“Five projects from 1960s West Berlin” Ludwig Leo´s drawings at the AA

Despite having built three of the most important buildings in postwar West Berlin architecture – Charlottenburg Sports Hall, Circulation Tank of the Hydraulics Laboratory near Tiergarten station and a tower for the German Association of Lifeguards – Ludwig Leo’s work is now largely forgotten since his withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 70s. 

 

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert


‘Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect’ is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. “The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved,” he said, “that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around.”

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GLASS, the technology behind progress and experimentation in the World Expo

By the name of Innovation at the World Expo 1851 – now, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s exhibitions’ efforts focus on this single theme, trying to reveal through different approaches what makes Universal Exhibitions the perfect place for technological and formal experimentation, challenging scientists and designers alike.

 

El ultimo Grito. A Rematerialisation: Industries 2013. Borosilicate glass. Photo POI

El ultimo Grito. A Rematerialisation: Industries 2013. Borosilicate glass. Photo POI

 

In the context of the 34th World Expo opening in Milan this spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut is addressing this phenomenon from different perspectives, between April 26 and August 23, in three exhibitions: What is the Netherlands, GLASS and Garden of Machines. The recurring question in the programme is: under what conditions is innovation achieved, and what role do designers play within that process?

Under the name of Innovation at the World Expo 1851 – now, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s efforts focus on this single theme, trying to reveal through different approaches what makes Universal Exhibitions the perfect place for technological and formal experimentation, challenging scientists and designers alike.

 

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The façade, an evolving concept: seminar in the Spanish Academy in Rome

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione, this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions on the subject of the façade and its evolving meaning in the architectural design processes from the early twentieth century to today. This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

 

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

 

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione (Façade, an evolving concept), this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions, from 10:00 to 19:00h.

The aim of the seminar is to look back on the history of the façade as an architectural element, examining its presence as part of the design process during the twentieth century to today. To this end, the curator of the symposium, Jesús Donaire -Secretary of the BigMat Award- has brought together renowned architects from the Spanish and Italian scene in order to discuss the subject both from a theoretical, academic point of view, as in a more practical approach.

Divided into morning and afternoon session, the Academia di Spagna will be host to actual proffesionals of architecture such as Alberto Morell, Héctor Fernández Elorza, Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, Carlos García and Begoña de Abajo, and Jesús Aparicio; as well as academic figures such as Claudia Conforti, Maria Margarita Segarra, Roberto Cherubini and Fernando Villalonga -head of the Spanish Academy in Rome.

This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

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“What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived” exhibition at MUSAC León

The show encompasses multiple disciplines, using videos, installations, paintings, drawings and photographs by more than twenty international contemporary artists and collectives —including Yona Friedman or Lacaton & Vassal— to reveal the potential of utopia in today´s world.

 

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

 

What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived is the title of the project at MUSAC León, Spain, that examines the circumstances of the present moment based on what we expect, hope for or intuit about the immediate future. The exhibition attempts to sketch possible channels of future progress which, though not necessarily opposed to the prevailing systems in contemporary societies, do present alternatives that herald the advent of a different civic status quo.

 

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Delft Municipal Offices and Train Station by Mecanoo

The new station includes an undulating vaulted ceiling featuring an 1877 map of the Dutch city. The city hall above the station, which will not be complete until 2017, has a glazed skin designed to “reflect the Dutch skies.”

 

Municipal Offices and Train Station Delft, Netherlands © Mecanoo

Municipal Offices and Train Station Delft, Netherlands © Mecanoo

 

The station hall and municipal offices form a new landmark in Delft. The complex is located above a new underground train station, with the municipal offices accommodating one thousand employees. When the station is operational, the old railway viaduct that divided the inner city of Delft will make way for an extension of the city centre, a park and canal.

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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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