“Years of Solitude” second edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans

Nestled among the Turbulences, in a Jakob+MacFarlane building on the site of a former military supply depot (18th–19th century), the Frac Centre-Val de Loire is the heart of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans.


Günter Günschel, Stadthalle in Weissenfels, project,1957


Throughout the event, the site has been dedicated to two unique figures from the second half of the 20th century—Fernand Pouillon (Mes réalisations parleront pour moi) [My works will speak for me] and Günter Günschel (Homo Faber: Un récit) [Homo Faber: a tale]. These figures and their legacy are engaged in a back-and-forth with the collective, mutated landscape designed in collaboration with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, Los Angeles) (L’architecture comme animal mutant) [Architecture as a mutant animal]. The Frac’s spaces also welcome the MAXXI collection in conversation with the Waiting Land project by Karen Lorhmann and Stefano de Martino, while site-specific productions including work by Takk and Santiago Borja, John Hejduk, Absalon, Ahmed Mater, and Chris Marker are worked into a vocabulary of solitude that punctuates the visitor’s experience. (more…)

“Gio Ponti. Loving Architecture” at MAXXI Rome

Architect, designer, art director, writer, poet and critic, Gio Ponti was an all- round artist who traversed much of the 20th century, profoundly influencing the taste of his time, responding to its most significant demands and anticipating many of the themes of contemporary architecture.


Cocathedral of Taranto 1964/70 © Gio Ponti Archives


40 years on from his passing, MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is devoting a major retro- spective to this exceptional figure. The exhibition examines and presents his multi-faceted career, starting with an account of his architecture, a unique and original synthesis of tradition and modernity, history and progress, elite culture and quotidian existence. (more…)

Eduardo Souto de Moura wins 2019 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

Previous Grand Prize winners of the biannual award include Lacaton & Vassal, Alberto Campo Baeza, and Xaveer De Geyter. The 4th edition of the biennial BigMat Architecture Award rewarded quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 6 National Prizes and 7 Prizes for Finalists.


Power Plant for the “FOZ TUA” DAM, 2018, Foz do Tua, Portugal, Souto Moura Arquitectos S.A. © Luís Ferreira Alves; Juan Rodriguez and Carlos Castro


The awards ceremony took place yesterday, November 22th, at “Palais de la Bourse” in Bordeaux, France, 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 15 finalists were chosen back in September from the more than six hundred entries presented in April.

Out of a total of almost six hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part (Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Stéphane Beel (Belgium), Petr Pelcak (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Philippe Prost (France), Paolo Zermani (Italy), Fuensanta Nieto (Portugal + Spain) and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to award the BigMat International Grand Prize’19 to the Power Plant for the “FOZ TUA” DAM in Foz do Tua, Portugal, by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. (more…)

“Swim City” at AIT ArchitekturSalon München

For the first time, the exhibition “Swim City” draws attention to a contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement – a Swiss invention of the 21st century. For decades, cities such as Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva have gradually opened up the river as a natural, public resource in the built environment


+Pool © Family New York, courtesy Friends of +POOL


The river became an entertainment spot right on the doorstep, firmly anchored in everyday life. The foreign countries admire the bathing culture on the Rhine, the Aare, the Limmat and the Rhone. Cities such as Paris, Berlin, London and New York see it as a model of how they can regain their riverine areas as a spatial resource in order to sustainably improve people’s urban quality of life. Curators: Barbara Buser, Basel architect and rheine expert; Andreas Ruby, Director S AM. For filming, the S AM collaborates with the Zurich director Jürg Egli, who creates a large-scale triple-screen projection that will show the experience of river swimming from the perspective of the swimmer. This has allowed for the river to become a place of leisure located right in front of one’s doorstep. The rest of the world looks on in awe at this bathing culture. (more…)

“Under the Radar” at S AM Basel

The ‘architecture’ of territory is largely designed without architects. Nevertheless, or precisely for this reason, architects today are increasingly investigating the processes that define these territorial spaces. In the exhibition ‘Under the Radar’, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum explores this theme and presents research projects, which deal with investigative architecture.


“Under the Radar” at S AM Basel © S AM Basel


Architecture is usually thought of as synonymous with building, and this notion strongly informs both how architects perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others. However, much of the work of architecture takes place before and after the actual act of construction: As architects probe the conditions governing the territories in which they are intervening, they observe, ask questions and venture into realms beyond that of the construction site. In a process similar to that of investigative journalism, they collect pieces of evidence, analyse them and synthesise them into a narrative. Thus, architects also reveal the mechanisms that tend to remain in the background: They use their spatial analyses to visualise the exploitation, management and control of their respective territories, such that certain conditions, which otherwise would remain under the radar, become apparent. (more…)

“Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” at A.M. Munich

The Architekturmuseum der TU München presents with the exhibition “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.


