kasper Akhøj

“Kasper Akhøj. Welcome (To The Teknival)” © Kasper Akhøj

 

They are based on a series of photographs by Eileen Gray, first published by Jean Badovici in a special issue of the journal L’Architecture Vivante from 1929, the year their villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur first stood finished. (more…)

“Machines à penser” at Fondazione Prada Venice

August 23, 2018

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, exploring the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production.

 

"Machines à penser" exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

“Machines à penser” exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

 

“Machines à penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated in a fjord in Skjolden, Norway. Adorno, on the other hand, was forced into exile from his native Germany during by the Nazi regime, first to Oxford and then to Los Angeles, where he wrote Minima Moralia, a collection of aphorisms that also reflects on the fate of forced emigration. These reflections inspired the installation conceived by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in 1987 titled Adorno’s Hut, a centerpiece of the exhibition alongside architectural reconstructions of the actual huts of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. (more…)

“Lacaton & Vassal / inhabiting: pleasure and luxury for everyone” exhibition at AUT

August 15, 2018

The architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, winners of the latest BigMat International Architecture Award are among the internationally most important representatives of a “pragmatic” and at the same time social architecture that questions the economic as well as the ecological foundations of building.

 

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal, Cité Manifeste, Mulhouse, 2001 – 2005 – © Philippe Ruault

 

They see the creation of open areas and “luxurious” living spaces as one of the main tasks of their architecture. Thanks to simple and industrial materials, they succeed in generating affordable and architectonically high-quality living space. In their first project, the single-family House Latapie from 1993, they already formulate the basic features of their further work. An adapted greenhouse construction is pulled over a simple wooden structure and defines a climatic shell that acts as a winter garden or extended living space. In this way, 185 m2 of usable space arose for what was then just over 55,000 Euros. The greenhouse theme subsequently assumes a central role in their work, because there is hardly a project that does not take up certain elements or set pieces of this industrial horticultural product. (more…)

“Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen” at Serralves Museum

August 12, 2018

“Besides, History” is a three-party conversation that took place over the past year, involving Go Hasegawa, based in Tokyo, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen (OFFICE), based in Brussels, and the history of architecture.

 

Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA

Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA

 

This conversation was initiated by the CCA, an institution that was founded on the conviction that studying architecture’s ideas involves using the past and the present as tools to envision the future. (more…)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

May 30, 2018

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

 

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

 

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

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…)

“The Territory of Architecture Gregotti and Associati 1953-2017″ at Centro Cultural de Belem – Garagem Sul

November 16, 2018

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Belém Cultural Centre presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of Vittorio Gregotti. The exhibition will present an explanatory narrative of his wide-ranging activities and those conducted by his studio, spanning more than six decades of projects both in Italy and abroad.

 

Grand Théâtre de Provence © Gregotti e Associati

Grand Théâtre de Provence © Gregotti e Associati

 

The title of the retrospective establishes an ideal continuity and a form of mirroring with the territorio dell’architettura (territory of architecture) – the programmatic title of his first book published in 1966 – a meeting place for contributions from other experiences and disciplines, in which the term territory conveys the meaning of the overall physical and conceptual material for architecture itself.
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“Agricultural Capital. Projects for a Cultivated City” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

November 15, 2018

With a sense of foresight and commitment, the exhibition “An Agricultural Capital” reveals the primary bonds between city, nature, and agriculture, and how, beyond their apparent opposition, we can find the keys to a new Agricultural Urbanism.

 

"Agricultural Capital. Projects for a Cultivated City" © Pavillon de l’Arsenal

“Agricultural Capital. Projects for a Cultivated City” © Pavillon de l’Arsenal

 

Residents of the metropolis have rediscovered agriculture as a way to address growing environmental crises as well as their concerns about their own food and health. However, their idealized vision is often hard to implement, given how contemporary cities are organized and operate. The event “Agricultural Capital: Projects for a Cultivated City” unearths the deep links between agricultural and urban production, between cultivation and habitation, and between ground and a city. (more…)

“Hybrid Tbilisi. Reflections on Architecture in Georgia” at DAM

November 11, 2018

To celebrate Georgia as guest of honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 the DAM wanders through the caucasian metropolis Tiflis – a large demolition site of the old, a factory of the new, a fascinating city in search of itself.

 

Sowjetische Großwohnsiedlung, 1976, Architekten Otar Kalandarishvili und G.Potskhishvili Foto: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Sowjetische Großwohnsiedlung, 1976, Architekten Otar Kalandarishvili und G.Potskhishvili Foto: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

 

Together with renowned Georgians, the various levels of this contradictory city are explored at a particular stage of a transformation that oscillates geographically and intellectually between Europa, Russia, Turkey and the Arab states, between East and West, between the 19th century, the Soviet Union, and an optimistic 21st century. With its feverish urban construction activity and its wild night life, the city is attracting international attention. (more…)

“Universo Futurista” at Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation

November 10, 2018

Through an extraordinary variety of works by the Fondazione Cirulli, the exhibition itinerary proposes “settings” dedicated to themes relevant to futurists such as speed, energy, progress, mechanized man and home design, organized around five units main structures: the air conquer room, the wall of posters, the “constellations”, the “orbits” and the “spaces”.

