What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions And Events, October 2015 Edition
This month’s selection of upcoming exhibitions and events features future visions of housing in the UK, a new platform for investigating the intersection between economies and the built environment, and a new exhibition from the Danish Architecture Centre praising the work on engineers. There’s also a showing of the Alvin Boyarsky drawing collection which charts the early work of contemporary notable architects plus an update on this year’s World Architecture Festival.
17 October – 17 December 2015
The Building Centre
The Building Centre’s (NLA) major autumn 2015 exhibition, uncovers 100 new innovative ideas to solve the housing crisis. The result of a major NLA International Ideas Competition organised in collaboration with the Mayor of London, the competition attracted over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world, with submissions from world-renowned architects, developers, consultants, local boroughs and everyday city residents. Notable entrants include Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw, Farrells, and dRMM.
The exhibition presents a selection of both practical and more radical ideas: from increasing self-building and co-housing, to building over infrastructure assets, infilling council estates, and densifying the suburbs.
21 October 2015
In-Between Economies (IBE) is an interdisciplinary research platform situated at the intersection between economies and the built environment.
On October 21 IBE will host a panel discussion on the relationship between economies, urban development and architecture. For this event IBE have invited Keller Easterling, Professor at Yale School of Architecture, and author of Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014) to talk about key concepts from her research on globalization and architecture. She will discuss her work on infrastructure and urban space, and the possibilities for architects, urbanists, and activists to both influence and infiltrate it.
IBE have also invited local scholars from fields outside of architecture to join the panel, and to reflect on the concept of In-Between Economies from other theoretical and practice perspectives. The selected speakers are Christian Borch, Professor of Political Sociology at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School and Kristoffer Weiss, philosopher, consultant and curator of the Danish Pavilion at The 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
9 October – 3 January 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
This new DAC exhibition focuses on the developments in the history of construction that changed our perception of what is possible: those quantum leaps, which not only tackled the challenges posed by a single building, but also changed the world.
Normally we pay tribute to our star architects: the likes of Bjarke Ingels, Jan Gehl etc. But behind the award-winning projects and newspaper headlines lurks that pivotal collaboration between engineers, developers and architects. Danish engineers play an equally major role in the development and expansion of a building’s framework. But this exhibition will be a tribute to the engineers.
In historical terms, the collaboration between innovative engineers and visionary architects has not only created some of the greatest and most widely acclaimed architectural icons in the world, but has also led to the likes of increased health, better working conditions and high energy savings. The foundation for major breakthroughs has often been the engineer’s mathematical launch pad, the principles of nature and a logical approach to a building’s potential. Groundbreaking Construction is a tribute to the achievements of Danish building by shining the spotlight on 100 of them.
4 – 7 November 2015
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. It is the gateway to global recognition, WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.
The Festival lasts for four days and includes architect-led city tours, a series of seminars, student competitions, parties and networking opportunities on a global scale.
Keynote speakers for this year’s festival include: Charles Jencks (Author and Critic), Michael Sorkin (Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio), Sir Peter Cook (Principal, CRAB Studio), and Christine Murray (Editor-in-chief, The Architectural Review).
13 October – 25 November 2015
Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
New York, USA
This exhibition features formative works by architects who are among the most celebrated figures today-including John Hejduk, Michael Webb, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi. Highlights range from Eduardo Paolozzi’s appropriations of pop culture to the technological utopianism of Archigram’s David Greene and Webb to the gestural mark-making of Libeskind and Peter Wilson.
Drawing Ambience highlights the collection of drawings assembled by the late Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Boyarsky argued that architecture was not only a profession but also an artistic venture-a practice that comprises drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction. During his time leading the school, he orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program, a sister to the exhibition and publication program simultaneously being developed at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture by late Dean John Hejduk, that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience explores Boyarsky’s role as a collector of drawings and also, metaphorically speaking, of the ideas and people that have come to define a key moment in architectural history.