‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ Exhibition

Nordic House / © Louisiana / Kim Hansen

The ‘New Nordic – Architecture & Identity’ exhibition, which opened this past Thursday and is on view until October 21, is the first exhibition in a new series at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit explores the relationship of architecture to culture and identity. The series deals with architecture as a field where collective memories and narratives are reflected materially and spatially. It attempts to reveal whether certain special ‘Nordic’ features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Five Nordic architects - Studio Granda, Iceland, Johan Celsing, Sweden, Jarmund/Vigsnæs (JVA), Norway, Lassila Hirvilammi, Finland and Lundgaard & Tranberg, Denmark – have been invited to build a house that serves as an expression of the regional identity and experience from which the individual architect comes.

More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

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Tangentfield and Fourth Door Review’s Roots Architecture Workshop

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Tangentfield and Fourth Door Review’s Roots Architecture Workshop which is back again this year. They are bringing a hands-on practical lo-tech sustainable building experience to a corner of WOMAD festival in UK from July 26-29. Each ticket entitles you to 4 full days of collaborative workshop challenge, WOMAD camping, 3 delicious lunches and full access to the wonders of WOMAD festival each evening. A unique experience and memorable experience, team leaders and helpers this year include representatives from ‘Workshop’, Charley Brentnall, ‘Bamboo’ Jack Everett, Architecture Sans Frontiers, Engineers without borders, , Architecture for Humanity, and even acclaimed Superbolt Theatre Company. All are invited to participate. For more information, please visit here.

‘Breathing Architecture’ Exhibition / WOHA

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WOHA‘s traveling exhibition, ‘Breathing Architecture’, is on its way to Taichung, after a successful run at the acclaimed Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. Taking place at the Taichung Info-Box July 26-September 23, the exhibition features concepts of open structures which embrace aspects of community and permeability of form in response to climate and nature.

The Cube in London / Park Associati

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The Cube, a nomadic, stateless and cosmopolitan piece of architecture designed by Park Associati, is a pavilion designed to host a small, temporary restaurant. Originating from Electrolux’s concept of an itinerant restaurant, The Cube has been conceived and organized by the Belgian event agency Absolute Blue with the logo and texture design by Studio FM Milano. Their architectural project has been conceived as a module that can be assembled and disassembled relatively easily. The structure, which will be on exhibit in until September 30, is suitable for all climatic conditions, even the most extreme, while always providing the maximum in living comfort with its refined aesthetics and use of high-quality materials. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

MVRDV presents “Welcome to the Vertical Village” in Seoul

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“Welcome to the Vertical Village” is a new exhibition now open until October 7th at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea.  The show is orchestrated by MVRDV and The Why Factory and is on its second run since opening in Taipei.  Each city has experience a different design of the exhibit, which allows visitors to walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village and experience the spatial richness and three dimensionality.  The exhibit explores “a city under rapid transformation” and the alternative to the “block attack” to find the ideal built environment.  The show features films, outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village composed of more than 700 objects.
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‘residence NEXT’ International Design Workshop

Courtesy of Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur

The architectural scene in , is in its volatile best and hence the right time to breed path breaking design concepts in new age residential design. In this directionless period, the ‘residence NEXT’ workshop, put on by Indian Institute of Architects, Thrissur Center and The Architects Club, Thrissur, aims to spawn a few design thoughts that could be the guiding force for the future. Taking place September 27-29 at KT Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, students and young architects will be selected from all over the world based on their portfolios. For more information and how to apply, please visit their website here.

‘Santiago Calatrava: The Quest for Movement’ Exhibition

Touching the Wind – Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava, LLC.

Today marks the opening of world-renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava’s unprecedented exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum in , . Not only will Calatrava become the first contemporary architect to have a retrospective exhibition at the Hermitage, but this will also be one of his largest and most extensive exhibitions to date. Curated by Cristina Carillo de Albornoz and Ksenia Malich, the exhibition will examine Calatrava’s innovative style through his various artistic realms. From never-before-seen paintings and sculptures to celebrated architectural models and sketches spanning Calatrava’s 30- plus year career, the exhibition will give individuals a unique opportunity to explore the inner workings and creative process of this celebrated artist. More images and information on the event after the break. (more…)

5th Annual Creative Spaces Event

Courtesy of Société de développement commercial du Village (SDCV)

The fifth anniversary of the Creative Spaces summer event highlights the creation of a pedestrian mall on St. Catherine, between St-Hubert and Papineau streets. Taking place until September 16, the event offers an opportunity for the instigator of the project, the Société de développement commercial du Village (SDCV), in collaboration with the Ville-Marie borough, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the creation of ’s Gay Village. The spaces will open up for the display of creative installations and art exhibitions. More information on the event after the break. (more…)

‘Bottom Up’ Public Intervention at International Architecture Festival / eme3

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At the seventh edition of the International Architecture Festival from June 27-July 1, eme3‘s project brings back the action to the public space. They aim to recover the format of former editions and take back the interventions and organization of activities in different locations of the city center. These locations include some lots and spaces that were abandoned and fell into degradation. Their topic, ‘Bottom Up’, has a participation of around 50 participants coming from 17 countries. More images and architects’ description after the break. (more…)

‘Can Public Space be Used to Regenerate Urban Life?’ Roundtable Discussion / Casanova + Hernandez Architecten

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As part of the 5th International Architecture Biennale in , Casanova + Hernandez Architecten will be putting on the ‘Can public space be used to regenerate urban life?’ roundtable discussion today, June 26 at 3:00pm.

