“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer since 1900” at DAM

At the same time as the official opening of the new old town Frankfurt the exhibition “”Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer” illuminates by a walk through history the scope of the debate about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

 

There is no other place in Frankfurt that boasts such a rich history in terms of architecture and its instrumentalization for identity and tradition as its old town. The exhibition Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town explores the events of the past 120 years. (more…)

CIVA Brussels presents “(re)compose the city” exhibition

The exhibition considers the period of reflection on the North-South Connection, from 1836 to 1952, as a town planning laboratory to turn Brussels into the capital of Belgium. The exhibition is based on several unbuilt projects that highlight this period, selected from entries of competitions, research works and other controversial approaches, preserved in the Civa archives.

 

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

The North-South Connection is generally seen as a trauma in the belief of Brussels denizens, a major error and the result of a lack of a strong-willed and coherent urban policy. The reflection on this railway layout linking the city’s North and South stations actually led to a broader town planning approach on the scale of Brussels – from its beginnings, in fact, in 1836, because this layout is closely linked to the creation of a station in the heart of the city. This aim persisted when construction work on the tunnel resumed in 1935, because the choice of an open trench required recomposing the urban structure over more than two kilometers in length. (more…)

“Living the region Rhine\Main” exhibition at DAM

The exhibition creates future images of a region which accepts the challenges facing it and seizes the opportunities involved – which relies on new technologies, pursues an integrated development approach, and sees exemplary projects in Germany and abroad as role models. The scenarios presented showcase possible perspectives and whet our appetite for shaping this future! This is the only way to pave the way to a future in which people live the region.

 

Housing Almen Bolig+, Rødovre, Kopenhagen (DK), Vandkunsten, Kopenhagen Photo: Mads Frederik

Housing Almen Bolig+, Rødovre, Kopenhagen (DK), Vandkunsten, Kopenhagen Photo: Mads Frederik

 

Mobility and residential living are the main challenges facing the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region. The prices on the housing market are rising faster than building land becomes available. The transport infrastructure is already stretched to its limits. LIVING THE REGION – RHINE-MAIN interrelates mobility and residential living – after all, the region lives of its localities being easy to reach, and the wide range of housing available. It is defined by the way places are linked with one another. The region is highly dynamic and differs fundamentally from the ideal of an idyllic landscape. (more…)

“Ride a bike! Reclaim the city” exhibition at DAM

The exhibition shows what an urban development needs to look like if it is to help persuade yet more people to get on their bike in the future. Projects from all across the world make the case for gently Reclaiming the City. The focus is on selected cities such as Copenhagen, New York or Oslo – these show how the path towards a more sustainable and social city can lead via planning a bicycle-friendly one.

 

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners: Dafne Schippers Brücke, Utrecht/Niederlande, 2017 Source: NEXT architects / Photo: Jeroen Musch

 

Designing public spaces well is a central task for urban planners and landscape architects. And they are joined on their already cramped stage by yet another agent: traffic planning. Bicycle traffic plays a central, connective role in the work done by all three and can provide the key to success. In order to maintain and improve the quality of life in the cities, where densities are increasingly rising and space used all the more intensively, more space is required on streets and squares, more green and more open spaces. (more…)

“Operational aesthetics” at CIVA Brussels

The exhibition “Operational aesthetics” has thoroughly researched Brussels’ so called Neighbourhood Contracts. CIVA took the opportunity of the upcoming anniversary of those Neighbourhood Contracts – a planning tool specific to Brussels – to fully understand the legal devices, processes and political visions that shape the city, its urban planning and architectural projects.

 

SUPERSTUDIO, Salvataggi di centri storici italiani (1972) © CIVA

SUPERSTUDIO, Salvataggi di centri storici italiani (1972) © CIVA

 

At the heart of this approach lies the fundamental process used to create a city, placing the question of its exegesis before it has been drawn on paper or constructed in reality. Shortly after its creation in 1989, the Brussels Region started investing in the revitalisation of its older neighbourhoods, seeking to rehabilitate the physical property while simultaneously breathing new life into their social and economic conditions. (more…)

“Madrid a Medias. Free Urban Planning” at CentroCentro

Madrid, a medias is a new cycle of three exhibitions on the hopeful, welcoming and joyous city that has arisen during the last decade of crisis and indignation (2007-2017).

