Challenging spatial awareness and perception: Musings on a Glass Box, a work by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s homage to Fondation Cartier is coming to an end. The multidisciplinary team’s installation designed on the occasion of the Fondation’s 30th anniversary will be closing on February 22. Called Musings on a Glass Box, it is a thought-provoking installation using transparency, sound effects and the spatial qualities of the building itself as raw materials for the work.

 

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

View of the Musings on a Glass Box exhibition
Diller Scofidio+Renfro en collaboration avec David Lang et Jody Elff, 2014. © Luc Boegly

 

Paris-based Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a sponsor for contemporary arts with an exceptional project by the critically acclaimed team of artists and designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

From October 25, 2014 the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier has been taken over by Musings on a Glass Box, a new installation created especially for the occasion.  Designed in collaboration with American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, this work is the first to be showcased by the Fondation in which the building’s architecture itself is used as a raw material for the installation. Designed in 1994 by French architect Jean Nouvel, the iconic building in Boulevard Raspail in Paris is famous for its oversized glass façades that enclose the surrounding garden, creating an unclear, diffuse limit between the building and the street.  Taking advantage of the Fondation’s unique architecture, the installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro portrays this empty space as the holder of many unexpected qualities only by the addition of a series of small gestures in the facilities. (more…)

Xaveer De Geyter “XDGA_160 EXPO” at Casa dell’Architettura in Rome

This exhibition presents ‘material evidence’ of the reality of XDGA, while at the same time embodying the working ethic of the office. It displays and documents built projects, urban studies and competition entries. In the exhibition, not the text nor the concept is preeminent – but the plan, the image and the model.

 

Silos-Tweewaters © XDGA
Silos-Tweewaters model © XDGA

 

The exhibition “XDGA_160 EXPO” will be open from February 18 and will run until  March 17 at “Casa dell’Architettura” in Rome. As inaugurating event Xaveer De Geyter will give a lecture at the venue this next Wednesday at 17.30 pm (free access) with the attendance of the co-curator Federico Matteis and Luca Garofalo, architect. (more…)

“Chillida, between the shapes”, a comprehensive exhibition in Roca Barcelona Gallery

The exhibition attempts to show the Spanish artist’s body of work through an organized collection of different scale artpieces, manuscripts and photographs.

 

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

Lurra 17 (1978), baked clay sculpture.

 

The work of Eduardo Chillida (1924 – 2002), the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist, will be on display in Roca Barcelona Gallery from 21 January to 2 May 2015.  The exhibition showcases an assortment of different artpiececes and projects, personal manuscripts, small-scale sculptures and photographs in a more personal approach to the Spanish artist, who called himself “architect of the void”.

 

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“Architecture in uniform”, an exhibition on building design during World War II, now in Rome.

The exhibition, curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, has been specially adapted by MAXXI Rome to focus on Italy’s planning activities that led to the post-war period construction boom.

 

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

The MERO system, example of possible structures, 1943. Page from Max Mengeringhausen, Raumfachwerke aus Stäben und Knoten, 1975. Private collection.

 

The Roman Museum of the Arts in the Twenty-first century  is holding an exhibition on construction planning and building development and research during the Second World War. This exhibition, named “Architecture in Uniform. Designing and building for the second world war” will be open until May 3rd 2015.

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“The Future City” exhibition at RIBA, as part of “Foresight Future of Cities”

The exhibition is concerned with how future cities have been visualised, what they sought to communicate and why. The aim is to identify and understand the dominant paradigms that have been portrayed in these visualisations.

 

Studio Linfors (Clouds Architecture Office), Cloud Skippers, 2009. © Studio Lindfors

Studio Linfors (Clouds Architecture Office), Cloud Skippers, 2009. © Studio Lindfors

 

This exhibition is created by the Government Office for Science in partnership with RIBA. It is part of the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Cities Project. It will be open from February 10 2015 to March 31 2015 at The Practice Space, RIBA 66 Portland Place, London.

 

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“The Return of the Snake” Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture

The work on show employs the principle of “emotional architecture” as the theme to build upon and articulate its exhibition discourse

"Torres de Satélite" Mathias Goeritz and Luis Barragán. Mexico 1957

“Torres de Satélite” Mathias Goeritz and Luis Barragán. Mexico 1957

 

Open to the public until April 13 of 2015, the exhibition proposes a survey of the emblematic works by Goeritz as it underscores the manner in which his body of work and his artistic endeavor emerges from the assumption of art as a meta-artistic project that also extends to the social, political and public realms. This exhibition represents an approach to the work of Mathias Goeritz (Danzig, 1915 – Mexico City, 1990), produced after he settled in Mexico in 1949. In his theoretical and practical output, spanning four decades, rational utopia and Neo-primitivism converge, factors that stem from his own biography: his journey through different cities in Europe and North Africa (1948), his stint in Spain, and his participation in the preliminaries to the Primera Semana de Arte in Santillana del Mar (September 1949), as well as his contact with Mexican culture. (more…)

“The City as a Vision” prospective urban concepts from last fifty years in Frac Centre, Orléans

[19/09/2014-22/02/2015] Following historical projects taken from the FRAC Centre’s own collection, the exhibition also presents contemporary schemes by NLÉ, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, and many others.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

 

Divided into two sections – one historical, the other prospective – this exhibition pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who, in his books Où vivrons-nous demain? [Where will we live tomorrow?] (1963) and Prospective et Futurologie[Forecasting and Futurology] (1978), gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection. (more…)

“Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon”, an outstanding display of twenty-first century craftsmanship.

The exhibition in Arc en Rêve centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux will be showing Bijoy Jain’s team’s efforts to reunite vernacular and contemporary architecture through 1:1 scale models and prototypes.

 

Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon © Rodolphe Escher

Studio Mumbai: between the sun and the moon © Rodolphe Escher

 

The Arc en Rêve Centre of Architecture in Bordeaux is showing an exhibition on India’s most renowned contemporary architecture office: Studio Mumbai. From 18 December to 31 May 2015 the rooms in in 7 Rue Ferrère will be clad in architectural models,  shelves stacked with different material blocks, samples and prototypes, handmade concrete casts for the different projects’ technical construction details.

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“Mackintosh Architecture”, an exhibition of drawings, models and watercolours of the Scottish master.

The Royal Insitute of British Architects will be hosting an exhibition on the life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in collaboration with The Hunterian, Glasgow University.

 

 Scotland Street Public School © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 2014


Scotland Street Public School © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, 2014

 

From February 18th to May 23rd, RIBA will be hosting the first retrospective exhibition on the life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This exhibition, named Mackintosh Architecture, puts in context the environment in which he worked –the city of Glasgow, and the several phases in his career, working first as a collaborator, and later as an independent architect and designer.

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“Structuralism”, double exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

This weekend will be the last chance to visit the exhibition “Structuralism” which opened  last September and will close this Saturday (January 11th) in the big exhibition hall of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

 © Het Nieuwe Instituut

© Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

The exhibition focuses on Dutch Structuralism, a movement in architecture in the late ’50s and early ’60s that renounced the technocratic planning that characterised the post-war reconstruction of the country. Instead, its proponents asked space for the poetic and emotional aspects of architecture, in order to come to a truly dignified living environment. Structuralism constitutes the most important contribution from the Netherlands to modern architecture during the second half of the twentieth century. In the late 1950s it presented a poetic alternative to the technocratic architecture of the post-war reconstruction period, before flourishing in the 1970s. The ideal was to create a new social space where people could realise their full potential and that facilitated interaction, imagination and experimentation.

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