Modern architecture in Northern Italy, in AUT Innsbruck

After the success of “Italomodern 1”, Martin and Werner Feiersinger continue their research focusing on unique architectures: a selection of 130 buildings spanning the whole of Northern Italy, ranging from the experimental, brutalist, neo-realist to architectural “freaks”.

 

Mario Cereghini, Biwak Grignetta, 1966 – 67 © Werner Feiersinger

Mario Cereghini, Biwak Grignetta, 1966 – 67 © Werner Feiersinger

 

Martin and Werner Feiersinger curated in 2011 the exhibition “Italo Modern”-accompanied by a publication of the same name-, the first comprehensive inventory of post-war architecture in Northern Italy which established the wide range of different currents; from neo-realists to rationalists, brutalists and what were considered architectural “freaks”.

The success and the great interest in “Italo Modern” encouraged Martin and Werner Feiersinger to continue their  research and travel activities and to present the results in “Italo Modern 2”. With a focus ranging from unique items to experimental, though not necessarily spectacular architectures, the exhibition and book gather more than 130 buildings. All of them are a clear expression of that stage of the economic and cultural boom in which people believed in the architectural design of the future. The display shows projects from Bolzano to Colle di Val’Elsa, from Trieste to San Remo and from the Adriatic Sea all the way up to over 2,000 m.  (more…)

“ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” at MAXXI Rome

The exhibition opening at MAXXI is the result of an international workshop comprising twelve Italian and thirteen international universities whose task was to produce readings, visions and projects for the Rome of the future.

 

Politecnico di Torino. “ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” © MAXII

Politecnico di Torino. “ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” © MAXII

 

A new map of the metropolitan city was developed, identified as being the vast perimeter of Rome’s social and economic life today, starting from a diagram that goes beyond the administrative boundaries centered around the area of the Palatine Hill, a quadrilateral measuring 50 km per side. (more…)

“Bauen” by Emilio Pemjean at Espaciofoto Madrid

The author first elaborates scale models of spaces (which no longer exist or have been processed), stripping them of all objects covering or decorating inside to then reconstruct them, photographing the “naked” space. This proposes a dialogue between real space and our perception of it, between the object and its representation or between three-dimensional space (architecture) and two-dimensional representation (photography). 

 

Bauen 8 + 9. "Housing for a couple without children." Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

Bauen 8 + 9. “Housing for a couple without children.” Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

The project is a reflection on the circle of action that occurs between a man and the spatial system that conforms around, about relationships or interactions between the subject and the occupied and built space. The domestic space, the shelter, the center of the world constitutes a sounding board.

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“Potencial Cities, Architecture and Anthropocene” in Paris

As Paris will be hosting COP21, the event “architecture and athropocene” proposes in the Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France a reflexion on urban and architectural imaginary convened by climat change. Thirty young architects and some of their tutelar figures work on a common piece to think city at the age of anthropocene.

 

Hadrien Krief © HBLM Villes potentielles

Hadrien Krief © HBLM Villes potentielles

 

The exhibition “potential cities” articulates two moments: History and Manifesto. History aims to present the relation city and architecture entertain with climat and the idea of nature. It crosses several temporalities: the long term gives an overview on Paris’ territory since antiquity, the mid-term presents eighteen architectural projects of the Anthropocene (1789 – 2015) and the short term analyses the constitution of the ecologist narrative since the creation of GIEC (1988-today). Manifesto shows two collective works built by thirty young architects and several symbolic figures. (more…)

Landscapes of air: a conversation between Yona Friedman, Luigi Ghirri and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle

Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice invite the Friedman/Decavèle duo to readress the Vigne Museum from Ghirri’s perspective: “a frame that allows to find the museum works among buildings and squares, glimpses of towns and countryside, identifying them in the folds of history”.

 

Paesaggi d'aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Cittanova di Modena. Paesaggi d’aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice has recently inaugurated the exhibition “Paesaggi d’aria“, both a conversation and photography display between Luigi Ghirri, the famous Italian photgrapher, Yona Friedman, architect and critic, and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, French artist and photographer.

