Inside the archives of Ábalos & Herreros in Park Books latest AP 164

February 6, 2017

Park Books presents the influential work of the Spanish architects re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators and students, with contents taken from the office’s archives in the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

 

Park Books presents their latest monograph publication on the Spanish architecture office Ábalos & Herreros, made in collaboration with Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and photographed by Stefano Graziani.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive, which was acquired by the Canadian centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2012, offering a new take on this important architectural practice. (more…)

“Other spaces” by Andrea Branzi, dreamlike scenes in models and drawings

February 2, 2017

The Galleria Antonia Jannone presents some of the Archizoom’s associate’s unseen works – a series of small scale models and sculptures depicting mythical spaces and scenes, as well as some drawings and photo-collages of the architect’s personal production.

 

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Andrea Branzi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan from 8th February to 11th March, 2017 with the exhibition ‘Altri Luoghi’ (Other Places) showing a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings.

The sculptures depict mysterious scenes created by the Italian architect in which  he uses clay, plaster, marble stone and wood. Enclosed in plexiglass cases, these scenes remind us of classical stages and tales with cryptic meaning. The drawings, part of the 1987 Dolmen series, link these sculptures to the architect’s previous work as part of a long-term design research process. (more…)

“Fear and Love. Reactions to a complex world” opening exhibition at the New Design Museum

February 1, 2017

The New Design Museum designed by OMA and John Pawson opens with this exhibition introducing present-time issues such as networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads, addressed by 11 of the most thought-provoking designers and architects today.

 

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

 

Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.

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“Factory Portraits” revisits Gabriele Basilico’s work 35 years later

January 26, 2017

Giuseppe Corbetta returns to the former industrial areas of Basilico’s celebrated work to document these factories further development -or destruction- after the recent changes both in Milan’s local and global economy.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram  © Cascina Cuccagna

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram © Gabriele Basilico Studio

 

Cascina Cuccagna‘s current exhibition “Milano Sud. Ritratti di Fabbriche” is Giuseppe Corbetta’s homage to Gabriele Basilico’s famous photographic work carried out between 1978 and 1980. Gabriele Basilico visited and documented the changing industrial landscape in the southern areas of Milan; now, 35 years later, Giuseppe Corbetta goes back to these same places and replicates Basilico’s shot in an aim to reflect the changes undergone by these areas. (more…)

“A minor architecture” small scale projects by contemporary European practices

January 25, 2017

Espacio Valverde in Madrid presents this exhibition featuring minimal intervention -but highly experimental- works by Office KGDVS, García-Germán Arquitectos, Arquitectura-G, MAIO, Dierendock Blancke Architecten and many more.

 

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

A minor architecture © Espacio Valverde

 

Espacio Valverde presents an exhibition on small, minor commissions made to contemporary European architecture offices in which architects have found a way to express their architectural concerns and experimentation. The exhibition at this gallery in Madrid focuses on the work of fifteen different teams of architects in a small-scale project context, showcasing photographs and project design drawings. (more…)

“Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe” the artist’s collections at Vitra

January 14, 2017

Vitra Design Museum has dedicated this comprehensive exhibition to the life’s work of the multifaceted designer that brought together modern art, architecture and design with folk art and traditional textile craftmanship.

 

Design for matchboxes of the restaurant La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard, 1960 © Alexander Girard Estate, Vitra Design Museum

Design for matchboxes of the restaurant La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard, 1960 © Alexander Girard Estate, Vitra Design Museum

 

Alexander Girard (1907- 1993) was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. His playful designs attest to a passion for colour, ornamentation and international folk art, with which he shaped the aesthetic of American design in the postwar era and anticipated the globalization of design by decades. In March 2016, the Vitra Design Museum will open the first major retrospective on Alexander Girard.

The exhibition presents his oeuvre with a never before shown multitude of textiles, furnishings, models, small objects, interiors, personal documents, and drawings. At the same time, it sheds light on Girard’s inspirations and the contemporaries who influenced his creative universe- from his extensive collection of folk art to his collaborations with Charles & Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen. The exhibition also features Girard’s private estafe, which is held by the Vitra Design Museum. (more…)

“Misunderstandings”, CAMPO’s curatorial approach to FRAC Val de Loire’s collections

January 12, 2017

Both museums collaborate in a project reflecting on the operative value of museums and collections for the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture. The exhibition is part of FRAC’s wider project for 2017, “Walking through someone else dreams”.

 

Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

 

Approaching Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s collection less with the cultural diligence of the curator than the amateur curiosity of the architect, CAMPO discards the traditional monographic, typological or historical readings, to adopt a looser and unconventional framework that pairs human emotions and architectural principles.

Fear/Structure, Hope/System, Nostalgia/Form and Surprise/Limit are the four binocular lenses through which we looked at the collection as aliving material that can be studied but also manipulated to reflect on the contemporary condition. (more…)

“Invisible architecture” at Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese

January 11, 2017

The museum, located in the former orange shed of Villa Borghese Park in Rome, addresses the founding topics of contemporary practice through the eyes of the Japanese and Italian avant-garde movements from the 60’s and 70’s.

 

UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti

UFO. Urboeffimeri, Photo, 1968 (Lapo Binazzi) © Museo Carlo Bilotti

 

Fifty years passed from the explosion of two fundamental phenomena of the architectural avant-garde that made their debut in an age of change, revolution, and hope. Metabolist in Japan and Radicals in Italy, though in very different cultural and traditional contexts, developed parallel experiences by sharing the themes of investigation and languages, and by producing extraordinary consequences on contemporary architecture.

Starting from January 19 an exhibition at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, Italy will offer an original survey through works produced in this very special context. The event is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. (more…)

“Saunas” an exhibition on wellness architecture, at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

January 9, 2017

The gallery space itself has installed two unusual saunas inside the exhibition area in order to introduce the visitor to the sauna experience from two perspectives: as a relaxing process as well as a possibility of quality experimental architecture.

 

Sandhorn sauna by SALT © Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Sandhorn sauna by SALT © Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

 

The exhibition presents a selection of the most interesting Czech and international creations, introduces different typological examples and practices, such as the concrete sauna in Germany by Modulorbeat, the glass sauna in Estonia by Architectural Bureau Pluss, the underground sauna in the middle of an apple orchard near Bolzano by noa* and the sauna in the middle of Liberec Dam by Mjölk architekti from the Czech Republic. (more…)

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

January 6, 2017

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.

 

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

 

The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)