“Sí / No: The Architecture of Urban-Think Tank” retrospective at A.M. Munich

Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is an interdisciplinary design studio, founded in 1998 by architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, Venezuela. The collective focuses on practice informed by research in diverse contexts, particularly focusing on the social and economic reality of informal development.

 

U-TT, Vertical Gym Chacao, Venezuela © Iwan Baan

U-TT, Vertical Gym Chacao, Venezuela © Iwan Baan

 

U-TT uses research to develop practical strategies, striving to connect planned and informal parts of cities. The collective’s early years were defined by teaching positions at various universities in Venezuela and Columbia University in New York, along with various international exhibitions, publications, and lectures that contributed to a growing global scope in U-TT’s work. Their extensive study on Torre David in Caracas and the 2012 exhibition »Torre David / Gran Horizonte« in the Architecture Biennale of Venice, brought U-TT and their collaborators the Golden Lion Award. The exhibition »Sí / No: The Architecture of Urban-Think Tank« shows twenty examples of multidimensional architectural projects, provocative analyses, and propositional urban development strategies all over the world. (more…)

“Elogio della Luce” by Gianni Galassi at Fondation Wilmotte’s gallery in Venice

Thirty-six black and white images of rationalist buildings in Rome and its surroundings make architecture expresses itself through photography. As in a metaphysical painting, the city is depicted as both antique and modern, while the urban landscape evokes an inner world.

 

Photography by Gianni Galassi © All rights reserved

Photography by Gianni Galassi © All rights reserved

 

The Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice  inauagurated on the 6th of November a photography exhibition named Elogio della Luce” (“Praise of light”). The 36 black and white images of rationalist buildings in Rome and its surroundings, shot by Italian photographer Gianni Galassi, make architecture expresses itself through photography. As in the metaphysical painting tradition, the city is depicted as both antique and modern, while the urban landscape evokes an inner world, as some sort of self-portrait.

Elogio della Luce has been specifically designed for Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice, offering the opportunity to explore the development of historic cities through art and culture. The exhibition, curated by Laura Ginapri, will last until the end of February 2016. (more…)

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” at S AM Basel

The exhibition invites visitors on a fascinating search for traces of moving images of Swiss architecture. In continuation of a series of exhibitions initiated in 2012 to examine the various media through which architecture is conveyed, the focus is now on film.

 

"Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image" S AM © Tom Bisig

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” S AM © Tom Bisig

 

Here, ‘film’ is understood to mean a broad spectrum of moving visual documents. A very wide range of different technologies and film genres that depict Swiss architecture in a documentary manner are taken into account – from traditional architecture documentaries to films made with mobile phone cameras, through to real-estate advertising films. A broad definition of the term ‘architecture’ is also applied: cinematic approaches to realised buildings, planned buildings, infrastructure constructions and urban landscapes are all included. (more…)

“Bernard Zehrfuss, Architecte de la spirale du temps” Gallo-Roman Museum Lyon

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière dedicates an exhibition to its architect, Bernard Zehrfuss (1911-1996). Original sketches, plans and models, films and archival photos, along with great original pictures of Michel Denancé, will allow to trace the work of this major figure in the architecture of the postwar boom.

 

Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon © Museé gallo-romain de Lyon, Michel Denancé

Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon © Museé gallo-romain de Lyon, Michel Denancé

 

Bernard Zehrfuss, Premier Grand Prix de Rome in 1939,  committed to modernity very early by adopting the most innovative production methods of his time. He was author or co-author of some of the most striking buildings in the postwar period: the Mame printing factory in Tours (1953), the Renault Flins plant (1957), the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and its extensions (1952-1980), the CNIT La Défense (1958) and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière (1975). Bernard Zehrfuss worked with great engineers and great artists of his time. (more…)

“Territorio: Casa Comum” territory as a common home

The exhibition, held at Casa do Território in Vila Nova de Famalição, shows the territory essentially as a political issue and, therefore, subject of debate and deliberation, focusing on the the collective construction of a common imagery.

 

Exhibition poster "Território: Casa Comum"

Exhibition poster “Território: Casa Comum”

 

The research group Territory Dynamics and Morphologies of the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) of FAUP is proud to present the exhibition ‘Território: Casa Comum’ at Vila Nova de Famalicão, in partnership with the Municipality of the City.


 

Practical Information

Territorio: Casa Comum
9 July 2015 to 29 February 2016
Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30-13:00 / 14:00-17:30
Saturday and Sunday, 14:30-18:30
Casa do Território
Rua Fernando Mesquita 2453
Vila Nova de Famalição, Portugal

 


Understanding the territory implies knowing it, and, above all, it implies inventing it. To invent reality is a requirement without which it remains opaque and indistinct, difficult to perceive what is really important for collective decision-making, and what might be in the reach of our actions. These are the matters that show the territory essentially as a political issue and, therefore, subject of debate and deliberation.