Both Friedman and Decavèle had previously worked together on many occasions, and the interaction between photographer Luigi Ghirri and the Friedman/Decavèle duo occurs in a common context of many art studies after the Second World War: the need is to demolish a perception of works and places structured by means of frames, showcases, pedestals and architectures, and to subvert the distinction between the object and its containers, the building and the environment. (more…)

“Art Brut Biennial II: Architectures” in Lausanne

Launched in 2013, the Art Brut Biennials continue this year with the “Architectures” exhibition presenting two hundred and fifty drawings, paintings, sculptures and textile creations. By fifty-one different Art Brut authors, the works on show thus testify to a very wide range of techniques, materials, dimensions and formal languages.

 

Patrick Gimel, untitled, 1981 © Adn-VdL. Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Patrick Gimel, untitled, 1981 © Adn-VdL. Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

 

This second edition biennial highlights architecture: it presents a range of works—some of which have never before gone on display—exclusively focused on the theme of construction. Showcased side-by-side, representations of houses, buildings and cities, together with floor plans, elevations of facades, cross-section and perspective views are invited to dialogue among themselves. Their Art Brut authors have rejected all the geometric constraints and demands of convention ordinarily governing architectural drawings, diverting the laws of perspective in favor of their own, highly personal interpretations. (more…)

“Tropicality Revisited: Recent Approaches by Indonesian Architects” at DAM

The exhibition is split into two sections, ‘Tropicality’ and ‘Case Studies’. The former examines the ideas, events and issues that have led us to our current understanding of tropical architecture. ‘Case Studies’, takes 12 recent Indonesian projects by local architects and looks at how each design responds and reacts to its site.

 

Studi-O-Cahaya, West Jakarta\Jakarta, architect: Adi Purnomo (mamostudio) © Paul Kadarisman

Studi-O-Cahaya, West Jakarta\Jakarta, architect: Adi Purnomo (mamostudio) © Paul Kadarisman

 

Architecture in the Tropics was never just about offering shelter from rain and sun. “Tropical architecture” suddenly gained global relevance with the emergence of Modernist Architecture and was adapted to suit all climates and cultures. During the post-War period the science of climatic architectural design became an international success. (more…)

“Una Finestra sull’India di Le Corbusier” photography exhibition in Verona

Fifty years on from the death of the Swiss-French architect and urban planning master, Le Corbusier and India are on display in Verona. The exhibition includes black and white photos of Corbusier’s India, alongside photos of a colourful India, from the streets, to the people and the most hidden sights of the cities.

 

“Una Finestra sull’India di Le Corbusier” ©  Order of Architects in Verona

“Una Finestra sull’India di Le Corbusier” © Order of Architects in Verona

 

From December 15 until January 31, Magazzino 1, the head of the Order of Engineers in Verona (former warehouse compound, via Santa Teresa, 12) will host a photography exhibition, “Una Finestra sull’India di Le Corbusier”, sponsored by the Engineers of Verona, in collaboration with the Order of Architects in Verona.  (more…)

“Forum for an Attitude” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Through a presentation of the works, objects, texts and infographics, the exhibition analyzes what drives contemporary designers and how their attitude is reflected in their creative output. In addition to the exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, five multi-day events will be held at Depot Basel on various focal themes.

 

Exhibition view "Forum for an Attitude" © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

Exhibition view “Forum for an Attitude” © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

 

What is the ambition of designers today? Why did they become designers? What kind of social influence do they hope to achieve? What image of design is conveyed to society? And how can an attitude be expressed in design? The exhibition »Forum for an Attitude« (16.10.2015 – 14.02.2016) considers these questions and presents answers and positions on the topic. (more…)

“Circular Pavilion” building with recycled materials in Paris

Pavillon de l’Arsenal has built its circular – but not round – pavilion for COP21: an ephemeral building built with reused and recycled materials. Especially for COP21, the ephemeral architecture of the circular pavilion in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris demonstrates how to save resources.

 

 “Circular Pavilion”, Encore Heureux architect cooperative © Encore Heureux / Pavillon de l’Arsenal

“Circular Pavilion”, Encore Heureux architect cooperative © Encore Heureux / Pavillon de l’Arsenal

 

As from the 24th of October and for three months, as part of the COP21, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal will display on the Town Hall esplanade the “Circular Pavilion”, experimental architecture built in Paris with reused materials (wooden doors recovered from an apartment building, used wooden exhibition panels, second hand insulating board, discarded furniture, obsolete street lights,…). (more…)