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Works of India

14:58 - 29 June, 2016
Works of India, Wall and palm trees, Murud, India, 2014 - Courtesy Works of India, Fabio Baldo and Tiago Atalaia
Wall and palm trees, Murud, India, 2014 - Courtesy Works of India, Fabio Baldo and Tiago Atalaia

Works of India is an archive of drawings, sketches, artefacts, models, tools and pictures collected and made during two and a half years of life and work. The collection arises as necessity to document the relation between human, natural and built landscape to portray a frame for a way of life in India.

The selected material articulates in six environments which reflects upon the relation between man and nature, god and matter, a certain sacrality which is embedded during the act of creation and a sort of deep rooted understanding in the way of making and building.

Building Trust International's African Design + Build Workshop

14:37 - 29 June, 2016
Building Trust International's African Design + Build Workshop, Local children play with a scale model of the school site
Local children play with a scale model of the school site

Building Trust are happy to announce that we will be working alongside We Yone Child Foundation to design and build a new hall space for a school that we have been working on for the last 2 years. Building Trust have a number of sustainable design and build projects around the World in 2016, ranging from schools and housing to wildlife conservation and healthcare.

We are offering a hands on participatory workshop where you will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while building worthwhile projects that will have a huge benefit to the local community. You will gain an insight into a number of building techniques and architectural styles.

Weather Forms Exhibition by Stallan-Brand

14:31 - 29 June, 2016
Weather Forms Exhibition by Stallan-Brand , Sublime & Climatic Architecture _ Guggenheim Proposal _ Our weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes our design culture.
Sublime & Climatic Architecture _ Guggenheim Proposal _ Our weather has become so ingrained in our everyday routines that many of us forget just how profoundly this omnipotent force shapes our design culture.

The word Scotland is derived from the ancient Greek word for shadow, or darkness and gloom ‘skótos’. Quite simply Scotland’s ancient meaning being ‘shadow land’. “Our weather shapes everything in our world; our psyche, our homes, our fashion, our architecture, our culture … weather is an omnipresent force”.

Scottish practice Stallan-Brand present art and architectural works that explore ‘how our place on earth defines us’ challenging the popular idea that ‘people make places’ by demonstrating that they in fact make us.

Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

11:59 - 29 June, 2016
Notes On a Tree At the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Exhibition rendered image.
Exhibition rendered image.

On May 28, Beirut-based firm 109 Architectes unveiled Notes on a Tree at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture. The interactive installation is part of the GAA Foundation’s annual “Time – Space – Existence” exhibition and commemorates Lebanon’s lost public spaces.

Notes on a Tree tackles the role of the architect in countries like Lebanon, where developers often dictate urban planning. The firm uses its own projects as examples of successes and disappointments in preserving public space, which is symbolized by specific trees. Some trees were saved and some were lost, but each one represents a community’s history and collective memory.

Real Estate Architecture - Revisiting the Apartment Building

11:27 - 29 June, 2016
Real Estate Architecture - Revisiting the Apartment Building, Liège, 1962. Real estate boom at its dawn.
Liège, 1962. Real estate boom at its dawn.

The international Summer School "Real Estate Architecture - Revisiting the apartment building" will take place in Liège from from August 20th to 27th. Forty students and recently graduated architects will be invited to rethink the future of the apartment buildings, products of the real estate boom of the 60s. Students will be led by four talented architects: Filipe Magalhaes (Fala Atelier), Hiraku Nissanke (OMMX), Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A) & Bart Dehaene.

Contested Fronts: Pavilion of Cyprus at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture Reveals Commoning Practices for Conflict Transformation

11:13 - 29 June, 2016
Contested Fronts: Pavilion of Cyprus at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture Reveals Commoning Practices for Conflict Transformation

“Contested Fronts” is an exploration of architecture’s role for commoning practices in ethnically and socially contested spaces. It focuses on the agencies of architecture’s ad-hoc technologies that contribute into conflict transformation by advocating reconciliation processes to go hand in hand with urban reconstruction processes. “Contested Fronts” introduces three levels of frontiers’ investigation where architecture claims an active role: geopolitical, disciplinary and everyday urban politics’ frontiers. To do so, it concentrates on the agencies of ad-hoc technology’s materiality and use that encourage the emergence of collectives, with their members coming from areas across divides. Ad-hoc technology has to do with means of spatial engagement, of cartographic representation and of visual communication. It assists tactful organization of physical spaces and of events.

Boston By Bulfinch

10:52 - 29 June, 2016
Boston By Bulfinch, Image: Detail from 1844 map showing the Bulfinch Triangle in Boston, George W. Boynton, credit: NewtonCourt​, Creative Commons License, modified.
Image: Detail from 1844 map showing the Bulfinch Triangle in Boston, George W. Boynton, credit: NewtonCourt​, Creative Commons License, modified.

Known as America’s first architect, Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844) defined the Federal style of architecture and the physical fabric of Boston, capturing the vision and spirit of the young Republic. As an architect, town planner, and selectman, Bulfinch designed some of the city’s most enduring buildings, including iconic Beacon Hill mansions and the area now known as the Bulfinch Triangle near the Boston’s TD Garden. Join the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot for an exploration of some of his greatest works, including the Massachusetts State House, the sites of Boston’s first theater and first Catholic cathedral, and the Tontine Crescent—his architectural masterpiece and ultimately his financial ruin.

Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!

12:47 - 28 June, 2016
Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!, Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print! - Curator: Arshia Eghbali, Executive Director: Amirhossein Adelfar
Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print! - Curator: Arshia Eghbali, Executive Director: Amirhossein Adelfar

The “Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!” exhibition, curated by Arshia Eghbali, and with the help of Amirhossein Adelfar as executive director, is a part of the First Tehran Architecture Biennial. It opened on May 12 and will continue until July 13. The exhibition illustrates a mini-history of alternative architecture publication parallel to the story of science-fiction fanzines, punk zines, underground press and artists’ indie publications; and also showcases a number of contemporary architecture zines from around the world. “Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!” celebrates and defines the architecture zine culture. 

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

12:41 - 28 June, 2016
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

UNITE: The Problem With Play

12:37 - 28 June, 2016
UNITE: The Problem With Play, Image: Imagination Playground, New York, the Rockwell Group. Photo credit: Chris Amaral.
Image: Imagination Playground, New York, the Rockwell Group. Photo credit: Chris Amaral.

Kick start your playful summer with a panel discussion about the impact of design on childhood development! Inspired by BSA Space’s new exhibition, Extraordinary Playscapes, an array of unique panelists will consider ways to prevent barriers of play in urban areas. The conversation will delve into how play is related to design, psychology, parenting, architecture, and development while highlighting the role of designers in a more playful future. After the talk, participants will enjoy light refreshments and exclusive access to the exhibition.

A Tale of Two Very Different Play Solutions

12:16 - 28 June, 2016
A Tale of Two Very Different Play Solutions, Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston
Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston

Join Michael Laris and Missy Benson ASLA of Playworld as they explore the design processes of two very different urban play solutions: PlayCubes (originally designed by Richard Dattner FAIA in 1969) and PlayForm7, both featured as part of Extraordinary Playscapes, currently on view at BSA Space.

Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play

12:12 - 28 June, 2016
Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play, Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.
Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.

This workshop invites both children and parents to participate in building unique playscapes with natural materials on The Greenway. Led by local artist and craftsman, Mitch Ryerson, each session will focus on the importance of nature play, group building, teamwork, imagination, and learning to build with new materials. This event is part of a series of family and children’s workshops hosted by Design Museum Boston and the BSA Foundation, focusing on design and play throughout the summer.

Fatamorgana: Utzon meets Jorn

16:00 - 26 June, 2016
Fatamorgana: Utzon meets Jorn

Utzon Center, Aalborg, recently opened their newest exhibition - FATAMORGANA - about Jørn Utzon’s mythical unbuilt project for Silkeborg Museum intended to house the art and private collection of the Danish expressionist painter; Asger Jorn. The exhibition unfolds the museum, which never was realised. A museum where art meets architecture and Utzon and Jorn worked on the edge of the possible!

Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires - Drawing Reflections on Past and Future

08:00 - 26 June, 2016
Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires - Drawing Reflections on Past and Future, Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires
Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires

German-Russian architect, artist, and collector Sergei Tchoban’s new exhibition Bridges & Spires: Reflections on Past and Future presents over 60 large format drawings and watercolors of existing and imaginary structures and ruins, as well as futuristic fantasies of context and gravity defying urban pasts and futures. The exhibition gathers Tchoban’s diverse oeuvre of drawings – from his travels throughout Europe, America, and Asia to urban fantasies that inhabit imaginary underwater canals in St. Petersburg and Venice, and the skies over Berlin and New York. The drawings on view, which span from 1983 to 2016, many exhibited for the first time, present the artist’s continuous pursuit, which is independent of his professional practice.

Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

12:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

Through their pioneering theory and provocative built work, husband and wife duo Robert Venturi (born June 25, 1925) and Denise Scott Brown (born October 3, 1931) were at the forefront of the postmodern movement, leading the charge in one of the most significant shifts in architecture of the 20th century by publishing seminal books such as Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (authored by Robert Venturi alone) and Learning from Las Vegas (co-authored by Venturi, Scott Brown and Steven Izenour).

Spotlight: Álvaro Siza

08:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Álvaro Siza, The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

One of the most highly regarded architects of his generation, Portugese architect Álvaro Siza (born 25 June 1933) is known for his sculptural works that have been described as "poetic modernism." When he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992, Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: the jury citation describes how "his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest."

Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí

07:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) graduated from the Barcelona Architecture School in 1878, the director of the school Elies Rogent reportedly declared: "Gentlemen, we are here today either in the presence of a genius or a madman!" [1] Well over a century later, this tension is still evident in Gaudí's work; though he is widely regarded as a genius architect, his distinctive style stands as a singularity in architectural history - simultaneously awe-inspiring and bizarre, never fitting into any stylistic movement, and never adapted or emulated, except by those still working to complete his magnum opus, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Família.

Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue

12:30 - 24 June, 2016
Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue, Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0
Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked out her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.