01/21/2016 – 02/22/2016

Architektur Galerie Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 96, 10243 Berlin

On Chikei
Norihiko Dan / at Architektur Galelie Berlin, 19th of January 2016

The earth is made up of the sphere as it's main body and it's epidermis that is Chikei. The aspect to see the earth as a globe tends to provide us a particular vision of earth as a planet controlled by a single logic of dynamics similar to the early atomic physics.This leads to such global aspects as a topic of CO2 reduction plan, emphasis on the role of UN, and sygnificance to establish global standards for anti-terrorism and for stabilization of world economy. On the other hand, Chikei is the cradle for the diversity sometimes as an opposition as well as it's compensation to the globalism.
It is amazing that all kinds of various climate and environmental diversity are created in only a quarter of a Marathon course in height, that is 10km, from the top of Everest to the deepest bottom of the sea.
Chikei is composed of seas, mountains, deserts, wet lands existing unevenly and it becomes a body to give birth to multiple lives and diverse cultures of the universe. Chikei is an interface between lives and a sphere. Fingerprints of the earth is an analogy of Chikei which becomes a symbol of the diversity as an icon with no particular form.

A series of 4 artworks is made as my hommage to Chikei, seeking for it's various expressions, made of only paper and water. I believe that Chikei is formed by several powers such as water, wind,wave and sunlight in a volcanic activities or in a muddy current of the earth, with nobody's intentions. I think that it just came on earth.
I used water for the artworks because even after it has gone, it leaves profound expressions of it's engagement to the material.
In the process of these inprovisation, I challenged to have a dialogue to Chikei through such experiances and engagements which I took to the terrain transformed by an unpredictable force of others.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on January 21, 2016, 7:00 pm
Welcome: Ulrich Müller
Introduction:  Felix Claus

 


 
12/10/2015 – 01/28/2016

AIT – ArchitekturSalon
Bei den Mühren 70
20457 Hamburg

Exhibition opening: 10 December 2015 | 7:30 pm

With an introduction in the exhibition by the curators Klaus Dömer, Prof. Hans Drexler, and Prof. Joachim Schultz-Granberg

The exhibition is based on the publication Affordable Living - Housing for everyone. Using exemplary projects from international architects such as Gaupenraub +/-, Lacaton & Vassal or Urbanus, it shows the problems, potentials, and dependencies that different approaches bring with them and how these impact our reality of living.

The book will be available for sale during the opening hours of AIT – ArchitekturSalon.

Registration form AIT Hamburg


 
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