“A New Look at Civic Design” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

Before the industrial agenda of urban design, broadly promoting technology and economy, there was the social agenda of civic design, creating ecology and community.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright, Park System in Spring Green, 1947 © Taliesin Preservation / Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

 

This exhibition presents a chronological overview of the evolution of civic design as evidenced in the work that was central to it: the creation of regional park systems. Over a period of three centuries – from 1770 to 2070 – the exhibition presents a sequence of projects, from Wolfgang von Goethe’s Park an der Ilm in Weimar (1778), to Paxton’s People’s Park in Liverpool (1857), to the Olmsted Brother’s Regional Park System for Los Angeles (1928). (more…)

Deadline extended for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’19

The deadline for entries to the BigMat International Architecture Award has been extended until May 16. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online. The biennial prize rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€.

 

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

 

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 16th of May 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.

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“BWMSTR Label / Space for demolition” at deSingel International Arts Campus

The layering of the problems surrounding demolition is at the basis of the video work in the exhibition. De Cleene De Cleene visited four sites: an empty weekend house, a conservatory, a farm and a shed with adjoining pavement. The visual analysis, together with the input of local residents and passers-by, exposes various meanings of these places.

 

Ontharding Duffel © Michiel De Cleene

 

The Architecture Faculties of KU Leuven and HoGent-KASK want to create social support for reducing pavement in the open space. They explore both the physical and mental space for demolition. Everyone knows in his / her neighborhood some kind of construction (building, pavement, …) whose demolition would benefit the open space and the landscape. (more…)

“Critical Care. Architecture for a Broken Planet” at Architekturzentrum Wien

A planet in crisis. The earth in intensive care. Man-made environmental and social catastrophes are threatening to render the planet uninhabitable. The situation is critical and, dominated by the interests of capital, architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis.

 

Rural Urban Framework (RUF): Reconstruction of the village Jintai, Provinz Sichuan, China,
2017 © Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

 

But there is another way, as the exhibition ‘Critical Care’ shows using 21 current international examples, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon building techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, the diverse conversion of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological community land trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalisation of historical irrigation systems in Spain, new concepts for public spaces and mixed city districts in Vienna, London and Nairobi. ‘Critical Care’ proves that architecture and urbanism can help revive the planet. The repair of the future has begun. (more…)

100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens “Neuhaus”

For four months from 19 May 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s programming will be investigating more-than-human knowledge. 100 years on from the foundation of Bauhaus, under the banner Neuhaus, we are opening a temporary academy taking visitors on an exploration of what it could mean for humanity to learn to experience the world without putting itself at the centre.

 

“Neuhaus” © Dora Lionstone

What if humans could learn to think, observe and design led by the interests and possibilities of animals, plants, robots and microbes? With Neuhaus, Het Nieuwe Instituut is opening a temporary, trans-disciplinary academy of more-than-human knowledge. In the spirit of Bauhaus – which strove through radical innovations in design and teaching to teach the world to see and shape anew amidst the devastation wrought by World War I – Neuhaus will respond with a multifaceted curriculum to the planetary burn-out we are experiencing in our own age. (more…)

“The Act of Building” – BC Architects & Studies & Materials at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition “The act of building” presents the work of BC architects & studies. Using tools, building models, films and photos, the exhibition showcases four processes that lead to four architectural results. Alongside the exhibition, the architects present their book that tells the stories behind four significant projects and delves deeper into the new role of the architect.

 

“The Act of Building” – BC Architects & Studies & Materials

 

BC materials shows the result of the circular production of building materials out of loam excavated on building sites in Brussels. The end products will be for sale through a newly established cooperative. During a workshop on building with loam at CIVA from 1 to 5 April 2019, 30 university students and 18 professionals (architects, contractors, engineers, etc.) created different prototypes and samples, which are on show in the exhibition. (more…)

One week left! BigMat International Architecture Award call for entries

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 © Laurian Ghinitoiu

 

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.

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“Matter and Light” Josep Ferrando at IUAV Venice

“Matter and Light”, showcases the career of Josep Ferrando through drawings, models, and photographs. The exhibition aims to point out and highlight the instruments that the architect uses when drawing up and carrying out his projects.

 

“In progress Matter & Light” © Josep Ferrando Architecture

 

The work of the Barcelona architect is characterized by the dialogue between materiality and illumination that creates spatial connections in his works, which include the university campus of Tortosa (Tarragona), the Bescanó House, and a police station in Salt, the latter two located in Gerona.  (more…)

“Tadao Ando: The Challenge” at Armani/Silos

Inaugurated during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, “The Challenge” is the first exhibition at Armani/Silos dedicated to architecture. The retrospective includes over 50 projects, illustrated with sketches, original models, video installations, technical drawings, travel notes and photographs taken by Ando himself.

 

Armani Silos, Tadao Ando © Armani Silos

 

The narrative journey through the exhibition – designed by Tadao Ando in collaboration with Centre Pompidou – showcases the career of the Japanese architect that has distinguished himself for his original use of nature and the combination of elements like water and light in designed spaces; an expression of his pure and essential vision. (more…)

“Jacques Hondelatte: One Can’t Engrave Lies in Marble” at Betts Project

Betts Project is pleased to present “One Can’t Engrave Lies in Marble”, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by French architect Jacques Hondelatte (1942-2002).

 

Jacques Hondelatte, Reminiscences, The bath-pool of Rem Koolhaas, 1985 © Jacques Hondelatte

 

Expanding on Hondelatte’s previous exhibition at Betts Project in 2017, this exhibition unveils rare works from his family archive that assist in understanding his architectural idiosyncrasies and demonstrate his staunch disinclination for architectural sketching. (more…)