“Bengal Stream” exhibition at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Bengal Stream is the first exhibition in France to focus on the architectural scene in Bangladesh. The exhibition presents over sixty projects demonstrating the extraordinary vibrant architecture scene in their country. Simplicity, adaptability, and an ability to cope with vulnerability are the collective strengths and values of architecture in Bangladesh.


Centre Friendship Gaibandha URBANA Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury architecte @Iwan Baan


The East-West / North-South programme designed by arc en rêve in 2004 presented the essential purpose of architecture, giving people places to live, and placed creativity at the heart of the major issues facing societies as they turn towards the future. We observed at the time that dwelling solutions developed by populations in extreme conditions can inform the search for new modes of design to help us to build habitable environments here and now.

“Openings” Tom Emerson in conversation with the Álvaro Siza Archive

‘Conversations with the Álvaro Siza Archive’ is a new series of exhibitions aimed at placing the work of Álvaro Siza in dialogue with some of the most relevant contemporary architectural practices. Invited to act as guest curator for each individual exhibition, an architect is asked to select materials from the Álvaro Siza Archive and present them in connection to his/her own work.


Alvaro Siza, Casa Beires, glazing detail © Serralves Museum


Tom Emerson, of London-based practice 6a architects, will be the first guest curator in the series. Alvaro Siza met with students for the close of seminar week. “The Portuguese Way” took us from Lisbon to Porto guided by artists, manufacturers and architects, around their cities and landscapes leading us to the architecture of Tavora, Siza and Souto de Moura, the three generations who have shaped Portuguese architecture as we know it today. (more…)

“You are here. 20 Years of Recetas Urbanas” at MUSAC Leon

How is an architectural space produced and what makes this production a collective event? What opportunities does architecture provide as techne, as a platform for the questioning of the regulation and management of the public as provided by various administrative and institutional frameworks? And how can this be understood as the formulation of collective knowledge?


Aula Abierta Sevilla 2012 © Juan Gabriel Pelegrina


Santiago Cirugeda (Seville, 1971) and his studio Recetas Urbanas have been answering these questions for more than 20 years by generating spaces for the production of the social. His architecture is the result of the constant definition and redefinition of the public, with projects that question the management, use and constitution of this space. (more…)

Peter Zumthor’s first building in the UK, house “Secular Retreat” in Devon

As a part of Living Architecture program, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has completed a holiday home titled ‘Secular Retreat’ set on a hilltop amongst the rolling pastures in South Devon, England. The retreat will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first permanent building in the UK.


Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse


In South Devon, between the resorts of Salcombe and Hallsands lies a landscape of rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields and small villages of old stone houses. It is here Living Architecture invited one of the greatest architects in the world, Peter Zumthor, to create Secular Retreat. (more…)

“Downtown Denise Scott Brown” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Denise Scott Brown is both a monument and a mystery. She helped to lead a revolt against architectural late Modernism with the aim of saving Modernism. Welcome to the world’s first extensive solo exhibition on the work of this today 87 year old architect, urban planner, educator, and writer.


Sainsbury Wing National Gallery, London England © Timothy Soar


Since the 1960s, Denise Scott Brown — together with her partner and husband Robert Venturi — has inspired generations of architects worldwide. She redefined the relation of architecture and urban planning, the rules of architectural design, social consciousness, photography, the analysis of everyday culture, and the possibilities of joint creativity. Her research studio on Las Vegas resulted in the groundbreaking book Learning from Las Vegas, whose impact is still felt today. (more…)

“Designed Landscapes – Brussels 1775-2020” at CIVA Brussels

Designed Landscapes proposes a new perspective on the Brussels Region landscape, leading to discover the exceptionnal history of its parks and public gardens. Through original documents, partly unreleased, the exhibition offers an overall vision on the landscape creations between 1775 and the contemporary period, their authors as well as the historical and political context.


Nord Au Nord Catherine Mosbach Civa © CIVA


The exhibition aims to position Brussels’ landscape creations in an international cultural frame and to give value to the specific tools employed by a landscape designer.To understand the vast temporal arc that extends from the 1775s to the contemporary period, this is the ambition that the CIVA has set itself to give the visitor a real overview of the landscape creations of the capital. Not only the works – parks, gardens, avenues planted – but also their authors, often unknown, will be highlighted during this exhibition. (more…)

“Haus Wittgenstein. Art, Architecture and Philosophy” at MAAT Lisbon

Haus Wittgenstein: Art, Architecture and Philosophy is a selection of works from several institutions and artists, including a group of original artworks from several national artists, that explore the house and the ideas of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951).


Haus Wittgenstein_Art, Architecture & Philosophy_Courtesy of EDP Foundation © Bruno Lopes


The result is a dialogue between art, architecture and philosophy in the rooms of MAAT’s Main Gallery. The focus of this exhibition is the 90-year history of the Wittgenstein house of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) in Vienna. A project begun in 1926 and completed in 1928, the house has an intense history in which several areas of knowledge converge. This confluence occurs not only because Wittgenstein was its architect, but also because the history of the project, of its construction and inhabitation, reflects a series of conflicts that constitute a comprehensive example of a creative process that is at once both artistic and architectural. (more…)

“Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland” at S AM Basel

In Switzerland, the concept of density has noticeably negative connotations and is often used to provoke fear. Political campaigns with images of old towns overrun by high-rise buildings illustrate an alleged ‘proximity stress’ (Dichtestress) and make balanced discussion impossible.


«Dichtelust», (ab)Normal © (ab)Normal


The exhibition ‘Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland’, which the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum has developed with the support of the Canton Basel-City Construction and Transport Department, refutes these irrational arguments and demonstrates the real meaning of density: the thoughtful and compact utilisation of buildable territory. It examines different forms of historical density and contemporary redensification, and clarifies how density contributes to quality of life by creating tangible added value for the individual, for society and for the environment. (more…)

“Legislating Architecture. Architecting after Politics” at Vorarlberger Architektur Institut

The exhibition, in cooperation with the online TV channel station + (DARCH, ETHZ), presents a cinematic essay that brings together answers to this question in a dialogue. The film is based on C.G. Jung and Wolfgang Pauli’s holistic model for our world, which moves with the exhibition to various places and brings local phenomena into a global context.


Still from Legislating Architecture . © Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth

Still from Legislating Architecture . © Arno Brandlhuber and Christopher Roth


“Legislating Architecture” describes a model of thinking and action that addresses the rules and laws of architecture. Architecture is understood as a built environment and as a social field. “Architecting after Politics” is the third film in a series that has been created since 2016 as a cooperation between Brandlhuber + and director Christopher Roth. The latest film continues what the films “Legislating Architecture” and “The Property Drama” have begun and poses a crucial question of our time: who builds the world?  (more…)

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at ADAM – Brussels Design Museum

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” offers the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design, from past to present. The exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.


Despacio Sound System, New Century Hall, Manchester International Festival, July 2013. © Rod Lewis

Despacio Sound System, New Century Hall, Manchester International Festival, July 2013. © Rod Lewis


The nightclub is one of the most important design spaces in contemporary culture. Since the 1960s, nightclubs have been epicentres of pop culture, distinct spaces of nocturnal leisure providing architects and designers all over the world with opportunities and inspiration. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Haçienda in Manchester designed by Ben Kelly to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London.  (more…)