Everything is Architecture: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s

The ICA London presents the first significant exhibition in the UK of the influential Vienna-based architectural magazine Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning , published by the Central Association of Austrian Architects.

 

Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, Published by Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreichs. Courtesy of the Artists and Estates.

Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning, Published by Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreichs. Courtesy of the Artists and Estates.



Original issues of the magazine published between 1965 and 1970 will be displayed; a period when a group of influential Austrian architects and artists including Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Günther Feuerstein and Oswald Oberhuber, took over its editorship. The seminal architect Peter Cook, founder of experimental group Archigram and former ICA Director discussed the period around the exhibition last  June 19, in an event held in the ICA. Speakers included architectural historian Dr. Eva Branscome and  the discussion was chaired by Prof. Murray Fraser. (more…)

BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award unveils the 100 selected projects

The BigMat International Architecture Award is proud to present a selection of 100 projects –out of the over 750 applicants– which will compete to enter the final selection of 18 projects eligible for the Grand Prize of 30,000€.

 

Image of the Jury meeting in Paris © BigMat Award

Image of the Jury meeting in Paris © BigMat Award

 

The members of the Jury of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award have selected 100 projects out of the over 750 presented in this second edition of the Prize. President Jesús Aparicio and Secretary Jesús Donaire, along with the rest of the members of the jury –Olivier Bastin (Belgium), Martin Rajnis (Czech Republic), Antonio Ortiz (Spain), Henry Ciriani (France) Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal)– met in Paris last June 10th in order to select the top 100 projects from the six countries participating in the 2015 edition of the BigMat Award: Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Czech Republic and, for the first time this year, Portugal. (more…)

Boolean voids – Gijs Van Vaerenbergh’s approach to the Labyrinth

The Belgian architects’ latest design is a summer maze for C-mine art centre in Genk, in Belgium – a promenade through the insides of geometrical shapes carved out of a massive, steel-plate grid.

 

"Labyrinth" by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh © Philip Dujardin

“Labyrinth” by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh © Philip Dujardin

 

Belgian duo of architects and artists Gijs Van Vaerenbergh have designed Labyrinth, a spatial installation on the main square of C-mine art centre in Genk, Belgium. The installation will be open until the 30th of September as one of the main summer activities. (more…)

Lisbon Falls, a temporary installation by Marcelo Dantas

The structure designed by the young Portuguese architect steps into the Fonte Luminosa fountain, allowing visitors for a full experience of light, sound and water.

 

 

On the occasion of the yearly Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon’s local holidays), a temporary structure designed by Portuguese architect Marcelo Dantas was installed on the Fonte Luminosa in Lisbon.

The installation is a pathway entering the fountain, allowing visitors to enhance the experience of the waterfall, experimenting the different sounds, humidity conditions and light along the space surrounding the statues on the monument. (more…)

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents The New Garden: a temporary landscape

Inspired by the ecological richness of abandoned sites, Frank Bruggeman (artist and designer) and Hans Engelbrecht (ecological gardener) propose an alternative way of maintaining public space in the city with The New Garden.

 

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo © Johannes Schwartz

The New Garden. July 2015 Photo  ©  Johannes Schwartz

 

This spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented The New Garden: a temporary landscape with space for encounter, experimentation and exploration. The outdoor area around Het Nieuwe Instituut transforms into a temporary garden. With the design for The New Garden, Het Nieuwe Instituut opens up to its surroundings and invites neighbouring, residents and passers-by to make use of this temporary garden. The garden also acts as a route to the adjoining Museumpark and contributes to the discussion about the future of this public and cultural heart of the city. (more…)

Restoration of the market of El Ninot in Barcelona, by Mateo Arquitectura

The market, built in 1928, keeps its original metal-truss roof structure with the addition of a new metal-slatted façade, allowing for a bright and light interior.

 

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

 

On the 19th of May, the city of Barcelona finally inaugurated the market of El Ninot, a restoration of a modernist market of the 1920’s carried out by local architect Josep Lluís Mateo. Originally built in 1928 at the heart of the city’s famous Eixample district, the building remained closed since 2009, when the construction and restoration works began. (more…)

Fondazione MAXXI to host preparation party for Outdoor Festival 2015

MAXXI Roma is hosting this evening, Thursday 30th of July, a meeting to discuss the sixth edition of the yearly festival celebrated on the grounds of the contemporary arts museum in the Ostiense area.

 

CORTE Great Land, photo © Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

CORTE Great Land, photo © Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

MAXXI Roma is hosting this afternoon, Thursday 30th of July, a meeting to discuss the sixth edition of the yearly festival celebrated on the grounds of the contemporary arts museum in the Ostiense area. (more…)

Fausto Melotti at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM)

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) presents Fausto Melotti, an exhibition dedicated to the polymorphous and multi-faceted work of one of Italy’s greatest artists of the interwar and postwar periods. It brings together about 20 metallic sculptures and more than 70 ceramic pieces.

 

Fausto Melotti works © Archivo Fausto Melotti

Fausto Melotti works © Archivo Fausto Melotti

 

Graduating initially in electrotechnic engineering in 1924, Melotti continued his studies at the Brera Academy from 1928 until 1929 under the distinguished sculptor Adolfo Wildt, together with his future friend Lucio Fontana.The research gathered by the curators began by the observation of the nodal nature in the relationship between Melotti and the magazine Domus, founded in 1928 by Gio Ponti. Accordingly the exhibition includes primarily works whose photographs were published in Domus between 1948 and 1968, alongside articles about the artist, as well as those written by Melotti himself. (more…)

Dynamic and technological: explore Maurizio Sacripanti’s entry for EXPO Osaka ’70

The italian architect’s entry for the 1970 Italian Pavilion is a space in movement, pulsating, enclosed by an envelope that mutates in an unpredictable, living way.

 

Expo Osaka '70. Maurizio Sacripanti © MAXXI

Expo Osaka ’70. Maurizio Sacripanti © MAXXI

 

A structure in movement in which time becomes a fourth dimension, a sequence of unpredictable volumes, oscillating metal panels that create ever-new spaces: this was the pavilion conceived by Maurizio Sacripanti for Expo 1970 in Osaka.

An innovative project contemplated by MAXXI 35 years later on the occasion of Expo Milano 2015 by presenting “Maurizio Sacripanti. Expo Osaka ’70” curated by Carlo Serafini and Esmeralda Valente. (more…)

Gérard Singer exhibition at FRAC Centre Orléans

The exhibition presents his research undertaken from the 1960s on, marking the shift from painting to the three-dimensional space, and then to the urban scale.

 

"Le Tribulle bleu", Gérard Singer © FRAC Centre

Canyoneaustrate model, 1986, Gérard Singer © FRAC Centre

 

Somewhere between art and architecture, Gérard Singer’s œuvre is deeply marked by a sense of innovation and commitment, introducing new ways of seeing and conceiving space. His experiments, developed over four decades, are nurtured by a close relation with the mountain and his intensive activity as a mountaineer. (more…)