Elytra Filament Pavilion, an outdoor installation from the exhibition “Hello, Robot”

March 14, 2017

The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart.

 

Installation view Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Julien Lanoo

Installation view, Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo:
Julien Lanoo

 

With the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum presents a major exhibition that examines the current boom in robotics. It shows the variety of forms that robotics takes today and at the same time broadens our awareness of the associated ethical, social, and political issues. Outside the museum, the »Elytra Filament Pavilion« complements this exhibition. The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart. After its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is now on view on the Vitra Campus. (more…)

“Housing and the City. James Gowan and Álvaro Siza” at Architectural Association London

March 13, 2017

This exhibition at the Architectural Association offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933).

 

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

 

It offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933), with particular reference to the specific architectural problems that confronted both architects when addressing the typologies of stacked maisonettes and terraced houses in the decades after 1963. Gowan is represented by his designs for Greenwich and East Hanningfield, and Siza by Bouça and Vila Viçosa. (more…)

“The Gulliver Airship” at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Prague

March 11, 2017

The exhibition describes the conceptual side of the creation of the airship, its inspirations, technical design, and its construction. This permanent monumental architectural intervention in the shape of an airship was inspired by the idea to invade the DOX Centre’s modern industrial building with a “parasitic“ structure that would contrast with its existing architecture.

 

"The Gulliver Airship" © DOX Centre

“The Gulliver Airship” © DOX Centre

 

In 2013 the DOX Centre’s director, Leoš Válka, contacted internationally acclaimed architect Martin Rajniš, the 2014 winner of the Global Prize for Sustainable Architecture. For more than two years together with wood and steel specialists they worked on the design of what finally turned out to be a 42m long and 10m wide structure inspired by the shapes of the giant airships that began to cruise the skies at the dawn of the twentieth century. (more…)

“Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square” at RIBA

March 9, 2017

Presented together for the first time, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century, and to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

 

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveils a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square (8 March 2017 – 25 June 2017) offering a renewed examination of two iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the City of London. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates’ newly listed Number One Poultry. (more…)

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” at Museo Ettore Fico

March 9, 2017

The exhibition illustrates the multifaceted creative activity of Bruno Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), one of the most important figures in the international artistic and cultural scene of the 20th Century .

 

"Bruno Munari. Total Artist" © Museo Ettore Fico

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” © Museo Ettore Fico

 

The exhibition highlights the varied research and experimentation works by the artist, opening to the general public a wide range of his creative works: drawings, projects, collages, paintings, sculptures, “unreadable books”, new techniques of image reproduction, industrial design objects, editorial graphical works, architecture, as well as new teaching proposals – only to mention the most representative disciplines of his projects in the  synthesis of the arts. The exhibition is curated by Claudio Cerritelli. (more…)

Bauhaus‐Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presents “Bauhaus in Motion”

March 7, 2017

The range of exhibited pieces encompasses works from classes at the Bauhaus – such as motion studies from the preliminary course – as well as paintings, photographs, architectural drafts, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and works on paper.

 

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

 

From 1 March 2017 to 8 January 2018 the BauhausAArchiv / Museum für Gestaltung is showing “Bauhaus in Motion”. This special exhibition presents the connection between the Bauhaus and movement on various levels: the theme of motion can be found in works by famous Bauhaus teachers, such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as in numerous student works. (more…)

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR) receive the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize

March 4, 2017

The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic. Their work “La Lira Theater” Public Open Space at Ripoll, Girona, was finalist for the BigMat ’15 National Prize.

 

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee, 2011, Olot, Girona, Spain © Hisao Suzuki

 

The three architects, originating from Olot, in the Catalonian region of Spain, have worked together collaboratively since founding their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential  architecture. (more…)

“L’Esprit Nouveau” ​1920-1925 now available online by Dipartimento di Architettura Roma Tre

March 4, 2017

The project includes a complete digital collection of 28 issues of the magazine and offers a range of search functions developed to facilitate access to this collection. Download is possible, as well as saving and printing medium-resolution images.

 

"L'Esprit Noveau" ​1920-1925 © Dipartimento di Architettura Roma Tre

“L’Esprit Noveau” ​1920-1925 © Dipartimento di Architettura Roma Tre

 

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre ‘s Biblioteca di Area delle Arti has ellaborated a digital version of the prestigious work L’Esprit Nouveau. L’Esprit Nouveau , founded in March 1920 in Paris by Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant and published from 1920 to 1925, is an important magazine for art and French architecture. The term “Esprit nouveau” was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire in 1917 to define the cultural climate of those years in Paris.  (more…)

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” now at MAAT Lisbon

March 2, 2017

The exhibition ‘Dimensões variáveis’ expresses a complexity of subjects that preoccupy artists and their unique critical, political, and poetic approaches. The artworks gathered by the curators intend to create tensions and dialogues, to suggest multiple levels of interpretations and personal narratives beyond the architectural matter.

