“Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings” at the Glucksman Cork

Curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings was presented at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the FREESPACE exhibition in the Central Pavilion.


“Close Encounter” Venice Biennale 2018


“Together with our collaborator, Hugh Campbell, we asked sixteen contemporary practicing architect teams to research one selected building, each of which was chosen by us. Close Encounter calls on the generosity of each of the invited architects to ‘take’ the work of another architect and help it to be remembered, understood, re-valued and appreciated for its own inherent worth”- Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators, Venice Biennale 2018. (more…)

“New Human, New Housing – Architecture Of The New Frankfurt 1925 – 1933” at DAM

In the 1920s, Frankfurt/Main emerged as an archetypal metropolis of the Modern Age. In many fields the architects working on behalf of the City were performing pioneering work, which in the 1920s gave Frankfurt a worldwide reputation as a Modernist stronghold and would define architecture and urban development for decades to come.


Innenhof des Wohnblocks an der Bruchfeldstraße (um 1930) Copyright: DAF, Bestand Grünflächenamt


In the 1920s, Frankfurt\Main became the center of an unprecedented program of architectural and cultural renewal that would enter the history books under the name of “New Frankfurt”. Under Lord Mayor Ludwig Landmann and his Municipal Building Councilor Ernst May, Modernism as a way of life took shape. The heart of the project was a model housing and urban development program of international significance. (more…)

“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” is the first major exhibition in France dedicated to the work of this Italian group. The exhibition will present the most significant artworks over the entire floor area of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire (1 000 square metres).


“Life after architecture” © Superstudio


Founded in 1966 in Florence by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli (in 1968), Roberto and Alessandro Magris, as well as Andrea Poli (between 1970 and 1972), Superstudio was one of the most influential architectural groups of the global avant-gardist scene in the 1960-1970s. (more…)

“Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for the People” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

With the exhibition “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People”, Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.


Balkrishna Doshi, Kamala House, Ahmedabad, 1963, 1986 © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad


The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. (more…)

“Dogma – Rooms” at deSingel International Arts Campus

The exhibition Rooms explores the domestic space via its simplest manifestation: a room. Taking this as a starting point, Dogma presents the results of two distinct lines of enquiry: The Room of One’s Own, which focuses on the history and function of the private room, and Loveless, which charts the evolution of the ‘minimum dwelling’.


Dogma – Rooms © Dogma


While the American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) considered the room to be the essential origin of architecture, the British author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) emphasized the private space as being vital to female creativity in ‘A Room of One’s Own’ (1929). At the time of writing, her words were a direct challenge to the patriarchal organization of the domestic sphere and, by extension, society at large. (more…)

“A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing” at Victoria and Albert Museum

The challenge of providing housing for all is one that has faced governments and architects for over a century. This display presents six innovative projects from the collections of the RIBA and the V&A, each demonstrating a unique experiment in social housing design, providing lessons for today.


Keeling House, Claredale Street, Bethnal Green, London: detail of base of cluster block © RIBA Collections


Keeling House / Denys Lasdun & Partners. Constructed 1954-59, London. Keeling House was an early experiment in ‘cluster block’ housing. This innovative form placed four 16 storey blocks around a free-standing services tower. The linked blocks were designed to balance the existing community of the street with a sense of seclusion. Privacy was achieved with short access balconies that serve only two flats and face each other at oblique angles. The shared central platforms provided the communal services such as laundry. (more…)

Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.


BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat


The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (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.


“Karl Blossfeldt: Urformen der Kunst”
6 September – 5 October, 2019
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid
Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid


From 6 September to 5 October 2019 the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and LOEWE Perfumes will be presenting a selection of 40 of these photographs from the album Urformen der Kunst [Original forms of art], considered one of the seminal photographic books of the 20th century. Published in 1928, it was the work that brought Blossfeldt to public attention and gave him entry to the art scene of the day, making him one of the most important of the New Objectivity photographers. The high quality of the paper and printing of these fascinating photographs further enhances the beauty of their powerful images, in which lighting and composition are used to emphasise the sculptural and graphic qualities of the plants. From the outset Blossfeldt’s photographs were compared to African sculptures and provided a source of inspiration for the Bauhaus industrial designers and creators.


