Opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Francis Kéré

June 23, 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso is the designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, who responded to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. 

 

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

 

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. (more…)

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s new outdoor installation in Kunsthal Aarhus park

June 15, 2017

Studio Bouroullec collaborate with Kvadrat and Kunsthal Aarhus in this long-term temporary installation that will provide four new seating spaces for the park surrounding the Kunsthal. The designs focus on the idea of gathering and communication and our spatial connection to the enrvironment.

 

Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, OUI outdoor installation for Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat

Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, OUI outdoor installation for Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat

 

The opening of OUI by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on the 26th of May marks the launch of a year long collaboration between Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat presenting site-situational, context specific and special exhibitions, that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region as part of Aarhus 2017 / European Capital of Culture. (more…)

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

June 14, 2017

Forming part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, the exhibition looks at public space design between 1955 and 1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo, and their approach to architectural Modernism.

 

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

 

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures, the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference, whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism. (more…)

‘Le Corbusier: 5 architectures’, photographs by Guido Guidi for Einaudi

June 11, 2017

The work of Guido Guidi is well aware of the deep interpretative value of the act of observation. In his photographs we are taken into Le Corbusier’s work like never before: through detailed and partial views the photographer draws on the architect’s lesser known work.

 

Guido Guidi. Le Corbusier 5 architetture © Guido Guidi / Einaudi

Guido Guidi. Le Corbusier 5 architetture © Guido Guidi / Einaudi

 

The art gallery Unosunove in Rome presents Italian photogrpaher Guido Guidi‘s latest work, a collaboration with editors Einaudi in their series ‘I millenni‘, with texts from ‘Le Corbusier. Scritti‘ by Rosa Tamborrino.

The exhibition comprises Guidi‘s photographs on 5 works by the Swiss architect, paying attention to the details of each place, the materials combined during the construction, the colors of the spaces, together with the notes glued on the walls or on the textile containers… a perfect and necessary addition to the architect’s words and texts. The exhibition will be open until June 24. (more…)

“LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation” at Palazzo Reale in Milan

June 7, 2017

OMA/AMO have led the team in charge of the in-depth research and stunning exhibition displays in each of the 12 rooms of the Palazzo Reale where dozens of objects stand side by side telling the story of the most distinguished Italian department store.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

The Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts an exhibition celebrating La Rinascente‘s 100 years’ anniversary. The Italian department store that changed Milan and became a symbol of prosperity in the whole of Italy is now the protagonist of a comprehensive exhibition following in-depth research by curators Sandrina Bandera and Maria Canella and OMA/AMO, who have also been in charge of the exhibition’s displays along with Ippolito Pestellini Lapparelli and Antonio Barone.

A wide arrange of objects, ephemera, clothing and photographs stand together in a stunning layout to better understand the importance of this 20th Century icon of fashion and lifestyle.


 

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LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation
May 24 – September 24, 2017
Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano
Italy

 


The name la Rinascente, thought up by Gabriele D’Annunzio, is 100 years old this year. This was the beginning of a story of such enthusiasm, talent and farsightedness that, in the early twentieth century, it triggered innovative impact on the consumption models and evolution that led Milan to establish itself as an economic driver in post-unification Italy.

An exceptional variety and quantity of works of art, graphic design, design objects, historic images and previously unseen exhibits will tell visitors how la Rinascente managed to write important chapters in the history of costume, communication and retail.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

TEXT BY IPPOLITO PESTELLINI LAPARELLI

What is a department store? What is its role in different urban contexts? How has the digital revolution affected the practice and particularities of its shopping environment? These questions are at the core of recent debates on the future of retail. They resonate among both fashion and architecture historians, and reverberate also through other disciplines – art, design, cinema, theater – to name few, mirroring larger questions of geo-political history and economy.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

There is no precise answer to such questions as there is no way to reduce the notion of “department store” to a single statement. A department store is rather a diverse collection of values and identities, expressing the history of the city it belongs to. More than a place, a department store is an open and adaptable cultural canvas of its location, whether it be London, Paris, New York, Tokyo or Milan.

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“Entropy and Urban Space” the first major retrospective of Gabriele Basilico in Spain

June 6, 2017

The exhibition comprises 185 photographs, including his famous series “Milano, ritratti di fabriche”, as well as broad selection of over 70 books published by Basilico over the years and four videos on various aspects of his work, offering a general view of his entire photographic career.

