“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…)

Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura opening in Matosinhos

December 2, 2017

Casa da Arquitectura officially opened the doors of its new installations in Matosinhos, Porto. The new space occupies part of the block of the Real Vinícola, a group of buildings restored by the Municipality of Matosinhos with a project by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, with an area of about 5 thousand m2.

 

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

 

It is here that, during three days, an intense program of exhibitions, performances, debates, guided tours, films, music and activities for children and families will all involve everyone in a great celebration of architecture. Casa opens its exhibition program with two distinct proposals: in the Exhibition Aisle we will have “Poder Arquitectura”, curated by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho who will occupy approximately 800 square meters of the Aisle with a proposal for reflection on “eight powers that align, inflect and diverge among themselves” and involves 40 projects of about 30 different authors from around the world. (more…)

Discover BigMat’17 International Architecture Award winning projects!

November 7, 2017

The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award winners shortlist have been revealed! Learn all about the 14 teams of architects who will be competing for BigMat Grand Prize following previous editions’ winners Xaveer De Geyter and Alberto Campo Baeza.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Architecture Award National Prize Trophy

 

On Tuesday 24th of October the final shortlist of this year’s BigMat Award was made public. The list comprises 14 teams of architects from the 7 countries in which BigMat International is present -Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain- featuring a wide array of project typologies and architectural aproaches. All of these 14 teams will be competing for any of 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Public Prize, and most importantly, the BigMat International Grand Prize, awarded with 30,000 €.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

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“Aldo Rossi. Il gran teatro dell’architettura” at Politecnico di Milano

October 28, 2017

Politecnico di Milano remembers the Italian architecture master on the twentieth anniversary of his death in a comprehensive exhibition featuring selected materials from the University’s archives and the Ghirri, MAXXI and Rossi Foundations.

 

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) - © Introini, Marco

Unità residenziale al Monte Amiata, Milano (MI) – © Introini, Marco

 

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the death of Aldo Rossi, the Politecnico di Milano organizes an exhibition with the will to remember this fundamental figure of Italian and international architectural culture who studied and taught at the Architecture  School of the Milanese University.

The exhibition’s programme also includes a conference to be held during it’s inauguration session on 19 October 2017 at 18.00,  to be delivered by prof. Kurt W. Forster, emeritus professor at Yale University. This lecture on Aldo Rossi’s figure and the legacy of his teaching will be held in Rogers Conference Hall (via Ampère 2).

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BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award winners shortlist revealed!

October 25, 2017

Learn who are the 15 selected teams eligible for the BigMat International Architecture Award Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes and the Public Prize, which will be unveiled during the awards ceremony on the 24th of November in Florence, Italy.

 

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat '17 Award ceremony venue.

Palazzo Vecchio Florence, BigMat ’17 Award ceremony venue.

 

With the final closing of the Public Choice Award, on Tuesday 24th of October, the definitive list of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 winners has been revealed.

The list of winners comprises Multiple Architecture & Urbanisme from Belgium, A69 Architekti and H3T Architekti from the Czech Republic, Éric Lapierre Experience, Lacaton & Vassal and MUOTO from France, C+S Architects from ItalyAlvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais, Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Mauricio Borges from Portugal, ZEROZERO from Slovakia and José María Sánchez García, Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos and MGM Arquitectos from Spain.

The winners of the 2017 BigMat International Public Prize -awarded with 1.500€- will be revealed, along with the rest of the BigMat International Architecture Awards – 6 National Prizes, 6 Category Prizes, 1 Special Mention for Young Architects and the Grand Prize-  on Friday the 24th of November at the awards ceremony in Florence.

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Open House Madrid invites people to discover more than 100 buildings

September 21, 2017

The third edition of the Open House Madrid festival returns the weekend of 30 September and 1 October with the opening of more than 100 buildings and urban spaces, some of them whose waiting lists exceed two years.

 

IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects © FG + SG

IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects © FG + SG

 

The festival includes spaces such as the IE Paper Pavilion of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker prize, the new Desert City space, the first biotechnology nursery specializing in cacti, by the architect Jacobo García-Germán, or SOLO gallery for the art collection by estudioHerreros. (more…)

‘London Design Festival’ celebrates its 15th anniversary from 16 to 24 September

September 11, 2017

For nine days in September, London provides the stage for thousands of individual designers and artists, companies and organisations to present their latest works. The Festival invites visitors to take a closer look at their diverse output, from the commercial to the conceptual, the practical to the improbable.

 

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

 

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. A major feature of the Festival is an ambitious programme of over 450 projects and events, offering Londoners and visitors to the city an opportunity to experience world-class, innovative, and challenging design across the capital.

Learn all about the different Design Districts here.  (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…)

“The Abstract Eclosion” at IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

August 2, 2017

“The Abstract Eclosion” is one of the latest exhibitions at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, which explores the many faces of abstract art, ranging from early works to contemporary artists, comprising pictorial art as well as sculpture, installations and more theoretical approaches.

 

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

 

IVAM’s latest exhibition focuses on abstraction, looking at artists who understand line and colour as elements of a visual language equivalent to the function that words and sentences play in written or spoken language. A language whose aim is not so much to describe or narrate a specific situation as to produce sensations, experiences or emotions that are like a musical composition, a sequence of tones, rather than a descriptive narrative.

The exhibition, named La eclosión de la abstracción. Línea y color en la colección del IVAM (The Birth of Abstraction. Line and Colour in the IVAM Collection) includes a number of artists such as Antoni Tapiès, Luis Gordillo, James Turrell, Pierre Soulages and Lucio Fontana, among others.  (more…)

‘O.M. Ungers. Programmatic Projects’ drawings at Politecnico di Milano

July 19, 2017

The exhibition shows, featuring original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) of Cologne three key projects of this important moment of the design production of O.M. Ungers, of his morphological research to use form as the representation of an idea.

 

Deutsche Botschaft beim Heiligen Stuhl, Rom, 1965 © O.M. Ungers / Politecnico di Milano / UAA Köln

Deutsche Botschaft, beim Heiligen Stuhl, Rom, 1965 © O.M. Ungers / Politecnico di Milano / UAA Köln

 

Around 1965 Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007) presented a series of competition projects with a strong programmatic character. These projects studied, in a conscious and precise way, the conceptual nature of architectural form – the form as representation of an idea – developing in a paradigmatic way basic morphological concepts, themes as transformation or assemblage.  (more…)