“Private Spaces” Adolf Loos at CaixaForum Madrid

The first exhibition in Spain dedicated to Adolf Loos, a key figure of Viennese modern architecture, reviews his unique conception of architecture and interior design. A wide repertoire of objects and domestic furniture, explores the aesthetic thinking of the architect, pioneer in the debate between spaces of public life and private life.

 

Müller house interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

Müller house interior © The Albertina Museum Vienna

 

The exhibition, curated by Pilar Parcerisas, focuses on the work of Loos (1870-1933) as a designer of interiors and furniture who emphasised the dialogue between spaces in public life and private life. A central theme of the show is the aesthetic revolution that Loos led in Vienna at around the turn of the twentieth century, when he rebelled against Secession to champion economy in architectural construction and design. (more…)

“Sacred Space. The Architects and Artists of the Church of the Santo Volto di Gesù” at Nivola museum

The Nivola museum, which has been interested from the beginning in the intersections between art and architecture (one of the main themes of Costantino Nivola’s work in the mid-20th century), presents an exhibition on a project that brought that relationship into the contemporary world.

 

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

Santo Volto di Gesù, Sartogo Architetti Associati © Andrea Jemolo

 

In 1998, the architects Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon were commissioned to design the church of the Santo Volto di Gesù, a new church in the Magliana neighborhood of Rome, a highly populat- ed area with a long history of social struggle as well as unauthorized building, property speculation, and urban violence. A context as stimulating and complex as the strip of land allocated for the building, a small, narrow corner plot between the broad Via della Magliana and one of its side streets. (more…)

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura

The exhibition presents a series of interactive installations, conceived and built by the students of the atelier of Riccardo Blumer at the USI Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, representative of an educational path that insists on learning the fundamental principles of architecture through the understanding of the potentialities of the human body and its being a unit of measurement of the humanized world.

 

"Seven automatic architectures and other exercises"  by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

 

Teatro dell’architettura will host the exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi” from March 9 to May 31. The exhibition is the opening event of a long series of activities aimed at testing the potential of the building: an array of lectures, debates, film screenings and conferences that will lead to the major show Louis Khan e Venezia in October. (more…)

“Dissident Gardens” exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut

With the programme Dissident Gardens, Het Nieuwe Instituut explores the classic contrast between nature and culture and the changing role of design. In this context, the garden stands for the site where man’s desire to control his environment collides with the forces of nature.

 

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

Glasshouse Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens. Glass plate negative, collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kasteel De Haar archive

 

Dissident Gardens includes an extensive programme of exhibitions in Gallery 1, including Biotopia, Smart Farming, Gardening Mars and Pleasure Parks and in Gallery 2 the exhibition The Human Insect: Antenna Architectures 1887-2017. Dissident Gardens is on view from 4 March to 23 September 2018. (more…)

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

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…)

“New Horizons” Odile Decq’s work at House Of Arts In Ostrava

From April 5 until June 10 2018, Studio Odile Decq presents its work at House of Art in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Since its outset, Studio Odile Decq stands out for its capability to present architecture from an unusual point of view, going beyond the simple project presentation.

 

Confluence School by Studio Odile Decq in Lyon 2014 © Roland-Halbe

Confluence School by Studio Odile Decq in Lyon 2014 © Roland-Halbe

 

The exhibition HORIZONS presents nine projects in a non-descriptive and non-chronological way. Radically summarizing their conceptual volumes, the projects are transposed in a visual journey through their spatial experiences, in an array of scales ranging from the changing landscape of Tangshan National Geopark Museum to the evanescence of the Phantom’s plastic shapes. (more…)

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

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

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…)

“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

“Rêveries Urbaines” (Urban Daydreaming) is a wide-ranging study of possible development solutions for cities, a repertoire of new forms imaginable in very different urban situations. Much like a large, open sketchbook, the solutions are presented as a meander through models and films.

 

"Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines" at Archizoom © Olivier Christinat

“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” at Archizoom © Olivier Christinat

 

The immersive staging of this exhibition aims to transport the visitor into different universes; each model is like a separate act of an urban play. A significant number of ideas were produced over the course of a year. From this intense research, proposals were selected and turned into detailed study models. These spontaneously developed projects highlight the need to bring natural forms back into the city: plants, animals, water and fire. The scenarios take into consideration urban functions and suggest a new direction in the relationship between buildings, the quality of a pavement, the positioning of a fountain, the planting of a jungle: all these human considerations that would make the city a place of enchantment
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“Pushing the Limits” NKBAK Architekten at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

With its first comprehensive exhibition, Aedes presents the young architectural firm NKBAK by Nicole Kerstin Berganski and Andreas Krawczyk, established in 2007 in Frankfurt am Main. Their work is characterized by the willingness to think “outside the box” and consider all existing possibilities in order to find the best, sometimes unexpected, solution.

 

European School Frankfurt/Main © Thomas Mayer

European School Frankfurt/Main © Thomas Mayer

 

The exhibition presents a selection of projects, including the House on the Lake, the House in Odenwald and the European School, all located in and around Frankfurt am Main. Three further school projects are currently under construction in Berlin. Their modular timber structure for the European School was selected among the 24 best buildings in Germany in 2017 by the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt/DAM, and was awarded the Timber Construction Award by the state of Hessen in 2015. (more…)