Karl Blossfeldt. Aconitum_Anthora, 1928. LOEWE.


For the present exhibition its curator Juan Naranjo has organised the photographs into different sections that group Blossfeldt’s work together in formal and thematic terms, playing with de-contextualisation in order to reveal the formal beauty of the plants.


Karl Blossfeldt. Abutilon, 1928. LOEWE.


The importance of Urformen der Kunst continues today, given that it has come to be considered a manifesto for the interconnection of art and nature. Karl Blossfeldt revealed the beauty of the natural, a concept that is notably present in today’s causes and debates.


Karl Blossfeldt. Vaccinium, 1928. LOEWE.


Blossfeldt embarked on studying sculpture in 1881 and shortly after that date entered the School of Applied Arts in Berlin where he completed his art training. During that period he started to use photography to record specimens of plants that he found on days out and field trips. This unique and distinctive photographic “herbal”, which he produced over the course of more than thirty years, led Blossfeldt to become one of New Objectivity’s most important photographers.


Karl Blossfeldt. Petasites, 1928. LOEWE.


For many years Karl Blossfeldt’s photographic output was associated with his activities as a teacher and illustrator. With the publication of Urformen der Kunst (1928) his photographic work
entered the terrain of art, becoming extremely well known and successful. Blossfeldt’s photographs are to be found in the collections of some of the world’s leading museums and he captivated critics and theoreticians such as Georges Bataille and Walter Benjamin, while also inspiring numerous artists, including Max Ernst, Joan Fontcuberta and Arno Rafael Minkkinen.


Karl Blossfeldt. Centaurea, 1928. LOEWE.

Karl Blossfeldt. Cotula, 1928. LOEWE.


An expert in early and vintage photography, Juan Naranjo is an independent curator whose research has focused on the uses and functions of photography. He teaches on the Masters in Photography at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and has been a member of the advisory committee of the department of photography at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona. He advises the publishing house Gustavo Gili on its photography collection and has curated a number of exhibitions, including Distinción, Un siglo de fotografía de moda, Fundación Cristóbal Balenciaga (Guetaria, 2019) and Museu del Disseny (Barcelona, 2017); Gabriel Casas, Fotografía, información y modernidad, 1929-1939, Obra Social La Caixa, Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya (Barcelona, 2015-2016); and Joaquim Gomis, de la mirada oblicua a la narración visual, Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona, 2012).

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“Giacomo Quarenghi architect in the imperial St. Petersburg” at Accademia Carrara

The exhibit, consisting of a selection of about seventy of the architect’s pages drawn from the Carrara collection, is the ideal conclusion of the celebrations that began in 2015 under the aegis of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Quarenghi Observatory, culminating in the 2017 anniversary, the bicentenary of the architect’s death.


Giacomo Quarenghi a Carskoe Selo. Accademia Carrara Bergamo


Over little less than forty years of work in Russia, Quarenghi contributed significantly to shaping the plans of Empress Catherine II of Russia and, later, of her son Alexander, who set out to transform St. Petersburg into a European capital. (more…)

“Álvaro Siza. In/Discipline” at Serralves Museum

Name: Álvaro Siza. Discipline: as little as possible. This confessional note – once written by Álvaro Siza on the inner flap of one of his sketchbooks – was the point of departure for the exhibition commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.


Álvaro Siza, image from Sketchbook .Col. Álvaro Siza Fonds – Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (CCA)


Álvaro Siza: in/discipline reveals the salutary disquiet and insubordination that inform Siza’s creative method, construed over more than six decades in the cross-fertilization of knowledges, cultures, geographies, works and authors, and subsidiary to his questioning of architecture on the grounds of both what is inside and what is outside of this disciple. (more…)

“Reflections: The Anatomy of Form” at the Design Museum

Showing for the first time in London, this exhibit explores the work behind Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an interdisciplinary practice responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings.


