“Alternative Histories” contemporary practices to imagine an exchange with architects from the past

At once an exhibition of new architecture in Europe and an enquiry into how it is now being made, “Alternative Histories” presents a shared past and present, both kaleidoscopic and undefinable, where there is always room for more and different points of reference, and expansion.


Stephen Bates (*1964), On Cadbury-Brown’s Royal College of Art extension, 1972, 2018. Plaster.


A new exhibition curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation. Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, “Alternative Histories” invited more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. (more…)

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Register for free in one of the most relevant architecture awards for the promotion of quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€ in prizes! Check out if any of your projects is eligible to participate in the biannual award in our website.


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


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.


“Dogma – Rooms” at deSingel International Arts Campus

The exhibition Rooms explores the domestic space via its simplest manifestation: a room. Taking this as a starting point, Dogma presents the results of two distinct lines of enquiry: The Room of One’s Own, which focuses on the history and function of the private room, and Loveless, which charts the evolution of the ‘minimum dwelling’.


Dogma – Rooms © Dogma


While the American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) considered the room to be the essential origin of architecture, the British author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) emphasized the private space as being vital to female creativity in ‘A Room of One’s Own’ (1929). At the time of writing, her words were a direct challenge to the patriarchal organization of the domestic sphere and, by extension, society at large. (more…)

“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” at La Triennale di Milano

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.


Llareta #0308-2B31 (Up to 3,000 years old ; Atacama Desert, Chile), from The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman


By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems. (more…)

“Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

In Spring 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first solo exhibition of Mexican artist duo Lake Verea in a European museum. For their ongoing »Paparazza Moderna« project, they create poetic portraits of single-family houses designed by renowned modernist architects.


Lake Verea, »Glass House« (Phillip Johnson, 1949), New Canaan, Connecticut Paparazza Moderna series, 2011–2018 © Lake Verea


Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea approach these buildings like paparazzi – unannounced and spontaneous – with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, private state. Lake Verea’s evocative photographic compositions of buildings by Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Rudolf M. Schindler, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson were taken between 2011 and 2018 during their journeys throughout the USA. (more…)

“Kiosk K67. Metamorphoses of a System” at ETH Zurich

Thanks to extensive research by Milan Dinevski, the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich has been offered a unique opportunity to acquire a Kiosk K67 model of the second generation (produced after 1971) and thus to lay the foundation for its own collection. After careful restoration, this rare example is now being shown to a wider public for the first time.


“Kiosk K67. Metamorphoses of a System” © Courtesy Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana


Kiosk K67 is a modular architectonic system designed by Slovenian architect and designer Saša J. Mächtig. It was conceived as a flexible multipurpose structure that could potentially be extended ad infinitum, in countless compositions and configurations. With its smooth plastic shell, the Kiosk has been a characteristic feature in the streetscapes of many urban centres in former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe since the 1960s. K67 is emblematic for the architect and designer’s thoroughly systematic approach. Individual objects and products are not regarded as being self-sufficient or idiosyncratic, but rather as open systems: They are generated through a conceptual framework and follow a logic of permutation that remains open to changes and may develop over time. (more…)

“The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture” at Garagem Sul

The exhibition “The University is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture” is produced by the CCA based on the module A305, History of Architecture and Design, 1890-1939, written and produced by The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.


The University Garagem Sul © Tiago Casanova


As current models of knowledge transfer are brought into question, one radical attempt at rethinking the mandate of higher education through mass media is under the lens. Taking shape as an exhibition and a book, The University ls Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture examines a key experiment by The Open University lo mobilize new media environments for distance and adult education. (more…)

“Mapa Teatro. Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity” at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

Founded in Paris in 1984 by Colombian theatre and visual artists Heidi, Elizabeth and Rolf Abderhalden, Mapa Teatro moved to Bogotá in 1986. Since its inception, this artists’ laboratory has developed its own cartography in the sphere of “living arts”, in a space which is conducive to transgressing borders — geographical, linguistic, artistic — and to staging local and global concerns by way of different devices and formats.


“Mapa Teatro. Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity” © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores


In its polyphonic work, Mapa Teatro traces a space of migrations with the displacement of the private and public spheres; artistic languages (theatre productions, actions, installations, urban interventions, opera, cabaret, sound pieces, radio and performance lectures; authors and eras; geography and language: the word, image and movement; the voice, music and sound processes; memory and the city; simulation and reality; document and fiction; poetics and politics. (more…)

“I See That I See What You Don’t See” at La Triennale di Milano

The Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano comprises a programme of events in both Milan and Rotterdam, and a publication. It takes the complex relationships between light and dark, between seeing and not seeing, as a starting point for an exploration of their conflicting effects on humans, the Earth and other organisms.


Panorama I See That I See What You Don’t See, Rudy Guedj, 2019 © Daria Scagliola


The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries on the globe. Its productive landscape – dependent on data, technology and energy – illustrates a 24 hour economy that emphasises efficiency and growth. At the same time, this Cartesian territory reflects the changing relationship with the natural rhythms connected to, and affected by, the cycles of light and darkness. In a world that is always switched on, the traditional dichotomy between day and night no longer seems relevant in terms of productivity, while the experience of clear, starry skies has become a rarity. (more…)

“Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry” at Vitra Schaudepot

The Vitra Design Museum marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an exhibition on the entrepreneur and designer Anton Lorenz at the Vitra Schaudepot. As a key figure in the rise of modern tubular steel furniture, Lorenz’s importance stems not only from his furniture designs, but also from his patented inventions and successful entrepreneurial ventures.


Interior of the café Samt und Seide during the exhibition Die Mode der Dame, 1927 Courtesy Vitra Design Museum, Estate Anton Lorenz, photo: Schneider


The show encompasses furniture by such legendary designers as Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, in addition to objects and documents from the estate of Anton Lorenz. Like virtually no other material, tubular steel embodied avant-garde ideals of the Bauhaus such as the quest for a »machine aesthetic« and radically new structural solutions, which culminated in the famous cantilever chair. (more…)