“BEHF Architects. Viennese Field Blend” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition addresses the question of the contemporary relationship between material and identity on the basis of ten projects by BEHF. Large-scale material samples represent the carefully selected material palette, chosen according to the best Viennese traditions, that gives each of BEHF’s projects its own distinct identity.

 

Vienna from Belvedere in 1758 in Austria

 

As in many European cities, Vienna faces the challenge of striking a careful balance between history and modernity. On the one hand, the historic city centre and its famous architectural ensembles and edifices is synonymous with home for the city’s inhabitants and draws more than fifteen million tourists from across the world every year. On the other hand, Vienna continues to grow in the same manner as many other cities worldwide, where local traditions barely play a role and are predominantly replaced by interchangeable architectural projects. (more…)

“Habitat: Expanding Architecture” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Ecology is now a well-known concept in architecture and urban planning. The research installation Habitat: Expanding Architecture, on show from 19 October, highlights one of the first moments in which ecological thinking was introduced in architectural discussions: the tenth CIAM congress in Dubrovnik, 1956.

 

Jaap Bakema (left), Peter Smithson and Jacqueline Tyrwhitt discuss the MARS Group contribution during the CIAM conference in Dubrovnik, 1956. Photographer unknown. Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut, TTEN f5

 

Habitat was introduced as an alternative to the idea of the Functional City that CIAM had propagated since the 1930s. With ‘habitat’ they looked for a broader approach beyond functionalism, to do justice to local cultural identities and existing landscape and urban qualities. Architecture was no longer just about the production of shapes and objects, but also about processes of growth and change. Cities should no longer be regarded as separate collections of buildings, but as coherent, ecological systems. (more…)

“A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing” at Victoria and Albert Museum

The challenge of providing housing for all is one that has faced governments and architects for over a century. This display presents six innovative projects from the collections of the RIBA and the V&A, each demonstrating a unique experiment in social housing design, providing lessons for today.

 

Keeling House, Claredale Street, Bethnal Green, London: detail of base of cluster block © RIBA Collections

 

Keeling House / Denys Lasdun & Partners. Constructed 1954-59, London. Keeling House was an early experiment in ‘cluster block’ housing. This innovative form placed four 16 storey blocks around a free-standing services tower. The linked blocks were designed to balance the existing community of the street with a sense of seclusion. Privacy was achieved with short access balconies that serve only two flats and face each other at oblique angles. The shared central platforms provided the communal services such as laundry. (more…)

“The Street. Where the world is made” at MAXXI Rome

More than 140 artists and over 200 works to compose the multicultural, polyglot, colorful, scary, stimulating, deafening story of the streets of the whole world, the real great laboratory for discussion, creation, comparison, where the contemporary era is invented.

 

«The Big Duck», shop in the shape of a duck on the highway on Long Island, Flanders, New York, ca. 1970 © Venturi Scott Brown and Associates; courtesy by Museum im Bellpark Kriens from the “Las Vegas Studio”-project curated by Hilar Stadler and Martino Stierli

 

They took to the streets with invasions, surprises, disturbances, break-ins, rebellions; they have involved people, communities, have offered new points of view. Starting in the 1960s, it was the artists who believed that the road was the modern intellectual, social and political battlefield. (more…)

“Demolished Modified Endangered” at Haus der Architektur Graz

The exhibition presents architecture models of 45 icons of modern Austrian architecture. The chosen buildings have all either been changed, destroyed or were never realised. The models do not aim at being a scaled down direct representation of the build spaces. Instead the models seek to show the core design ideas of the projects.

 

Haus Albrechter Leskoschek – © Robert Anagnostopoulos

 

Each model is accompanied by a short description of the project as well as the methods and materials used to create the model. This project was carried out at the Institute of Construction and Design Principles (KOEN) at the Technical University of Graz. The institute, which has its focus primarily on teaching architecture to first year students, was founded in 2013. (more…)

“Re-build in the built environment” at La Triennale di Milano

In the European year dedicated to Cultural Heritage, from 14 December to 20 January 2019, the Triennale di Milano hosts an exhibition that stages the relationship between contemporary architecture, historical protection, philological valorization and built heritage.

 

Morgan Library | New York | Renzo Piano Building Workshop © RPBW

 

Curated by Simona Galateo, “Re-build in the built environment” presents a series of international projects, told through technical drawings, design elements and photographs by Giovanna Silva. The exhibition was also the occasion for the Triennale di Milano to realize with Capoferriun an intervention in the structure of the exhibition hall: the reopening of the three original windows designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1933, the first step towards the rereading and the return of the architectural system to its original design. (more…)

“YALA. Young Architects in Latin America” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Fifty nine projects of young Latin-American architects, not without echo of the Amerindian and European heritage, are presented in the exhibition. Social commitment, landscape, environmental concern, constructive innovation, diversity of approaches and practices; these achievements in multiple scales and programs (houses, collective dwellings, public buildings, community spaces), all testify to a renewed architectural creativity in Latin America.

 

Catia 100, Caracas, Venezuela. Architectes : Aparatos Contingentes /

 

The cultural heritage that marks architecture in Latin America is that of its history, rich in miscegenation (African, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese) violated by colonialism, dictatorships, and North American hegemony. (more…)

“Reconstructions” at La Triennale di Milano

The exhibition will provide an overview of reconstruction work from different times and places and a reflection on the future prospects of an action that will increasingly involve governments and architects. The reconstruction of cities and territories used to be only occasional, but epoch-making events, though rare, have made it a constant practice, due to the intensification of wars, earthquakes and other types of catastrophe around the world.

 

La Triennale Milano, “Ricostruzioni” © Gianluca di Ioia

 

It is also due to the inability of affected populations to cope on their own in the aftermath. However, the accumulation of vast experience has not always led to the formation of a real heritage that can be used as a model. The most recent destructive events in Italy have shown an increase in emergency-based responses and the consequent rejection of past experiences. (more…)

“Enchanting Traces. Reflections on b720 Arquitectos’ work” at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

Barcelona’s Encants Market, dating back more than seven centuries, is one of Europe’s oldest. In 2013, it moved to its current site in a space designed by b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos. The project strives to maintain the spirit of open-air markets with the design of a large public square covered by material that reflects its day-to-day activity

 

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Mercat Encants, Barcelona, 2013 © Rafael Vargas

 

These design strategies have made it one of the world’s most famous markets and one of the b720 Fermín Vázquez studio’s signature works. b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, founded in conjunction with Ana Bassat in 1997 and headed by Fermín Vázquez, has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. (more…)

“The Cathedral of Malaga. An unfinished symphony” exhibition by Marinauno

The exhibition “The Cathedral of Malaga. An unfinished symphony” has been designed in three different formats; an installation located in the trascoro of the cathedral, a book and an audiovisual piece. With these three systems the process of the construction of the cathedral and those signs of identity that make the temple a unique building in the history of architecture is explained.

 

“The Cathedral of Malaga. An unfinished symphony” by marinauno © Fernando Alda

 

The installation located in the trascoro is raised with a structure of scaffolding from which they take off large format images, drawings and explanatory texts. An installation that symbolizes that the cathedral of Malaga is under construction. (more…)