“Backstage” Menis Arquitectos at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

For the development of his architecture, Fernando Menis prefers to use three-dimensional materials such as clay in order to design shape and dimension of the buildings in an ongoing modelling process. During his 40 years of practice, a multitude of typologies has been created whose sculptural formal language possesses an outstanding expressiveness.

 

Menis, CKK Jordanki © Jakub Certowicz

 

In the exhibition, these models of planned and realised projects by the Canarian office are presented inside a walk-in cubic space, including the Concert and Congress Hall ‘CKK Jordanki’ in Toruń/Poland, the Hotel Complex ‘Bürchen Mystik’ in Switzerland or the Public Swimming Pool ‘Badeschiff’ in Berlin. Thus, the installation is dedicated to creative processes and innovative approaches that make the work of Menis Arquitectos so unique. (more…)

“The Art of The Building Site” at Citè de l’Architecture

The exhibition juxtaposes different viewpoints. It brings together a collection of works and documents produced by artists, journalists and amateurs, but also those who work in situ: engineers, architects, contractors and – what is rarer – labourers, through votive offerings or masterpieces produced by the Compagnons charpentiers des Devoirs du Tour de France.

 

Alain Bublex, Plug-in City, Expérience monumentale, 2003 – Photo : C. Pompidou MNAM-CCI Dist. RMN-GPAdagp

 

How Western Man has seen, designed and imagined the place where building occurs since the Renaissance. The great diversity of observers, the plurality of images and the different audiences they turn to show that this is a powerful theme, which is far broader than the fields of architecture and technique. (more…)

“Remoteness” Reiulf Ramstad Architects at la Galerie d’Architecture

Bold and daring, yet unpretentious and simple: that sums up the buildings designed by the independent, Oslo-based architectural offices of Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA).

 

RRA, Trollstigen platform 20 © Diephotodesigner

RRA, Trollstigen platform 20 © Diephotodesigner

 

Where is the center of the Earth? a mental barrier or a opening for possibilities what is periphery/suburbia RRA has been working in remote places (…) – most radical projects, where people were more open-minded, no prejudice to architecture and daring projects. (more…)

“Speculative Design Archive” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

On display will be prototypes, sketches, samples of materials, colour schemes and other significant work in the development of the oeuvres of a range of Dutch designers; work that deserves to be preserved and shared. Such silent testimony to the process of design is all too frequently neglected. In practice, designers seldom have the space, time or expertise to store such valuable repositories of knowledge.

 

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

Cubic3 Design, archive material, including sketches for desk lamp Nachtschade. On loan from the archives of Cubic3 Design (Ton Hoogerwerf and Gerwin van Vulpen). Documented for Speculative Design Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2018. Art direction: Studio Veronica Ditting. Photography: Tim Elkaïm.

 

This Fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut temporarily transforms into a design archive. Since the late 1980s design from the Netherlands has been world-renowned under the banner of Dutch Design. But what about the memory of Dutch design today? What will be preserved for the future? Why, how and by whom? (more…)

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer since 1900” at DAM

At the same time as the official opening of the new old town Frankfurt the exhibition “”Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer” illuminates by a walk through history the scope of the debate about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

 

There is no other place in Frankfurt that boasts such a rich history in terms of architecture and its instrumentalization for identity and tradition as its old town. The exhibition Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town explores the events of the past 120 years. (more…)

“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (more…)

“Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective” at ETH Zurich

In October 2018, gta exhibitions, ETH Zurich is opening the first comprehensive retrospective of the Amsterdam based studio Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse in Switzerland, which – since its foundation in 1991 – has realized world-wide projects in the field of exhibition architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.

 

"Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective" at ETH Zurich © ETH Zurich

“Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective” at ETH Zurich © ETH Zurich

 

As the name implies, the variable relationship between inside and outside is a central issue in the design practice of the studio, which combines knowledge and craftsmanship from several fields in an interdisciplinary way. Since its beginnings, Inside ­Outside / Petra Blaisse has been closely collaborating with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) as well as with many ­other architects, curators and craftsmen; by designing textiles, entire interiors up to large landscapes. (more…)

“Den-City Urban Landscape” Sergei Tchoban at Galleria Antonia Jannone

What is the future of a densely populated city? How can an urban landscape change the way we perceive architecture and its artistic language? The Den-City Urban Landscape exhibition looks at the urban scene and its density, represented by combining history and modernity, architectural visions and scenarios for a possible near future.

 

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Sergei Tchoban, Two worlds III, stage design, St. Peterburg, 2013

 

The architectural drawings, the “whims”, the happy fantasies of Sergei Tchoban, portray urban landscapes in which Piranesi meets suspended architectures overlaid as stylistic and temporal additions to historical city settings. The connections, the counterpoints, the layering of languages and volumes are what characterise the series of urban visions on show. Tchoban’s attitude shows his awareness of the need for comparison with the constructed past that every new piece of architecture must necessarily consider.  (more…)

“Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018” at COAM Madrid

The COAM Architecture Foundation present at the COAM headquarters “Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018”, title of the commemorative exhibition of the birth of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (Cáseda – Navarra 1918), which shows practically all the work of this fundamental figure in Spanish and Madrid architecture in particular.

 

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

 

The exhibition takes place in four rooms. The first collects, in chronological order, both the work built and some ideas not made, along with the diverse material that accompanied the study of work of Oiza, as well as the objects of his family and affection of his home. Three unique works are separated from this atmosphere and constitute other spaces collected here today. (more…)

“Transform” exhibition, Lacaton & Vassal at S AM Basel

For this show, three independent positions have been selected: “99¢ Space” by agps in Santa Ynez (USA), “Cité du Grand Parc” by Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin in Bordeaux (France) and the front structure for “Halle 118” by Baubüro in situ in Winterthur (Switzerland).

 

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

 

Today, the half-life of buildings is decreasing rapidly. When their function changes, they are often simply replaced. However, criticism of this spatial throwaway culture is growing. An ever-increasing number of architects are once again investigating structures’ potential for transformation and, in their reinterpretation, discovering scope for experimentation. To address this topic, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition “Transform” from the 29th of September to the 4th of November 2018.  (more…)