Roland Halbe at COAM Madrid presents “9 photographs-9 situations”

On May 16 the exhibition “9 photographs-9 situations” was inaugurated, showing large-format photographs of the German Roland Halbe, referenced in the digital monograph “Roland Halbe for himself” of the international collection of architecture ebooks + scalae architects.

 

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

 

The renowned photographer, based in Stuttgart, has already worked in Spain with Banco Santander, the Canary Biennial or FCC and was curator of the On-Site: New Architecture in Spain exhibition at the MoMA in New York in 2006. (more…)

COAM Madrid hosts “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon”

Exhibition about the work, projects and way of looking of the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at  COAM  ©  COAM

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at COAM © COAM

 

This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo. (more…)

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” at COAM Madrid

The Official College of Architects of Madrid celebrates the ninth anniversary of it’s annual prize with the edition of a special catalog and exhibition looking back at the best architecture of the last decade. Photographs, plans, drawings and architect’s thoughts on over 150 projects, curated by architecture critic Edgar González.

 

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

 

Reviewing Madrid’s contemporary architecture is an interesting but vastly complex task. The Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) annually awards the COAM Prize, a recognition to  architectural excellence. The award, renowned all over Spain, is given to any works built in the Madrid Region since 2005. (more…)

“The Construction Project. From Sketches to Built Architecture” at COAM Madrid

The ‘Building Approval’ is a generally little known process, which nevertheless is key when carrying out architecture projects. The exhibition shows the detail put into the actual construction design of some of Madrid’s most iconic modernist buildings through plans and original documents.

 

 Torres Blancas, by Saenz de Oiza "El Proyecto Visado"  © COAM

Torres Blancas, by Saenz de Oiza “El Proyecto Visado” © COAM

 

 

The Fundación Arquitectura COAM -Madrid Municipal Architect’s Association- has inaugurated an exhibition with original drawings of the main works of modern architects in Madrid. Under the title The Construction Project. From Sketches to Built Architecture’, the exhibition brings together plans and original documents of the architectural icons of Madrid, such as buildings by Alejandro de la Sota, Sáenz de Oiza, Genaro Alas or Eleuterio Población.  (more…)

‘envejezANDO’ Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’ at COAM Madrid

The exhibition focuses on specific aspects of human life – aging, illness, decadence – that seem to be attached to certain physical spaces that remain separate from the space of everyday life that surrounds us.

 

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

 

Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.

Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in. (more…)

“Plečnik’s Ljubljana” visiting exhibition at COAM Madrid

The so-called “Plečnik Year” 2017 starts off with “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, an exhibition in Madrid showing the architect’s unique works in Prague, Vienna and Ljubljana. The exhibition will travel across various European cities, among which will also be the Czech capital in September, during the “Days of Ljubljana” in Prague.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

The exhibition Plečnik’s Ljubljana is a collaboration between the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) and the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), created by an initiative of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture. Part of the Plečnik Year 2017, the exhibition will present the maestro’s architecture across European cities. Its first stop, from 7 March to 27 April, is the Spanish capital of Madrid.

 

Practical information

“Plečnik’s Ljubljana”
March 7 – April 27. 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


For the commemoration of the Plečnik Year 2017 the Embassy of Slovenia in Madrid, in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum and the Czech Cultural Centre, is opening the exhibition Plečnik (1872–1957): Architect of Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna. The exhibition, which presents the masterful works of Plečnik in Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna, is on view between 7 March and 27 April at the architectural college of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, COAM, C/ Hortaleza 63, Madrid). Its curators Natalija Lapajne, MAO, and Ana Porok, MGML, prepared a well-rounded presentation of Plečnik’s Ljubljana.
Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Curators Ana Porok and Natalija Lapajne wrote in the exhibition’s introduction:
In 2017 we are celebrating the Plečnik year to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the birth and the 60th anniversary of the death of the architect Jože Plečnik. However, our recognition and valuation of his creations is not limited solely to a moment in time and space because his work touches the very universality and timelessness recognisable to all attentive observers. Characterized by the remains of the Roman period and particularly by Baroque style architecture, Ljubljana received its first modern urban plan, a work of Plečnik’s contemporary Max Fabiani, after the earthquake of 1895. From being a sleepy provincial town, it transformed into a modern Art-Noveau-style capital displaying new aesthetic ideals. It took Plečnik nearly three decades to put his vision of Ljubljana into reality. Faced with an already built up space, he redesigned and upgraded it, and between 1921 and 1957 he filled its city grid with a number of impressive buildings.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

 

