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Category: Events / Exhibitions

Venice Architecture Biennale: Common Ground / by Foster + Partners

© Carlos Carcas

Norman Foster has curated two spaces for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale: the ‘Gateway’ installation at the head of the Arsenale, which is the first gallery that visitors pass through within the Corderie. The second space is in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini.

Norman Foster has chosen to interpret the theme of Common Ground in two ways. First in words, as the body of knowledge represented by the names of generations of architects, critics, designers, landscape architects and planners, who from antiquity to today have influenced the urban world. Secondly though images, which show the communal gathering spaces that bring us all together socially, outside or inside buildings.

JOH3 Preview – Gallery Weekend Berlin 2012

On Gallery Weekend, “JOH3”–J. MAYER H.’s newly-opened residential building in Berlin’s Mitte district–will open its gallery space with carpets and furniture from J. MAYER H.’s 2011 exhibition “Rapport” at Berlinische Galerie. The exhibition was organized as a collaboration between the Berlinische Galerie, Euroboden and Vorwerk. A model of the building will also be on view. Property development group Euroboden has realized J. MAYER H. architects’ unique building on Johannisstraße, which neighbors both Museum Island and Friedrichstrasse. With its multi-unit structure and green interior courtyard, the building is an extraordinary reinterpretation of the classic Berliner apartment house. The sculptural design of the suspended slat facade draws on the notion of landscape in the city, a quality visible in the graduated courtyard garden and the building’s silhouette and layout. The integrated design concept, which incorporates everything from façade to stairwells, elevators to apartment interiors, promises a unique spatial and living experience with an eye to high design.

Give more – schmidt hammer lassen architects exhibition opens in Berlin

On the 3rd of February 2012, renowned Architecture Forum Aedes Gallery in Berlin opens an exhibition with the title Give more featuring projects by schmidt hammer lassen architects. Give more features nine selected architecture projects paraphrasing nine visions on how architecture can give more by adding value and positive change for people, places, and communities.

The approach of schmidt hammer lassen architects is that architecture creates change – architecture is not a goal in itself. schmidt hammer lassen architects strives to design buildings that meet the challenges of modern society; that shape the life for people and organisations; that make people come together in new ways.

“With the exhibition, we would like to focus on the significance of architecture as a tool for designing the framework for life. The essence of architecture is not merely a question of aesthetics, but to a greater extent a question of the value and meaning which architecture offers its users and society,” said Founding Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects Mr. Bjarne Hammer.

The selected projects in the exhibition are presented through images, models and texts. Additionally, the exhibition integrates film clips and quotes where users, clients, and reviewers express their experience with the architecture, thus connecting the intention of the architecture to the reality.

The exhibition will run from 3rd February to 15th March 2012.


Building Envelopes Asia 2012

Building Envelopes Asia 2012

The 3rd annual Building Envelopes Asia 2012 presents 30 global experts from all stakeholder groups – developers, architects, façade engineers and technology providers, discussing current trends in:

– The impact of regional regulations and rating standards on building envelopes
– Efficient envelopes as a tool of ensuring ROI for developers
– Combining aesthetics, function and form in complex façade geometries
– Best practices to improve stakeholder coordination
– Integrating renewable energy components into envelopes
– Green vertical claddings and roofing systems
– New materials – media facades and ambient-reactive glass facades
– Envelope engineering for very tall towers

Date: 25 – 26 April, 2012
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956


Modernism in Miniature – The Encounter Between Photography and Model Making


Modernism in Miniature - The Encounter Between Photography and Model Making

Press Release (Montréal, 15 September 2011)
On view at the CCA from 22 September to 8 January 2012, Modernism in Miniature: Points of View explores the encounter between photography and architectural model-making between c.1920 -1960.

Curated by Davide Deriu, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London, the exhibition focuses on model photography as a distinctive genre. It proposes an inextricable link with the so-called ‘model boom’ and the explosion of mass media, where miniatures reached out to a wide public and, in some cases, acquired a cult status that has endured to this day.

Fall Showcase of KPF Chairman’s Artwork in Hongkong Land Rotunda

KPF Chairman Artwork

Hong Kong – August 19th, 2011 – International architecture firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is pleased to announce that the firm will be presenting a selection of Chairman and Founder A. Eugene Kohn’s watercolours in Hong Kong this fall. The artists’ proceeds from the works sold will be donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cancer Research at the University of Michigan. The proceeds from a silent auction of several noteworthy pieces during the opening reception on October 3rd will also be donated to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund (HKCF).

Mr. Kohn’s fascination with painting began when he was a young boy sitting by his mother’s side while she painted. Hannah Kohn was an accomplished painter in her own right and had a show at the Guggenheim Museum on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Mr. Kohn works primarily in watercolour with a range of subjects – cityscapes, landscapes, still life and abstract. Much of his work is done when he travels in foreign countries, and he normally gives work as gifts or donates them to clarify auctions. His work has previously been displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in a show for the works of well-known architects, as well other similar shows, and is exhibited at Belgravia Gallery in London.

Lecture by Kathryn Gustafson, July 7, 2011

Kathryn Gustafson, partner of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Photo credit: Julie Harmsen

An Evening with Kathryn Gustafson
DATE: Thursday, July 7, 2011 5:30PM – 7:30PM (5:30PM – Reception, 6:30PM – Lecture)
LOCATION: Denver Botanic Gardens, Mitchell Hall, 1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206 (720-865-3500)

Cost: $20 Women In Design (WID) members, $35 non-members
At the Door: $25 WID members, $40 non-members
Tickets will be sold at the door based on availability.
Info Desk 720-865-3585

Women In Design hosts a lecture by Kathryn Gustafson, a partner of the Seattle based landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). GGN was just named the recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.

GGN’s current and upcoming projects include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, CityCenterDC, Nashville Centennial Park, Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and several projects at the University of Washington.



OMA collaborates with Prada and the Hermitage at the Venice

Venice/Rotterdam, 3 June 2011 – Coinciding with the start of the Venice Biennale today, OMA and Prada open an exhibition surveying recent collaborative works. The exhibition appears at Ca’ Corner della Regina, a former palazzo, alongside highlights from the Prada Fondazione collection.

OMA collaborates with Prada and the Hermitage at the Venice

The exhibition occupies eight rooms and includes a hyper-detailed scale model of the future Fondazione Prada in Milan, a museum complex designed by OMA and due to go under construction soon. The model is intended as a tool to develop the Fondazione’s curatorial strategy, featuring works from the Fondazione collection in handmade miniature versions. OMA’s development of the unique steel “sponge” material for the Fondazione’s façade is also on display. Large-scale photographs, drawings and models of OMA’s Prada Transformer (completed in Seoul in 2009) are featured together with works from the Fondazione’s collection, including Italian minimalist Enrico Castellani, German artist Andreas Slominski, and, in a secret room, Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg.