“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

June 24, 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.

 

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

 

The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

June 24, 2017

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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Last days for “Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920 – 1990″ at Tschoban Foundation

June 22, 2017

The exhibition features Berlin as seen throught the eyes of the most successful architects of the XXth Century: from actually built projects by Álvaro Siza and OMA to utopian visions by Bernard Tschumi, Hans Scharoun, Mies Van der Rohe and many others.

 

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis, 1980 – 1990 House at Checkpoint Charlie Competition, building complex, isometry Watercolour on Xerox copy 82 x 166 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis (1980 – 1990)  House at Checkpoint Charlie. Competition, building complex, isometry  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

 

Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920–1990 shows an exciting selection of important moments in Berlin’s urban and architectural development, illustrated by hand-drawn designs by Hans Scharoun, Hans Poelzig, Frei Otto, Gottfried Böhm, Zaha Hadid, Álvaro Siza Vieira and other renowned architects. A selection: the exhibition should therefore by no means be seen as a complete chronological documentation of the capital’s architecture during this period. It is rather a presentation of the variety of ideas and visions for Berlin, a stimulus to comparison of the drawn and the actually built architecture, and a highlighting of the high artistic quality of the exhibited works. (more…)

‘envejezANDO’ Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’ at COAM Madrid

June 20, 2017

The exhibition focuses on specific aspects of human life – aging, illness, decadence – that seem to be attached to certain physical spaces that remain separate from the space of everyday life that surrounds us.

 

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

 

Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.

Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in. (more…)

‘Angelo Mangiarotti: The Tectonics of Assembly’ at Architekturforum Zürich

June 17, 2017

Mangiarotti sought an architectural language that was not necessarily linked to function and programme, finding its unique expression in tectonics and shape. He worked intensively with architects such as Konrad Wachsmann, Fritz Haller, Max Bill and Jean Prouvé.

 

Hauptfassade Bürogebäude des Industriekomplexes Snaidero in Majano / Foto: Angelo Mangiarotti

Hauptfassade Bürogebäude des Industriekomplexes Snaidero in Majano / Foto: Angelo Mangiarotti

 

The exhibition, curated by Franz Graf and Francesca Albani, shows a large selection of works by the designer, architect and sculptor Angelo Mangiarotti, an influential figure in the cultural life of post-war Italy. (more…)

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY: a 240 square-metre public installation in Zurich

June 13, 2017

The installation was erected in less than 10 days, involving 200 first-year students who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland i to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure.

 

HOUSE 2 - COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -  Opfot.com

HOUSE 2 – COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -Opfot.com

 

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY (www.countercity.ch) is a 240 square metre public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.

Erected in less than 10 days, the project involved 200 first-year students, who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland in six shipping containers to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure. (more…)

“Assemble: How we build” exhibiton and installations at Architekturzentrum Wien

June 9, 2017

The exhibition features ten of their realised “prototypes” as large scale installations conveying a three-dimensional tactile experience. Videos, sketches and drawings, and other documentation show the interactive communal processes characteristic of these British architects’ work.

 

Goldsmiths Art Gallery, 2014 © Assemble

Goldsmiths Art Gallery, 2014 © Assemble

 

The Architekturzentrum Wien presents a worldwide premiere with the first overview of the work of Assemble. Eleven selected projects demonstrate the breadth of their work — from realised architecture projects, via furniture designs, to urban interventions. They depart from the classical paths of mediation for architecture and undertake an artistic re-reading of each project.

In addition, a concrete relationship is established in the exhibition between Assemble’s approach and architecture production in Vienna. During preparations for the exhibition a cooperation with Vienna University of Technology has established a visiting professor’s post — the results of these processes flow into the exhibition in spring 2017. What can Vienna learn from Assemble? The exhibition clearly shows new directions that the work of Assemble opens for the future of architecture. (more…)

“Together. The architecture of the Collective” at Vitra Design Museum

June 4, 2017

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition addresses this global phenomenon of housing scarcity by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States: an overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collective living spaces.

 

Open air dinner, Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich. Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst

 

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living.

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition »Together! The New Architecture of the Collective« addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan »Make love, not lofts«. (more…)

“Rental Housing, forgotten segment of Czech architecture” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

June 1, 2017

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects as well as foreign architecture offices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV…

 

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

 

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery presents its most recent exhibition dedicated to rental housing. Following a change in the Czech real-estate market, where rented apartments seem to have risen after years of decline, the exhibition picks out some of the most interesting examples within the Czech Republic and aborad to highlight the possibilities of this housing type in contemporary architecture.

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects  as well as foreign architecture offices such as  BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV… (more…)

“Ventura Rodríguez” drawings from the Municipal Archives at Madrid Conde Duque

May 31, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the 300 year anniversary of the city’s Chief Master Architect’s birth to remember the works that helped shape Madrid as we know it today. On display are many original drawings recovered form the City Hall’s public archive.

 

Ventura Rodriguez  and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

Ventura Rodriguez and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

 

Madrid is celebrating the 300-year anniversary of the birth of one of the architects that contributed to shape the Capital city ‘s architecture: Ventura Rodríguez, whose work will be displayed in the South Gallery of Conde Duque from May 17 to July 23. The exhibition, curated by Pedro Moleón, Javier Ortega Vidal and José Luis Sancho -two architects and a historian- highlights Ventura Rodríguez’s special talent for drawing, besides the interest of his architectural works.

This architect is responsible for some of the most emblematic spots in Madrid: he is the author of the famous Cybele, Neptune and Apollo fountains and designer of the Royal Palace’s chapel. (more…)