“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at S AM Basel

December 13, 2017

From the 2nd of December 2017 to the 6th of May 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’, curated by Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

With ‘Bengal Stream’ S AM is the first museum worldwide to present an exhibition on Bangladesh’s architecture. In a chequered historical sequence of events, various trends have expressed themselves in different architectural ways, according to religious or socio-cultural developments. Nevertheless, many underlying motifs have held their ground in a typological sense for centuries and even represent a valid foundation for today’s architectural trends. Modernism also used these as a basis on which to build, whereby the most important local protagonist was Muzharul Islam. It was also in keeping with his personal identity, situated between localism and internationalism, to bring international protagonists like Paul Rudolph, Stanley Tigerman and ultimately Louis I. Kahn to Bangladesh for important construction projects. In ‘Bengal Stream’, original drawings by Muzharul Islam are exhibited for the first time outside of his native Bangladesh. (more…)

“Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?” exhibition by PPAG architects

December 4, 2017

With a focus on trendsetting forms of housing, PPAG architects is one of the leading protagonists of contemporary architecture in Austria. Since 1995, the Vienna-based architecture studio founded by Anna Popelka and Georg Poduschka has been working to stimulate the further development of our society through innovative living environments.

 

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

Rooftop development Tunesian Village, Vienna, 2012 © Roland Krauss | Housing Orasteig, Vienna, 2009 © Roland Krauss

 

‘Do You Really Want to Live Like Your Mother?’ presents a 1:1 model of their idea for an elastic space configuration within an apartment. The installation features plans, drawings, and films for structures planned and built by PPAG, including residential buildings and urban development projects in Vienna and Berlin. The exhibition gives visitors an insight into the well-considered solutions which meet the demands of the diverse ways of life. (more…)

“Madrid a Medias. Free Urban Planning” at CentroCentro

November 19, 2017

Madrid, a medias is a new cycle of three exhibitions on the hopeful, welcoming and joyous city that has arisen during the last decade of crisis and indignation (2007-2017).

 

Celebración en El Campo-de-Cebada-del-primer-encuentro-TEDxMadrid-al-aire-libre-celebrado-en-2014-TEDxMadrid

Celebración en El Campo de Cebada del primer encuentro TEDxMadrid al aire libre celebrado en 2014 TEDxMadrid

 

The project shows the city that has sprung in urban gardens and social centres, in self-managed plots and neighbourhood spaces, social markets, and street parties. A half-finished city, created by many hands, open to new ideas, new hopes, and new collaborations and made with other materials and other resources. (more…)

SOS BRUTALISM Save the Concrete Monsters! at DAM Frankfurt

November 10, 2017

With “SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!” the DAM is presenting in collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s. At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures.

 

London Borough of Camden Architect’s Department (Neave Brown): Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, London, Great Britain, 1967–1979 Photo: Gili Merin 2017

London Borough of Camden Architect’s Department (Neave Brown): Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, London, Great Britain, 1967–1979 Photo: Gili Merin 2017

 

For the first time Brutalist architecture of the 1950s–1970s is presented in a global survey. The term Brutalism does not come from the word “brutal”, but to “béton brut”, the French term for exposed concrete.  The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism. (more…)

“Frau Architekt” Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture exhibition at DAM

November 5, 2017

The “Frau architekt” exhibition retells architectural history – from the perspective of women who for over a hundred years have been defining and designing architecture. The exhibition elucidates the topic in 22 portraits, project examples and very personal stories of women in Germany who have significantly influenced architecture or are currently shaping it.

 

Deutsche Schule Madrid, 2015 Source: Celia de Coca/Grüntuch Ernst Architekten

Deutsche Schule Madrid, 2015 Source: Celia de Coca/Grüntuch Ernst Architekten

 

Emancipation movements and in particular gender politics were driving forces in the 20th century. Women entered Modernism by conquering professions from which they had hitherto been excluded, by becoming politically active, in part taking extreme positions, and by trying out new gender relationships. The exhibition shows how 22 women encountered the massive upheaval by questioning the conventional standards of what was feminine and establishing themselves in the architectural profession. (more…)

“Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine” in Paris pays hommage to its donors in a 10th anniversary exhibition

November 1, 2017

Since the opening of the “City of Architecture and Heritage” in 2007, this institution has grown to be a reference for the dissemination of French architecture. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Cité has organized an exhibition, an open forum discussion and many other events and activities to bring the institution closer to the general public.

 

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte - Pavillon de la France à l'Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte – Pavillon de la France à l’Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

 

The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is celebrating a 10-year retrospective exhibition featuring the collection’s highilghts acquisited over the last decade. This important museum, dedicated to the archiving and dissemination of architectural knowledge, is proud to present a selection of projects and assets that have enriched the City’s collection over the last ten years: contemporary models, drawings, digital persepctives stand side by side with antique models, drawings and preliminary sketches of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture.

The exhibition, called “10 ans d’acquisitions (2007 – 2017)” is both a celebration of the diversity of French architecture and an opportunity to rediscover some of it most relevant projects.  (more…)

AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association

October 30, 2017

This autumn sees the launch of AA XX 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Women at the Architectural Association. The project marks the centenary of the first intake of the school’s women students in 1917 and takes the form of an exhibition, accompanying book and three-day international conference.

 

Denise Scott Brown_ photograph Robert Venturi_ 1966_ Venturi © Scott Brown Collection_ the Architectural Archives_ University of Pennsylvania

Denise Scott Brown  photograph Robert Venturi 1966, Venturi © Scott Brown Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

 

AA XX 100 represents the work of AA women, its graduates and teachers, who are among the most important architects and designers, educators and historians of the 20th-21st century; some are celebrated: Dame Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete, Farshid Moussavi and Patty Hopkins, and many others unrecognised. (more…)

“Walter Niedermayr: coexistences” exhibition at AUT

October 30, 2017

The South Tyrolean artist Walter Niedermayr – internationally known for his photographic studies of space as reality occupied and shaped by people – has been studying and photographing the specific building culture in the Fiemme Valley for many years.

 

"Walter Niedermayr: coexistences" © Walter Niedermayr

“Walter Niedermayr: coexistences” © Walter Niedermayr

 

The Valley Community of Fiemme (Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme) is a union of eleven municipalities in the Trentino-Alto Adige region that has existed for more than nine hundred years. This once free and autonomous administrative structure comprises to date nine Italian-speaking villages or communes—Predazzo, Ziano, Panchià, Tesero, Cavalese, Varena, Daiano, Carano, Castello-Molina di Fiemme—one Ladin-speaking community called Moena, and the German-speaking municipality of Truden. (more…)

“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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“Japan-ness. Architecture and urbanism in Japan since 1945″ at Centre Pompidou-Metz

October 17, 2017

According to the architect Arata Isozaki, Japanese architecture sets itself apart by the immutability of certain values and by an identity that architects have constantly reinterpreted over the centuries. He characterises this distinctiveness, the common theme of the exhibition, with the expression “Japan-ness”.

 

Junya ISHIGAMI, Atelier KAIT, Institut de technologie de Kanagawa, 2008 © Junya ISHIGAMI © Shokokusha Photographer

Junya ISHIGAMI, Atelier KAIT, Institut de technologie de Kanagawa, 2008 © Junya ISHIGAMI © Shokokusha Photographer

 

The exhibition is based on Centre Pompidou collection, enriched with works and models from architects’ studios, designers, Japanese museums and private collections. This body of works, exhibited for the first time on this scale in Europe, provides a better understanding of the profusion and richness of Japanese architecture and urban design.  (more…)