“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

April 22, 2017

In spite of the ubiquitousness and sustainability of earth construction, it remains in the shadows of our building practice, though it does have a long tradition, even on our latitude. This exhibition has made it its priority to reintroduce the european tradition of building with earth, and especially that of rammed earth buildings in France, as well as their influence on Switzerland.

 

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

 

This construction technique, also known as Pisé, has a history of over 2000 years in Europe. In the Rhônes Alpes region rammed earth buildings experienced their first golden age with the rapid growth of cities beginning in the middle of the 16th century. A second active building era followed in the 19th century in the age of the grand rural exodus and the housing shortages resulting from it. The linen trade brought with it the knowledge of rammed earth from France to Switzerland. In eastern Switzerland, various Pisé buildings were erected beginning in the 17th century. (more…)

Victor Palla e Bento d’ Almeida “Architecture from other times” at Centro Cultural de Belém

April 22, 2017

The work produced by the studio of the architects Victor Palla (1922-2006) and Joaquim Bento d’Almeida (1918-1997), which has been widely recognised by historians and critics of Portuguese architecture, is subject of a public exhibition for the first time.

 

Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias - Praia da Falésia c. 1968 Victor Palla e Bento d'Almeida © Arquivo do atelier

Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias – Praia da Falésia, c. 1968, Victor Palla e Bento d’Almeida © Arquivo do atelier

 

These two architects formed part of a generation that adhered to the principles of the Modern Movement and they worked together professionally for 25 years (1947-1973), producing more than 700 projects. They were responsible for the modernisation of countless commercial establishments, factories, primary schools, permanent housing (single-family detached houses and multi-family housing blocks) and temporary accommodation (hotels and tourist complexes), with their activity also extending into the areas of design and the arts. (more…)

“A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″ exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

April 21, 2017

The exhibition is organised in 6 sections and comprises 105 panels, 52 original documents, 15 pieces of furniture and 8 works of art, allowing the visitor to bring together a latent collective imagination which is none other than that of the architecture itself as seen everyday.

 

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

 

Based on the book “Modernity again: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″, by Fernando Nanclares and Nieves Ruiz -awarded with the Prize of the Architect’s Association of Asturias-, the exhibition “A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965″ shows a new interpretation on the golden age of modern Asturian architecture, developed during the fifties and the first part of the sixties. During these years, the modern spirit  and the avant-garde ideas that had already given excellent results during the times of the Second Spanish Republic (1931 – 1939) emerged again.  (more…)

“Aldo Rossi and Milan, 1955-1995″ at Ordine degli Architetti Milano

April 20, 2017

The architect’s association’s headquarters in Milan  is hosting the exhibition “Aldo Rossi and Milan, 1955-1995″: an itinerary through original drawings, study models, and documents of one of the most significant figures of Italian architecture of the twentieth century.

 

"Aldo Rossi and Milan, 1955-1995" © Fondazione Aldo Rossi

“Aldo Rossi and Milan, 1955-1995″ © Fondazione Aldo Rossi

 

The exhibition reinterprets some of the Milanese projects by Aldo Rossi throughout  40 original works accompanied by study models, writings,  and notes focusing on his work in -and about- the city of Milan, from his training at the Polytechnic in the fifties, his studies for the Scalo Farini presented at the XII Triennale in the early sixties, the Monument to the partisans of Segrate (1965-67) and Monte Amiata Gallaratese (1968-1973), up to the expansion of the airport of Linate and the competition for Bovisa in the nineties. (more…)

“Architecture of the VII Day” Poland of the 1980s as a Laboratory for Community Architecture

April 18, 2017

Architecture of the VII Day at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art reveals the history of churches built in Poland between the years 1945 and 1989 even despite the Communist state’s antipathy to religion. Using waste and illegally obtained materials, parishioners built over 3700 churches that became not only a manifestation of faith, but also a protest against the government.

