2014 “Piran Days of Architecture” Explores the Complexities of Vision

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“What is the role of the architect as a visionary; can the architect (or should the architect) assume the position of social or urban orchestrator? Can architecture’s presence in a technocracy promote a vision outside of its intentions?” – Professor Paul Robinson

The thirty-second Piran Days of Architecture international conference will take place on November 22, organized around the central theme of Vision. The conference will explore a contemporary methodology for interpreting the myriad facets of an architect’s vision in the context of “increasing technological, sociopolitical, sociocultural and environmental demands.” 

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V&A and RIBA Present “Architects as Artists”

Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum,

Drawings have long been used as a method for architects to represent their projects. However, architects sometimes make drawings to communicate a sense of space in a deeper and more meaningful way – in a manner that begins to venture into the realm of art. A new exhibition opening at London‘s V&A Museum this Saturday entitled Architects as Artists examines the overlapping relationship between architecture and art, and documents the many ways in which it is used and created.

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20th Century Society Presents 100 Buildings 100 Years at the Royal Academy of Art

1952: Stockwell Bus Garage, . Image © John East

The 20th Century Society was founded in the 1970s, to protect British architectural heritage which was built from 1914 onwards - following from the protection of the Victorian Society, which protects architecture from the 19th century up until 1914. This year, to celebrate the one hundred years of architectural heritage which they are sworn to protect, they have selected one building from each year, presenting one hundred of the best, most interesting or most loved buildings from the last century with their 100 Buildings 100 Years project.

The 100 selected buildings are featured in an ongoing exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, and also feature in a new book published by Batsford Books. Read on after the break to learn more about 100 Buildings 100 Years, and see a selection of the chosen buildings from the past hundred years.

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Six Teams Studying Uneven Growth to Exhibit Proposals for Expanding Megacities at MoMA

Lagos Tomorrow. 2014. Water. Image © NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

As the culmination of a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities for rapid growth in six megalopolises – Hong Kong, , Lagos, Mumbai, , and Rio de Janeiro – the Museum of Modern Art is preparing to open Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities on November 22. The exhibition will present mappings of emergent modes of tactical urbanism from around the globe alongside proposals for a bottom-up approach to urban growth in the highlighted cities by six interdisciplinary teams made up of local practitioners and international architecture and urbanism experts.

Curator Pedro Gadanho, in collaboration with the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), states: 

“The exhibition features design scenarios for future developments that simultaneously raise awareness of the prevailing inequalities in specific urban areas and confront the changing roles of architects vis-à-vis ever-increasing urbanization. Each team in the exhibition was asked to consider how emergent forms of tactical urbanism can respond to alterations in the nature of public space, housing, mobility, spatial justice, environmental conditions, and other major issues in near-future urban contexts.” 

A synopsis of each team’s work, after the break.

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Drawing and Reinventing Landscape: A Conversation with Diana Balmori and Barry Bergdoll

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On Wednesday, November 5, Diana Balmori will visit the Strand to chat about  and Reinventing Landscape with the MoMA’s architecture curator, Barry Bergdoll. Diana’s book examines digital, analog and hybrid methods of representing landscape and places the contemporary landscape architecture within its fascinating historical context. This exclusive Strand chat will investigate crucial aspects of the design process. Join as these two experts discuss this important design topic at a moment of increasing global environmental change. More information here.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Musings on a Glass Box” Opens in Paris

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In celebration of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s 30th anniversary, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has installed an immersive that encourages visitors to experience the Jean Nouvel-designed, glass and steel museum building in an entirely new way.

“The Fondation Cartier building designed by Jean Nouvel will be used as raw material for their work, a first in the history of the institution. Musings on a Glass Box is a complex work occupying the entire ground floor of the Fondation Cartier, where a disturbance in the ceiling will trigger a surprising reaction. The result is an immersive environment, including an integral acoustic component by American composer David Lang and sound designer Jody Elff, that works with the building’s architecture to raise questions about transparency, perception, and one’s relation to space.”

A statement from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, after the break.

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Bartlett Professor CJ Lim to Launch “Food City” Book at Ravensbourne

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As part of the launch of his latest book, Food City, Professor CJ Lim of the Bartlett School of Architecture will present a lecture at Ravensbourne in Greenwich, London. Food City follows on from professor Lim’s previous book, Smartcities and Eco-Warriors, exploring the role that food production and distribution has historically played in day-to-day life, and how we might once again reinstate it as an integral part of our cities through essays on 25 cities around the globe.

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A Shed of One’s Own: An Exploration of Architectural Sheds and Writer’s Bothies

The Bothy Project - Pig Rock Bothy. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014. Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

As part of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festivalThe Building Centre is examining the space Dylan Thomas and other writers depend on to create their work. A Shed of One’s Own is a photographic exploration of unique sheds with architectural significance and literary connections. From award-winning studios in Central London to weathered bothies in Scotland, this explores the importance of space for creativity and inspiration. 

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AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale

At this year’s Dutch Pavilion in Venice, the curators explored the work of Jaap Bakema, arguing that after the demise of the welfare state “Bakema’s work once again provides us with a touchstone for rethinking the ideals of the open society”. Image © Nico Saieh

On November 20-21, AMO is hosting a discussion event at the Venice Biennale focusing on the past, present and future of Dutch architecture in which 30 young architects will be invited to present their agenda for architecture in the Netherlands for the next 10 years. Over the course of the two days, each participant will present will deliver a 7-minute presentation looking at architecture in 2024 to answer the question “where will you be and will you be doing?” Find out more about the event, and how you can be a part of it, after the break.

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Pier Vittorio Aureli to Exhibit 30 ‘Non-Compositional’ Drawings in London

Untitled 22 (from The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 2001-2014) Ink on paper, 50x50cm. Image ©

Pier Vittorio Aureli’s collection of thirty ‘non-compositional’ drawings, exhibited as part of a series entitled The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, will open at London’s Betts Project architecture gallery tomorrow (8th October 2014). The drawings, in development since 2001, are part of an ongoing investigation into “what, in the absence of a better definition, Aureli has described as ‘non-compositional architecture’.” This term, referring to the work of art historian Yve-Alain Bois who was himself prompted by the ambitions of the constructivist artist Alexander Rodchenko, is used to describe works that “aspire to the abandonment of composition and even the self of the artist.” This will be Aureli’s second recent exhibition in London following Dogma: 11 Projects, which was presented at London’s Architectural Association in 2013.

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Second Solo House to Open Its Doors

Casa Office KGDVS / Office KGDVS. Image © by-encore.com, via

What happens when eight world-renowned architects are given carte blanche to design holiday homes on a dream site in Spain? This is precisely what French developer Christian Bourdais set out to discover with the launch of the Solo House project in 2010, and now, you can find out for yourself. Just two years after the completion of Solo Pezo, by Chilean architect Pezo von Ellrichshausen, the second of twelve houses is now emerging for tours and site visits. Solo OFFICE, by Office Kersten Geers David van Severen, will open its doors to visitors this week, October 9 through 11, as it nears fruition. 

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Natural Histories for Los Angeles Presents “Wet Horizons”

An and exhibition by Luis Callejas / LCLA office
Exhibition Opening: October 11, 7—10 pm
October 11—November 23, 2014
Neutra VDL Research House, Los Angeles, CA

Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles presents Wet Horizons, an installation and exhibition by architect Luis Callejas / LCLA OFFICE in the Neutra VDL Research HouseLocated in the existing context of the Neutra-designed penthouse—its glazed walls, rooftop reflecting pools, and views of the Silver Lake Reservoir, Wet Horizons articulates environmental connections between Callejas’s landscape and architecture practice and the architecture of the house itself. Veiled textile drawings, re-inserted into the domestic space of the house, were created in collaboration with textile artist Charlotte Hansson. Combined with digital projections and models, the installation merges the reading of landscapes from distant geographies with actual views of Los Angeles.

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The Future of London’s Historic Alexandra Palace Revealed in New Exhibition

Proposed design of eastern end. Image Courtesy of Alexandra Palace

The soaring glass roofs of London‘s Alexandra Palace are about to receive a major overhaul thanks to a £23.8m ($38.6m USD) fundraising project focused on the revitalization of the 139 year old palace. Images of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 2014 revitalization are on display for the first time in an showcasing the upcoming changes to the public palace, including extensive renovations to reopen derelict sections of the building. Find out more about the after the break.

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New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

WHAT: With its fifth biennial competition and , the AIANY New Practices Committee is proud to recognize six emerging architecture and design firms working in New York City. These firms will be featured in an opening on October 1 at 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. This year, the opening of New Practices New York 2014 will also kick off Archtober 2014, Architecture and Design Month.

