“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at S AM Basel

December 13, 2017

From the 2nd of December 2017 to the 6th of May 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’, curated by Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

With ‘Bengal Stream’ S AM is the first museum worldwide to present an exhibition on Bangladesh’s architecture. In a chequered historical sequence of events, various trends have expressed themselves in different architectural ways, according to religious or socio-cultural developments. Nevertheless, many underlying motifs have held their ground in a typological sense for centuries and even represent a valid foundation for today’s architectural trends. Modernism also used these as a basis on which to build, whereby the most important local protagonist was Muzharul Islam. It was also in keeping with his personal identity, situated between localism and internationalism, to bring international protagonists like Paul Rudolph, Stanley Tigerman and ultimately Louis I. Kahn to Bangladesh for important construction projects. In ‘Bengal Stream’, original drawings by Muzharul Islam are exhibited for the first time outside of his native Bangladesh. (more…)

“Jacques Hondelatte” exhibition at Betts Project

December 11, 2017

Betts Project is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by cult but unknown French architect Jacques Hondelatte. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation since the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Jacques Hondelatte: Des gratte-ciel dans la tête’ at Institut français d’architecture, Paris, France in 1998.

 

Le Nichon (The Boob)—Millau Viaduct , 1994, computer drawing. Courtesy the estate of Jacques Hondelatte & Betts Projec

Le Nichon (The Boob)—Millau Viaduct , 1994, computer drawing. Courtesy the estate of Jacques Hondelatte & Betts Projec

 

The exhibition will reveal previously unseen archive documents and unknown projects, including images of the Jardin du Foot (1994), a garden in which the trees become football players, images of the Viaduc de Millau (1994), as well as images of the Dragons de Niort (1992). (more…)

“NUB: New Urban Body – Experiences of urban generation” at La Triennale di Milano

December 6, 2017

As part of the urban regeneration program Cariplo Foundation Lacittàintorno, La Triennale di Milan will host from November 24 to January 7, 2018 the exhibition NUB: New Urban Body – Experiences of urban generation, produced by Fondazione Cariplo in collaboration with the Social Housing Foundation.

 

NUB New Urban Body esperienze di generazione urbana © Triennale di Milano

NUB New Urban Body esperienze di generazione urbana © Triennale di Milano

 

The initiative is sponsored by the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservatories of the Province of Milan. The exhibition NUB: New Urban Body aims to illustrate how the evolution of the ways of living, working, meeting and enjoying services can positively affect the transformation of the city. By evolution of the ways of living we mean the increasingly widespread attitude to experience time, space and property in a fluid and strategic way, with respect to daily commitments. We are increasingly faced with multifunctional urban organizations able to respond flexibly and adaptively to the need to build their daily schedule. (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

December 6, 2017

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)

“Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?” exhibition by PPAG architects

December 4, 2017

With a focus on trendsetting forms of housing, PPAG architects is one of the leading protagonists of contemporary architecture in Austria. Since 1995, the Vienna-based architecture studio founded by Anna Popelka and Georg Poduschka has been working to stimulate the further development of our society through innovative living environments.

 

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

 

‘Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?’ presents a 1:1 model of their idea for an elastic space configuration within an apartment. The installation features plans, drawings, and films for structures planned and built by PPAG, including residential buildings and urban development projects in Vienna and Berlin. The exhibition gives visitors an insight into the well-considered solutions which meet the demands of the diverse ways of life. (more…)

Michele De Lucchi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone with “Cataste”

December 2, 2017

Michele De Lucchi returns to the Antonia Jannone Gallery in Milan with Cataste, the new exhibition dedicated to a series of unpublished sculptures and works on paper. With Cataste he tackles again the themes dear to him: nature, simplicity, building, collecting, preserving, healing, ordering, taking and shaping.

 

Cataste, Michele De Lucchi © Michele De Lucchi

Cataste, Michele De Lucchi © Michele De Lucchi

 

The ten sculptures in walnut wood, as well as the drawings on paper, all works created in 2017, tell the same number of worlds, as many forms. The stacks are made simple, necessary, inaccessible, so De Lucchi’s sculptures become symbols of an ancient construction and offer a reflection on today’s aesthetic and functional values. (more…)

“Patrick Bouchain” exhibition at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

November 27, 2017

On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the Frac Centre- Val de Loire, a retrospective exhibition will retrace 4 decades of creation, pay tribute to his methodology, showcase years of learning and teaching, and highlight his political commitment to architecture.

 

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

 

The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work. (more…)

“Form follows Rule” exhibition at Architekturzentrum Wien

November 24, 2017

Who decides what our cities and buildings look like? Is it still the architects and city planners, or did the law take over long ago? The exhibition ‘Form follows Rule’ shines a spotlight on these regulations, without which nothing happens in architecture.

 

Would such a fantastic playground still be possible today? WIG 74, Kurpark Oberlaa Image: MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten

Would such a fantastic playground still be possible today? WIG 74, Kurpark Oberlaa Image: MA 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten

 

Who makes the rules, what do they tell us about our society, and were things really any better in the past? Clear and concrete, critical and, in some of the examples, even inadvertently comical, the Architekturzentrum Wien exhibition uncovers this otherwise invisible background to architecture and urban development. (more…)

“Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making” at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

November 22, 2017

Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making is the first of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Hammering, planing, sawing and weaving – it was pretty loud and dusty in the workshop wing of the School of Design, the Bauhaus Dessau. Although conceived as ‘laboratories for industry’, a great deal was still done by hand in the Dessau workshops.

 

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

 

The exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making tells the story of the workshops from the perspective of craft in the original setting, the weaving workshop in the Bauhaus building in Dessau. At the Bauhaus the relationships between art, applied art, industrial production and craft were discussed in more radical terms than elsewhere. And the backdrop to these domains, the economic and political situation in the Weimar Republic on which the school was dependent and in which it also aimed to actively intervene, had a far greater influence on the fate of this institution than any other. (more…)

“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at Centro Cultural de Belém

November 21, 2017

The official Portuguese representation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale chose as its central theme Álvaro Siza’s remarkable work in the field of social housing, covering his projects undertaken in different contexts: Campo di Marte (Venice); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin); Schilderswijk West (The Hague); and Bairro da Bouça (Porto).

 

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

 

In all of these projects, he demonstrated his experience in terms of social participation, reflecting a democratic understanding of the city, citizenship and the collective memory, which also brought him closer to the thinking of his contemporary Aldo Rossi. Álvaro Siza’s projects have created genuine “neighbourhoods”, a central theme on the current European political agenda, in defence of a more inclusive and multicultural society. The exhibition also documents the architect’s return visits to the four neighbourhoods in 2016, where he was confronted with such phenomena as immigration, ghettoisation, touristification and the gentrification of cities.

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