 

Bruno Munari, Momenti d’un lancio con il salvagente aereo, 1930 ca., fotomontaggio b/n, cm 15×21. Veduta della mostra “Universo futurista” presso Fondazione Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO), 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO).

Bruno Munari, Momenti d’un lancio con il salvagente aereo, 1930 ca., fotomontaggio b/n, cm 15×21. Veduta della mostra “Universo futurista” presso Fondazione Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO), 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO).

 

Last April, in San Lazzaro di Savena, a few kilometers from Bologna, the Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation opened to the public, a new Italian private institution based on a historical archive dedicated to the Italian culture of the twentieth century, launched in New York in 1984 by its founders, Massimo and Sonia Cirulli and which today has a collection of some thousands of pieces. (more…)

“Teaching architecture. Two schools in dialogue” seminar between Milan and Madrid’s Schools of Architecture

November 10, 2018

Politecnico di Milano will be hosting an international seminar in which both institutions will be present, leading a debate aimed to compare and contrast different approaches in the education of young architects today. The event is sponsored by BigMat International Architecture Award, among others.

 

"Teaching architecture. Two schools in dialogue" seminar participants.

“Teaching architecture. Two schools in dialogue” seminar participants.

 

The seminar, which will take place next day November 23rd at Politecnico di Milano, intends to build the first act of a series of bilateral meetings aimed at fueling an effective dialogue among highly regarded Schools of Architecture. In order to attend this congress it is necessary to sign up at the institution’s website, clicking here. You can also follow the events through its Instagram account insegnarelarchitettura.

This event has been organized thanks to the sponsorship of BigMat International Architecture Award. Internationally renowned teachers and professors from both Universities will participate in the event, among which will be Alberto Campo Baeza and Emilio Tuñón, both of which have been awarded with the BigMat Architecture Award’s Grand Prize and Spanish National Prize, respectively.

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“Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia” at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

November 8, 2018

The exhibition “Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia” celebrates the wealth of color and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America, bringing together 250 artworks made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to present.

 

Freddy Mamani, Cholet in red brick residential area, El Alto Photo © Tatewaki Nio, Néo-andina series, 2016 This work was produced with the support of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Freddy Mamani, Cholet in red brick residential area, El Alto Photo © Tatewaki Nio, Néo-andina series, 2016 This work was produced with the support of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

 

Including modernist abstract art, sculpture and architecture as well as ceramics, weaving, and body painting, the exhibition explores the wide range of approaches to geometric abstraction in Latin America, whether influenced by Pre-Columbian art, the European avant-garde or Amerindian cultures. Southern Geometries weaves visual relationships among diverse cultures and regions across time, inviting visitors to discover the vibrant patterns and designs of Latin American art. (more…)

“Remoteness” Reiulf Ramstad Architects at la Galerie d’Architecture

November 5, 2018

Bold and daring, yet unpretentious and simple: that sums up the buildings designed by the independent, Oslo-based architectural offices of Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA).

 

RRA, Trollstigen platform 20 © Diephotodesigner

RRA, Trollstigen platform 20 © Diephotodesigner

 

Where is the center of the Earth? a mental barrier or a opening for possibilities what is periphery/suburbia RRA has been working in remote places (…) – most radical projects, where people were more open-minded, no prejudice to architecture and daring projects. (more…)

“Alberto Ponis. Drawing Landscape” at ETH Zurich

November 4, 2018

For the first time drawings from Alberto Ponis’ archive will be on display in an exhibition dedicated to his work, many of which interpret the unique circumstances of a project and the delicate act of placing a house in a landscape. Invariably Ponis’ drawings are produced by hand in pencil and ink, and this charges them with a sense of doubt.

 

Alberto Ponis, Casa Hartley, 1970 © Alberto Ponis

Alberto Ponis, Casa Hartley, 1970 © Alberto Ponis

 

I’ve designed more than 300 houses, and none of them was presented to me in a ‘do it any way you like’ commission. And no single project was the same. The clients each responded in different ways. Frankly, some of them were more interesting than others. But I made sure I looked after all of them and considered every detail of their houses. For example, in each of the hundreds of bathrooms I have designed I think carefully where to place the tub. I find a place for everything. Which means for 40 bloody years or so I’ve been here all winter designing houses that people will use in the summer. The huge amount of work this requires means that I have a great difficulty thinking of them in any other way than physically. (more…)

“Speculative Design Archive” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

November 2, 2018

On display will be prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers; work that deserves to be preserved and shared. Such silent testimony to the process of design is all too frequently neglected. In practice, designers seldom have the space, time or expertise to store such valuable repositories of knowledge.

 

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

This Fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut temporarily transforms into a design archive. Since the late 1980s design from the Netherlands has been world-renowned under the banner of Dutch Design. But what about the memory of Dutch design today? What will be preserved for the future? Why, how and by whom? (more…)