“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.


“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.


“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.


“Viollet-le-Duc, a visionary architect” at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris

On the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, a retrospective exhibition presents the unique work of this great architect, theorist and restorer who was also the founder of the National Museum of French Monuments, where the exhibition is showing.


Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris Henri Le Secq (Jean Louis Henri Le Secq Des Tournelles, dit) (1818-1882), [1853?] / Contretype moderne d’après un négatif sur plaque de verre. Paris, Bibliothèque des arts décoratifs. © Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais /Henri Le Secq

Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier. Charles Marville (1813-1879) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe


Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) is one of the few architects of the nineteenth century whose death did not drive him to oblivion, but quite on the contrary.

Despite the controversies, his restoration works have always been a reference for architecture professionals, and his genius has marked the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages. For a long time, historians have attempted to put his archeological science and his ideas on restoration into perspective. Then, from the 1970’s on, his ideas on architectural design were subject of study and controversy.


Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier Charles-François Bossu, dit Charles Marville (1813-1879) ; vers 1860 Photographie ; épreuve sur papier sec à partir d’un négatif verre au collodion sec. Paris, Musée d’Orsay, PHO 1985 200 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe

Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris. Henri Le Secq © Ministère de la Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine / Henri Le Secq


Now, thirty years after the last monographic exhibition was dedicated to him in Paris, it is the least known aspects and the most unexpected production of this talented artist which will be presented to the public, as a testimony of the richness and complexity of his personality.  We already know the rational nature of his approach to architectural practice: now is the turn to emphasize his work as a visionary of architecture. To illustrate, in other terms, the intimacy between the positivist system that Viollet-le-Duc represents, and his romantic delusions, the sources of his genius.  A personality which is  strange and complex, hyperactive and productive, relating his encyclopedic knowledge to the service of both a political and aesthetic plan.

The exhibition will be showing in the main venue of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris -at Place Trocadéro, 1- until March 9th, 2015.


Watch the online promotional video for the exhibition below.


Information translated from the original via Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine.
All images taken from the exhibition’s dossier, available here.


“Speculative Architecture”, seminar at The Prado Museum on architecture for the art

The gallery and Camilo José Cela University collaborate in a seminar entitled ‘Speculative Architecture’.

The Prado Museum and the Camilo José Cela University signed last December in the cloister of the gallery an agreement to collaborate in a seminar entitled “Speculative Architecture”, from January to April of this year, will cover the history of museums and how these have offered through history a “mirror image of society and what each society thinks of itself”.


The Prado Museum

The academic initiative, to be held at the Center for the Study of Cason del Buen Retiro, is directed by the writer Felix de Azua and Luis Feduchi, director of the School of Architecture and Technology, at Camilo José Cela University. De Azua also will also offer for the third year in a row and at the same venue the seminar “The Thinking Eye” about the transformations in the way art is understood since Romanticism revolution.
“Speculative Archictecture” comes from a sentence of El Greco collected in a Vasari´s volume which belonged to the library of the Cretan painter: “Painting, for being so universal, it is speculative.” “Speculative in that mirror,” explains De Azua. “And if the painting is a mirror reflection of societies, of course the museums are so”.


Cedric Price: the Dynamics of Time, itinerant exhibition showing now in Maastricht

Timmerfabriek in Maastricht will host until March 22nd the third iteration of this exhibition that has already been to London and Venice -showing new advances in research as well as an interactive Memory Bank video installation.




Dutch independent architectural institution Bureau Europa is proudly presenting “Cedric Price: The Dynamics of Time”, an exhibition on the British architect’s ideas and ambitions relating architecture in all its aspects – education, social spatiality, political approaches to the house and the city. This exhibition, complemented by a newly presented Memory Bank -an interactive video to learn on Cedric Price’s colleagues’ contemporary perspectives on his critical practice. The exhibition will be showing on the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht, until March 22nd 2015.


Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey to give conference as latest RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Irish architects and recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will be giving a conference hosted by RIBA on February 2nd. Also during the evening, the 2015 Honorary Fellowships will be presented.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.


After being shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize a record five times; most recently in 2014 for the London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student’s Centre in London, Irish architectural practice O’Donnell & Tuomey will present a conference on February 2nd 2015 at 6:30 pm, open to the general public at the cost of the correspondent entrance fee.


Giancarlo De Carlo’s unpublished sketches at Triennale di Milano

A sentimental exhibition of architecture and a small tribute to a lesser-known, more private side of Giancarlo De Carlo.


Giancarlo De Carlo’s controversial, critical and political approach to architecture is probably one the most international, famous and critically-acclaimed face of Italy’s twentieth-century architectural practice. However, there is another side to De Carlo’s practice: a lesser known, more private design process. Through different-scale drawings and sketches and multimedia installations, Triennale di Milano is offering a new view on the Italian architect’s relationship with landscape, territory, the city, private life and the public eye  -offering an interesting insight on De Carlo’s thoughts and actions.


Giancarlo De Carlo "Schizzi inediti" Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

Giancarlo De Carlo “Schizzi inediti” Ⓒ Triennale di Milano


Lasting from December 19 to January 11, 2015, the exhibition will be open to the public at the Triennale’s main building in Viale Alemagna  in Milan.