“Together. The architecture of the Collective” at Vitra Design Museum

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition addresses this global phenomenon of housing scarcity by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States: an overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collective living spaces.

 

Open air dinner, Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Siedlung Heizenholz, Kraftwerk1, Zurich. Adrian Streich Architekten, 2012 © Katrin Simonett/VG Bild-Kunst

 

Housing is scarce – that much has become evident in the last few years. As real estate prices in big cities continue to skyrocket, conventional ideas of housing development prove unable to meet demands. The reaction to these challenges has been a silent revolution in contemporary architecture – towards collective building and living.

Using models, films, and walk-in displays, the exhibition »Together! The New Architecture of the Collective« addresses this global phenomenon by presenting a broad array of collective building and living projects from Europe, Asia, and the United States. An overview of historical precedents for the current wave of collectives demonstrates that the idea of collectivity has been a recurring theme in the history of architecture, from the reformist ideas of the nineteenth century to the hippies and squatters of the twentieth who touted the slogan »Make love, not lofts«. (more…)

“Rental Housing, forgotten segment of Czech architecture” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects as well as foreign architecture offices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV…

 

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

 

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery presents its most recent exhibition dedicated to rental housing. Following a change in the Czech real-estate market, where rented apartments seem to have risen after years of decline, the exhibition picks out some of the most interesting examples within the Czech Republic and aborad to highlight the possibilities of this housing type in contemporary architecture.

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects  as well as foreign architecture offices such as  BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV… (more…)

“Neocodomousse” exhibition by Raumlaborberlin at LiFE Saint-Nazaire

Raumlabor’s largest exhibition this year is an experimental building workshop in the former submarine base of St.Nazaire. In the exhibition the collective present their first 1:1 tryouts of structures for the future of collective housing. 

 

Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE - Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France ©  Marc Domage

Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE – Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France © Marc Domage

 

St. Nazaire is an industrial harbor town at the mouth of the Loire. It lives of the production of the largest passenger ships on earth, aeroplanes and fuel. Fuel is at its end and aeroplanes and cruiseships are among the greatest killers of our climate. Based on these three foundations the city is obviously an economic center of an ending era. What are the possible futures for such a place? Raumlabors proposal for St.Nazaire is to get a foot in the door of a new emerging market:  the production of collective space from industrial waste.  (more…)

“At Home: Building and Living in a Community” exhibition at DAM Frankfurt

The exhibition focuses on 26 structures that have been built throughout the world. They respond with different concepts to changed life plans and diverse locations. Using innovative planning and construction processes, solutions are developed that are geared directly to the residents’ wishes and requirements.

 

"At home: Building and Living in Communities" exhibition at the DAM © Norbert Miguletz

“At home: Building and Living in Communities” exhibition at the DAM © Norbert Miguletz

 

The construction of housing is one of the fundamental tasks of architecture and urban development, and communities are playing an increasingly important role in it. Yet how, and indeed why are more and more people building and living in communities? How does this phenomenon show, and what can architecture and building culture achieve in this context? All over the world buildngs are constructed, which provide answers to these questions – by building projects, cooperatives or housing associations. The underlying idea of community sets new, high quality standards. (more…)

Reinventing collective housing: Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN architecture

The building by LAN, BigMat ’13 France National Prize, is designed on 4 main principles: to reinvent community housing; to enable people to live in an evolving space; to set the example of sobriety and to picture a climatic model for the building.

 

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

Carré Lumière in Bègles, by LAN Architecture © Julien Lanoo

 

French architecturee office LAN has announced the completion of their housing building “Carré Lumière” in Bègles, suburb of Bordeaux, in South West France. The 79 apartments comprising this great building commissioned by Ataraxia, a property management company, follow the demolition of the previously idle towers of the “Terre Neuve” district.

As part of this urban project supervised by the SAEMCIB (Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte de Construction Immobilière de Bègles) and driven by the local government, the objectives were to “exemplify” community housing with the intention to explore new propositions within the industry. (more…)

“Neppert gardens” 59 dwellings at Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal

The project is located between Bulher street and Neppert street in Mulhouse, Neppert gardens ZAC (joint development zone). It includes 59 social rental dwellings developped by SOMCO, with an approach in the continuity of Cité Manifeste’s dwellings project. 

 

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

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Architektur Galerie Berlin to premiere Duplex Architect’s film “With Other’s Eyes”

The gallery is holding an eponymous exhibition marking the completion of “Mehr als Wohnen”, a cooperative housing project by the Swiss architects with the screening of their recent film project.

 

Duplex Architekten. Mehr als Wohnen, 2015 © Photo: Walter Mair

Duplex Architekten. Mehr als Wohnen, 2015 © Photo: Walter Mair

 

Exhibitions on contemporary architecture usually work with plans, models, and photographs. The medium of film, however, hardly plays a role in this context. This is particularly surprising, as the moving image can illuminate two aspects that non-moving media cannot address. First, space can be experienced only through movement. Second, film can document the appropriation of architecture as it occurs.

 

In their exhibition “With Others’ Eyes” and their eponymous film that will celebrate its premiere in Architektur Galerie Berlin, Duplex Architects now specifically address this issue. In doing so, they also explore the relationship between architectural intension and lived reality.

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Urban and social housing renovation in Lormont, by LAN architects

Decisive in the concept was the renewal of the facade, read as an extension of the interiors. Initially designed to thermally insulate the building, it also opened up an opportunity to generate more space, additional rooms, loggias and spacious balconies.

 

Urban Renovation Lormont  Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

Urban Renovation Lormont Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

 

French team of architects LANBigMat ’13 France National Prizehave completed the urban renovation of a social housing neighbourhood in Lormont, holding almost half of the town’s population. The Génicart District, which comprises 10% of the city’s municipal territory, was built around the nineteen eighties and is part of a ambitious “residentialisation” plan, organized around the rehabilitation of four different housing estates in this district: Saint-Hilaire, Leroy, La Boétie and Villon. (more…)