Iwan Baan: ‘The Way We Live’ Exhibition

Tokyo #1, 2006, Digital C-Print, 54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm) / © Iwan Baan

Opening tonight, February 20, at 6:00pm PST at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Iwan Baan‘s ‘The Way We Live’  features captivating large-scale images of urban, architectural, and home environments that capture Baan’s singular vision. Baan’s artistic practice examines how we live and interact with architecture, focusing on the human element, which brings buildings, intersections, and public gathering places to life. Running until April 13, this is Baan’s first solo at the gallery. More information after the break.

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Equation Exhibition / Grimshaw Architects

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Taking place February 20-March 15, Grimshaw Architects will be holding their first staged in Asia, titled ‘Equation’. The will explore how the natural environment provides inspiration for innovative architectural projects around the world. These projects adopt biomimicry for greater efficiency, acknowledge the importance of connecting building users to nature and work to harness natural systems which ensure that buildings conserve and replenish natural resources. Located at the Urban Redevelopment Authority in , this marks the sixth major exhibition of work from Grimshaw which continues on from this tradition. More information after the break. (more…)

Event: Buell Center at Columbia University presents “Comments on Comments”

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How do we talk about architecture? Housing? Cities? Culture? Politics? And, equally important, how don’t we talk about them? Comments on Foreclosed, a forthcoming book and online archive of public reactions to Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, a 2012 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in that was co-curated by the Buell Center, has been produced to document just this kind of public discussion and the various platforms that shape it.

On February 18th, The Buell Center will mark the completion of the book and website, www.commentsonforeclosed.com, with a public event, “Comments on Comments”.  A performance of excerpts from the archive will open a multimedia panel discussion and Q&A.  In so doing, certain gaps in the public conversation on American housing and urbanism will be identified, and systemic deficiencies called out. (more…)

Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture

McMath Solar Telescope, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kitt Peak, AZ, 1962 Gelatin Silver Print © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Now on view at the Yossi Milo Gallery through March 2, rarely-seen images by modernist architectural photographer Ezra Stroller (American, 1915-2004) captures a Post-War American landscape with stunning images of industry, technology, transportation and working class Americans. 

Beyond Architecture covers the full range of Stoller’s work, including photographs commissioned by Fortune, Architectural Forum, and House Beautiful magazines in the 1940s and for commercial projects for IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and CBS in the 1940s and 1950s. Included are photographs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s John Hancock Building, Chicago, and the United Nations Headquarters, designed by an international team of architects led by Wallace K. Harrison and including Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier.

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5th Annual Budapest Architecture Film Days

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Initiated by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in 2007, the 5th Annual Budapest Architecture Film Days will be taking place February 28-March 3. The main intent of the event is to use the medium of film to highlight the most subtle processes in architecture, design and urban development. This year, the 4-day festival proposes the richest and most diverse program of its half-decade existence to those interested in architecture, design and cities. The event opens with a portrait of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Oscar Niemeyer. For more information, including a complete program of , please visit here.

‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ Event

WaterWorks at Arizona Falls, 2003 / © Bob Rink

As part of their Cultural Drivers event series, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be presenting the ‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ event from 6:30pm-8:00pm on February 25th.  Cities are increasingly defined by their civic spaces such as museums, theaters, libraries, parks, and cultural districts. Designers, public officials, and non-profit leaders from across the U.S. will share how their cultural facilities and civic spaces are re-energizing neighborhoods, spurring economic development, and responding to the needs of the community. For more information, please visit here.

 

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano Lecture at Portland State University

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano – San Telmo / © Roland Halbe

Taking place at 6:00pm PST on Friday, March 1, internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will deliver their fourth presentation in the “Placing” lecture series offered by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, which is free and open to the public. Based in Madrid and , Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is known for projects that marry a contemporary architectural language with traditional settings and historic structures. Their work includes the Madinat al Zahra Museum in Córdoba—recipient of a 2010 Aga Kahn Award—and extensions to the Joanneum Museum in Graz. More information after the break. (more…)

Arquine Conference nº14: Space

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Architects could never explain space. When we think about space, we have only looked at its containers. As if space itself is invisible.
Rem Koolhaas 

History has granted architecture the role of dividing up space. It manifests itself in providing lodging and orienting humankind, who inhabits this fragmented whole we call space and which is interwoven with time at a tacit and essential level.

We live in space, in these spaces, in these cities, in these fields, in these corridors, in these gardens. It is plain to see. And yet, it is not possible to quantify space or give shape to it: it is extension and connection, fact and certainty through time and movement. Space may be travelled through and narrated, experienced and actuated. Space contains and is contained, situates and signifies.

Arquine raises the question “what do we talk when we talk about space?” in order to explore the different meanings it conveys. The conference presents multi-disciplinary perspectives to redeem the value of each of these and thereby reveal the “Species of Spaces”.

The Arquine Conference Nº14 will gather important architects throughout the world discussing these matters. David Chipperfield, Atelier Bow Wow, Delugan Meissl, and Denise Scott Brown will be part of one of the most important architecture events in Latin America, taking part from March 11 to March 12 in the Teatro Metropólitan at , Mexico.

