“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…)

“The Street. Where the world is made” at MAXXI Rome

More than 140 artists and over 200 works to compose the multicultural, polyglot, colorful, scary, stimulating, deafening story of the streets of the whole world, the real great laboratory for discussion, creation, comparison, where the contemporary era is invented.

 

«The Big Duck», shop in the shape of a duck on the highway on Long Island, Flanders, New York, ca. 1970 © Venturi Scott Brown and Associates; courtesy by Museum im Bellpark Kriens from the “Las Vegas Studio”-project curated by Hilar Stadler and Martino Stierli

 

They took to the streets with invasions, surprises, disturbances, break-ins, rebellions; they have involved people, communities, have offered new points of view. Starting in the 1960s, it was the artists who believed that the road was the modern intellectual, social and political battlefield. (more…)

“YALA. Young Architects in Latin America” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Fifty nine projects of young Latin-American architects, not without echo of the Amerindian and European heritage, are presented in the exhibition. Social commitment, landscape, environmental concern, constructive innovation, diversity of approaches and practices; these achievements in multiple scales and programs (houses, collective dwellings, public buildings, community spaces), all testify to a renewed architectural creativity in Latin America.

 

Catia 100, Caracas, Venezuela. Architectes : Aparatos Contingentes /

 

The cultural heritage that marks architecture in Latin America is that of its history, rich in miscegenation (African, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese) violated by colonialism, dictatorships, and North American hegemony. (more…)

“Enchanting Traces. Reflections on b720 Arquitectos’ work” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

Barcelona’s Encants Market, dating back more than seven centuries, is one of Europe’s oldest. In 2013, it moved to its current site in a space designed by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos. The project strives to maintain the spirit of open-air markets with the design of a large public square covered by material that reflects its day-to-day activity

 

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Mercat Encants, Barcelona, 2013 © Rafael Vargas

 

These design strategies have made it one of the world’s most famous markets and one of the b720 Fermín Vázquez studio’s signature works. b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, founded in conjunction with Ana Bassat in 1997 and headed by Fermín Vázquez, has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. (more…)

“You are here. 20 Years of Recetas Urbanas” at MUSAC Leon

How is an architectural space produced and what makes this production a collective event? What opportunities does architecture provide as techne, as a platform for the questioning of the regulation and management of the public as provided by various administrative and institutional frameworks? And how can this be understood as the formulation of collective knowledge?

 

Aula Abierta Sevilla 2012 © Juan Gabriel Pelegrina

 

Santiago Cirugeda (Seville, 1971) and his studio Recetas Urbanas have been answering these questions for more than 20 years by generating spaces for the production of the social. His architecture is the result of the constant definition and redefinition of the public, with projects that question the management, use and constitution of this space. (more…)

“Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland” at S AM Basel

In Switzerland, the concept of density has noticeably negative connotations and is often used to provoke fear. Political campaigns with images of old towns overrun by high-rise buildings illustrate an alleged ‘proximity stress’ (Dichtestress) and make balanced discussion impossible.

 

«Dichtelust», (ab)Normal © (ab)Normal

 

The exhibition ‘Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland’, which the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum has developed with the support of the Canton Basel-City Construction and Transport Department, refutes these irrational arguments and demonstrates the real meaning of density: the thoughtful and compact utilisation of buildable territory. It examines different forms of historical density and contemporary redensification, and clarifies how density contributes to quality of life by creating tangible added value for the individual, for society and for the environment. (more…)

“Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer” at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Considered one of the most influential architects and designers of the twentieth century, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) will be honored at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in his first retrospective in France. A prolific creator who was equally interested in both industrial and craft production, Ponti revolutionized post-war architecture, opening up the way for a new art of living.

 

Basilica, Palazzo del Bo, University of Padua © Tom Mannion

Basilica, Palazzo del Bo, University of Padua © Tom Mannion

 

The exhibition Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer, presented in the museum’s main hall, covers the entirety of his long career from 1921 to 1978, highlighting numerous aspects of his work from architecture to industrial design, from furniture to lighting, and from the creation of journals to his incursion into the fields of glassware, ceramics and metalwork. Over 400 pieces, some of which have never left their place of origin, trace this multidisciplinary display that combines architecture, furniture and interior fittings for private homes and public buildings (universities and cathedrals). (more…)

“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (more…)

“Louis Kahn and Venezia” exhibition at Theatre of Architecture in Mendrisio

The exhibition “Louis Kahn and Veniezia”, which inaugurates the programme of the new USI Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio designed by Mario Botta, stages for the first time the profound link between the American architect and the Italian city.