This roundtable discussion is based on the one-year postgraduate studio entitled “Public Space Acupuncture”, that has been guided at the Berlage Institute by Helena Casanova and by Jesus Hernandez. An accompanying exhibition will open at 7:00 pm, remaining on view until Sunday, August 12. More information on the participants after the break. (more…)

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

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Studio Mode / modeLab is putting on a two-day intensive parametric design workshop July 7-8 which will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and essential skills necessary for effectively designing with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, participants will explore concepts such as object attributes/parameters, data types, data structures, composing algorithms, as well as the creation and manipulation of computational geometry through parametric modeling interfaces. workshop curriculum will additionally cover techniques for Ccntrolling the flow of data via functions, conditional statements/logical gates, sampling data, and user interface objects. For more information, please visit here.

AA Projects Review Exhibition 2012

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From next Friday 22nd will take place the AA Projects Review Exhibition. The place of the event is located in the ’s main building at 36 Bedford Square, WC1B3ES.

Projects Review offers an overview of the AA’s 2011/12 acadamic year. On display are hundreds of drawings, models, installations, phogographs and other materials documenting the diversity and experimental nature of the AA School.

‘At the AA architecture is pursued as a form of cultural knowledge, across year-long design projects and portfolios. We believe that truly great schools don’t just nurture and support architectural talent: they build audiences for experimentation, out of which new architectural ideas, visions and projects emerge. Please join us as part of this audience, which the AA remains committed to promoting at the cutting edge of architectural cuture, practice and learning.’

The access to this Friday event required invitation but will be free the rest of the days until 14th July.

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‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ Workshop

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Taking place at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale headquarters from July 16-21, the ‘CRITICAL: Lisbon’ workshop is dedicated to talking, writing, and publishing critically about architecture. Coordinated by Lev Bratishenko, Frederico Duarte and Becky Quintal (included in the Critical Distance program of Lisbon Architecture Triennale), the event is conceived as a speculative editorial project that confronts the notion that architects and the public operate in ideologically disparate universes by focusing on their common desire to improve the city. More information on the workshop after the break. (more…)

‘Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy’ Summer School Session

Photo: Daniel Vega Borrego

The school of architecture at IE University and TU Graz is putting on an intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop that will be held in , from July 6-13. This year’s program, titled “Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy”, will deal with the consequences and opportunities that derive from the gross overbuilding of the past decade. After years of construction-fueled euphoria, we are now confronted with the after-effects: a city riddled with empty masses, incomplete plans, and urban spaces hastily conceived and neither fully constructed nor consolidated. The moment is challenging and profoundly liberating; it is a crisis that demands creativity and gives us license to invent. For more information, please visit here.

Do Architects Help? The Profession in International Development Event

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Taking place June 19th at 7pm at RIBA in London is the Do Architects Help? event which will examine the role that the UK built environment industry plays in overseas development. This London Festival of Architecture discussion, sponsored by Dunbar & Boardman, and put on by Article 25, emphasizes that in a world that is becoming increasingly urban and populous, architects and other built environment professionals are well placed to use their specialist knowledge and skills to influence development policy and help communities better prepare for and recover from disasters. Despite this their expertise is largely lacking for mainstream international development practice. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Richard Meier Retrospective Exhibition in Mexico City

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Richard Meier & Partners recently announced the first retrospective exhibition in presented at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil on display now until August 26. Exhibiting some of the most emblematic works of renowned architect Richard Meier make it possible to view his design philosophy as a whole and in depth. The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. More information on the exhibition after the break. (more…)

CLOG: Data Space launch

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Taking place June 15th from 7-9pm at McNally Jackson in , CLOG is inviting the public in their celebration of the launch of their third issue, Data Space.

The editors of CLOG will be joined by Andrew Blum, author of the recently published “Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet,” and Neil Sheehan, Principal of Sheehan Partners, who designed Facebook’s Prineville Data Center, to discuss the architecture of data centers, a fairly new building typology, which has become a major energy consumer and a burgeoning building type. These facilities can range from small portable modules to massive warehouses full of servers, from sleek new constructions to the reuse of existing infrastructures.

For more information and to order your own copy of the issue, please visit here.

“Processing Environments” Symposium

The Processing Environments symposium is organized by the in collaboration with the and sponsored by the Bilbao Municipality and the Institut Français in Bilbao. It will take place next 19th June at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The symposium is directed by Maider Llaguno and Clara Olóriz and some of the invited speakers are Alejandro Zaera-Polo (ex FOA, currently AZPA), Juan Herreros, Iñaki Begisitain, Eva Castro & Alfredo Ramirez (Groundlab), Philippe Rahm, and Efrén García Grinda & Cristina Díaz Moreno.

The admission is free.

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