Architecture Week Prague 2015

The 9th International Festival of Architecture and Urbanism Architecture Week Prague 2015 will take place in the Convent of St. George at Prague Castle and other locations in Prague from August 17 to October 18, 2015.

 

Vila Frantiska Bilka Hradcany, Prague © Architecture Week Prague 2015

Vila Frantiska Bilka Hradcany, Prague © Architecture Week Prague 2015

 

The exhibition Heritage of My Homeland, the main exhibition of this year´s festival, will present not only the greatest architectural treasures of all regions, but also their culture, art and objects characteristic for individual regions. It is organized by the company Czech Architecture Week in cooperation with the Prague Castle Administration. The festival will again be held under the patronage of the Czech President, Mr. Miloš Zeman.  (more…)

Discover the must-see architecture of Madrid at Open House Madrid 2015

For the first time the international festival of architecture and city, Open House, arrives to Madrid. The 26th and September 27th anyone will be allowed to visit nearly 100 buildings and urban areas of the capital, some of which are not usually accessible to the public.

 

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac.

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac

 

This is the case of the Bank of Spain. During the festival there are two kind of visits in this historic building. One of architectural character, in which you can tour the 100,000 m² building that contains interventions made by Rafael Moneo and Mansilla + Tuñón with the help of a guide; in the other visit you can see the art collection housed in the Bank.

 

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“Gianni Avon: Architectures in Lignano 1954-1972”

The exhibition curated by the practice Avon Architetti Associati in collaboration with Ferruccio Luppi, offers a selection of works representative as much as possible of the author’s personality and makes it easy to spot the location of the architectures, so that the visitors are encouraged to discover and admire them by their own.

 

"Gianni Avon: Architectures in Lignano 1954-1972" © Comune di Lignano. Biblioteca Comunale.

“Gianni Avon: Architectures in Lignano 1954-1972” © Comune di Lignano. Biblioteca Comunale.

 

The exhibition “Gianni Avon: Architectures in Lignano 1954-1972” will be  remain open until 8 September at the Sea Terrace (Terraza a Mare). On September 9 it will be transferred to the civic center Sandro Pertini until the end of the month. The exhibition is organized by the city of Lignano and is curated by Ferruccio Luppi with the study Architects Avon Udine. Gianni Avon, born in Udine in 1922, where he lived and worked until 2006, the year of his death, he studied at the Faculty of Architecture of Venice  ( Carlo Scarpa and Bruno Zevi were some of his teachers).  (more…)

“BICs of the twentieth century” at LASEDE COAM Madrid

Madrid architecture from the second half of the twentieth century is not yet officially recognized in the Spanish heritage register. Until August 31st you can enjoy at the headquarters of the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) the exhibition “BICs of the twentieth century”.

 

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The exhibition is a sample that includes the most important twentieth century buildings in Madrid which,  either because their temporary proximity or programmatic modesty, have not been recognized as BIC (Well of Cultural Interest). This exhibition was created with the aim of supporting the efforts from the COAM which is underway to request the addition of 20 buildings as BIC and 150 sets as BIP (Heritage Resource). Thus, it is intended that society gives more importance to these works thaty, usually,  go unnoticed and so the locals discover and value the role of architects in designing the landscape of the city of last 60 years. (more…)

BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award unveils the 100 selected projects

The BigMat International Architecture Award is proud to present a selection of 100 projects –out of the over 750 applicants– which will compete to enter the final selection of 18 projects eligible for the Grand Prize of 30,000€.

 

Image of the Jury meeting in Paris © BigMat Award

Image of the Jury meeting in Paris © BigMat Award

 

The members of the Jury of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award have selected 100 projects out of the over 750 presented in this second edition of the Prize. President Jesús Aparicio and Secretary Jesús Donaire, along with the rest of the members of the jury –Olivier Bastin (Belgium), Martin Rajnis (Czech Republic), Antonio Ortiz (Spain), Henry Ciriani (France) Francesco Dal Co (Italy), Manuel Aires Mateus (Portugal)– met in Paris last June 10th in order to select the top 100 projects from the six countries participating in the 2015 edition of the BigMat Award: Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Czech Republic and, for the first time this year, Portugal. (more…)

BigMat Architecture Award 2015: last call for submissions!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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BigMat Architecture Award 2015: less than one week to submit your entry!

Architects who want to follow the footsteps of Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— have until next May 15 to submit their works. The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award Trophies

 

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).

Remarkably, the origins of this Award date back to 2011, coinciding in time with possibly the worst part of the finantial and economic crisis in Europe. Since then, BigMat Group have been pushing architecture forward through this Award.

Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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Deadline extended for the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award

The deadline for entries to the BigMat Architecture Award has been extended to the 15th of May. Applicants to compete among the best architecture built in Europe can still register for free online.

 

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

BigMat International Award National Prize Trophy

 

The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with over 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards. Last year’s winner was Xaveer De Geyter, XDGA, with Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus (COOVI), Brussels.

The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in SpainFranceItalyPortugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.).

Any architects whose professional address is in any of the six participating countries and whose works have also been built in these territories can submit their works until the 15th of May. Works will only be considered for this prize if they were built between January 1st, 2011, and January 1st, 2015, and, in the case of Portugal, built between January 1st, 2007, and January 1st, 2015.

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“A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980s until today” at Centre Pompidou

A History, a new presentation of the Centre Pompidou contemporary collections, proposes an interpretation of art inspired by the very way in which artists have positioned themselves in relation to the profound changes in the last thirty years.

 

Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

The new presentation of the contemporary collections of the Centre Pompidou, provides an overview of contemporary art since the Eighties through a circuit of almost 400 works and objects by nearly 200 artists, architects and designers. With paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, films, drawings, photographs, architecture and design, this new presentation offers a new approach to the art of the last thirty years.

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