Last days for “Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920 – 1990” at Tschoban Foundation

The exhibition features Berlin as seen throught the eyes of the most successful architects of the XXth Century: from actually built projects by Álvaro Siza and OMA to utopian visions by Bernard Tschumi, Hans Scharoun, Mies Van der Rohe and many others.

 

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis, 1980 – 1990 House at Checkpoint Charlie Competition, building complex, isometry Watercolour on Xerox copy 82 x 166 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis (1980 – 1990)  House at Checkpoint Charlie. Competition, building complex, isometry  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

 

Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920–1990 shows an exciting selection of important moments in Berlin’s urban and architectural development, illustrated by hand-drawn designs by Hans Scharoun, Hans Poelzig, Frei Otto, Gottfried Böhm, Zaha Hadid, Álvaro Siza Vieira and other renowned architects. A selection: the exhibition should therefore by no means be seen as a complete chronological documentation of the capital’s architecture during this period. It is rather a presentation of the variety of ideas and visions for Berlin, a stimulus to comparison of the drawn and the actually built architecture, and a highlighting of the high artistic quality of the exhibited works. (more…)

“Utopia/Dystopia” exhibition at MAAT Lisbon

Utopia/Dystopia is the first “manifesto exhibition” in MAAT’s new building. Establishing a dialogue with the site-specific commissions at the museum’s Oval Gallery, these group shows present side by side works of artists and architects who, in their respective fields, have produced insights and critical reflections on crucial themes of our times.

 

Cao Fei (SL avatar: China Tracy). RMB City: A Second Life City Planning. 2007-2011. Video © Cao Fei

Cao Fei (SL avatar: China Tracy). RMB City: A Second Life City Planning. 2007-2011. Video © Cao Fei

 

Following its official opening on October 5, 2016, the new MAAT kunsthalle reopens to the public on March 22, 2017, with two major exhibitions that take up the whole building: Utopia/Dystopia—A Paradigm Shift, curated by Pedro Gadanho, João Laia and Susana Ventura—and Order and Progress by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, curated by Inês Grosso. (more…)

“Sir Peter Cook’s 80 Ideas at 80 Years ” exhibition by the visionary architect at The Bartlett School of Architecture

The exhibition, 80 at 80, features work from the full span of the career of Sir Peter Cook, a major figure in 20th century architecture and a key figure at The Bartlett. Sir Peter, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was Chair of The Bartlett from 1990 to 2015, and is still an active lecturer and critic at the school.

 

Plug-in City / Archigram. Image © Peter Cook

Plug-in City / Archigram. Image © Peter Cook

 

The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL has a lot to celebrate this year. It is the 175th anniversary of the School, which ranks second in the world; and it is also celebrating its return to its 22 Gordon Street home, in the heart of Bloomsbury, after a multi-million pound refurbishment. (more…)

“Utopia in a Finite World” at the Giardini

The Flanders Architecture Institute organises an interactive programme of lectures, debates and workshops that will take place in various national pavilions at the Biennale Architettura 2016 to reflect on how architecture can redefine the city. The economic climate and the idea of utopia are the main topics in these discussions.

 

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte's Le château des Pyrénées)

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte’s Le château des Pyrénées)

 

Christoph Grafe, director of the Flanders Architecture Institute reflects about the topics on display at Utopia in a Finite World: In architecture, Utopian visions became synonymous with large-scale planning, developed by unholy alliances of idealistic planners and opaque bureaucracies, disregarding the needs of real people.[…] New conflicts and resurfacing old ones; a growing inequality; migrations on an unprecedented scale; ecological threats and economic crises; all these phenomena are a reminder that societies need visions beyond maintaining the status quo. […] Utopian visions may have become rare, but they are perhaps more necessary than ever.

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“Radical Design” first exhibition in the new building opened on the Vitra Campus

The first Schaudepot temporary exhibition is dedicated to Radical Design, a design Movement that reached its peak at the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s in Italy and is one of the most important avant-garde movements in the history of design.

 

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

Nr. 2600, Quaderna Superstudio, 1969 Foto © Zanotta

 

With manifestos, unconventional design vocabulary, transdisciplinary working methods and utopian design ideas, exponents of Radical Design were protesting against functionalism and the established taste in design and architecture. Thus, they showed that designers and architects must not only be seen as service providers in a commercial context but that they can also actively and critically engage in social and political matters. (more…)

Utopian and science-fiction constructions at “Anime Architecture” exhibition at Tchoban Foundation

The new temporary exhibition at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin shows original drawings from renowned Japanese animation films. The show focuses on a selection of superb renderings of urban architecture made for the screen.

 

Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

Concept design for Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) Pencil on paper, 176 × 250 mm Illustrator: Takashi Watabe Copyright: © 2004 Shirow Masamune / KODANSHA · IG, ITNDDTD

 

In drawings for the films Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence (2004), the megalopolis skyline is seen to be crushing in on what remains of traditional wooden housing. Industrial sites with endless labyrinths of cables and piping and utopian science-fiction constructions form backdrops for the dynamic film plots. Since the films Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), Japanese anime has secured its place in international pop culture, attracting a growing public in Europe. (more…)

“Superstudio Works 1966-1978” by Habitat publishers

This volume is the ‘culmination’ of Superstudio’s work. It brings together for the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of “radical architects” according to Germano Celant’s canonical definition. For the first time and in their entirety the works, texts and projects of the most famous group of «radical architects»

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

Mobili della serie Misura, disegno a china e collage, 1969 © Toraldo di Francia

 

After fifty years of alternating cycles of historiographical repression and subsequent revivals in national and international circuits, this book takes stock of this exceptional experience of collective architecture in the twentieth century. Today the drawings, models, famous photomontages, lamps, tables and other design objects created by Superstudio are on show in many museums world wide, amongst which, MoMA (New York), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Frac (Orléans), the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art (Prato), and the Maxxi (Rome). (more…)

“Limits to infinity” Utopias revisited by FRAC Val-de-Loire

The exhibition is one of the four installments of the centre’s wider-scope theme named “The city faraway”, featuring works by Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, Yona Friedman and Charles Simonds.

 

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

 

On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s  No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s  Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men. (more…)

“Yesterday’s Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram” at DAM

The exhibition “Yesterday´s Future” juxtaposes utopias by Future Systems and Archigram. The iconic drawings and collages of Jan Kaplický, Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton conforms the exhibition at DAM.

 

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

The exhibition “Yesterday’s Future” presents extraordinary utopias created by the teams of architects at Future Systems and Archigram.

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“Yona Friedman Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante” now in Paris

Dedicated to Yona Friedman (1923), architect, artist and theorist, this monographic exhibition was created in 2015 to celebrate the deposit of an important piece of his works at the  National Centre for Visual Arts.

 

Lycée David d’Angers (lycée bergson) à Angers © Yona Friedman

Lycée David d’Angers (lycée bergson) à Angers © Yona Friedman

 

Through a chronological and thematic path, visitors are invited to appropriate the tools of Friedman’s lively, changeable and organic architecture. The many architectural, social and educational proposals of Yona Friedman undoubtedly find applications in our society. This exhibition also features two irregular structures realized in scale 1 , offering visitors to participate in the installation. (more…)