“Underground Architecture. Berlin Metro stations 1953-1994” exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie

Plain and functional elegance, colourful Pop Art, a historical cathedral flavour – the metro stations built in Berlin between 1953 and 1994 with their distinctive post-war and post-modernist feel are still a defining feature in the daily lives of Berlin’s residents.

 

Chris M Forsyth, Richard Wagner Platz, Underground Architecture, Berlinische Galerie

 

Once threatened by radical revamps, 27 of these 82 undergound structures are now listed monuments, thanks to a dedicated younger generation of academics, photographers and film-makers. The Berlinische Galerie welcomes this opportunity for a début presentation of selected underground stations, including the story of their genesis and the architectural concepts at play.  (more…)

“Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings” at the Glucksman Cork

Curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings was presented at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the FREESPACE exhibition in the Central Pavilion.

 

“Close Encounter” Venice Biennale 2018

 

“Together with our collaborator, Hugh Campbell, we asked sixteen contemporary practicing architect teams to research one selected building, each of which was chosen by us. Close Encounter calls on the generosity of each of the invited architects to ‘take’ the work of another architect and help it to be remembered, understood, re-valued and appreciated for its own inherent worth”- Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators, Venice Biennale 2018. (more…)

“New Human, New Housing – Architecture Of The New Frankfurt 1925 – 1933” at DAM

In the 1920s, Frankfurt/Main emerged as an archetypal metropolis of the Modern Age. In many fields the architects working on behalf of the City were performing pioneering work, which in the 1920s gave Frankfurt a worldwide reputation as a Modernist stronghold and would define architecture and urban development for decades to come.

 

Innenhof des Wohnblocks an der Bruchfeldstraße (um 1930) Copyright: DAF, Bestand Grünflächenamt

 

In the 1920s, Frankfurt\Main became the center of an unprecedented program of architectural and cultural renewal that would enter the history books under the name of “New Frankfurt”. Under Lord Mayor Ludwig Landmann and his Municipal Building Councilor Ernst May, Modernism as a way of life took shape. The heart of the project was a model housing and urban development program of international significance. (more…)

“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Photographer Filip Šlapal has documented a number of buildings in three towns and cities associated with the Bauhaus design movement – Dessau, Germany, which is often referred to as the location associated with the most significant chapter of the movement, and Prague and Brno, which serve as the most famous Czech centres of Bauhaus architecture (albeit far from the only ones).

 

“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” © Filip Šlapal

 

Dessau’s school and teacher housing complex was designed by Walter Gropius, the founder and first director of the Bauhaus School (1919–1928). Also documented by Šlapal are additional examples of Dessau’s experimental architecture – The Steel House by Georg Muche and Richard Paulick; the Törten housing estate designed by Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer (who became the school’s second director in 1928–1930); and the Kornhaus, designed by Carl Fieger, featuring a dance hall area overlooking the river Elbe. Dutch architect Mart Stam’s Prague villa (“Dům Palička”) is famous for being the only completed work by a foreign architect to feature within the Czech capital’s functionalist Baba Housing Estate (“Osada Baba”). Meanwhile, Brno’s Vila Tugendhat (by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) has become one of the Czech Republic’s most important architectural monuments. (more…)

“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

“Superstudio. Life after Architecture” is the first major exhibition in France dedicated to the work of this Italian group. The exhibition will present the most significant artworks over the entire floor area of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire (1 000 square metres).

 

“Life after architecture” © Superstudio

 

Founded in 1966 in Florence by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who were later joined by Gian Piero Frassinelli (in 1968), Roberto and Alessandro Magris, as well as Andrea Poli (between 1970 and 1972), Superstudio was one of the most influential architectural groups of the global avant-gardist scene in the 1960-1970s. (more…)

“Accessibles par nature” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

“arc en rêve. centre d’architecture” present “Accessible by nature”. This exhibition shows a public approach, accompanied by La Fab – Fabrique de Bordeaux Métropole – for the realization of affordable and diversified housing, some of which are associated with innovative programs of places of activity in the ordinary metropolitan economy. 

 

Duvert, Blanquefort / @Office KGDVS

 

In 2010, the Bordeaux Urban Community, now Bordeaux Métropole, initiated a broad reflection on the habitat on its territory. It was a study whose objective was the realization of housing at accessible prices and for the greatest number around public transport axes. (more…)

“Thamesmead: A Town for the 21st Century” at the RIBA London

Photography display exploring past and present Thamesmead through archival images from the RIBA Collections and contemporary photographs by artist Nina Manandhar.

 

The Town of Tomorrow, 50 Years of Thamesmead: Lensbury Way. 1970. Photography © Tony Ray-Jones / RIBA Collections

 

This photographic display explores Thamesmead, an estate built by the Greater London Council (GLC) on the southeast bank of the Thames. Twelve archival images of Thamesmead selected from the RIBA Collections are shown alongside nine contemporary photographs of the estate’s residents by artist Nina Manandhar, a project commissioned by Peabody and NOW Gallery. (more…)

“Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for the People” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

With the exhibition “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People”, Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia.

 

Balkrishna Doshi, Kamala House, Ahmedabad, 1963, 1986 © Vastushilpa Foundation, Ahmedabad

 

The renowned architect and urban planner is one of the few pioneers of modern architecture in his home country and the first Indian architect to receive the prestigious award. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized a wide range of projects, adopting principles of modern architecture and adapting them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature. (more…)

“Green Prato. Urban experiments between ecology and reuse” at Centro Pecci Prato

The exhibition design, by the collective Fosbury Architecture, will present heterogeneous materials such as drawings, maps, design documents, historical photos and video through a scaffolding system conceived of as a scenic machine.

 

Fernando Guerra, Città di Prato, 2017. © Fernando Guerra.

 

The exhibition Verde Prato, curated by Elisa Cristiana and Emilia Giorgi, which will set the stage for the Operational Plan of the Municipality of Prato and the multitude of actions and strategies implemented in recent years to define the new instrument for the Tuscan city’s urban policies, will open at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci on Tuesday. It is an experimental and innovative project, the result of intense team work by the Municipality of Prato’s Planning Office which boasts of valuable contributions from international experts such as the architect Stefano Boeri and the scientist Stefano Mancuso, to mention just a few. A tale that unfolds through texts and images along the creative process that aims to transform Prato into a green, European and open city, integrating the nature system with the built environment. (more…)

“Two Sides Of The Border: Reimagining the Mexico–United States region” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

To redefine border regions as an integrated whole is a critical challenge for architectural, political, and cultural institutions today. The exhibition brings together research and design results of an academic initiative, launched by Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao in 2018.

 

Two Sides of the Border. Reimagining the Mexico–United States Region Aedes © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

 

Interdisciplinary architectural and urban concepts of 13 participating architecture studios from universities across Mexico and the United States are presented on the basis of drawings, pictures and models. The approaches explore numerous topics such as migration, housing or natural resources—with a focus on one common region rather than two nations. In addition to a photo essay by Iwan Baan, new maps of Thomas Paturet highlight interesting spatial relationships of the Mexico–United States border which is characterized by a variety of cultural and economic similarities and a common history. (more…)