“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…)

“Metamorphosis of Tour Montparnasse” exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

October 13, 2017

Through models, 3D animation films, plans and perspective drawings the exhibition presents in great detail the 7 projects proposed in the international consultation for the transformation of Tour Montparnasse, one of Paris’ symbols of modernity and innovation.

 

Winner proposal by Nouvelle AOM (Franklin Azzi / Chartier Dalix / Hardel et Le Bihan) © Nouvelle AOM

Winner proposal by Nouvelle AOM (Franklin Azzi / Chartier Dalix / Hardel et Le Bihan) © Nouvelle AOM

 

From the start, Montparnasse Tower was conceived as a bold statement, a symbol of modernity and innovation. The 210-metre skyscraper in the Montparnasse district of Paris — for many years the tallest in Europe — is an impressive sight on the city’s skyline. This superstructure of concrete, steel and glass was a formidable challenge to build, both technologically and financially, on a par with the great Haussmann style developments of the previous century. The tower was the crowning architectural achievement of the newly developed Maine-Montparnasse district, completed in the 1970s.  (more…)

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” at Espacio Fundación Telefónica

October 12, 2017

The aim of the exhibition is to popularize the architect’s work and his vision of the future among a wide audience while revealing his sources of inspiration. The exhibition focuses on continuities, transversal variables in Foster’s work, and confirms how the future and the past can inspire the present.

 

Mexico City Airport (2014) © Norman Foster Foundation

Mexico City Airport (2014) © Norman Foster Foundation

 

Since his early works more than half a century ago, Norman Foster’s architecture has sought to employ technical expertise to anticipate the future and to overcome physical and social barriers. Inspired by both historical constructions and scientific progress, his projects reconcile tradition and modernity, urban intelligence and transformative capacity, aesthetic excellence and technological innovation.


 

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“Norman Foster. Common Futures”
October 6, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Calle Fuencarral, 3
28004 Madrid

 


On the occasion of the public presentation of his foundation in Madrid, the Norman Foster Foundation, this exhibition – curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, Senior Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) and Editor of the Spanish magazine AV/Arquitectura Viva – documents twelve recent projects entering into dialogue with similar proposals from previous decades to underline the continuity of his concerns and to bring to light the variety of his interests.

 

Prado Extension (2017-) © Norman Foster Foundation

Prado Extension (2017-) © Norman Foster Foundation

Apple Park (2010-2017) © Norman Foster Foundation

Apple Park (2010-2017) © Norman Foster Foundation

 

From involvement in heritage buildings to habitat projects for the Moon and Mars, Fosters work recovers the memory of the past and anticipates the needs of the future while remaining firmly anchored among the demands and urgencies of the present. All Foster’s proposals – the new work and culture spaces, care for cancer patients and populations lacking infrastructures, sustainable urban development and raised cycle paths – stimulate the endeavour to make our cities more liveable. All with the dominant themes of social awareness, openness to change and innovation.

 

Château Margaux (2009-2015) © Norman Foster Foundation

Château Margaux (2009-2015) © Norman Foster Foundation

Lunar Habitation, 2009 © Norman Foster Foundation

Lunar Habitation, 2009 © Norman Foster Foundation

 

Thus, this Norman Foster exhibition in Spain is held under the auspices of Fundación Telefónica at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, a building which was a paradigm of innovation in its day, the first skyscraper to be built in Spain, whose impressive structure is highlighted by the montage of the display. It is also appropriate for its central area to be occupied by a set of machines at the service of movement – from the bicycle to the space capsule – which are, in turn, an inspiration for these lightweight architectures and a symbol of a fast-paced world undergoing constant change.

 

Cockpit 1963 © Norman Foster Foundation

Cockpit 1963 © Norman Foster Foundation

Fred Olsen Amenity Building 1968-1970 © Norman Foster Foundation

Fred Olsen Amenity Building 1968-1970 © Norman Foster Foundation

Barn Drawings (1958) © Norman Foster Foundation

Barn Drawings (1958) © Norman Foster Foundation

Carré-d’Art-1984-1993 © Norman Foster Foundation

Carré-d’Art-1984-1993 © Norman Foster Foundation

Droneport 2015 © Norman Foster Foundation

Droneport 2015 © Norman Foster Foundation

 

In addition, in the twelve sections of the exhibition, we can run through Fosters ideas on different topics of social interest, following an itinerary which begins with a reflection on the past and ends with the future, taking in culture, work, well-being and sustainability. Each section presents a recent project together with another from his initial period, demonstrating the continuity of these features in his architecture, constantly focused on the prefiguration of a common future.

