“Andrea Branzi. La metropoli primitiva” at Nivola Museum

The show comprises many recently designed objects, projects, and videos, with a few works from earlier periods, under the rubric of “metropoli primitiva” (The Primitive Metropolis), a vision of the present urban situation, in which the new cognitive capacity of humanity transcends certain physical and cultural traditions to offer primordial freedom.

 

Campo Sacro, Allineamenti di Carnac, Bretagna, V-III millennio a.c., 2012, Poliplat © Studio Branzi

Campo Sacro, Allineamenti di Carnac, Bretagna, V-III millennio a.c., 2012, Poliplat © Studio Branzi

 

The Nivola Museum will hold the first exhibition in Sardinia of Andrea Branzi. “The exhibition – says Giuliana Altea, president of the Nivola foundation – inaugurates the 2016 museum program devoted to the exploration of the relationship among, art, handicraft and design: an intertwinement which is paramount in Nivola’s work as well as in Branzi’s artistic research”.

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“Forum for an Attitude” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Through a presentation of the works, objects, texts and infographics, the exhibition analyzes what drives contemporary designers and how their attitude is reflected in their creative output. In addition to the exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, five multi-day events will be held at Depot Basel on various focal themes.

 

Exhibition view "Forum for an Attitude" © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

Exhibition view “Forum for an Attitude” © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

 

What is the ambition of designers today? Why did they become designers? What kind of social influence do they hope to achieve? What image of design is conveyed to society? And how can an attitude be expressed in design? The exhibition »Forum for an Attitude« (16.10.2015 – 14.02.2016) considers these questions and presents answers and positions on the topic. (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…)

“Buckminster Fuller Inc: Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Lars Müller Publishers

The monograph, written by Mark Wigley, offers a deep exploration of the American architect’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world.

 

"Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio" by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller.

“Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller 

 

Lars Müller Publishers have just released a monographic book on Buckminster Fuller, the american architect, inventor and all-twentieth century pioneer, written and edited by Mark Wigley. The book focuses on Fuller’s approach to architecture in the time of radio and the discovery of the new technologies that would change the world forever.

Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multidimensional reflection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. (more…)

Max Bill’s first Spanish retrospective, at Fundación Juan March

This is the first retrospective in Spain on the Swiss artist, featuring examples of his painting, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, architecture, book and magazine design, industrial and furniture design and advertising.

 

Max Bill retrospective © Fundación Juan March

 

From Friday 16 October to 17 January 2016, the first complete retrospective in Spain on Max Bill can be seen at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid.

The Swiss artist Max Bill (Winterthur, 1908 – Berlin, 1994) was a multi-talented figure whose life was structured around his artistic activities and his reflection on a focused series of major ideas, namely form, realisation, function, figure, beauty and configuration. Bill can be located within the Renaissance tradition of an homo universalis, a “configurator” who combined the virtues of the homo faber and the homo ludens throughout the course of his highly active life. (more…)

“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…)

Milano Design Film Festival: third edition focuses on architecture, cities and territory

From October 15 to 18 an appointment with architecture and design returns to the big screen of the Anteo spazioCinema. The selection of more than 70 documentaries focuses on homages to indelible figures like Eileen Gray, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier, and Alvar Aalto, among others.

 

 

 

Milano Design Film Festival is celebrating today the opening of it’s third edition, focused more than ever on architecture and urban landscapes. From October 15 to 18 an appointment with  architecture  and  design  returns  to  the  big  screen  of  the Anteo spazioCinema, located just outside the heart of Milan.

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“Species of Spaces”, an architectural take on Georges Perec starting this weekend at MACBA

The exhibition, which takes its title from the eponymous book by Georges Perec, brings together works by 40 artists transforming the Museum’s galleries to reflect on private space and the public sphere.

 

Lois Patiño Estratos de la Imagen, 2015 Still vídeo Cortesia de l’artista

Lois Patiño, Estratos de la Imagen, 2015. Still vídeo. Cortesia de l’artista

 

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, presents Species of Spaces, an exhibition that adopts the appearance of a fragmented building recreating the spatial typologies that the writer Georges Perec (Paris, 1936 – Ivry-sur-Seine, 1982) inventoried in his eponymous book.

Half way between novel and essay, this 1974 publication invites us to reflect on the course of life by wandering from one space to another, from the most private to the public sphere. Frederic Montornés, curator of the exhibition, has freely interpreted the work by the French author and used it as an instruction manual for the construction of the exhibition.

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Architecture, design and photography join this summer in Lisbon’s MUDE

This summer, Lisbon’s MUDE is focusing on the relationship between architects and design, with two shows: Eminent Architects and Designer Architects. The installations comprise a broad display of designer objects of the Francisco Capelo Collection and a selection of black and white portraits by Ingrid von Kruse.

 

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects  © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

 

This summer, the MUDE -the Fashion and Design Museum of Lisbon– focuses on architecture with the inauguration of two simultaneous shows drawing on the relationship between architects and design.

Comprised by objects of the museums main collection, the Coleção Francisco Capelo, the exhibition Designer Architects located on the first floor of the museum displays a series of celebrated designer objects, ranging from chairs to lamps, signed by famous architects like Alvar Aalto, Andrea Branzi, Charles Eames, Michael Graves, Vittorio Gregotti, Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Carlo Scarpa, Eero Saarinen or  Ettore Sottsass, among many others.

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“Migrant Garden”, an architectural manifesto designed for birds

Migrant Garden / Untouchable Landscapes is an itinerant exhibition of 40 birdhouses designed by selected architects and designers. Drawing attention to environmental issues, landscape and cultural heritage protection, the installation is part of a charity-oriented project.

"Migrant Garden" concept image © Migrant Garden

“Migrant Garden” concept image © Migrant Garden

 

Migrant Garden / Untouchable Landscapes is a world travelling exhibition consisting of 40 birdhouses, designed by 40 selected architects and designers from across the world. The installation is set in the ancient cloister of Caserna della Neve, in Piacenza, a former monastery built in 1390, transformed into a barrack and finally converted into the new Architecture and Engineering Faculty campus of Politecnico di Milano in 1998.

In this evocative space of the 14th century stand the 40 models made by the well-known firms, who where provided by the organizers with two 24x24x24 Acell-Tech moulds from which to build their bird nests. Acell Tech is an innovative material used to produce panels for building and military use.

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