Communication breakdown: architects’ gatherings in Barcelona to strengthen proffesional discourse

The local’s architects association is organizing five gatherings every Thursday, once a fortnight, which will be made up of five different teams of local architects. Focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture, the meetings are open to the public.

 

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

Scaffold House, Bosch-Capdeferro 2014 © José Hevia

 

Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura, a local architect’s association in Barcelona, is organizing a series of social gatherings with young architects from different areas of expertise, all of which have developed their work over the last years during the economic crisis.

Each of the gatherings will be made up of five different teams of local architects, focusing on their work as a background for a wider discourse on contemporary local architecture and the apparent lack of communication between professionals.

Held on Thursdays, once a fortnight, the meetings are open to the public.

 

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“Le Corbusier, measures of man” retrospective in Centre Georges Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou invites audiences to get a picture of the entire output of this major figure in modernity through the idea of human proportions, since the human body was a universal principle defining all aspects of architecture and spatial composition.

 

19. Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 Encre de Chine et collage de papiers gouachés et découpés, 70 x 54 cm Collection Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne © Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP/ Ph. Migeat © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 © Centre Pompidou

 

The Centre Pompidou is devoting a completely new retrospective, featuring some three hundred works, to the output of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier. Curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Olivier Cinqualbre, the exhibition will be open until the 3rd of August, as one of the highlights of the Paris museum’s summer programme. (more…)

“Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015” at Hombroich Foundation Missile Base

With models, plans, sketches and photographs, the exhibition is located at the Siza Pavilion and shows selected projects built by the Portuguese architect between 1980 and 2015.

 

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

 

The BDA’s (Assotiation of German Architects) traditional annual architecture tour led them in 2013 from Dusseldorf  to Porto; from the encounter with local architect colleagues and the truly impressive visit to the office of Eduardo Souto de Moura, they had the idea to develop an exhibition on the Pritzker Prize winner (2011). Together with Insel Hombroich Museum, both institutions are now opening an interesting exhibition, presenting a selection of projects since 1980 until today. The exhibition was designed in close collaboration with de Moura himself to best express the architectural process from development to realization.

 

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“What is the Netherlands” by AMO: politics and construction of the Dutch pavilions

Led by AMO’s Stephan Petermann, the exhibition showcases the diversity of the Dutch pavilions at the World Expo featuring 14 reconstructions of pavilions and including collected fragments of exhibits.

 

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969  © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

Building site World Expo Osaka, Japan, february 1969 © Collection National Archives of the Netherlands

 

Coinciding with this year’s 34th World Expo in Milan, the exhibition “What is the Netherlands,” curated by AMO, opens on 25 April at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition is a wunderkammer of Dutch identities, revealing how the Netherlands conceived of and presented itself to the world at Expos since the early 20th century. (more…)

“Scraps and sketches from all over the world”, drawings by Gaetano Pesce

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milano will be showing the drawings and sketches of Gaetano Pesce’s architectural designs for all over the world. Famous for his dreamy and colourful pieces of furniture, Pesce has a lesser-known career in a personal style of modernist architecture.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Gaetano Pesces colourful objects and furniture have made him famous all over the world. His drawings and sketches are no less – taking inspiration from Japan to Brazil, filled with bright colours and imagination, over 40 works on paper will be seen on show in the Galleria Jannone until the 23rd of May, 2015.

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Garden of Machines: technical and organic beings together at Het Nieuwe Instituut

In the context of the 34th World Expo opening in Milan on May 1st, Het Nieuwe Instituut addresses this phenomenon from different perspectives between April 26 and August 23. The exhibition Garden of Machines speculates on a new ecosystem in which technical and organic beings learn to live together.

 

American Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal © Della Charlton

American Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal © Della Charlton

 

The Machinery formed an important section of the earliest World Expo’s: it was the place where the newest forms of mechanization were presented to the public. Almost one-and-a-half centuries later, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the speculative exhibition Garden of Machines, which offers a radical vision of the future.

