“The Return of the Snake” Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture

The work on show employs the principle of “emotional architecture” as the theme to build upon and articulate its exhibition discourse

"Torres de Satélite" Mathias Goeritz and Luis Barragán. Mexico 1957

“Torres de Satélite” Mathias Goeritz and Luis Barragán. Mexico 1957

 

Open to the public until April 13 of 2015, the exhibition proposes a survey of the emblematic works by Goeritz as it underscores the manner in which his body of work and his artistic endeavor emerges from the assumption of art as a meta-artistic project that also extends to the social, political and public realms. This exhibition represents an approach to the work of Mathias Goeritz (Danzig, 1915 – Mexico City, 1990), produced after he settled in Mexico in 1949. In his theoretical and practical output, spanning four decades, rational utopia and Neo-primitivism converge, factors that stem from his own biography: his journey through different cities in Europe and North Africa (1948), his stint in Spain, and his participation in the preliminaries to the Primera Semana de Arte in Santillana del Mar (September 1949), as well as his contact with Mexican culture. (more…)

House 1014 by H arquitectes: inhabiting the courtyard

Small town in Catalonia holds a house in which a series of patios achieve not only climatic stability and energy saving, but also a wide range of domestic spaces.

 

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

 

House 1014, designed by H arquitectes –winners of the first edition of the Big Mat International Prize is a single-family home in the small town of Granollers, Spain. Located in a consolidated and compact urban fabric, the house works as a series of interlocked spaces revolving around the building’s courtyards. Ranging from darker, more private areas, to almost open-air living rooms, all the spaces within the house are designed to work as a whole, forming a complex system for climate control throughout the year, based on traditional passive technologies.

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Molhes do Douro, maritime public infrastructure by Carlos Prata Architect

The proposal finds the right balance between the necessary concrete structures and natural and urban landscapes.

 

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

Molhes do Douro Ⓒ João Ferrand

 

Foz do Douro, an upscale neighborhood in Porto where the Douro meets the Atlantic, is the location of the dam built by the Portuguese Carlos Prata. The structure, besides containing the sea to ensure navigation on the river, supposes an opportunity to generate a public space that goes 600m into the sea. The concrete construction design is determined by the natural conditions of the site, combined with the urban context. The breakwater goes into the sea with a boardwalk, an indoor gallery to access to the lighthouse on stormy days, and a space designed to be a restaurant. (more…)

Enter the preparations for Expo 2015 through Scandurra Studio’s Milano Gate.

Designed by the principles of lightness and sustainability, two structures set the scenario for urban activities while providing a new space for selling tickets and visitors’ information.

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

Expo Milano 2015 Gate Ⓒ Filippo Romano

 

Before the opening of Expo 2015, Milan’s activities and preparations for the big International Fair will take place in an impressive new space in the heart of the city. Through the construction of two pyramid-like structures, Scandurra Studio have transformed and re-interpreted  a large square at the end of Dante street to host the information centre and ticket booth for the Expo as well as providing an urban rehearsal for the activities and ideas that shape this year’s slogan “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life“.

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“The City as a Vision” prospective urban concepts from last fifty years in Frac Centre, Orléans

[19/09/2014-22/02/2015] Following historical projects taken from the FRAC Centre’s own collection, the exhibition also presents contemporary schemes by NLÉ, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, and many others.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

 

Divided into two sections – one historical, the other prospective – this exhibition pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who, in his books Où vivrons-nous demain? [Where will we live tomorrow?] (1963) and Prospective et Futurologie[Forecasting and Futurology] (1978), gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection. (more…)

Giulia Foscari´s “Elements of Venice” by Lars Muller Publisher

The metamorphic nature of Venice, a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts, is revealed in Elements of Venice through the analysis of single architectural elements.

 

Developed as a parallel research project of Fundamentals—the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas—the book offers insights on Venetian facades, stairs, corridors, floors, ramps, ceilings, doors, hearths, windows, balconies and walls. It is composed by individual examples without apparent connection, apart from the narrative dictated by the original biennale 12 items.

 

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Despite its small size (16.5 × 12 cm), it guides us in a trip through almost 700 pages, with hundreds of diagrams, collages, drawings and original photos, alternating with historical documentation of the most varied type.

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“ZAC des Lilas” Multi-Purpose Building, a gathering place by SCAPE

The building appears as a compact volume from outside, while inside it is a dynamic system which naturally meets the requirements of space and privacy required by the various functions. For this building, Scape recently received the “Young Talent Architecture” award.

 

© Francesco Mattuzzi

© Francesco Mattuzzi

 

The italian architectural firm Scape, established in 2002 by architects Ludovica Di Falco, Francesco Marinelli, Paolo Mezzalama and Alessandro Cambi, has designed a multifunctional building on rue Paul Meurice in Paris. The commission was entrusted to Scape by the Heritage and Architecture Department (DPA) of France, after having won the competition organized by the City of Paris.

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“Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon”, an outstanding display of twenty-first century craftsmanship.

The exhibition in Arc en Rêve centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux will be showing Bijoy Jain’s team’s efforts to reunite vernacular and contemporary architecture through 1:1 scale models and prototypes.

 

Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon © Rodolphe Escher

Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon © Rodolphe Escher

 

The Arc en Rêve Centre of Architecture in Bordeaux is showing an exhibition on India’s most renowned contemporary architecture office: Studio Mumbai. From 18 December to 31 May 2015 the rooms in in 7 Rue Ferrère will be clad in architectural models,  shelves stacked with different material blocks, samples and prototypes, handmade concrete casts for the different projects’ technical construction details.

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Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award 2015

The museum is embedded into the slope, protected by a stone wall fluently attached to the rock and other walls running throughout the area. The concept of volumes is based on the contrast of horizontal walls and a vertical wooden construction.

 

© Radka Ciglerová

© Radka Ciglerová

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, situated in the Příchovice, south of the Jizera Mountains (Czech Republic). (more…)

“Mackintosh Architecture”, an exhibition of drawings, models and watercolours of the Scottish master.

The Royal Insitute of British Architects will be hosting an exhibition on the life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in collaboration with The Hunterian, Glasgow University.

 

 Scotland Street Public School © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 2014


Scotland Street Public School © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 2014

 

From February 18th to May 23rd, RIBA will be hosting the first retrospective exhibition on the life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This exhibition, named Mackintosh Architecture, puts in context the environment in which he worked –the city of Glasgow, and the several phases in his career, working first as a collaborator, and later as an independent architect and designer.

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