What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions And Events, June 2016 Edition

by | 02. Jun 2016

Article | Exhibitions and Events

Welcome to summer arcspace readers! If you need to cool off, why not visit an architecture exhibition? We’ve selected the best from around the world so you don’t have to.

First up, we have a season of events around the theme ‘Power and Architecture’ and a discussion on how to maintain democratic values while adapting to the requirements of a high-risk society. There’s also the opening of the much anticipated Serpentine Pavilion in London which has been designed by BIG. Finally, the biggest event in Europe architecture, The Mies Van Der Rohe prize, opens an exhibition showcasing the prized entrants from this years’ awards.

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Architecture and Power

10 June – 9 October
Calvert 22 Foundation
London, UK

Power and Architecture season will connect international artists, architects, academics and designers and showcase a rich programme of exhibitions, events, conferences and workshops comprised of four interlinked elements. The season will examine the relationship between architecture and power by investigating public spaces designed with a Soviet utopian ideology in mind, the people who live with its legacy and the search for new national identities within a post-Soviet world.

Highlights include:

A two-day conference titled,  The Centre Cannot Hold? which will officially launch the season on 10 – 11 June. It will include contributions from prominent British and international architects, who will be exploring the questions and debates raised by the subject of Power and Architecture.

An exhibition titled, Utopia and Modernity (12 June – 3 July), which will showcase Polish architect Kuba Snopek’s project Architecture VII Day. The project draws upon 3,597 churches built by hand in Poland against the will of the Soviet Occupation during the second half of the 20th Century.

Read the full program of events here


Open Architecture in a Closing Society

10 June 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

Two exciting high court buildings were just recently completed in The Hague. On June 10th, the architects behind these buildings, Bjarne Hammer from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Kees Kaan from KAAN Architecten will present their projects in a double lecture and debate at the Danish Architecture Center. 

The debate will form an interesting discussion on the balance between the need for openness and the need for security in contemporary architecture. How do we built open architecture in a closing society? Can these seemingly contradictory requisites coincide architecturally in an appealing and contemporary way?


Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses 2016

10 June –  9 October 2016
Serpentine Gallery
London, UK

In 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

The 16th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians.


Extra-Ordinary: New Practices in Chilean Architecture

22 June – 3 September 2016
New York Centre for Architecture
New York, USA

Chile has gained international recognition for its extraordinary architecture. This success reflects the high-quality modern architecture of the 1960s and the resurgence of new architectural practices at the beginning of the twenty-first century, following a cultural blackout in the seventies and eighties.

EXTRA-ORDINARY presents 18 recently completed projects by 16 Chilean architects, including recent Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena of Elemental. The exhibition showcases photography, schematic drawings, ephemera, and video interviews with the Chilean design community, introducing New York City audiences to the diverse architecture emerging from Chile.


European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

9 June – 29 August 2016
Architekturzentrum Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Every two years the exhibition, The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture or Mies van der Rohe Award, places a focus on exceptional visionary architecture. Since its inception in 1988 the prize has been awarded to such famous names as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor or Rem Koolhaas. To promote young talent and architects at the outset of their careers the Emerging Architect Special Mention prize was called into life, promoting ambitious, up-and-coming architecture.