03/29/2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk
Highway NY 11976
United States

Grids and Threads is a minimalist meditation on the concept of white space and its perception. The book is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages in which three imaginary measuring devices underline the arbitrariness to qualify and quantify something. With an introduction written by Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan and arts writer Jacoba Urist, this monograph documents the latest project by award-winning artist and photographer Bastienne Schmidt. Part one features bird’s-eye photographs of constructed installations of colorful fabric and thread in snow. The second part consists of mixed media works on Arches paper, where punched grid of 8 x 8 inches is divided into one square inch spaces, which draw light and shadow onto the white paper. The idea of creating a series of never-ending variation of white squares in a reductive process is related to the artistic search of Agnes Marin and Robert Ryman. The square grid in white is a quiet reflection on the concept of a minimal space; the variations, of what happens inside of the squares, play with the thought of absolute freedom and absolute constraint.



02/15/2019 – 05/19/2019

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1
8020 Graz

The solo exhibition by Jun Yang is dedicated to fundamental questions of artistic work: what significance do original works, unique pieces, series and reproductions have in art today? How is artistic practice defined when exchanged with others?

At the beginning of 2018, The Monograph Project by Jun Yang was published, a monograph totalling six volumes about the artist and his work, which – in a sort of paradoxical reversal – challenges monographic conventions and biography. For the format, cover and even spelling of the artist’s name changes from volume to volume. This evokes various artists, which is precisely what interests Yang: to break the narrative of authentic, brilliant creators – a narrative that has proven particularly well-suited to the branding of an artist and his/her work.

The solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz links up to this. The exhibition, like the monograph, becomes itself the subject of artistic investigation. Besides the presentation of Yang’s works, the exhibition reflects authorship, constructions of identity and allocations of roles. In this, cooperation with others plays a special role. Alongside this, from February 15th, 2019, the Neue Galerie Graz addresses issues of the reproducibility of art, the significance of the original work, the one-off work and reproduction, in the exhibition titled Too Much Is Not Enough.

With works from:
Erwin Bauer, siren eun young jung, Lee Kit, Oliver Klimpel, Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley, Michikazu Matsune, Yuuki Nishimura, Yuki Okumura, Koki Tanaka, Maja Vukoje, Jun Yang und Bruce Yonemoto.

More information and programme

Opening: 14.02.2019, 7.30pm
In cooperation with Art Sonje Center, Seoul and Neue Galerie Graz
Curated by: Barbara Steiner and Jun Yang
Assistance: Alexandra Trost, Michaela Humpel

12/04/2018 (9:00 am) – 12/05/2018 (4:45 pm)

Wiener Wohnen
Rosa-Fischer-Gasse 2
1030 Vienna

Which legal and financial conditions are necessary in Europe to increase investment in affordable housing? Which benefits does affordable housing provide for European cities and the economy?

Representatives of the EU institutions, politicians from different European cities, housing experts, housing providers, tenants’ representatives and scientists will discuss these questions comprehensively. The findings of the EU Urban Agenda – Housing Partnership will be presented. The City of Vienna will offer study visits to present the Viennese model of social housing.


The Vienna Model 2—Housing for the City of the 21st Century will be available from November 2018

09/21/2018 – 11/11/2018

BOZAR / Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Bruxelles

Climate change causes an important rise in the sea level, which is a major threat for coastal areas and small islands all over the globe. Even in urban areas at higher levels and inland, the growing quantities of rainwater in combination with spreading urbanization can also cause a major flood risk for entire city areas, something that is happening more often than before.

The 2nd Edition of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial dives into the growing problem of floods in urban areas. How to deal with the evacuation of rainwater in an integrated manner? Can landscape architecture generate answers for these complex challenges? What are the limits of the current way of addressing this question? Through workshops, research by design, an exhibition, a colloquium, curated walks and lectures, the two-month BULB festival tries to sensitize the broader public to the importance of water in the urban landscape. Instead of considering water as a threat, it will be approached as a vital and structuring element in the urban landscape.

At the main BULB exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, the Bureau Bas Smets, JNC International and Taktyk will be presenting their vision.

Workshop leader: Architecture Workroom Brussels.

Marco Ranzato, the editor of "Water vs. Urban Scape—Exploring Integrated Water-Urban Arrangements” will give a lecture during the Biennial

07/15/2018 – 01/13/2019

Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

„Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state.[...]"

Vladimir Kulić, one of the authors of „Modernism In-Between – The Mediatory Architectures of Socialist Yugoslavia" is guest curator of this exhibition.


06/27/2018, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Librairie Volume
47, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth
75003 Paris

Thresholds are an–often overlooked–anthropological constant found in every era and every culture. From the spatial understanding of Greek antiquity to the establishment of the private sphere in the 18th century and the transparency of modern architecture, the threshold has always been a central architectural element. Like a visual symbol of a boundary or a transition, thresholds divide spaces, but are also a connecting element, opening up ways through and across, which have a subtle influence on one’s own perception of space.
It is only in recent decades that thresholds have lost significance as part of our everyday experience with architecture. What remains is a growing emptiness between people and the spaces in which they live.
Sensual City Studio not only provides an inspiring overview of this important architectural stylistic feature from all eras and cultures, but also shows in particular: thresholds can and must be rethought and rebuilt. In this respect, this book is a plea for the renaissance of the threshold and therefore also a manifesto for a human architecture.

