“Economy of Means” at MAAT within Lisbon Architecture Triennale ’19

Economy of Means suggests the challenge of using one mean for multiple ends, investigating what makes the category both a mark and a precondition of a rational architecture. It is a truth universally acknowledged that resources of all types, in all parts of the world, must be managed with greater consciousness and care as the twenty-first century waxes.


Albert Frey, Canvas Weekend House, Fort Salonga, Northport, Long Island, New York, 1933-4 Special Collections, Jonh D. Rockfeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Wiliamsburg Foundation


Architects explore the limits and definition of architecture itself by reducing the material, economic and conceptual means they resort to in a building project.Economy of Means is an aesthetic category as well as a tool of conception. It allows us to imagine and evaluate results. It is at the core of any relevant design, whatever the medium. In its usual meaning it consists in using as few means as possible to reach a specific goal.  (more…)

“Playing the Picturesque” at The Edge Bath

This exhibition premiers a new creation exclusive to the Andrew Brownsword Gallery of Bath’s much-loved Palladian Bridge at Prior Park, alongside works commissioned by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for this year’s London Festival of Architecture.


Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


Step into the gallery and experience an interactive installation exploring the boundaries between virtual and physical space.Today, we spend much of our time living in virtual realms, endlessly producing, sharing and looking at pictures of an idealised and filtered world on the screen of personal devices. In the eighteenth century too, architects and artists became interested in picturing the ‘ideal’. (more…)

“Souto de Moura: Memory, Projects, Works” at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

The Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Architecture Center will open, in October, the “Souto de Moura – Memory, Projects, Works” Exhibition, which will be on display until 6 September 2020. Curated by Francesco Dal Co and Nuno Graça Moura, the Souto de Moura exhibition will offer a singular and rare monographic reading of the work of one of the most prestigious Portuguese architects.


“Souto de Moura – Memória, Projectos, Obras” em Matosinhos


The Exhibition is the first reading taken from the huge collection that the architect deposited at Casa da Arquitectura last May, consisting of 604 models, about 8500 drawings and all the textual and photographic documentation that complements the projects. (more…)

“Aires Mateus – The Archive” at House of Art of České Budějovice

The last architecture exhibition of the year presents the work of Lisbon-based architecture practice Aires Mateus, headed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus. The exhibition at which Aires Mateus is presenting its work in České Budějovice has been especially prepared for the gallery’s spaces and offers a specific view into the studio’s work, its approach to architecture, and its way of thinking.


House in Alcobaça, Aires Mateus © Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography


The most important aspect of the unique work of Aires Mateus is the relationship between mass and void. The studio’s projects are characterized by numerous distinctive elements, always with an emphasis on detail and a purity and simplicity of shapes in which solid forms come together with emptiness – which itself becomes space. The studio’s architects pay great attention to the choice of materials, their buildings are dominated by the color white, and one typical characteristic is an articulation of space in which “sensitive incisions” into the building’s mass help to achieve a highly impressive (functional) architectural expression. In many cases, the resulting openings form “gateways” for the incoming light. (more…)

“Albania. Decades of Architecture in Political Context” at Ringturm Exhibition Centre

In autumn 2019 the Architektur im Ringturm series raises the curtain on Europe’s “terra incognita”: Albania. Architecture is a relatively new discipline in the long-unknown land of the Shqiptars. Since the fall of the communist regime, the development of architecture in the country has revolved around transition in all its various manifestations.


THE PYRAMID – MUSEUM ENVER HOXHA Tiran, 1987, Klement Kolaneci, Pirro Vaso, Pranvera Hoxha, Vladimir Bregu Foto | Photo: Haller & Haller


The upcoming exhibition brings together a remarkable selection of rare architectural artefacts from the past century from across Albania. Until the early 1990s, Albania was long seen as Europe’s best-kept secret, with outsiders all but barred from entering. Today, tourist literature is basically the only source of insights into the country. Architektur im Ringturm is bridging this gap by devoting an exhibition and accompanying catalogue to the diverse architecture of Europe’s southernmost country on the shores of the Adriatic. (more…)

“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…)