TWELVE DIALOGUES. TWELVE POSSIBLE FUTURES

  1.  The future of the past. Barn drawings (1958) – Château Margaux (2009)
    We need the past as nutritional support for the present. Our understanding and our emotions live off our memories, but creative activity also uses experience as a source of inspiration.
  2. The future of culture. Carré D´Art Nîmes (1984) – Prado Museum Extension (2016)
    Culture is constructed upon the solid foundations of inherited heritage, together with new strata of interpretation and creation.
  3. The future of the form. Willis Faber (1971) – Bloomberg (2010)
    The architectural form should not be a flight of fancy or a desire to attract attention by means of extravagance. Instead, it should respond to an internal logic integrating composition and construction, the shortest route towards a beauty which is often difficult to grasp or define.
  4. The future of the function. Functionalism. Sainsbury Centre (1974) – Casa de Gobierno Buenos Aires (2010)
    New works should have sufficient flexibility to adapt to the functional changes required in the future.
  5. The future of work. Olsen Offices (1969) – Apple Campus 2 (2009)
    Robotization and mechanization will radically transform the future of work, but the spaces which house it will also undergo substantial changes.
  6. The future of welfare. Palmerston Special School (1973) – Maggie Centre (2013)
    Architecture does not only address the dimensions and needs of the standard person codified in the ergonomic manuals; instead, it should be able to provide welfare for other subjects, for the sick and those who suffer from some kind of disability.

 

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

 

  1. The future of building and architecture. Climatroffice (1971) – Mexico City Airport (2014)
    The history of architecture eloquently demonstrates the commitment of the construction of any age to overcome its own limits, setting itself increasingly ambitious challenges.
  2. The future of technology. Droneport (2015) – Autonomous House (1982)
    The best technique is not the most complex one, but rather the most appropriate one.
  3. The future of mobility. Of transport. Bilbao Metro (1988) – SkyCycle London (2013)
    Improving urban mobility by making it less wasteful of energy and time is a priority for any civil governance, and this is a task to which urban planning and architecture can contribute.
  4. The future of sustainability. Masdar Development (2007) – Gomera (1975)
    There is, perhaps, no more important issue nowadays than the transformation of our economic and territorial model to make it more sustainable.
  5. The future of the networks. Collserola (1988) – Thames Hub (2011)
    The design of the nodes of these networks acquires singular importance, because their capacity and effectiveness condition the volume and dynamism of physical and computer-based flows.
  6. The future of the future. Cockpit (1964) – Moon (2012)/Mars (2015)
    The space agencies are exploring the possibility of building habitats on the Moon and Mars, embodying the long-standing dream of mapping terrestrial life forms beyond our planet.

 

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

 

LORD NORMAN FOSTER

After graduating from the University of Manchester School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, Norman Foster won a Henry Fellowship to attend Yale University, where he was a student at Jonathan Edwards College, obtaining a master’s degree in Architecture.

In 1967 he created Foster Associates, which later became Foster + Partners, where he continues to serve as Executive President. In 1999 he became the 21st recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and, in 2002, he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in Tokyo. In 2009 he won the 29th Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and obtained the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1997 he was awarded the Order of Merit by the Queen of the United Kingdom and, in 1995, he received the title of Baron Foster of Thames Bank.

 

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

"Norman Foster. Common Futures" exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation

“Norman Foster. Common Futures” exhibition view © Telefonica Foundation


 

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“Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design” at Vitra Design Museum

October 11, 2017

Featuring a large selection of original works – including films, photographs, furniture, drawings, sculptures, paintings, textiles, graphic design, models and stage props – the retrospective illustrates the congenial synergy bet ween the personalities of Charles and Ray Eames.

 

Ray Eames, Study for a room display for the exhibition »For Modern Living«, 1949 © Eames Office LLC

Ray Eames, Study for a room display for the exhibition »For Modern Living«, 1949 © Eames Office LLC

 

The exhibition in the main building of the Vitra Design Museum offers a comprehensive overview of the complete oeuvre and shared life of this husband-and-wife team, which formed the foundation of a lifetime of work by what was arguably the most successful design duo in history. (more…)

“Adam Nathaniel Furman: The Roman Singularity” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

October 10, 2017

To coincide with the 15th London Design Festival the Sir John Soane’s Museum presents ‘The Roman Singularity’ by architectural designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, a city of 3D- printed models celebrating Rome as the pilgrimage site for the world’s imagination, alongside a new site-specific work created by Furman especially for the museum.

