Discover the selected projects for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’19

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.


Image of the Jury meeting in Madrid © BigMat Architecture Award


The members of the Jury of the 2019 BigMat International Architecture Award have selected 83 projects out of the over 600 presented in this fourth edition of the Prize. President Jesús Aparicio and Secretary Jesús Donaire, along with the rest of the members of the jury: Stéphane Beel (Belgium), Petr Pelčak (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Philippe Prost (France), Paolo Zermani (Italy) and Fuensanta Nieto (Portugal and Spain) met in Madrid in order to shortlist the projects for the 2019 edition of the BigMat Architecture Award. The projects selected as finalists will be announced next September.


“A Temple for Eternity” at Museum Gipsoteca Antonio Canova

A Temple for Eternity is the exhibition organized by the Canova Foundation in collaboration with Dotazione opera of the Canovian Temple of Possagno on the occasion of the Canovian Anniversaries of 11 July 2019.


Progetto per il Tempio Canoviano di Possagno


On 11 July 1819 Antonio Canova is in Possagno for the ceremony of laying the first stone of the Temple: the new parish church he had wanted to have erected at his own expense for his native town. It was a solemn event immortalized by Johann Anton Pock in a small painting, kept in Parma in the Magnani Rocca Collection. The sculptor, however, will not have the opportunity to see this work completed, he will die, in fact, in Venice on October 13, 1822. It will be the responsibility of the brother, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Sartori Canova, to complete the construction of the solemn building. The temple will be consecrated only ten years later, in 1832. (more…)

“Guido Guidi in Sardegna, 1974- 2011” at MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro

The exhibition is at the same time an anthropological and landscape narrative of the changes that took place on the island over the course of four decades and a research path on the medium of photography that brings together black and white images of the seventies and color works of the years Two thousand.


Guido Guidi, Isola della Maddalena, maggio 1974 © Guido Guidi


The MAN Museum of Art Province of Nuoro hosts, from Friday 21 June to Sunday 20 October 2019, the first major exhibition in an Italian museum dedicated to Guido Guidi (Cesena, 1941), one of the most significant protagonists of Italian photography after World War II . (more…)

“Into the Blue: the origin and revival of pools, swimming baths and lidos” at Victoria and Albert Museum

From Roman baths and Victorian bathhouses to contemporary swimming spaces, this summer the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership will explore the architectural, cultural and social importance of swimming pools and lidos in the UK.


Saltdean Lido, East Sussex, by R.W.H Jones, 1938 © John Maltby RIBA Collections


Many communal bathing areas were designed for far more than swimming: originally crucial for providing public access to washing and laundry facilities, they became community hubs where people could socialise, sunbathe, read or just think, all within the context of enjoying the positive physical, curative and psychological benefits of bathing. (more…)

“Calder Stories” at Centro Botín Santander

The exhibition, comprised of approximately 80 works, largely drawn from the Calder Foundation’s holdings, as well as from major public and private collections, will consider little known stories within Calder’s oeuvre, from the development of major public commissions to groundbreaking performances. The installation will be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, architect of Centro Botín itself.


“Calder Stories” exhibition view © Belén de Benito


Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, will present Calder Stories, a major exhibition spanning five decades of Alexander Calder’s career, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and organised in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, New York. The exhibition will run from 29 June – 3 November 2019. (more…)

“Architecture speaks: the language of MVRDV” at AUT

Headquartered in Rotterdam and with offices in Paris and Shanghai, MVRDV is currently one of the most successful architectural firms in the Netherlands. About 250 architects, designers and urban planners are working on buildings and urban projects of all types and sizes and all over the world.


Expo 2000, Hannover – © Van Reeken


The office was established in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, three architects who studied together at the TU Delft and were awarded their first prize in 1991 with the contribution „Berlin Voids“, winning the „Europan 2“ competition in Berlin. With innovative and experimental buildings, in which irony and risk-taking are intertwined, MVRDV became internationally known in a relatively short time. (more…)

“Italian Vocabulary, Stories and Faces of our Country” museographic project by EMBT

The permanent exhibition “Italian Vocabulary, Stories and Faces of our Country” has been inaugurated, whose museographic project has been made by Benedetta Tagliabue (Milan, 1963) and his architecture studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT.


