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9 of the Most Bizarre and Forward-Thinking Radical Architecture Groups of the 60s and 70s

09:00 - 26 September, 2017
9 of the Most Bizarre and Forward-Thinking Radical Architecture Groups of the 60s and 70s

The first moon landing, widespread anti-war protests, Woodstock and the hippies, rural communes and environmentalism, the Berlin Wall, the women’s liberation movement and so much more—the tumultuous decades of the Sixties and Seventies occupy an unforgettable place in history. With injustices openly questioned and radical ideas that set out to unseat existing conventions and practices in various spheres of life, things weren’t any different in the architectural world. 

The grand visions dreamt up by the modernists were soon challenged by utopian experiments from the “anti-architecture” or “radical design” groups of the 1960–70s. Reestablishing architecture as an instrument of political, social, and cultural critique, they drafted bold manifestoes and designs, experimented with collage, music, performance art, furniture, graphic design, zines, installations, events, and exhibitions. While certain individuals from this era like Cedric Price, Hans Hollein, and Yona Freidman remain important to the realm of the radical and the unbuilt, the revolutionary spirit of these decades also saw the birth of various young collectives. For eccentricity at its very best, read on for a (by no means exhaustive) list of some groups who dared to question, poke, expand, rebel against, disrupt and redefine architecture in the 60s and 70s.

How Architects in Chicago Are Making New History

10:20 - 26 September, 2017

"We are at a moment of great cultural transition," Jorge Otero-Pailos argues. "The kinds of objects that we look to to provide some sort of continuity in that transformation is often times architecture, [...] one of the most stable objects in culture." This short film, in which an number of participants of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial reflect on their work and those of others, tackles the theme conceived by artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark LeeMake New History.

Canning House / Estudio Borrachia

09:00 - 26 September, 2017
Canning House / Estudio Borrachia, © Fernando Schapochnick
© Fernando Schapochnick

© Fernando Schapochnick © Fernando Schapochnick © Fernando Schapochnick © Fernando Schapochnick + 35

Open Source Plan for a Modular Urban Gardening Structure Offers a Flexible Design for Locally Grown Food

08:00 - 26 September, 2017
Open Source Plan for a Modular Urban Gardening Structure Offers a Flexible Design for Locally Grown Food, © Daniel Ruiz
© Daniel Ruiz

As a response to the fast-paced city life, GrowMore is an urban gardening modular design with endless configurations to suit even the most unexpected of spaces. Designed by Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum, the modular building kit provides an opportunity for social interaction and locally grown vegetation, reminding people to pause and connect with nature.

© Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz © Daniel Ruiz + 13

Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017

06:00 - 26 September, 2017
Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced their program for the 2017 edition focusing on the theme of “Performance.” An incredible list of speakers including Alison Brooks, Charles Jencks, Pierre de Meuron and France Kéré will feature across 3 days from November 15th to 17th at the Arena Berlin, Germany. Conferences, city tours, lectures and critiques of the shortlisted projects from the 2017 WAF awards are among the events scheduled for the festival.

The seminars, speeches, debates and discussions will examine “the topic of performance from the perspectives of housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies.”

JETLAG Tea & Wine Bar / Mimosa architekti

05:00 - 26 September, 2017
JETLAG Tea & Wine Bar / Mimosa architekti, © BoysPlayNice
© BoysPlayNice

© BoysPlayNice © BoysPlayNice © BoysPlayNice © BoysPlayNice + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Architects in Charge

    Petr Moráček, Jana Zoubková, Pavel Matyska
  • Area

    55.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Cooperage / Chris Dyson Architects

03:00 - 26 September, 2017
The Cooperage  / Chris Dyson Architects, © Peter Landers
© Peter Landers

© Peter Landers © Peter Landers © Peter Landers © Peter Landers + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Chris Dyson Architects
  • Area

    490.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Boulogne Pont de Sèvres Housing Rehabilitation / eliet&lehmann architectes

02:00 - 26 September, 2017
Boulogne Pont de Sèvres Housing Rehabilitation / eliet&lehmann architectes, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Pierre-Yves Brunaud © Pierre-Yves Brunaud © Sergio Grazia + 37

Villa X / Barcode Architects

00:00 - 26 September, 2017
Villa X / Barcode Architects, © Christian van der Kooy
© Christian van der Kooy

