11/04/2015 – 11/30/2015

Architekturzentrum Wien,
Museumsplatz 1,
MuseumsQuartier HALLE F3,
1070 Vienna

For decades Croatia has been the holiday paradise on the Adriatic coast unabated. So the tourist industry represents the key economic sector in the country. It is built on an infrastructure that was developed during the Socialist drive to modernise in the 1960s and '70s, an era when priority was given to spatial planning and explicit modernity in architecture and art were part of the nation's corporate design.

The exhibition provides a genealogy of large-scale vacation architecture on the Adriatic coast, including the physical and economic tranformations undergone by these complexes since the collapse of Yugoslavia. The projects concerned are of a remarkably high quality, although today they have become melancholy ruins, been modestly renovated, or entirely and innovatively redeveloped.

The book: Holidays After The Fall - Seaside Architecture and Urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia edited by Michael Zinganel.

 
10/29/2015, 7:00 pm

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

Cairo: the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. Its downtown core, the brainchild of Khedive Ismail, is a unique, living treasure house of nineteenth and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. Dr Vittoria Capresi and Barbara Pampe, editors of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture and Stories, have assembled an amazing book which introduces us to 38 historic buildings in Downtown Cairo. Until recently, Greeks were to be found in almost every village, town and city in Egypt. Like the other minority communities, they were most numerous in the large urban centres. In the mid-twentieth century, the Greek community of Cairo numbered in the tens of thousands. Most Cairene Greeks lived downtown, close to their shops, offices, restaurants, schools, churches and clubs. Some Greek-Egyptians still live and work there today, as Discovering Downtown Cairo makes clear.

Program:

Greeks and Others in Downtown Cairo from Khedive Ismail to the Arab Spring 

Dr George Vassiadis, Lecturer in Modern Greek History, Royal Holloway, University of London 

The Making of “Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture …and Stories” 

Dr Vittoria Capresi, Berlin, and Barbara Pampe, Bonn, baladilab 

“A Piece of Europe”? Reflections on Khedival Cairo after the Opening of the New Suez Canal 

Dr Alexander Kazamias, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Coventry University 

 

Refreshments will be served. This event is free of charge, but places are limited. 

Please reserve your seat by sending an email to george.vassiadis@rhul.ac.uk by Monday, 26 October 2015.

 
10/22/2015 – 10/29/2015

Architekturforum Zürich, Brauerstrasse 16, 8004 Zurich

An experimental study project on the subject of furniture making with structural impulses lead to unexpected uses of wood: wood as a fabric, as a fine lattice, as a thin and hollow part, as a sculptural rod structure, as a soft stack, as a feather, or as an interwoven fabric. Eight students from the Object Design course at Lucerne University—Art & Design and the Structural Design course at the architecture faculty of ETH Zurich show seating objects as transformations of constructive principles.

Exhibition opening: October 22, 6.30 pm

Discussion: October 23, 7.30 pm, in collaboration with the Swiss Design Association

Opening hours of the exhibition:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12 am to 6 pm; Thursday 2 pm to 8 pm 
Saturday 11 am to 5 pm

 

 
10/22/2015 – 12/14/2015

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

How can we create affordable living space? How do we provide opportunities for self-determination? Who are today’s new clients? What new answers can be found to the age-old housing question?

Housing forms the rooms, neighborhoods and streets of our daily lives. Our personal happiness and societal well-being originate and find their expression there, as do social ills and personal dramas. But housing issues are increasingly reduced to real estate problems and disassociated from the cultural practices of architecture. And alternative players are clearly lacking. The result: Growing numbers of people are finding it increasingly difficult to gain access to self-determined, affordable housing. The HKW project WOHNUNGSFRAGE investigates the tension-ridden relationships between architecture, housing, and social reality in an exhibition of experimental concepts for living, an extensive opening program a publication series and an academy.

The opening of the exhibition takes place on October 22, at 7 pm

The program can be found on the website of the HKW.

 
10/04/2015, 4:00 pm

BookHampton, Main Street, East Hampton, NY

Still. The East End Photographs is a collection of images about the landscape of Long Island, New York. Reflective and transcendent, these images evoke the quality of our natural world defined by light and the contours of nature. Cheng has photographed the environment using a shift of the focus plane within the camera to detail in a non-distinct yet decidedly emotional way, to evoke a poetic interpretation of the landscape that is constantly deriving its beauty and power from the color palate and a sense of movement that defines the landscape of Long Island and which has inspired so many artists.

