What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, February 2016 Edition

by | 11. Feb 2016


The themes of this month’s exhibitions are highly diverse, ranging from Pier Luigi Nervi’s vast catalogue of sports facilities at the MAXII to Lacaton & Vassal’s social housing renovations in Stuttgart; from Paris of tomorrow to Ljubljana of yesteryear, and finally, the architecture of the deep space and the deep seas on show in New York. In other words, you’ve got plenty to explore.



Image © MAXII

Pier Luigi Nervi – Architecture For Sport

Feb 5-Oct 1, 2016
MAXXI National Museum
Rome, Italy

Pier Luigi Nervi – Architecture For Sport features a wide range of drawings, photographs, documents and models from over 60 projects for sports facilities, much of drawn from the Nervi Archive in the MAXXI Architettura collections.

The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to examine the development of the design and constructional methods of the engineer from the first works such as the Stadio Berta in Florence to the buildings for the 1960 Rome Olympics and through to the great international projects such as the Kuwait Sports Centre.

Three-dimensional graphic presentations and constructional models realised by La-Mo and LaMoViDA of the University of Bolognas enrich as section devoted to the projects for stadia in Italy and abroad.


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Image © Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof, Foto: Andreas Labes

Druot, Lacaton & Vassal: Transformation as Manifest in Built Form

Feb 4-Apr 2, 2016
Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof
Stuttgart, Germany

‘Transformation rather than demolition!’ is the premise of architects Druot, Lacaton & Vassal. Instead of demolishing the stigmatized large housing estates in the outskirts of Paris, as it was proposed by the municipalities, the architect trio proposed an alternate strategy in 2004.

With simple means and a comparatively low budget spatial qualities of the existing structures could be upgraded and adapted to today’s requirements for residential floor plans. This was a continuation of a design principle that Lacaton & Vassal first applied in 1993 for one of their earliest projects, the Latapie House in Floirac in Bordeaux and later in the Cité manifest, which was applied in the social housing project in Mulhouse: increasing the quality of life by living room extension. A lot of space for little money.



Image © Manuelle Gautrand Architecture


Feb 3-May 7, 2016
Paris, France
The Pavillon de l’Arsenal presents the winners, the 74 finalists and 358 projects submitted by multidisciplinary teams that participated in the competition ‘Réinventer.Paris’, a call for innovative proposals for the Paris ​​of tomorrow.
Architects, landscape architects, urban planners, real estate agents and engineers – but also entrepeneurs, farmers, chefs, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, fashion designers, manufacturers, energy companies, associations and residents all took part and have collectively rethought the entire process of making a design proposal.
Dealing with programmatic, constructive, social, architectural, environmental, technological, legal and financial issues, the exhibition shows the remarkable diversity of the proposals, including concepts of aquaphonics, participatory design, co-construction, nudging, reuse of materials, photovoltaisc, biofaçades, paper bricks, active tiles, urban farms, co-working or co-living, home offices and urban campsites.
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Image © Janez Kališnik, MAO, reprodukcija po originalni fotografiji

Republic Square

Feb 11-May 11, 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Republic Square (formerly Revolution Square) was designed as a complex of administrative, business and public cultural buildings that was to redefine the city centre of Ljubljana and constitute the centre of political, cultural and economic life in Slovenia. Architect Edvard Ravnikar wanted to introduce a new dimension and a new social place to the nation’s capital. The square has its roots in the country’s history, marked with public buildings and places where important events have taken place.

Republic Square, created between 1960 and 1983, was the result of a competition that was intended to create an appropriate site in which to erect the Monument to the Revolution. Architect Edvard Ravnikar won the open-call competition launched by the city authorities in 1959. Construction of the square’s main buildings began in 1962; at the same time the Investment Fund for the Construction of Revolution Square (IZTR), which employed engineers from various disciplines, was founded for the purposes of implementing the project.  Through sketches, studies and photographs, the exhibition shows the square in different contexts and scales. .


Auguste Piccard’s Aluminum Balloon Gondola for Two Aeronauts, 1931


Closed Worlds

Feb 16-Apr 18, 2016
Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York City, USA

What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.

The history of twentieth century architecture, design, and engineering has been strongly linked to the conceptualization and production of closed systems. As partial reconstructions of the world in time and in space, closed systems identify and secure the cycling of materials necessary for the sustenance of life. Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the study and analysis of closed systems.

Closed Worlds, curated by Lydia Kallipoliti, will exhibit an archive of 41 historical living prototypes built over the last century that present an unexplored genealogy of closed resource regeneration systems. The exhibition will also feature the virtual reality ecosystem Some World Games, by Farzin Farzin, a contemporary 42nd prototype selected as the winner of the Closed Worlds Design Competition hosted by Storefront in November 2015.