‘Piranesi. La fabbrica dell’utopia’ at Palazzo Braschi in Rome

August 14, 2017

With more than 200 graphic works, kindly loaned by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and the collections of the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi, the exhibition shows the most significant works of the Venetian artist, an extraordinary inkjet maker and central figure for the figurative culture of the 18th century Europe. 

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

 

Piranesi was a great engraver and architect devoted to the rediscovery of archeology who applied his Venetian artistic education to an immediate passion for the grandiose ruins of Rome, where he moved in 1740.

His vast watercolor production, featuring spectacularly exaggerated prospective visions and violent luminous effects, made him one of the most successful artists in a rapidly expanding artistic market such as the Roman was in the culminating period of the Grand Tours.

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JSWD Architects present their work in ‘hautnah’, an exhibition at RIBA London

August 12, 2017

The Cologne-based firm JSWD Architekten present an itinerant exhibition on their most iconic works from the last 15 years. Focusing on details, façade and overall design composition, the exhibition will be showing at The Practice Space, RIBA, until August 27.

 

Maison de L'Histoire Europeénne, Brüssel © Foto: Christa Lachenmaier

Maison de L’Histoire Europeénne, Brüssel © Foto: Christa Lachenmaier

 

​The exhibition “hautnah” shows – in schematized images – details of completed projects by JSWD Architects. Individually tailored solutions are the result of a precise site response to functions and needs analysis – producing structures that offer a protective, intelligent and efficient “outer shell”, which will also serve to tell the developer’s story.  (more…)

‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’ the Biennale’s Danish Pavilion exhibition at DAC Copenhagen

August 10, 2017

With more than 130 architectural models, the exhibition fills DAC from basement to attic, giving visitors a fascinating insight into what makes Danish architecture unique and so popular abroad.

 

'Art of the Many and the Right to Space'  exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

‘Art of the Many and the Right to Space’ exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

 

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be showing from 7 July to 1 October ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, the Danish contribution to the most recent Venice Biennale of Architecture.

The Biennale is the most prestigious architecture event in the world, and countries from around the globe exhibit their own interpretations of a specific theme. While the Biennale attracts international visitors, the exhibition at DAC opens to a Danish audience, who will undoubtedly recognise the libraries, hospitals and childcare centres from their daily lives. The exhibition also provides fresh insights into what makes these buildings special.

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Architektur Galerie Berlin presents STEAL SCHINKEL, a students’ approach to Schinkel’s Bauakademie

August 9, 2017

Demolished in 1962, Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin is now scheduled to be rebuilt on a budget of 62 million euros. Students from Studio EAST at EPFL Lausanne have undertaken a research and design programme to reflect on the possibilities of the building’s inminent reconstruction.

 

Students' models at 'STEAL SCHINKEL' © Architektur Galerie Berlin

Students’ models at ‘STEAL SCHINKEL’ © Architektur Galerie Berlin

 

Following the budgeting of 62 million euros in March 2017  for the reconstruction of Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin, German architects are in the need of re-formulating and reflecting over the historical original building and its meaning today.

How and how much will we keep the memory of Schinkel’s Bauakademie? How do we want this place to behave in its contemporary urban landscape? How, or do we, want to update the functional program of the building for the future? Is it possible to find a Schinkelian sense and expression of designing buildings today?

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‘Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit’ architecture from the MENA region at Vitra Design Museum

August 9, 2017

Vibrating with an innovative cultural life, the Midle East and North Africa regions are the focus of an exhibition featuring contemporary photographs, models and texts, conveying the dynamic atmosphere of individual locales and the relationship of inhabitants to their spatial surroundings.

 

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

 

Ankara, Baghdad, Tehran and Tangier are vibrant metropolises of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). They pulsate with an innovative cultural life – despite the political headlines. The exhibition »Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit« views these cities from a micro-perspective, examining their architecture, urban neighbourhoods and the protagonists who shape them.

