Retrospective exhibition revisits 38 years of Manuel Gallego’s architecture

Presented last spring at Barrie Foundation’s headquarters in La Coruña, the Spanish architect’s retrospective arrives in Vigo with 16 models, 24 large-format drawings, over 400 photographs and two videos about the author: “Through the territory of architecture with Manuel Gallego” and “Masters of Architecture”.

 

“Manuel Gallego. Architecture 1967-2015″ © Courtesy of Barrie Foundation

“Manuel Gallego. Architecture 1967-2015″ © Courtesy of Barrie Foundation

 

The  Barrié Foundation’s exhibition gallery in Vigo, Spain, will be offering from October 28 until March 5, 2017 a retrospective exhibition prepared last year on the occasion of Manuel Gallego’s 38 years of work as an architect. The exhibition “Manuel Gallego. Architecture 1967-2015″, curated by the author himself and designed by architect and photographer Paul G. Picard’s, was presented last November at the Foundation’s headquarters in La Coruña, Spain.

This is the first retrospective on the architect, who was Spanish National Architecture Prize in 1997. The exhibition was produced by Barrie Foundation in collaboration with the office of Manuel Gallego Jorreto. (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…)

At Home in Britain: a closer look and a new proposal for British housing

The exhibition at RIBA, made in partnership with BBC FOUR’s new series on British housing, showcases the works of six teams of architects that have taken on the challenge to redesign and transform three traditional housing typologies: the terrace, the high-rise apartment and the cottage house.

 

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers' housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969  © Architectural Press Archive_RIBA Collections

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers’ housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside, 1969 © Architectural Press Archive RIBA Collections

 

At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow re-examines how we live and showcases thought-provoking ideas for future housing design. Taking the cottage, terrace and flat as a starting point, six contemporary architecture practices from Britain, the Netherlands and France have been newly commissioned to transform the three familiar typologies to reflect the way we live and work in the 21st century. The architects participating in this exhibition are Mecanoo, Edouard François, Jamie Forbert Architects, Mӕ, vPPR and Studio Weave.

Using material from the RIBA Collections as stimulus, the architects will celebrate and critique vernacular housing of the past and explore ideas of affordability, communal living and housing density today. The new work will be displayed alongside photographs, books and drawings from the collections. (more…)

“Low Tech High Rise” at SATELLIT Architektur Galerie Berlin

The works of TU Darmstadt students, exploring the design of residential towers, will be on display at SATELLIT Architektur Galerie Berlin. In collaboration with WBM, the solutions are presented as answers to prior conditions of different nature: economical, constructive and ecological.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Lucas Bickert / Martin Koleda

Low Tech High Rise © Lucas Bickert / Martin Koleda

 

Last semester architecture students from the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU) designed residential towers for the state-run Housing Company Berlin-Mitte mbH (WBM). The background of the project was the endeavor of the WBM to develop their residential quarters from the GDR era in Berlin-Friedrichshain, surrounding Karl-Marx-Allee.

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Two houses among the walls of Oropesa, by Paredes&Pedrosa Architects

The project is defined by the strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a close attention to the new textures and materials superimposed to the original surfaces of the house.

 

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architectos  © Photo: Luis Asín

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architects © Photo: Luis Asín

 

Spanish team of architects Paredes&Pedrosa (founded by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa) have recently completed one of their latest works: two small houses in Oropesa, Spain, inserted among the antique city walls of the 15th century. Designed for two brothers who wished to divide an old family house partially in ruins, the design is based on the introduction of a long and narrow patio in the existing plot.

The project is halfway between a strict restoration work, characterized by a strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a very contemporary approach seen in the textures and materials used in the interior and exterior surfaces of the houses, as well as in the treatment of the outside, partially public space. (more…)

The CCA Montreal presents “The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76”

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city. The exhibition is organized by the Fundação de Serralves – Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.

 

"The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76" © Álvaro Siza

“The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76” © Álvaro Siza

 

Born out of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, SAAL―the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Local Ambulatory Support Service)―was a pioneering architectural and political experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and poor living conditions in Portuguese cities. With the support of the new temporary socialist government, SAAL established technical teams, known as brigades, that were led by architects in collaboration with local communities and aimed to develop housing solutions with the direct input of residents. The brigades reinvented the practice of architecture from start to finish, not only designing buildings but also surveying living conditions, supporting resident committees, and monitoring land use, resulting in projects designed with the residents and not just for them. In only twenty-six months, until October 1976, SAAL produced some 170 projects involving more than forty thousand families. (more…)

“Japon, l’archipel de la maison” on housing and density at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine Paris

At the time of debate on the redensification of cities in the fight against urban sprawl, this Japanese reflection on the position of the house in the territory is also ours, every day, in a constant search of urban quality.

 

Maison KN par Kochi Architect's Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

Maison KN par Kochi Architect’s Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

 

A collaboration between the Forum of Urbanism and Architecture and the network of Maisons de l’Architecture, the exhibition “Japon, l’archipel de la maison” (“Japan, the house archipelago”) cultivates the apparent paradox to go very far (to Japan) to talk about what we have very close: housing as living space, in relation to the city that surrounds it. The Forum continues its regular reflection on the issue of living after a previous exhibition in 2014 on new forms of social housing. (more…)

IGLO, social housing in Antwerp

IGLO is a Belgian social-housing initiative dedicated to the improvement of a 1970’s neglected neighbourhood in Antwerp through the rehabilitation of the neglected areas in between the buildings and a contemporary approach to the addition of new housing blocks and community centers, like the one designed by De Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architects.

 

IGLO Linkeroever Antwerp by De Vylder Vinck Taillieu © Filip Dujardin

IGLO Linkeroever Antwerp by De Vylder Vinck Taillieu © Filip Dujardin

 

IGLO is a Belgian social-housing initiative dedicated to the improvement of a 1970’s neglected neighbourhood in Antwerp. The programme’s expectations are to tackle the cultural and generational gaps among the inhabitants of Antwerp’s EuroPark neighbourhood through the rehabilitation of the neglected areas in between the buildings and a contemporary approach to the addition of new housing blocks. The team at De Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architects have now designed a 7.5m€ collective housing building facing the largest and probably the most controversial block in the neighbourhood: the Chicago block. (more…)

“Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona” housing and public space at CCCB Barcelona

The Mayor’s Office of Medellín and Barcelona City Council, in association with the Museo de Antioquia and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), present the exhibition Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona, which both cities will be hosting from June to October 2015 in an attempt to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

 

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

 

A PROJECT THAT REFLECTS ON HOUSING

The aim of the exhibition is to encourage debate and present a series of proposals that will help provide an answer to the most important problems facing both cities with regard to housing and its relationship with public space. These proposals could be extrapolated to other cities in the world. (more…)

“Chameleon House”, a home inspired by nature, by Petr Hajek Architekti

The house designed by the Czech architects is located in a garden by a grassy meadow in Praha-Lipence. Inspired by a chameleon lying in the sun, the house extends the views from the inside of the house into the surrounding trees.

 

© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel

 

This house by Petr Hajek Architekti is located in Praha-Lipence, less than 20 km southwest of the Czech Republic’s capital city, in a quiet area surrounded by the countryside. Taking the natural surroundings as main condition to develop the project, the architects have achieved a single, continuous space that is divided and qualified by the vistas and light conditions of the views outside.

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