More Information about the event

* Sensual City Studio, founded by Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti, in association with the philosopher Philippe Simay and the architect Estefania Mompean, is a laboratory of ideas, creation and urban foresight. It brings together a network of professionals from the worlds of art, architecture and urban planning, as well as the social sciences. Working at different levels, from design to urban planning, the studio analyses changes in architecture and large modern cities in order to predict the effect that they will have. Sensual City Studio seeks to develop a sensitive, humanist approach to the city, combining sustainable development and new technologies in a quest for innovation and urban delight. The result is a preliminary analysis, procedure and stance which inform the architectural design process.

05/17/2018, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Rue de l'Ermitage 55 Kluisstraat
1050 Bruxelles

Urban river floods, inundations, water shortage, dirty water, water pollution, or drowning are nothing new for our urban environments. But is there any other paradigm to follow but going along with the assumption water vs. urban? How can the challenge be met to give more room for water while enhancing the spatial quality of our urban landscapes?

As early as the nineties, the concept of Integrated Water Management has gained momentum in urban design research and practice. Water vs. Urban Scape presents promising new approaches to integrate water in the urban landscape through design-based experiences drawn up for a range of specific socio-spatial urban landscapes across the world such as the diffuse urbanisation in the Northeast of Italy and in Flanders, the booming cities of Shanghai and Istanbul or the expanding Oslo, the informal urbanisation of Kigali and the suburbanisation of Perth. In a second part, four visual essays display possible scenarios of integrated water-urban arrangement in the Brussels Capital Region. With this, Water vs. Urban Scape provides plenty of inspiration for tackling one of the major issues of Urban Design in the urban age.

During the book launch there will of course be time for questions and room for discussion with some of the authors and the editor.

Talk with Andrea Bortolotti, Andrea Aragone, Pauline Cabrit, Catalina Dobre, Bianca Fanta, Roberto Genna, Gery Leloutre & Maëlle Thueaux.


05/17/2018, 7:00 pm

Benaki Musuem
1 Koumbari Street
106 74 Athens

Through speeches, articles and interviews, this book highlights some of the more significant considerations that have run parallel with Vassilis Sgoutas’ own steps in architecture. It also includes a Random Diary, where the focus is not on what was said or written, but rather on experiences and thoughts that have emanated from events related to architects and to architecture. Although this book is a personal book, it is also a mirror of the parallel roads of many architects. Through its pages, glimpses can be caught of the more recent history of the UIA, a unique professional organisation that brings together the architects of the world, in pursuit of common ideals and targets.
Memory is our wealth. Having on record these texts and events helps rediscover how our priorities have changed. And how they differ across the globe. In reading between the lines one will be able to gauge what has been the legacy of actions, or inaction, and where architects, as individuals and as a profession, have had a positive influence on the advancement of causes. So it is a little more than mere history, it is also an awakening call.

Introduction speech by

Fani Vavili, Αrchitect, Professor in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, President of the Hellenic Department of the International Association of Architects (UIA)


Nikos Vatopoulos, Journalist – Writer

Pavlos Lefas, Architect, Professor in University of Patras

Yannis Michael, Architect – Planner

Dimitris Filippidis, Architect, Professor Emeritus in Archaeology at the national Technical University of Athens

A discussion will follow, with audience participation.

Benaki Museum

05/16/2018 (1:00 pm) – 05/18/2018 (10:00 am)

Centro di Documentazione "A. Mazzoni"

Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, 21

04016 Sabaudia, Italy

The upcoming New Town Lab in Sabaudia will take place from the afternoon of May 16th until the evening of May 17th and will focus on public spaces as places of integration. (How) can public space play a role in accommodating the needs and desires of the multifaceted and diverse population of Sabaudia?
Four or five locations in the city will be explored by the students from the University of Padua. They have already begun studying how collective spaces – piazzas, parks, markets and public transport hubs – can contribute to making our contemporary cities more inclusive and socially and culturally cohesive. One of the case studies will be the Bella Farnia estate, located 7km outside the centre. This coastal estate consists mainly of holiday houses, small villas and residences which today are partially used to accommodate the migrant community. Two distinct groups co-exist: the Italian middle class and a Punjab (Indian) Sikh community that works in the municipal territory’s many greenhouses.


05/08/2018, 6:30 pm

Japan Architects Association JIA
Hall 1F Building Club
2-3-18 Jingumae Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan

Since opening its shores to the outside world in the late nineteenth century, Japan has sustained an active relationship of cultural exchange with the West. Japan's grand resort hotels, built during the era between the Restoration of the Meiji Emperor in 1868 until the onset of war in the late 1930s, are some of the most engaging and enduring examples of this cross-fertilization. Eager to champion both its national identity and its status as a modern nation, Japanese hoteliers looked to adapt Western hotel standards to the aesthetic and cultural demands of the Japanese archipelago. With their buildings they provided glamorous settings in which worldly Japanese and curious Westerners could mingle. The grand hotels are romantic hybrids of Beaux Arts grandeur and Japanese temple and shrine motifs, and offer the pleasures of both architectural traditions. They straddle two worlds, being both familiar and exotic to visitors and locals alike.
Welcoming the West focuses on the history and design of six of these grand resort hotels: the Nara, the Fujiya, the Nikko Kanaya, the Fuji View, the Biwako, and the Gamagori. Built at a pivotal moment when Japan’s architectural traditions were latent with change and possibility, they are a manifestation of an unprecedented exchange of ideas wrought in timber, stone, and concrete.

The Japan Institute of Architects