 

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

 

The exhibition features photographs, diagrams, maps, and short narratives directly from church construction sites. Since the end of World War II, 3,780 churches were built in Poland, more than in any other European country. Most of them were built during the 1980s, a time when church construction was neither permitted nor prohibited, and thus played a significant role in the politics of the Cold War. (more…)

“Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria” at ETH Zurich

April 15, 2017

The exhibition features only one aspect of these territorial transformations: the construction of militarily controlled camps dubbed the centres de regroupement in Algeria’s rural areas. These spaces resulted from the creation of the forbidden zones—free fire zones—and engendered massive forced relocations of the Algerian population.

 

 Forced relocation of the Algerian population conducted by the French military Sections administrative spécialisée in Boulet, Region of Oran, Algeria. February 1958 © Cuny, Claude / SCA / ECPAD.

Forced relocation of the Algerian population conducted by the French military Sections administrative spécialisée in Boulet, Region of Oran, Algeria. February 1958 © Cuny, Claude / SCA / ECPAD.

 

During  the  Algerian  Revolution  (1954–1962)  the  French  civil  and  military  authorities  profoundly  reorganized  Algeria’s urban and rural territory, drastically transformed its built environments, rapidly implanted new infrastructure, and strategically built new settlements in order to keep Algeria under French colonial rule and protect France’s interests in Algeria. (more…)

“Impressionism” Jacques Ferrier at Architektur Galerie Berlin

April 14, 2017

The exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin includes an optical installation recalling the façade of the Metropole Rouen-Normandie,
a homage of architect Jacques Ferrier to the work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Rouen.

 

Jacques Ferrier Architecture, Impressionism © Jacques Ferrier Architecture

Jacques Ferrier Architecture, Impressionism © Jacques Ferrier Architecture

 

Jacques Ferrier has developed a highly individual approach to architecture, rejecting the strictly formalist approach of the Modernists and instead embracing technology to improve relationship between people and their environment. Central to Ferrier’s work is the idea of the sensual city – a desire that all buildings should respond and contribute to the sensory experiences that make us human. In 2010 Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti founded Sensual City Studio, a research and creative laboratory dedicated to new proposals for a humanist and pleasurable metropolitan life. (more…)

“Giuseppe Terragni a Roma” at Casa dell’Architettura Latina

April 13, 2017

The main objective of the exhibition is the critical reading of the work of Giuseppe Terragni, glancing at projects that were created for the city of Rome. Special attention will be payed to projects such as  the competition for Palazzo del Littorio and the Casa del Fascio in Rione Trastevere/Monteverde.

 

Giuseppe Terragni a Roma © CE.S.A.R / Casa dell'Archittetura

Giuseppe Terragni a Roma © CE.S.A.R / Casa dell’Archittetura

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is hosting an exhibition showcasing Giuseppe Terragni’s projects for the city of Rome, particularly those of Palazzo Littorio and the Casa del Fascio in Rione Trastevere / Monteverde. The extensive research prior to the exhibition’s organization was conducted thanks to many institutional and independent archival sources who have facilitated access to protected drawings and designs. the exhibition will be open until September 16, 2015.

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“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” at Museu Marítim de Barcelona

April 12, 2017

The materials presented in this retrospective allow an approximation to a theory of territory, expressed in a plan and a model of the city, as seen in the models of the architect’s projects. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

The MMB and Architects for Architecture present the exhibition “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon“. This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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“Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

April 11, 2017

From Thursday 30 March 2017 the installation Fight, Squat, Resist: Housing Alternatives of Social Movements will be on view as part of Architecture of Appropriation. The installation addresses squatting as an alternative for communal living, in response to the housing problem in Brazil.

 

Studio-X, Tabloide © Image Studio-X Rio

Studio-X, Tabloide © Image Studio-X Rio

 

Alongside the stories of leaders of the National Struggle for Housing Movement, fighting for the right to the city, the installation presents the objectives, strategies, victories and urban visions of the movement. In addition, the installation illustrates the daily life of the residents of the Manuel Congo Squat in Rio’s city centre. This squat is regarded as an example of participatory architectural design, in which residents and architects collaborate to realise a community housing project with public facilities. The installation shows that the struggle for affordable housing and access to the city is ever present. (more…)