“The Future Starts Here” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The colourful and narrative exhibition installation, by the architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation in Madrid, bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world.

 

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

 

The V&A will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its major spring exhibition. From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer to a global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, The Future Starts Here will bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs. (more…)

“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings.

 

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90

 

The exhibition will focus on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, which it will reveal to be one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future. Much of this material has never been exhibited publicly. Displayed the Museum’s exhibition galleries as well adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, the exhibition will forge a rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past. (more…)

“David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018” at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza

The exhibition will display a selection of 16 current projects at various stages of their development, illustrating the range of activities that take place in an architecture studio today. The material exhibited at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza will vary from rough sketches and models relating to the beginning of the design process, to detail design and construction drawings at the end of the design process, and will include photographs and films of recently completed projects.

 

Installation rendering © David Chipperfield Architects

Installation rendering © David Chipperfield Architects

 

“This exhibition represents our attempt to show how we work, how we develop ideas, how we work in parallel in different projects, cultures, and with different resources, priorities and collaborators, balancing local and global perspectives. As a practice, we have strived to maintain a studio mentality despite the scale of the overall studio, and despite the diversity and range of our projects.” – David Chipperfield (more…)

“One Two Five – Steven Holl” at Galleria Antonia Jannone

Steven Holl, known internationally for his important contribution to contemporary architecture, will return to Italy – after an exhibition at the Galleria AAM in Rome in 1981 – with a selection of works that includes 26 watercolors, 13 prints (signed and numbered), some limited edition design objects and sculptures.

 

Sunset - Sunrise, 2017_Hunters Point Community Library © Steven Holl

Sunset – Sunrise, 2017_Hunters Point Community Library © Steven Holl

 

A highly-anticipated exhibition, this Milan show is an official returnby Steven Holl in Italy, after a solo show at the Galleria AAM in Rome in 1981, and focuses on his signature style: watercolor. About thirty works in all, in addition to the watercolors, the show includes project sketches, limited edition furnishings and sculptures, some of which clearly trace back to the strong bond between Steven Holl and Italy. (more…)

“Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors” at MAXXI Rome

A new chapter of the series of Interactions across the Mediterranean dedicated to the relationship between Europe and the Middle East. The story of a city, a laboratory of resistance, artistic innovation and hope seen through over 100 works by 36 artists.

 

Haig Aivazian_02 Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

Haig Aivazian, Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

 

Cultural diversity, the memory of war, the effervescence of the present, the profound urban transformation, the prospects for the future: all these are Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, at MAXXI from 15 November 2017 to 20 May 2018. The exhibition, curated by Hou Hanru and Giulia Ferracci is a new chapter of the project Interactions across the Mediterranean which, after focussing on the contemporary art scene in Iran (2014-2015) and Istanbul (2015-2016) this time turns to Beirut, a dynamic city processing the past and acting as a laboratory for the future; it does so through over 100 works by 36 artists, expressions of an inter-Mediterranean culture enjoying vigorous growth. (more…)

“HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš” at Concéntrico festival in Logroño

Martin Rajniš is a Czech architect based in Prague. Alongside David Kubík and Tomáš Kosnar he conducts the office of HAMR, a collective of people actively seeking new solutions to architecture, urbanism and design. The office designs and constructs unique buildings in the Czech Republic as well as across the world. He was member of the jury of the BigMat Architecture Award 2015.

 

"HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš" © Concéntrico

“HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš” © Concéntrico

 

Text by HAMR. We are a small, but in terms of output a very productive office. The name, Architecture Guild, is inspired by the medieval mines and guilds that have built some of the most prominent buildings of their era. And we really do mean it – in terms of the name as well as the architecture. For us, architecture is a mystical journey through life. (more…)

“The House For Doing Nothing” Aristide Antonas at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

The first monograph dedicated to the work of architect and philosopher Aristide Antonas in France, this exhibition unfolds over several chapters with the project The House for Doing Nothing as one of the many reference points for the visitors.

 

"The House for doing nothing" Aristide Antonas © Aristide Antonas

“The House for doing nothing” Aristide Antonas © Aristide Antonas

 

Begun in 2008, the work was spawned after reading the ideas defended by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek in his book Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (2008). The author uses the book to encourage us to resist any form of engagement in the world and to withdraw ourselves as to establish a distance for critiquing. Aristide Antonas considers this form of “withdrawal” not as a heroic posture of resistance but as the foundation of our current relationship to the daily and the real. (more…)

“SOS Brutalism Save the Concrete Monsters!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Love it or hate it, the rediscovered Brutalist architecture leaves nobody cold. The exhibition presents international and outstanding Austrian examples highlighting the projects’ architectural and social relevance.

 

 IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

 

For several decades Brutalist buildings were vilified as architectural eyesores, and torn down or left to decay. Does the current hype herald a reversal in this trend? The global online initiative SOS Brutalism – which has already compiled over 1000 buildings in a database (www.SOSBrutalism.org) – inspired a major exhibition project at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition to have emerged from the global online platform offers, for the first time, a world-wide survey of Brutalist buildings completed on every continent between 1853 and 1979. What societal developments, which architectural and political ideas provide the context for this international phenomenon? However the exhibition also pursues the question of whether Brutalism can even be defined, or how, and addresses possible strategies for renovation in line with accepted conservation practice.

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“Zevi’s Architects. History and counter-history of Italian Architecture 1944-2000” at MAXXI Rome

On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, MAXXI is devoting a major exhibition to the figure of Bruno Zevi and his multifaceted work as historian, lecturer, occasional designer, politician and radio and television broadcaster. On show, together with magazines, books, posters and audio and video documentation of his work, the designs of 38 of the architects he promoted from Carlo Scarpa to Pier Luigi Nervi, from Franco Albini to Maurizio Sacripanti, from Piero Sartogo to Renzo Piano.

 

Giancarlo De Carlo | foto di Olivo Barbieri, Collegi universitari a Urbino, 2015

Giancarlo De Carlo | foto di Olivo Barbieri, Collegi universitari a Urbino, 2015

 

Architecture is not composed solely of building, projects and drawings, there are also certain intellectuals, theorists and historians who with their critical, civic and also political commitment helped influence national and international architectural affairs throughout the 20th Century. (more…)