Visionary structures, through the eyes of three generations of the Latvian avant-garde

The BOZAR in Bruxelles is hosting an exhibition on three different generations of Latvian avant-garde art through Russian Constructivism to the nineteen-seventies experimental design, as part of a larger scope on Latvian Art for this spring’s programme.

 

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists' Union  © BOZAR

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists’ Union

 

The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels is hosting a comprehensive exhibition named “Visionary Structures – from Johansons to Johansons“, a three-stop journey through Latvian avant-garde art of the twenty and twenty-first century.

Through the works of three artists’ generations, from the Russian Constructivist 1920’s to contemporary avant-garde art, through the nineteen seventies Soviet revival in search of innovative forms and spatial experimentation, the retrospective organized by the Bozar in Bruxelles comprises works that comfortably sit on the edge of artistic research, reaching out to architecture, design and urban planning.

The exhibition, which will be open until the 31st of May, 2015 has been curated by Ieva Astahovska in partnership with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga, as part of a larger programme organized by the BOZAR museum with the common theme of Latvian art, “Focus on Latvia“.

“Focus on Latvia” will bring Latvian Art to Brussels in two exhibitions: “Visionary Structures” and “Ola Vasilieva – The Limp of a Letter“.  Please download the full programme and exhibtion’s brochure, or read on for further information.

 

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Garbatella: revisiting tomorrow’s garden city at the Casa dell’Architettura

Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni’s Garbatella, one of the best examples of the città leggera, a planning proposal halfway urban sprawl and garden city.

 

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is being host to a small exhibition on the città leggera, an Italian expression referring to a particular kind of urban design halfway urban sprawl and garden city. Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni‘s Garbatella, one of the best examples to fully understand this underrated style of city planning.

This Roman quarter -Garbatella- is situated in a high area between Viale San Paolo and Cristoforo Colombo, two main streets, a quiet retreat for a small town-like neighbourhood developed during the fascist period.

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Villa Além: Valerio Olgiati’s own house in Portugal

Almost of the Brutalist vein in terms of layout, the single-floor home features a canal-like pool, situated at the center of the rectangular plot. Juxtaposing open, airy spaces with an overarching enclosed aesthetic.

 

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

 

In a recondite place abounding in cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is the villa which the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built for himself and his wife. Four concrete walls rise up to 5.5 meters and fold to give shade to and keep winds out of an inner garden where a longitudinally positioned swimming pool establishes the symmetry axis of the complex. Seemingly taking on a secondary role, the building is situated along one of the four sides, at the south end of the pool, and hides within it, behind a curving wall that separates the living room, the more private living spaces. 

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40th anniversary of the Galleria Jannone: “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni” drawings exhibition

An unparalleled collection of original designs (with supplementary information, drawings and texts) by some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone.

 

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

 

Starting on April 14, for a month, the Ordine degli Architetti of Milan hosts the exhibition “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni”, a unique collection of original drawings by more than 30 internationally renowned architects and designers who exhibited their works at the Galleria Jannone in the last 40 years: from Mendini to Gregotti, from Sottsass to De Lucchi, from Gio Ponti to Botta, to Cibic, Muzio, Aldo Rossi, Álvaro Siza and many others.

The exhibition, curated by Franco Raggi, celebrates the anniversary of the Galleria, by gathering works of some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone (they include Raimund Johann Abraham, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Purini, Massimo Scolari, Superstudio, Leon Krier, Ernesto La Padula, Roberto Gabetti & Aimaro Isola, Guglielmo Mozzoni, Guglielmo Ulrich, Massimo Josa Ghini, Aldo Cibic, Mario Botta, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Luca Pignatelli, Valentino Parmiani, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, James Stirling, O.M. Ungers and Franco Raggi). The authors that are part of this review, which is sponsored by the Ordine degli Architetti di Milano (Order of Architects of Milan), represent the most important figures from nearly 150 exhibits that took place between 1976 and the present.

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“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…)