“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…)

“Architecture and me” Juan Carlos Bracho at Alcalá 31 Madrid

The exhibition “Architecture and me” presents a set of works carried out by Juan Carlos Bracho between 2003 and 2018, which deal with relations with architecture. Likewise, the exhibition also includes a series of works designed specifically for this project, configuring not so much a retrospective exhibition as a work in progress, usual in the trajectory of this artist.


“Architecture and me”, Juan Carlos Bracho © Juan Carlos Bracho


The work of Bracho has as its main tool the drawing, but uses techniques or equipment of the drawing itself, but also video, photography or performative character. It is based on the perception and creation of beauty, and his work can be placed in the orbit of conceptual practices. (more…)

“NUB: New Urban Body – Experiences of urban generation” at OGR Torino

The New Urban Bodies, multifunctional urban bodies able to respond flexibly and adaptively to everyone’s needs, which have transformed Turin, and which have been selected for the exhibition, are the OGR, Cascina Fossata, Sharing Torino, Open Incet, Common Places San Salvario, Common Places Porta Palazzo, Nuvola Lavazza, Beeozanam, Vivo al Venti, Barolo Social District.


NUB New Urban Body esperienze di generazione urbana © Triennale di Milano


Stories of change of our territory that on display find space alongside numerous other national and international projects collected in four thematic sections (living, working, doing and participating and belonging). NUB is a traveling exhibition since 2017: at each stage the exhibition has been enriched with new contributions closely related to the context in which it is located.

The initiative is sponsored by the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservatories of the Province of Milan. The exhibition NUB: New Urban Body aims to illustrate how the evolution of the ways of living, working, meeting and enjoying services can positively affect the transformation of the city. By evolution of the ways of living we mean the increasingly widespread attitude to experience time, space and property in a fluid and strategic way, with respect to daily commitments. We are increasingly faced with multifunctional urban organizations able to respond flexibly and adaptively to the need to build their daily schedule. (more…)

“Enchanting Views – Europalia Romania” at CIVA Brussels

Planning and architecture of Romanian Black Sea tourism in the 1960s and 1970s – This exhibition explores the history of the built environment in socialist Romania and the importance acquired by the architectural development of tourism on the Black Sea coast in from the 1960s and 1970s.


Nicu Ilfoveanu. Eforie Nord. From the Series Littoral 2013–2014. Courtesy PEPLUSPATRU Association and curators


Enchanting Views offers a new interpretation of the visual and symbolic identity of the Romanian Black Sea coast, placing architecture at the center of a specific visual culture, essential for understanding local tourism policies and experiences of modernity. (more…)

“Guido Guidi. In Veneto, round trip” at Galleria del Ridotto

From 14 December 2019 to 9 February 2020, the exhibition Guido Guidi will be open to the public at the Galleria del Ridotto of the Municipality of Cesena. “In Veneto, round trip” presents photographs, taken between the eighties and nineties, refer to the explorations conducted by the author in Veneto, the region to which he moved, first for study and then for work, and in Romagna, in Cesena, the city where Drive resides.


“Guido Guidi. In Veneto, round trip” © Guido Guidi


The exhibition is articulated through a path that invites you to read an uncertain and marginal landscape, intimately devoid of hierarchies. Moving “in scattered order”, Guidi has crossed the Venetian territories that have become places of affection over time while Romagna and the Cesena territory, land of origin, have always been the first reference offered to daily observation for an instinctive renewal of memory. (more…)

Alberto Campo Baeza, Gold Medal for Spanish Architecture

The Spanish architect, winner of the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award Grand Prize with his office building in Zamora, has been awarded with the Gold Medal for Spanish Architecture 2019. The jury highlights the “coherence of his professional career”, with “an abstract and rational work” in which the visual exploration of the created spaces stands out.


El Tecuán, México, 2020 © Alberto Campo Baeza


The architect Alberto Campo Baeza is the new Gold Medal for Spanish Architecture, the most important distinction of this profession in Spain, awarded by the architects’ own guild since 1981. Instituted by the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España  (CSCAE), the Gold Medal recognizes the efforts of people and institutions that ennoble architectural work with their work. (more…)

“In Defiance” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

“In Defiance” will present Czech architecture between 1969 and 2019 and its representatives defining spiritual and commercial totalitarianism. That means a view of the history of fifty years of Czech architecture in terms of the moral consistency of the creators.


“In Defiance” © Jaroslav Fragner Gallery


The main themes are architectural freedom, defense of public space, unofficial structures and exceptional achievements (exhibitions, workshops, happenings, etc.). In addition to the presentation of personalities and events, there will be a focus on a particular situation of the period, historical, political and artistic context and the development of events or individual institutions and organizations and groups. (more…)

“Playing With Pedagogies – The Mazzanti Team” at COAM Madrid

The exhibition proposes a space that operates under the essential strategies that make up the design process of the Mazzanti + horizontal Team. Through a changing exhibition, visitors can understand not only what we do – our finished projects – but also how we work, our processes and methodologies.


“Exhibition: Playing With Pedagogies – The Mazzanti Team” © COAM


“Playing with pedagogies” will be an open space for creativity and will be presented to the public as an ephemeral workshop. It will be a space that puts the visitor at the center of the exhibition and makes it part of our narrative. (more…)

“Böhm 100. The Concrete Cathedral of Neviges” at DAM

Gottfried Böhms 100th birthday is on January 23, 2020. We intend to celebrate it: with an exhibition devoted to the pilgrimage church in Neviges, one of his most important designs. Commissioned by Franciscan monks and the second largest church in the Archdiocese of Cologne, a concrete cathedral was built between 1963 and 1968.


Dam Bohm 100 Mariendom Neviges, foto Inge Arved Vonderropp, 1976


The folded roof is currently being refurbished with an innovative textile-reinforced concrete layer. In 2005 and 2006, there were major exhibitions at the DAM of the work of Gottfried Böhm and his father Dominikus Böhm. (more…)

“The Playground Project. Architecture for children” at DAM

Between 1950 and 1980 the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the Global North, innovative, crazy and exciting projects emerged: Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens wanted to provide children with the best place for play and try out a new approach to community and city at the same time.


Group Ludic: Park Blijdorp, Rotterdam (NL), im Auftrag von De Bijenkorf, 1970 Copyright: Xavier de la Salle


Starting with the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the 20th century, The Playground Project brings the wealth of this period to life — with images, models, plans, books and numerous films, but also with playground sculptures for climbing, sliding and hiding. (more…)

“Otto Wagner. Maître de l’Art nouveau viennois” at Citè de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

As part of the Viennese Season at the Cité, discover Otto Wagner, a major figure on the European architectural scene at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. His achievements as much as his writings have largely contributed to the emergence of “modern architecture”.


© AC Manley/Photo12/Alamy


Belonging to the generation preceding those of the main actors of Art Nouveau, the works of Otto Wagner, from the infrastructures of the Vienna metropolitan to the Vienna Savings Bank passing by the St. Leopold church of the Steinhof are today considered as essential milestones to grasp the evolution of this decisive moment in the history of contemporary architecture. (more…)