“Contemporary Cartography” exhibition at The Building Centre

Contemporary Cartography examines how we navigate, document and shape the built environment today through the work of four practices; James Corner Field Operations, ScanLAB Projects, Studio MUTT and Smout Allen.

 

Contemporary Cartography, Building Centre, Studio Mutt,James Corner © Francesco Russo

 

Maps delineate space and can both conceive and compound geographical, cultural, political and social boundaries as a physical manifestation in the built environment. Often used as a drawing tool, maps can be conflated with plans – neutral forms of data representation that simplify the interrelation of time, space and experience in place making to a singular vision. (more…)

“Cities. 9 microficciones” collective exhibition at MPA Gallery

On the occasion of PhotoEspaña 2019, MPA Gallery presents “Cities”, a project with the collaboration of Juan Herreros, which proposes a manifesto about the city divided into 9 micro-fictions: urban culture, center, periphery, density, mobility, naturalization, public space, in defense of design and the city in between.

 

Sabine Hornig, Window I, 2001 © Sabine Hornig

 

Those micro-fictions run through the fanzine published on the occasion of the exhibition, establishing a dialogue with the works that compose it. “Cities” proposes a collective view of the transformation of the cities, exploring how they are deconstructed and reconstructed from a social, political, and economic perspective that is reflected in the architecture. The exhibition features works by Dennis Adams, Basurama, Johanna Calle, Javier Campano, Celine Condorelli, Alejandro S. Garrido, Sabine Hornig, Luisa Lambri, Ángel Marcos, Antoni Muntadas, Itziar Okariz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Juan Ugalde and Juan Uslé. (more…)

“Eileen Gray – E.1027 Master Bedroom” at Akademie der Künste in Berlin

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism.

 

“Eileen Gray – E.1027 Master Bedroom”

 

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. (more…)

“Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” in Siena

The project “Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” is the result of the ’ meeting with Álvaro Siza, one of the world’s most renowned architects, and their decision to shed light – through Siza’s non-architectural drawings – on his highly personal view of life and thus on his architecture.

 

“Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa”

 

Through its 53 drawings (like building number 53 where Siza’s studio is located in Porto), the exhibition explores the qualities of human nature and design culture alike, revealing the indissoluble link between these two factors and the Portuguese architect’s most intimate sentiments as well as his remarkable talent for observation. Persons are always at the centre of Siza’s architecture. His buildings of space and light welcome human actions without ever neglecting the context in which they are inserted. (more…)

“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at DAM

Bengal Stream is the first exhibition to focus on the architectural scene in Bangladesh. The exhibition presents over sixty projects demonstrating the extraordinary vibrant architecture scene in their country. Simplicity, adaptability, and an ability to cope with vulnerability are the collective strengths and values of architecture in Bangladesh.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

The East-West / North-South programme designed by arc en rêve in 2004 presented the essential purpose of architecture, giving people places to live, and placed creativity at the heart of the major issues facing societies as they turn towards the future. We observed at the time that dwelling solutions developed by populations in extreme conditions can inform the search for new modes of design to help us to build habitable environments here and now.
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“Architettura della grande scala” Francisco Mangado at IUAV Venice

The exhibition intends, through the work of Francisco Mangado, to focus on the open question of the grand scale in architecture.

 

Palace of Congresses and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca. Photography by Roland Halbe.

 

Francisco Mangado has long shown with his work an intellectual and scientific attitude taken in very little consideration: that the project activity must consider the large scale and then go down to the next stairs. Even in the construction of a building of medium and small scale must remain memory of what it is necessary to start from, that is from the architecture of the large dimension. (more…)

“Swim City” at S AM Basel

‘Swim City’ is the first exhibition to draw attention to a particular contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. Swiss cities have played a pioneering role in the development of this activity in the last few decades, gradually making the river accessible as a natural public space in the built environment.

 

Flussschwimmen / river swimming, Zürich / Zurich © Lucía de Mosteyrín Muñoz

 

This has allowed for the river to become a place of leisure located right in front of one’s doorstep. The rest of the world looks on in awe at this bathing culture. (more…)

“The Eiffel Tower Site” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The area of the Eiffel Tower site is much larger than the ground it directly sits on. While the monument welcomes between 6 and 7 million visitors each year, more than 30 million tourists and Parisians pass through the surrounding areas of the site, from the Trocadéro to the École Militaire, the Champ de Mars, and the Quai Branly.

 

The Eiffel Tower Esplanade. Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Winners of the Site Tour Eiffel Competition. Image courtesy of ©MIR

 

A victim of its own success, the site and its facilities are no longer able to offer the necessary hospitality to welcome the high number of visitors. Complex pathways, encumbered pedestrian walkways, insufficient services, the poor state of the garden, and automobile traffic all constitute inconveniences that detract from visiting and properly appreciating the city’s most emblematic structure. (more…)

“The Dizzying Imagination of Piranesi” at Kunsthal Rotterdam

The Italian Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) is considered to be the greatest print artist of his time. For the first time in a decade, a large Piranesi exhibition will be shown in the Netherlands. The Kunsthal is presenting over seventy large-format prints by Piranesi from the impressive graphic art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

 

As an artist, Piranesi became known in the eighteenth century for his ‘Vedute di Roma’, an extensive series of etchings of impressive views of the ruins and monuments of Rome. In his famous series of prints featuring imaginary prisons, the ‘Carceri d’Invenzione’, Piranesi – who was originally an architect – expressed his spatial fantasies. Prints of rare quality are shown from both these series, as well as eight colossal books that highlight the dizzying imagination of Piranesi – as an artist, researcher and designer. This exhibition is part of a series of three exhibitions at the Kunsthal in the context of the city-wide project ‘Boijmans Next Door’. (more…)

“Teaching and practice of Architecture” conference at Accademia di San Luca

International conference organized by Francesco Cellini, Franco Purini, Claudio D’Amato at Accademia di San Luca. With the participation of Paolo Zermani (BigMat´19 Award member of the jury), Jesús Aparicio (Award President) and Cino Zucchi (BigMat´13 Award member of the jury).

 

Teatrino di Varano (Parma), Paolo Zermani

 

A hundred years after the birth of the first Italian School of Architecture (Rome, 1919), the conference proposes: an assessment of the state of architecture teaching in Italy today, to make a comparison with other models, European and non-European and to verify possible evolutionary or alternative lines. (more…)