What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, December 2015 Edition

by | 03. Dec 2015

Article | Exhibitions and Events

This month, a look at an unusual way of representing architecture – the simple comic-strip, a look into the work of Latin-American architects, U-TT and a retrospective of a German Modernist master. Also, exhibitions for the season include an architecture gingerbread house odyssey and an investigation of the potentials of public space during the wintertime at the Danish Architecture Centre.

Architecture in Comic-Strip Form

9 October – 28 February 2016
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway

The aim of the “Architecture in Comic Strip Form” exhibition is to shed light on an unusual type of architectural visualization. The exhibition shows how architects use comic strips to create their own works, collaborate with other professionals, communicate their ideas and concepts, and convey architectural criticism.

Although traditional architectural drawings are well suited for identifying problems, visualizing solutions, and providing precise information about technical details, scale, and design, they are often difficult for laypeople to interpret. Many architects have therefore chosen to use the comic strip medium’s distinctive mix of words and images to supplement their conventional visual representations. The genre’s characteristic imagery, onomatopoeia, speech and thought balloons, and capacity to present a variety of cross-sections and perspectives are used to create stories about people’s encounters with architecture. The combination of text and imagery makes it possible to express a complex message in a readily understandable and succinct manner, in a visual style that is accessible to a wider audience.


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18 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

In Denmark, we make really good use of our urban spaces during the summer months. There are numerous cultural events and the squares, the docks and the streets are used extensively for a wide variety of activities – the same cannot be said for the Danish winter months. How can we move beyond the indoor comfort-culture and create some urban spaces which can be used for much more than just passing through in the winter? By rethinking the materials, light and heat sources we use, winter urban spaces can also create new communities and venues with some entirely different characteristics than those we know from the summer.

The exhibition ‘The Winter City’ asks why we are not utilising the opportunities that winter brings to a greater extent and thereby creating a more vibrant city in the cold months. The exhibition portrays several examples of how other cities in the northern hemisphere have developed ‘winter urban spaces’, with a wealth of inspirational solutions. From there, the exhibition takes us back to Denmark and on a trip through the city, where new and exciting winter initiatives are fortunately already well under way.


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LINE FORM FUNCTION: The Buildings of Ferdinand Kramer

28 November  – 1 May 2016
Deutches Architekturmuseum
Frankfurt, Germany

Architect Ferdinand Kramer (1898-1985) has gone down in history as an outstanding designer of furniture, everyday articles, and functionalist Modernism buildings. With Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt having last year presented Kramer’s design work, the DAM is now devoting an exhibition to his architecture. In the 1920s he worked with Ernst May on the “New Frankfurt” project, before later emigrating to the United States. After the Second World War, Kramer was one of the few who dared to return from exile to a Germany that was damaged not only materially, but spiritually as well. Appointed by Max Horkheimer, in 1952 he assumed the position of Director of University Building in his home city of FrankfurtMain. With the university having moved from the Bockenheim district to the Westend, only a few of these edifices, which can be regarded as symbolic structures of a democratic new beginning, will remain.

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Gingerbread House 2015

2 December – 10 January 2016
Stockholm, Sweden

This year is the 25th anniversary of ArkDes gingerbread house exhibition! We are celebrating the opening up of the whole of Sweden to participate in a new web contest. On the theme “New lair – stay in new ways” invited all set to unleash their creativity and find new forms of housing that previously felt impossible.

But the show must of course be preceded by the back. Presented with imagination, creativity and rolling pin! Now invited children, young people, professionals and all others in that unleash their creativity and find new forms of housing that previously failed impossible! Are there any limits to what can be built of gingerbread? In ArkDes gingerbread house exhibition, children and adults think as architects and urban planners.


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Sí / No: The Architecture of Urban-Think-Tank

19 November – 21 February 2016
Architecture Museum of TU Munich
Munich, Germany

Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) is an Interdisciplinary Design Studio and its founder architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are specialized strategic planners. U-TT, founded in 1998 in Caracas (Venezuela), focuses on the field work practice which comprises the detailed analysis of the urban situations, particularly the social and economic connections of Favelas to the city. Their research leads to practical applications for special urban conditions and conceptual approaches, aiming at the cooperation of the planned and the informal parts of the city. The teaching period in Columbia University, New York, the first international exhibitions and the publications contributed to the activities and researches of U-TT to achieve a global scale. Their extensive study on Torre David in Caracas and its exhibition “Torre David / Gran Horizonte” in the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2012 brought U-TT the Golden Lion Award. The exhibition “Sí / No: The Architecture of Urban-Think Tank” shows seventeen examples of multi-dimensional research approaches, analysis’ and development studies in informal housing all over the world, provoking questions and the completed projects.