What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions And Events? February 2017 Edition
Art of Many – The Right to Space is the incredibly successful Danish contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 that will now move to various locations around Denmark before finally ending at the Danish Architecture Centre.
The exhibition, which showcases how Danish architects wage a daily battle to improve the physical environment with respect to society and community. Whether this is a day care centre, public space, a prison or a co-housing scheme, Danish architects challenge themselves and their clients in an effort to tackle the major challenges facing our age. Curators, Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss have put together over 100 projects to exemplify how Danish architects are working on a daily basis to continue the Danish tradition of focusing on the human being.
After several years with major thematic architecture exhibitions, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art returns to the monographic exhibition focusing on a new generation of pace-setting architects. The ambition is to show developments among contemporary architects and their work – from the prestige projects of the so-called ‘starchitects’ in the beginning of the millennium to the more sustainable and socially conscious architecture of today attempting to respond to the challenges of globalization.
The first exhibition in the series The Architect’s Studio focuses on the Chinese architect Wang Shu (b. 1963), who, together with his wife Lu Wenyu, runs the Amateur Architecture Studio based in Hangzhou in China. The name of the studio underscores the vision of letting spontaneity, available materials and local culture and building traditions form the basis for architecture which in Wang Shu’s own words should be “a house rather than a building”.
Floors made of car tyres, ceilings made of plastic bottles and walls made of scrap wood. The latest exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, Wasteland, challenges our attitude to waste and invites us into an imminent future, when waste will play a crucial role in the way we live, work and consume.
In Wasteland, the architectural practice, Lendager Group, takes a closer look at how waste can become new architecture – new resources. By now we know the importance of recycling, but what is really going to shift the boundaries is upcycling.
In the upcycling process, material is not simply reused. It forms the basis for new, improved material. In the exhibition, Lendager Group shows how concrete, for example, can be made even stronger if you mix the new product with old, recycled concrete.
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, celebrates the opening of its new building at 22 Gordon Street with an exhibition of work by visionary architect Sir Peter Cook. Running from 23 February to 10 March 2017, the exhibition marks Sir Peter’s 80th year with a celebration of 80 of his inspired and pioneering projects.
As a founder member of the group Archigram in the 1960s, Peter envisioned new possibilities for architecture. From his Archigram days through to his work today at CRAB studio, Peter has always paralleled design with teaching. His work spans experimental projects such as the seminal Plug-In City through to the famous blue buildings of Graz and Bournemouth.
The exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive of Sir Peter’s current exhibitions, which have taken place in Berlin, Cologne and Munich.
In its first museum presentation on the West Coast, architecture studio Bureau Spectacular has designed a large-scale installation that further develops the studio’s ideas on past, current, and future architecture seen in the drawing insideoutsidebetweenbeyond.
Bureau Spectacular, led by Jimenez Lai, is a Los Angeles-based studio that views architecture as a medium capable of rewriting cultural narratives. Questioning the banality of the existing typical urban environment, Lai suggests that economic efficiency is driving its character-less architecture – and that, as monuments to civilization, modern cities’ ubiquitous skyscrapers reflect a predictable, mono-cultural society. Reconsidering urban architecture inside, outside, between, and beyond the monotonous rectangular buildings seen in most city skylines, the exhibition offers an urban landscape littered with surrealistic architectural forms and jarring environments. In this installation, Lai prioritizes the value of architecture over efficiency, imparting a more diverse urban sociology.