“Japon, l’archipel de la maison” on housing and density at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine Paris

At the time of debate on the redensification of cities in the fight against urban sprawl, this Japanese reflection on the position of the house in the territory is also ours, every day, in a constant search of urban quality.

 

Maison KN par Kochi Architect's Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

Maison KN par Kochi Architect’s Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

 

A collaboration between the Forum of Urbanism and Architecture and the network of Maisons de l’Architecture, the exhibition “Japon, l’archipel de la maison” (“Japan, the house archipelago”) cultivates the apparent paradox to go very far (to Japan) to talk about what we have very close: housing as living space, in relation to the city that surrounds it. The Forum continues its regular reflection on the issue of living after a previous exhibition in 2014 on new forms of social housing. (more…)

“Who lives there?”: Revealing domesticity inside the apartments of Madrid

The installation located in the main hall of COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house-owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in the city.

 

 

COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, has recently inaugurated the fourth instalment of this year’s temporary exhibition theme: Paréntesis (parenthesis). Under the question title Who lives there?, the installation located in the main hall of COAM displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in Madrid.

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“Modernities: Brazilian Photography (1940-1964)” exhibition at Gulbenkian Foundation Paris

History has taught us that cosmopolitism, people’s mobility and globalised artistic movements are not necessarily recent phenomena -this exhibition aims to demonstrate how contemporaneity does not emerge from a void but is built through continuities and ruptures.

 

Palais du Congrès National, Brasília vers 1960. Tirage contemporain gélatino-argentique . Marcel Gautherot © Courtoisie de l’artiste et de l’Instituto Moreira Salles

Palais du Congrès National, Brasília vers 1960. Marcel Gautherot © Courtoisie de l’artiste et de l’Instituto Moreira Salles

 

At the beginning of the 1940s, during the Second World War, Brazil was a destination of choice for thousands of emigrants. The country went through a unique modernisation process affecting all sectors of Brazilian society. The exhibition explores this extraordinary transformation through the eyes of four photographers with very different styles and sensibilities. Marcel Gautherot (1910-1996) was a Parisian from a working class background who greatly admired Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe’s work ; he had access to Brasília as early as 1958, thanks to his friendship with Oscar Niemeyer. Hans Gunter Flieg (1923) fled nazism as a German Jew and came to Brazil in 1939 where he specialised in photographing industries. (more…)

“Migrant Garden”, an architectural manifesto designed for birds

Migrant Garden / Untouchable Landscapes is an itinerant exhibition of 40 birdhouses designed by selected architects and designers. Drawing attention to environmental issues, landscape and cultural heritage protection, the installation is part of a charity-oriented project.

"Migrant Garden" concept image © Migrant Garden

“Migrant Garden” concept image © Migrant Garden

 

Migrant Garden / Untouchable Landscapes is a world travelling exhibition consisting of 40 birdhouses, designed by 40 selected architects and designers from across the world. The installation is set in the ancient cloister of Caserna della Neve, in Piacenza, a former monastery built in 1390, transformed into a barrack and finally converted into the new Architecture and Engineering Faculty campus of Politecnico di Milano in 1998.

In this evocative space of the 14th century stand the 40 models made by the well-known firms, who where provided by the organizers with two 24x24x24 Acell-Tech moulds from which to build their bird nests. Acell Tech is an innovative material used to produce panels for building and military use.

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“Landscape as architecture” exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém

This exhibition is twofold in nature. It is about two architects – João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David – and two disciplines, and deals with two quite distinct geographies: the island of Madeira and the city of Lisbon.

 

"Landscape as architecture" © CCB / Diogo Nunes

“Landscape as architecture” © CCB / Diogo Nunes

 

But this exhibition is not about the history of the relationship between the two architects. It starts with their collaborations together, but then it moves from this central core to look at other individual projects, other geographies and other times. It is not an exhibition about a common history, but the illustration of a path that begins with a common core of works and then goes off in other directions. From a more ambitious and comprehensive standpoint, Landscape as Architecture is, above all, designed to provoke reflection about the complex relationship between landscape and architecture. (more…)

Last chance to see Lee Bul’s itinerant retrospective, now in EAC·Castelló

Widely viewed as one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, her works draw on intellectual mechanisms ranging from idealism, modernism, science fiction and technological development adressing architectural utopias and political totalitarianism.