"SOM. The Engineering of Architecture" © photo: Saskia Wehler

“SOM. The Engineering of Architecture” © photo: Saskia Wehler


A series of models offer insight into SOM’s exploration of the idea architects and engineers practice a poetry of inquiry, experimentation and ingenuity. The exhibit showcases a selection of SOM’s ground-breaking projects, all of which anticipated new ways of living, working, and learning. The display includes projects from different typologies and height, including Exchange House and Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, JTI headquarters in Geneva; John Hancock Centre (875 North Michigan Avenue) and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago, as well as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

“Landscapes of knowledge. Red Location” Jo Noero at Cagliari

The exhibition deals with the housing and cultural issues and its manifestations of production, performance and exchange, which have opened up new ways of thinking, making cities and architecture in South Africa.


“Landscapes of knowledge.Red Location” © Jo Noero


The architecture and conference exhibition “Landscapes of knowledge Red Location” will be presented on September 5th at 4 pm. The exhibition, curated by Massimo Faiferri, Samanta Bartocci, Fabrizio Pusceddu, Lino Cabras and Rosa Manca, will be open until 27 September 2019. (more…)

“Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut – Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture – presents “Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection”, an exhibition about the history and evolution of the computer virus, from 5 July to 10 November 2019. Using the most infamous examples, the exhibition explores the cultural impact of malware and raises questions concerning security, warfare and geopolitics.


Malware exhibition, including AIDS virus and other DOS viruses. Image: Ewout Huibers


The first computer virus was designed 33 years ago. Since then, more than a million viruses have been developed, hundreds of millions of devices have been infected, billions of euros have been lost due to reduced productivity, and the so-called malware has become a digital weapon of geopolitical significance. (more…)

“It’s Urgent! – Part II” at Luma Westbau

The point of departure for “It’s Urgent!” is an exhibition model that Hans Ulrich Obrist started (with Christian Boltanski and Betrand Lavier) in 1993 with “do it”. For this on-going, flexible and open-ended show, we invite artists to write instructions, scores and recipes that can then be interpreted by others each time they are presented.


Tony Cokes, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nora Turato, Etel Adnan, Eileen Myles, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lauren Halsey, Hans Haacke. It’s Urgent!, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2019. Photo by David Stjernholm.


For example, poet Eileen Myles (who is also included in the new It’s Urgent! project) made a piece called How to Run for President of the United States. Her text is a reminder that even in these frightening times, democracy belongs to the people, and that art can be a means of reclaiming it. (more…)

“O.M. Ungers: the construction of the urban place” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

The third exhibition of the cycle presents three important works from the professional career of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007): the German Museum of Architecture, Frankfurt, 1979-84; the Baden Regional Library, Karlsruhe, 1980-84; the Frankfurt Fair, 1980-84.


“O.M. Ungers: the construction of the urban place” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano


The exhibition completes a cycle of three exhibitions curated by Professor Stefan Vieths and dedicated to the great German architect Oswald M. Ungers. (more…)

“When architecture erases disability” at Halles de Pau

The exhibition, designed by Lille’s Maison de l’architecture, focuses on questioning the extent to which architecture can participate and foster a life together. The event presents some twenty local and international achievements, showing how architecture can help overcome disability.


“When architecture erases disability”


The generalized idea of ​​disability architecture spontaneously and reductively refers to the addition of glued elements, after construction, on buildings such as freight elevators, access ramps or barrier barriers. These incongruous prostheses have the effect of further stigmatizing disability and do not create a coherent architectural work. Asking the question of disability first requires distinguishing families of disabilities that affect the physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychic functions of the individual, each of whom is likely to become disabled, sick, accident or aging. (more…)

“Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist” at Haus der Architektur Graz

The radical conceptual approach of Superstudio, a group of architects and artists that formed in Florence in 1966, made 20th-century architecture history with the design proposal “The Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization” (1969). The first and only constructed version of this design was realized in 1969 in Graz as part of the three-country biennial “trigon 69: architektur und freiheit”.

Superstudio, Liebe Grüße aus Graz von Superstudio (Ansichtskarte), 1969 – © Superstudio, courtesy Privatsammlung, Berlin


In 1969, the Triennial Biennial Trigon under the title “Architecture and Freedom” took place in Graz as part of the second Steirischer Herbst festival entitled “The future as will and imagination”. In a competition, artists and architects, in particular, were called upon not to engage in utopian speculation, but to critically confront current developments and confront their work with the negative global trends of today. (more…)