“Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the AA” at deSingel Antwerpen

The exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association presents 50 works on paper by architects and artists collected by the long-term chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London, Alvin Boyarsky.

 

Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), “The Pleasure of Architecture,” 1983. Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1982–83. Color screen print on paper, 30 11/16 x 20 3/16”. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © OMA.

Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), “The Pleasure of Architecture,” 1983. Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1982–83. Color screen print on paper, 30 11/16 x 20 3/16”. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © OMA.

 

As chairman of the Architectural Association, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool but as a form of architecture in its own right. This book brings together an iconic set of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time—including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, OMA–Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, Shin Takamatsu, and others.

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“Everything architecture” exhibition by OFFICE now at AA London

Everything Architecture was first exhibited in the antechambers of the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and afterwards at the Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux, before travelling to the AA.

Dars House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

Dars House © OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

It consists of a series of models, perspective views and collages arranged alongside artists’ drawings, paintings and photographs in the main gallery at arc en rêve, reflecting a way of conceiving architecture that excels in paradoxical situations by playing with the tense relationship between contradiction and perfection. (more…)

Mark Campbell’s “Paradise Lost” at AA

Mark Campbell presents its work in Paradise Lost, a new exhibition that concludes a four-year examination of the concept of architectural obsolescence, pursued through an exploration of the contemporary United States.

 

Paradise Lost © Mark Campbell

Paradise Lost © Mark Campbell

 

While the US was the world’s greatest economic, scientific and cultural force during the twentieth century, it now faces a kind of unplanned obsolescence, in which the nation has become progressively obsessed with its own decline. In these circumstances, changing patterns of consumption and demand have often resulted in an architectural redundancy, in which architecture simply exists as a kind of by-product or residue of these processes.

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“Drawing Ambience. Alvin Boyarsky and the AA” by Igor Marjanovic and Jan Howard

This richly illustrated volume showcases the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 until his death in 1990.

 

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Print with hand-applied acrylic and wash, 27 1/2 x 22 5/8". Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Print with hand-applied acrylic and wash, 27 1/2 x 22 5/8″. Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

As chairman of the Architectural Association, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool but as a form of architecture in its own right. This book brings together an iconic set of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time—including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, OMA–Rem Koolhaas, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, Shin Takamatsu, and others.

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“Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution” at AA School

The exhibiton focuses on Walter Segal’s work with the Lewisham self-builders of the 1980s and displays the application of Segal’s method today. Housed in and around a newly constructed section of a Segal house, from which visitors can experience the fundamental elements of the style, are original drawings, documents and furniture designed by Segal alongside archival films and photographs.

 

Walter Segal © Jon Broome

Walter Segal © Jon Broome

 

Walter Segal was born in Berlin in 1907, he came to England in the 1930s to study Egyptology and teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The development of his iconic self-build method during the 1960s enabled ordinary people, young and old, to design and build their own houses quickly and cheaply using readily available materials in standard sizes, without the need for specialist wet trades such as bricklaying and plastering.

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Didier Faustino: “Undomesticated Places” at AA London

The exhibition presents two approaches to performative practice in the closely-linked fields of contemporary art and architecture, representative of Didier Faustino’s obsession with the location of the body in private and public space.

 

This is not a Love Song. London © Didier Faustino

This is not a Love Song. London © Didier Faustino

 

Undomesticated Places presents two projects by the French artist and architect Didier Faustino, one inside the AA gallery and one in the public space of Bedford Square.

The first part of the exhibition, inside the building, takes the form of an immersive space in which the video triptych Exploring Dead Buildings 2.0 is shown on giant screens. The spectator is invited to lie down to enjoy the images of a performance realised on the occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial. On the screens an explorer with a video device fixed on his metallic armour constructs a sensitive archaeology of the School of Ballet, a building designed by Vittorio Garatti in the early 60s. (more…)

“Five projects from 1960s West Berlin” Ludwig Leo´s drawings at the AA

Despite having built three of the most important buildings in postwar West Berlin architecture – Charlottenburg Sports Hall, Circulation Tank of the Hydraulics Laboratory near Tiergarten station and a tower for the German Association of Lifeguards – Ludwig Leo’s work is now largely forgotten since his withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 70s. 

 

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert


‘Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect’ is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. “The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved,” he said, “that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around.”

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“A Clockwork Jerusalem”, the British Pavilion for this year’s Biennale, at the AA Gallery

Especially designed for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition programmed from May 9 to June 6 in the AA Gallery explores the many faces and the great extent of Britain’s Modernism, combining “traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction”.

 

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte


The Architectural Association Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition on British Modernism and its many faces: from early pop culture to the garden city utopia, the display attempts to explore how international influences came together with Britain’s very own vision of its future.

Especially designed for the British Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”, the exhibition, comprising models, media installations and photographs will be displayed in the AA Gallery’s main space from May 9 to June 6, 2015.

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“Jan Kaplický Drawings” exhibition in AA London

Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.

© Jan Kaplický Archive

House for a helicopter pilot, project 105 © Jan Kaplický Archive

 

On Saturday 28th February AA Membership will host a special Saturday Gallery talk in the AA Front Members’ Room of the exhibition Jan Kaplický Drawings , a collection of work by the infamous Czech architect, himself an AA Unit master between 1982 and 1988.

The talk will be led by British architect Amanda Levete & former wife of Kaplicky who was co-director of their practise Future Systems, responsible for award-winning and internationally recognised buildings including Selfridges department store in Birmingham and the media centre at Lord’s cricket ground which won the prestigious Stirling Prize. Levete’s current architectural practise, AL_A, have also designed the exhibition.

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