Over time, the latest technology has decreased in size, and has sometimes even vanished from sight altogether with the advent of digital production. A stark contrast to the massive, imposing machines that characterised the industrial revolution. Rather than presenting an array of awe-inspiring machines, Garden of Machines stages the technological promise, with as underlying leitmotiv a new, optimistic story of progress for the twenty-first century.

 

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Visionary structures, through the eyes of three generations of the Latvian avant-garde

The BOZAR in Bruxelles is hosting an exhibition on three different generations of Latvian avant-garde art through Russian Constructivism to the nineteen-seventies experimental design, as part of a larger scope on Latvian Art for this spring’s programme.

 

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists' Union  © BOZAR

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists’ Union

 

The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels is hosting a comprehensive exhibition named “Visionary Structures – from Johansons to Johansons“, a three-stop journey through Latvian avant-garde art of the twenty and twenty-first century.

Through the works of three artists’ generations, from the Russian Constructivist 1920’s to contemporary avant-garde art, through the nineteen seventies Soviet revival in search of innovative forms and spatial experimentation, the retrospective organized by the Bozar in Bruxelles comprises works that comfortably sit on the edge of artistic research, reaching out to architecture, design and urban planning.

The exhibition, which will be open until the 31st of May, 2015 has been curated by Ieva Astahovska in partnership with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga, as part of a larger programme organized by the BOZAR museum with the common theme of Latvian art, “Focus on Latvia“.

“Focus on Latvia” will bring Latvian Art to Brussels in two exhibitions: “Visionary Structures” and “Ola Vasilieva – The Limp of a Letter“.  Please download the full programme and exhibtion’s brochure, or read on for further information.

 

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Garbatella: revisiting tomorrow’s garden city at the Casa dell’Architettura

Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni’s Garbatella, one of the best examples of the città leggera, a planning proposal halfway urban sprawl and garden city.

 

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is being host to a small exhibition on the città leggera, an Italian expression referring to a particular kind of urban design halfway urban sprawl and garden city. Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni‘s Garbatella, one of the best examples to fully understand this underrated style of city planning.

This Roman quarter -Garbatella- is situated in a high area between Viale San Paolo and Cristoforo Colombo, two main streets, a quiet retreat for a small town-like neighbourhood developed during the fascist period.

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40th anniversary of the Galleria Jannone: “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni” drawings exhibition

An unparalleled collection of original designs (with supplementary information, drawings and texts) by some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone.

 

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

 

Starting on April 14, for a month, the Ordine degli Architetti of Milan hosts the exhibition “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni”, a unique collection of original drawings by more than 30 internationally renowned architects and designers who exhibited their works at the Galleria Jannone in the last 40 years: from Mendini to Gregotti, from Sottsass to De Lucchi, from Gio Ponti to Botta, to Cibic, Muzio, Aldo Rossi, Álvaro Siza and many others.

The exhibition, curated by Franco Raggi, celebrates the anniversary of the Galleria, by gathering works of some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone (they include Raimund Johann Abraham, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Purini, Massimo Scolari, Superstudio, Leon Krier, Ernesto La Padula, Roberto Gabetti & Aimaro Isola, Guglielmo Mozzoni, Guglielmo Ulrich, Massimo Josa Ghini, Aldo Cibic, Mario Botta, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Luca Pignatelli, Valentino Parmiani, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, James Stirling, O.M. Ungers and Franco Raggi). The authors that are part of this review, which is sponsored by the Ordine degli Architetti di Milano (Order of Architects of Milan), represent the most important figures from nearly 150 exhibits that took place between 1976 and the present.

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“Five projects from 1960s West Berlin” Ludwig Leo´s drawings at the AA

Despite having built three of the most important buildings in postwar West Berlin architecture – Charlottenburg Sports Hall, Circulation Tank of the Hydraulics Laboratory near Tiergarten station and a tower for the German Association of Lifeguards – Ludwig Leo’s work is now largely forgotten since his withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 70s. 

 

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert


‘Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect’ is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. “The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved,” he said, “that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around.”

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