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 City 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 Architectural Association in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 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 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.

More information and the complete program after the break

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Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

Ford Foundation HQ/ Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment will be opening June 16th, 2012 at the in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, organized by Yale Institute, will celebrate Kevin Roche’s expansive portfolio, from his early days as Eero Saarinen’s “right-hand man” through the founding of his practice in the 1960s with John Dinkeloo (KRJDA). The exhibit will include images, drawings, interviews, models, as well as original slide presentations to clients. More on the exhibit after the break.

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modeLab Screening Workshop

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Taking place the weekend of July 21-22, Studio Mode / modeLab is putting on the Screening Workshop which will focus on the performative capacity of screening devices to regulate light and view while simultaneously producing both ornamental as well as material effects. The workshop will make extensive use of our digital fabrication equipment, coupled with parametric patterning techniques in Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, participants will explore issues pertaining to the coordination of fabricated parts through unique object attributes, baking objects with user-defined attributes, nesting optimization with Rhinonest for Grasshopper, as well as the precise creation and manipulation of computational geometry through parametric modeling interfaces. For more information, please visit here.

“Eduardo Souto de Moura – Contests” Exhibition

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Taking place June 6 – July 31 at Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama’s Monastery of St. Jorge de Milréu in , , the “Eduardo Souto de Moura – Contests” exhibition shows 50 works made for tenders launched in the last 31 years (between 1979 and 2010). In many competitions, the proposed architecture appears as immaterial sometimes unable to provide a reading of the detailed and comprehensive that actually is projected. It will be enlightening to see how there is a working method in which it supports the construction of the proposal (program, materials, location, history, references, sketches, models, drawings, photomontages, photographs, customer). More information on the exhibition after the break. (more…)

“Re•architecture – RE•cycle, RE•use, RE•invest, RE•build” Exhibition

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Focusing on and its diversity, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the center for information and exhibition for urban planning and architecture, has invited fifteen European agencies that question the way that modern-day cities are built to participate in this exhibition.

Through their original strategies, these architects are part of collectives or associations, work in multidisciplinary teams and carry out experiments on cities in order to reinvent the everyday reality of our fellow citizens. The presentation of their lively, direct and sustainable projects is an invitation to discover and share in exciting ways of enhancing city landscapes.

The thirty exhibited proposals, shown at the various stages of development, describe the conditions in which the orders were placed, the study behind the projects, participative action as well as the conditions in which studies were carried out and the projects completed. For more information, please visit here.

Architect’s Eye Photography Exhibition and Discussion Panel at the 2012 London Festival of Architecture

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Last December,  revealed the winners of the Architect’s Eye Photography Competition. Now, in celebration of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture, the winners of the the competition will be exhibited at the Roca London Gallery beginning June 23rd in , London as part of a Launch Event, Exhibition and Discussion Panel.  International Art Consultants (IAC) hosts the competition in recognition of architects’ passion for photography.  Last year’s 19 finalists and winners will be on view to the public at the gallery until July 8th.

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Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947 at Rooms for Glass / Selldorf Architects

Corroded, 1973 by Carlo Scarpa | via Selldorf Architects

The new exhibition space Rooms for Glass (Le Stanze del Vetro) in , designed by Selldorf Architects, will open this summer in August 2012.  The first exhibit to inaugurate the space will be Carlo Scarpa. Venini 1932–1947, a collection of over 300 glassworks by architect Carlo Scarpa. The exhibit will run until November 29, 2012, after which Rooms for Glass will continue showcasing the art of Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century with other exhibits.

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Vivid Sydney: Festival of Lights 2012

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Sydney is once again illuminated by the fourth annual Vivid’s Festival of Light 2012 that celebrates the creative industries with light shows, music, design ideas conferences and entrepreneurship conferences. The seventeen-day festival, which started on May 25 and will run until June 11th, features light shows and graphics projected on buildings, concerts, lectures and conferences. This round of light projections will have over 50 installations and includes cityscapes, street furniture, monuments and emblematic buildings like the Sydney Opera House.