 

"Louis Kahn and Venezia" The project for the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Biennale building © USI

“Louis Kahn and Venezia” The project for the Palazzo dei Congressi and the Biennale building © USI

 

Louis Kahn and Venezia for the first time showcases the close ties between the American architect, one of the twentieth-century Masters, and the city of Venice. Kahn’s relationship with the Italian city date from his first stay in 1928 and continued over the decades with further visits. It was strengthened by his participation in the Biennale, his friendship with Carlo Scarpa, the various lectures he gave and above all his project, which remained on the drawing board, for a Palazzo dei Congressi. (more…)

“Léon Stynen, architect” at deSingel International Arts Campus

The exhibition ‘Léon Stynen, architect’ displays iconic designs from Stynen’s rich archive. This material is brought to life with photos, models, pieces from private collections and testimonials from colleagues, employees and clients.

 

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer  © VAi

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer © VAi

 

The best-known designs by Léon Stynen (1899-1990) include the Belgian Pavilion for the World’s Fair in New York – in collaboration with Henry van de Velde and Victor Bourgeois -, Antwerp’s BP building, the casinos at Ostend and Knokke, and deSingel. As director of the Academy of Antwerp’s architecture department (1948) and the National Superior Institute of Architecture and Decorative Arts La Cambre (1950), he also played a leading role in the development of architectural education. In 1963 he became the first national chairman of the Order of Architects.  (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…)

“Galician Life. Carme Nogueira” at CentroCentro Madrid

The memory of the place is the starting point of this exhibition dedicated to the work of Carme Nogueira (Vigo, 1970), curated by Tamara Díaz Bringas.

 

“Galician Life. Carme Nogueira” at CentroCentro Madrid © CentroCentro Madrid

 

The artist’s new intervention evokes modulations of workspaces made by two architects of Galician origin linked to the constructive history and uses of the Palacio de Cibeles: Antonio Palacios, responsible – together with Joaquín Otamendi – for his project and construction between 1904 and 1919, and Alejandro de la Sota, who worked in the building between 1961 and 1984 as a public official of the General Post Office and undertook renovation and refurbishment works. (more…)

“Stempel & Tesař: Detached Houses” at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague

Photographs from leading Czech photographers will present 10 years of work on examples of detached houses that dominate the portfolio of the studio. Selected implementations and designs will be thoroughly inspected on physical models.

 

Struha²ov © Lukáþ Jasanský

 

Jan Stempel, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Budapest, started his practice today in the legendary SIAL studio, led by prof. Masak and prof. Mushroom. The winning competitive design and subsequent realization of the Expo pavilion in Seville, Spain, becomes the subject of the A.D.N.S. In 2004, Ján Stempel ends his long-term partnership with the company and continues in practice on his own. (more…)

“Momentum II. Self, shell, shelter” independent magazine

Conceived as a reaction to the insane amount of inputs and images to which we are exposed on the Internet, MOMENTUM magazine proposes to open a new conversation and to go back to carefully selected personal references that will allow to represent a point of view on a certain topic, finding out new ways of thinking.

 

Kresge Chappel, Cambridge Mass. © Corners of the 20th Century

 

We live in a global world where, due to hyper connectivity, information is stored without any filter in the global network. But, is there any possibility of going beyond the concept of image as simple visual information? What is the difference between an image, a memory and a postcard? What can we represent through a graphic document? MOMENTUM arises as a response to a certain environment, where images potential is reduced to a quick and ethereal use that represents basic information.  (more…)

“BEHF Architects. Viennese Field Blend” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition addresses the question of the contemporary relationship between material and identity on the basis of ten projects by BEHF. Large-scale material samples represent the carefully selected material palette, chosen according to the best Viennese traditions, that gives each of BEHF’s projects its own distinct identity.

