Arches, shells, domes, roofs and their engineers at “The Fifth View” exhibition

The exhibition at the Oskar von Miller Forum is devoted to masterly roof structures from antiquity to the present and documents innovativeness and technical excellence delivered by architects and engineers.

 

Frei Otto's Olympia Stadion Munich model

Frei Otto’s Olympia Stadion Munich model

 

Roofs offer the fifth view of a building and give character to our cities. The “The Fifth View”  exhibition explains the design of more than 30 impressive roof projects and portrays the changes seen over the centuries based on numerous models, drawings and photographs. (more…)

“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” at Vitra Design Museum

The exhibition »Rêveries Urbaines« at the Zaha Hadid Fire Station presents concepts for urban development, and is a wide-ranging study of possible development solutions for cities that may be imagined in very different urban settings

 

"Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines" installation view © Bouroullec
“Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Rêveries Urbaines” installation view © Bouroullec

 

Following their exhibition »Album« in 2012, internationally renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec return to the Vitra Campus in October 2016. Like a large open sketchbook, the proposed solutions are presented as a gentle walk through models and animations. The exhibition is designed to be immersive and to bear the visitor away into different scenarios, with each model showcased as a chapter in an urban fiction. (more…)

BDA Architecture Prize “max40 – Young Architects 2016” at DAM

This year for the very first time BDA Hessen (the Hessen branch of the Association of German Architects), together with the BDA branches in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland, staged the BDA Architecture Prize “max40 – Junge Architekten”.

 

Doppelhaus, Moorenweis, Studio Rauch Architektur \\ © Foto: Florian Holzherr

Doppelhaus, Moorenweis, Studio Rauch Architektur \\ © Foto: Florian Holzherr

 

The works honored by the jury in the form of a prize, a commendation, or by being short-listed, are now being showcased in an exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt/Main. A catalog of the exhibition will be published. (more…)

“The Vienna Model” Housing for the 21st Century City

The exhibition will present projects that invoke “Red Vienna” while also representing new dynamic possibilities to create exemplary architecture and advance housing in a modern metropolis. Texts, images, and video material will illustrate the eight principles of Viennese housing.

 

"The Vienna Model" © Aedes Architecture Forum

“The Vienna Model” © Aedes Architecture Forum

 

In the global discussion of new strategies for the design and implementation of future-oriented forms of housing, the city of Vienna has consistently been at the vanguard with its innovative ideas, especially in the realm of social housing. The increasing privatization of housing and the rapid densification of German and other European cities, accelerated by the current influx of refugees, forces architects, urban planners, and city administrators to address alternative models of housing and of urban life both creatively and politically. (more…)

Berlinsche Galerie reflects on Germany’s “Modern Visionaries”: Scheerbart, Taut, and Goesch

The exhibition brings together the works of the Expressionist “Crystal Chain”, united around eighty colored gouaches of Paul Goesch with selected drawings and texts by Paul Scheerbart, Bruno Taut, Hermann Finsterlin, Wenzel Hablik and Hans Scharoun.

 

Bruno Taut,  Glashaus auf der Werkbundausstellung auf Köln 1914, Ansicht von außen, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Bruno-Taut-Sammlung, Fotograf unbekannt

Bruno Taut, Glashaus auf der Werkbundausstellung auf Köln 1914, Ansicht von außen, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Bruno-Taut-Sammlung, Fotograf unbekannt

 

Architectural visions and drawings by three visionaries of the early twentieth century are being presented together for the first time at the Berlinische Galerie: the exhibition “Modern Visionaries” is  devoted to the brief but dramatic period between 1918 and 1923 – the end of World War I, the November Revolution and the formative years of the Weimar Republic. (more…)

“Radical Design” first exhibition in the new building opened on the Vitra Campus

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design.

 

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

 

With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture. Thus, they showed that designers and architects must not only be seen as service providers in a commercial context but that they can also actively and critically engage in social and political matters. (more…)

Utopian and science-fiction constructions at “Anime Architecture” exhibition at Tchoban Foundation

The new temporary exhibition at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin shows original drawings from renowned Japanese animation films. The show focuses on a selection of superb renderings of urban architecture made for the screen.

 

Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

 

In drawings for the films Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence (2004), the megalopolis skyline is seen to be crushing in on what remains of traditional wooden housing. Industrial sites with endless labyrinths of cables and piping and utopian science-fiction constructions form backdrops for the dynamic film plots. Since the films Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), Japanese anime has secured its place in international pop culture, attracting a growing public in Europe. (more…)

“O. M. Ungers: First Houses” at the Architecture Museum of the TU Berlin

The focus of the exhibition are three early homes of the architect, which play a key role in the initial phase of his work. The exhibition shows, through the original drawings from the UAA (Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft) in Cologne, the early production of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007).

 

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

Belvedere Strasse House © UAA

 

These houses, from 1957-1962, show the development of a personal research which is clearly different to the positions attributed to the modern modern movement after the second world war. Architecture is understood as an autonomous art that, starting from a general concept, applying its own rules and defining specific terms, is able to formulate a complete interpretation of program and place.  Architectural form, as a dialectical whole made up of spatial composition and volumetric articulation, is located at the heart of design. (more…)

“Between the Sun and the Moon” Studio Mumbai: rediscovering Indian handcraft

The exhibition “Between the Sun and the Moon”, held at DAM Frankfurt am Main, reflects on Bijoy Jain’s efforts to combine both a western and eastern approach to architectural practice, combining the knowledge of different traditions.

 

"Between the Sun and the Moon: Studio Mumbai". Exhibition at DAM Frankfurt © Studio Mumbai

“Between the Sun and the Moon: Studio Mumbai”. Exhibition at DAM Frankfurt © Studio Mumbai

 

At his practice, founded in 2005 and established in the megalopolis of Mumbai, Bijoy Jain, an Indian architect who studied in the USA, develops projects inspired by both Indian and Western culture.

What sets Bijoy Jain’s approach apart is a brilliant combination of tradition and modernity, in which local resources and traditional Indian craft skills form the basis for strongly contemporary buildings, nourished by reality and distinct from increasingly widespread international architectural output. (more…)

Architectural Master Drawings from the Albertina in Tchoban Foundation

The latest temporary exhibition in the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin presents masterly architectural drawings from the Albertina’s collection in Vienna. These drawings from the 15th century to the present day, have not only been selected on account of their unique contribution to architectural representation; they also document the genesis of the special collection.

 

Zaha Hadid (*1950)Austria, Vienna, project of the buildings on the Danube canal, Spittelau, perspective, 1994  © Albertina, Vienna

Zaha Hadid (*1950)Austria, Vienna, project of the buildings on the Danube canal, Spittelau, perspective, 1994 © Albertina, Vienna

 

The Albertina is one of the most prominent collections of the world with over one million works covering six centuries of art history, from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. Its world famous Graphic Collection, rich in tradition, is by far the largest and most important department bringing together a wealth of masterworks by Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Peter Paul Rubens right up to Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Alex Katz, Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter. (more…)