 

"Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture" © MAAT Lisbon

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” © MAAT Lisbon

 

“Variable Dimensions” is a descriptive term commonly used in captions of artworks, especially in the field of contemporary art, but rarely used in the field of architecture, where dimensions are used for construction and hence naturally pre-defined. This exhibit suggests a fresh look on this difference and reinvents dialogues around the relationship between artists and architecture. (more…)

“The books of The Architecture of the City” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

March 2, 2017

Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers and Guido Tesio are the curators of an exhibition focused on the many different texts, references and graphical excerpts present in Rossi’s 1960’s acclaimed work, aiming to clarify the basic ideas of the original text.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

The exhibition, curated by Victoria Easton, Kersten Geers (from KGDVS) and Guido Tesio, attempts to break down the main ideas of Rossi’s book by reorganizing and putting together the many texts and visual information contained in the original work, while proposing some new content that may help to better understand it: photographs, bibliography and facsimiles. The exhibition was made in collaboration with Form – ENAC – EPFL and the Fondazione Aldo Rossi.


 

Practical information

“The books of The Architecture of the City”
February 21 – March 11, 2017
Archizoom. EPFL.
SG 1211 (SG Building)1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

 


In 1966, Aldo Rossi published a book that refuted the then current arguments on the city and its design, and whose reception exceeded all expectations: L’architettura della città was fast internationally hailed as a classic.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

Built upon a combination of unconventional fragments from various disciplines, cultures and authors, the book engendered a conceptual framework – as opaque as it appeared – for effective exploration of the complexity of the contemporary city, the success of which persisted at least until the work of Rossi himself, with all its later simplifications and cartoonesque positions, began to colour people’s perceptions of his theories. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the original launch of L’architettura della città, this exhibition presents itself as a formal exercise both in celebrating this ‘mythical’ work and taking it off its pedestal, dusting it down so as to be able to (re-)engage with its tenets.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016 © Giulio Boem

 

The importance of the book manifests in the uncertainty that accompanies us still, when interpreting and designing the city today. The issues raised by Rossi in the 1960s have by no means been resolved: cities are still complex; their physical configuration still mirrors their history in a non-linear, contradictory manner; and urban phenomena remain inexplicable unless approached in the light of the city as a whole. Is Rossi’s ‘city-as-a-book’ or ‘book-as-a-city’ a metaphor we need to hang on to? Perhaps it is, given that the construction of this book results in many ways from the construction of the architect: the architecture of the city built Aldo Rossi, so to speak. Or should it perhaps be dismissed or deconstructed once and for all? We – in presenting here a Difficult Whole, scrutinised but not unravelled – take the liberty of not letting that happen.

 

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

"The books in The Architecture of the City" Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

“The books in The Architecture of the City” Archizoom. EPFL, 2016

 

In returning to the sources on which Rossi drew in order to construct his book, in recovering the original editions so as to expound both their literary and iconographic value, The Books of the Architecture of the City exhibition celebrates the generosity of the book, beyond the fame of its author, and therewith proposes that Aldo Rossi be regarded as only one among many contributors to an intimately multifaceted and collective project called L’architettura della città: a book made of books.

The Books of the Architecture of the City does not present a thoroughly researched ‘new’ claim regarding the truth (or not) of Rossi’s flawed masterpiece. It is rather, a simple survey of all that Rossi explicitly included within its pages. Thus, the exhibition shows everything and nothing simultaneously. Here, all the books of The Architecture of the City are brought together and made accessible for the first time. They are displayed alongside a set of books made of facsimiles in which all the quoted text excerpts and graphical excerpts from the original editions are compiled. A photographic essay by Stefano Graziani visually resonates with the fragments of text. In drawing on more than 150 books, on a multiplicity of origins and references, L’architettura della città is resolutely an organism that prompts the on-going mutation of its own content as well as ample opportunities for a continuous internal and external dialogue. By showing nothing but what was already there, The Books of the Architecture of the City plainly exposes the contents of the original text, thus calling upon the visitor to explore Rossi’s fiction as well as to venture into building new sets of analogies and correspondences.


 

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