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An Online Exhibition Connects the Dots Between Performance and Architecture

Six months after the release of the namesake book during the latest installment of the biennial, PERFORMA has launched Bodybuilding, which features thirty-five architecture studios who engage with performativity.

Is architecture a period or a comma? Are built forms hermetic bodies or catalysts for action? PERFORMA curator Charles Aubin and architect Carlos Mínguez Carrascor, published Bodybuilding: Architecture and Performance, during the most recent installment of the PERFORMA 19 biennial in New York City last November. Noticing a lack of a comprehensive, multigenerational survey on the subject, the duo’s interest in investigating the ways architects engage with performance goes as far back as a symposium they co-organized at the Performa 17 Hub in 2017. The book, which features essays by Mabel O. Wilson and Bryony Roberts, Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, and Victoria Bugge Øye, seeded the fundamental approaches now deeply rooted in the online exhibition: the impact of movement on systematic urbanization, the body’s relationship to buildings and monuments, and architecture’s role in action, be it physical or sociopolitical.

BodybuildingBodybuilding, OMA, Prada Transformer, Seoul, 2009Bodybuilding, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, ReActor, 2016. Photograph by Richard BarnesBodybuilding, Bryony Roberts And Mabel O. Wilson, Marching On, Dancers, Marcus Garvey Park, 2017. Photograph By Jenica Heintzelman+ 14

First U.S. Exhibition of Pritzker Prize-Winner Balkrishna Doshi to Open in September

Wrightwood 659, a private institution located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, will host the first U.S. Exhibition of Indian architect, urbanist, and 2018 Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi. Running from September 9 till December 12, 2020, the retrospective entitled Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People, is the first display devoted to the works of the laureate, outside of Asia.

Balkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, 1977, 1992. Image © Iwan BaanBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989 . Image © Vastushilpa Foundation, AhmedabadBalkrishna Doshi, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, 1977, 1992 . Image © Vinay Panjwani IndiaBalkrishna Doshi, Aranya Low Cost Housing, Indore, 1989. Image © Iwan Baan+ 8

Call For Submissions: Sustainable Revolution

As reaction to the unprecedented moment that we are all experiencing, Zuecca Projects has decided to launch its first ever Open Call, on the theme of Sustainable Architecture and Design.

The International Call for Submission “Sustainable Revolution” is open to Architecture and Engineering Firms, Designers, Projects and Companies that are forward looking into the future and offering sustainable solutions and possibilities to the New World we will go to inhabit from here on out.

Selected projects and submissions will be included in the exhibition “Sustainable Revolution” organized by Zuecca Projects in Venice, from August 28 to October 30, 2020. Hosted at Squero

Artistic Intervention "Re-enactment" Highlights Lilly Reich’s Works in the Barcelona Pavilion

In time for Women’s Day, the artistic outcome of the first call of the Lilly Reich Grant for Equality in Architecture opened at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Running till the 22nd March 2020, the exhibition entitled Re-enactment, carried out by Laura Martínez de Guereñu, aims to put the spotlight on Reich’s overlooked work.

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La Biennale di Venezia Reveals Participants of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition, organized by La Biennale di Venezia will be open to the public from the 23rd of May till the 29th of November 2020. Entitled How will we live together? and curated by Hashim Sarkis, the exhibition’s pre-opening will take place on the 21st and the 22nd of May, while the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on the 23rd of May 2020.

Osbourne Macharia, "GIKOSH: Example of Photographic art projects involving the creative Millenial within the informal settlements in Nairobi," Keja," 2019. Courtesy Osbourne Macharia. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di VeneziaTUMO Center for Creative Technologies,  TUMO Paris, 2018. © Forum des Images. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di VeneziaSOM, "Moon Village Earth Rise," Life Beyond Earth, 2020. Courtesy SOM | Slashcube GmbH. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di VeneziaPRÁCTICA, "River Somes, Urban Beach," River Somes: Across Communities and Ecosystems, 2017-ongoing. Courtesy PRÁCTICA. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia+ 16

The Convergence of People, Cities, Nature, and Technology: A Review of the Shenzhen Biennale

December 22nd, 2019 saw the public opening of the 8th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China. As the world’s most visited architecture exhibition, the Biennale forms an influential moment for the dissemination of architectural knowledge, and the generation of dialogue and feedback loops between designers and citizens. Titled “Urban Interactions”, the Biennale's 2019 edition sets its sights on the multifaceted question of how technological advancements will impact the relationships cities share with people, technology, nature, and each other.

Pan-Dimensional City / Wang Jianguo. Image © Han Shuang / ArchDailyManufacturing Human / Wang Zigeng. Image © Han Shuang / ArchDailyIndividual Furniture / Sou Fujimoto. Image © Han Shuang / ArchDaily“Nomadic Wood (Looking)” – Philip F. Yuan. Image © UABB+ 25


Contemporary Architecture Exhibition curated by Luca Molinari Studio.

The project curated by Luca Molinari Studio, opened to the public on the 28th of October in Suzhou at the Master of the Nets Garden. The curatorial project aims to create a place where best contemporary culture and the strongest tradition can dialogue.
An experimental way to promote the impressive historical heritage of Suzhou not only in China but also in the world creating something innovative, sensitive and respectful.
Three talented Chinese architects coming from the three best Chinese universities has been invited to open a new form of dialogue with the existing garden


Please join us to celebrate and support the graduating students of the Bachelor and Master of Architecture at UNSW.
The exhibition is a celebration of the creative, technological and innovative explorations of this generation of emerging architects. Fresh and inspiring, ARCH-EX demonstrates the exciting prospects for the future of the profession.

