“Sacral Space” exhibition at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague

The exhibition featured selected examples of contemporary religious architecture, mostly chapels that capture with the combination of spirituality and earthly life. Buildings of renowned authors as Mario Botta, Peter Zumthor, Christian Kerez, Marte.Marte and Fernando Menis are presented by minimalist models and photographs.

 

Chapel sv. Jana Křtitele_Mario Botta © Pino Musi

Chapel sv. Jana Křtitele, Mario Botta © Pino Musi

 

Sacral architecture is not in the centre of contemporary architectural considerations. However, this does not mean that it will disappear completely or is deteriorating in terms of quality. The “Sacral Space” exhibition presents 25 chapels in the main area of the gallery. This not too extensive architecture is mediated through small-scale models with their immediate surroundings and especially by photographs of the interiors. The play of light can be impressively captured in an image, however, direct spatial experience is more accurate. That is why an object on the borderline of architecture and fine arts dominates the exhibition premises. It is a fragment of architecture with a mosaic of selected examples of lighting composition in the space of contemporary chapels. (more…)

“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” at CentroCentro Madrid

The exhibition shows the design and construction processes and the use of the building projects, the experience of which is arranged and put on display. Exhibiting a process implies revealing the documents that are not always explicit, which were generated during the stages prior to or even subsequent to the architectural project itself.

 

"Architecture set: everyday life prepositions" © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

 

To arrange means to display, to place and exhibit in a space. If an architectural project is the deployment of actions and verbs through which a thought process is synthesised to generate a space, the prepositions position us within it: they construct a conscious position that relates the subjects to their situation in the space (in front, below, between, from, in, towards, as far as, above, behind, etc.) and, more importantly, they link the architecture to those which it implies (of, against, without, to, by, with, for, etc.) in order to create, design and transform our everyday surroundings. The prefix ‘pre’ refers to something that comes before, but it could also anticipate situations to come or future events. (more…)

Winners of the 14th Edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards   

The prizes aim to improve awareness and understanding of ceramic tiles made in Spain amongst architects and interior designers and promote their use by these professionals for an interesting research in the application of ceramic material.

 

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio.

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio

 

The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Victor López Cotelo, met in Castellón on Friday, 27th November to decide the winners of the fourteenth edition of these Awards, which enjoy a consolidated reputation within the architecture sector. First prize in the architecture category went to the multipurpose sports hall at the Gavina School, the work of Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez, whilst the winning project in the Interior Design category was the Blue Wave Cocktail Bar by El Equipo Creativo. (more…)

“Antonín Raymond 7×” at Galerie Architektury Brno

From next week to end of January, Galerie Architektury Brno presents a selection of the works by one of the most significant Czech architects – Antonín Raymond – who is paradoxically better known in Japan and the USA.

 

Kostel sv. Anselma © Kazuyoshi Miyamoto

Kostel sv. Anselma © Kazuyoshi Miyamoto

 

Antonín Raymond, born in Kladno, Czech Republic, (1888-1976) is among the most interesting Czech architects of the 20th century. He began his career in the studio of Cass Gilbert during the construction of the first skyscraper in New York, then he was assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, his studio was founded in 1921 (studio has been continuously working until present days, led by Raymond’s successor Shigefumi R. Tsuchiya). The architect´s lifelong support was his wife, artist Noémi, who besides their own projects participated at the works of Raymond. (more…)

New adquisitions on “Libera e permanente” at MAXXI’s Collection

The exhibition features over 30 works of art and 21 architectural projects (drawings, models, photographs and miscellaneous documents recounting the story of each project), presents the MAXXI collection through works by the great masters of the 20th Century and young artists and designers, some exhibited for the first time.

 

MAXXI Collezione. AldoRossi, Cimitero di Modena © MAXXI

MAXXI Collezione. AldoRossi, Cimitero di Modena © MAXXI

 

MAXXI is dedicating one of its galleries to a permanent – and free for all from Tuesday to Friday – display of its own collections. Through the presentation of thematic selections of works, continually evolving exhibitions will trace thematic itineraries exploring the museum’s collection.

