“Franco Purini and the art of design”. Drawings reflecting on modernism, at Casa dell’Architettura

Franco Purini’s drawings, tangent to art, architecture and design, will be on show at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome until April 17, 2015.  The show focuses on his work, but also draws attention to the Italian tradition of “architettura disegnata” and its role nowadays.


The series and the Paradigm. Franco Purini and design among the modernists.

The series and the Paradigm. Franco Purini and the art of design among the modernists.


Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is now featuring a small exhibition on the work of Franco Purini, an Italian architect, famous for his expressive drawings that join the spirit of modernist architecture, art and design. Along with the exhibition, which will be on show until April 17, the curators Pier Federico Caliari and Carola Gentilini have also organizd a short symposium, coinciding with the opening ceremony, reflecting on the Italian tradition of “paper architecture” and its contemporary role.


15 ans déjà! at La Galerie d’Architecture, «oeuvres uniques» on architectural representation in Paris

As a celebration for its 15th anniversary the gallery invites different agencies to present an original document representative of their work, thoughts and research.


Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d'Architecture

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d’Architecture


This year, La Galerie d’Architecture is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and it wants to share this event with all architects, landscape architects, designers and photographers, inviting them to visit the exhibition “15 ans déjà!”, which no doubt will be a important milestone for the gallery. (more…)

LisbonWeek 2015, events and activities on history, art and architecture at Alvalade

From April 10 to 19, Alvalade, the ultimate modernist neighborhood in Lisbon, will become the place where past and future collide – like a platform of memories and ideas that highlight the best kept secrets in the city.


Autocarro Lisboa Moderna © LisbonWeek 2015

Alvalade neighborhood circa 1960 © LisbonWeek 2015


A co-production between ACTU (Associação Cultural e Turística Urbana), Lisbon’s City Council and the town council of Alvalade, LisbonWeek will explore this neighborhood through 11 cultural visits and 12 exhibitions, in a journey that will meet emblematic buildings that are part of Lisbonners’ daily life but whose relevance is still unknown to many.


Rediscovering design: largest collection of Bauhaus objects to be presented in Berlin

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has recently inaugurated its permanent exhibition, reorganizing the collection pieces for a fresh look on the world-famous school of architecture, design and art. Along with the new Collection, a special exhibition will take place showcasing 100 new objects acquired by the Bauhaus-Archiv.


View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave


The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. The new design of the collection’s permanent display, inaugurated on March 18, will not just show the well-known classics of Bauhaus design, but key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited.


Smart cities? This spring, Madrid is keeping a close watch on Big Data

Through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, debates, datatones and guided tours many different topics will be discussed, such as information visualization, data mining, collective mapping and collaborative data collection, the policies of information access and reuse, the practices of institutional and government transparency, data security and online privacy.


Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie,  Charles Joseph Minard. 1869

Pertes de l’armée française dans la Campagne de Russie, Charles Joseph Minard. 1869


This spring Madrid becomes the city of Big Data, bringing together different organizations and initiatives in a program of activities that explores the creative, social and political practices related to data. The centre of Madrid will host two exhibitions, among other activities related to Big Data: BIG BANG DATA , housed in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, and OJO al DATA, a series of events and activities related to the exhibition to be held simultaneously in Medialab Prado.


One building, how many lives? Exhibition in Paris: transformation as an act of creation

The exhibition focuses on an inherent issue of urban development: to reuse, in order to open the way for an urban revival. The concept of recycling as a way to stimulate a new approach on building cities.


Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault


Cité de l’rchitecture & du patrimoine in Paris is hosting an exhibition on an interesting discussion over architectural heritage and the concept of reuse and recylcing in urban terms. From the 17th of December 2014 to the 28th of September 2015, the Galerie d’architecture moderne will be showing a selection of 72 projects in France and abroad in order to set some examples of heritage-conscious urban renewal addressed from very different point of views.


“Vertical Urban Factory” at Archizoom Lausanne, factory buildings in the early 20th century and today

It surveys more than 30 projects, including canonic examples of Modernism and new or recycled industrial architecture. The installation features over 200 photographs, diagrams, and drawings. Nine architectural models created for the exhibit using state-of the-art computer fabrication highlight a progressive design and construction.