 

Dunkerque, 1984 © Archivio Gabriele Basilico di Giovanna Calvenzi

Dunkerque, 1984 © Archivio Gabriele Basilico di Giovanna Calvenzi

 

Museo ICO presents “Gabriele Basilico. Entropy and Urban Space“,the first comprehensive retrospective of this Italian photographer in Spain. The exhibition of Basilico, known as The photographer of the city, explores his stylistic and conceptual evolution throughout his career, from the romantic view of his early days in search of visual order amid the apparent chaos of the postmodern metropolis.

A total of 185 photographs, a selection of over 70 books published by the Milanese photographer over the years and four videos offer us a view of his work throughout his photographic career. The show is part of the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2017 and may be visited until 10 September. (more…)

“Future is Now” grand opening of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid

June 5, 2017

The Foundation establishes a world-class archive and inaugurates an international programme of research, education and interdisciplinary projects. The opening act brought together leading designers, policy makers, scholars, and artists in a Forum addressing tomorrow’s social, economic, and design challenges.

 

New Pavilion, Norman Foster Foundation (2017) © Photo: Guillermo Rodriguez. Courtesy of Norman Foster Foundation

New Pavilion, Norman Foster Foundation (2017) © Photo: Guillermo Rodriguez. Courtesy of Norman Foster Foundation

 

The Norman Foster Foundation opened its headquarters on June 1, establishing a world-class archive and inaugurating an international programme of research, education and interdisciplinary projects.

To mark the inauguration, the Foundation presented the day-long global forum Future is Now, bringing together leading design practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and artists. The Forum addressed tomorrow’s foreseeable social, economic, and design challenges and how they are affecting our interactions today with the built environment. (more…)

BigMat’17 International Architecture Award submissions recap

June 2, 2017

The BigMat’17 International Architecture Award registration and submission period is over with more than 900 applications received. What’s next? This year’s edition awards the best European architecture with 70.000€ and the addition of a new online voting Popular Prize.

 

BigMat'15 Prize

BigMat’15 Prize

 

This year’s application period for the Big Mat International Architecture Award was closed on May 26, with an unprecendented number of submissions: over 900 applicants from all 7 BigMat countries -Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia- have submitted their works for the latest edition of BigMat’s biennial prize.

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“The contemporary industrial city”, at Modena’s Historical Archives

May 26, 2017

The archive materials, photographs and documents displayed in the exhibition bring to light some of Modena’s best examples of industrial architecture, from early Twentieth century industry to the motor and TetraPak factories, introducing designs by Vinicio Vecchi.

 

Aerial view of the New Livestock Market, Modena 1945 © Historical Archives, Photography Fundation, Modena

Aerial view of the New Livestock Market, Modena 1945 © Historical Archives, Photography Fundation, Modena

 

The Historical Archive of the City of Modena has presented an exhibition on the city’s industrial past, in an attempt to draw attention to some of the city’s most important industrial buildings which have been sadly forgotten or ignored by the general public and the planning authorities. This is the second part of a larger research project carried out by the Urban History Research Office, which has already issued a publication by the name of “The City and the Industrial Architecture. The Twentieth Century in Modena“.


 

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La città industriale contemporanea
31 March – 1 June, 2017
Historical Archive of the City of Modena
Largo Porta Sant’Agostino, 337 Modena
Italy

 


The exhibition aims to bring back the image of a heritage which has sometimes been forgotten (because it is abandoned or demolished), and which in many cases need a planning intervention. Many of these buildings are still present but have failed to be recognized as a fundamental part not only of urban development but also of building the city’s identity.

 

Claudio Petrella. Project of the Scaglietti Bodywork workshop, Modena 1971-73.  Facade of the office building  © Municipal archive, Modena.

Claudio Petrella. Project of the Scaglietti Bodywork workshop, Modena 1971-73 © Municipal archive, Modena.

Corradi (coordinator), Lipparini, Lugli architects. Tetra PAK factory, Modena 1978.  Facade and detaille © Municipal archive, Modena.

Corradi (coordinator), Lipparini, Lugli architects. Tetra PAK factory, Modena 1978 © Municipal archive, Modena.