© Christian van der Kooy © Christian van der Kooy © Christian van der Kooy © Christian van der Kooy + 16

37° White / D+space design

22:00 - 25 September, 2017
37° White / D+space design, © Fancy Images
© Fancy Images

Flower display area. Image © Fancy Images Flower display area. Image © Fancy Images Clothing display area. Image © Fancy Images Flower display area. Image © Fancy Images + 23

Kojyogaoka House / Hearth Architects

20:00 - 25 September, 2017
Kojyogaoka House  / Hearth Architects, © Yuta Yamada
© Yuta Yamada

© Yuta Yamada © Yuta Yamada © Yuta Yamada © Yuta Yamada + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Hearth Architects
  • Area

    129.18 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Flora Pavilion / Design School of Nanjing University of the Arts

19:00 - 25 September, 2017
Flora Pavilion / Design School of Nanjing University of the Arts, Shared Color Space. Image © Yusi Chen
Shared Color Space. Image © Yusi Chen

Day View. Image © Yusi Chen Shared Color Space. Image © Yusi Chen Night View. Image © Yusi Chen Night View. Image © Yusi Chen + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, Jiangsu China
  • Instructor

    Jiong Xu
  • Students

    Yunliang Lu, Yusi Chen, Zhenzhu Yu, Junyang Wu, Jiawei Huang, Qianru Bi, Yin Peng, Yan Hou Lou, Yutang Sang, Yangchen Zhao
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Code Space / Full Scale Studio

17:00 - 25 September, 2017
Code Space / Full Scale Studio, © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu
© Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu

© Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu © Chaiyaporn Sodabunlu + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Lead Architect

    Attasit Kongmongkol
  • Area

    245.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Casa AR / ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea

15:00 - 25 September, 2017
Casa AR / ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro + 16

Helen Street House / mw|works architecture + design

13:00 - 25 September, 2017
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Lead architect

    Eric Walters, Steve Mongillo
  • Design Team

    Suzanne Stefan
  • Landscape Design

    Wittman Estes (Matt Wittman and Jody Estes)
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Towards an Architecture of Light, Color, and Virtual Experiences

12:00 - 25 September, 2017

This essay by Space Popular references an installation currently on display at Sto Werkstatt, in London. You can experience it in virtual reality, here.

The Glass House has no purpose other than to be beautiful. It is intended purely as a structure for exhibition and should be a beautiful source of ideas for “lasting” architecture but is not intended as such. According to the poet Paul Scheerbart, to whom it is dedicated, the Glass House should inspire the disillusion of current architecture’s far-too-restricted understanding of space and should introduce the effects and possibilities of glass into the world of architecture.

Bruno Taut [above] described his Glashaus for the 1914 Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne, Germany, as a "little temple of beauty"; as "reflections of light whose colors began at the base with a dark blue and rose up through moss green and golden yellow to culminate at the top in a luminous pale yellow.”[1] The Glass Pavilion, designed based on its potential effects on those who perceived it, was supposed to create vivid experiences. The site was the human mind.

The Glass Chain / Space Popular (Sto Werkstatt, London). Image © Space Popular The Glass Chain / Space Popular (Sto Werkstatt, London). Image © Space Popular The Glass Chain / Space Popular (Sto Werkstatt, London). Image © Space Popular The Glass Chain / Space Popular (Sto Werkstatt, London). Image © Space Popular + 15

Lightspeed Office / ACDF Architecture

11:00 - 25 September, 2017
Lightspeed Office / ACDF Architecture, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Lead Architects

    Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Joan Renaud, Laure Giordani, Christelle Montreuil Jean-Pois, Francis Brodeur, Jérôme Deschenaux, Neil Melendez
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

In "Horizontal City," 24 Architects Reconsider Architectural Interiors at 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

10:20 - 25 September, 2017

Horizontal City is one of two collective exhibitions (the other being Vertical City) at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. 24 architects were tasked by artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee to "reconsider the status of the architectural interior" by referencing a photograph of a canonical interior from any time period.

Their challenge was in considering the forms and ways that their selection "might extrapolate out from the cropped photographic frame into a spatial and lifestyle construction across a larger, horizontal site" – in this case, a field of plinths, the size and positioning of which is a direct reference to the footprint of Mies van der Rohe's 1947 plan for the IIT Campus in Chicago.