 

Lee Bul, "Via Negativa" (interior detail), 2012  © Photo by Remi Villaggi,  via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

Lee Bul, “Via Negativa” (interior detail), 2012 © Photo by Remi Villaggi, via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

 

The EAC-Castelló is presenting the recent work of Lee Bul, a Korean artist whose work walks on the thin line that separates sculpture, installations and live performance, frequently exploring the boundaries between history and idealism, questioning utopia and status quo.

The retrospective now showing in the Contemporary arts centre of Castellón (Valencia, Spain) closes the five-stop journey started by this itinerant exhibition in Seoul, followed by several shows in Luxemburg, Birmingham, London and Saint-Étienne Métropole.

 

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“Serralves Villa: The client as architect” exhibition at Serralves Library

Who is the author of the Serralves Villa? Unlike other art forms, architecture is a result of collective processes and shared decisions. In the case of Serralves the following is true: Marques da Silva coordinated the project and took responsibility for the completed work.

 

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

 

Charles Siclis may have sketched the image of the façades, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann may have suggested the scale and the nature of the main rooms in the house, Alfred Porteneuve may have detailed the design, Jacques Gréber may have defined the form of the gardens, but the decisive character that brought everything together was Carlos Alberto Cabral, the client of Marques da Silva. Cabral had the vision, the taste, the desire and the necessary resources to conceive his house. The archive documents in this exhibition illustrate the adventure of realizing this dream, under Cabral’s command and the patient and efficient coordination of architect Marques da Silva. (more…)

Landscape Festival Praha 2015 and CZECHSCAPE exhibition at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

The CZECHSCAPE exhibition deals with the increasingly discussed theme of landscape architecture. This showcase of Czech creations, with generous overlap into other related disciplines, deliberately exceeds the borders of conventional understanding of the field.

 

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

 

The third year of the interdisciplinary festival tries to present the public space and landscape using the media, photography, design and contemporary art. The Czech public has a great interest in the quality of public space, which is an important factor in the development of society. The proof is in attendance of the last year’s festival in 2014, which reached almost 30 000 visitors in three months. A very important factor was the participation of both professional architects and artists, and the involvement of many volunteers, NGOs and students who participated in the multi-layered structure of the program. This year the festival will be held in three locations – Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6. (more…)

“Contrasts”, a photographic dialog between Milanese architecture

The Ordine degli Architetti di Milano is hosting a photography exhibition – Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared. Showing 47 buildings in Milan dating from the 50’s until today, they are paired up in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

 

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. Photo © Angela Di Palo.

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. © Angela Di Palo.

 

The “Order of the Architects” of the Province of Milan is hosting  the photography exhibition “Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared“. The exhibition portrays 47 buildings in Milan, dating from the 50’s until today, pairing them together in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

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This summer, RIBA becomes The Brutalist Playground

Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play: The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill exploring post-war design for play. It will be open to the public until August 16.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

This summer the RIBA will present The Brutalist Playground – an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way.

Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

The exhibition draws on features from a number of London estates including Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate in Poplar. The playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect the preoccupations and social theories of society at that time.

 

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

 

Assemble and Simon Terrill have drawn inspiration from photographs and visual material in the RIBA’s collections, documenting the playgrounds when they were newly built and in use. The exhibition installation will recreate visual elements from the playgrounds in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive, contemporary space where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work. Archive images of the original playgrounds will be projected on the walls.

The exhibition and installation will be accompanied by a season of talks and events from June to August 2015. Check the online agenda clicking here.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble members and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA


 

Practical Information

The Brutalist Playground
June 10 2015 / August 16 2015
Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Tuesdays from 10am to 8pm

The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
66 Portland Place, London

Entrance is free.

 


 

Exhibition information and images courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects.