“Jan Kaplický Drawings” exhibition in AA London

Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.

© Jan Kaplický Archive

House for a helicopter pilot, project 105 © Jan Kaplický Archive


On Saturday 28th February AA Membership will host a special Saturday Gallery talk in the AA Front Members’ Room of the exhibition Jan Kaplický Drawings , a collection of work by the infamous Czech architect, himself an AA Unit master between 1982 and 1988.

The talk will be led by British architect Amanda Levete & former wife of Kaplicky who was co-director of their practise Future Systems, responsible for award-winning and internationally recognised buildings including Selfridges department store in Birmingham and the media centre at Lord’s cricket ground which won the prestigious Stirling Prize. Levete’s current architectural practise, AL_A, have also designed the exhibition.


Sonneveld House² Intervention by Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse

Guest curator Petra Blaisse offers a totally new experience of Sonneveld House with one ingenious intervention, that responds to the three key principles of Dutch Functionalism: light, air and space.


© Johannes Schwartz

© Johannes Schwartz


Guest curator Petra Blaisse offers visitors a totally new experience of Sonneveld House, Rotterdam, with one ingenious intervention. Interior designer and landscape architect Blaisse explores the limits of architecture with her office Inside Outside by enhancing or temporarily transforming the unique qualities of buildings and their outdoor spaces. Blaisse is renowned for the soft yet compelling way she separates or envelops space with monumental curtains. But, this time, in an intervention that will remain open until September 13, Petra Blaisse and members of his studio Inside Outside have removed fabrics instead of installing them. They have stripped all draperies, carpets and rugs off the Sonneveld House. They have covered the ground with large mirrors. The result is “a house that reacts with visitors” they explain.



2014 Tile of Spain Award Winners

The jury decided to award the first prize in the Architecture category to the project “House in Principe Real” (Lisbon ) by portuguese office CAMARIM Arquitectos, highlighting the project’s “brilliant interpretation of the use of ceramics in the historic centre of Lisbon. The five-storey house is presented to the street like a traditional ceramic plane, reinterpreted to display different textures”.


"Casa no Príncipe Real" by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.

“Casa no Príncipe Real” by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.


The 2014 Tile of Spain Awards were delivered on February 10, 2015 in CEVISAMA (Castellón) after the jury’s meeting, held last November, to make a verdict on the thirteenth edition of these acclaimed Spanish architecture awards.  The jury lead by Emilio Tuñón -winner of the English category of the 2013 BigMat Award– was made ​​up of six other architects of international success: Cino Zucchi , executive director of the Pritzker Prize and juror of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award; Anupama Kundoo, José María Sánchez , Martha Thorne, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort .



“DETAILS, architecture seen in section” opening at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition will feature over 200 details from fifty renown international architectural firms, each contributing a selection of detail section drawings from their projects. The exhibition is the result of a wider research on current trends in construction.


 © “Details. Architecture seen in section” Research project.


The exhibition “DETAILS, architecture seen in section” opened last Wednesday at the Guido Nardi exhibition space, at the School of Architecture and Society of Milan Politecnico. DETAILS will stay open until February 27. Three international guests, Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell, Peter Maerkli, and Christian Schittich (editor in chief of the DETAIL journal) were invited to the inauguration.


Assisted pedestrian path from Baixa to Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisbon, by São Jorge / Falcão de Campos

The present intervention aims to be a natural extension of the urban environment, intended to invite users to bridge the gap between Baixa Pombalina and the Castelo de S. Jorge’s hill.


© José Manuel Rodrigues

© José Manuel Rodrigues


From the architect:

The Assisted pedestrian path from Baixa to Castelo de S. Jorge’ is a global project intergrating different interventions such as:

Rua da Vitoria,  urban requalification, the lower level path’s main axis, from Rua do Crucifixo to Rua dos Fanqueiros; The Public Lifts Building which is the reconversion of the whole building of Rua dos Fanqueiros, 170-178; and the ground floor and basement of Rua da Madalena 147-155 to integrate the public lifts which assist the transition to the path’s upper level.



Three “Mysterious Objects” by Gio Ponti, the new inhabitants of Milano Malpensa

Porta di Milano, a recently inaugurated art showroom in Malpensa Airport, displays three works by the Italian architect and designer until the 31st of March. Passengers will be able to visit these works in an unusual way -as part of a non-contemplative, travelling experience.

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the  Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives

Gio Ponti, flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten. © Gio Ponti Archives


“Porta di Milano”, in Malpensa Airport, Terminal 1, is hosting an exhibition on Gio Ponti until the 31st of March. Inaugurated last October, the exhibition shows three works by the renowned Italian architect and designer: the Espressioni installation for the Ideal Standard Showroom in Milan (1966), the Cathedral of Los Angeles (1967), and  the flooring design for the Salzburger Nachrichten in Salzburg (1976) – considered by some as the ideas that over time led to masterpieces such as the Cathedral of Taranto or the Museum in Denver.



“In a Dawn all Charms Decay” by Isidoro Valcárcel Medina at Musac León

The varied and heterogeneous graphic materials compiled are displayed alongside the plans drawn by the artist in 1991. Both the former exhibition at Tráfico de Arte Gallery in 1991 as well as the new show at MUSAC lay bare, among other issues, the pressing need to create critical spaces from where to think and rethink community life, the uses of public space and the urban development.


In a Dawn All Charms Decay. Courtesy by MUSAC

In a Dawn All Charms Decay. Courtesy of MUSAC


The National Prize of Plastic Arts 2007 , has created for the MUSAC in León, Spain, a project called “In a Dawn all Charms Decay”, a sort of “premature urbanization” comprising a series of drawings and documents created over twenty years ago. Made in collaboration with “Agencia de desmontaje”, the work is based on “Sugerencias de un forastero al plan general de León” (An outsider’s suggestions for León’s urban plan), which was presented in 1991 at an art gallery, “Tráfico de Arte”.

“At that moment I imagined the land where the Musac is right now as an amusement park and a wind museum, with a platform-fan so that visitors’ clothes were lifted, as the famous Marilyn Monroe image. I also devised a football field with transparent screens in the football locker for players and television equipped rooms where the referee’s whistle the game.”

On the “before” and “after” he says: “It’s the change of all the cities we know, set in virgin or clearly improbable locations, but then the political or private interests enter and … everything changes for the worse.” Valcárcel Medina proposes new types of distribution or receipt for his art, as happened a century ago with Dada, micromedia in which the spectator is also the protagonist. “This is teasing you and forcing you to become a bit coauthor”. (more…)

“Big Change / Big Chance”: Africa’s opportunities for the new century, now showing at CIVA Brussels.

The exhibition, made for the Triennale di Milano, will be open until March 1, 2015. Its aim is to approach the continent’s potential through a comprehensive analysis of its landscape, infrastructures and urban development posibilities.


Nouackchott, Mauritanie. Photograph by Jerôme Chenal

Nouackchott, Mauritanie. Photograph by Jerôme Chenal


After its presentation at the Milan Triennale from 15 October to 28 December 2014 , CIVA is pleased to welcome  Africa: Big Change / Big Chance , a richly illustrated and commented exhibition reviewing the architectural and urban situation of an ever-changing continent.

The exhibition aims to address the complex panorama of Africa from an architectural point of view in a context of scarce natural resources and growing urbanization. It will be open until March 1, 2015.


Andrés Jaque to built COSMOS, water-purifying pipe network for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

When each cycle is complete, the structure will light up in celebration offering a colourful background to the gallery’s summer music programme, known as the Warm Up sessions.


©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

COSMOS ©Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announce Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. Now in its 16th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Andrés Jaque, drawn from among five finalists, will design a temporary urban landscape for the 2015 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

This distinction joins other recently achieved by Jaque and his team: Silver Lion for best research project at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, with ‘Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the politics of direct-to-home TV urbanism ‘. (more…)

E/C House by SAMI Arquitectos, concrete walls within dark basalt stone ruins

The new house is a two-storey concrete structure that hides within chunky walls of dark basalt stone. Terraces and decks are dotted around the perimeter, some behind the ageing outer structure and some extending beyond it.


© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica


Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit SAMI Arquitectos’ E/C House, situated in Pico, an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Pico belongs to a group of volcanic islands far west of Portugal.