Never Built: Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright, Huntington Hartford Athletic Club, 1947 (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

After years of extensive research that unearthed countless untold stories and hundreds of beautiful unbuilt designs, curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin will be celebrating the opening of their highly anticipated Never Built: Los Angeles - today at the Architecture and Design Museum in .

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future

Drawing Detail of “Free Water District” by UrbanLab: Free-Water-District: A shared megastructure-scaled public/private land/water partnership to revitalize the post-industrial landscape of the Great Lakes region.

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future, an that debuted last year at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012), has returned to the city of its origin. Currently on display though September 29th at the City of ’ Expo 72 Gallery, the exhibition re-envisions a series of typical Chicagoan urban environments in an effort to examine alternative ways in which architecture can engage the city.

Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab

From 2011 to 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think tank for exploring urban life, traveled to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai to inspire innovative ideas for urban design and new ways of thinking about . To sum up the major themes and ideas that emerged during this two-year global journey, the will present the exhibition Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, on view from October 11, 2013, to January 5, 2014.

Parametric Space / Zaha Hadid Architects, Kollision, CAVI, Wahlberg

Zaha Hadid Architects worked together with design offices Kollision, CAVI and Wahlberg to create the interactive installation ‘Parametric Space’ for the exhibition ‘Zaha Hadid – World Architecture‘, which is on view at the through September 29, 2013. The installation is a fully parametric space that reacts to the visitors’ movements by changing shape and expression. Learn more after the break.

We Made 2012: A Look Back at the London Olympics

We Made 2012 © Agnese Sanvito

On July 9th, The Building Centre will debut “We Made 2012″, an exhibition that looks back at the venues, landscape and legacy that made up the London 2012 Olympic Games and the individuals and organizations that made it possible. The exhibition celebrates the UK construction industry composed of , engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors.  It was made possible partially because the on January 27, 2013 the British Olympic Association launched the ‘Suppliers Recognition Scheme’ which allowed members of the construction industry to apply for a free license, which, once issued, allowed participants to talk freely about their contributions.

CLOG Presents ‘New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture’

New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture © Eric de Broche des Combes from Luxigon

As a continuation to their in-depth review on the render, CLOG has selected 60 images from an international group of architects and design studios – including Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, Mansilla+Tuñón Architects, and visualhouse – to serve as case studies in the New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture. Now on view at the Art Institute of through January 5th, 2014, New Views will explore the diversity of rendering types being produced today and their effect on contemporary architecture. More information can be found here.

James Turrell Transforms the Guggenheim

Aten Reign, 2013 / James Turrell; Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation,

With one of his largest installations to date, American artist James Turrell has transformed the rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Guggenheim Museum into a mesmerizing Skyspace. Shifting between natural and artificial light, Aten ReignJames Turrells main attraction – illuminates the central void with a brightly colored, banded pattern that imitates the museum’s famous ramps. This presents a dynamic perceptual experience in which the materiality of light is exposed.

More images after the break. 

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica

Halley VI © A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

In order to illustrate how the ingenuity and innovation of contemporary architecture is enabling scientists to live and work in one of the most extreme environments on our planet, the British Council has commissioned curators from the Arts Catalyst to launch a new international touring exhibition titled Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in .

The first exhibition of its kind, Ice Lab will include architectural drawings, models, photographs, and films allowing for visitors to not only examine the architecture, but the life of these scientists in these research facilities. Sources of inspiration for the projects including original drawings from Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ will be on display alongside a new commissioned light and audio work by international visual artist Torsten Laushmann. The Glasgow-based artist will create this work in collaboration with ‘’, the exhibition’s designers.

The featured projects are:

MoMA presents ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’

Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, . Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes exhibit at the opens on June 15th. The exhibit will be centered around Le Corbusier‘s worldview of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curator Jean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier’s journeys and developments as an architect, revealing how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

More on ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’ after the break.

