“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…)

“Green Prato. Urban experiments between ecology and reuse” at Centro Pecci Prato

The exhibition design, by the collective Fosbury Architecture, will present heterogeneous materials such as drawings, maps, design documents, historical photos and video through a scaffolding system conceived of as a scenic machine.

 

Fernando Guerra, Città di Prato, 2017. © Fernando Guerra.

 

The exhibition Verde Prato, curated by Elisa Cristiana and Emilia Giorgi, which will set the stage for the Operational Plan of the Municipality of Prato and the multitude of actions and strategies implemented in recent years to define the new instrument for the Tuscan city’s urban policies, will open at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci on Tuesday. It is an experimental and innovative project, the result of intense team work by the Municipality of Prato’s Planning Office which boasts of valuable contributions from international experts such as the architect Stefano Boeri and the scientist Stefano Mancuso, to mention just a few. A tale that unfolds through texts and images along the creative process that aims to transform Prato into a green, European and open city, integrating the nature system with the built environment. (more…)

“Two Sides Of The Border: Reimagining the Mexico–United States region” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

To redefine border regions as an integrated whole is a critical challenge for architectural, political, and cultural institutions today. The exhibition brings together research and design results of an academic initiative, launched by Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao in 2018.

 

Two Sides of the Border. Reimagining the Mexico–United States Region Aedes © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

 

Interdisciplinary architectural and urban concepts of 13 participating architecture studios from universities across Mexico and the United States are presented on the basis of drawings, pictures and models. The approaches explore numerous topics such as migration, housing or natural resources—with a focus on one common region rather than two nations. In addition to a photo essay by Iwan Baan, new maps of Thomas Paturet highlight interesting spatial relationships of the Mexico–United States border which is characterized by a variety of cultural and economic similarities and a common history. (more…)

“Paris Rive Gauche. The past and present history of a Neighborhood” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

As part of its announcements of the results of the call for innovative projects Inventer Bruneseau, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal has decided to revisit the past and present history of the project known as Paris Rive Gauche.

 

“Paris Rive Gauche” © Pierre l’ Excellent

 

The growth of this neighborhood occupies a singular place in the history of the city’s development. At 130 hectares, its current perimeter constitutes the largest urban project since Haussmann. The program is also distinguished in terms of its ambitiousness, which was first proposed in 1983 as part of a program for the eastern part of Paris, to eradicate the historic inequality between the city’s western and eastern neighborhoods. (more…)

“Rural Moves – The Song­yang Story” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition features selected projects, and illustrates them with models, plans and pho- tographs. Films show the new architecture in context, providing insight into the culture and also the history of the people of Songyang.

 

Wang Jing MemorialHall Wang-Village Photo: DnA Design and Architecture

 

Dynamic urbanization processes shape large parts of the world. The young part of the population migrates to the cities, while children and the elderly remain in the rural areas. The revitalization of these regions has been neglected for a long time, causing dramatic socioeconomic and political consequences. In light of rural development being one of the most pressing challenges worldwide, this exhibition shows pioneering strategies, which the young Beijing architect Xu Tiantian has developed and realized in the Chinese region of Songyang. (more…)

“Formafantasma. Nervi in the making” at MAXXI Rome

Research and experimentation are the keywords in the consolidated partnership between MAXXI and Alcantara that, born in 2011, was renewed in terms of its contents last year. The exhibitions are now monographic and each year an established designer is invited to interpret the MAXXI collections.

 

Formafantasma, Nervi on the making, Progetto Alcantara © Formafantasma

 

In 2019 it is the turn of Formafantasma, a studio composed of an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. Named among the 20 best international design studios, their work has been exhibited in leading museums around the world and features in the MoMA collections in New York. For MAXXI, Formafantasma is preparing a space inspired by Pier Luigi Nervi that visitors may enter and move around, a place in which the result of their interpretation of the museum collection can be displayed. (more…)

“Alternative Histories” contemporary practices to imagine an exchange with architects from the past

At once an exhibition of new architecture in Europe and an enquiry into how it is now being made, “Alternative Histories” presents a shared past and present, both kaleidoscopic and undefinable, where there is always room for more and different points of reference, and expansion.

 

Stephen Bates (*1964), On Cadbury-Brown’s Royal College of Art extension, 1972, 2018. Plaster.

 

A new exhibition curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation. Acknowledging that architecture is a corpus of inherited ideas, “Alternative Histories” invited more than 80 contemporary practices in the UK and Europe to imagine an exchange with architects from the past. (more…)

Still haven’t submitted your project? The BigMat International Architecture Award call for entries is open

Register for free in one of the most relevant architecture awards for the promotion of quality architectural production in Europe with more than 70.000€ in prizes! Check out if any of your projects is eligible to participate in the biannual award in our website.

 

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

 

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 26th of April 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.

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“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…)

“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” at La Triennale di Milano

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.

 

Llareta #0308-2B31 (Up to 3,000 years old ; Atacama Desert, Chile), from The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

 

By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems. (more…)

“Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

In Spring 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first solo exhibition of Mexican artist duo Lake Verea in a European museum. For their ongoing »Paparazza Moderna« project, they create poetic portraits of single-family houses designed by renowned modernist architects.

 

Lake Verea, »Glass House« (Phillip Johnson, 1949), New Canaan, Connecticut Paparazza Moderna series, 2011–2018 © Lake Verea

 

Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea approach these buildings like paparazzi – unannounced and spontaneous – with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, private state. Lake Verea’s evocative photographic compositions of buildings by Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Rudolf M. Schindler, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson were taken between 2011 and 2018 during their journeys throughout the USA. (more…)