“Peter Märkli” exhibition of drawings and models at Betts Project

Betts Project is delighted to present a selling exhibition of renowned Swiss architect Peter Märkli, alongside relief-sketches by the sculptor Hans Josephsohn. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, showing works –from his famous ‘Language drawings’ to 3D drawings and models– that are related to selected projects.

 

"Peter Märkli" exhibition view © Betts Project

“Peter Märkli” exhibition view © Betts Project

 

‘The sketch is the germ of an idea, with no detail in it. The sketch has to be kept small, otherwise you’d have to flesh out certain details. It’s like a writer coming up with an idea for a novel. He might be clear that there will be three main characters, but he doesn’t yet know how the plot will unfold. (more…)

“The Extraordinary Process” exhibition of the workshop imagined by Zaha Hadid

The Extraordinary Process highlights Zaha Hadid Design’s position as a collaborative workshop, exposing the creative process of a variety of makers including Peter Do, Phoebe English, Iris van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Krystyna Kozhoma, Nasir Mazhar, Minimaforms, Patrik Schumacher and XO. 

 

Installation view of designs by Design Research Lab ©  Damian Griffiths

Installation view of designs by Design Research Lab © Damian Griffiths

 

Gallery Maison Mais Non presents its inaugural exhibition, The Extraordinary Process from 16 September to 16 November 2016. Evolving from discussions between Maison Mais Non, Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher last year, fashion designers and architects will examine innovative technologies of the present to imagine how these will evolve and shape the world of the future. (more…)

“We Live in the Office” – A Commission by Giles Round at RIBA London

Round was invited to explore the RIBA Collections, and through extensive research has created an exhibition for the Architecture Gallery that focuses our attention on one of the most familiar and unavoidable architectural features of the city: the façade.

 

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections

 

This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a new commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round. Inspired by the work of a wide-range of architects represented in the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections, Round explores the increasing tension between the static exterior and changing interior of the architecture around us.

He highlights the aesthetic qualities of facades in their original conception, and the subsequent contemporary use and reuse of these buildings. Round also explores the ways in which we currently ‘collect’ and preserve facades, creating an archive of buildings in real space and time. (more…)

“Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design” at Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates the life and legacy of the 20th century’s greatest engineer, Ove Arup (1895-1988), with the first ever retrospective on the philosopher-engineer. Through his pioneering philosophy of Total Design, which for him meant to ‘join all the professions right from the start’, Ove Arup redefined the way architects, designers and engineers work together.

 

    Sydney Opera House under construction,     6 April 1966     7 MB     © Robert Baudin for Hornibrook Ltd. Courtesy Australian Air Photos

Sydney Opera House under construction, 6 April 1966 © Robert Baudin for Hornibrook Ltd. Courtesy Australian Air Photos

 

The exhibition, staged in cooperation with the global engineering and design consultancy Arup, reveals the untold stories behind some of the world’s most recognisable buildings, and shows that without Ove Arup and his firm, projects like the Sydney Opera House, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Crossrail would never have been built.

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“The Evolving London Skyline” at The Building Centre

Created by commissioning a series of panoramic shots of the existing London skyline onto which the proposed ‘tall buildings’ would be layered into, the CGIs include any building over 20 storeys that have received planning approval and would complete by 2030.

 

The Evolving London Skyline © Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe

The Evolving London Skyline © Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe

 

With a record number of tall buildings planned for the capital, London is expecting an unprecedented change to its skyline. Focusing on the growing tall building clusters within central London, at the City of London’s ‘Eastern Cluster’ and at Blackfriars, the images created by creative imagery house Visualhouse help envision how some of London’s iconic vistas could look in the near future. (more…)

“Creation from Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities” at RIBA London

The destruction of cities, whether man-made or natural, can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes. Creation from Catastrophe: How architecture rebuilds communities explores the varying ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of natural disasters.

 

 NLE’s “floating school” in Lagos to cope with rising water levels © Evening Standard

NLE’s “floating school” in Lagos to cope with rising water levels © Evening Standard

 

“A disaster zone where everything is lost offers the perfect opportunity for us to take a fresh look, from the ground up, at what architecture really is.”  -Toyo Ito-.

From masterplans to reconfigure London after the Great Fire of 1666 to contemporary responses to earthquakes and tsunamis, the exhibition considers the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asks whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century. (more…)

“Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture” at Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts will present an installation, book and series of events celebrating original and unorthodox thinking in British architecture. The installation comprises of images and photographs of these maverick architects’ work, situating their work within the broader context of architectural history.

 

Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price  © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo

Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo

 

Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is an installation that will chart the course of British architecture from the sixteenth century to the present day through the work of twelve maverick architects: Robert Smythson, Sir John Vanbrugh, James Wyatt PRA, Sir John Soane RA, Charles Robert Cockerell RA, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles Holden, H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, James Stirling RA, Cedric Price, FAT and Zaha Hadid RA. (more…)

“Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975” at ICA London

An exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s: discoteques designed by architects of Radical Design: Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO.

 

3C+t Capolei Cavalli (Giancarlo Capolei, Pinini Capolei, Manlio Cavalli), side elevation of Piper club, Rome, 1965. © 3c+t Fabrizio Capolei, Pino Abbrescia e Fabio Santinelli (face2face studio), Corrado Rizza.

3C+t Capolei Cavalli (Giancarlo Capolei, Pinini Capolei, Manlio Cavalli), side elevation of Piper club, Rome, 1965. © 3c+t Fabrizio Capolei, Pino Abbrescia e Fabio Santinelli (face2face studio), Corrado Rizza

 

Radical Disco: Architecture and Nightlife in Italy, 1965 – 1975 is a presentation exploring the relationship between architecture and nightlife in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s. These years saw a number of discotheques open across Italy, including several designed by architects of Radical Design, a movement active in the 60s and 70s populated by architects such as Gruppo 9999, Superstudio and UFO. Dissatisfied by the limitations and ineffectiveness of post-war modern design, these architects sought to use their profession as a tool for societal change and to challenge the idea of architects’ role in society. (more…)

“Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir John Soane’s beloved wife Eliza, a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum will examine the recurring themes of death and mortality in the renowned architect’s life and work.

 

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy (23 October 2015 – 26 March 2016) will look at Soane’s long-held professional interest in the architecture of mausolea, funerary sculpture and monuments, and at the architect’s personal tragedy of losing his wife. On display will be a selection of items illustrating Soane’s professional and personal relationship with mortality from the Museum’s vast collection, with rarely exhibited items, including a design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington created by Soane’s own architectural office. (more…)

“The World of Charles and Ray Eames” at Barbican Art Gallery

The story of the Eames Office is that of the trajectory of visual and material culture in the post-war period of the last century. Charles and Ray Eames moved fluidly between the mass-production of objects for everyday use and the transmission of ideas through exhibition, film or installation, in anticipation of the global ‘information age’.

 

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

 

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a major new exhibition surveying the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education. The World of Charles and Ray Eames opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 21 October 2015. (more…)