“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.

 

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

 

The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

Forming part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, the exhibition looks at public space design between 1955 and 1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo, and their approach to architectural Modernism.

 

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

 

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures, the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference, whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism. (more…)

“Forum Basel. Urban Spaces for Community Life” at the Swiss Architecture Museum

SAM Basel hosts an experimental exhibition and installation in which the museum’s rooms open up to the public hosting activities, architectural projects and case studies, becoming a place for collective dialog on public space.

 

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

Art Drop, the first public floating Art Gallery, combined with a traditional Basel river ferry, Kosmos Architects © S AM

 

Welcome to the public spaces of the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum! In keeping with the original purpose of the ‘Museion’ of Greek Antiquity, S AM is to be a house for public life from 20 May to 18 June.

Visitors can dwell in a co-working space in the first room, play table tennis in the second, get the feeling of being at a marketplace in the third or at a cinema in the fourth. Become part of public life at S AM and use its rooms for working, playing, reading, eating and relaxing. Commercial or political uses are strictly prohibited. (more…)

Bünder Kunstmuseum extension at Chur by Barozzi Veiga

An independent structure in dialog with the Villa Planta. A reinterpretation of the original Palladian order while using decoration as a way of separating the building from its surroundings. The result is an expressive, compact volume cleverly integrated into the new public space.

 

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

 

The new extension of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur has been conceived as a simple and compact volume which is perfectly integrated in its immediate urban surroundings. The clear independence of the new building in relation to the adjacent buildings reinforces the importance of the garden in the new Museum area and confers the building an independent and sober appearance.

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Town Hall of St-Jacques-de-la-Lande, by LAN Architecture

The building by the French office, winners of the ’13 BigMat French National Award, questions and challenges the contemporaryness of the town-hall typology through the introduction of the square as a spatial organizer.

 

Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, LAN architectes 2016 © Julien Lanoo, 2016

Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, LAN architectes 2016 © Julien Lanoo, 2016

 

LAN architects have recently completed the construction of the Town Hall of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, a small town in the French Bretagne. Inspired by the typical elements that comprise the historical Town Halls in France, the building strongly relates to the urban context by including in the design two outdoor squares that organize the program of the whole building.

In this way, the French office, who were awarded with the 2013 National BigMat International Award for France, intend to redefine the typology of the Town Hall from a contemporary point of view: “minimizing impacts, developing potential, and predicting the unforeseeable”. (more…)

“Labics. La Città aperta” architecture and historical public space of Italy

The exhibition invites a parallel reading amongst two Labics projects – MAST and CITTA DEL SOLE – and several Italian historic public spaces. This relationship is the discourse on Italian public space and Italian attitude, and its capacity to introduce a certain specificity to the globalization of contemporary architecture.

 

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

 

The exhibition takes its direction from two different assumptions: the first one is that architecture is a civic art, an art that has the responsibility of creating and giving shape to collective space, spaces for shared experiences and knowledge. The second assumption relates to the modernity of the public spaces of the historic Italian city; a modernity conceived not as an abstract quality but as a spatial structure, with the intrinsic characteristics of a simultaneously open yet articulate fabric — both complex and varied, a space which is structurally and deeply democratic. (more…)