“Herman Hertzberger” the first complete oeuvre on the Dutch master, by nai010 publishers

Written by Robert McCarter, this first approach to Herman Hertzberger’s complete works features a complete analysis of Hertzberger’s main buildings and thought process.

 

Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn sketches ©  Herman Hertzberger

Centraal Beheer in Apeldoorn sketches © Herman Hertzberger

 

When many contemporary constructions tend towards excessive security and introverted buildings, it is reassuring to dive back into the ideals of an open and humanist architecture, learning again from the Dutch structuralism. Nai010 is publishing a new book dedicated to one of the masters of this movement: Herman Hertzberger, who restored the role of people, through his buildings, writing and teaching, at the heart of architectural design. Written by Robert McCarter, author of numerous monographs of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, the book features a complete analysis of Hertzberger’s main buildings and  thought process.

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Old cork factory reborn to host new local facilities in Portalegre, Portugal

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the factory. The grounds in the heart of Portalegre are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities, designed by Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with Souto de Moura.

 

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

 

The grounds of an old cork factory in the heart of a town to the south of Portugal are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities. Located in Portalegre, a small town in a natural environment, the general rehabilitation plan for the 60,000 sq meters has been designed by portuguese architects Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with the team in the office of Souto de Moura.

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the cork factory, serving local necessities as well as the necessary parking space for the also new School of Tourism and Hotel Management located nearby.

 

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Communication breakdown: architects’ gatherings in Barcelona to strengthen proffesional discourse

The local’s architects association is organizing five gatherings every Thursday, once a fortnight, which will be made up of five different teams of local architects. Focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture, the meetings are open to the public.

 

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

 

Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura, a local architect’s association in Barcelona, is organizing a series of social gatherings with young architects from different areas of expertise, all of which have developed their work over the last years during the economic crisis.

Each of the gatherings will be made up of five different teams of local architects, focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture and the apparent lack of communication between professionals.

Held on Thursdays, once a fortnight, the meetings are open to the public.

 

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Italy’s conquest of freedom and democracy in the House of Memory by baukuh

The new building highlights the complementarity of material and immaterial archives: different styles of memory coincide in an object that is ready to establish a dialogue with different audiences without renouncing the possibility of providing a unified representation.

 

House of  Memory © Stefano Graziani

House of Memory © Stefano Graziani

 

The House of Memory is an archive as well as an exhibition and conference space in Milan. It is the headquarter of five cultural associations whose aim is to preserve the memory of the conquest of freedom and democracy in Italy: the National Association of Former Deportees (A.N.E.D.), the National Association of Italian Partisans (A.N.P.I.), the National Association of Terrorism’s Victims (A.I.VI.TER.), the Association Piazza Fontana 12 December 1969 and the National Institute of Studies on the Italian Resistance Movement (I.N.S.M.L.I.). The building was completed in 2015, on the base of the project awarded first prize in an invited architecture competition organized in 2011. The new building is part of the recently transformed Porta Nuova area and is one of the elements of a network of new public spaces and facilities including the Headquarters of the Lombardy Region, the Riccardo Catella Foundation, the Art Incubator and the (soon to be completed) Park of the “Library of Trees”. (more…)

“Le Corbusier, measures of man” retrospective in Centre Georges Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou invites audiences to get a picture of the entire output of this major figure in modernity through the idea of human proportions, since the human body was a universal principle defining all aspects of architecture and spatial composition.

 

19. Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 Encre de Chine et collage de papiers gouachés et découpés, 70 x 54 cm Collection Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne © Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP/ Ph. Migeat © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 © Centre Pompidou

 

The Centre Pompidou is devoting a completely new retrospective, featuring some three hundred works, to the output of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier. Curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Olivier Cinqualbre, the exhibition will be open until the 3rd of August, as one of the highlights of the Paris museum’s summer programme. (more…)

“Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015” at Hombroich Foundation Missile Base

With models, plans, sketches and photographs, the exhibition is located at the Siza Pavilion and shows selected projects built by the Portuguese architect between 1980 and 2015.

 

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

 

The BDA’s (Assotiation of German Architects) traditional annual architecture tour led them in 2013 from Dusseldorf  to Porto; from the encounter with local architect colleagues and the truly impressive visit to the office of Eduardo Souto de Moura, they had the idea to develop an exhibition on the Pritzker Prize winner (2011). Together with Insel Hombroich Museum, both institutions are now opening an interesting exhibition, presenting a selection of projects since 1980 until today. The exhibition was designed in close collaboration with de Moura himself to best express the architectural process from development to realization.

 

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Deadline extended for the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award

The deadline for entries to the BigMat Architecture Award has been extended to the 15th of May. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

 

The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards. Last year’s winner was Xaveer De Geyter, XDGA, with Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus (COOVI), Brussels.

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).

Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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“What is the Netherlands” by AMO: politics and construction of the Dutch pavilions

Led by AMO’s Stephan Petermann, the exhibition showcases the diversity of the Dutch pavilions at the World Expo featuring 14 reconstructions of pavilions and including collected fragments of exhibits.

 

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969  © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969 © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

 

Coinciding with this year’s 34th World Expo in Milan, the exhibition “What is the Netherlands,” curated by AMO, opens on 25 April at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition is a wunderkammer of Dutch identities, revealing how the Netherlands conceived of and presented itself to the world at Expos since the early 20th century. (more…)

“Scraps and sketches from all over the world”, drawings by Gaetano Pesce

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milano will be showing the drawings and sketches of Gaetano Pesce’s architectural designs for all over the world. Famous for his dreamy and colourful pieces of furniture, Pesce has a lesser-known career in a personal style of modernist architecture.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Gaetano Pesces colourful objects and furniture have made him famous all over the world. His drawings and sketches are no less – taking inspiration from Japan to Brazil, filled with bright colours and imagination, over 40 works on paper will be seen on show in the Galleria Jannone until the 23rd of May, 2015.

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New life for Ex-Ansaldo in OnsiteStudio’s project in Milan

Designed by the Italian team Onsite Studio, the project’s aim is to qualify the existing industrial-like spaces through the insertion of new elements that will provide not just technical services, but also a necessary contrast in materials, scale and spatial tension as a blank canvas for the activities proposed by the Comune di Milano.

 

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

Ex-Ansaldo entrance hall © OnsiteStudio

 

Besides the events programmed for this years’ International Exhibition –inaugurated hardly a few days ago- Milano has still a lot to offer in the long-term, with the Comune di Milano advocating for the rehabilitation of unused or rejected urban areas in the form of cultural, multipurpose spaces for the promotion and dissemination of local arts.

 

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