The National and University Library, the Garden of All Saints – Žale, the St. Francis Church in Šiška, and the Ljubljanica bridges are some of his most important interventions within the city. The land axis leading from his house in Trnovo to the Congress Square and the Zvezda Park in the city center represents the city’s cultural avenue. The water axis comprises the arrangement of the Ljubljanica basin, starting with the Trnovski pristan embankment, continuing with the Ljubljanica embankments in the city centre, the Cobbler’s Bridge, the Triple Bridge and Central marketplace, and ending with the sluices. With his arrangement of the embankments and bridges, placing of trees and other vegetation, which he understood as a means of architecture, Plečnik infused Ljubljana with a Mediterranean spirit. His third city axis connects the Jakopič Promenade in Tivoli Park with the Ljubljana Castle on the hill. A special and sacred place is the Garden of All Saints, part of the Žale Cemetary where Plečnik, with extraordinary sensibility and veneration, honoured the citizens of Ljubljana. The architect has transformed the capital so much that we now see it as “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, a singular urban phenomenon and a comprehensive artwork of the 20th century.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

 

Simultaneously with the Slovenian capital Plečnik also worked in Prague, where he made interventions in parts of the Prague Castle for the then president Masaryk and built the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, works which inspired many Czech architects. Numerous ideas were born, reciprocally multiplied, diversified and realised in one of the capitals. A joint effort of Slovenia and the Czech Republic for the international renown of the architect is now focused in the nomination project for the inscription of his works on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

 

Independent from contemporary architectural styles of the early 20th century, especially of the reigning modernism, Plečnik was able to develop his unique architectural language. His unique approach to the reinterpretation of architectural heritage and an extraordinarily rich symbolism contain elements of timeless architecture. With his approach he upgraded and reinterpreted space, while he modernised it and looked for new usages of its traditional function. His architecture offers universal solutions for key questions in different generations, which makes his works perennial.


 

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“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” at COAM Madrid

COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) organized the exhibition and lecture by architect Winy Maas, who reviewed the ten years of life of The Why Factory, a research and education institute about the city of the future.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The Why Factory is research and education institute, belonging to the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, and led by professor Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV, that focuses in the development of our cities.


 

Practical information

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)”
December 15 – January 30, 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


The ‘The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)’ will open on December 15 at COAM. The exhibition can be visited for free until January 30th. On the same day, at 7:00 pm, Winy Maas will give the lecture ‘What’s Next?’ at the COAM Auditorium. He will present the work of The Why Factory, a global think-tank that aims to analyse, theorize and construct future cities.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

 

Some of the most outstanding works of MVRDV are the Dutch Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000, the Silodam building in Amsterdam, Markthal in Rotterdam or their proposal for the future of Paris Grand Paris Plus Petit. The Dutch architect and professor believes that “the future demands lots of knowledge to inform and inspire others”, and assures that “there is so much to do to make our future good. More funding is needed to do research and to produce visualisations on future mobility, future democracies, future economies, future healthiness, etc. And more funding is needed to share this work with the world and make it accessible to all”.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

 

The exhibition is organized around nine claims around which the activity of The Why Factory has evolved during the last ten years: the need for new leadership in urbanism and architecture in Visionary Cities; the wish for common sense in a world that seems to be dominated by individualism in (W)ego City; the advocacy for wildlife in Biodivercity; the claim for openness in Porocity; the desire for amazement in We Want World Wonders; the hope and need for acceleration of the green agenda in Green Dream; the push for the combination of small scale in densification actions in The Vertical Village; the exploration of radical trend breaks and their effects in City Shock; the excitement and amazement of the new material changes in Barba; the expression of fear of the ultimately killing Absolute Leisure; and soon Copy Paste, a pamphlet for referencing and development…

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The work of The Why Factory is a somehow strange phenomenon in scientific research -design research-, which is commonly regarded as a “un-scientific” method. We use design research as a tool for innovation. It is a process of trial and error, where the goal is sometimes unclear and the end is open, but which leads to an exciting journey with a potentially spectacular outcome. Maybe it can be regarded as a true combination of science and fiction…


 

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“Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture” at COAM Madrid

The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.

 

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

 

Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. (more…)

“Who lives there?”: Revealing domesticity inside the apartments of Madrid

The installation located in the main hall of COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house-owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in the city.

 

 

COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, has recently inaugurated the fourth instalment of this year’s temporary exhibition theme: Paréntesis (parenthesis). Under the question title Who lives there?, the installation located in the main hall of COAM displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in Madrid.

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