“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” at La Triennale di Milano

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.

 

Llareta #0308-2B31 (Up to 3,000 years old ; Atacama Desert, Chile), from The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

 

By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems. (more…)

“Mapa Teatro. Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity” at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

Founded in Paris in 1984 by Colombian theatre and visual artists Heidi, Elizabeth and Rolf Abderhalden, Mapa Teatro moved to Bogotá in 1986. Since its inception, this artists’ laboratory has developed its own cartography in the sphere of “living arts”, in a space which is conducive to transgressing borders — geographical, linguistic, artistic — and to staging local and global concerns by way of different devices and formats.

 

“Mapa Teatro. Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity” © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

 

In its polyphonic work, Mapa Teatro traces a space of migrations with the displacement of the private and public spheres; artistic languages (theatre productions, actions, installations, urban interventions, opera, cabaret, sound pieces, radio and performance lectures; authors and eras; geography and language: the word, image and movement; the voice, music and sound processes; memory and the city; simulation and reality; document and fiction; poetics and politics. (more…)

“High Agora” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Haute Agora is a study led by architect Jean-Christophe Quinton in collaboration with Bollinger + Grohmann engineers. It explores the potential of large structures to host human activities. The project intertwines and develops more virtuous new technical systems that would use less material, and a study for more diversified space use in high-rise buildings.

 

“High Agora” © Antoine Espinasseau

 

This research started a year ago and deals with the resources of architecture and engineering, measure and space, verticality and the potential environments it generates. It results in a geometry with endless possibilities of adaptation, its structure pushing back the traditional building limits. Supported by only 30 centimetre-thick veils of concrete from the ground, Haute Agora rises to 700 meters and saves space. (more…)

“The Map and the Territory” at Jeu de Paume

This first retrospective of photographs taken outside his native Italy by Luigi Ghirri (1943- 1992) focuses on the 1970s. It covers a decade in which Luigi Ghirri produced a corpus of colour photographs unparalleled in Europe at that time.

 

Rimini, 1977, Luigi Ghirri © Succession Luigi Ghirri

 

Luigi Ghirri, who was a trained surveyor, began taking photographs at weekends in the early 1970s, devising projects and themes as he roamed up and down the streets, the piazzas and the suburbs of Modena. He cast an attentive and affectionate eye on the signs of the outside world, observing, without openly commenting on them, the changes wrought by humans to the landscape and the housing in the Reggio Emilia, his province of birth. It was a barometer for a local vernacular exposed to the advent of new forms of housing, leisure and advertising. “I am interested in ephemeral architecture, in the provincial world, in objects generally regarded as bad taste, as kitsch, but which have never been that for me, in objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories […], windows, mirrors, stars, palm trees, atlases, globes, books, museums and human beings seen through images.” (more…)

“A room elsewhere. Architects’ hotels” at Villa Noailles

Whether they are developed within the framework of an architecture diploma, a biennial, a research project or a more conventional commission, the projects chosen for the exhibition “A Room Elsewhere” belong to both the phantasmagoria of the hotel as a locus for possibilities far from home, whilst also exhibiting a desire to find new means of hospitality that are far removed from the established norms.

 

pila (papageorgiou ilias architecture) veiled, concept, pavillon grec, biennale internationale d’architecture de venise, 2014 sous la canopée

 

As far away as the notion of travel has existed, having at one’s disposal a place to sleep has cadenced and conditioned people’s movements. In the west, industrial society developed a means of contractual hospitality which grants access to a domestic space when far from home, for a price. A comfortable and safe domesticity accessible anywhere, hotel rooms become the sine qua non condition for a boom in diplomacy, tourism, and commercial trade. “From one end of the planet to another, the traveller knows what to expect […] he can find the illusion of familiarity and calm his anxieties anywhere.” (more…)

“Tramas” David Bestué at CentroCentro Madrid

14 March 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cibeles Palace, which houses CentroCentro Cultural Centre. Since it first opened as the Telecommunications Palace, the building has had various incarnations and has been the focus of myriad gazes.

 

Construction “Palacio de Telecomunicaciones” Archivo General de la Administración. Ministerio de Cultura

 

This idea of looking, of assessing from different points of view, underpins this series of exhibitions: “El Palacio visto por…” (The Palace as Seen by…), in which we aim to invite, on an annual basis, different artists and architects to create an informative overview –in exhibition format– based on the building’s archives and history, while also offering their own individual perceptions of the palace. These may take different forms, ranging from the sculptural and graphic work presented by David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980) this year to other future offerings, which we will discover as time goes by. (more…)

“Suburban Transformations. Building The Metropolis with its inhabitants” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Suburban areas are the product of democratization of ownership during unprecedented urban growth in the 20th Century. They now take up the majority of developed areas in the Greater Paris region.

 

“Suburban Transformations. Building The Metropolis with its inhabitants” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Laurent Grandadam

 

Property scarcity is one of the main problems when it comes to building new housing and the hike of real estate prices. This exhibition/research explores the untapped potential of suburban areas for the development of another housing production model based on a domestic scale. (more…)

“Parkings redesigned” at deSingel International Arts Campus

Raf Ilsbroekx explores the possibilities for repurposing these underground spaces, which are often sited in strategic locations in city centres. What uses are achievable or worthwhile? What modifications are necessary?

 

BWMSTR Label / Casco -1 stadsparkings herbestemd © Raf Ilsbroeckx

 

Flanders has many city car parks, most of which are underground and located in city centres. In the current discourse surrounding the liveable city, there is a tendency to cut back on these car parks, which draw car traffic right into the heart of cities. The arrival of self-driving cars, in combination with a shared mobility model, will result in a sharp reduction in demand for parking over the coming years. (more…)

“The House of Councillor Krespel” at CAMPO

The house of Counsillor Krespel is an architectural exhibition inspired by the novel by E.T.A Hoffmann (1776-1822), a writer and composer and one of the major representatives of the German Romanticism.

 

© E2A Piet Eckert und Wim Eckert

 

In the first part of his tale, the author describes the realisation of the residence of the protagonist that doesn’t exist out of a design project, but solely by thinking though the experience of the process of its making. All of this as part of an identification process between the existence and the creation of an art work. The exhibition will showcase twenty-five artworks made by architects, originating form eleven different countries, whom have been asked to realise an original image or collage representing the strange house of councillor Krespel. Curated by Libria, an idea of Antonio Carbone. (more…)

“The facade of The Hotel Aubecq” at Kanal Centre Pompidou Brussels

What to do with the facade of the Hotel Aubecq, one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements? Such is the question that this exhibition seeks to raise. Hôtel Aubecq is one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements, as regards both the built result and the relationship that the architect had with the client, Octave Aubecq, throughout the conception of the project.

 

“The facade of The Hotel Aubecq” © Coll. CIVA, Brussels, Armelle CARON, 2018

 

Aubecq was authoritarian and peremptory, Horta stubborn and clever: both men hit it off wonderfully! A pure masterpiece, the curving façade of this semi-detached building presents a rather unusual structure: no longer composed of metallic girders as before, but of bluestone from Wallonia cleverly set off by grey and red granite. (more…)