Sensory and intellectual stimulation at “Carsten Höller: Decision”

This major exhibition at Hayward Gallery presents a wide range of Holler’s works, from newly-made pieces that have been especially commissioned. It brings together kinetic sculptures, videos, installations and light works that are designed to profoundly re-orientate our awareness of time and space, reflecting Holler’s wide-ranging interest in the nature of consciousness.

 

Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind

Installation View Carsten Höller l Decision, Hayward Gallery, London 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Photo © Linda Nylind

 

On entering Carsten Holler: Decision visitors become part of the exhibition, their varied actions and reactions as vital to the artist, and to other visitors, as the works themselves. While many of the works are participatory and immersive – transforming the visitors’ physical and mental experience in ways that lead them to question their habitual perceptions – they also encourage reflection. As Holler states, ‘it’s possible to experience the work through other people, to see it from the outside, or to just contemplate it’. (more…)

“When water meets architecture” utopia and enviroment at Musée de la Marine de Loire

The exhibition presents alternative solutions in form of rational or utopian projects, realized or not, which incorporate water in different ways. Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities.

 

R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre

R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre

 

The question of adapting architecture to the fluctuating presence of water arises globally today. Extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change – in 2015 the World Climate Conference will be held in Paris – recall how this theme is of central importance.

Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities. It is also the inspiration of a “liquid architecture” dominated by fluid and moving lines. And finally, in liquid or gaseous form, it becomes a material of architecture. The models, drawings and video in the exhibition reflect this research and are applied to all environments: the marine environment with the coastline, the fluvial and lacustrine environment. (more…)

“Olivo Barbieri. Images 1978-2014” Retrospective at MAXXI

The exhibition is a retrospective that retraces Barbieri’s themes and research, through over 100 works and seven sections, illustrating the photographer’s career from the late 1970s to the present.

 

"Site Specific Houston" © Olivo Barbieri

“Site Specific Houston” © Olivo Barbieri

 

MAXXI Museum in Rome is hosting a retrospective exhibition on Olivo Barbieri, one of Italy’s certainly most acclaimed contemporary photographers for his pictures of cities, urban scenes and  technical experimentation. The exhibition takes form around a quote by Barbieri himself, designed as an itinerary for a critical, new and annotated interpretation of the work of this renowned artist. (more…)

Urban and social housing renovation in Lormont, by LAN architects

Decisive in the concept was the renewal of the facade, read as an extension of the interiors. Initially designed to thermally insulate the building, it also opened up an opportunity to generate more space, additional rooms, loggias and spacious balconies.

 

Urban Renovation Lormont  Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

Urban Renovation Lormont Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

 

French team of architects LANBigMat ’13 France National Prizehave completed the urban renovation of a social housing neighbourhood in Lormont, holding almost half of the town’s population. The Génicart District, which comprises 10% of the city’s municipal territory, was built around the nineteen eighties and is part of a ambitious “residentialisation” plan, organized around the rehabilitation of four different housing estates in this district: Saint-Hilaire, Leroy, La Boétie and Villon. (more…)

Design student’s view on future cities, showing at Galleria Jannone

The display is formed by the superimposition of fifteen of the Politecnico di Milano student’s designs, drawings and architectural models – resulting in a imaginary collective landscape both urban, natural and technological.

 

Nel Terzo Paradiso, 2015 © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Nel Terzo Paradiso, 2015 © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan is inaugurating today an exhibition created in collaboration with design students from the Scuola di Design from Politecnico di Milano. Called “In the Third Paradise“, the exhibition displays the student’s visions of a futuristic urban landscape from an immaginative, unprejudiced point of view.

The display is formed by the superimposition of fifteen of the student’s designs, drawings and architectural models – the result is a collective landscape both urban and natural, formed by “Men, animals, plants, unknown matter, orchards and videogames, secret gardens and molten metals, kennels and rocks, gyms, insects, feathers and even rooms to make love“.

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“Species of Spaces”, an architectural take on Georges Perec starting this weekend at MACBA

The exhibition, which takes its title from the eponymous book by Georges Perec, brings together works by 40 artists transforming the Museum’s galleries to reflect on private space and the public sphere.

 

Lois Patiño Estratos de la Imagen, 2015 Still vídeo Cortesia de l’artista

Lois Patiño, Estratos de la Imagen, 2015. Still vídeo. Cortesia de l’artista

 

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, presents Species of Spaces, an exhibition that adopts the appearance of a fragmented building recreating the spatial typologies that the writer Georges Perec (Paris, 1936 – Ivry-sur-Seine, 1982) inventoried in his eponymous book.

Half way between novel and essay, this 1974 publication invites us to reflect on the course of life by wandering from one space to another, from the most private to the public sphere. Frederic Montornés, curator of the exhibition, has freely interpreted the work by the French author and used it as an instruction manual for the construction of the exhibition.

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Cergy-Pontoise and the new city ideals, at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The exhibition answers the questions surrounding the new cities program with a broad display of documents, plans, photographs and audiovisual media, addressing the relationship of these plans with its contemporary intellectuals and similar initiatives in urban planning.


Promotional brochure of the EPA, circa 1974. © ADVO

Promotional brochure of the EPA, circa 1974 © ADV

 

From June 17 to September 20, Pavillon de l’Arsenal is looking back on the last fifty years of new cities, as in Cergy-Pontoise, a unique ex-novo conurbation on the outskirts of Paris built from the nineteen sixties onward, presenting the exhibition Cergy-Pontoise: formes & fictions d’une ville nouvelle” (Cergy-Pontoise: forms and fictions of a new city). (more…)

Almada Theatre Festival, celebrating theatre and architecture in Lisbon

Within the framework of the 32nd edition of the Almada Theatre Festival, Lisbon will be host to a series of events dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture through the initiative “Giving place to the happening” with the participation of Luis Amalia Rodrigues Carnero, Tim Simon and João Quintela, among others.

 

Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela

Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela © Diana Quintela

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre in Lisbon, designed by the architects Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira . To mark the date, the Almada Festival created a cycle dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture .

The highlight of this initiative will be the Povera Pavilion , designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon, who are also curators of the other activities programmed. In between theater performances, workshops, exhibitions, educational service initiatives, conferences and debates, it will still be possible to make a tour to the ” Blue Theatre “, guided by Manuel Graça Dias,  who will explain some of the stories that are at the origin of the architectural decisions for the project. (more…)

ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO: the architectural models of 41 Japanese designers on display at the Milan Triennale

Now on display at the Milan Triennale, these architectural models by the 41 major Japanese designers represent the deepest spirit of an architectural culture alive among avant-garde and memory.

 

Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot

Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot

 

The Foundation Archi Depot (Organization for the preservation of the culture of architecture) was established in 2015 by companies Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center to preserve architectural models and drawings of Japanese culture. The main purpose of the foundation is to preserve and show to  the public the architectural models that, even today, play an important role in spreading the thought of architects. (more…)

“In praise of shadow” Arduino Cantàfora’s paintings at Galerie de l’Univers

Arduino Cantafora, who is in fact an architect himself, has worked over the last 22 years as a teacher and University professor both in the United States and in Europe, where he has taught in EPFL in Lausanne.

 

Le Venezie possibili © Arduino Cantàfora. Galerie de l’Univers.

Le Venezie possibili © Arduino Cantàfora. Galerie de l’Univers.

 

The Galerie de l’Univers in Lausanne is displaying, for the third time now, the paintings of the Italian artist Arduino Cantafora, whose work ranges from the evocative depiction of dark, moody interiors to almost architectural-like drawings with a strong sense of perspective. (more…)