“Tropicality Revisited: Recent Approaches by Indonesian Architects” at DAM

The exhibition is split into two sections, ‘Tropicality’ and ‘Case Studies’. The former examines the ideas, events and issues that have led us to our current understanding of tropical architecture. ‘Case Studies’, takes 12 recent Indonesian projects by local architects and looks at how each design responds and reacts to its site.

 

Studi-O-Cahaya, West Jakarta\Jakarta, architect: Adi Purnomo (mamostudio) © Paul Kadarisman

Studi-O-Cahaya, West Jakarta\Jakarta, architect: Adi Purnomo (mamostudio) © Paul Kadarisman

 

Architecture in the Tropics was never just about offering shelter from rain and sun. “Tropical architecture” suddenly gained global relevance with the emergence of Modernist Architecture and was adapted to suit all climates and cultures. During the post-War period the science of climatic architectural design became an international success. (more…)

“Forum for an Attitude” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Through a presentation of the works, objects, texts and infographics, the exhibition analyzes what drives contemporary designers and how their attitude is reflected in their creative output. In addition to the exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, five multi-day events will be held at Depot Basel on various focal themes.

 

Exhibition view "Forum for an Attitude" © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

Exhibition view “Forum for an Attitude” © Tomas Souček for Depot Basel

 

What is the ambition of designers today? Why did they become designers? What kind of social influence do they hope to achieve? What image of design is conveyed to society? And how can an attitude be expressed in design? The exhibition »Forum for an Attitude« (16.10.2015 – 14.02.2016) considers these questions and presents answers and positions on the topic. (more…)

Line, Form and Function: architecture by Ferdinand Kramer at DAM Frankfurt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum is hosting a major retrospective on the buildings of the german architect featuring plans, historical photographs and architectural models from five decades, along with contemporary images that reflect the buildings in their current condition.

 

Ferdinand Kramer: lecture halls I (1958) and II (1964) Frankfurt University, photo: 2015 © DAM, photo: Norbert Miguletz

Ferdinand Kramer: lecture halls I (1958) and II (1964) Frankfurt University © DAM, photo: Norbert Miguletz, 2015

 

The works of classical Modernist architects have time and again inspired exhibitions at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. Indeed, the protagonists of the “New Frankfurt” movement in the 1920s have been the focus of numerous retrospectives, including those on Mart Stam (1997), Martin Elsaesser (2009), and on several occasions Ernst May, the mastermind behind the Frankfurt model (1986, 2001 and 2011).

Ferdinand Kramer (1898-1985) was one of the leading lights of the May era in Frankfurt. Today he is not only recognized for his furniture designs, but above all known for his magnum opus: the buildings that made up the University Campus in Frankfurt’s Bockenheim district. (more…)

Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957

The exhibition traces the history of this university experiment in its main outlines. In the first few years of its existence, the college was strongly shaped by German and European émigrés – among them several former Bauhaus members such as Josef and Anni Albers, Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky and Walter Gropius.

 

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

 

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the legendary Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933 in North Carolina, USA, Black Mountain rapidly rose to fame on account of its progressive teaching methods and the many prominent figures who taught and studied there. Its influence upon the development of the arts in the second half of the 20th century was enormous; the performatisation of the arts, in particular, that emerged as from the 1950s derived vital impetus from the experimental practice at Black Mountain. The founders wanted to establish a democratic, experiential, interdisciplinary educational facility in line with the forward-thinking pedagogical ideas of philosopher John Dewey. (more…)

“Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015” at Hombroich Foundation Missile Base

With models, plans, sketches and photographs, the exhibition is located at the Siza Pavilion and shows selected projects built by the Portuguese architect between 1980 and 2015.

 

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

 

The BDA’s (Assotiation of German Architects) traditional annual architecture tour led them in 2013 from Dusseldorf  to Porto; from the encounter with local architect colleagues and the truly impressive visit to the office of Eduardo Souto de Moura, they had the idea to develop an exhibition on the Pritzker Prize winner (2011). Together with Insel Hombroich Museum, both institutions are now opening an interesting exhibition, presenting a selection of projects since 1980 until today. The exhibition was designed in close collaboration with de Moura himself to best express the architectural process from development to realization.

 

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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.

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