Collage, The Other Architect, 2015 © Christian Lange
“The Other Architect” is a touring exhibition organized by the Canadian Center of Architecture and will be on view in Rotterdam from 8 September 2017 until 7 January 2018. The exhibition showcases architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time, featuring 22 case studies, dating from the 1960s to the present day, that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices.
“The Other Architect”
September 8 – January 7, 2018
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
The Other Architect, curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Chief Curator, explores how various groups pushed beyond traditional architectural practice to develop architecture as a field of energetic, critical, and radical research, outside the established domains of academia and the usual dynamics of editorial and institutional activities. They sought to expand the role and responsibility of architects in society by working outside of traditional design practices and pursuing collaborative strategies, new tools and experimental attitudes. Their ingenuity showed the ability of architecture to shape the contemporary cultural agenda, a lesson that remains critically relevant today.
– Drawing of the bus tour circuit indicating participating architecture schools and their potential connections, 1973 © Peter Murray / AD/AA/Polyark. Cedric Price fonds, CCA
These alternative working methods and strategies manifested in a range of forms including mission statements, manifestos, videos, photographs, meeting minutes and T- shirts. The archival documents on display reveal how architects constructed a cultural agenda without the intervention of built form. Tracing the development of these unusual creative processes allows us to consider how these different ways of defining architecture can be applied today.
AMO, A diagram showing how OMA and AMO implanted themselves into relationships within real and virtual spheres. 2001 © OMA
The Other Architect presents architects whose work challenged the concept of individual authorship in favour of establishing networks and partnerships with permeable roles. These include AD/AA/Polyark, AMO, Anyone Corporation, Architects Revolutionary Council (ARC), Architectural Detective Agency (ADA), Architecture Machine Group (AMG), Art Net, Atelier de recherche et d’action urbaines (ARAU), Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), CIRCO, Corridart, Delos Symposion, Design-A- Thon, Forensic Architecture, Global Tools, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD), Kommunen in der Neuen Welt, Lightweight Enclosures Unit (LEU), Pidgeon Audio Visual (PAV), Take Part, and Urban Innovations Group (UIG).
Coded index cards used to assemble the ‘Air Structures Bibliography’ rating each publication according to its usefulness, 1972 © CCA / Lightweight Enclosures Unit, Cedric Price fonds
The exhibition was first on view at the CCA in 2015 and is accompanied by a publication, The Other Architect, edited by Giovanna Borasi, published by the CCA with Spector Books, and designed by Jonathan Hares.
An improvised drawing (“D.I.Y. tool box”) made at the Sambuca Seminar, 1974 © Alessandro Mendini / Archivio Piero Brombin e Valerio Tridenti
The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert, on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collection, exhibitions, public programs, publications and research opportunities, the CCA is advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.
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