“Public Without Rhetoric” Portuguese pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Public Without Rhetoric is the project selected to represent Portugal at the 16th Biennale di Venezia. The curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah propose a tour of the “Public Building” of Portuguese origin through 12 works created at a time when Western Europe is confronted with its limits and possibilities and as architecture manifests its nonconformist nature in reinforcing its role in political and social intervention.

 

Arquipélago - Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos

Arquipélago – Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos

 

Portugal will be represented at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a project titled Public Without Rhetoric curated by Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah. The project is the result of a public competition promoted by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, through the Directorate-General for the Arts and it has the support of Foundations and Institutional Partners. (more…)

“Sleeping Beauty. Reinventing Frei Otto’s Multihalle” exhibition in Venice

“Sleeping Beauty” follows on from the successful exhibition “Frei Otto—Thinking by Modeling,” which was hosted by the ZKM in Karlsruhe from November 2016 to March 2017. The show in Venice focuses on the Multihalle and will be the first exhibition in the world dedicated to this fascinating building. Cooperation partner is the City of Mannheim.

 

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

The Multihalle In Mannheim, Frei Otto © Frei Otto, saai

 

saai | Archive for Architecture and Engineering and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presents an exhibition on the Multihalle Mannheim on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The project’s initiators and curators are the Berlin-based urbanist and curator Sally Below and Georg Vrachliotis, professor of architectural theory and director of saai, who also curated the previous Frei Otto exhibition. Both are long-standing advisors to the City of Mannheim on the development of the Multihalle preservation strategy. The exhibition architect is Marc Frohn, who is also a professor at KIT, and his architecture firm FAR frohn&rojas. (more…)

Dutch Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 “Work, Body, Leisure”

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.

 

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

 

Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia. Barbera Wolfensberger: ‘In line with this collaborative working method, curator Marina Otero Verzier has created a multidisciplinary exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion. This showcases the ambition to not only overcome national boundaries but to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries as well.’ (more…)

“Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac” at Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Venezia

Exhibition From 26 May to 7 October 2018 Venice. Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro hosts one of the most authoritative and eclectic Spanish practitioners of contemporary art and architecture: Juan Navarro Baldeweg.

 

"Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac"  © Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna Venezia

“Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Rings of a Zodiac” © Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Venezia

 

Architect, painter, sculptor, engraver, lecturer and essayist, Baldeweg has designed some of the most emblematic Spanish buildings of recent decades, among them the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Castilla and León in Salamanca, the Altamira Research and Museum Centre in Santillana del Mar, the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, and the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos (completed in 2012). (more…)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

 

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

 

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

Law-Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Italy: Law Court Offices in Venice by C+S Architects, a dark monolithic building respecting the historic city fabric.

 

Law-Court Offices In Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

Law-Court Offices In Venice by C+S Architects © C+S Architects

 

The LCV project responds to the challenge of questioning the given site and program during the competition phase, in which architects were expected to work only on the adaptive reuse of a series of 19thcentury buildings within an abandoned tobacco factory. The team decided to introduce a new building, and designed a physical adapter in a unique, leftover open space in the dense urban landscape of Piazzale Roma. According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] a courthouse featuring a dark and slender design, which the panel feels conveys the neutrality and elegance needed of an administrative building situated in an environment and city of such heritage and value.”

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‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’ the Biennale’s Danish Pavilion exhibition at DAC Copenhagen

With more than 130 architectural models, the exhibition fills DAC from basement to attic, giving visitors a fascinating insight into what makes Danish architecture unique and so popular abroad.

 

'Art of the Many and the Right to Space'  exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

‘Art of the Many and the Right to Space’ exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

 

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be showing from 7 July to 1 October ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, the Danish contribution to the most recent Venice Biennale of Architecture.

The Biennale is the most prestigious architecture event in the world, and countries from around the globe exhibit their own interpretations of a specific theme. While the Biennale attracts international visitors, the exhibition at DAC opens to a Danish audience, who will undoubtedly recognise the libraries, hospitals and childcare centres from their daily lives. The exhibition also provides fresh insights into what makes these buildings special.

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“The Reconstruction Territories” IUAV’s projects for areas struck by natural catastrophes

The exhibition shows the continuous attention paid by the IUAV to the reconstruction of urban fabric and buildings, contributing with first response activities, knowledge and design inmediately after the catastrophe events.

 

'The Reconstruction Territories' at IUAV 2017 © Roberto Bertossi

‘The Reconstruction Territories’ at IUAV 2017 © Roberto Bertossi

 

In the last fifty years, Iuav has been repeatedly involved in emergency response when some catastrophic event occurred, such as the Vajont disaster in 1963 or the most recent earthquake in Central Italy in 2016. The authors of the projects shown here are Iuav academics who have tackled the issue of reconstruction by drafting general Plans and projects concerning individual structures. Their activities have always been regulated by agreements between Iuav and the various public administrations from time to time involved in the disaster, or they worked as independent professionals. Frequently, reconstruction issues have been brought into the class, involving the students of the design workshops or graduands.

The current exhibition presents Iuav‘s projects for the reconstruction of urban space and particular buildings in territories affected by natural catasrophes over the last century. On show are many drawings, plans and documents regarding the Vajont, Friuli, Marche and Umbria disaster plans, as well as illustrative plans and consolidations surveys from recent earthquakes in Abruzzo and Central Italy(more…)

“Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country” at DAM Frankfurt

The exhibition, which DAM created and curated for the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition 2016 – La Biennale di Venezia, will be presented on two floors at DAM, and feature updated and expanded subject matter, as well as documentation and a review of the German Pavilion in Venice.

 

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

 

The exhibition responds to the fact that in 2015 the German borders were left open for around 900 000 refugees, and prompts reflection about Germany as an open immigration country. (more…)

“Giancarlo De Carlo, A master of Iuav” triple exhibition in Venice

The Università Iuav di Venezia celebrates the 90th anniversary of its foundation with a series of exhibitions devoted to one of its masters; after the one dedicated to Carlo Scarpa, now it is the turn of Giancarlo De Carlo, scholar in this School from 1955 until 1983.

 

City Hall, Amsterdam, 1967  Model, photo coutesy by Umberto Ferro

Giancarlo de Carlo, City Hall, Amsterdam, 1967. Model, photo coutesy by Umberto Ferro

 

Giancarlo De Carlo has been on of the leading figure in the national and international architectural debates during the second half of the 20th century. De Carlo articulated and strongly engaged research activities aimed at rethink and make a deep revision to the teachings left to the Modern Movement, by bringing a continuous cultural renewal into the project praxis, thought out the participation and by sharing the decision making processes. (more…)