“The ground we have in common” at Gallerie delle Prigioni

The Ground We Have in Common is the title of the exhibition that will take place at Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, curated by Patrizia Boschiero from Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, and Nicolas Vamvouklis from Gallerie delle Prigioni. The exhibition is dedicated to the 2019 edition of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, which this year is awarded to the Dazhangshan Tea Gardens in China.


“The Ground We Have in Common”, Premio Carlo Scarpa 2019


From this starting point the exhibition revisits ideas and themes that have traversed the 30 previous editions of the Award. Bringing together artistic research and scientific investigation, the exhibition unfolds among diverse contributionsto explore the languages ​​chosen by contemporary artists who investigate both the concept of the garden in a broader sense and that of taking care of the earth. (more…)

“Quai des Queyries” MVRDV at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Arc en rêve architecture center continues the cycle of exhibitions architectures here dedicated to projects made here in the territory of the Bordeaux metropolis. The selected operations, of remarkable character, are the result of an ambition shared between the owner and the architect.


Ilot Queyries ©Ivan Mathie MVRDV architectes


The quai des Queyries exhibition is dedicated to the project of Winy Maas / MVRDV, here at the Bastide, right bank of the Garonne in Bordeaux, with a perspective of his work in the four corners of the world. “Combining the freedom and social cohesion of neighborhood living with the necessary urban density” (more…)

“Atelier Mendini. Architectures” at Nivola Museum

The Museo Nivola, paying homage to Alessandro Mendini after three months from his passing, presents the outcome of fifty years of architectural planning: all Atelier Mendini’s public and private architectures, shown by 25 extraordinary accurate wooden maquettes of 25 buildings, together with a related series of drawings.


“Atelier Mendini. Le Architetture” al Museo Nivola di Orani. © Cédric Dasesson


“This is our heresy: the structure of architecture resolves itself in the facade, the function of the object finds its fulfillment in the decorative narration of the surface, everything is the drawing or the sculpture of itself: designing is painting.” This is how Alessandro Mendini in 1994 summarized the philosophy of Atelier Mendini, an extraordinary workshop which, under the guidance of himself and his brother Francesco, started a new way of doing architecture, art and design beyond any disciplinary boundary. (more…)

“Prada Poole: The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles” at CAAC Seville

Prada Poole belongs to a generation of architects who are active in the 1960s in creating utopian projects which conceived alternative ways of building cities, closely linked to the natural environment. His idea is to improve the habitat through the intelligent use of the environmental surroundings, new materials and recycling.


Expoplástica (1969), José Miguel de Prada Poole © CAAC

The literary magazine El Urogallo devoted its first issue of 1974 to a collective reflection on the contemporary human dwelling. One of the most thought-provoking articles in that publication was “La arquitectura perecedera de las pompas de jabón” [The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles] by José Miguel de Prada Poole1. In it, the architect defended a new type of architecture, where the material of which it is made determines the duration of its own existence. The use of the word perishable in the title, as opposed to ephemeral- the most commonly used term in architecture for a short-lived structure—is a significant detail: the ephemeral does not last long, but the perishable collapses when its constituent material does. (more…)

“Cro&Co Architecture. Sens Dessus Dessous” at la Galerie d’Architecture

Simultaneous projections on three large screens will present the firm’s three guiding concepts, their incarnations — Trinity Tower and the rehabilitated CNIT and Carré Michelet buildings at La Défense, the Circé parking garage, new laboratories for INRA, housing programs in Chartres and Montpellier — and their underlying spatial and parametric analyses and intentions.


CNIT © Cro&Co Architecture


As accustomed to aerialist feats as deep reflection, Cro&Co Architecture invites you to take to the heights and look at the process behind the project, consider the subject behind the object, and divine the intention as well as the resolution. This is the aim of “Upside Down”, an exhibition at the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris, from May 21st. (more…)

“Building A Future Countryside In China” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

The exhibition features 22 architectural best practice examples, including projects on housing, production and education, culture and tourism, health and leisure. These illustrate the breadth of innovative approaches to improving rural environments, both on a small and a large scale.


Jintai Village Reconstruction, Sichuan Province; Architecture: Rural Urban Framework. © Rural Urban Framework


One of the major global challenges facing contemporary built environments is the future of rural development. In China, rural regions have become a new space for experiments. This creates a new countryside at a speed and scale unseen in the Western world. Drawn by the promise of boundless opportunity, architects, planners as well as capital flow are converging in rural regions across the nation.  (more…)

“2A+P/A Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo” at Galleria Antonia Jannone

2A+P/A is a Rome-based architectural practice founded by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo. The studio develops architectural projects with particular focus on nature and the condition of contemporary cities.


Museo Archeologico di Cipro, Nicosia © 2A+P/A Gianfranco Bombaci e Matteo Costanzo


The duo have presented their projects and created site-specific installations at several international exhibitions, including the 14th, 13th and 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, the 5th Brasilia Biennial of Architecture and the 1st Orléans Biennale of Architecture. (more…)

BigMat International Architecture Award ’19: last week to submit your entry!

The deadline for entries to the BigMat International Architecture Award is next Thursday, May 16. 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.


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.


“Mario Botta – Sacral Spaces” at Ringturm Exhibition Centre

Premiere at the Ringturm: as part of its Architektur im Ringturm series, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is staging the first comprehensive exhibition focusing on Mario Botta to be held in the German-speaking countries.


San Giovanni Battista Church © Enrico Cano


Mario Botta was one of the key figures behind “new Ticino architecture” in the 1970s. It was in the canton of Ticino – Switzerland’s Mediterranean soul – that Botta made his first foray into ecclesiastical architecture, with the construction of a small chapel at the Bigorio Capuchin monastery. (more…)

“Atlas of Utopias” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Bringing together over 25 major artists and architects from the second half of the 20th century, the exhibition opens onto urban visions that examined the modern city with a particularly critical eye.


Flagrant Delit. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association


In 1972, Italian art critic Germano Celant coined the term “radical architecture” to describe Superstudio and the Florentine scene. It spread quickly to apply to other European and American artists and architectures, who, like their Italian counterparts, opened up architecture to artistic and conceptual practices. (more…)