“Architettura della grande scala” Francisco Mangado at IUAV Venice

The exhibition intends, through the work of Francisco Mangado, to focus on the open question of the grand scale in architecture.


Palace of Congresses and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Photography by Roland Halbe.


Francisco Mangado has long shown with his work an intellectual and scientific attitude taken in very little consideration: that the project activity must consider the large scale and then go down to the next stairs. Even in the construction of a building of medium and small scale must remain memory of what it is necessary to start from, that is from the architecture of the large dimension. (more…)

“Swim City” at S AM Basel

‘Swim City’ is the first exhibition to draw attention to a particular contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. Swiss cities have played a pioneering role in the development of this activity in the last few decades, gradually making the river accessible as a natural public space in the built environment.


Flussschwimmen / river swimming, Zürich / Zurich © Lucía de Mosteyrín Muñoz


This has allowed for the river to become a place of leisure located right in front of one’s doorstep. The rest of the world looks on in awe at this bathing culture. (more…)

“The Eiffel Tower Site” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The area of the Eiffel Tower site is much larger than the ground it directly sits on. While the monument welcomes between 6 and 7 million visitors each year, more than 30 million tourists and Parisians pass through the surrounding areas of the site, from the Trocadéro to the École Militaire, the Champ de Mars, and the Quai Branly.


The Eiffel Tower Esplanade. Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Winners of the Site Tour Eiffel Competition. Image courtesy of ©MIR


A victim of its own success, the site and its facilities are no longer able to offer the necessary hospitality to welcome the high number of visitors. Complex pathways, encumbered pedestrian walkways, insufficient services, the poor state of the garden, and automobile traffic all constitute inconveniences that detract from visiting and properly appreciating the city’s most emblematic structure. (more…)

“The Dizzying Imagination of Piranesi” at Kunsthal Rotterdam

The Italian Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) is considered to be the greatest print artist of his time. For the first time in a decade, a large Piranesi exhibition will be shown in the Netherlands. The Kunsthal is presenting over seventy large-format prints by Piranesi from the impressive graphic art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.


Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma


As an artist, Piranesi became known in the eighteenth century for his ‘Vedute di Roma’, an extensive series of etchings of impressive views of the ruins and monuments of Rome. In his famous series of prints featuring imaginary prisons, the ‘Carceri d’Invenzione’, Piranesi – who was originally an architect – expressed his spatial fantasies. Prints of rare quality are shown from both these series, as well as eight colossal books that highlight the dizzying imagination of Piranesi – as an artist, researcher and designer. This exhibition is part of a series of three exhibitions at the Kunsthal in the context of the city-wide project ‘Boijmans Next Door’. (more…)

“Teaching and practice of Architecture” conference at Accademia di San Luca

International conference organized by Francesco Cellini, Franco Purini, Claudio D’Amato at Accademia di San Luca. With the participation of Paolo Zermani (BigMat´19 Award member of the jury), Jesús Aparicio (Award President) and Cino Zucchi (BigMat´13 Award member of the jury).


Teatrino di Varano (Parma), Paolo Zermani


A hundred years after the birth of the first Italian School of Architecture (Rome, 1919), the conference proposes: an assessment of the state of architecture teaching in Italy today, to make a comparison with other models, European and non-European and to verify possible evolutionary or alternative lines. (more…)

“Anthropocene” at MAST Foundation in Bologna

“Anthropocene” is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth. Edward Burtynsky’s extraordinary photographs, the films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and several augmented reality installations take visitors on an epic journey around the world, capturing the most impressive evidence of human influence.


Edward Burtynsky, Mushin Market Intersection, Lagos, Nigeria © Edward Burtynsky, 2017


35 large-format photographs taken by Edward Burtynsky show with irresistible power the dramatic collisions between humans and nature: terraforming of the earth through mining, urbanization, industrialization and agriculture; the proliferation of dams and diverting of waterways; CO2 and acidification of oceans; the pervasive presence around the globe of plastics, concrete, and other technofossils; unprecedented rates of deforestation and extinction. (more…)

“AT HOME. Designs for contemporary living” at MAXXI Rome

Curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura and Pippo Ciorra, Senior curator of MAXXI Architettura, the exhibition offers diverse and intersecting interpretative keys: from the individual to the collective through the duets, the site specific pavilions and a visual survey of auteur photographs.


DEMOGO, Bivacco Fanton, Dolomiti (BL), 2015 Photo Pietro Savorelli


The celebrated Villa Malaparte at Capri establishing a dialogue with the lodge in the Dolomites by the young DEMOGO architects; the university colleges in Urbino by Giancarlo De Carlo with the Sugar Hill development by David Adjaye in Harlem, Casa Baldi by Paolo Portoghesi in Rome with the “space age” house by Zaha Hadid in Russia, the Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri in Milan with the Moryama House in Tokyo, the house in the film Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Francesco Berarducci in Rome with a building designed in Johannesburg by Jo Noero. (more…)

“Fiction and Fabrication” at MAAT Lisbon

How do digital photography and Photoshop influence the representation of architecture? “Fiction & Fabrication” assembles fascinating contemporary photographic works from all over the world. From fictional constructions to real buildings which sometimes seem more fantastic than fiction, the works show an impressive portrait of contemporary architecture and the urban landscape that surrounds us.


James Welling 0462, 2009. Novo Banco Contemporary Photography Collection


Fiction and Fabrication gathers nearly 50 artists who build and manipulate images of architectural objects and spaces. Marking 30 years since Photoshop was invented, and digital tools invaded photographic production, this exhibition focuses on the imagery of architecture as a central theme to an expanded practice of photography in contemporary art. (more…)

“Beyond the Structure” SOM at COAM Madrid

On Wednesday, April 24th, “Beyond the Structure” (“+ Allá de la Estructura”) opened in Madrid. The exhibition, presented by SOM and Fundación Arquitectura COAM spotlights SOM’s structural engineering practice and its integration with SOM’s architectural design.


“Beyond the Structure” © Ana Amado/COAM


Initially displayed in Munich, the original concept of the exhibition is based on a special monograph published by Detail magazine in 2015. Since then, its different iterations have been displayed in Hamburg and Cologne; in Aalborg, Denmark; at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial; as a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture; and, most recently, as a part of MEXTRÓPOLI in Mexico City. (more…)

“Joyful Architecture – European Architectural Photography 2019” at DAM

The competition focuses on the built environment and its photographic and artistic exploration, and always has a predefined motto. The theme for 2019 is “Joyful Architecture”.


Alexander Mai © Alexander Mai, Mikula Platz/architekturbild


The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild has been awarded every two years since 1995. Since 2003, the award has been bestowed by architekturbild e.v., since 2008 in cooperation with DAM, and since 2016 with a third partner, the Bundesstiftung Baukultur. (more…)