The exhibition “XDGA_160 EXPO” will be open from February 18 and will run until March 17 at “Casa dell’Architettura” in Rome. As inaugurating event Xaveer De Geyter will give a lecture at the venue this next Wednesday at 17.30 pm (free access) with the attendance of the co-curator Federico Matteis and Luca Garofalo, architect.
Xaveer de Geyter is currently one of the internationally best-known architects from Belgium. His firm XDGA, which was created in 1988, have achieved considerable success in the new century, winning several competitions and is also active in many other parts of Europe. His latest award has been the BigMat ’13 International Architecture Grand Prize.
This exhibition presents ‘material evidence’ of the reality of XDGA, while at the same time embodying the working ethic of the office. It displays and documents built projects, urban studies and competition entries. In the exhibition, not the text nor the concept is preeminent – but the plan, the image and the model. The material in the expo is as such reduced towards 21 architectural models covered by plexiglass boxes containing a specific explanation about the project, some tables with 48 projects books and 5 videos where outsiders give comment on the architectural practice of XDGA. For the Rome edition, some recent projects have been added to the exhibition.
The exhibition will include 24 imposing models, XDGA most important works, of which each model is sort of a new chapter of contemporary architectural expression of the funds and the intervention of the city. The exhibition is curated together by the Belgian architecture center CIVA, the architectural firm XDGA and Federico de Matteis (Sapienza Università di Roma).
In 1988 Xaveer De Geyter started his own practice that often surprisingly illuminates the hidden paradoxes and conflicts of the (sub) urban life. The work of XDGA is based on a conscious belief in the formal power of architecture to shape and organize the many flows and often incongruous activities that constitute contemporary society. Rather than fixing programmatic content, it creates a clear-cut environment in which different scenario’s, stories and outcomes remain possible. It does not shy away from controversy, polemics or boldness, exactly in order to lay bare the potential of a site, a context or a brief. Without fear or inhibition, architecture is presented as the modern and energetic mediator that does not fold back on the safety of the past or the consensus of the present, but that embraces the uncertainties of a both lucid and positive future.
The office of Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) concentrates not only on architectural realizations, but also on urban projects and studies. Hereby XDGA it is not limited by one particular field or study. Our projects vary in program and scale and concern all phase’s aspects of an architectural practice: competitions, urban studies, preliminary design, execution drawings and follow-up of the construction site… Hence XDGA has developed a specific and thorough expertise in those different domains.
Our team is composed of several disciplines and counts 55 people of 12 different nationalities. For each project a carefully selected team is gathered under the guidance of a project manager. This project manager is responsible for the functioning of his team as well as for all communication towards the client and all other partners involved.
February 18th to March 17th, 2015
Opening: February 18th, 17h
Lecture: Presentation by Xaveer De Geyter, February 18th, 17h30
Casa dell’Architettura, Piazza Manfredo Fanti, 47, Rome, Italy
contact: +39 6 97604598, www.casadellarchitettura.it