The problem isn’t so much to find out how we have reached this point, but simply to recognize that we have reached it, that we are here. There isn’t one space, a beautiful space round about, a beautiful space all around us, there’s a whole lot of small bits of space…
George Perec

More information (in Spanish) can be found here.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Spring Guest Lecture Series

Courtesy of NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), recently launched their Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series in architecture, titled “DigitalAnalog”, which is free and open to the public. Most lectures take place at 6:00 pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, , Norway unless otherwise noted with the first lecture taking place this coming Thursday, February 14th. The series will focus on the differences and commonalities between analogue and digital workflows. Keynote speakers include Michael Hansmeyer, Anette Spiro and Lund &Skare. For more information, please visit here.

3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013

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The latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of Green Roofs will be presented at the 3rd International Green Roof Congress, which will be held in . Organized by The International Green Roof Association (IGRA), the event will take place May 13-15, where acknowledged international Green Roof experts from various disciplines will discuss the status quo and the future trends of Green Roofs with architects, designers, landscape contractors and more. If you are interested in ‘Building with Nature’, this unique event will encompass a range of related topics  To register, and for more information, please visit here.

‘VIII BIAU – With the Sea in Between’ Exhibition

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Taking place February 15-March 31, the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (VIII BIAU)’s ‘With the Sea in Between’ exhibition will be in the Galeria Boavista in Lisbon. The , which will also include conferences by keynote speakers, represents a selection of exemplary works of architecture, public spaces, publications and research, rewarded at the VIII BIAU. Attendees will be invited to travel through the architecture of the nine countries rewarded: Brazil, , Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Chile. For more information, please visit here.

‘I Love, Love, Love : to Build’ Exhibition

Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal. Éco quartier, Saint Nazaire, 2009. © Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal

The ‘I Love, Love, Love : to Build’ Exhibition, which will be on exhibit from February 10 – March 24, offers architects the opportunity to exhibit and share their private thoughts on their production. This series of invitations is in line with the Villa Noailles‘ querying on architects’ roles in our society, on the issues on which they work. Curators Jean-Pierre Blanc and Florence Sarano have simply decided to query each creator on his work: yesterday, today and tomorrow. The lecture by the architects will take place February 10th at 10:00am. For more information, please visit here.

‘Porous City – Open the Tower’ Exhibition

© Frans Parthesius

The Innovation Forum MIPIM recently announced that it will feature the “Porous city – Open the tower” exhibition presented at last year’s Venice Biennale for the first time. Held in Cannes, from March 12-15, the exhibition uses Lego towers to explore futuristic concepts of urban design imagined by the professor and architect Winy Maas, founder and director of the MVRDV architectural practice in and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the city of the future. Nine three-meter high skyscrapers will rise up during the four days of the show, acting as visual support to debates on the new processes and the role of research in Europe’s urban future. For more information, including a complete program, please visit here. More images after the break. (more…)

Furniture Fair Installation / Gert Wingårdh

© Tord-Rikard Söderström

On view now until February 9th, the installation by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh at the Furniture Fair in suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an ‘altar’ where panels hold sway. In collaboration with Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi, their creative teamwork has resulted in a design that will set the stage for talks on design and architecture at the fair. Starting out from their own perspective while adhering to a shared vision, the entire dome-like structure consists of stacks of paper sheets that hang from the roof in a Venetian blind-like construction. More images and their description after the break. (more…)

Registration now open for 2013 AIA National Convention

2013 AIA National Convention

It’s that time of year again: the 2013 AIA National Convention is gearing up to provide architects with the latest technological, conceptual and design innovations over the course of a three-day conference in Denver, Colorado.  This year’s theme: Building Leaders, is an opportunity for architects to see leading achievements in the profession as well as build upon their own knowledge. 

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‘Culture:City’ Exhibition

Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008. Community centre / art school. Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: ; Centre Pompidou Mobile, France. Architects: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne. Photo: Loïc Julienne

Taking place March 14-May 26, the ‘Culture:City’  encourages us to think consistently about the future of our cities from this perspective. Curated by Matthias Sauerbruch for the Akademie der Künste, the exhibit takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century and shows the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. Art and culture have in many ways become key motors of innovative and successful urban design and planning, without which the world’s metropoles would no longer be worthy of the name. More information on the exhibition after the break. (more…)

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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Taking place October 10-13, this year’s Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, which is considered the world’s largest architecture film festival, is expected to attract an audience of approximately 5,000 international visitors. The event will include screenings of over 100 movies, docs and shorts. For more information, please visit their official website here.

‘The City That Never Was’ Symposium

© Ricardo Espinosa

Organized by Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, in cooperation with the Architectural League of New York, ‘The City That Never Was’ symposium will be taking place Friday, February 22, from 9:00am-5:30pm EST at the Scholastic Building in . The one day event will use the current economic and housing crisis in Spain as a lens to reconsider how planners, designers, politicians, and financiers conceive of and realize large-scale contemporary urbanization and settlement. It will be organized through four primary themes — infrastructure, waste, landscape, and instant urbanism – in order to explore new possibilities for how future patterns of urbanization can be conceived, financed, planned, deployed, and inhabited. For more details, including the complete itinerary and speaker information, please visit here.