“Neocodomousse” exhibition by Raumlaborberlin at LiFE Saint-Nazaire

Raumlabor’s largest exhibition this year is an experimental building workshop in the former submarine base of St.Nazaire. In the exhibition the collective present their first 1:1 tryouts of structures for the future of collective housing. 


Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE - Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France ©  Marc Domage

Exhibition view Raumlaborberlin, Neocodomousse, 2016 LiFE – Grand Café contemporary art centre, Saint-Nazaire France © Marc Domage


St. Nazaire is an industrial harbor town at the mouth of the Loire. It lives of the production of the largest passenger ships on earth, aeroplanes and fuel. Fuel is at its end and aeroplanes and cruiseships are among the greatest killers of our climate. Based on these three foundations the city is obviously an economic center of an ending era. What are the possible futures for such a place? Raumlabors proposal for St.Nazaire is to get a foot in the door of a new emerging market:  the production of collective space from industrial waste.  (more…)

“ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” at MAXXI Rome

The exhibition opening at MAXXI is the result of an international workshop comprising twelve Italian and thirteen international universities whose task was to produce readings, visions and projects for the Rome of the future.


Politecnico di Torino. “ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” © MAXII

Politecnico di Torino. “ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” © MAXII


A new map of the metropolitan city was developed, identified as being the vast perimeter of Rome’s social and economic life today, starting from a diagram that goes beyond the administrative boundaries centered around the area of the Palatine Hill, a quadrilateral measuring 50 km per side. (more…)

(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)”

The highlight of the events programmed is a week-long workshop carried out by Peaks, a French architecture office, with the help of high-schoolers of Orléans.



(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)” © FRAC – Les Turbulences


The regional center for contemporary arts in Orléans, France -namely Les Turbulences FRAC Centre, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects in 2013- is ending its summer activities with a final line-up of events that will take place from the 16th to the 20th of september.

FRAC will bring to an end the Relief(s) cycle of exhibitions and activities, coinciding with the official European Heritage Days, with a “(mini)Festival” in which futuristic architecture and contemporary arts will be joined by a festive and exciting program, organized in partnership with L’Astrolabe, CCNO and CDN.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013



Workshop “Construction and evolution of Systèmes des Objets” by Peaks
16/09/2015 — 20/09/2015

Showing a desire to offer a generous place for the young architectural scene, the cycle Relief(s) invites the four architects of Peaks to appropriate the Galerie des Turbulences and the Frac Centre’s spaces.
This weeklong workshop will be an opportunity to produce an evolving arrangement, which can be used by the public and adapted to the programme of events that will be held during the week of the (mini)Festival.

The produced surfaces will trigger alternative actions and uses, serving as an evolving floor for concerts, lectures, discussions and performances.

In an ongoing state of reconfiguration, the Turbulences will be transformed every day by architects and young participants from the Pothier High school (Orléans).



Peaks is a group of four French architects formed in 2013 by Charles Aubertin, Camille Dupont, Samuel Jaubert de Beaujeu et Eva Maloisel.

Their experiments seek to create the conditions of a new relation between users and architectural space. Through the constant dismantling and reassembly of a series of scenographic arrangements, they broadly question the contem¬porary practice of architecture through its relation to users, to the programme, to matter and to its own history.

Their collaboration has given rise to a series of projects involving the occupation of spaces executed in institutional settings (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Bozar in Brussels), as well as propositions made for international competitions (120H, IMOA). Peaks is currently involved in the realization of private and public commission projects.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013


Events programme

Exhibition “Reverse of volume FC” by Yasuaki Onishi

Exhibition “Gérard Singer”

Conference “Un créateur doublement engagé : Gérard Singer”
Conference by Jean-Luc Daval, historian and art critic.
With the presence of Claudette Singer.
16/09/2015, 17h

Free workshop visits
Discover the Galerie des Turbulences, which will change everyday through the interventions of the architects and students!

Flash Visits all day long
Discover the Turbulences accompanied by a mediator (every hour, 30-minute visits)

Pop Up Atelier
Experiment pop-up and make a souvenir-letter!


… and many more! Check the whole week’s programme here, or download the brochure


Visitor information

FRAC _ Les Turbulences
88 rue du Colombier
45000 Orléans, France

From Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September : 12h-19h
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September : 10h-19h
Entrance via Boulevard Rocheplatte
Free admission


Images and information courtesy of FRAC – Les Turbulences

#caseando: Prototype devices of self-produced housing at Madrid

“La Casa Encendida” and “Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas” propose #caseando a week of microworkshops to reflect on other models of possible home for the configuration of a new collective space in the contemporaneous city.


Caseando © La Casa Encendida

Caseando © La Casa Encendida


#caseando includes the series “Encounters and Initiatives for Urban Empowerment” known as # 6ciudades held last year at La Casa Encendida and whose key concepts are housing and urban space and citizen empowerment. Issues such as New Economies, Cohousing, Care Public Space are taken this year to a more specific level, where collective debates turn into a practical workshops.

The program is divided into three phases, prototype design; building the prototype and a third one in which everything built  will be shown to the public at La Casa in #caseando exhibition. (more…)

“MateraMending 2015” workshop by Alberto Campo Baeza

Following the cultural relevant moment thanks to the election of Matera as European City of Culture 2019 the workshop “MateraMending” will take place in the city between March 22 to March 28.


Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

MateraMending site. Matera abandoned unfinished train station.


In this workshop students of the Technical University of Madrid and University of Basilicata, together with their teachers and leading figures of European architecture in recent years will meet to study, discuss and design what could become the new gate for the city of Matera. Regeneration, green spaces, new infrastructures, will be some of the topics addressed during these days. Conferences, seminars and excursions through the city and the territory will be proposed to discover the architecture that characterizes this unique place.

Matera has suffered a problem of public civil infrastructure administration, resulting in a frustrated project to connect the city by train with the rest of the country. Right now the works are near to be accomplished and maybe the finantial aid of the European City of Culture will help in order to achieve these objectives. The workshop will reflect about what does public infrastructure mean and how can we reuse the existing one.

The teachers coming from Spain will be Alberto Campo Baeza, professor Alejandro Vírseda (author of Nave 16 refurbishment, among other projects), professor José Jaraíz and professor Jesús Donaire (secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award).