“Barnum City”: circus architecture and the appropriation of territory

Point H^UT celebrates its grand opening after two years of renovation works with an exhibition dedicated to architecture inspired by circus halls and merry-go-rounds, focusing on their ability to transform their environment.

 

Tiger & Turtle © Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth

Tiger & Turtle © Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth

 

The small town of Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, in central France, has very recently inaugurated Point H^UT, a new social centre dedicated to architecture events and workshops, occupying the grounds of a former industrial site. Among the many events and exhibitions programmed is Barnum City, a reflection on fairground architecture concerning the occupation and transformation of surrounding territory. Ranging from circus halls to merry-go-rounds, the exhibition aims at the constructive diversity of these dream-like architectural objects.

Originally produced by the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and curated by Odile Werner and Sophie Trelcat, Barnum City – Architecture Foraine will be open until June 11, 2015, as part of Point H^UT’s official inauguration programme of events.

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“Mantova Architettura”, conferences and exhibitions regarding heritage preservation

The full program of events comprises conferences by Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Alvaro Siza and Rafael Moneo, among others, apart from parallel exhibitions at Madonna della Vittoria and Casa del Mantegna.

 

© Mantova Architettura

© Mantova Architettura

 

Mantova Architettura is an architectural festival made up of several events as exhibitions, lessons, seminars and conferences with contributions by the most important contemporary architecture Masters, arranged by the campus of the Politecnico di Milano in Mantova within the scientific project of the Unesco Chair.

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O. M. Ungers: Prime Case (First Houses) at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, three key works of the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

BelvedereStrasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)

Piazza Garibaldi inauguration at Naples by Dominic Perrault Architecture

After the inauguration of the subway station in December 2013, it is now the turn of the piazza, redeveloped following a design by the French architect and member of the jury for the BigMat Award ’13.

 

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture © Peppe Maisto

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture © Peppe Maisto

 

After a striking proposition made on the occasion of the international architecture competition for the creation of the future TAV (high speed train) Napoli station – Afragola in 2003 – the architect of the Grande Bibliothèque and BigMat Award ’13 member of the jury is entrusted, from 2004, by the Metropolitana di Napoli, with the studies for the redesigning of the Piazza Garibaldi, but also the realisation of the eponym subway station on the new line 1. It’s an effervescent scene where the Neapolitan intensity explodes, and where more than 50 millions of people pass by every year. (more…)

BigMat Architecture Award 2015: last call for submissions!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

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.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

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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Architecture practice Assemble, shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015

This is the first time ever for a design studio to be a nominee for this prize. Assemble’s projects focus on urban regeneration and the need for social exchange in unused or neglected areas in the city.

 

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

 

The four nominees for the Turner Prize 2015 have been announced, among which are Assemble Studio, a London-based collective of architects, artists and designers.  This is the first time ever for a design studio to be shortlisted for  this prestigious prize that rewards an artist’s specific exhibition or work of art of the previous year.

 

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“Tuiza. The cultures of the jaima” installation at Retiro Park by Federico Guzmán

The Reina Sofia Museum opens the spring season for exhibitions at the “Palacio de Cristal” (Crystal Palace) in the Retiro Park with the exhibition organized together with Donostia/San Sebastian Foundation, European Capital of Culture 2016.

 

Federico Guzmán. "Tuiza. The Cultures of the Jaima." Palacio de Cristal. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2015 © Joaquín Cortes/ Román Lores.

Federico Guzmán. “Tuiza. The Cultures of the Jaima.” Palacio de Cristal. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2015 © Joaquín Cortes/ Román Lores.

 

The sevillian artist Federico Guzmán (1964), together with Museo Reina Sofía, brings to the Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro Park a part of his personal experience at the Sahara. Tuiza means collective solidary work and refers to meeting, participating and building something together. With this word as statement, Guzmán suggests an investigation about the relation between art and cultural identity through a large and colorful Saharan “jaima” that will welcome the visitors into a space where many workshops and activities will take place to promote the hospitality and conversation between cultures.

 

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Open House Prague 2015 opens 33 buildings and special constructions

‘Open House’ is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives invite everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment.

 

Gasometer in Libeň © OpenHousePraha 2015

Gasometer in Libeň © OpenHousePraha 2015

 

For one weekend in year headquarters of companies, offices and modern technical buildings we are just used to pass by will be open. It will be possible to visit more than 40 places with exceptional interiours, interesting history and unusual views of Prague usually closed to public. More than 30 structures will be open in Prague, and not all of them are old buildings. Some of the newest, such as Florentinum, Main Point Karlín, Artgen, Fusion Hotel and Port #58 will be having visitors. (more…)

BigMat Architecture Award 2015: less than one week to submit your entry!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

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.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

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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“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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