“Peter Wilson. Small World Theory” at SATELLIT Architektur Galerie Berlin

This is not an exhibition of the architecture of BOLLES+WILSON, more my private reveries – objects or bi-products accidentally brought into being by the hand of the architect. Such enigmatic objects (counter-factual histories) are also reflections on the field of production, technologies and cultural anomalies endemic to the early years of the 21st century.

 

Peter Wilson: Missing Sky – Dutch Landscape (2001) © Peter Wilson

They conjure the relations of singularities to multiplicity, a soft empiricism that insists on the aesthetic and textural character of representation (but not representation as 2D images which today exist in such overwhelming superfluity – claiming and numbing our perception). These objects are monads in the sense of Leibniz or Benjamin, tiny cells (on average 2 x 15 x 15 cm), small worlds, in total a taxonomy of scripted physical narratives. (more…)

“Fibra Architectures” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Concrete walls made from hemp or load-bearing straw bales, bamboo frames, reed coverings and siding, insulation made from straw, hemp, or seagrasses , palm tiles, wicker banisters… The FIBRA Architectures exhibition features more than 50 constructions that have been built across the world using plant fiber materals.

 

“Fibra Architectures” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Pierre l’Excellent

 

In view of the exhaustion of our natural resources, this exhibition explores the potential of using rapidly growing plants in the architecture of the cities of tomorrow. It forms part of the exhibitions, research projects, and experiments conducted by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal since 2014 that have focused on the reuse of materials and on construction using raw earth or stone from quarries located within the Ile de France. (more…)

“Playmode” at MAAT Lisbon

The exhibition Playmode offers a reflection on these aspects and on the era of ludification that contemporary societies are now experiencing, bringing together pieces by several artists, such as Brad Downey, Gabriel Orozco and Ana Vieira, who incorporate the theme while exploring new ways of seeing, participating and transforming the world, using gaming in a critical light.

 

Brad Downey, House of Cards #3, Public Work, 2007, © Photo Credits Brad Downey

 

The artists understood early on the transformative power of play, and began integrating it into their works for various purposes – escaping reality, social construction and transformation, subversion or as a criticism of game and play mechanisms themselves. (more…)

BigMat ’19 International Architecture Award finalists revealed

The BigMat Group is pleased to announce the final projects competing for the IV BigMat International Architecture Award. The awards ceremony will be held in Bordeaux on Friday, 22 November, where the winners of the National Awards, the Youth Award and the BMIAA’19 Grand Prize will all be revealed.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 19 finalists

 

The list of finalists include TRANS architectuur stedenbouw, Wim Goes Architectuur BVBA and Binario architectes sciv sprl from Belgium; Petr Stolín and Ondřej Tuček from the Czech Republic, Septembre and Eric Lapierre Experience from France, Amanzio Farris Architetto and Ipostudio architetti from Italy, Souto Moura Arquitectos and Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio from Portugal, JRKVC and GutGut from Slovakia, RAW/deAbajoGarcia and MGM Morales de Giles Arquitectos from Spain. (more…)

“Transformations. Burckhardt+Partner” at Architekturgalerie München

“Everything changes without passing away completely. It is important to accompany these processes in an orderly manner.” With the double exhibition TRANSFORMATIONS, the renowned Swiss architects Burckhardt+Partner present works in the Architekturgalerie München in the Kunstareal and in the Bunker that are entirely dedicated to structural transformation and change processes.

 

“Transformations” Burckhardt+Partner

 

 

In the Architekturgalerie München in the Kunstareal, architecture can be experienced and grasped in three atmospherically designed rooms. The exhibition shows a broad spectrum of works by the Swiss firm Burckhardt+Partner from the almost 70-year history of the firm. This exhibition also focuses on the transformation process. It is about change and a profound development from something existing. “This can lead to something completely new, but also to a conversion of the existing,” explains Wolfgang Hardt, Partner at Burckhardt+Partner. “Transformation also means changing viewing habits and developing new perceptions. (more…)

“Beyond Bauhaus – Modernism in Britain 1933–66” at the RIBA London

Coinciding with the centenary of the Bauhaus school, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents an ambitious exhibition that revisits the impact of three notable Bauhaus émigrés: Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy.

