03/23/2017 – 06/25/2017

Art Gallery
Barbican Centre
Silk Street London
EC2Y 8DS

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945” is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.

In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought an urgent need for new housing, and the single family house quickly became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. In the years following, Japanese architects have consistently used their designs to propose radical critiques of society and innovative solutions to changing lifestyles. Considering developments in residential architecture in the light of important shifts in the Japanese economy, urban landscape, and family structure, The Japanese House presents some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before been exhibited in the UK. As well as architectural projects, the exhibition incorporates cinema, photography and art in order to cast new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

 
02/22/2017 – 03/15/2017

The Museum of Applied Arts
18 Vuka Karadzica
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

Exhibition with Wolfgang Thaler

Dobrović in Dubrovnik traces the past and the present of avant-garde modern architecture constructed in the nineteen- thirties, in the Mediterranean landscape of the south Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Comprehensive historical, theoretical, and phenomenological readings of events and forms, in two essays by architects Krunoslav Ivanišin and Ljiljana Blagojević respectively, describe a specific yet, by its spirit, universal Venture in Modern Architecture. Spatially condensed to an area within ten square miles and temporally to less than ten years, these quintessentially modern villas, gardens, and hotels built seventy years ago by the architect Nikola Dobrović (1897–1967), are presented through previously unpublished original design drawings, black and white photographs from the period of their construction, and the contemporary color photographs by Wolfgang Thaler. The color plates depict precisely the beauty in decay of heroic works of international modern architecture and convey admirably their meaningful Mediterranean resilience.

Muzej primenjene umetnosti / Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade

 
02/21/2017, 2:30 pm

University of Palermo
Aula Magna Margherita De Simone
Viale delle Scienze ed. 14
Palermo
Italy

In the book launch at the University of Palermo, the editors Prof. Maurizio Carta, Prof. Jörg Schröder, Maddalena Ferretti, Barbara Lino will present “Territories—Rural-urban Strategies”, in cooperation between the University of Palermo and the University of Hannover. The discussion of the launch is led by Prof. Andrea Sciascia, director of the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo, and by Prof. Paolo La Greca, President of the Sicilian section of the National Institute of Urban Planning.


The research “Territories—Rural-urban Strategies”, funded by DAAD focuses on innovative planning and design approaches towards rural-urban constellations. The book collects urban and territorial planning, architecture and landscape projects and research for 41 places in Europe, with 32 international contributions from Italy, Germany, and Spain. “Territories” engages in the potentials of rural-urban interfaces for a vision of territorial futures of innovation and resilience. The organisation of the research has been coordinated by Prof. Maurizio Carta, Dipartimento d'Architettura, Università degli Studi di Palermo, and by Prof. Jörg Schröder, Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft, Leibniz Universität Hannover.

In the launch also a new research project will be presented and started: “Dynamics of Periphery”. The aim of this new project in the cooperation of the University of Palermo and the University of Hannover is to explore potentials of marginality in urban and rural contexts: How can the innovative role of polycentric habitat contribute to a refreshed understanding of territorial qualities as incentive for economic growth?  “Dynamcis of Periphery” is part of the University Dialogue Programme of DAAD for 2017-18, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


 
02/10/2017 – 02/23/2017

CLB Berlin
Aufbau Haus Moritzplatz
Prinzenstraße 84.2
10969 Berlin

Europan is Europe's largest innovative competition for Architecture and Urbanism. As a European federation of national structures it simultaneously organizes two-year innovative competitions of urban projects followed by implementationss for young under-40 professionals in architectural, urban and landscape design.

The CLB Berlin at Aufbau Haus exhibits the results of Europan 13 / The Adaptable City in Germany and Poland. 

It also hosts the German opening ceremony of Europan 14 / Productive Cities on 24 February, 10 am to 6 pm.

 


E-Book EUROPEAN URBANITY – THE ADAPTABLE CITY Results of Europan 12 & 13 in Austria

Under the theme of EUROPEAN URBANITY—THE ADAPTABLE CITY, fundamental aspects of a contemporary architecture program and the adaptability of European cities are presented for discussion in this e-book: how do concepts put forward by young competition winners contribute to the positive development of our cities? The publication presents 40 international projects from two competition rounds for nine locations in six Austrian towns and cities: Amstetten, Bruck/Mur, Graz, Linz, St. Pölten and Vienna—six first prizes, nine second prizes, five special mentions and 20 shortlisted projects. In addition, Jens Metz—an architect and urban planner in Berlin and a member of the technical committee of “Europan”—reflects on the concept of adaptability as an innovative driving force for the development of European cities.

 
01/25/2017, 12:30 pm

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft
Herrenhäuserstr. 8
30419 Hannover

Book launch of Territories – Rural-urban Strategies as part of the “Hochschuldialog Südeuropa” (University Dialog Southern Europe) promoted by DAAD, as a cooperation between the Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning at Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo. With talks by Jörg Schröder and Maddalena Ferretti

Territories – Rural-urban Strategies studies the dynamics of larger rural-urban spaces from a design perspective. Perception and concepts involving the overlaying of the urban and the rural require new impulses, in order to be able to discuss visions of a spatial future. Contrary to outdated dystopian concepts of urban and rural, Territories is targeted towards rural-urban interfaces—in terms of space, function, and significance. How can implicit knowledge be used systematically for these new perspectives and how can knowledge be gained by design? How can this approach contribute to relating development strategies to places and spaces in a new way, with regard both to public awareness and to increasingly separate specialist policies?
Territories – Rural-urban Strategies introduces innovative design and research perspectives of urbanism, landscape and architecture from Italy, Spain, and Germany in view of this discussion, with contributions e. g. from Manuel Gausa, Mosè Ricci, and Carles Llop.

 
01/25/2017 – 04/23/2017

IKOB – Museum for Contemporary Art
Rotenberg 12
4700 Eupen, Belgium

Christoph Gielen, an artist who lives and works in New York, is known for breathtaking photographs taken from extreme heights. They show American cities in their geometric perfection and highways as a meandering network. But these photographs are more than beautiful images. They are formal studies of our appropriation of space and the impact of an excessive urge toward expansion upon our living spaces. Since the beginning of the year, parts of the series Ciphers have been on permanent loan at the ikob; they are being exhibited in Belgium for the first time.


 
12/11/2016 – 01/19/2017

Aedes Architekturforum
Christinenstr.18–19
10119 Berlin

50 years ago in 1966, Eckhard Gerber began his career as a freelance architect in Meschede, Germany. Forming the basis of his new business, which he named “Werkgemeinschaft 66,” was a series of successful competition entries that he had worked on as a student. During the many years of success that followed, the firm, which has been based in Dortmund since 1979, has grown steadily. Today, Gerber Architekten has some 170 employees and further offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Riyadh, and Shanghai.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Gerber Architekten, this exhibition offers insight into the various strategies and approaches used by the firm to realize its express goal to create places that touch people’s hearts and awaken their desires. With the help of drawings, models, photos, renderings, books, and films, select building projects will be presented in the context of their respective zeitgeist and constantly new architectural challenges, addressing a wide range of themes surrounding urban development as well as functional, cultural, and artistic issues. Additional key parameters impacting each project are the site’s specific characteristics, its history, topography, and surrounding structures, the climate and connectivity, as well as energy and ecological needs – aspects of particular importance today. At the heart of the design process is always the connection of architecture with the landscape and/or urban space. This has been achieved by embedding the building within the surrounding environment, by allowing the latter to flow into the building, or by establishing relational perspectives between them.
Featured projects include: the Göttingen State and University Library (1993), the Harenberg City Center in Dortmund (1994), the new Trade Fair Center in Karlsruhe (2003), the Biological Institute of the Technical University in Dresden (2005), the RWE Tower in Dortmund (2005), the U Tower – Center for Art and Creativity in Dortmund (2010), the King Fahad National Library in Riyadh (2013), the head-end structures of Quarter of Nations in Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg (2014), the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (2016), the Qur’an Museum in Al Madinah al Munawarah and the Haram Intermodal Metro Station in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), as well as the HEHE Holdings office building in Taiyuan (China), which are currently in planning.

 
12/07/2016, 6:30 pm

AA Bookshop
32 Bedford Square
WC1B 3ES

Can collective urban practices contribute to peace processes in divided cities? How can they be used in a targeted manner as part of urban policy, to challenge dominant divisive narratives and offer alternatives to segregating urban reconstruction approaches? The book is dedicated to this role of architecture and urban planning as a political instrument for transforming ethnic conflicts into urban controversies towards the city’s commons. The town of Famagusta in Cyprus serves as an example, a town characterized by polarizing narratives and burdened by memories loaded with conflict. In order to transform the contested territories into areas of common interest and action, the “Hands-on Famagusta“ project team developed methods for urban transformation. The guide brings together practical examples of this project and international articles from relevant literature, thereby communicating strategies and tactics for the formation and spatial organization of the collective. It actively encourages deeply contested societies to invest in common urban imaginaries.


Socrates Stratis, Peter Bishop and John Palmesino
Guide to Common Urban Imaginaries in Contested Spaces
Series: Book Launch
Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Bookshop


Launch price: £25
RRP: £30

 
12/03/2016 – 12/04/2016

Bauhaus Foundation Dessau
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

A weekend with scenographic and performative elements as well as reflections on cultural history, through which the historical past is connected with contemporary perspectives.

90. years Bauhaus building
Saturday, 3. December 2016, 7–12 pm

Foundation stone ceremony Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Sunday, 4. December 2016, 10 am–3 pm


Information and Program

 

URBAN AFRICA!

ISU Talks #04

11/17/2016, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Architekturpavillon TU Braunschweig
Pockelsstraße 4
38106 Braunschweig

The public event at the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU), TU Braunschweig, will be dedicated to the exploration of the potentials and challenges of the urbanization processes in cities of Africa. We understand URBAN AFRICA! as a commitment to a better city for all. So what can be done to stem this process? What is necessary to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nati- ons such as “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” in relation to the context of urbanization in Africa? And how could we meet the cultural, climatic and religious characteristics with respect to each of the countries?

The event is open to the public (registration requested). Take a look at the conference invitation here.