[Exhibition] “Power Architecture” inaugural exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

“Poder Arquitectura” is Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Centre for Architecture’s inaugural exhibition. Organised by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho, the exhibition will occupy the approximately 800 square meters of the Exhibition Aisle with a proposal of reflection around eight powers that align, intersect, inflect and diverge from each other.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

In an exhibition of architecture, the only space that visitors experience is the gallery that houses it, the rest are representations of it. The exhibition Power/Architecture, which inaugurates Casa da Arquitectura, is designed for the former warehouse of the Royal Winery. The project explores the monumental extension and height of the nave with a single central void that encourages non-sequential visits and activities with the public. An electro welded mesh is the limit of the void, the first of three planes where photographs, models, objects, clippings, films, drawings and texts assembled.


 

Practical information

“Power Architecture”
November 18, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Casa da Arquitectura, Avenida Menéres, 456
4450-189 Matosinhos
Portugal

 


The ensemble forms a gallery-archive that surrounds the visitors. Under the turret, a tribune turns them into Plan privileged observers and potential speakers. In this way, the support device of representations brings up the direct experience of the architecture.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

According to the curators, “the relation between Power and Architecture is fundamental to question how contemporary society and architecture work together. Architecture is not just the expression of a single power. It reflects, and works from, various powers. We have therefore decided to isolate those powers who help clarify this complex cartography. Thus we have collective, regulatory, technological, economic, domestic, cultural, media and ritual powers.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

In the long struggle between Man and Nature, Culture and Technology, these powers exerted influences of variable intensity in the production of architectural artifacts and in the design of the city and the territory. Today, faced with a political impotence that excuses and validates decisions that harm the public good and the meaning of communities, there seems to be room for a new reflection on power “, as can be read in the opening text of the book accompanying the Exhibition, a co-edition between Casa da Arquitectura and the Swiss publisher Lars Müller.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

Open to the public from November 18, 2017 to March 18, 2018, in Casa’s Exhibition Aisle, “Poder Arquitectura” brings together photographs, models, books, drawings, videos, magazines, postcards and other materials on around a hundred architectural projects built around the world.

CURATORS

Jorge Carvalho is an architect that graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto. In 1991, he founded, with Teresa Novais, the studio aNC arquitectos, whose works have been awarded, published and presented internationally. He is a guest teacher at the Architecture Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies of the University of Coimbra. As an author of essays, his field is contemporary architecture.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

Pedro Bandeira is an architect that graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto. He is a researcher (LAB 2PT) and teacher at the Architecture School of University of Minho. He is the author of several books on architecture: “Projectos Específicos para um Cliente Genérico” [Specific Projects for a Generic Client] (2006), “Escola do Porto Lado B (1868-1978) [Porto School Side B (1868-1978)]” (2014) – He was awarded the prize Crítica e Ensaística de Arquitectura AICA 2015 and Arcosanti 2012 (2017).

Ricardo Carvalho is an architect that graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Lisbon and has a PhD from IST, University of Lisbon. He founded the studio Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos in 1999. He is a teacher and the director of the Architecture department at the University of Autónoma in Lisbon and was a guest teacher in University of Navarra, Spain (2013) and Carleton, Canada (2016). He regularly writes about architecture

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

AUTHORS IN THE CATALOGUE

Alexandra Vougia
André Tavares + Ivo Poças Martins
Andreas Ruby + Ilka Ruby + Yuma Shinohara
Guilherme Wisnik
João Belo Rodeia
Joaquim Moreno
Moisés Puente
Nuno Grande

AUTHORS OF THE 36 MAIN PROJECTS OF THE EXHIBITION

51N4E
Aires Mateus
Álvaro Siza
Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu
Assemble
Bjarke Ingels Group
Design Workshop
Dietmar Feichtinger
Duplex Architekten
Eduardo Souto de Moura
GAD Architecture
Gramazio & Kohler + Bearth & Deplazes
Helmut Jahn
Herzog & de Meuron
Inês Lobo
João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Johnston Marklee + Nuno Brandão Costa + Office KGDVS
Jones Studio
Lacaton & Vassal
Marina Tabassum
Michael Maltzan
OMA
Oving Architekten
Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Pedro Maurício Borges e J. André Simões
Peter Soderman
Promontório Arquitectos
Renato Rizzi
Sporaarchitects
Vijitha Basnayaka
Witherford Watson Mann Architects


 

News source: Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura
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