‘Constructing culture. West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong’ at AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

One of the world’s largest cultural projects, the West Kowloon Cultural District will establish a dynamic quarter on 40 hectares of land. Featuring buildings by leading international architects including Herzog & de Meuron, Bing Thom Architects and UNStudio the district will deliver landmark architecture for cultural and outdoor facilities.

 

'West Kowloon Cultural District' Building Site © Aedes Architectur Forum

‘West Kowloon Cultural District’ Building Site © Aedes Architectur Forum

 

The latest exhibition at AEDES architecture forum in Berlin shows the planning and works in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, where over 40 hectares of reclaimed land from Victoria Harbour will be transformed into a new cultural quarter via one of the most ambitious cultural projects at the moment. The exhibition presents the emerging new quarter looking at its role as both a supporter of traditional culture and a pioneer in contemporary arts and innovation.  (more…)

‘Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit’ architecture from the MENA region at Vitra Design Museum

Vibrating with an innovative cultural life, the Midle East and North Africa regions are the focus of an exhibition featuring contemporary photographs, models and texts, conveying the dynamic atmosphere of individual locales and the relationship of inhabitants to their spatial surroundings.

 

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

 

Ankara, Baghdad, Tehran and Tangier are vibrant metropolises of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). They pulsate with an innovative cultural life – despite the political headlines. The exhibition »Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit« views these cities from a micro-perspective, examining their architecture, urban neighbourhoods and the protagonists who shape them.

The project is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the publishers of Dubaibased magazine Brownbook.  (more…)

“Capital and Dictatorship. Urban design in Rome, Moscow, Berlin, Lisbon and Madrid” at Werkbund Galerie

Urban design played an important role for the European dictatorships during the first half of the twenties century. It served to legitimate regimes, to produce agreement and to demonstrate power, efficiency and speed.

 

Berlin, Columns of travertine in Stuttgart, made 1937 © Bodenschatz, 3.12.2014

Berlin, Columns of travertine in Stuttgart, made 1937 © Bodenschatz, 3.12.2014

 

It communicated the social and design projects of the dictatorships, both within the respective countries and internationally. It tied old and new experts to the regime. One emphasis of the dictators’ architecture and urban design policies was the expansion of their respective capital cities. It is interesting that the three capitals, Rome, Moscow, and Berlin, of the predominant dictatorships were relatively young capitals and in no way recognized as capitals in their respective countries. Berlin and Rome were elevated to capitals only around 1870, and Moscow had only just recently replaced St. Petersburg as capital. (more…)