“In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019” at Architekturzentrum Wien

The exhibition ‘In The End: Architecture’ journeys back into the future, which begins at the end of the 1950s. Since then this “End” of architecture declared in the title has been repeatedly proclaimed, whereby each crisis has, so far, meant a new beginning.

 

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 08.jpg, 0.9 MB © Tomio Ohashi

Kisho Kurokawa, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokio (JP), 1972 © Tomio Ohashi

 

To mark the retirement of founding director Dietmar Steiner, the Architekturzentrum Wien is taking a look at sixty years of international architecture history while making current, inspiring movements for change palpable.


 

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“In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019”
October 6, 2016 –  March 20, 2017
Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien,
Austria

 


In a globalised world with continually renewing technological and digital possibilities, the rapid developments of recent decades have plunged architecture as a creative discipline and a social phenomenon into a crisis. Large offices with global operations, star architects, industry 4.0, ever more standards to be met, and the legal and economic weakening of the profession are impacting increasingly on the role of architecture.

 

Haus-Rucker-Co, Yellow Heart, Pneumatic Object / Action, Vienna (AT), 1967/68 03.jpg, 7.5 MB © Archiv HRC / Günter Zamp Kelp

Haus-Rucker-Co, Yellow Heart, Pneumatic Object / Action, Vienna (AT), 1967/68 © Archiv HRC / Günter Zamp Kelp

Herzog & de Meuron, Atelier Rémy Zaugg, Mulhouse (FR), 1995/96 12.jpg, 28.3 MB © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

Herzog & de Meuron, Atelier Rémy Zaugg, Mulhouse (FR), 1995/96 © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

 

In the midst of the discussion on the crisis, which appears to be paralysing what is happening in the architecture sector, new and initially hardly perceptible undercurrents started to attract attention — with socially engaged, historically aware or regionally anchored approaches — and breathing new life into the discipline while counteracting the ostensible stagnation. The proponents of these currents — initially met with derision as niche phenomena or flashes in the pan — have long taken over the theoretical debate.

 

Arena Occupation, Vienna (AT), 1976 07.jpg, 2.6 MB © Burgi + Peter Hirsch

Arena Occupation, Vienna (AT), 1976 © Burgi + Peter Hirsch

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Reiss Bar, Vienna (AT), 1977 04.jpg, 4.7 MB © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Reiss Bar, Vienna (AT), 1977 © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

 

The dissolution of CIAM in 1959 marked the ‘failure’ of the modern movement which plunged architecture into a profound crisis. From this starting point the exhibition meanders through history, making stops where Dietmar Steiner underwent his own personal architectural socialisation process: via stations dedicated to critiquing functionalism, soft urban renewal, New Urbanism and the Revision of Modernism, signature architecture, the bottom-up movement and global business we journey through time to the year 2019, where the cult film Blade Runner shows a magnificently bleak backdrop of Los Angeles in the future.

 

baumschlager eberle, 2226, Lustenau (AT), 2013 © Eduard Hueber © baumschlager eberle

baumschlager eberle, 2226, Lustenau (AT), 2013 © Eduard Hueber © baumschlager eberle

Moshe Safdie, habitat 67, Montréal (CA), 1967 09.jpg, 1.2 MB © Nora Vass

Moshe Safdie, habitat 67, Montréal (CA), 1967 © Nora Vass

 

The stations of architecture history are closely linked to the biography of Dietmar Steiner and reflect the impact of world events in architecture, in Austria. These stations are contrasted, by the curators, with contemporary positions that engage with ecological, social, legislative, contextual, and theoretical aspects of architecture, the diversity and innovative power of which show that architecture is far from at an end. Just as the failure of the modern movement in the postwar years stimulated architecture to take a new direction, the current stakeholders in the profession are also trying to overcome a crisis and in doing so often are deliberately or unintentionally referencing historical situations.The dialogue between the two levels of the exhibition is intended to show that every ‘End’ harbours a critical new beginning.

 

Miroslav Šik, Pfarreizentrum St. Antonius in Egg, Zurich (CH), 1997 05.jpg, 4.4 MB © Zeichnung © Miroslav Šik

Miroslav Šik, Pfarreizentrum St. Antonius in Egg, Zurich (CH), 1997 © Zeichnung © Miroslav Šik

Arduino Cantafora, La Città analoga, 1973 02.jpg, 4.1 MB © Museo del Novecento, Milano © Comune di Milano – all rights reserved

Arduino Cantafora, La Città analoga, 1973 © Museo del Novecento, Milano © Comune di Milano – all rights reserved

Steven Holl, Hotel Loisium and Visitor Center, Langenlois (AT), 2005 13.jpg, 3 MB © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

Steven Holl, Hotel Loisium and Visitor Center, Langenlois (AT), 2005 © Margherita Spiluttini / Az W Sammlung

 

20th VIENNA ARCHITECTURE CONGRESS

In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019

From 18–20 November 2016 the Az W is holding the 20th Vienna Architecture Congress, for which the key architecture theorists and architects of recent decades are gathering at the Az W for a large, intergenerational exchange of knowledge about those days, today and tomorrow. This event will constitute a profound level of commentary to the exhibition ‘In the End: Architecture’.

 

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

The Exhibition: In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019 © Pez Hejduk

 

Participants: Wiel Arets, Barry Bergdoll (requested), Richard Burdett, Petra Čeferin (requested), David Chipperfield (requested), Jean-Louis Cohen, Peter Cook (requested), Irina Davidovici, Marco de Michelis, Nathalie de Vries, Roger Diener, Marc Dubois, Oliver Elser, Angelika Fitz, Anna Heringer, Jacques Herzog, Andreas Hild, Steven Holl, Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus, Gabriele Kaiser (requested), Elke Krasny, Rob Krier (requested), Wilfried Kühn, Anne Lacaton, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Bart Lootsma, Peter Märkli, Vedran Mimica, Akos Moravánszky, Maroje Mrduljaš, Shane O’Toole, Juhani Pallasmaa, Wolf Prix, Bruno Reichlin, Sami Rintala, Ullrich Schwarz, Martin Steinmann, Stephan Trüby, Jean-Philippe Vassal, Georg Vrachliotis, Wilfried Wang, Ana Maria Zahariade, Mirko Zardini


 

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