“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris

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…)

“Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!” at Vitra Schaudepot

Readymades constructed from old car seats, innovative carbon fibre furniture, hand-welded steel furnishings and sculptural mass-manufactured products: works by the world-famous designer Ron Arad defy conventional boundaries. The Vitra Design Museum’s monographic exhibition »Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!« gives an overview of his diverse oeuvre.

 

Ron Arad, Big Easy (1988) Courtesy Ron Arad Associates

Ron Arad, Big Easy (1988) Courtesy Ron Arad Associates

 

This presentation in the Vitra Schaudepot includes numerous early designs from the 1980s, whose raw energy established Arad’s international reputation as a rising star. The show also includes more recent objects resulting from the direct transfer of his experimental approach to serially manufactured products.

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“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The project reveals an unknown side to Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta: their most intimate world. All three architects have created a space in which to investigate and rethink humanity’s relationship with the world that can be found in La Vila, in the Bianya valley (Girona), and their project for the Venice Biennale revolves around this.

 

"RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice" © Giuseppe Dall'Arche

“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” © Giuseppe Dall’Arche

 

At the presentation of the project to the press, the director of the institute Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, pointed out the unusual fact that what is exhibited “is not a finished project, but a work in progress, an idea under construction, ideas to work on, and I like this because it gives it an air of volatility, something open.” Forcano described the Catalan pavilion as a “poem” for its “introspection, intimacy and depth”. (more…)

“O. M. Ungers: Programmatic projects” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

Around 1965 Oswald Mathias Ungers designs (1926-2007) a number of competitive projects with strong programmatic character: the dormitory Enschede 1964, the German Embassy to the Holy See Rome in 1965 and the Berlin Museum in 1965 the Prussian Cultural Heritage.

 

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

Museum Berlin Prussian Cultural Heritage (isometric), 1965 © UAA Ungers Archive for Architecture Science

 

There are projects that examine in a precise and deliberate fashion the conceptual essence of architectural form, the essence of the form as an illustration of an idea. morphological basic concepts are paradigmatic it worked out and developed, issues such as transformation or assemblage. Contrary to the principles of reductive functionalism of this year, they emphasize with their reference to place and history and with their rational poetry the autonomy of the architecture and the importance of form. so they are announcing some key issues of the architectural debate of the following years: issues that characterize, for example, the key texts by Robert Venturi and Aldo Rossi from the year 1966. (more…)

“Svizzera 240: House Tour” Venice Architecture 2018 Golden Lion for best national participant

The project «Svizzera 240: House Tour» by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation. The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour».

 

Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Wilson Wootton © Wilson Wootton, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg und Ani Vihervaara

Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Wilson Wootton © Wilson Wootton, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg und Ani Vihervaara

 

A house tour offers a meandering, eye-level view onto the apartment interior. This view consolidates into a series of images, which register the apartment according to the qualities and affects afforded by its quintessential architectural palette: a ±240 centimetre volume dressed with white walls, skirting board, wood or tile flooring and off-the-shelf components and fittings. (more…)

“Inhabit the air” installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid

Cirugeda will build a house in the interior of Nave 11 together with women collectives of the city of Madrid, led and trained by the Recetas Urbanas team (which has considerable experience in collective do-it-yourself construction) with students of Escuela Artediez and GANDIABLASCO.

 

"Inhabit the air" installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid  © Orlando Gutiérrez

“Inhabit the air” installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid © Orlando Gutiérrez

 

This artist and social architect from Seville focuses his mind, heart and sweat on taking advantage of legal loopholes for the benefit of the community, and his work is admired and recognised throughout the world. Cirugeda regularly occupies public spaces with containers, he constructs prosthetics on façades, patios, roofs and even on plots of land with the agreement of local residents, creating protocols that can be used by the citizens’ collectives themselves, both for the improvement of urban fragments and for the development of specific projects that will make it possible to resolve housing issues. All of this in what is a negotiation between legality and illegality, to help us remember the enormous control to which we are subjected. (more…)

“Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac” at Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Venezia

Exhibition From 26 May to 7 October 2018 Venice. Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro hosts one of the most authoritative and eclectic Spanish practitioners of contemporary art and architecture: Juan Navarro Baldeweg.

 

"Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac"  © Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna Venezia

“Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac” © Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Venezia

 

Architect, painter, sculptor, engraver, lecturer and essayist, Baldeweg has designed some of the most emblematic Spanish buildings of recent decades, among them the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Castilla and León in Salamanca, the Altamira Research and Museum Centre in Santillana del Mar, the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, and the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos (completed in 2012). (more…)

“Disappear Here” Sam Jacob’s exhibition on perspective at the RIBA

The exhibition explores the lineage of perspective across centuries and technologies. Connecting the disciplines of art, architecture and mathematics, the exhibition highlights the difference between reality and how we represent it through new architectural installations, an animated film, original drawings and rare books from RIBA’s Collections.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries from his book Perspective 1604-5 © RIBA Collections

Hans Vredeman de Vries from his book Perspective 1604-5 © RIBA Collections

 

RIBA’s commissions are an opportunity for emerging and established practices and artists to work with RIBA curators to explore its historical collections through a contemporary lens. For this project, RIBA commissioned Sam Jacob Studio to transform the gallery into a mesmerising spatial environment on the theme of perspective. We provide an introduction to the exhibition and to the theme of perspective – where it originated and what the future may hold – interspersed with quotations from Sam Jacob, the principal of Sam Jacob Studio, taken from an accompanying essay. (more…)

“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu develop a radically different approach to majority architecture in China as opposed to Chinese architectural traditionalism and an often destructive modernity from which they emancipate themselves.

 

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese architects Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu from 31 May to 28 October in the Large Gallery. Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, with their firm Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, have developed an approach that is radically different from most Chinese architecture. Freeing themselves from Chinese architectural traditionalism and often destructive modernity, they have established new practices that are both inventive and critical. (more…)

“Becoming”, Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The curator Atxu Amann and a team of four others have selected, via an open call, 143 proposals that will be shown in the Spanish Pavilionduring the Biennale Architettura 2018, for the first time, Spain will present a virtual pavilion with another 293 proposals. The exhibition reflects the proposals and research that are being developed in learning environments along with the new multidisciplinary nature of architects.

 

"Becoming" Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale  © ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

“Becoming” Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale © ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

 

In words of the curator Atxu Amann: “Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara emphasize the concept of generosity, which is important because we have to give space and time to those who are not yet able to build. We have been fortunate: I was already building at the age of 30 and they are young people of 35 and 40 who have never built. On the one hand, this has meant that they have no space for visibility, but on the other hand, it has also caused other readings to be provoked during this time, other architectural themes, other ways of being architects. (…) So, since this is a Spanish public land, we give it to you so that you show what you are doing.” (more…)