The dynamic, immersive hanging allows the works to dialogue with one another, with Zaha Hadid’s fluid spaces and with the public. Thanks to surfaces and panels suspended from the ceiling and with the creation of a grid of new spaces and volumes, the public will in fact be able to enjoy the emotions of the work through 360° in an active and participatory experience. (more…)

Reinventing collective housing: Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN architecture

The building by LAN, BigMat ’13 France National Prize, is designed on 4 main principles: to reinvent community housing; to enable people to live in an evolving space; to set the example of sobriety and to picture a climatic model for the building.

 

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

 

French architecturee office LAN has announced the completion of their housing building “Carré Lumière” in Bègles, suburb of Bordeaux, in South West France. The 79 apartments comprising this great building commissioned by Ataraxia, a property management company, follow the demolition of the previously idle towers of the “Terre Neuve” district.

As part of this urban project supervised by the SAEMCIB (Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte de Construction Immobilière de Bègles) and driven by the local government, the objectives were to “exemplify” community housing with the intention to explore new propositions within the industry. (more…)

“Buckminster Fuller Inc: Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Lars Müller Publishers

The monograph, written by Mark Wigley, offers a deep exploration of the American architect’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world.

 

"Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio" by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller.

“Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller 

 

Lars Müller Publishers have just released a monographic book on Buckminster Fuller, the american architect, inventor and all-twentieth century pioneer, written and edited by Mark Wigley. The book focuses on Fuller’s approach to architecture in the time of radio and the discovery of the new technologies that would change the world forever.

Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multidimensional reflection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. (more…)

“Identità dell’architettura italiana” XIII International Congress at Florence

The University of Florence and it’s DIDA-Dipartimento di Architettura, with the support of Casabella Formazione, organizes the thirteenth edition of the congress, with the participation of Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury.

 

Teattrino Varano, Paolo Zermani © Zermani Associati Studio di Architettura

Teattrino Varano, Paolo Zermani © Zermani Associati Studio di Architettura

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“Une architecture de l’engagement: L’AUA (1960-1985)” architecture and commitment at Paris

The works displayed show the diversity of the Atelier, and their impact on urban landscape. Models, drawings, photographs, films, publications, furniture, samples, prototypes and documents evoke the trajectory and the lives its members inside and beyond the walls of the AUA.

 

AUA, Atelier d'urbanisme et d'architecture, Bagnolet, 1968. La salle de dessin. Annie Tribel au premier plan et Jean Perrottet en arrière plan © Fonds Fabre Perrottet. SIAF

AUA, Atelier d’urbanisme et d’architecture, Bagnolet, 1968. La salle de dessin. Annie Tribel au premier plan et Jean Perrottet en arrière plan © Fonds Fabre Perrottet. SIAF

 

Shortly after the death of Le Corbusier, fifty years ago, the Circle of Architectural Studies awarded its price to three teams: the Atelier de Montrouge, the group of Salier Courtois, Lajus, Sadirac and Atelier d’urbanisme et d’architecture (AUA). The latter is particularly distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature, for it was the first to join architects, decorators, engineers, urban planners and sociologists around a common project, while maintaining a close relationship with politics and culture.

Through both a theme-based and chronological journey, the multifaceted work of the Atelier AUA is presented with models, drawings, photographs, publications, films and full-scale objects, elements from the buildings and furniture. (more…)

“Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975” at ICA London

An exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s: discoteques designed by architects of Radical Design: Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO.

 

3C+t Capolei Cavalli (Giancarlo Capolei, Pinini Capolei, Manlio Cavalli), side elevation of Piper club, Rome, 1965. © 3c+t Fabrizio Capolei, Pino Abbrescia e Fabio Santinelli (face2face studio), Corrado Rizza.

3C+t Capolei Cavalli (Giancarlo Capolei, Pinini Capolei, Manlio Cavalli), side elevation of Piper club, Rome, 1965. © 3c+t Fabrizio Capolei, Pino Abbrescia e Fabio Santinelli (face2face studio), Corrado Rizza

 

Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975 is a presentation exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. These years saw a number of discotheques open across Italy, including several designed by architects of Radical Design, a movement active in the 60s and 70s populated by architects such as Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO. Dissatisfied by the limitations and ineffectiveness of post-war modern design, these architects sought to use their profession as a tool for societal change and to challenge the idea of architects’ role in society. (more…)