The project is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the publishers of Dubaibased magazine Brownbook.  (more…)

Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés

August 3, 2017

The Cultural Center designed by Brazilian architect Niemeyer is hosting until August 12 an exhibition showing the results of the XIII BEAU Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, comprising the works of the architects awarded or shortlisted among the various categories of the Biennial.

 

'BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism' exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

‘BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism’ exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

 

The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) is being shown in the Centro Niemeyer, a Center for the Arts and Culture in Avilés, Spain. The XIII BEAU, entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, has traveled to United States, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.  (more…)

Discover the 2017 Pilsen ‘Landscape Festival’ on it’s fifth anniversary

August 2, 2017

This yearly event, taking place from May to September, focuses on the many possibilities of the perception of our surroundings from an architectural approach. Exhibitions and site-specific installations set up a background for public dialog regarding landscape and architecture both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

 

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

 

From May to September, the landscape and public space of this West Bohemian metropolis will be the platform for a public dialogue on the possibilities of the perception of our surroundings. Once again, the Festival will present many inspiring exhibitions with examples of high-quality Czech as well as foreign landscape creations.

However, it is especially the site-specific installations by Czech and foreign artists and architects, which trigger a discussion on the future development and work potential in a modern and well-functioning city. In addition, debates, lectures, conferences and workshops on Festival themes will be held within the accompanying programme. (more…)

“We play, you play” the experimental approach to architecture of El Equipo Mazzanti

July 31, 2017

SpazioFMG per l’Architettura is exhibiting the work of the visionary Colombian architectural practice ‘El Equipo Mazzanti’. “We play, you play” is an interactive exhibit which turns the gallery into a real workshop: here, play becomes the key to interpreting the work and projects of the group led by Giancarlo Mazzanti.

"We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti" at Spazio FMG per l'architettura © Spazio FMG

“We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti” at Spazio FMG per l’architettura © Spazio FMG

 

To mark the first ever Milano Arch Week, a week-long series of events in Milan focusing on contemporary architecture, SpazioFMG per l’Architettura is hosting the first solo exhibition on El Equipo Mazzanti to take place in Italy. We play, you play (curated by Giancarlo Mazzanti and Luca Molinari) will focus on the Colombian architectural group’s approach and experimental style. To mark the opening of the exhibition, there will be a presentation of “El Equipo Mazzanti”, the latest title in the “Inspiration and Process in Architecture” series published by Moleskine. The event will be attended by curators Matteo Schubert and Francesca Serrazanetti.

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“Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style” De Stijl at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

July 26, 2017

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them.

 

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. From 10 June until 17 September, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut (which holds the greatest architecture collection in the world) present a marvellous overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been. (more…)

“The Reconstruction Territories” IUAV’s projects for areas struck by natural catastrophes

July 25, 2017

The exhibition shows the continuous attention paid by the IUAV to the reconstruction of urban fabric and buildings, contributing with first response activities, knowledge and design inmediately after the catastrophe events.

 

'The Reconstruction Territories' at IUAV 2017 © Roberto Bertossi

‘The Reconstruction Territories’ at IUAV 2017 © Roberto Bertossi

 

In the last fifty years, Iuav has been repeatedly involved in emergency response when some catastrophic event occurred, such as the Vajont disaster in 1963 or the most recent earthquake in Central Italy in 2016. The authors of the projects shown here are Iuav academics who have tackled the issue of reconstruction by drafting general Plans and projects concerning individual structures. Their activities have always been regulated by agreements between Iuav and the various public administrations from time to time involved in the disaster, or they worked as independent professionals. Frequently, reconstruction issues have been brought into the class, involving the students of the design workshops or graduands.

The current exhibition presents Iuav‘s projects for the reconstruction of urban space and particular buildings in territories affected by natural catasrophes over the last century. On show are many drawings, plans and documents regarding the Vajont, Friuli, Marche and Umbria disaster plans, as well as illustrative plans and consolidations surveys from recent earthquakes in Abruzzo and Central Italy(more…)