Buckminster Fuller, unbuilt automatic cotton mill, 1952 | Courtesy of North Carolina State University

Buckminster Fuller, unbuilt automatic cotton mill, 1952 | Courtesy of North Carolina State University


Vertical Urban Factory, curated by New York-based architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport, features the innovative architectural design, structural engineering, and processing methods of significant factory buildings in the early 20th century and today. A timely response to the ailing economies of post-industrial nations, the exhibit poses the question, can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities and how can we develop a city to include new factories now that production is clean and smaller scale? The exhibition began in New York City and has traveled to Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Toronto’s Design Exchange and then in a condensed form to London’s Architecture Museum in King’s Cross.

Factories, once a catalyst for the development of company towns and industrial cities of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, are now associated with pollution and brownfields and have been largely ignored as an urban concept. The vertical urban factories featured in this exhibit, however, have pushed the boundaries of innovative design. A glance to the not-so-distant past recalls Ford’s Highland Park, which pioneered the 60-second Model T, and the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam, a stunning complex of Modern architecture, as well as the Toni Molkerai in Zurich. These and other Modern factories around the world were once significant as agents of innovation and change. Though factories today may not be as celebrated, factory owners and their architects around the world are re-approaching factory design with growing interest.


“Esposizione Universale Roma”, looking back at the story behind EUR42, Rome’s main business area.

The exhibition in Museum of Ara Pacis in Rome attempts to look into the history of Eur -born as a symbol of fascist monumentality, finally become an expression of the 1960’s financial boom. “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” will be open from March 12 to June 14, 2015.


Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999

Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999


In 1942 Rome was due to host EUR42, a Universal Exhibition dedicated to the celebration of fascism in its 20th anniversary. According to the original project, the Exhibition would have welcomed all the countries in the world, saving several permanent core buildings for Italy -the first buildings of a new neighbourhood to come. The impact of the Second World War stopped the works, and the district was abandoned. Only from the 1950’s on was EUR42 transformed into its present state -a modern business and residential area.

In occasion of Milan’s Expo 2015, the Museum of Ara Pacis is holding an exhibition  called “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” (“Rome’s Universal Exhibition. A new city from fascism to the 60s”). Open from March 12, to June 14, 2015, the exhibition aims to trace the history of the EUR district through some basic steps that have marked its formation and transformation.



Relief(s), cycle of exhibitions and events at Les Turbulences – Frac Centre

A group show titled Reliefs – Architecturing the Horizon will create a dialogue between the FRAC Centre’s collection and contemporary art, emerging and recognized alike.


Yasuaki Onishi, reverse of volume RG, 2012 - Commission Rice University Art Gallery - Photographie  Nash Baker

Yasuaki Onishi, reverse of volume RG, 2012 – Commission Rice University Art Gallery – Photographie Nash Baker


In spring 2015, Les Turbulences – Frac Centre will be inaugurating a new cycle of exhibitions and events titled Relief(s). As a sign and as a mythical object, the mountain is a geographical category of the common sense which summons up a collective and universal imagination. For architecture, this “ultimate form of relief” represents a pure otherness, a form of resistance that is in a state of tension with its original programme of analysis and organization of the world.

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“The Netherlands builds in brick”. The archivist’s view on Dutch modernism

Het Nieuwe Instituut is presenting “The Netherlands builds in brick”, an exhibition made out of the Institute’s archive collection, showing how, during inter-war period, brick was a popular building material in both traditional and experimental projects.


Publieke Werken Amsterdam. HBS secondary school and School of Commerce in Amsterdam, 1923-1925 © Het Nieuwe Instituut

Publieke Werken Amsterdam. HBS secondary school and School of Commerce in Amsterdam, 1923-1925


Since January 24, Het Niewe Instituut has been host to the third instalment of Surprising finds from the collection, a series of exhibitions showcasing the richness and potential of the Institute’s archive. In this occasion, the main theme portrayed in the drawings, photographs, models and various objects selected by curator Alfred Marks is the popularity of brickwork as a building material in The Netherlands during the inter-war period. In contrast to the general idea that, with Nieuwe Bouwen, glass and concrete were the main building materials, The Netherlands builds in brick proves that, despite the Bauhaus’ influence on contemporary architecture, brick was still an important feature in Dutch architecture, both in traditional-style and experimental buildings, developing alongside modernism.