“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.


 

Practical information

“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


 

News source: Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions.

“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…)

“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…)

Open House Madrid invites people to discover more than 100 buildings

September 21, 2017

The third edition of the Open House Madrid festival returns the weekend of 30 September and 1 October with the opening of more than 100 buildings and urban spaces, some of them whose waiting lists exceed two years.

 

IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects © FG + SG

IE Paper Pavilion / Shigeru Ban Architects © FG + SG

 

The festival includes spaces such as the IE Paper Pavilion of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker prize, the new Desert City space, the first biotechnology nursery specializing in cacti, by the architect Jacobo García-Germán, or SOLO gallery for the art collection by estudioHerreros. (more…)

“The Construction Project. From Sketches to Built Architecture” at COAM Madrid

July 7, 2017

The ‘Building Approval’ is a generally little known process, which nevertheless is key when carrying out architecture projects. The exhibition shows the detail put into the actual construction design of some of Madrid’s most iconic modernist buildings through plans and original documents.

 

 Torres Blancas, by Saenz de Oiza "El Proyecto Visado"  © COAM

Torres Blancas, by Saenz de Oiza “El Proyecto Visado” © COAM

 

 

The Fundación Arquitectura COAM -Madrid Municipal Architect’s Association- has inaugurated an exhibition with original drawings of the main works of modern architects in Madrid. Under the title The Construction Project. From Sketches to Built Architecture’, the exhibition brings together plans and original documents of the architectural icons of Madrid, such as buildings by Alejandro de la Sota, Sáenz de Oiza, Genaro Alas or Eleuterio Población.  (more…)

‘envejezANDO’ Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’ at COAM Madrid

June 20, 2017

The exhibition focuses on specific aspects of human life – aging, illness, decadence – that seem to be attached to certain physical spaces that remain separate from the space of everyday life that surrounds us.

 

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

 

Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.

Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in. (more…)

“Entropy and Urban Space” the first major retrospective of Gabriele Basilico in Spain

June 6, 2017

The exhibition comprises 185 photographs, including his famous series “Milano, ritratti di fabriche”, as well as broad selection of over 70 books published by Basilico over the years and four videos on various aspects of his work, offering a general view of his entire photographic career.

 

Dunkerque, 1984 © Archivio Gabriele Basilico di Giovanna Calvenzi

Dunkerque, 1984 © Archivio Gabriele Basilico di Giovanna Calvenzi

 

Museo ICO presents “Gabriele Basilico. Entropy and Urban Space“,the first comprehensive retrospective of this Italian photographer in Spain. The exhibition of Basilico, known as The photographer of the city, explores his stylistic and conceptual evolution throughout his career, from the romantic view of his early days in search of visual order amid the apparent chaos of the postmodern metropolis.

A total of 185 photographs, a selection of over 70 books published by the Milanese photographer over the years and four videos offer us a view of his work throughout his photographic career. The show is part of the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2017 and may be visited until 10 September. (more…)

“Future is Now” grand opening of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid

June 5, 2017

The Foundation establishes a world-class archive and inaugurates an international programme of research, education and interdisciplinary projects. The opening act brought together leading designers, policy makers, scholars, and artists in a Forum addressing tomorrow’s social, economic, and design challenges.

 

New Pavilion, Norman Foster Foundation (2017) © Photo: Guillermo Rodriguez. Courtesy of Norman Foster Foundation

New Pavilion, Norman Foster Foundation (2017) © Photo: Guillermo Rodriguez. Courtesy of Norman Foster Foundation

 

The Norman Foster Foundation opened its headquarters on June 1, establishing a world-class archive and inaugurating an international programme of research, education and interdisciplinary projects.

To mark the inauguration, the Foundation presented the day-long global forum Future is Now, bringing together leading design practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and artists. The Forum addressed tomorrow’s foreseeable social, economic, and design challenges and how they are affecting our interactions today with the built environment. (more…)

“Ventura Rodríguez” drawings from the Municipal Archives at Madrid Conde Duque

May 31, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the 300 year anniversary of the city’s Chief Master Architect’s birth to remember the works that helped shape Madrid as we know it today. On display are many original drawings recovered form the City Hall’s public archive.

 

Ventura Rodriguez  and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

Ventura Rodriguez and Madrid © Madrid City Hall

 

Madrid is celebrating the 300-year anniversary of the birth of one of the architects that contributed to shape the Capital city ‘s architecture: Ventura Rodríguez, whose work will be displayed in the South Gallery of Conde Duque from May 17 to July 23. The exhibition, curated by Pedro Moleón, Javier Ortega Vidal and José Luis Sancho -two architects and a historian- highlights Ventura Rodríguez’s special talent for drawing, besides the interest of his architectural works.

This architect is responsible for some of the most emblematic spots in Madrid: he is the author of the famous Cybele, Neptune and Apollo fountains and designer of the Royal Palace’s chapel. (more…)

“CO.” architectural communication congress exhibition in Madrid

May 25, 2017

The exhibition features the work of young architect collectives whose approach to design is related to the different, alternative ways of architectural communication: social mediation, down-up processes, interdisciplinarity, networking…

 

CO. exhibition display © COCA Architectural Communication Congress

CO. exhibition display © COCA Architectural Communication Congress

 

The gallery space beneath the Spanish Ministry is hosting an architectural exhibition on the occasion of the 1st Architectural Communication Congress organized by MaCa and the Technical University of Madrid. The exhibition, which features work by architects and designers present during the Congress’ activities and lectures but also works by other so-called architectural collectives, focuses on a new form of architectural practice whose approach to architecture is strongly related to social mediation, alternative work platforms and citizens’ associations. (more…)