The territory is not something predetermined or stable. An idea of territory is something to be progressively built through a set of readings, representations, speeches and debates collectively produced around what is acknowledged as something common and that gives sense to reality.

 

Exhibition display "Território: Casa Comum" © Alexandre Delmar

Exhibition display “Território: Casa Comum” © Alexandre Delmar

 

The House of the Territory  welcomes these ways of seeing, experiences and essays on the “territorialization of reality”, making its many forms explicit. Making territory visible is a condition to make it public, to organize a particular view of a world and expose it to the judgment of others. Without this, society remains invisible and the territory, an abstraction. If we wish the territory we inhabit to be understood and dwelled as a common home – as a realm of life and relationship of the social group living there – then, this home should be the result of the collective construction of a common imagery and shared projects on what we are as a society, and on the things and places we can and should share. A house under construction.

 

Exhibition display "Território: Casa Comum" © Alexandre Delmar

Exhibition display “Território: Casa Comum” © Alexandre Delmar


 

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My house is a Le Corbusier : artist’s residence and performance at Unité d’habitation Marseille

Appartement 50 is the third installment of My house is a Le Corbusier, a long term project in which the artist Cristian Chironi calls for architecture and politics of construction to take an active role and think about new and affordable housing solutions.

 

Cristian Chironi, My house is a Le Corbusier: Saluti affettuosi, 2015 (15x10cm carved postcard) Gaetano e Barbara Maccaferri collection

Cristian Chironi, “Saluti affettuosi”, 2015 (15x10cm carved postcard) Gaetano e Barbara Maccaferri collection

 

After Espirt Nouveau in Bologna and Studio-Apartment in Paris, Cristian Chironi takes his project My house is a Le Corbusier to a residency in apartment 50, inside of the Unité d’habitation built by Le Corbusier in Marseille.

Simultaneously acting as work in progress, think tank, space of research and collaboration, exhibition and didactic platform in addition to residency, My house is a Le Corbusier has the ambition to grow during a long term period, during which Chironi will spend variable amounts of time within the walls of the many Le Corbusier complexes present around the world. The outcome of this growth means to take the form of all the experiences that Chironi might realise there. (more…)

“Flying on Megalopolis. Napoli Città Metropolitana” utopic visions of Naples

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Provincial Order of Architects, aims to build an iconography of the metropolitan city of Naples through the modern history of its growth and its urban transformation. The eleven architects who participate were asked to formulate utopian visions for the city of Naples.

 

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

 

The exhibition is part of the schedule of the event “Illuminiamo i monumenti dentro e fuori” (“Lighting the monuments inside and out”), promoted by the city of Naples. The exhibition aims to show the possibilities of utopia in the  Naples Metropolitan Area.

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“Modernika” exhibition: Modernist and International Style in Belgium

Taking as its starting-point the legendary Expo 58, with its contribution to spreading the “American way of life” in Belgium, the exhibition demonstrates the various ways in which the American dream manifested itself. The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to (re)discover Modernist and International Style architecture.

 

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer.  © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

 

As part of its exhibitions devoted to architecture, the Atomium proposes as of October 29th 2015 until April 10th 2016, Modernika, devoted to architecture in Belgium after 1945. Examples reflecting Belgium’s aspiration towards American-style cities include the Martini Tower in Brussels, conceived as a “city within a city” and Antwerp’s BP Tower, with its totally suspended façade. (more…)

“Artists and architecture, variable dimensions” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

For the first time, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal dedicates all of its exhibition space to contemporary art. Fifty six French and international artists, some renowned and others emerging, put in question and challenge Architecture, its issues and stakes, through one of their works.

 

"Artists et Architecture" © Pavillon de l’Arsenal

“Artists et Architecture” © Pavillon de l’Arsenal

 

Installations, videos, sculptures, sound devices, drawings, photos, paintings…These pieces, exceptional loans from private collectors, artists or galleries, compose a unique overview, put together for the first time. This true archipelago of creations, filtered through the different architectural issues, explores the physical and virtual fluxes, redefines urban times and public usage, questions temporality and globalisation as well as nature’s place and collaborative economy where spaces and measurements interact, to rethink architecture, not only in its physical substance but also as a social organisation. (more…)

“30 years architecture in Flanders: The wonder years in models”

The exhibition brings together 57 models and dozens of photographs from over 70 projects that have helped shape the wonder years: high-profile buildings by pioneers, projects of the ‘young gods’ who followed in their footsteps, and work by the new generation who have been active since the turn of the century.

 

'RTS Champ Continu'. Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Office

‘RTS Champ Continu’. Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Office

 

Over the past three decades, architecture in Flanders has enjoyed unprecedented growth.  The exhibition ‘30 Years in Flanders – The wonder years in models’ showcases ground-breaking and controversial projects from that period. It also offers a comprehensive overview of the leading figures, facts and events that have contributed to the flourishing architectural culture. (more…)