Building Stories is therepresentation of an abstract landscape made up of architectural fragments. Like a permanent construction site, it emphasises the dimensions of the exhibition space as if it was a piece of land or a contemporary industrial ruin where it is easy to imagine the cold smell of fresh cement and the sound of heavy machinery. The intent is to transcend the limits of the museum space and focus on architecture as a discipline. Achievements, turning points or simply notes and desires from architecten de vyldervincktaillieu, Maio and Ricardo Bak Gordon are shown as live expressions of a much larger universe.
July 10 – October 14, 2018
Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belem
Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa
The exhibition thus establishes a conversation between these architects who – despite each having their own ideas, methods and formal expression –share architecture as a common ground, weaving their individual and unique approaches together. The exhibition also includes a sound installation by artist Tomás da Cunha Ferreira and the presentation of a film piece gathering contributions from many architects who were willing to share their own Building Stories.
architecten de vyldervincktaillieu—a dvvt—is the name under which Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, and Jo Taillieu share their united view on what architecture can possibly be. The point of departure for a dvvt is to embrace “making” in its broadest sense. It is only through an understanding of how to build something that architecture can play out its critical potential. As a response to what is expected of architecture today, a dvvt instead focuses on the construction of a banal and everyday reality, in which it finds opportunities to greatly surpass that which is expected.
Through their practice, a dvvt demonstrates how a critical attitude is not just a gesture, but, rather, a perspective on architecture to go beyond all requirements. This critical perspective is based on a sense of social responsibility as architects. The responsibility of the architect is to transcend given expectations and give architecture a chance at cultural production. The skilfulness of the architect—craftsmanship and critical insight—is crucial here. The skilled architect is able to build an everyday reality founded on cultural sustainability, safeguarding architecture from becoming a mere solution—the métier as the key to the future.
MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona that works on spatial systems that permit theoretical positions materialize. The practice has developed a wide range of projects, from housing blocks or urban planning to furniture or exhibition design. MAIO has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, GSAPP-Columbia University, RIBA, UC Berkeley, Yale School of Architecture and Piet Zwart Institute among other places. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Domus, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10 and Detail, and exhibited at the MOMA of New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Lately MAIO has participated at Venice Biennial 2016 in the Spanish Pavillion, awarded with the golden Lion, at Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2017 editions) and co-curated a Weekend Special at the Biennale di Venezia 2014 together with SPACE CAVIAR and DPR-Barcelona.
MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research and editorial ones. They have been in charge of the magazine Quadernsd’ArquitecturaiUrbanisme (2011-16), and teaching at the School of Architecture of Barcelona ETSAB/ETSAV. MAIO is run by Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López and Anna Puigjaner, who recently has been nominated finalist of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Initiative 2016 and awarded with the Wheelwright Prize, Harvard GSD.
RICARDO BAK GORDON
Ricardo Bak Gordon was born in Lisbon in 1967. He graduated in 1990 at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. During his studies, he also attended Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto and Politecnico di Milano.
He is currently teaching at the Integrated Master Degree (MSc) in Architecture at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon. He was also a visiting design critic at Harvard GS between 2015-17. He lectured (and/or attended) at several universities and institutions such as Universidad de Navarra, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, IUAV di Venezia and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona.
His activity as an architect has been developed since 1990, and in the year 2002 he created the studio Bak Gordon Arquitectos, where currently works. He was the author of the Portugal Pavilion in ExpoZaragoza2008, the Portugal Pavilion in São Paulo Biennale 2007 and the exhibition project of Lisbon International Architecture Trienal 2007. He as designed, in co-authorship, the new National Coach Museum in Lisbon.
His work as an architect was presented in several exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Macau, South Korea and Japan; and was published on prestigious editions of the specialty.
He was a nominee for the Mies van der Rohe prize in 2009 and 2011; winner of the FAD Prize 2011 , BIAU Prize 2012 , CICA Prize BA2015and APCA Prize . He was one of Portugal’s representatives at the Venice Biennale in 2010, 2012, 2018 and in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.