 

Vienna from Belvedere in 1758 in Austria

 

As in many European cities, Vienna faces the challenge of striking a careful balance between history and modernity. On the one hand, the historic city centre and its famous architectural ensembles and edifices is synonymous with home for the city’s inhabitants and draws more than fifteen million tourists from across the world every year. On the other hand, Vienna continues to grow in the same manner as many other cities worldwide, where local traditions barely play a role and are predominantly replaced by interchangeable architectural projects. (more…)

“Where is my friend’s house?” at Maison des Arts de Malakoff

The exhibition “Where is my friend’s house?”, is a continuation of the commitments made by the Maison des Arts de Malakoff, and in its desire to present and address topics related to the news. By bringing together some twenty artists from the contemporary Syrian scene, the art center intends to offer artists a dialogue and the opportunity to testify.

 

Bissane Al Charif et Mohamad Omran : Sans ciel, 2014, film en stop-motion

 

A poetic nod to Abbas Kiarostami’s 1987 film, “Where is my friend’s house?” addresses the issue of loss and forced exile but also reconstruction, between memories, dreams and nightmares. Lost house, destroyed house, dream house, home invented … each of the artists with its history, its fractures and its humor, its poetry and its revolt, makes emerge a vibrant and sensitive world that tells us something else of the reality. (more…)

Registration open for the 4th edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award

The registration period will run from January 14 through to April 26, 2019. The BigMat International Architecture Award ’19 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. Free submission available here.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award ’17 Grand Prize, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

The registration period for the 4th edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open. In the last edition the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center by the French architects Lacaton & Vassal followed the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter (winner in 2013) and the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza (winner in 2015) as Grand Prize of the biannual award.

The Prize aims to reward and call attention to those architectural works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. (more…)

“Dawson’s Heights: Hilltop Community” at the RIBA London

This display of 20 previously unseen photographs focuses on Dawson’s Heights in south London, designed by architect Kate Macintosh. It features images originally commissioned from former journalist and photographer Sam Lambert for the Architects’ Journal.

 

Dawson’s Heights. Photo by Robert Kirkman. 1973 © RIBA

 

Dawson’s Heights was a large-scale experiment in British social housing design completed by Kate Macintosh at the age of 27 on behalf of London borough of Southwark’s Architect’s Department. Described as one of the most remarkable housing developments in post-war Britain and much loved by its residents, it was nevertheless turned down for listing in 2012. (more…)

“Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Prisons of invention” at Acquaviva delle Fonti and Sammichele di Bari

The “Works out of context” project presents the exhibition “Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The prisons of invention “, hosted from December 15, 2018 at Palazzo De ‘Mari of Acquaviva delle Fonti and at the Castello Caracciolo of Sammichele di Bari.

 

“Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Prisons of invention” © Princeton Art Museum

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, also called Giambattista (Mogliano Veneto 1720 – Rome 1778), was a well-known engraver, architect and architectural theorist. The two cities of Puglia host the famous and evocative series of engravings dedicated to the “Prisons”, in which the canonical representation of the prison is revolutionized. (more…)

“Carte Blanche XVI: Caruso St John Architects” at the Architekturforum Zürich

As part of the Carte Blanche series, Caruso St John’s exhibition “The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end, and is progress even possible in architecture?” will show at the Architekturforum in Zurich.

 

“The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end, and is progress even possible in architecture?”© Caruso St John Architects

 

The exhibition opened with a short talk with Adam Caruso and Peter St John on 12 December 2018, with a critical interrogation with Maria Conen, Oliver Lutjens, Adam Caruso and Peter St John following on 30 January 2019. The show runs until 8 February 2018. (more…)

“Living with Buildings” at Wellcome Collection

A major exhibition at Wellcome Collection explores the pivotal role of design and urban planning in human health. “Living with Buildings” will take over both of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces to examine how the structures that surround us shape our mental and physical health, in both positive and negative ways.

 

London life … a fitness class at the Peckham Pioneer Centre in 1946. Photograph: Reproduced with permission of Pioneer Health Foundation

 

From Dickensian slums to high-rise towers, and infirmary tents to modernist sanatoriums, this will be the first exhibition to chart how shifts in thinking and approaches to design have impacted on health and wellbeing. Featuring over 100 objects including the work of artists such as Andreas Gursky, Rachel Whiteread and Giles Round, it will consider the perspectives of those who use buildings to live in and heal, as well as those who design them. (more…)