New Exhibition 'I am Interested in Seeing the Future' Opens Today at Fab-Union

Since graduating from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1996, Vladimir Belogolovsky has crossed disciplinary boundaries by transitioning from practicing architecture to becoming an exhibition curator and critic to evolving as a conceptual installation artist in his pursuit of continuously scrutinizing two fundamental questions – what is an exhibition and what is architecture?

I am Interested in Seeing the Future is Belogolovsky’s fifth installation of his 'Architects’ Voices' project for which he has interviewed over 300 leading international architects. Here, his focus is on five American and five Chinese architects who discussed with him their intentions, inspirations, dreams, frustrations, and hopes.

Drawings by Tchoban, Holl, and Calatrava Among Stunning Entries for the First Athens Architecture Club Exhibition

Russian-German architect Sergei Tchoban of Tchoban Voss Architekten has won the Gold Medal in the First Athens Architecture Club Exhibition, organized by the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design. Participating architects included Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind, and Santiago Calatrava.

The Athens Architecture Club seeks to resurrect the historical architecture clubs of the 19th century, functioning as an “open forum, an infrastructural framework, and support platform for architects, artists, and writers to discuss, challenge and enrich a dialogue among practitioners and scholars.

Monster / Alessandro Mendini. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and DesignView of Lyon / James Von Klemperer. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and DesignConcept Sketch of Imperial War Museum North / Daniel Libeskind. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and DesignThe Dance / Santiago Calatrava. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design+ 6

BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver

The collaboration of Bjarke Ingels Group and Westbank are celebrating two milestones in Canada, as the topping out of their innovative Vancouver House coincides with the advanced construction of their relocated Serpentine Pavilion in Toronto.

The two BIG-designed structures, located on opposite coasts, have both been recognized for their architectural innovation. The LEED-Platinum Vancouver House was awarded the World Architecture Festival’s Future Building of the Year in 2015, while the “unzipped wall” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of WestbankVancouver House. Image Courtesy of WestbankUnzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of WestbankUnzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank+ 9

MoMA to Host Exhibit Celebrating the Radical Brutalist Architecture of Socialist Yugoslavia

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is set to open a new exhibition exploring the architecture of the former country of Yugoslavia. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 will be the first exhibition in the United States to honor the peculiar architecture of the former socialist nation.

More than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels culled from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region will be presented to an international audience for the first time. Toward a Concrete Utopia will feature works by many of Yugoslavia's leading architects. It will explore "large-scale urbanization, technological experimentation and its application in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture."

Read on for more about the exhibition and Yugoslav brutalism.

 Svetlana Kana Radević. Podgorica Hotel. 1964–67. Podgorica, Montenegro. Exterior view of the balconies. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, 2016odrag Živković and Đorđe Zloković. Monument to the Battle of the Sutjeska. 1965–71, Tjentište, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, 2016 Vjenceslav Richter. Yugoslav Pavilion at Expo 58. 1958. Brussels, Belgium. Archive of YugoslaviaAndrija Mutnjaković. National and University Library of Kosovo. 1971–82. Prishtina, Kosovo. Exterior view. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, 2016+ 15

Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, Curators of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial, Discuss the Future of Design Education

“Today, design has become a form of inquiry, power, and agency,” say Jan Boelen and Deniz Ova, curator and director of the 2018 Istanbul Design Biennial. “It has become vaster than the world itself, permeating all layers of everyday life.” Their curatorial statement for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, which opens later this year themed with the title “A School of Schools,” seeks to explore how design education, and education in general, can evolve and adapt in a new age of artificial intelligence.

The team is determined that the Biennial should not read as a two-year scheduled event, but should “reinvent itself and become a productive, process-orientated platform for education and design to research, experiment, and learn in.” The team is undoubtedly well equipped for the challenge.

7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 Milan Design Week

The 2018 Milan Design Week is now underway, a festival which this year is expected to attract over 300,000 visitors. Every year, the festival brings together a wide range of practitioners and design companies resulting in unusual yet fascinating collaborations and installations.

Below, we have compiled a list of collaborations to look out for throughout the week, including investigations into water, healthcare, and micro-living.

Open Sky / COS & Phillip K. Smith. Image Courtesy of Lance GerberREVERSE ROOM / Foscarini & James Wines / SITE. Image Courtesy of FoscariniFuture Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler ArchitectureFifth Ring / MAD. Image Courtesy of MAD+ 36

Kenneth Frampton Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at 2018 Venice Biennale

Kenneth Frampton. Image Courtesy of The Venice Biennale
Kenneth Frampton. Image Courtesy of The Venice Biennale

British architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 Venice Biennale. The decision was made by the Board of The Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation from the Biennale’s curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects.

Having studied at the Architectural Association in London, Frampton has taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York since 1972. He has also lectured at several leading institutions, including ETH Zurich, the Royal College of Art in London, and the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. Perhaps his most influential work, “Modern Architecture: A Critical History,” was described by Biennale President Paulo Baratta as a book which “no student of the faculties of architecture is unfamiliar with.”