“35 Years of S AM” at S AM Basel

The S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is celebrating its 35thbirthday this year. This retrospective traces the development of the museum, bringing together publications, posters by Claudiabasel and artefacts from the over 170 exhibitions put on by the institution to date.

 

S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Aussenansicht Foto: Chrsitian Kahl

 

The archival materials will be complemented by a collection of architectural drawings, models and other ephemera gifted to the museum by its members and supporters for this occasion. These “birthday gifts” will be handed over by the donors at the opening and will be integrated into the retrospective in the form of a wunderkammer. At the end of the exhibition, the objects will be sold in an auction benefitting the museum. (more…)

“Animal Encounters” installation by Studio Ossidiana at Het Nieuwe Instituut

A spatial installation by Studio Ossidiana explores how architecture might mediate between all sorts of creatures, making room for a variety of encounters and setting the stage for interactions between humans and non-humans. The installation is an environment occupied by drawings, diagrams and architectural models – creature-like objects – that address issues of proximity, scale and cross-species politics.

 

“Animal Encounters” Image: Giovanni Bellotti / Studio Ossidiana

 

Through the display of a series of emblematic projects, various relationships between the human and non-human world are made tangible. The installation is based on Giovanni Bellotti’s prior thesis research on bird habitats and bird cages (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018), and on Studio Ossidiana’s current creative residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. (more…)

“Forêt” installation by Mecanismo at Concéntrico Rouen

The Forêt project of the Madrid architectural studio Mecanismo, founded by Pedro Rica Bayo and Marta Urtasun Martínez-Fresneda, was the winning installation of the call for entries for which more than 60 projects were submitted.

 

Fôret of Mecanismo © Alan Aubry – Métropole Rouen Normandie

 

Concentrico’s new partnership with the Métropole de Rouen Normandie and La Forêt Monumentale, a monumental art biennial organized by the city, was inaugurated on September 22 in the French city. The intervention was inaugurated September 22 and can be enjoyed until 20 October in the district of Saint Sever, being the only urban piece of the biennial La Forêt Monumental. (more…)

“Rural Uplift. Ritter Schumacher Architects” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

The architectural office of Ritter Schumacher is based in Chur, located in the eastern Swiss alpine canton of Graubünden. The traditionally close relationship between the city and the surrounding region has shaped the holistic, integrative working approach of Jon Ritter and Michael Schumacher.

 

Portal Churwalden © RitterSchumacher AG

 

The exhibition provides insight into their firm’s planning strategies for rural development in Switzerland. Using their work in the municipality of Churwalden as an example, it shows how a series of precise structural interventions in the rural context has set in motion a consistent, sustainable process of the area and is driving its future development. (more…)

“Agriculture and Architecture: Taking the Country’s Side” at Garagem Sul Lisbon

The exhibition is structured in three main areas: a central space with seven sections, a large-scale illustration and a screening area for documentary films. “Taking the Country’s Side” is a reflexive and didactic attempt to reconnect architecture and agriculture and to emphasize lessons that contemporary architects and urbanists might draw from this school of thought and action.

 

McLean Farm Market, Virginia, EUA, 1978

 

Taking stock of the severe environmental predicament that now faces our world, this exhibition intends to ignite a reflection (both retrospective and pro-spective) on the strong link between the twin disciplines of agriculture and architecture, and on their growing divorce since the industrial revolution. (more…)

“Paulskirche – A monument under pressure” at DAM

In the hope that Frankfurt would become the new German capital, the Paulskirche was rebuilt as a potential seat for the parliament in 1947, having been severely damaged by bombing raids.

 

DAM PAULSKIRCHE, Foto: Moritz Bernoully, 2019

 

For this building task of national importance, the „Paulskirche Planning Committee“ was established, which, besides the prominent church architect Rudolf Schwarz, included his former staff member Johannes Krahn, the winner of an early competition Gottlob Schaupp as well as Municipal Planning Councilor Eugen Blanck. (more…)

“Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50s” at ICO Museum

The exhibition “Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50s” focus the issue of the Mediterranean house in a historic moment in which strong links and exchanges are established between these two countries; relationships focused on overcoming the architectural “failures” of yesteryear, thanks to the recovery of indigenous values, typical of southern latitudes.

 

José Antonio Coderch y Manuel Valls, casa Ugalde, Caldes d’Estrach, 1951 © Fondo F. Català-Roca – Arxiu Històric del Col•legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya

 

The exhibition presents 50s projects, carried out in the Mediterranean environment, by a heterogeneous group of Spanish and foreign architects: Francisco Juan Barba Corsini, Bassó and Gili, Bohigas and Martorell, Antonio Bonet Castellana, Coderch and Valls, Correa and Milá , Luigi Cosenza, Carlos de Miguel, Harnden and Bombelli, Gio Ponti, Josep Pratmarsó, Bernard Rudofsky and Josep M. Sostres. (more…)

“Faraway So Close – Kashef Chowdhury” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

In Bangladesh, the architect Kashef Chowdhury is looking for solutions to the collapse of urban regions and cultural heritage due to abrupt tropical climate changes. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated regions on earth and its river delta landscape is an area prone to flooding, cyclones, and rising sea levels.

 

Friendship Hospital, Satkhira, Bangladesh © Kashef Chowdhury

 

In this context, Chowdhury’s pragmatic and poetic buildings serve society with radical simplicity, sparing a masterful treatment of light, space and materiality. Using earth and bricks as material, he manages to balance maximum functionnality and robustness with sensuality and grace. ”Essential as the basis of life, water nevertheless represents a constant threat to the fragile deltaic landscape.”- Niklaus Graber. (more…)

“László Moholy-Nagy in Britain: Between The New Vision and the New Bauhaus” at the RIBA London

This display draws on the RIBA’s unique holdings to demonstrate both the range of Moholy-Nagy’s British work and the strong ties that he established with modernist architects in Britain.

 

K VII 1922 L?szl? Moholy-Nagy 1895-1946 Purchased 1961 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00432

 

László Moholy-Nagy was one of the most innovative artists and thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century. In 1937, following his former Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius, he emigrated to Britain, where he spent two intense years filled with commissions, collaborations and artistic exchanges, before finally moving to the United States. (more…)