“Where is my friend’s house?” at Maison des Arts de Malakoff

The exhibition “Where is my friend’s house?”, is a continuation of the commitments made by the Maison des Arts de Malakoff, and in its desire to present and address topics related to the news. By bringing together some twenty artists from the contemporary Syrian scene, the art center intends to offer artists a dialogue and the opportunity to testify.

 

Bissane Al Charif et Mohamad Omran : Sans ciel, 2014, film en stop-motion

 

A poetic nod to Abbas Kiarostami’s 1987 film, “Where is my friend’s house?” addresses the issue of loss and forced exile but also reconstruction, between memories, dreams and nightmares. Lost house, destroyed house, dream house, home invented … each of the artists with its history, its fractures and its humor, its poetry and its revolt, makes emerge a vibrant and sensitive world that tells us something else of the reality. (more…)

Registration open for the 4th edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award

The registration period will run from January 14 through to April 26, 2019. The BigMat International Architecture Award ’19 rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 7 Prizes for Finalists and one Special Mention for Young Architects. Free submission available here.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

The registration period for the 4th edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open. In the last edition the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center by the French architects Lacaton & Vassal followed the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter (winner in 2013) and the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza (winner in 2015) as Grand Prize of the biannual award.

The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. (more…)

“Dawson’s Heights: Hilltop Community” at the RIBA London

This display of 20 previously unseen photographs focuses on Dawson’s Heights in south London, designed by architect Kate Macintosh. It features images originally commissioned from former journalist and photographer Sam Lambert for the Architects’ Journal.

 

Dawson’s Heights. Photo by Robert Kirkman. 1973 © RIBA

 

Dawson’s Heights was a large-scale experiment in British social housing design completed by Kate Macintosh at the age of 27 on behalf of London borough of Southwark’s Architect’s Department. Described as one of the most remarkable housing developments in post-war Britain and much loved by its residents, it was nevertheless turned down for listing in 2012. (more…)

“Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Prisons of invention” at Acquaviva delle Fonti and Sammichele di Bari

The “Works out of context” project presents the exhibition “Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The prisons of invention “, hosted from December 15, 2018 at Palazzo De ‘Mari of Acquaviva delle Fonti and at the Castello Caracciolo of Sammichele di Bari.

 

“Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Prisons of invention” © Princeton Art Museum

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, also called Giambattista (Mogliano Veneto 1720 – Rome 1778), was a well-known engraver, architect and architectural theorist. The two cities of Puglia host the famous and evocative series of engravings dedicated to the “Prisons”, in which the canonical representation of the prison is revolutionized. (more…)

“Carte Blanche XVI: Caruso St John Architects” at the Architekturforum Zürich

As part of the Carte Blanche series, Caruso St John’s exhibition “The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end, and is progress even possible in architecture?” will show at the Architekturforum in Zurich.

 

“The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end, and is progress even possible in architecture?”© Caruso St John Architects

 

The exhibition opened with a short talk with Adam Caruso and Peter St John on 12 December 2018, with a critical interrogation with Maria Conen, Oliver Lutjens, Adam Caruso and Peter St John following on 30 January 2019. The show runs until 8 February 2018. (more…)

“Living with Buildings” at Wellcome Collection

A major exhibition at Wellcome Collection explores the pivotal role of design and urban planning in human health. “Living with Buildings” will take over both of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces to examine how the structures that surround us shape our mental and physical health, in both positive and negative ways.

 

London life … a fitness class at the Peckham Pioneer Centre in 1946. Photograph: Reproduced with permission of Pioneer Health Foundation

 

From Dickensian slums to high-rise towers, and infirmary tents to modernist sanatoriums, this will be the first exhibition to chart how shifts in thinking and approaches to design have impacted on health and wellbeing. Featuring over 100 objects including the work of artists such as Andreas Gursky, Rachel Whiteread and Giles Round, it will consider the perspectives of those who use buildings to live in and heal, as well as those who design them. (more…)

“Habitat: Expanding Architecture” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Ecology is now a well-known concept in architecture and urban planning. The research installation Habitat: Expanding Architecture, on show from 19 October, highlights one of the first moments in which ecological thinking was introduced in architectural discussions: the tenth CIAM congress in Dubrovnik, 1956.

 

Jaap Bakema (left), Peter Smithson and Jacqueline Tyrwhitt discuss the MARS Group contribution during the CIAM conference in Dubrovnik, 1956. Photographer unknown. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, TTEN f5

 

Habitat was introduced as an alternative to the idea of the Functional City that CIAM had propagated since the 1930s. With ‘habitat’ they looked for a broader approach beyond functionalism, to do justice to local cultural identities and existing landscape and urban qualities. Architecture was no longer just about the production of shapes and objects, but also about processes of growth and change. Cities should no longer be regarded as separate collections of buildings, but as coherent, ecological systems. (more…)

“Let’s say I’m talking about Madrid” at Museum of Contemporary Art Conde Duque

This exhibition presents a selection of funds from the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, founded in 2001. Originally organized for the presence of this city as guest of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, it proposes a journey through the artistic creation displayed in Madrid from the seventies to the present.

 

Torres Kio. Puerta de Europa, 1992, José Manuel Ballester © MMAC

 

This exhibition project, displayed as a parallel activity to the presence of Madrid at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara, proposed, between November 2017 and February 2018, a tour of Madrid’s art from the collections of the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art of Madrid. The Hospicio Cabañas de Guadalajara was the institution chosen to host this project. (more…)

La Triennale di Milano hosts “Inside Outside – Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective”

Inside Outside Retrospective at the Triennale is an exhibition that activates and expands a transitory space with its dynamic content and layout. A projection of the paths of the Biblioteca degli Alberi park, recently opened and designed by Inside Outside, creates a black and white pattern on the floor.

 

“Inside Outside – Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective” © ETH

 

On this grid the park’s circular tree gardens are represented by circular brushes. Our oeuvre is printed on 2 high plastic/voile curtains. Their layout is site-specific, creating an inner and outer space where it is possible to experience, through the narration of 70 projects, the combination of knowledge, technology and craftsmanship of Inside Outside. (more…)

“Presences – Níall McLaughlin Architects” exhibition at the RIBA London

​Níall McLaughlin Architects’ contribution to the Venice Biennale 2018 comes to the RIBA in London. Níall McLaughlin Architects’ interactive installation consists of six large-scale models, each representing a hall for gathering that the practice has designed.

 

Bishop Edward King Chapel © Niall McLaughlin Architects

 

These models are placed upon a rotating table which is a calendar and a cosmic machine. The intention of presenting these models in this way is to emphasise the relationship between the enduring frames of the buildings and the endless procession of fugitive elements that pass through them periodically. (more…)