What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, April 2016 Edition

by | 29. Mar 2016

Article | Exhibitions and Events

99 years of Swedish housing evolution, future cities, and the New York Design Awards are just some of the exciting exhibitions opening this month. Also, a look into the design process of Belgium studio, Office KGDVS, a look into post-war Italian modernism and new MOMA exhibition that looks at the influence Japanese starchitects have had on the next generation.

16 April – 31 December 2016
Architecture and Design Centre Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden

Stay. Now. Then: Housing and answers for 99 years shows how architecture and design help to find solutions and promote the development of quality housing for all. In the exhibition, we are looking for answers to the housing issue from 1917 to today and into the future. We are looking forward and collect the latest attempt to find solutions in our own time.

House shaped like stars in Gröndal 1946 villas Stacked in Gothenburg in 1960, temporary emergency shelter in Stockholm in 1917, fast house in Högdalen 2015 Buddy accommodation in Lund. Housing issue is one of today’s most controversial. But how do the answers like? And what can we learn from the response that the story given to find future housing solutions.

ArkDes housing exhibition is a journey through concrete built in response to the housing problem in different times. Where architecture and design helped to find solutions and driven the development of quality housing for all.



18 March – 12 June 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

Update is the first major exhibition in Denmark to look at Smart City Technologies, which, in the years to come, may significantly change the way, in which our towns and cities operate.

Cities are moving online and learning to communicate with themselves and their citizens. A dustbin tells you when it is full and orders a dustman. A street lamp detects whether it is a pedestrian or a car that is passing by, and adjusts the light accordingly. In 10 years’ time, cars will talk to one another and avoid collisions, jams and congestion.

It sounds smart, but is it also intelligent? It sounds like Big Brother, but does it also make for a better city? This is the discussion we want Update to raise. Come and discover the best Danish and international Smart city solutions. Visit the smart city of tomorrow, as imagined by the street artist, Mormor. Explore an interactive version of the street, Vester Voldgade in Copenhagen, and meet Smart Citizens from all over the world.


2016 Design Awards

15 April – 25 June 2016
Center for Architecture New York City
New York, USA

AIA New York’s annual Design Awards program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIANY members and New York City-based architects and work in New York City by architects from around the world. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who have achieved design excellence. Awards are given in four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, Urban Design. All categories were reviewed by the eight-person jury who establish criteria, evaluate excellence, and determine the awards given for Honor and Merit.


Drawings by OFFICE KGDVS

21 April – 20 May 2016
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture
Zurich, Switzerland

Drawings and collages play a central role in the work of architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. In a unique digital visual language dominated by pastel colors, they produce an oeuvre that goes beyond the conventional uses of the architectural drawing for representation and planning purposes. The drawings and collages form an independent body of work presented and treated for the first time in a solo show at a major institution in this exhibition. Presented in contrast to the John Hejduk’s drawings, they show a contemporary approach to the medium of architectural drawing.


Italomodern 1+ 2

23 April – 26 June 2016
Kunst Meran
Lauben, Germany

The exhibition provides insight into the architecture in Upper Italy from 1946 to 1976, the period that is also termed “architectural post-war modernism”. Focusing on individual buildings, the architect Martin Feiersinger and the artist Werner Feiersinger have chosen projects by Neo-Realists and Rationalists, Brutalists and Organic Architects. Their selection ranges from small residential buildings to housing complexes that now seem gigantesque, from machine-like architecture to bold constructions and wayward individual projects by widely unknown architects. Roughly 220 buildings are introduced by means of numerous photographs, a brief text, and new drawings that convey an idea of the present condition of the buildings, from a subjective point of view. The architect Martin Feiersinger has been dealing with forgotten post-war architecture in Upper Italy for many years. On the basis of extensive research, Martin Feiersinger and his brother, the artist Werner Feiersinger, regularly travel Upper Italy, where they track down and photograph experimental architecture, focusing on unique buildings, even if they appear rather unspectacular.


A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond

9 March – 3 July 2016
Museum of Modern Art
New York, USA

A Japanese Constellation focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Providing an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition presents recent works by internationally acclaimed designers, including Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami.

Departing from one of Ito’s pivotal works, the Sendai Mediatheque, completed in 2001, as well as SANAA’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2004), the 44 featured designs range in scale from small houses to museums. Organized through intersecting spaces separated by translucent curtains, drawings, models, and images reveal the structural invention, non-hierarchical thinking, and novel uses of transparency and lightness that link these practices. Exploring a lineage of influence and cross-pollination that has become particularly relevant at the start of the 21st century, the exhibition highlights the global impact and innovation of contemporary architecture from Japan since the 1990s.

With its idea of a network of luminaries at work, A Japanese Constellation is intended as a reflection on the transmission of an architectural sensibility, and suggests an alternative model to what has been commonly described as an individuality-based “star-system” in contemporary architecture.