BigMat International Architecture Award ’19: submit your project now!

The 4th edition of the biennial BigMat Architecture Award 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. Check out all the info here.


BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Grand Large by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault


The prize is open to architects who work in one of the seven participating countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Any architects whose professional address is in any of the seven participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 26th of April 2019. To be eligible for the award, the project must have been built between 1 January 2015 and 1 January 2019 in any of the participating countries. Buildings that won or made the final in previous editions of this competition may not be entered again into this fourth edition.


“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” is the first major exhibition in France dedicated to the work of this Italian group. The exhibition will present the most significant artworks over the entire floor area of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire (1 000 square metres).


“Life after architecture” © Superstudio


Founded in 1966 in Florence by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli (in 1968), Roberto and Alessandro Magris, as well as Andrea Poli (between 1970 and 1972), Superstudio was one of the most influential architectural groups of the global avant-gardist scene in the 1960-1970s. (more…)

“Accessibles par nature” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

“arc en rêve. centre d’architecture” present “Accessible by nature”. This exhibition shows a public approach, accompanied by La Fab – Fabrique de Bordeaux Métropole – for the realization of affordable and diversified housing, some of which are associated with innovative programs of places of activity in the ordinary metropolitan economy. 


Duvert, Blanquefort / @Office KGDVS


In 2010, the Bordeaux Urban Community, now Bordeaux Métropole, initiated a broad reflection on the habitat on its territory. It was a study whose objective was the realization of housing at accessible prices and for the greatest number around public transport axes. (more…)

“Thamesmead: A Town for the 21st Century” at the RIBA London

Photography display exploring past and present Thamesmead through archival images from the RIBA Collections and contemporary photographs by artist Nina Manandhar.


The Town of Tomorrow, 50 Years of Thamesmead: Lensbury Way. 1970. Photography © Tony Ray-Jones / RIBA Collections


This photographic display explores Thamesmead, an estate built by the Greater London Council (GLC) on the southeast bank of the Thames. Twelve archival images of Thamesmead selected from the RIBA Collections are shown alongside nine contemporary photographs of the estate’s residents by artist Nina Manandhar, a project commissioned by Peabody and NOW Gallery. (more…)

“Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for the People” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

With the exhibition “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People”, Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.


Balkrishna Doshi, Kamala House, Ahmedabad, 1963, 1986 © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad


The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. (more…)

“Green Prato. Urban experiments between ecology and reuse” at Centro Pecci Prato

The exhibition design, by the collective Fosbury Architecture, will present heterogeneous materials such as drawings, maps, design documents, historical photos and video through a scaffolding system conceived of as a scenic machine.


Fernando Guerra, Città di Prato, 2017. © Fernando Guerra.


The exhibition Verde Prato, curated by Elisa Cristiana and Emilia Giorgi, which will set the stage for the Operational Plan of the Municipality of Prato and the multitude of actions and strategies implemented in recent years to define the new instrument for the Tuscan city’s urban policies, will open at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci on Tuesday. It is an experimental and innovative project, the result of intense team work by the Municipality of Prato’s Planning Office which boasts of valuable contributions from international experts such as the architect Stefano Boeri and the scientist Stefano Mancuso, to mention just a few. A tale that unfolds through texts and images along the creative process that aims to transform Prato into a green, European and open city, integrating the nature system with the built environment. (more…)

“Two Sides Of The Border: Reimagining the Mexico–United States region” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

To redefine border regions as an integrated whole is a critical challenge for architectural, political, and cultural institutions today. The exhibition brings together research and design results of an academic initiative, launched by Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao in 2018.


Two Sides of the Border. Reimagining the Mexico–United States Region Aedes © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk


Interdisciplinary architectural and urban concepts of 13 participating architecture studios from universities across Mexico and the United States are presented on the basis of drawings, pictures and models. The approaches explore numerous topics such as migration, housing or natural resources—with a focus on one common region rather than two nations. In addition to a photo essay by Iwan Baan, new maps of Thomas Paturet highlight interesting spatial relationships of the Mexico–United States border which is characterized by a variety of cultural and economic similarities and a common history. (more…)

“Paris Rive Gauche. The past and present history of a Neighborhood” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

As part of its announcements of the results of the call for innovative projects Inventer Bruneseau, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal has decided to revisit the past and present history of the project known as Paris Rive Gauche.


“Paris Rive Gauche” © Pierre l’ Excellent


The growth of this neighborhood occupies a singular place in the history of the city’s development. At 130 hectares, its current perimeter constitutes the largest urban project since Haussmann. The program is also distinguished in terms of its ambitiousness, which was first proposed in 1983 as part of a program for the eastern part of Paris, to eradicate the historic inequality between the city’s western and eastern neighborhoods. (more…)

“Rural Moves – The Song­yang Story” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition features selected projects, and illustrates them with models, plans and pho- tographs. Films show the new architecture in context, providing insight into the culture and also the history of the people of Songyang.


Wang Jing MemorialHall Wang-Village Photo: DnA Design and Architecture


Dynamic urbanization processes shape large parts of the world. The young part of the population migrates to the cities, while children and the elderly remain in the rural areas. The revitalization of these regions has been neglected for a long time, causing dramatic socioeconomic and political consequences. In light of rural development being one of the most pressing challenges worldwide, this exhibition shows pioneering strategies, which the young Beijing architect Xu Tiantian has developed and realized in the Chinese region of Songyang. (more…)

“Formafantasma. Nervi in the making” at MAXXI Rome

Research and experimentation are the keywords in the consolidated partnership between MAXXI and Alcantara that, born in 2011, was renewed in terms of its contents last year. The exhibitions are now monographic and each year an established designer is invited to interpret the MAXXI collections.


Formafantasma, Nervi on the making, Progetto Alcantara © Formafantasma


In 2019 it is the turn of Formafantasma, a studio composed of an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. Named among the 20 best international design studios, their work has been exhibited in leading museums around the world and features in the MoMA collections in New York. For MAXXI, Formafantasma is preparing a space inspired by Pier Luigi Nervi that visitors may enter and move around, a place in which the result of their interpretation of the museum collection can be displayed. (more…)