 

Adam Nathaniel Furman 'The Roman Singularity’ © Roberto Apa

Adam Nathaniel Furman ‘The Roman Singularity’ © Roberto Apa

 

Rome is a rich palimpsest of masterpieces, their remains, ruins, and fragments from innumerable historical periods since the Roman Republic, a veritable collection of epochs. But Rome is also a crucible of modernity, a repository for possible futures precisely because it is and has been the seat of so much power, and so many dreams, which together with the authority of its past almost force it to be perpetually radical about the present. (more…)

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” at COAM Madrid

October 8, 2017

The Official College of Architects of Madrid celebrates the ninth anniversary of it’s annual prize with the edition of a special catalog and exhibition looking back at the best architecture of the last decade. Photographs, plans, drawings and architect’s thoughts on over 150 projects, curated by architecture critic Edgar González.

 

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

 

Reviewing Madrid’s contemporary architecture is an interesting but vastly complex task. The Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) annually awards the COAM Prize, a recognition to  architectural excellence. The award, renowned all over Spain, is given to any works built in the Madrid Region since 2005. (more…)

Alberto Campo Baeza at El Patio Herreriano, Valladolid

September 29, 2017

The Spanish architect, winner of the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award Grand Prize presents his work at El Patio Herreriano, a museum and gallery space located in a former monasetry cloister in his hometown, Valladolid, in one one of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibitions of his work to date.

 

Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa De Blas, 2000 © Hisao Suzuki

Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa De Blas, 2000 © Hisao Suzuki

 

The Patio Herreriano Museum and the College of Architects of Valladolid present a comprehensive compilation of the work of the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza (Valladolid, 1946), featuring plans and models of the architect’s oeuvre.

Under the title of  “Projecting is investigating“, the architect from Valladolid introduces us to his work as a renowned designer, having been exhibited in cities such as Chicago, Rome or New York, as well as showing the relevant work carried out as research professor at the School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM). (more…)

“Transmaterial Politics” exhibition by Andrés Jaque at Tabacalera Madrid

September 26, 2017

The new exhibition of proposes to rethink plurality and difference from three space frames: that of domestic life; that of the collaboration between the organic and the inorganic, and that of the interaction between social networks and everyday space.

 

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation: COSMO MoMA PS1, New York © Miguel de Guzmán

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation: COSMO MoMA PS1, New York © Miguel de Guzmán

 

On September 28,  the exhibition “Transmaterial Policies” by Andrés Jaque and Office of Political Innovation arrives at La Fragua and Tabacalera Madrid. An extensive exhibition of the most important works produced in recent years by the architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation, a thought platform created in 2003 together with a small group of architects, designers, journalists, sociologists and economists that champions architecture’s political dimension and which today is one of the most influential voices in contemporary architecture. (more…)

“Exterior” Pezo von Ellrichshausen at Solo Galerie Paris

September 20, 2017

Exterior is the latest painting series produced by the Chilean-Argentinian couple Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. In their large and immersive format, as both abstract and figurative compositions, these latest paintings are portraying the reversible quality of rather familiar architectonic spaces.

 

Pezo von Ellrichshausen "Exterior" © Solo Galerie / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Pezo von Ellrichshausen “Exterior” © Solo Galerie / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

 

The relative scale, rawness and depth depicted in these simple rooms can be read as carefully selected fragments taken from no particular building, from a pervasive and perhaps idealized laconic architecture. As an incomplete open reality, every picture is framing a discreet, quiet and typical encounter of walls, floors and ceilings; with a precise articulation of corners by means of a few basic architectural elements such as openings, steps, columns and beams. (more…)

“Does permanence matter? Ephemeral urbanism” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

September 19, 2017

How long-term should urban planning be? Munich’s Oktoberfest, the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage in India (or the largest gathering of humans on the planet), the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and other major events demonstrate that flexible architectural configurations are temporarily deployed around the globe to provide medium-term shelter, often to enormous crowds.

 

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

Burning Man Festival, USA © 2015 Google, DigitalGlobe

 

Such structures fulfill a range of functional tasks and are used in religious and cultural festivals or can take the form of military camps, refugee camps, or even temporary mining towns. This show traces a global phenomenon that has become increasingly topical given today’s current state of mass migration triggered by climate change, political strife, and natural disasters. (more…)