“The Other Architect” works from Cedric Price to OMA/AMO at Het Nieuwe Instituut

September 8, 2017

In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The Other Architect, an exhibition of architects who expanded their role in society to shape the contemporary cultural agenda without the intervention of built form.

 

Collage, The Other Architect, 2015 © Christian Lange

Collage, The Other Architect, 2015 © Christian Lange

 

The Other Architect” is a touring exhibition organized by the Canadian Center of Architecture and will be on view in Rotterdam from 8 September 2017 until 7 January 2018. The exhibition showcases architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time, featuring 22 case studies, dating from the 1960s to the present day, that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices.


 

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“The Other Architect”
September 8 – January 7, 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Netherlands

 


The Other Architect, curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Chief Curator, explores how various groups pushed beyond traditional architectural practice to develop architecture as a field of energetic, critical, and radical research, outside the established domains of academia and the usual dynamics of editorial and institutional activities. They sought to expand the role and responsibility of architects in society by working outside of traditional design practices and pursuing collaborative strategies, new tools and experimental attitudes. Their ingenuity showed the ability of architecture to shape the contemporary cultural agenda, a lesson that remains critically relevant today.

 

-Drawing of the bus tour circuit indicating participating architecture schools and their potential connections, 1973 © Peter Murray / AD/AA/Polyark. Cedric Price fonds, CCA

– Drawing of the bus tour circuit indicating participating architecture schools and their potential connections, 1973 © Peter Murray / AD/AA/Polyark. Cedric Price fonds, CCA

 

These alternative working methods and strategies manifested in a range of forms including mission statements, manifestos, videos, photographs, meeting minutes and T- shirts. The archival documents on display reveal how architects constructed a cultural agenda without the intervention of built form. Tracing the development of these unusual creative processes allows us to consider how these different ways of defining architecture can be applied today.

 

AMO,  A diagram showing how OMA and AMO implanted themselves into relationships within real and virtual spheres. 2001 © OMA

AMO, A diagram showing how OMA and AMO implanted themselves into relationships within real and virtual spheres. 2001 © OMA

 

The Other Architect presents architects whose work challenged the concept of individual authorship in favour of establishing networks and partnerships with permeable roles. These include AD/AA/Polyark, AMO, Anyone Corporation, Architects Revolutionary Council (ARC), Architectural Detective Agency (ADA), Architecture Machine Group (AMG), Art Net, Atelier de recherche et d’action urbaines (ARAU), Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), CIRCO, Corridart, Delos Symposion, Design-A- Thon, Forensic Architecture, Global Tools, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD), Kommunen in der Neuen Welt, Lightweight Enclosures Unit (LEU), Pidgeon Audio Visual (PAV), Take Part, and Urban Innovations Group (UIG).

 

Coded index cards used to assemble the ‘Air Structures Bibliography’ rating each publication according to its usefulness, 1972 © CCA / Lightweight Enclosures Unit, Cedric Price fonds

Coded index cards used to assemble the ‘Air Structures Bibliography’ rating each publication according to its usefulness, 1972 © CCA / Lightweight Enclosures Unit, Cedric Price fonds

 

The exhibition was first on view at the CCA in 2015 and is accompanied by a publication, The Other Architect, edited by Giovanna Borasi, published by the CCA with Spector Books, and designed by Jonathan Hares.

 

An improvised drawing (“D.I.Y. tool box”) made at the Sambuca Seminar, 1974 © Alessandro Mendini / Archivio Piero Brombin e Valerio Tridenti

An improvised drawing (“D.I.Y. tool box”) made at the Sambuca Seminar, 1974 © Alessandro Mendini / Archivio Piero Brombin e Valerio Tridenti

 

THE CCA

The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert, on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collection, exhibitions, public programs, publications and research opportunities, the CCA is advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.


 

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“Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style” De Stijl at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them.

 

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. From 10 June until 17 September, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut (which holds the greatest architecture collection in the world) present a marvellous overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been. (more…)

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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…)

“Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

February 21, 2017

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

Designing The Surface Overview, 2017 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship. Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems. (more…)

“Architecture of Appropriation” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

January 30, 2017

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What if the right to affordable housing, working and living rather than property rights were made the priority of urban transformation? Since the 1960s squatters, with this idea in mind, have made an important contribution to the development of the city, appropriating parts of the city and changing it from the inside out. This practice is explored in the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation. (more…)

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Rothschild has responded to Sonneveld House’s status as a museum and monument by creating a series of large, geometric sculptures that will be placed throughout the house alongside a number of smaller, more discreet pieces. 

 

Intervention Eva Rothschild in Sonneveld House © Johannes Schwartz

Intervention Eva Rothschild in Sonneveld House © Johannes Schwartz

 

From 12 June 2016 Irish artist Eva Rothschild will present work commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut that reacts to the status of Sonneveld House as a museum house. The larger works create an alternative architecture that questions what is possible spatially within the house and highlights the sense of control that Rothschild sees as inherent within the domestic environment. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents “The Life Fair. New Body Products”

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The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

The Life Fair, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

Never before has technology had a greater influence on the body. Our physical selves can increasingly be monitored and, when necessary, improved. And the relation between the human body and its surroundings has never been subjected to so much control. Why not freeze your eggs until you’ve had a successful career and then have children? Or take a chemical test to determine whether you’re really in love? And instead of following a diet, use intelligent cutlery that knows precisely what a daily portion of healthy food is. We are constantly faced with the choice: buy or boycott, opt-in or opt-out. (more…)

“A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory” by Santiago Borja at Sonneveld House

March 2, 2016

At the invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Mexican artist and architect Santiago Borja is building an observatory on the roof of Sonneveld House. Devoted to Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, the observatory offers a space of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House.

 

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

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New search portal gives access to Het Nieuwe Instituut’s architecture collection

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With the introduction of a new search portal Het Nieuwe Instituut gives the public direct online access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections. Among other features, the search portal allows professional researchers and others to consult 130,000 images in detail via a special viewer.

 

Van den Broek en Bakema. Town Hall, Terneuzen, 1962. © Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection

Van den Broek en Bakema. Town Hall, Terneuzen, 1962. © Het Nieuwe Instituut Collection

 

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The New Garden. July 2015 Photo © Johannes Schwartz

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo  ©  Johannes Schwartz

 

This spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented The New Garden: a temporary landscape with space for encounter, experimentation and exploration. The outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into a temporary garden. With the design for The New Garden, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens up to its surroundings and invites neighbouring, residents and passers-by to make use of this temporary garden. The garden also acts as a route to the adjoining Museumpark and contributes to the discussion about the future of this public and cultural heart of the city. (more…)