“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Photographer Filip Šlapal has documented a number of buildings in three towns and cities associated with the Bauhaus design movement – Dessau, Germany, which is often referred to as the location associated with the most significant chapter of the movement, and Prague and Brno, which serve as the most famous Czech centres of Bauhaus architecture (albeit far from the only ones).


“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” © Filip Šlapal


Dessau’s school and teacher housing complex was designed by Walter Gropius, the founder and first director of the Bauhaus School (1919–1928). Also documented by Šlapal are additional examples of Dessau’s experimental architecture – The Steel House by Georg Muche and Richard Paulick; the Törten housing estate designed by Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer (who became the school’s second director in 1928–1930); and the Kornhaus, designed by Carl Fieger, featuring a dance hall area overlooking the river Elbe. Dutch architect Mart Stam’s Prague villa (“Dům Palička”) is famous for being the only completed work by a foreign architect to feature within the Czech capital’s functionalist Baba Housing Estate (“Osada Baba”). Meanwhile, Brno’s Vila Tugendhat (by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) has become one of the Czech Republic’s most important architectural monuments. (more…)

“Thamesmead: A Town for the 21st Century” at the RIBA London

Photography display exploring past and present Thamesmead through archival images from the RIBA Collections and contemporary photographs by artist Nina Manandhar.


The Town of Tomorrow, 50 Years of Thamesmead: Lensbury Way. 1970. Photography © Tony Ray-Jones / RIBA Collections


This photographic display explores Thamesmead, an estate built by the Greater London Council (GLC) on the southeast bank of the Thames. Twelve archival images of Thamesmead selected from the RIBA Collections are shown alongside nine contemporary photographs of the estate’s residents by artist Nina Manandhar, a project commissioned by Peabody and NOW Gallery. (more…)

“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…)