 

Designs for a house, Ferriby, for M. P. Horsley Esq. perspective and axonometric views © RIBA Collections

 

This exhibition takes a fresh look at the development of British modernist architecture through the reciprocal influence of the Bauhaus movement. Centred on the brief period of 1934-37, when they came to live and work in Britain, the RIBA exhibition traces this fertile moment in British architectural history through the buildings completed during the decade. It considers the ideas they left behind and identifies the areas of post-war British architecture where its legacy has had the most enduring impact. (more…)

“For Forest” temporary art intervention by Klauss Littmann

Inspired by The Unending Attraction of Nature, a dystopian drawing by Austrian artist and architect Max Peintner (b. 1937) that Littmann discovered almost thirty years ago, FOR FOREST finally brings that vision to life.

 

Max Peintner, The Unending Attraction of Nature, pencil drawing, 1970/71, hand-coloured by Klaus Littmann in 2018, unique print from series

 

8 September 2019 marks the opening of FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann and Austria’s largest public art installation to date. Bringing together art, nature and architecture in an unprecedented way, this monumental art intervention sees the transformation of Wörthersee football Stadium in Klagenfurt into a native central European forest, with almost 300 trees, some weighing up to six tons each, carefully installed on the existing pitch. FOR FOREST is open daily, free to access and on view until 27 October 2019. (more…)

“Le Mobilier d’architectes, 1960-2020” at Citè de l’Architecture

Through the movable creations of the biggest names in architecture of the last sixty years, the exhibition proposes to discover how architects fit into the decorative arts, through the design of furniture, objects and lighting.

 

“Le Mobilier d’architectes, 1960-2020” at Citè de l’Architecture © louisegoingout

 

For 150 years, architects have been designing furniture and lighting to complete their buildings. Unlike the furniture of their predecessors in the Viennese Secession, Art Deco, Bauhaus or the Modern movement, the furniture of architects from the 1960s to today has been little studied so far. (more…)

“ITALOMODERN. Architecture in Northern Italy 1946-1976” at Finstral Studio Friedberg

With current photographs and newly drawn plans, architect Martin Feiersinger and sculptor Werner Feiersinger rediscover post-war architecture in Northern Italy: idiosyncratic and characteristic buildings by neorealists, rationalists, brutalists and organicists. The exhibition, developed jointly with aut. architektur und tirol, can now be seen for the first time in Germany.

 

IGINIO CAPPAI, PIETRO MAINARDIS OLIVETTI HOTEL IVREA 1967–75 © MARTIN & WERNER FEIERSINGER

 

With the comprehensive inventory of ITALOMODERN, Martin and Werner Feiersinger draw attention to the heterogeneous architecture of the post-war period in Northern Italy. The focus of the brothers reflects their respective professional approaches, as a sculptor and as an architect. “On the one hand it is about the sculptural qualities of the buildings, their materiality and the different surfaces, on the other hand it is about space formation, functional conception and the integration into the environment.“ Martin and Werner Feiersinger. (more…)

“Karl Blossfeldt: Urformen der Kunst” at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid

The German photographer and sculptor Karl Blossfeldt (Germany, 1865-1932) captured the hidden beauty of nature through his camera. Throughout his life Blossfeldt photographed plants and flowers using cameras of his own design that allowed him to magnify the subject up to 30 times its size.

 

Karl Blossfeldt. Adiantum, 1928. LOEWE.

 

Austere and objective but with a power to transmit great emotion to the viewer, Blossfeldt’s images attracted the attention of writers and artists due to their innovative concept of nature, leading him to become one of the key reference points for avant-garde photography. (more…)