© 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…)

“Lina Bo Bardi. Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma 1948- 1951” at Design Museum Gent

In this exhibition, Design Museum Gent tells the story of one of the strongest women in 20th-century architecture. As well as being an architect, the Italian-Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi was a writer, set designer, illustrator and furniture designer. That final aspect of her life, often ignored until now, is the main focus of this exhibition.


“Lina Bo Bardi.Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma 1948- 1951” © Ruy Texteira, courtesy: Nilufar Gallery, Milaan


Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma 1948-1951 is a tribute to the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. The exhibition presents the largest collection of Bo Bardi furniture ever gathered in one place and focuses on the furniture created in the context of the Studio d’Arte Palma, which was founded by Lina Bo Bardi and the Italian architect Giancarlo Palanti. (more…)

“Champs-Elysées. History And Perspectives” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

On the Champs-Élysées, Paris fashioned itself according to a perspective of infinite progress. Three centuries after it was first built, cars, noise, pollution, tourism, a globalized commercial offering, and neglected gardens have warped the usage of this avenue and diminished its appropriation by Parisians.


“Champs-Elysées. History And Perspectives” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Salem Mostefaoui


The exhibition “Champs -Elysées, History & Perspectives” presents the study conducted at the behest of the Comité Champs-Élysées by Philippe Chiambaretta in collaboration with some fifty researchers, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and economic and cultural actors from France and abroad. It traces the development of “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” analyzes its current usages, and proposes a vision of its potential evolutions in response to the challenges this area of the city faces in the present day. It invites viewers to participate in the space’s metamorphosis. (more…)

“Re-Practice Re-Visit Re-Turn – Back from Japan” at deSingel International Arts Campus

In spring 2020, the Flanders Architecture Institute is focusing on the link between Japan and Flanders/Brussels. ‘RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN’ from architects de vylder vinck tallieu is the first exhibition of a season with the baseline ‘Back from Japan’.


“Re-practice Re-visit Re-turn” architecten de vylder vinck taillieu © Nacasa&Partners


For the renowned Ghent-based architectural firm, their Japanese adventure was an opportunity to place Belgian architecture in a broader perspective: how is architecture perceived in a changed social and spatial context? Which elements are retained, and what adjustments does the specific context demand? (more…)

“Art on Display. Formas de expor 1949-69” at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Museum, this exhibition takes as its starting point the display solutions found for the opening of the Museum in 1969. It also recreates different exhibition design ideas created by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Carlo Scarpa, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck and Alison and Peter Smithson in other countries.


Alison and Peter Smithson, exposição «Painting & Sculpture of a Decade 54-64», Tate Gallery, Londres, 1964. Vista do interior: escultura «Le Canonnier» de Robert Müller; pintura «Red Ground» de Rodrigo Moynihan. Smithson Family Collection. © Fotografia: Sandra Lousada


This exhibition takes the museography of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum as its starting point, marking its 50th anniversary. The Italian designer Franco Albini advised the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on the most contemporary examples of good museum design. The museum, which opened in 1969, was strongly influenced by his background in contemporary Italian design, notably that of Carlo Scarpa. (more…)

“Manthey Kula: Postludes” at Betts Project

Manthey Kula is widely recognised in Norway and abroad for their unique and acutely site-specific architecture which works at the intersection of art, architecture and landscape architecture.


“Manthey Kula: Postludes” © Manthey Kula


Betts Project is pleased to present Postludes, an exhibition of newly made paper works by Norwegian architectural practice Manthey Kula. This exhibition marks the architect office’s debut solo presentation in the UK and will be accompanied by a new catalogue. (more…)

“Nature Morte Vivante” Patricia Urquiola at Centro Cultural de la Villa

The first exhibition devoted to Patricia Urquiola in Madrid mainly focuses on her work as a designer, showing her works for industrial production, occasionally for craft production and frequently for the cross between them both.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


The exhibition is laid out in a non-chronological way, gathering the pieces around six still life paintings that explore a series of recurrent themes in her line of work and mindset. These six still life paintings are inspired by Dalí’s painting Nature Morte Vivante, where the objects are depicted in motion, breathing life into them.