 

This is the main idea that the curators have wished to make present through the exhibition of the different materials and sources, documents, graphics, maps, photographs, kept in the municipal archives, in particular at the Archives of the city and at the Civic Art Library L. Poletti. These contents have been integrated within the exhibition by a video contribution and special cartographies made specifically for the occasion.

 

Vinicio Vecchi. Arbe typography factory, Modena 1967.  Perspective ©Library of fine artsLuigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Arbe typography factory, Modena 1967. Perspective © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Leo furnishings workshop, Modena 1954-59.  Perspective. © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

Vinicio Vecchi. Leo furnishings workshop, Modena 1954-59. Perspective. © Library of fine arts Luigi Poletti, Vinicio Vecchi Archive, Modena.

 

The exhibition is a new achievement of the industrial research route begun since 2014 by the Urban History Office in Modena, after the publication of City and Industrial Architecture. The twentieth century in Modena (curated by the Urban History Research Office of the City of Modena and the Cassa di Risparmio Modena Foundation, Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2015).

 

Artisan village of Modena west  © Reproduction of the cover of the information volume prepared by the Municipality: I villaggi artigiani: l'invenzione dei villaggi artigiani: governo del territorio e sviluppo economico nell'esperienza modenese, Modena, 2003.

Artisan village of Modena west © Reproduction of the cover of the information volume prepared by the Municipality: l’invenzione dei villaggi artigiani: governo del territorio e sviluppo economico nell’esperienza modenese, Modena, 2003.

Extraction of the east section of the map of industrial settlements along the Emilia Street, 1906-2015. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi on Cartographic basis of the Municipality of Modena, Territorial Planning Sector.

Extraction of the east section of the map of industrial settlements along the Emilia Street, 1906-2015. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi on Cartographic basis of the Municipality of Modena, Territorial Planning Sector.

 

The previous exhibition, The City and the Industrial Architecture in the drawings of the  Archives of the Historical Town Archive. The first half of the twentieth century in Modena, as the present, was conceived and promoted by the Historical Archives of the City of Modena and the Research and Documentation Office on Urban History, with the collaboration of the Institute for Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Region Emilia-Romagna, the Consortium of Productive Activities Areas and Services and the Order of Architects of the Province of Modena.

 

General Plan of the Municipality of Modena 1958 (not approved).  © Municipal archive, Office of the Urban planning, Modena.

General Plan of the Municipality of Modena 1958 (not approved). © Municipal archive, Office of the Urban planning, Modena.

 

After the first significant industrial development phases between the end of the nineteenth and the early decades of the twentieth century, Modena faced the need for structures to support the economy during the reconstruction period.

It did so through small and medium scale projects that looked to the relationship with the regional territory, as in the case of the New Livestock Market, consolidating and widening the settlements along the railway line barely after the Second World War. During the sixties, seventies and later, new areas of expansion were planned to the north and along  Emilia street. Particularly along the historical axis of the town, many innovative house-factory typologies were developed, similar to artisan villages, giving way to some of the most interesting examples of industrial architecture by one of the most prolific architects: Vinicio Vecchi, as well as some important examples of factories linked to the great historical motor industry of the city to the productive activities of the area such as the Tetra Pak industry.

 

Planimetric elaboration of industrial development areas from the postwar period to the latest intervention plans. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi with Consortium Productive Activities Areas and Services.

Planimetric elaboration of industrial development areas from the postwar period to the latest intervention plans. © Elaboration by Alessandro Ghinoi with Consortium Productive Activities Areas and Services.

 

Project by: Franca Baldelli, director of the Historical Archive of the Municipality of Modena; Vanni Bulgarelli, cocurator of the Cities and Industrial Buildings. The Twentieth Century in Modena; Catia Mazzeri, head of Research and Documentation Office on Urban History of the City of Modena; Matteo Sintini, architectural historian, contributing volume City and industrial architecture. The twentieth century in Modena.


 

News source: Archivio Storico Comunale di Modena
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Two days left for applications for BigMat’17 International Architecture Award

May 16, 2017

Only two days until applications close for the BigMat’17 Architecture Award. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online until May 18. The biennial prize rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

 

The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in the Walloon and Brussels City regions of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. (more…)