What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions And Events, September 2016
The next generation of architects emerging from Africa, how public space is changing South America, a new initiative at the Danish Architecture Centre promoting emerging offices are just some of the exciting exhibitions that are going on this month. Also, we’re presenting the first ever London Design Biennale and a multi-disciplinary exhibition that features a collaboration between architects and filmmakers in Venice.
Organised by Architecture-Studio, the competition and exhibition entitled Young Architects in Africa aim to showcase architectural creativity in Africa by turning the spotlight on a young generation of architects that shows great promise from an international perspective. The exhibition focuses on the environmental and participative nature of the projects, which represent the social and community values embodied by young architects in Africa.
The exhibition presents sixteen projects devoted to everyday use (public space, school, house, market, etc.) An international jury has selected three winners, nine nominees and four special mentions from a total of 194 projects entered by participants from 26 African countries living not only in Africa but also the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Tunisia and China.
Spanning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Venezuela, Building Optimism: Public Space in South America investigates ways that emerging architects and designers instigate change through design in public space. Using photography, video, drawings, and models, the exhibition immerses visitors in inventive ways that public spaces become social spaces-sites that respond to the unique circumstances and pressures of their communities.
The Danish Architecture Centre will soon open an exhibition space that offers viewers the opportunity for a sneak peak into the day-to-day activities of three newly established architecture firms. In collaboration with The Dreyer Foundation, the exhibition space will show a series of three individual exhibitions, each lasting a month, of three newly established firms. Beginning with Sted, Norrøn, and Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter, the exhibitions will present the next wave of Danish architecture where everything is fast-paced, multi-faceted, and where creativity and business sense go hand in hand.
The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.
Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. You will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
5 buildings – 4 teams of architects – 2 spaces – 1 film
The Belgian architectural practices (ae-architecten, DOUMA architecten, Perneel Osten architecten, SAMENWERK) were invited by art producer Edoardo Cimadori to exhibit their work in 2 centrally located spaces, between Giardini and Arsenale. On their turn they invited two Brussels’ filmmakers to create a film featuring some of their recent realisations. The architects will be present during the exhibition and produce the content for a publication.