“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…)

“The ground we have in common” at Gallerie delle Prigioni

The Ground We Have in Common is the title of the exhibition that will take place at Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, curated by Patrizia Boschiero from Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, and Nicolas Vamvouklis from Gallerie delle Prigioni. The exhibition is dedicated to the 2019 edition of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, which this year is awarded to the Dazhangshan Tea Gardens in China.


“The Ground We Have in Common”, Premio Carlo Scarpa 2019


From this starting point the exhibition revisits ideas and themes that have traversed the 30 previous editions of the Award. Bringing together artistic research and scientific investigation, the exhibition unfolds among diverse contributionsto explore the languages ​​chosen by contemporary artists who investigate both the concept of the garden in a broader sense and that of taking care of the earth. (more…)

“Quai des Queyries” MVRDV at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Arc en rêve architecture center continues the cycle of exhibitions architectures here dedicated to projects made here in the territory of the Bordeaux metropolis. The selected operations, of remarkable character, are the result of an ambition shared between the owner and the architect.


Ilot Queyries ©Ivan Mathie MVRDV architectes


The quai des Queyries exhibition is dedicated to the project of Winy Maas / MVRDV, here at the Bastide, right bank of the Garonne in Bordeaux, with a perspective of his work in the four corners of the world. “Combining the freedom and social cohesion of neighborhood living with the necessary urban density” (more…)

“Atelier Mendini. Architectures” at Nivola Museum

The Museo Nivola, paying homage to Alessandro Mendini after three months from his passing, presents the outcome of fifty years of architectural planning: all Atelier Mendini’s public and private architectures, shown by 25 extraordinary accurate wooden maquettes of 25 buildings, together with a related series of drawings.


“Atelier Mendini. Le Architetture” al Museo Nivola di Orani. © Cédric Dasesson


“This is our heresy: the structure of architecture resolves itself in the facade, the function of the object finds its fulfillment in the decorative narration of the surface, everything is the drawing or the sculpture of itself: designing is painting.” This is how Alessandro Mendini in 1994 summarized the philosophy of Atelier Mendini, an extraordinary workshop which, under the guidance of himself and his brother Francesco, started a new way of doing architecture, art and design beyond any disciplinary boundary. (more…)

“Prada Poole: The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles” at CAAC Seville

Prada Poole belongs to a generation of architects who are active in the 1960s in creating utopian projects which conceived alternative ways of building cities, closely linked to the natural environment. His idea is to improve the habitat through the intelligent use of the environmental surroundings, new materials and recycling.


Expoplástica (1969), José Miguel de Prada Poole © CAAC

The literary magazine El Urogallo devoted its first issue of 1974 to a collective reflection on the contemporary human dwelling. One of the most thought-provoking articles in that publication was “La arquitectura perecedera de las pompas de jabón” [The Perishable Architecture of Soap Bubbles] by José Miguel de Prada Poole1. In it, the architect defended a new type of architecture, where the material of which it is made determines the duration of its own existence. The use of the word perishable in the title, as opposed to ephemeral- the most commonly used term in architecture for a short-lived structure—is a significant detail: the ephemeral does not last long, but the perishable collapses when its constituent material does. (more…)

“Cro&Co Architecture. Sens Dessus Dessous” at la Galerie d’Architecture

Simultaneous projections on three large screens will present the firm’s three guiding concepts, their incarnations — Trinity Tower and the rehabilitated CNIT and Carré Michelet buildings at La Défense, the Circé parking garage, new laboratories for INRA, housing programs in Chartres and Montpellier — and their underlying spatial and parametric analyses and intentions.

CNIT © Cro&Co Architecture


As accustomed to aerialist feats as deep reflection, Cro&Co Architecture invites you to take to the heights and look at the process behind the project, consider the subject behind the object, and divine the intention as well as the resolution. This is the aim of “Upside Down”, an exhibition at the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris, from May 21st. (more…)

“Building A Future Countryside In China” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

The exhibition features 22 architectural best practice examples, including projects on housing, production and education, culture and tourism, health and leisure. These illustrate the breadth of innovative approaches to improving rural environments, both on a small and a large scale.


Jintai Village Reconstruction, Sichuan Province; Architecture: Rural Urban Framework. © Rural Urban Framework


One of the major global challenges facing contemporary built environments is the future of rural development. In China, rural regions have become a new space for experiments. This creates a new countryside at a speed and scale unseen in the Western world. Drawn by the promise of boundless opportunity, architects, planners as well as capital flow are converging in rural regions across the nation.  (more…)

“2A+P/A Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo” at Galleria Antonia Jannone

2A+P/A is a Rome-based architectural practice founded by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo. The studio develops architectural projects with particular focus on nature and the condition of contemporary cities.


Museo Archeologico di Cipro, Nicosia © 2A+P/A Gianfranco Bombaci e Matteo Costanzo


The duo have presented their projects and created site-specific installations at several international exhibitions, including the 14th, 13th and 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, the 5th Brasilia Biennial of Architecture and the 1st Orléans Biennale of Architecture. (more…)

BigMat International Architecture Award ’19: last week to submit your entry!

The deadline for entries to the BigMat International Architecture Award is next Thursday, May 16. The 4th edition of the biennial BigMat Architecture Award rewards quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes, 7 Prizes for Finalists and one Special Mention for Young Architects.


BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Grand Large by Lacaton & Vassal © Laurian Ghinitoiu


The prize is open to architects who work in one of the seven participating countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Any architects whose professional address is in any of the seven participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 16th of May 2019. To be eligible for the award, the project must have been built between 1 January 2015 and 1 January 2019 in any of the participating countries. Buildings that won or made the final in previous editions of this competition may not be entered again into this fourth edition.


“Mario Botta – Sacral Spaces” at Ringturm Exhibition Centre

Premiere at the Ringturm: as part of its Architektur im Ringturm series, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is staging the first comprehensive exhibition focusing on Mario Botta to be held in the German-speaking countries.


San Giovanni Battista Church © Enrico Cano


Mario Botta was one of the key figures behind “new Ticino architecture” in the 1970s. It was in the canton of Ticino – Switzerland’s Mediterranean soul – that Botta made his first foray into ecclesiastical architecture, with the construction of a small chapel at the Bigorio Capuchin monastery. (more…)

“Atlas of Utopias” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Bringing together over 25 major artists and architects from the second half of the 20th century, the exhibition opens onto urban visions that examined the modern city with a particularly critical eye.


Flagrant Delit. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association


In 1972, Italian art critic Germano Celant coined the term “radical architecture” to describe Superstudio and the Florentine scene. It spread quickly to apply to other European and American artists and architectures, who, like their Italian counterparts, opened up architecture to artistic and conceptual practices. (more…)