Alexander Brodsky at Architekturzentrum Wien in 2011

For this architect, there is an indiscernible line between art and building.   studied architecture in Moscow, while working on art installations and drawings both independently and in collaborations with other artists. Brodsky admits that his career path was unconventional, that he felt unready to take on the responsibility of building.  Instead, Brodsky’s approach to architecture is through the lens of art: occupiable, room-sized installations that test spatial and sensory boundaries.

More after the break.

Charles Correa: India’s Greatest Architect

Jawahar Kala Kendra © Charles Correa Associates

The Royal Institute of British (RIBA) presents the first major UK showcasing the work of renowned Indian architect Charles Correa (born in 1930). Rooted both in modernism and the rich traditions of people, place and climate, Correa has played a pivotal role in the creation of an architecture and urbanism for post-war India. He has designed some of the most outstanding buildings in India and has received many of the world’s most important architecture awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (1984), Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1988) and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale (1994), and is still working today.

Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013

Cassia Co-op Training Center, Sumatra. Tyin Tegnestue Arkitekter © Pasi Aalto

Who are currently the most noteworthy young in , and how are they positioning themselves both at home and abroad?

Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti

view, : Mesa City to Arcosanti, on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013. Photo: Bill Timmerman

In 2010, SMoCA initiated a series of three exhibitions exploring the trajectory of Paolo Soleri’s art, architecture and philosophy. Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti is the second in the series. This exhibition begins in the early 1960s when Soleri shifted his focus from bridges and residences to large-scale urban planning based on environmental accountability. Soleri’s first comprehensive vision of a community is Mesa City, an example of what he calls an “arcology,” or an architectural project based on the synthesis of architecture + ecology. In Mesa City, Soleri combines the goals of high-density living, a vibrant urban space, respect for natural resources and a commercial sector based upon creativity. The exhibition will end with Arcosonti (arcology + Cosanti), a project built in the 1970s near Mayer, Arizona.

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

ⓒ Nacása & Partners inc.

Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, , telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model

© flickr – maxximuseo

Last week an online call was put out by Rome’s MAXXI museum promising the first five architecture to respond a chance to travel to and build a model of Sou Fujimoto’s latest project. The five selected entrants started on their work at MAXXI on Monday and their experience is being broadcast over the course of this week in a series of photos and videos detailing the ups, downs, opinions and thoughts of the students as they work.

Read more about the model and exhibition after the break…

Event: Pratt Explores the Importance of Cold War Era Pre-Fabricated Building Systems

Prototype Systems; Courtesy of Pedro Alonso

Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture will present “COLD war COOL digital,” an of 20 scaled prototypes of modernist, pre-fabricated, and globally-distributed Cold War era housing systems that were created using contemporary 3D printing technologies (opening reception 2/18 at 6:15, details below). The will investigate architectural modernism and its global influence and will connect with contemporary prototype pre-fabrication methods and digital research in housing and skyscraper design. A symposium that explores the technical, aesthetic, and political aspects of prototyping and pre-construction in architecture will be held tonight in conjunction with the exhibition.

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The Architecture Foundation and We Made That Launch “The Open Office”

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The Architecture Foundation has recently launched a month-long initiative named The Open Office. The scheme, which is described as “part ‘Citizens Urban Advice Bureau’, and part functioning practice” is the brainchild of London-based practice We Made That  and will take place in the offices of in Southwark, London until 22nd March. Operating on a walk-in basis, and displaying all work openly, The Open Office aims to engage and educate local communities on issues of architecture, urbanism and planning.

Read more about The Open Office scheme after the break.

Olympiades District in Paris Exhibition

Courtesy of Pavillon de l’arsenal

Going on now until March 31, the Olympiades, Paris exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal revisits the Olympiades district and its half century past rich in architectural thought, controversy, citizen debates and engagement at the heart of the city of Paris in general and the 13th arrondissement in particular. About 40 years after the construction of the first buildings, the historian and curator, Françoise Moiroux, explores the urban, political and social elements of vertical and platform architecture through the prism of the Olympiades area. More information after the break.