 
10/02/2015, 7:00 pm

Barnes Noble, Upper West Side, 82nd St & Broadway, New York

Still. The East End Photographs is a collection of images about the landscape of Long Island, New York. Reflective and transcendent, these images evoke the quality of our natural world defined by light and the contours of nature. Cheng has photographed the environment using a shift of the focus plane within the camera to detail in a non-distinct yet decidedly emotional way, to evoke a poetic interpretation of the landscape that is constantly deriving its beauty and power from the color palate and a sense of movement that defines the landscape of Long Island and which has inspired so many artists.

 

 
10/02/2015, 4:00 pm

Goethe Institute Downtown Cairo, Bustan Street, Cairo, Egypt

The scholarly guide about the tangible and intangible heritage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries district of Downtown Cairo presents a detailed survey of the plans and typologies of a great number of apartment buildings and links the flats with the memories and stories of their inhabitants, mapping the changes in the use of the space during time, and so giving precious hints to understand the changes in the Cairo society.

4.00 pm: Walking Tour in Downtown – The Tangible and Intangible Heritage Today

7.00 pm: Presentation of the book and panel discussion – Who is Downtown?

 
09/25/2015, 5:30 pm

Relay Factory, 8 Dawailiangying Hutong, Dashilar, Beijing

Danwei—these were urban sectors in China that were characterized by close links between work, residence, and social facilities. They are the material product of socialist city planning and therefore provide an urban experience that forms a stepping stone between the hutongs of the imperial capital and the superblocks of the present-day metropolis. Contrary to the disused industrial sites in western cities that often disrupt the continuity and scale of the urban fabric, the danweis have a much closer relationship to the historical, as well as the contemporary city. In modern-day Beijing, the danweis represent a unique experimental field of urban design. Beijing Danwei looks at the history and future of former danweis and presents exemplary strategies for dealing with industrial heritage.

Edited by Michele Bonino and Filippo de Pieri, including essays by the editors and by Pierre-Alain Croset, Gary Hack, Thomas Herzog, Li Weidong, Liu Boying, Liu Jian, Lu Duanfang and Zhu Wenyi. With a visual essay by Jia Yue and Maria Paola Repellino.

Opening speeches: Enrico Macii (Vice-president, Politecnico di Torino), Zhang Li (Tsinghua

University)

Discussants: Florence Graezer Bideau (Ecole Politecnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Francesca

Frassoldati (South China University of Technology)

Attending: the editors and the authors

An event promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute at the Embassy of Italy (Beijing), with Politecnico di Torino and Tsinghua University

 
07/16/2015 – 08/21/2015

Architekturgalerie München, entrance above book shop L. Werner, Türkenstr. 30, 80333 München

Nature is everpresent in Japanese architect Norihiko Dan’s buildings. His architecture never stands alone, for Dan always seeks symbiosis; this appears in his combination of geometric-archetypical with organic forms, in his urban planning projects, which bring submerged historic and cultural identities back to light, as well as in the ecological orientation of his buildings. With dramatic contrasts in architectural language and choice of materials Norihiko Dan insistently calls for a relationship between human beings and their surroundings.
The complex and fascinating work of this architect, who has received many honors in Japan and Taiwan, is presented with this exhibition, as well as with the monograph published by JOVIS to a Western audience for the first time. 

The opening of the exhibition will take place on July, 16 at 7 p.m with 

Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München

Aaron Betsky, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Gene King, Architekt und Autor, Taipeh

Norihiko Dan, Norihiko Dan and Associates, Tokio

 
06/27/2015 – 03/06/2016

The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10091

Endless House considers the single-family home and archetypes of dwelling as a theme for the creative endeavors of architects and artists. Through drawings, photographs, video, installations, and architectural models drawn from MoMA’s collection, the exhibition highlights how artists have used the house as a means to explore universal topics, and how architects have tackled the design of residences to expand their discipline in new ways.

Work by architects and artists spanning more than seven decades are exhibited alongside materials from Kiesler’s Endless House design and images of its presentation in MoMA’s 1960 Visionary Architecture exhibition. Intriguing house designs—ranging from historical projects by Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, and Rem Koolhaas to new acquisitions from Smiljan Radic and Asymptote Architecture—are juxtaposed with visions from artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Mario Merz, Rachel Whiteread, and a new acquisition from Annett Zinsmeister. Together these works demonstrate how the dwelling occupies a central place in a cultural exchange across generations and disciplines.