The CCA presents the exhibition “Landscapes of the Hyperreal: Ábalos & Herreros selected by SO – IL”

It is the last of three exhibitions in a series entitled Out of the Box: Ábalos & Herreros. Conceived as an innovative, ongoing investigation of an architectural archive, the three exhibitions explore the legacy of the Spanish architecture firm Ábalos & Herreros through the research and interpretations of different guest curators.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.


Out of the Box is a research and exhibition project created by the CCA to increase access and dissemination of its acquisitions by making materials available for research, discovery and public presentation while the archive is still in the process of being catalogued. Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros donated the archive of their firm to the CCA in 2012. The archive represents their built works, alongside other activities such as curatorial projects, teaching and extensive writings. Collectively, these three Out of the Box exhibitions will introduce new readings of the work of Ábalos & Herreros, revealing their significance within the field of architecture today. (more…)

The CCA Montreal presents “The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76”

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city. The exhibition is organized by the Fundação de Serralves – Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.

 

"The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76" © Álvaro Siza

“The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76” © Álvaro Siza

 

Born out of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, SAAL―the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Local Ambulatory Support Service)―was a pioneering architectural and political experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and poor living conditions in Portuguese cities. With the support of the new temporary socialist government, SAAL established technical teams, known as brigades, that were led by architects in collaboration with local communities and aimed to develop housing solutions with the direct input of residents. The brigades reinvented the practice of architecture from start to finish, not only designing buildings but also surveying living conditions, supporting resident committees, and monitoring land use, resulting in projects designed with the residents and not just for them. In only twenty-six months, until October 1976, SAAL produced some 170 projects involving more than forty thousand families. (more…)