What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, April 2015 Edition

by | 16. Apr 2015


This month, a look at the many great innovations in factory design over the course of the last century, an exploration of the potentials of public participation and the increasing importance of architectural photography as a means of mass communication. Also, exhibitions showing the work of Pritzker Prize laureates Herzog & de Meuron and Eduardo Souto de Moura.



Model for Vertical Cotton Mill concept, Buckminster Fuller, 1952. Photograph courtesy of Stanford University

Vertical Urban Factory

Mar 24-May 8, 2015
Lausanne, France >Google Maps

Vertical Urban Factory, curated by New York-based architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport, features the innovative architectural design, structural engineering, and processing methods of significant factory buildings in the early 20th century and today. A timely response to the ailing economies of post-industrial nations, the exhibit poses the question, can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities and how can we develop a city to include new factories now that production is clean and smaller scale?



Rooftop gardens ØsterGRO. Photo: ØsterGRO

Co-Create Your City

Apr 16-Jun 5, 2015
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark >Google Maps

In Denmark, we have the opportunity to influence how our cities develop. We can participate in hearings, take part in debates, because we live in a democracy, based on a strong sense of community – and one in which we make decisions together. The question is, however, do we take sufficient advantage of these opportunities?

Throughout Co-Create Your City, you will meet some of the citizens who have made a difference in the cities. You can hear them tell the story of how they came up with their ideas, who helped them along the way, and how our cities have benefitted from it.



Estádio Municipal de Braga. © Luis Ferreira Alves

Souto de Moura 1980-2015

Apr 18-Aug 24, 2015
Stiftung Insel Hombroich
Neuss, Germany >Google Maps

The defining characteritic of Eduardo Souto de Moura is his insistence on a specific local architecture in a time where many of his contemporaries are drawn ever closer towards an increasingly globalized architectural expression. Souto de Moura’s work, combining a respect for regional building traditions with a clear and simple modernistic features, has won international recognition culminating in Souto de Moura being awarded the 2011 Pritzker Prize.

With models, plans, sketches and photographs, Souto de Moura 1980-2015 shows selected projects by the Portuguese architect built between 1980 and 2015



National Stadium, The Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, © Herzog & de Meuron

Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron

Mar 27-Oct 2, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver, Canada >Google Maps

The architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is internationally renowned for its contribution to contemporary architecture. Their attention to materials, surface, site and context has defined a practice that is astonishingly subtle and complex. This exhibition will present a closer look at the firm’s design philosophy through a selection of their projects including museums and galleries around the world.



From ‘Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City’. Photo © Iwan Baan

Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City

Apr 2-Jun 21, 2015
Architekturmuseum der TU
München, Germany >Google Maps

Photography can process and preserve, document and comment, thus gaining an active role in the reception of architecture – and similarly, affecting the influence of the discipline. The aim and objective of the exhibition Zoom! Picturing Architecture and the City is to actively analyze the relevance of contemporary photography in changing social situations.

The exhibition features photographs and video works by fifteen international photographers that deal with the relationship and function of architecture with regard to social and economic change. Their work does not focus simply on representation of structures, but approaches to urban structures and their change over time as well as on individual habitats.