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Open Call - Critical Discourses Essay Contest - Home|any|more|?

00:00 - 2 March, 2019
Open Call - Critical Discourses Essay Contest - Home|any|more|?

For more than 20 years, The Arhitext Design Foundation has been developing editorial and cultural projects that raise awareness of the national and international state of architecture, urbanism, design and visual arts. The most important projects of the Foundation are the Arhitext Magazine and the Bucharest Triennale, dedicated to the Central and Eastern European region. In October 2019, the Foundation, in partnership with the Romanian Order of Architects and the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism will organize the third edition of the Bucharest Triennale East Centric Architecture. The main topic of this edition, HOME|any|more|?, proposes an interrogative approach

Why Nature Should be a Co-Author in Architectural Projects

12:00 - 15 December, 2018
Why Nature Should be a Co-Author in Architectural Projects, Tidal Pools of Leça da Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Tidal Pools of Leça da Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Dealing with the context of a project’s site is an essential part of architecture, be it by denying or incorporating preexisting elements and the environment’s conditions in the design. However, understanding what lies around as an active agent of the decisions and space organization goes beyond simply considering the good views, natural ventilation, solar orientation, etc; it is about seeing these conditions as co-authors.

These cases are most notable when practices think of the architecture's surrounding environment as an active agent. 

On the Dislocation of the Body in Architecture: Le Corbusier's Modulor

06:00 - 27 September, 2018
On the Dislocation of the Body in Architecture: Le Corbusier's Modulor, © Wikimedia CC user Shyamal (talk | contribs). Licensed under CC0 1.0
© Wikimedia CC user Shyamal (talk | contribs). Licensed under CC0 1.0

In 1948, the architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, released one of his most famous publications titled Modular, followed by Modular 2 (1953). In these texts, Le Corbusier expressed his support of the research that Vitrubio, DaVinci, and Leon Battista Alberti started centuries before: to find the mathematical relationship between human dimensions and nature.

The research of the previously mentioned authors also represents the search to explain the Parthenon, the temples, and cathedrals built according to exact measurements that reference a code of essentiality. Knowing what instruments were used in finding the essence of these buildings was the starting point, instruments that at first glance seemed to bypass time and space. It wouldn't be farfetched to say that the measurements came from essence: parts of the body such as the elbow, the finger, thumb, foot, arm, palm, etc. In fact, there are instruments and measurements that carry names alluding to parts of the human body, an indication of architecture's proximity to it. 

Re-Constructivist Architecture

05:00 - 6 December, 2016
Re-Constructivist Architecture, Casa Cecchini a S. Maria di Galeria, Roma, 1971 - A. Anselmi (with C. Giannini) - edited by Warehouse of Architecture and Research with Valentino Danilo Matteis
Casa Cecchini a S. Maria di Galeria, Roma, 1971 - A. Anselmi (with C. Giannini) - edited by Warehouse of Architecture and Research with Valentino Danilo Matteis

Ierimonti Gallery New York is pleased to present Re-Constructivist Architecture, curated by Jacopo Costanzo and Giovanni Cozzani with Giulia Leone and promoted by the Scientific Technical Committee of Casa dell'Architettura in collaboration with Consulta Giovani Roma. The exhibition will feature the work of thirteen international emerging architecture firms, aiming to portray a generation of architects born in the ‘80s: a countertrend that tries to recover a debate lost years ago and obstructed by a cumbersome star system.

Call for Submissions: RM 1005: Timeless

16:00 - 18 July, 2016
Call for Submissions: RM 1005: Timeless, Call for Submissions, UC Berkeley's Room One Thousand, Issue 5: Timeless
Call for Submissions, UC Berkeley's Room One Thousand, Issue 5: Timeless

Timeless | Adjective | org. 1550

: staying beautiful or fashionable as time passes
: lasting forever
: having no beginning or end, eternal.
: not affectetd by time
: referring or restricted to no particular time
: untimely, ill-timed
: without time

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Iñaki Ábalos + Renata Sentkiewicz

12:07 - 25 February, 2016
Dallas Architecture Forum Presents Iñaki Ábalos + Renata Sentkiewicz

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased to continue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with outstanding architect Iñaki Ábalos, Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Co-Founder and Partner of Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos in Boston and Madrid, with Renata Sentkiewicz,Co-Founder and Partner at A + S and Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Their projects and built work are internationally recognized and have been the subject of 15 individual exhibitions and many collective exhibitions in the most prestigious centers in London, Paris, New York and Venice.

What is Architecture? Steven Holl Describes It In Four words

00:00 - 7 September, 2013
What is Architecture? Steven Holl Describes It In Four words, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

"While artists work from the real to the abstract, architects must work from the abstract to the real.