“PISÉ. Tradition and Potential” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

In spite of the ubiquitousness and sustainability of earth construction, it remains in the shadows of our building practice, though it does have a long tradition, even on our latitude. This exhibition has made it its priority to reintroduce the european tradition of building with earth, and especially that of rammed earth buildings in France, as well as their influence on Switzerland.

 

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

Haus Rauch, Schlins, Autriche Martin Rauch (Lehm Ton Erde GmbH) & Roger Boltshauser-Photographe © Beat Bühler

 

This construction technique, also known as Pisé, has a history of over 2000 years in Europe. In the Rhônes Alpes region rammed earth buildings experienced their first golden age with the rapid growth of cities beginning in the middle of the 16th century. A second active building era followed in the 19th century in the age of the grand rural exodus and the housing shortages resulting from it. The linen trade brought with it the knowledge of rammed earth from France to Switzerland. In eastern Switzerland, various Pisé buildings were erected beginning in the 17th century. (more…)

“Other spaces” by Andrea Branzi, dreamlike scenes in models and drawings

The Galleria Antonia Jannone presents some of the Archizoom’s associate’s unseen works – a series of small scale models and sculptures depicting mythical spaces and scenes, as well as some drawings and photo-collages of the architect’s personal production.

 

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Andrea Branzi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan from 8th February to 11th March, 2017 with the exhibition ‘Altri Luoghi’ (Other Places) showing a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings.

The sculptures depict mysterious scenes created by the Italian architect in which  he uses clay, plaster, marble stone and wood. Enclosed in plexiglass cases, these scenes remind us of classical stages and tales with cryptic meaning. The drawings, part of the 1987 Dolmen series, link these sculptures to the architect’s previous work as part of a long-term design research process. (more…)

“Limits to infinity” Utopias revisited by FRAC Val-de-Loire

The exhibition is one of the four installments of the centre’s wider-scope theme named “The city faraway”, featuring works by Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, Yona Friedman and Charles Simonds.

 

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

 

On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s  No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s  Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men. (more…)

“Live Matter” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

Live Matter concerns itself with the ongoing measure of the natural world—how plant life has been described, muted, and labeled throughout botanical history—to reveal a new discourse that delights in an attitude of discovery, one that acknowledges the aliveness of plants.

 

"Live Matter" exhibition © Archizoom EPFL

“Live Matter” exhibition © Archizoom EPFL

 

The research calls out plants as a design medium, a proposition that acknowledges that we remain in a period of discovery when it comes to transformations of the plant itself. The subject of live matter is, in a sense, about how we participate in the universal act of planting. Therefore, the term is suggested to invoke the animated but rarely fully appreciated existence of plant life. Plants displace, conjoin, sequence; they are irritable, sensitive, or combative and display a range of postures including anticipation and mobility. (more…)

“Horizontal Metropolis” at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

Produced in collaboration with Lab-U, the exhibition uses Broadacre City by Frank Lloyd Wright as a starting point to study contemporary case studies of horizontal metropolis. It features models and a series of original interviews, lectures and texts.

 

Alps model © LAB-U at EPFL

Alps model © LAB-U at EPFL

 

The exhibition features five large models representing an area of 3,2km x 3,2km at 1:880 scale – the same as the original Broadacre City model, in order to showcase some recent case studies: Switzerland, both the plateau in Lausanne and the alpine territory of Valais (la ville territoire), Veneto region (Città diffusa), Boston metropolitan area (megalopolis), and the Chinese example of Tangqi (Desakota). (more…)