“Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” at Citè de l’Architecture

September 2, 2018

The exhibition “Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” invites to revisit this fifteen years (1962-1977) which supposed the renewal of the society but also the appearence of a new architecture and urbanism. 

 

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

 

The directions taken by architecture and its teaching from the mid-1960s are multiple and intersections sometimes dangerous. The first major disturbances broke out at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts around 1966. They were accompanied by a demand for the most advanced students of architecture for the “capital” theory and for, at the end, a status of intellectuals , based on the decisive contribution of the human sciences in the training of architects. (more…)

“Interactions” exhibition by Groupe-6 at la Galerie d’Architecture

August 29, 2018

For almost  50 years, Groupe-6 has taken  a collective  approach to developing its architectures, designing a wide variety of schemes in France and in Europe. The firm’s creations testify to its expertise in constructing the most complex  projects and its commitment to an architecture that serves the public good. It has no set hallmark; its signature is a process, not a specific style.

 

Logements " Casanova", Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

Logements ” Casanova”, Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

 

The architectures Groupe-6 designs are resolutely interactive in the way they infuse into their setting and in their potential for appropriation. This dialectic between form and openness is their common denominator. Through a panorama of the firm’s projects and buildings, presented through models, drawings, interviews and films, the exhibition  reveals the true face of Groupe-6. (more…)

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris

June 15, 2018

The exhibition by French photographer François Prost  will present 4 series produced between 2013 and 2017: After Party, Faubourg, Champs Élysées & Paris Syndrome. AfterParty recounts facades of French nightclubs, photographed in the light of day. These nightclubs, still in activity, are then under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the night atmosphere give way to a more standard and less glittery reality. 

 

"Photostories" exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

 

The After Party series presents facades of French nightclubs, photographed in daylight. These nightclubs, still running, are shown under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the nocturnal atmosphere that give way to a more standard and less spangled reality. The Faubourg series presents facades of Ile de France buildings from so-called sensitive areas. These buildings, erected in the 1960s, at the time of the large complexes were built to increase the housing stock and to give the middle / upper class all the modern comforts of the time. (more…)

“Territory in movement” exhibition by OFICINA URBANA at la Galerie d’Architecture

May 23, 2018

Urban life is today the scenario for high-impact processes and tensions, and an urban designer is a guide that will set courses and lead the future ways and behaviors for these changes, transforming them into a new memorable event.

 

"Territory in movement" OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

“Territory in movement” OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

 

This dialogue on projects is not a content in itself: it is an open process, taking place through successive interactions, which in its evolution celebrates the variety of disciplines that allow for the construction of that space. (more…)

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” at Citè de l’Architecture

May 20, 2018

Georges-Henri Pingusson has marked, by his architecture and his words, generations of architects. His work, as remarkable as it is, can not suffice to express what the legacy of this independent, humanist, charismatic figure of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts mean for the history of Architecture.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

Close to Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier, Georges-Henri Pingusson is nevertheless one of the last figures of the modern French movement. Architect with two masterpieces (the Latitude 43 hotel in Saint-Tropez and the Memorial of the martyrs of the deportation in Paris), he crossed the twentieth century and produced many projects and achievements, marked by a total of artistic commitment and a sensible approach to space. (more…)

“Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France. Portrait of a project 1988 – 1998″ at BnF

April 9, 2018

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has given its architect Dominique Perrault ‘carte blanche’ to develop an exhibition dedicated to the building he designed in 1989 : with an original ‘mise en abyme’, a large-scale scenography presents the story of the conception and construction of the BnF, one of the most important contemporary public buildings in France.

 

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France  © Dominique Perrault Architecte

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France © Dominique Perrault Architecte

 

“I wish to be launched the construction and fitting-out of the – or one of the – biggest libraries in the world, of a completely new type.” announced François Mitterrand, the then President of the French Republic on July 14th 1988. In 1989, architect Dominique Perrault, aged only 36, was the winner of the international competition. After the Grand Louvre, the Opéra Bastille or the Institut du monde arabe, this new project located outside of Paris historical districts completed the policy of large public works projects led during the two seven-year terms of François Mitterrand. The architect’s mission was to create ‘a symbolic place for Paris and a library for France’, a place open to all, which is both a public area for passing through and the beginning of an initiatory journey. (more…)

“Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

April 7, 2018

The exhibition “Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” wishes to bring these issues to the spotlight by presenting models, films, interviews, prototypes, perspectives and plans of some 60 architectures classified according to the questions they raise. Where to build the Paris housing of tomorrow?

 

"Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus" © Antoine Espinasseau

“Habiter Mieux Habiter Plus” © Antoine Espinasseau

 

Today, new housing architectures is being invented in Paris. These fair collective buildings delivered or still in projects explore new urban situations and question the traditional forms of housing or their manufacture. Some are experimenting with carbon-free construction strategies, others anticipate tomorrow’s lifestyles or question the very notion of ownership. (more…)

“Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture” at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

April 4, 2018

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents the first major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Junya Ishigami. An important and singular figure of Japan’s young architecture scene, Ishigami—winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010—is the creator of a conceptual and poetic body of work in which the landscape occupies an important place.

 

Photograph of House and Restaurant physical model ©junya.ishigami+associates

Photograph of House and Restaurant physical model ©junya.ishigami+associates

 

From March 30 to June 10, 2018, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presents Freeing Architecture, the first major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Junya Ishigami. An important and singular figure of Japan’s young architecture scene, Ishigami—winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010—is the creator of a conceptual and poetic body of work in which the landscape occupies an important place. For the exhibition Freeing Architecture, conceived specifically for the Fondation Cartier, Ishigami re- veals twenty of his architectural projects in Asia and in Europe. These projects will be presented through a series of large-scale models, accompanied by films and drawings, which document their different stages of conception and construction. In dialogue with Jean Nouvel’s iconic building, this event is also the first large-scale solo-show that the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has devoted to an architect. (more…)

“Fingerprints” exhibition by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten at la Galerie d’Architecture

December 16, 2017

La Galerie d’Architecture presents the exhibition on the Swiss architects featuring photos, drawings and physical models of their recent work. Rossetti + Wyss was founded by Nathalie Rossetti and Mark Aurel Wyss in January 2000. The agency works on architectural and urban projects, and at different scales ranging from the city to the object design.

 

TRUBLERHÜTTE - 2008 © Jürg Zimmermann, Zürich - Suisse

TRUBLERHÜTTE – 2008 © Jürg Zimmermann, Zürich – Suisse

 

Simplicity is never vapid. Reduction is the path to clarity and precision. A constant process of weighing and choosing between different elements produces spatial and structural solutions. The result is a formal, simple language, full of experiences and spatial successions. Restraint is the watchword. (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

December 6, 2017

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)