“Nature Morte Vivante”
30 January – 1 March, 2020
Centro Cultural de la Villa Fernán Gómez
Plaza de Colón, 4, 28001 Madrid


The exhibition revolves around the following pillars: “Transparent things” brings together a collection of objects that have been important throughout his career, a connection between the past and the future; the so-called “Empathic Journeys” between concepts and projects; the concept of “Resistances”, projects where there is some kind of tension; matters related to gender and all its declensions, a theme called “Gender? What Gender?”; and the positive pollination in the creative process reflected in the “Contaminations” part.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


The exhibition shows products from the different stages in Urquiola’s career. She founded her own studio in 2001 and designed furniture, carpets, lamps, tableware, vases, fabrics, bathtubs, pottery and tiles, etc. The items reveal her way of tackling different materials and techniques, with inventiveness, creativity and a fresh approach that helps her break away from the traditional standards and often helps her find new answers to old problems.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez


Her interest in color is the ongoing theme of the exhibition and is expressed through moments of rigor or exuberance, while the concern for sustainability is observed in the recurrent use of “Upcycling”, by means of pieces in which recycled materials are reused to produce new objects.


Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

Patricia Urquiola, Madrid Design Week © Cecilia Rodriguez

“Tisser des liens” Philippe Prost at Laval University

Université Laval is devoting its new exhibition Tisser les liens to the achievements of the Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost, presented from February 13, 2020.



Forging links between eras and uses, between architecture and its context, memory and creation, between know-how and innovations, such is the work carried out daily within the Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost whether on the scale of the room, the building, the block, the district, the city or even that of a landscape or an entire territory. (more…)

“Olivetti at Toscana. Territory, community, architecture” at Museo della Grafica Pisa

The exhibition “OLIVETTI@TOSCANA.IT Territory, community, architecture in Olivetti’s Tuscany” is dedicated to the characters and architectures that have marked the history of Olivetti in Tuscany.


Mostra Olivetti © Gianluca Giordano


Hosted by the Museo della Grafica and organized by the University of Pisa (Department of Energy, Systems, Land and Construction Engineering and Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, by the Museum of Graphics and by the Museum of Calculation Instruments) , the exhibition was curated by Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua, Mauro Ciampa, Lucia Giorgetti, Stefania Landi and Denise Ulivieri, with the collaboration of the Centro Studi dell’Arte Licia and Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti Foundation and the Olivetti Historical Archive Association. (more…)

“9 itineraries for 100 20th century architecture in Basilicata and Puglia” at Murat Space Bari

Inauguration of the second stage of the traveling exhibition “9 itineraries for 100 20th century architecture in Basilicata and Puglia”, curated by Antonello Pagliuca and Mauro Sàito, organized by the Basilicata and Puglia sections of Do.co.mo.mo Italia.


Nicola Pagliara, Chiesa dell’Annunziata a Colobraro (Matera, 1969) – Foto Pierangelo Laterza


The exhibition is the result of a cataloging activity of the architectural heritage regional of the twentieth century, understood as an ‘open’ and implementable tool, with which we aim to get to know and put 100 modern architectures of recognized quality ‘on the net’. The values ​​of these works in the Appulo-Lucan area, often found in similar aspects of other architectures built in different places, times and circumstances, are enhanced by those that can be identified through the independent consideration of the individual works . (more…)

“Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and Crafts” at ICO Museum

“Sáenz de Oíza. Arts and crafts”, an exhibition to explore the eyes and inspiration of the great reference of twentieth-century architecture. The ICO Museum joins with this exhibition the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza (Cáseda-Navarra, 1918 – Madrid, 2000), the polyhedral artist, undoubtedly one of the most outstanding architects of the Spanish architecture of the twentieth century.


Francisco Javier Saénz de Oíza, Palacio de Festivales de Santander. Cross section.


In eighty-two years of life he traveled 500 of existence, learning and production. Since the Middle Ages, in which he claimed to have been born by his childhood in rural Casedana roughness, Oíza travels, mixes with the Vanguards of the twentieth century and dedicates his last five decades to the creation for which he is commemorated today. (more…)

“Critical Care. Architecture for a Broken Planet” at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum

A Planet in crisis. Earth in intensive care. Human-made environmental and social catastrophes are threatening to render the planet uninhabitable. The situation is critical, and dominated by the interests of capital. architecture and urbanism are caught up in the crisis.


Emergency Architecture & Human Rights (EAHR): 100 classrooms for refugee children, Za’atari Village, Jordan, 2017 © photograph: Martina Bo Rubino


But it could all be different. The Critical Care exhibition presented first at the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) presents 21 current projects from around the world, including earthquake-proof and sustainable village development in China, flood protection through traditional low-carbon construction techniques in Pakistan and Bangladesh, diverse conversions of modernist buildings in Brazil and Europe, an ecological community land trust in Puerto Rico, the revitalization of historic irrigation systems in Spain, and new concepts for public spaces and mixed urban districts in Vienna, London, and Nairobi. On the basis of these and other projects, Critical Care proves that architecture and urbanism can bring the planet back to life. The repair of the future has begun.