New Practices New York 2014 will showcase the work of:
The Bittertang Farm (http://bittertang.com/)
dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture (http://www.dlandstudio.com/)
Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (http://www.fakeindustries.org/)
form-ula (http://www.form-ula.com/)
NAMELESS Architecture (http://namelessarchitecture.com/)
PARA-Project (http://www.para-project.org/)

The six winners have created floor-to-ceiling installations that play with the ideas of structure, reflection, and transparency, designed specifically for the Center for Architecture’s double-height storefront window. Other exhibition materials will include models, project images, renderings, and videos. Pentagram/Natasha Jen, the exhibition designer, has created a custom font for New Practices New York 2014 that will be used throughout the exhibition to highlight the firm’s design philosophies.

A roundtable discussion will precede the exhibition opening. On October 1 from 5-6pm, Beatrice Galilee, curator of architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will moderate a conversation with members of the winning firms.

WHEN:
Roundtable Discussion: Wednesday, October 1, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE:
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY

WHO:
Roundtable Speakers:
Susanna Drake, AIA, dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
Cristina Goberna + Urtzi Grau, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism
Ajmal Aqtash + Richard Sarrach, form-ula
Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo + Kiseok Oh, NAMELESS Architecture
Jon Lott, PARA-Project
Beatrice Galilee, Curator of Architecture and Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (moderator)

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

Title: New Practices New York 2014
Website: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=upcoming&expid=288
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter
From: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:00
Until: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:00
Venue: Center for Architecture
Address: 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012, USA

Gallery at REDCAT Presents “Small Museum for the American Metaphor”

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Continuing a curatorial program of experiments, collaborations and interdisciplinary projects, the Gallery at REDCAT presents Small Museum for the American Metaphor September 27 to November 30, 2014.

REDCAT gallery curator Ruth Estévez invited the Belgian architect Kersten Geers to develop the , which focuses on themes that are clearly evident in the architectural work he creates with his firm, OFFICE Kersten Geers and David Van Severen.

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UNStudio Brings Interactive Exhibit to Munich: Motion Matters 4.0

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The evening of October 6th marks the grand opening of UNStudio‘s new exhibit, Motion Matters 4.0 at the Architektur Galerie in Munich. The opening ceremonies will coincide with the first day of the Expo Real International Trade Fair for Property and Investment and include a welcome speech by the Dutch Consul General Peter Vermeij, followed by an introductory talk about the exhibit from UNStudio co-founder and principal Ben van Berkel.

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Berlage Master Class: “Architecture without Architects…Architects without Architecture?

The Berlage is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed architect Ben van Berkel, cofounder and principal architect of UN Studio, is leading a design master class in November 2014 entitled “Architecture without Architects.. Architects without Architecture?”

The master class, to take place from Thursday, 13 November to Friday, 21 November in both Amsterdam and Delft, will focus on strategies for designing contemporary knowledge environments in relation to the changing nature of knowledge generation. Participants will explore how different “smart” initiatives, organizational patterns, communication interfaces, and alternative forms of interaction and collaboration are affecting architecture as a professional discipline; while, at the same time, redefining the role of the architect.

Participants will develop a speculative design scenario for the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), a newly established collaborative initiative for urban research from MIT, TU Delft, and University of Wageningen. The master class will use AMS as a fictional client, asking participants to define a small-scale architectural invention that houses
facilities for research, debate, and display.

Interested applicants should send a CV and portfolio to the Berlage by Wednesday, 15 October.

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is a renown postgraduate educational institution at the Delft University of Technology. UN Studio is an Amsterdam-based international architectural practice specializing in architecture, urban development, and infrastructural projects, founded in 1988 by and Caroline Bos.

Title: Berlage Master Class: “Architecture without Architects…Architects without Architecture?
Website: http://www.theberlage.nl/
Organizers: The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design
From: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00
Until: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:00
Venue: UN Studio and Delft University of Technology

Benedetta Tagliabue Among Budapest Design Week’s Special Guests

EMBT’s Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona. Image © Ceramica Cumella

Featuring around 220 events spread out over 10 days, Budapest Design Week kicks off its 11th year on October 3rd. With exhibitions, workshops, lectures and a range of other events spread across all design disciplines, the program will suit all tastes – however, perhaps the highlight for architects will be the presence of Benedetta Tagliabue, Principle of EMBT, who will give a lecture on “Blending and Experimentation” on October 8th.

Read on after the break for more on Design Week.

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