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‘Inside Out: 7 Architectural Thoughts’ Exhibition

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Taking place June 8-28 at the Korean Cultural Center in , the ‘Inside Out: 7 Architectural Thoughts’ exhibition features seven progressive Korean architectural designers bringing up a challenging topic about ‘Koreaness’ to the Korean American community. With their cultural usages incongruent at times in multi-cultural communities of the United Sates, they are trying to make the cultural usages more suitable for current circumstances and create an indigenous cultural entity that is in harmony with diverse ethnic and cultural circumstances. Personally or communally driven, this effort has been performed not only by the Korean American community but also other ethnic groups. More information on the exhibition after the break. (more…)

nycobaNOMA Networking Event

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Hosted by the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and sponsored by Urban Office and GGI,  this summer event involves a fun evening of networking, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. You will have the opportunity to follow design, architecture, development, real estate, and construction professionals at the beautiful midtown offices of Urban Office. The event will be held at the Urban Office Showroom in New York on June 28 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. For more information, please visit here.

Survival Architecture Workshop

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Led by envir­on­mental archi­tect and anarch­ist, Marco Casagrande, representing the Aalto University Environmental Art Masters Program, stu­dents were to join in the cre­ation of a nomadic city on the ice, both weath­er­ing and embra­cing the cold and wind, and altern­at­ing bliz­zards and slush over the course of ten days. There were twenty of them in total. In addi­tion to Marco him­self, his wife, Taiwanese journ­al­ist Nikita Wu, his long time friend Norwegian archi­tect Hans-​Petter Bjørnådal, Czech MA stu­dent and carpenter-​extraordinaire Jan Tyrpekl, made up the organ­iz­a­tional team. The Lapland nat­ive believes in an almost cruel method to his medium, where human inten­tions come nat­ur­ally second to nature’s. It is with this in mind that one needs to approach his work­shop on the frozen lake of Rössvatnet in sub­arc­tic Norway. More of the team’s description, by Guoda Bardauskaitė and Suzanne van Niekerk, on the workshop after the break. (more…)

Designing the Extraordinary / Heatherwick Studio

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Today we had the chance of attending the opening of this impressive exhibition. As we mentioned previously some weeks ago, the Victoria & Albert Museum in prepared this event focused on the work of the British firm Heatherwick Studio, responsable for the last Shanghai 2010 British Pavilion, as well as the Rolling Bridge, or the New Bus for London that was just released in the 38 route. The exhibition comprises a large range of different scales of design, going from specific objects or furniture, to large infrastructural and urban projects. It will be open for the public from next Thursday 31st.

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ArchDaily lecture series in Moscow, Russia

After great lectures at the Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo and the Center for Architecture in New York, this week ArchDaily is heading to Moscow to lecture at three important institutions: The High School of Design (May 31st), the State Museum of Architecture (June 1st) and the Strelka Institute (June 3rd).

More information about the lectures after the break, including links to register for each event.

We look forward to meet and connect with Russian architects and architecture students in Moscow!

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‘CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices’ Conference

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Co-Chaired by Xavier Costa from Northeastern University and Martha Thorne from IE University, the ACSA International Conference, ‘CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices’ will be held in from June 20-22. The event will focus on schools and intellectual leadership as we transition to new economic scenarios and professional cultures in architecture worldwide. The relationship between schools and the profession can be very permeable and often imprecise. Each informs the other, at times leading to greater relevance, at other times leaving disconcerting gaps. The conference will focus on CHANGE, and will explore these issues in relation to seven themes, Civic Engagement, Academia, Practice, Technology, Cities, Globalization, Sustainability and one flexible open category. For more information, please visit here.

‘Gerrit Rietveld – The Revolution of Space’ Exhibition

Red-Blue Chair, , 1918/1923 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012, Photo: Andreas Sutterlin

Taking place now until September 16, 2012, the Vitra Design Museum is exhibiting “Gerrit Rietveld – The Revolution of Space”. The Dutchman Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) was one of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century. Today his work is primarily associated with his two most famous designs, which have become icons of modernism: the Red-Blue Chair (1918/1923) and the Rietveld-Schröder House (1924). But this exhibition shows that Rietveld’s oeuvre contains many more facets that deserve to be rediscovered. This is the first major retrospective on Gerrit Rietveld to be presented to the German-speaking public since 1996. Comprising around 320 objects – including furniture, models, paintings, photographs, films and approximately 100 original drawings and plans – it offers a comprehensive overview of the Dutch designer’s work. For more information on the exhibition, please visit here.