“Between landscapes and history” Wright and organic architecture at IUAV, two exhibitions at the Tolentini

The exhibition aims to illustrate the reception that Frank Lloyd Wright’s lesson and the “organicist” conception had within the IUAV from the post-World War II period.

 

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

 

Some concomitant facts contributed decisively to the development of an original and multifaceted tendency: the presence in the School directed by Giuseppe Samonà of a historian such as Bruno Zevi – of which the centenary of his birth occurs -, the arrival in Venice of Wright and the task attributed to him to design the Angelo Masieri Memorial on the waters of the Grand Canal, the role of “mediator” of the American master’s thought played by Carlo Scarpa, a brilliant, influential and already established architect. (more…)

“Cartesian Space” AMO for 2019 SS Prada Man’s Show

For the 2019 Spring/Summer fashion show, AMO stages a return to basics with a sophisticated setup that brings fashion into the foreground by questioning the recent practice that sees show sets as explanatory efforts to contextualize collections.

 

2019 SS Prada Man's Show - Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

2019 SS Prada Man’s Show – Cartesian Space, OMA/AMO © Agostino Osio / AMO

 

The rough imperfection of the venue in Via Fogazzaro, Milan, is counterbalanced by the Cartesian precision of the set, which magnifies the industrial elegance of the space. The room is treated as an architectural field that controls the show’s dynamics: a grid defines the areas occupied by guests, while four different trajectories are left unoccupied for models to cross the room longitudinally, enforcing a strict serial layout. (more…)

“Guardiola House” Peter Eisenman at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

The Guardiola House (1986-1988) evokes traces left by decomposing the movements of a form sliding along a slope, much like a wave on the sand. Designed for Cadiz bay in Spain, the housing project is the result of operations that manipulate (rotation, displacement, superposition, shift) a basic geometrical figure: the cube.

 

"Guardiola House" Peter Eisenmann at Frac Centre-Val de Loire © Peter Eisenmann

“Guardiola House” Peter Eisenmann at Frac Centre-Val de Loire © Peter Eisenmann

 

Peter Eisenman is an internationally renowned architect, theorist and teacher, who made his mark during the 1980s in United States as a leading figure in deconstructive architecture. The constant parallel he established between philosophy and linguistics allowed him to rethink architecture’s history, along with its functioning and limits, inventing configurations that intensify the user’s spatial and temporal experience. (more…)

“Sleeping Beauty. Reinventing Frei Otto’s Multihalle” exhibition in Venice

“Sleeping Beauty” follows on from the successful exhibition “Frei Otto—Thinking by Modeling,” which was hosted by the ZKM in Karlsruhe from November 2016 to March 2017. The show in Venice focuses on the Multihalle and will be the first exhibition in the world dedicated to this fascinating building. Cooperation partner is the City of Mannheim.

 

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

 

saai | Archive for Architecture and Engineering and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presents an exhibition on the Multihalle Mannheim on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The project’s initiators and curators are the Berlin-based urbanist and curator Sally Below and Georg Vrachliotis, professor of architectural theory and director of saai, who also curated the previous Frei Otto exhibition. Both are long-standing advisors to the City of Mannheim on the development of the Multihalle preservation strategy. The exhibition architect is Marc Frohn, who is also a professor at KIT, and his architecture firm FAR frohn&rojas. (more…)

Discover the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo, an architect celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

 

Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

 

Escobedo (b. 1979, Mexico City) is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to designa temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens. This pioneering commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid, has presented the first UK structures of some of the biggest na mes in international architecture. In recent years, it has grown into a hotly anticipated showcase for emerging talent, from Sou Fujimoto of Japan to selgascano of Spain and Bjarke lngels of Denmark, whose 2016 Pavilion was the most visited architectural and design exhibition in the world. Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selected this year’s architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is sponsored by Goldman Sachs in its fourth year of support. (more…)

“The Future Starts Here” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The colourful and narrative exhibition installation, by the architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation in Madrid, bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world.

 

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

 

The V&A will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its major spring exhibition. From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer to a global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, The Future Starts Here will bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs. (more…)

“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“SOS Brutalism Save the Concrete Monsters!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Love it or hate it, the rediscovered Brutalist architecture leaves nobody cold. The exhibition presents international and outstanding Austrian examples highlighting the projects’ architectural and social relevance.

 

 IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

IACP (Carlo Celli / Luciano Celli): Rozzol Melara, Trieste, Italy, 1969–1982 Photo: Paolo Mazzo 2010

 

For several decades Brutalist buildings were vilified as architectural eyesores, and torn down or left to decay. Does the current hype herald a reversal in this trend? The global online initiative SOS Brutalism – which has already compiled over 1000 buildings in a database (www.SOSBrutalism.org) – inspired a major exhibition project at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition to have emerged from the global online platform offers, for the first time, a world-wide survey of Brutalist buildings completed on every continent between 1853 and 1979. What societal developments, which architectural and political ideas provide the context for this international phenomenon? However the exhibition also pursues the question of whether Brutalism can even be defined, or how, and addresses possible strategies for renovation in line with accepted conservation practice.

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Stedelijk BASE, the new exhibition space for the Stedelijk’s permanent collection

For the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’s permanent collection, to be housed in the Lower Level Gallery renamed Stedelijk BASE, AMO has developed an innovative steel display system, using the latest technology, to allow visitors an open-ended route through the museum’s rich collection of artworks and design pieces from 1880 to the present.

 

Stedelijk BASE, Stedelijk's permanent collectionby OMA © Ossip van Duivenbode

Stedelijk BASE, Stedelijk’s permanent collectionby OMA © Ossip van Duivenbode

 

The display system uses very thin self-standing walls, made of fifteen-millimeter-thick steel plates developed by Tata Steel Netherlands. The steel plates have een laser cut and coupled to create the stability required for the artworks. The thinness of the walls enables a flexible and open exhibition display; instead of breaking the space into smaller rooms, the collection is presented as a whole. The works are structured chronologically along the perimeter of the gallery space, and thematically on the steel walls which intersperse the gallery. Each wall is devoted to a specific aspect of the collection. (more…)

Black Flying House in Bohemia by H3t Architekti

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Honorific Mention For Young Architects. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “a hugely original hanging room that can be installed in a number of different ways and which in this case is installed under an existing railway arch.”

 

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

Black Flying House in Bohemia, Czech Republic, by H3t Architekti © Martina Kubesova

 

In words of Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakian member of the panel of judges): “Studio H3T architekti has won renowned for the realisation of small often temporary objects in the public space. The strategy of uncovering the hidden potential of the place through new intervention was followed also with their last installation. The black flying house was situated in the abandon military area on the periphery of the Czech town Pardubice. The wooden archetype of a house was hoovering under the arch of the ruined railway bridge and offering the potential guest the standard of an emergency shelter. In the absurd position and location the trivial form of the object acquired strong social-environmental content. The work was removed according to the demolition warrant after 39 days of existence.” (more…)