“In praise of shadow” Arduino Cantàfora’s paintings at Galerie de l’Univers

Arduino Cantafora, who is in fact an architect himself, has worked over the last 22 years as a teacher and University professor both in the United States and in Europe, where he has taught in EPFL in Lausanne.


Le Venezie possibili © Arduino Cantàfora. Galerie de l’Univers.

Le Venezie possibili © Arduino Cantàfora. Galerie de l’Univers.


The Galerie de l’Univers in Lausanne is displaying, for the third time now, the paintings of the Italian artist Arduino Cantafora, whose work ranges from the evocative depiction of dark, moody interiors to almost architectural-like drawings with a strong sense of perspective. (more…)

“Virtual Control – Security and the Urban Imagination” at RIBA, Max Colson interrogates security design in UK cities

This summer, The Practice Space at RIBA will host an exhibition of photography, video and installation by the artist Max Colson, interrogating privatised public space and security design.


'Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle' Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson

‘Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle’ Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson


Presented by the UCL Urban Laboratory, with support from The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Virtual Control’ focuses on urban environments that are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. Elements of the exhibition explore how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas, and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour, whilst other sections repurpose ‘photorealistic’ imagery, marketing material and 3D animation techniques used to present idealised versions of urban environments. (more…)

The narrative lines of Giancarlo De Carlo: last week for the exhibition in Venice

Comprising the architect’s work over the course of 20 years (1949-1969), the exhibition serves as a critique to the dogmatic principles of ‘the Modern’, which can be found in De Carlo’s production well before it became part of the international debate of culture.


Matera competition entry "Giancarlo De Carlo, molteplicare la narrazione"  © Iuav Venezia

Matera competition entry “Giancarlo De Carlo, molteplicare la narrazione” © Iuav Venezia


The IUAV in Venice is holding an exhibition on the work of Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo, focusing on his early critique to the Modern Movement as well as his personal approach to arcitecture design and architecture itself. “Giancarlo De Carlo, multiplying narration”  is now reaching its end, as it will close its doors on July 17, after three weeks of display in the main gallery of Iuav’s headquarters.

Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005) spent his career working on the theme of ‘living’ – from private dwellings to shared residencies, extending across a recognizable linear progression of research which began with his professional debut, a set of projects carried out for the INA-Casa Plan in the 1950s.


Architecture, design and photography join this summer in Lisbon’s MUDE

This summer, Lisbon’s MUDE is focusing on the relationship between architects and design, with two shows: Eminent Architects and Designer Architects. The installations comprise a broad display of designer objects of the Francisco Capelo Collection and a selection of black and white portraits by Ingrid von Kruse.


Designer Architects / Eminent Architects  © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda


This summer, the MUDE -the Fashion and Design Museum of Lisbon– focuses on architecture with the inauguration of two simultaneous shows drawing on the relationship between architects and design.

Comprised by objects of the museums main collection, the Coleção Francisco Capelo, the exhibition Designer Architects located on the first floor of the museum displays a series of celebrated designer objects, ranging from chairs to lamps, signed by famous architects like Alvar Aalto, Andrea Branzi, Charles Eames, Michael Graves, Vittorio Gregotti, Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Carlo Scarpa, Eero Saarinen or  Ettore Sottsass, among many others.


“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” at LUCA Luxembourg

The exhibition curated for last years’ Luxembourg Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale puts us on the tracks of five modernist scenarios in this country, as seen through the lens of a fictional detective story.


"Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?" © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin

“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin


The installation inside the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice has now been inaugurated in the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, where it will be on show during the summer months.

The title of the exhibition – “Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” perfectly responds to the specific, common topic of “Absorbing Modernity – 1914-2014”, introduced by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, in the context of the Biennale’s yearly theme, which was “Fundamentals”. Each country was invited to study its’ last hundred years of architecture by choosing its’ own accents and defining its’ own original approach to the subject.


“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.


“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.


“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…)