“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…)