“Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

August 31, 2018

The Vitra Design Museum exhibition “Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface”, is the Dutch designer’s first solo presentation outside her native country. The exhibition will be shown from 18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019 at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.

 

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

 

For Christien Meindertsma, the creation of a product is only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops – while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma’s work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the »One Sheep Sweater« (2010) – for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep – or the »Flax Chair« (2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which was nominated for the New Material Award (2016) and won the Dutch Design Award (2016). (more…)

“Living the region Rhine\Main” exhibition at DAM

June 16, 2018

The exhibition creates future images of a region which accepts the challenges facing it and seizes the opportunities involved – which relies on new technologies, pursues an integrated development approach, and sees exemplary projects in Germany and abroad as role models. The scenarios presented showcase possible perspectives and whet our appetite for shaping this future! This is the only way to pave the way to a future in which people live the region.

 

Housing Almen Bolig+, Rødovre, Kopenhagen (DK), Vandkunsten, Kopenhagen Photo: Mads Frederik

Housing Almen Bolig+, Rødovre, Kopenhagen (DK), Vandkunsten, Kopenhagen Photo: Mads Frederik

 

Mobility and residential living are the main challenges facing the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region. The prices on the housing market are rising faster than building land becomes available. The transport infrastructure is already stretched to its limits. LIVING THE REGION – RHINE-MAIN interrelates mobility and residential living – after all, the region lives of its localities being easy to reach, and the wide range of housing available. It is defined by the way places are linked with one another. The region is highly dynamic and differs fundamentally from the ideal of an idyllic landscape. (more…)

“Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!” at Vitra Schaudepot

June 14, 2018

Readymades constructed from old car seats, innovative carbon fibre furniture, hand-welded steel furnishings and sculptural mass-manufactured products: works by the world-famous designer Ron Arad defy conventional boundaries. The Vitra Design Museum’s monographic exhibition »Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!« gives an overview of his diverse oeuvre.

 

Ron Arad, Big Easy (1988) Courtesy Ron Arad Associates

Ron Arad, Big Easy (1988) Courtesy Ron Arad Associates

 

This presentation in the Vitra Schaudepot includes numerous early designs from the 1980s, whose raw energy established Arad’s international reputation as a rising star. The show also includes more recent objects resulting from the direct transfer of his experimental approach to serially manufactured products.

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“O. M. Ungers: Programmatic projects” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

June 11, 2018

Around 1965 Oswald Mathias Ungers designs (1926-2007) a number of competitive projects with strong programmatic character: the dormitory Enschede 1964, the German Embassy to the Holy See Rome in 1965 and the Berlin Museum in 1965 the Prussian Cultural Heritage.

 

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

 

There are projects that examine in a precise and deliberate fashion the conceptual essence of architectural form, the essence of the form as an illustration of an idea. morphological basic concepts are paradigmatic it worked out and developed, issues such as transformation or assemblage. Contrary to the principles of reductive functionalism of this year, they emphasize with their reference to place and history and with their rational poetry the autonomy of the architecture and the importance of form. so they are announcing some key issues of the architectural debate of the following years: issues that characterize, for example, the key texts by Robert Venturi and Aldo Rossi from the year 1966. (more…)

“Märklin Modernism – From Architecture To Assembly Kit And Back Again” at DAM

May 30, 2018

Germans are surprisingly modern when it comes to their basement workshops – in the model railway sets of the “Miracle on the Rhine” era, architecture was more than merely a backdrop. Here the flying roof, glass dome and grid-like facade were part and parcel of the urban landscape. The exhibition will be the first to show just how enthusiastic about architecture the supposedly philistine model railway builders really were.

 

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

 

Everyone could afford a “Villa in the Ticino” back then – for 4.75 Deutschmarks, you could get a 1:87 scale model. This was modeled on an actual residential house on the St Gotthard Pass, which doubly inspired the Faller brothers in 1961. They had a similar villa built at the company headquarters in Gütenbach and in parallel developed an injection-molded kit of the building. Curious stories also surround the glass tower restaurant, an embattled town church and a postmodern high-rise. (more…)

“African Mobilities” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

May 23, 2018

At a time when international borders are being violently redrawn, maintained and policed, and domestic territories are increasingly implicated with accelerated geo-political re-alignments and capitalist circuits of extraction, this exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African Mobilities – beyond the figure of the refugee. African cities are reconsidered as sites of innovation, rapid transformations, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies.

 

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

 

African Mobilities is not concerned exclusively with the architecture of the refugee camp. Instead, it seeks to explore how cities and towns might become sites of refuge for African populations on the move, while simultaneously reckoning with the ways in which colonial geographies of extraction are enfolded within seemingly new zones of resource extraction. (more…)

“Ride a bike! Reclaim the city” exhibition at DAM

April 25, 2018

The exhibition shows what an urban development needs to look like if it is to help persuade yet more people to get on their bike in the future. Projects from all across the world make the case for gently Reclaiming the City. The focus is on selected cities such as Copenhagen, New York or Oslo – these show how the path towards a more sustainable and social city can lead via planning a bicycle-friendly one.

 

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

 

Designing public spaces well is a central task for urban planners and landscape architects. And they are joined on their already cramped stage by yet another agent: traffic planning. Bicycle traffic plays a central, connective role in the work done by all three and can provide the key to success. In order to maintain and improve the quality of life in the cities, where densities are increasingly rising and space used all the more intensively, more space is required on streets and squares, more green and more open spaces. (more…)

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

March 25, 2018

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” offers the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design, from past to present. The exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.

 

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

 

The nightclub is one of the most important design spaces in contemporary culture. Since the 1960s, nightclubs have been epicentres of pop culture, distinct spaces of nocturnal leisure providing architects and designers all over the world with opportunities and inspiration. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Haçienda in Manchester designed by Ben Kelly to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London.  (more…)

“The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective” Trix & Robert Haussmann at KW Institute

February 25, 2018

The architect and designer duo Trix & Robert Haussmann may be counted among the most important Swiss architects of the twentieth century. They have realized about 650 projects in their lifetime including the legendary Da Capo Bar, Shopville in Zurich’s main railway station, the boutique Weinberg, the famous Kronenhalle Bar and numerous successful experiments in artistic and handcrafted furniture.

 

"The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective", Trix & Robert Haussmann © KW Institute for Contemporary Art

“The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective”, Trix & Robert Haussmann © KW Institute for Contemporary Art

 

Since founding their “Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt” (General Design Institute) in 1967, Trix & Robert Haussmann have been pioneers in breaking with the premises of modern, canonical orders and concepts, reinterpreting playfully the linguistic dogmas of architecture theories. (more…)

“New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography and Film” at Bauhaus-Archiv

January 12, 2018

Extensive photography show to celebrate 80th anniversary of the founding of American school succeeding the Bauhaus. This will be the last exhibition in the Bauhaus-Archiv building before the museum’s modernisation and expansion.

 

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is presenting the photography of Chicago’s New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design that emerged out of it in a major exhibition running from 15 November 2017 to 5 March 2018. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bauhaus successor institution that was founded by the avant-garde artist and former Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy in 1937 and developed into an important centre of photographic education in the US. (more…)