 

Celebración en El Campo-de-Cebada-del-primer-encuentro-TEDxMadrid-al-aire-libre-celebrado-en-2014-TEDxMadrid

Celebración en El Campo de Cebada del primer encuentro TEDxMadrid al aire libre celebrado en 2014 TEDxMadrid

 

The project shows the city that has sprung in urban gardens and social centres, in self-managed plots and neighbourhood spaces, social markets, and street parties. A half-finished city, created by many hands, open to new ideas, new hopes, and new collaborations and made with other materials and other resources. (more…)

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” at COAM Madrid

COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) organized the exhibition and lecture by architect Winy Maas, who reviewed the ten years of life of The Why Factory, a research and education institute about the city of the future.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The Why Factory is research and education institute, belonging to the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, and led by professor Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV, that focuses in the development of our cities.


 

Practical information

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)”
December 15 – January 30, 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


The ‘The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)’ will open on December 15 at COAM. The exhibition can be visited for free until January 30th. On the same day, at 7:00 pm, Winy Maas will give the lecture ‘What’s Next?’ at the COAM Auditorium. He will present the work of The Why Factory, a global think-tank that aims to analyse, theorize and construct future cities.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

 

Some of the most outstanding works of MVRDV are the Dutch Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000, the Silodam building in Amsterdam, Markthal in Rotterdam or their proposal for the future of Paris Grand Paris Plus Petit. The Dutch architect and professor believes that “the future demands lots of knowledge to inform and inspire others”, and assures that “there is so much to do to make our future good. More funding is needed to do research and to produce visualisations on future mobility, future democracies, future economies, future healthiness, etc. And more funding is needed to share this work with the world and make it accessible to all”.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

 

The exhibition is organized around nine claims around which the activity of The Why Factory has evolved during the last ten years: the need for new leadership in urbanism and architecture in Visionary Cities; the wish for common sense in a world that seems to be dominated by individualism in (W)ego City; the advocacy for wildlife in Biodivercity; the claim for openness in Porocity; the desire for amazement in We Want World Wonders; the hope and need for acceleration of the green agenda in Green Dream; the push for the combination of small scale in densification actions in The Vertical Village; the exploration of radical trend breaks and their effects in City Shock; the excitement and amazement of the new material changes in Barba; the expression of fear of the ultimately killing Absolute Leisure; and soon Copy Paste, a pamphlet for referencing and development…

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The work of The Why Factory is a somehow strange phenomenon in scientific research -design research-, which is commonly regarded as a “un-scientific” method. We use design research as a tool for innovation. It is a process of trial and error, where the goal is sometimes unclear and the end is open, but which leads to an exciting journey with a potentially spectacular outcome. Maybe it can be regarded as a true combination of science and fiction…


 

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“Tours et Détours: The History of La Défense (1883-1989)”

The Departmental Council of Hauts-de-Seine present, in partnership with Defacto, “Tours et detours: the history of La Défense (1883-1989)”, an exhibition on the history and architecture of the business district of La Défense in Departmental Archives of Nanterre.

 

Le CNIT et le rond-point de la Défense en 1958. Archives départementales des Hauts-de-Seine

Le CNIT et le rond-point de la Défense en 1958. Archives départementales des Hauts-de-Seine

 

The opening of the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Tower (now RTE Nexity), the first offices to be built according to the initial development plan for the district of La Défense. Thanks to some outstanding original documents showcased in the exhibition, it will be possible to understand how, in a century, the territory of La Défence has experienced a true urban revolution. (more…)

“Traversées Urbaines” at Frac PACA, Marseille

The selection of videos in this exhibition brings together the production of artists and architects for whom the city is a subject of analysis as much as as a field of intervention.

 

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

 

It creates a dialogue among contemporary works with  proposals from the 1960-1970’s radical movement: close to Arte Povera, conceptual art, body art and land art, European and American radical architects start creating urban performances; they activate prototypes that work as sensory environments by locating them in public spaces, developing an approach both action-bound and sociological towards urban space. (more…)

“Vittorio Gregotti. The Invention of Territory” at Centre Pompidou Paris

After Barnett Newman, Gil j. Wolman, Chen Zhen and lately Hubert Damisch, the Centre Pompidou is now presenting “Vittorio Gregotti – The invention of territory”: a tribute to the architect through 26 drawings and 10 models from a recent donation.

 

The Invention of Territory © Vittorio Gregotti. Centre Pompidou

The Invention of Territory © Vittorio Gregotti. Centre Pompidou

 

The Centre Pompidou is providing a lively presentation of the museum’s collections through a circuit enriched with exhibition-dossiers devoted to figures whose commitment and efforts promoted the viewing and reading of modern works. These artists, critics, thinkers and historians all made a decisive contribution to the history of 20th century art. Designed as study areas, these sequences are a mixture of art works, documents and archives.

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