Exhibition “Italian Vocabulary, Stories and Faces of our Country” by Benedetta Tagliabue. Photograph by Paolo Fassoli.


The exhibition is part of a new development plan for the Vittoriano museum complex in Rome, which currently has around three million visits a year, a famous monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II opened in 1911 to celebrate the first fifty years of unity Italian Located in the old Gallerie Sacconi, on the ground floor of the museum, the exhibition represents the Italian identity and its values through a collection of projections, texts, objects and works.  (more…)

“Le Corbusier: 5 × Unité” by Arthur Zalewski

The five Unités, which are now in very different states of repair, have been photographed by Arthur Zalewski. Le Corbusier: 5 × Unité – Marseille, Nantes, Berlin, Briey, Firminy by Arthur Zalewski will be shown in five exhibitions, curated by Peter Ottmann, from April to November 2019 in C834 in the Corbusierhaus in Berlin.


“Le Corbusier: 5 × Unité” by Arthur Zalewski © Arthur Zalewski


Le Corbusier planned and built five Unités d’Habitation in Marseille, Nantes, Berlin, Briey, and Firminy in the period from 1945 to 1967. Owing to the acute shortage of housing after the war, he also developed a new type of building, a multifunctional block of flats that combined a large number of apartments on a small plot: the buildings included a roof landscape and other urban structures, such as a kindergarten, cinema, pharmacy, and grocery store. (more…)

“Refresh, Renew” by Common Accounts at the Accademia di Spagna in Rome

Common Accounts designs “Refresh, Renew”, a project in the Academy of Spain in Rome that proposes a rearticulation of the current funerary constructions so that they operate simultaneously in the urban sphere and social networks.


Common Accounts, “Refresh, Renew” Funerary Catafalque, Rome © Common Accounts


The Common Accounts project has an open pavilion located outside the Academy of Spain in Rome, which puts the ritual capacity of body images in the foreground and plays with the way in which emerging funeral practices understand muscle as archive. “Refresh, Renew”, a funerary catafalque for the digital era. (more…)

“Negotiating Ungers – The Aesthetics Of Sustainability” at CIVA Brussels

In 1980, the German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers participated in a competition for solar housing in the community of Landstuhl, Germany. Ungers’ design was never executed and has since fallen into oblivion, however with the project Ungers most clearly defined his approach to a sustainable architecture.

The project is used as a starting point to take a new look at both Ungers’ work and the concept of sustainability. During a summer school in July 2018 at the Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft in Cologne, the project was analyzed together with students from the KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.


“Negotiating Ungers — The Aesthetics Of Sustainability”
5 July – 22 September, 2019
CIVA Brussels
Rue de l’Ermitage Kluis 55, Brussels


Following the summer school, six students decided to continue their work on the subject and to further expand on the ideas developed in the discussions. The results are now presented in an exhibition at CIVA. Rather than delivering an overall interpretation of Ungers’ project, it represents a plurality of voices, reflections and interpretations of the design. Besides original drawings by Ungers, the exhibition includes installations and analytical presentations, which critically negotiate Ungers’ position on sustainability.

Oswald Mathias Ungers, Solarhaus, community of Landstuhl, Germany © OM Ungers

Oswald Mathias Ungers, Solarhaus, community of Landstuhl, Germany © OM Ungers

Oswald Mathias Ungers, Solarhaus, community of Landstuhl, Germany © OM Ungers

Oswald Mathias Ungers, Solarhaus, community of Landstuhl, Germany © OM Ungers


Students: Alessandro Cugola / Lisbeth Decloedt / Natasha Kurmashova / Tom Schoonjans / Juliane Seehawer / Fien Werckx


News source: CIVA Brussels
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