Call for entries for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open

After Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— who will be the next Grand Prize? The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

 

The registration period for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2015 is now open. The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, 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.). (more…)

“A Clockwork Jerusalem”, the British Pavilion for this year’s Biennale, at the AA Gallery

Especially designed for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition programmed from May 9 to June 6 in the AA Gallery explores the many faces and the great extent of Britain’s Modernism, combining “traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction”.

 

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte


The Architectural Association Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition on British Modernism and its many faces: from early pop culture to the garden city utopia, the display attempts to explore how international influences came together with Britain’s very own vision of its future.

Especially designed for the British Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”, the exhibition, comprising models, media installations and photographs will be displayed in the AA Gallery’s main space from May 9 to June 6, 2015.

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“Franco Purini and the art of design”. Drawings reflecting on modernism, at Casa dell’Architettura

Franco Purini’s drawings, tangent to art, architecture and design, will be on show at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome until April 17, 2015.  The show focuses on his work, but also draws attention to the Italian tradition of “architettura disegnata” and its role nowadays.

 

The series and the Paradigm. Franco Purini and design among the modernists.

The series and the Paradigm. Franco Purini and the art of design among the modernists.

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is now featuring a small exhibition on the work of Franco Purini, an Italian architect, famous for his expressive drawings that join the spirit of modernist architecture, art and design. Along with the exhibition, which will be on show until April 17, the curators Pier Federico Caliari and Carola Gentilini have also organizd a short symposium, coinciding with the opening ceremony, reflecting on the Italian tradition of “paper architecture” and its contemporary role.

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“Pier Luigi Nervi and football stadiums. A successful model” exhibition at Cesena

The exhibition aims to reconstruct the creative and constructive process of the Italian engineer, illustrating Nervi´s projects for stadiums through the extensive heritage of drawings, accompanied by three-dimensional visuals and constructive models, created especially for this occasion.

 

Kuwait Sports Centre © l’Archivio Nervi at CSAC

Kuwait Sports Centre © l’Archivio Nervi at CSAC

 

Last March 30 the exhibition “Pier Luigi Nervi and football stadiums. A successful model” opened to the public at the Chiesa dello Spirito Santo in Cesena, Italy. The exhibition features a special installation containing a central core of 10 projects selected from among the architect’s planned and built football stadiums, starting with “Giovanni Berta” stadium in Florence (1929-32). The building in Florence was the first to focus the country’s attention on Pier Luigi Nervi, giving physical form to the perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetics, a typical feature of the Italian engineer and architect’s approach to design.

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“Walking the city”, a different take on architecture and urban planning in Barcelona

Halfway between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, the book will be presented on April 21. It is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history.

 

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience © Publicacions Universitat Barcelona

 

On April 21, a new book about Barcelona will be presented. A crossover between a tour-guide and a compilation of essays on the renowned mediterranean metropolis, “Walking the city. Barcelona as an urban experience” is an attempt to collect the lessons learned during the many experiences and events carried out by the teachers and students in ETSAB, the city’s public architecture school.

The book is the result of an experimental -and very succesful- teaching programme in UPC’s ETSAB, in which the city is taken as a raw material to study architecture, urban planning, sociology or history. Using the streets as a classroom, the courses over the last years have taken place through a series of city tours in which the students could experience the teachings themselves and experiment with the city around them.

The book, edited by Estanislau Roca, Inés Aquilué and Renata Gomes, will be presented in the auditorium of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) by none other than Oriol Bohigas, Itziar González, Lluís Permanyer and Anna Ramos. The authors of the articles featured in the book will also be present.

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15 ans déjà! at La Galerie d’Architecture, «oeuvres uniques» on architectural representation in Paris

As a celebration for its 15th anniversary the gallery invites different agencies to present an original document representative of their work, thoughts and research.

 

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d'Architecture

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d’Architecture

 

This year, La Galerie d’Architecture is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and it wants to share this event with all architects, landscape architects, designers and photographers, inviting them to visit the exhibition “15 ans déjà!”, which no doubt will be a important milestone for the gallery. (more…)

LisbonWeek 2015, events and activities on history, art and architecture at Alvalade

From April 10 to 19, Alvalade, the ultimate modernist neighborhood in Lisbon, will become the place where past and future collide – like a platform of memories and ideas that highlight the best kept secrets in the city.

 

Autocarro Lisboa Moderna © LisbonWeek 2015

Alvalade neighborhood circa 1960 © LisbonWeek 2015

 

A co-production between ACTU (Associação Cultural e Turística Urbana), Lisbon’s City Council and the town council of Alvalade, LisbonWeek will explore this neighborhood through 11 cultural visits and 12 exhibitions, in a journey that will meet emblematic buildings that are part of Lisbonners’ daily life but whose relevance is still unknown to many.

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MUDEC Museum of Cultures in Milan by David Chipperfield Architects

A series of square bodies, entirely coated of zinc-titanium -as a sign of respect for the industrial context of Ansaldo- protect the organic shapes of the translucent core, a covered piazza that organizes the museum. A meeting place between cultures and communities.

 

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

MUDEC, Museum of Cultures, Milan © OscarDaRiz

 

The MUDEC started as an operation of archaeological recovery in one of the most lively districts of Milan, the Tortona area. The project for the Museum of Cultures has it origins in the 1990s when the Municipality of Milan acquired the former industrial area of Ansaldo to refurbish it for cultural activities. The disused factories, which are true monuments of industrial archaeology, have been transformed into workshops, studies and new creative spaces.

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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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