Rediscovering design: largest collection of Bauhaus objects to be presented in Berlin

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has recently inaugurated its permanent exhibition, reorganizing the collection pieces for a fresh look on the world-famous school of architecture, design and art. Along with the new Collection, a special exhibition will take place showcasing 100 new objects acquired by the Bauhaus-Archiv.

 

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. The new design of the collection’s permanent display, inaugurated on March 18, will not just show the well-known classics of Bauhaus design, but key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited.

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Smart cities? This spring, Madrid is keeping a close watch on Big Data

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, debates, datatones and guided tours many different topics will be discussed, such as information visualization, data mining, collective mapping and collaborative data collection, the policies of information access and reuse, the practices of institutional and government transparency, data security and online privacy.

 

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie,  Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie, Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

 

This spring Madrid becomes the city of Big Data, bringing together different organizations and initiatives in a program of activities that explores the creative, social and political practices related to data. The centre of Madrid will host two exhibitions, among other activities related to Big Data: BIG BANG DATA , housed in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, and OJO al DATA, a series of events and activities related to the exhibition to be held simultaneously in Medialab Prado.

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“Chameleon House”, a home inspired by nature, by Petr Hajek Architekti

The house designed by the Czech architects is located in a garden by a grassy meadow in Praha-Lipence. Inspired by a chameleon lying in the sun, the house extends the views from the inside of the house into the surrounding trees.

 

© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel

 

This house by Petr Hajek Architekti is located in Praha-Lipence, less than 20 km southwest of the Czech Republic’s capital city, in a quiet area surrounded by the countryside. Taking the natural surroundings as main condition to develop the project, the architects have achieved a single, continuous space that is divided and qualified by the vistas and light conditions of the views outside.

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One building, how many lives? Exhibition in Paris: transformation as an act of creation

The exhibition focuses on an inherent issue of urban development: to reuse, in order to open the way for an urban revival. The concept of recycling as a way to stimulate a new approach on building cities.

 

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

 

Cité de l’rchitecture & du patrimoine in Paris is hosting an exhibition on an interesting discussion over architectural heritage and the concept of reuse and recylcing in urban terms. From the 17th of December 2014 to the 28th of September 2015, the Galerie d’architecture moderne will be showing a selection of 72 projects in France and abroad in order to set some examples of heritage-conscious urban renewal addressed from very different point of views.

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2015 Serpentine Pavilion design released! A colourful design by SelgasCano

The design is familiar with these young architects’ characteristic style: following the principles of light, bold colour and unconventional shapes, the building will consist of a “double-layered shell, made of opaque and translucent fluorine-based plastic (ETFE) in a variety of colours”.

 

Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano 2015 External indicative CGI © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano 2015 External indicative CGI © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

 

Serpentine reveals today designs for the 15th annual Pavilion. The render by Madrid-based architects SelgasCano shows an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped in webbing. Visitors will be able to enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.

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“The intangible tangible” RCR Arquitectes exhibition at České Budějovice

RCR Arquitectes’ first exhibition in Eastern Europe is not presented by means of a portfolio presentation but, as they have expressed it by themselves, “By means of photographs you can experience different atmospheres in architectonic spaces, like in architectonic compounds … and make the intangible tangible“.

 

Els Cols Restaurant (2005)  ©  Jaume Prat

Els Cols Restaurant (2005) © Jaume Prat

 

RCR Arquitectes rank among highly respected contemporary studios of architecture not only in their native Spain. The group was established in 1988 by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta. Their constructions dialogue very sensitively with their surroundings, avoid superfluous or rhetoric forms, while blending care and force. RCR Arquitectes is based in the town of Olot, Gerona Province. The countryside around this little town, in which this team of architects established itself in 1988, has exerted a fundamental influence on their work.

 

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Designing Archeology: Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi Award 2015

Under the theme “Designing Archeology. Architecture for the Development of Archeological Heritage”, the Accademia Adriane di Architettura e Archeologia has given this years’ prize to the french-swiss architect, renowned for his research in the fields of architectural theory.

 

© Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

© Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

 

The Piranesi Award, which celebrates its thirteenth edition this year, is an award that aims to give recognition to the excellence in the fields of architecture and archeology. This award is given by the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura e Archeologia in partnership with Rome’s Ordine di Architetti and the Casa dell’Architettura di Roma.

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Les Aigues Library, a respectful renovation of a former urban water deposit in Barcelona.

The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

 

Since 1999, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona has had a new library, set up in a forgotten nineteenth-century water tank located in the heart of the city. The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

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“Vertical Urban Factory” at Archizoom Lausanne, factory buildings in the early 20th century and today

It surveys more than 30 projects, including canonic examples of Modernism and new or recycled industrial architecture. The installation features over 200 photographs, diagrams, and drawings. Nine architectural models created for the exhibit using state-of the-art computer fabrication highlight a progressive design and construction.

 

Buckminster Fuller, unbuilt automatic cotton mill, 1952 | Courtesy of North Carolina State University

Buckminster Fuller, unbuilt automatic cotton mill, 1952 | Courtesy of North Carolina State University

 

Vertical Urban Factory, curated by New York-based architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport, features the innovative architectural design, structural engineering, and processing methods of significant factory buildings in the early 20th century and today. A timely response to the ailing economies of post-industrial nations, the exhibit poses the question, can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities and how can we develop a city to include new factories now that production is clean and smaller scale? The exhibition began in New York City and has traveled to Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Toronto’s Design Exchange and then in a condensed form to London’s Architecture Museum in King’s Cross.

Factories, once a catalyst for the development of company towns and industrial cities of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, are now associated with pollution and brownfields and have been largely ignored as an urban concept. The vertical urban factories featured in this exhibit, however, have pushed the boundaries of innovative design. A glance to the not-so-distant past recalls Ford’s Highland Park, which pioneered the 60-second Model T, and the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam, a stunning complex of Modern architecture, as well as the Toni Molkerai in Zurich. These and other Modern factories around the world were once significant as agents of innovation and change. Though factories today may not be as celebrated, factory owners and their architects around the world are re-approaching factory design with growing interest.

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“MateraMending 2015” workshop by Alberto Campo Baeza

Following the cultural relevant moment thanks to the election of Matera as European City of Culture 2019 the workshop “MateraMending” will take place in the city between March 22 to March 28.

 

Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

MateraMending site. Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

 

In this workshop students of the Technical University of Madrid and University of Basilicata, together with their teachers and leading figures of European architecture in recent years will meet to study, discuss and design what could become the new gate for the city of Matera. Regeneration, green spaces, new infrastructures, will be some of the topics addressed during these days. Conferences, seminars and excursions through the city and the territory will be proposed to discover the architecture that characterizes this unique place.

Matera has suffered a problem of public civil infrastructure administration, resulting in a frustrated project to connect the city by train with the rest of the country. Right now the works are near to be accomplished and maybe the finantial aid of the European City of Culture will help in order to achieve these objectives. The workshop will reflect about what does public infrastructure mean and how can we reuse the existing one.

The teachers coming from Spain will be Alberto Campo Baeza, professor Alejandro Vírseda (author of Nave 16 refurbishment, among other projects), professor José Jaraíz and professor Jesús Donaire (secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award).

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