“The World of Charles and Ray Eames” at Barbican Art Gallery

The story of the Eames Office is that of the trajectory of visual and material culture in the post-war period of the last century. Charles and Ray Eames moved fluidly between the mass-production of objects for everyday use and the transmission of ideas through exhibition, film or installation, in anticipation of the global ‘information age’.

 

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

 

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a major new exhibition surveying the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education. The World of Charles and Ray Eames opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 21 October 2015. (more…)

Creative play: Constant’s New Babylon arrives at MNCARS

Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid is hosting over 65 works of Constant’s utopian, life-long project: models, paintings, drawings and collages that show his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network.

 

New Babylon - DEN Haag (New Babylon - The Hague) © Collection Gemeentemusem Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

New Babylon – DEN Haag (New Babylon – The Hague) © Collection Gemeentemusem Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía present an exhibition dedicated to the figure of the Dutch artist Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhys, Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005).

Under the title of New Babylon, the show focuses above all on the artist’s most emblematic project,  his concept of the city of the future. For nearly twenty years (1956-1974), Constant made models, paintings, drawings and collages that showed his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network. The land would be collectively owned, work would be automated  and carried out by robots, and people would be free to devote their time to creative play. (more…)

“Archetypes: Turkish architecture through the ages” at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition focuses on the grounds of Turkish architecture into the contemporary world, emphasizing on the creation and evolution of the so-called Turkish archetypes, born out of the tradition of Islamic art and philosophy.

 

"Archetypes" Exhibition display © Photo: Sinan Logie

“Archetypes” Exhibition display © Photo: Sinan Logie

 

From the very first human settlements until today, the history of Anatolia has been marked by numerous waves of transformation, revival, and re-appropriation. This dynamic and continuous dialogue between past and present is also reflected in the history of its architecture whose archetypical elements (tent, minaret, column, caravanserai, etc.,) have endured through the ages and are still discernible today in many contemporary creations.

“Archetypes: Architecture in Turkey through  the ages”, organized by CIVA in collaboration with EUROPALIA, is an exhibition offering a unique and comparative reading of Turkish architectural history in relation to contemporary projects via several case studies originating from different regions and eras, brought to life in models, architectural drawings, photographs and films. (more…)

“Milano città immaginata. 10 projects from the CASVA archives” at Politecnico Milano

The ten urban designs selected for the exhibition remain unrealised, imagined by their architects as potential improvements on the past, or as provocations or denouncements of an urban development that they were opposed to.

 

Piazza Fontana. Milano città immaginata © CASVA archives

Piazza Fontana. Milano città immaginata. Francesco Gnecchi Ruscone © CASVA archives

 

They are alternative urban landscapes of the city we experience today, realised in their planned state through the interpretation that artists or illustrators chose to give them. “Milano città immaginata. 10 projects from the CASVA archives” is an exhibition dedicated to Milan and to the culture of design: designs which, when completed, become real, but that may also remain an idea on a page, a hypothesis, a virtual idea. (more…)

“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” at CentroCentro Madrid

The exhibition, which will be open from October 6 to January 10, 2016, reviews the buildings designed by the Spanish architect in the Canary Islands, an earthly paradise of sorts from which Higueras took full advantage creating a new allegorical, exotic lansdcape filled with massive concrete structures.

 

"Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas" © CentroCentro

“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” © CentroCentro

 

Fernando Higueras, one of the masters of the architecture of Madrid in the ’60s and’ 70s is currently back on the spotlight, as a renewed interest in his architecture has been growing for quite some time to which CentroCentro Cibeles is joining.

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“Book for Architects” exhibition at ETH Zurich

The exhibition showcases a historical selection of special “books for architects” as well as commentary on books by contempo­rary architects, historians and theorists, who, in various forms, conceptually and concretely explore a great many aspects of architecture books.

 

Book for Architects, gta exhibitions, 2015, installation view © Stefan Altenburger

Book for Architects, gta exhibitions, 2015, installation view © Stefan Altenburger

 

From the 30th of September to the 4th of December, ETH Zurich will be host to the exhibition “Book for Architects”, a reflection on physical books, architecture, sustainability and critical discourse regarding architectural publications.

Curated by Fredi Fischli, Andri Gerber and Niels Olsen, the exhibition showcases a historical selection of special “books for architects” as well as commentary on books by contempo­rary architects, historians and theorists, who, in various forms, conceptually and concretely explore a great many aspects of books for architects. (more…)

New African Architecture on the spotlight at arc en rêve in Bordeaux

The cultural centre and gallery devoted to architecture is organizing, in partnership with Frac Acquitaine, a competition and exhibition on young architects working in Africa.

 

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture, located in Bordeaux, France presents the exhibition Young Architects in Africa from 24 September to 22 November.

Organised by Architecture-Studio, the competition and exhibition entitled Young Architects in Africa aim to showcase architectural creativity in Africa by turning the spotlight on a young generation of architects that shows great promise from an international perspective. The exhibition focuses on the environmental and participative nature of the projects, which represent the social and community values embodied by young architects in Africa. (more…)

Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957

The exhibition traces the history of this university experiment in its main outlines. In the first few years of its existence, the college was strongly shaped by German and European émigrés – among them several former Bauhaus members such as Josef and Anni Albers, Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky and Walter Gropius.

 

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

 

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the legendary Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933 in North Carolina, USA, Black Mountain rapidly rose to fame on account of its progressive teaching methods and the many prominent figures who taught and studied there. Its influence upon the development of the arts in the second half of the 20th century was enormous; the performatisation of the arts, in particular, that emerged as from the 1950s derived vital impetus from the experimental practice at Black Mountain. The founders wanted to establish a democratic, experiential, interdisciplinary educational facility in line with the forward-thinking pedagogical ideas of philosopher John Dewey. (more…)

Exhibition about Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat opens in CIVA  Brussels

The exhibition on the Tugendhat Villa is composed of 14 comprehensive topics dealing with the history of the villa in several time periods. Accompanying texts of individual “chapters” do not directly follow up on each other in their structure.

 

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

Villa Tugendhat © David Zidlicky

 

On September 23 from 7 pm a festive opening of the Vila Tugendhat exhibition will be held in the spaces of CIVA – The International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Landspace. The opening will be held together with a lecture by the Villa director Iveta Černá called “Beyond of the Glass Room: The many lives of the Villa Tugendhat”. (more…)

18 finalists revealed for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’15

BigMat has announced the 18 finalists in the competition for the 2015 edition of its biennial BigMat International Architecture Award. The Grand Prize, National Prizes and runners-up will be disclosed in the Awards Ceremony in Berlin on November 20.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award '15.18 finalists

BigMat International Architecture Award ’15 finalists

 

BigMat International has announced the 18 finalists in the competition for the 2015 edition of its biennial architecture award. The selected finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 100 participating teams of architects disclosed last June. Representing both emerging and established practices with offices in the six countries eligible for the Award, the shortlisted entries show the great diversity of the projects presented, both in scale and nature of the architecture itself. (more…)