What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, January 2016 Edition

by | 06. Jan 2016

Article | Exhibitions and Events

After the Christmas break we’re bringing you the top exhibitions to get back into the architecture swing. First up, The Danish Architecture Centre is presenting a retrospective on the Indian architects, Studio Mumbai; DAM is presenting the winners of the German Architecture Awards for 2015; and a look at avant garde architecture throughout British history. Also, the Bauhaus unveils the finalists and winners of their recent competition for their new extension and a look at how sometimes the best architecture comes from the ruins of a disaster. Happy New Year arcspace readers!

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Studio Mumbai – In Between the Sun and the Moon

14 January – 6 March 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

In the midst of the cold, grey, Danish winter you can escape on a sensuous trip to India! What does Indian contemporary architecture look like? What traditions does it build on? Experience the Indian architectural firm Studio Mumbai that challenges the contradictions between tradition and modernity, city and countryside and insists on the importance of genius loci.

India is the world’s third largest economy and the world’s second most populous country. In the exhibition the founder of Studio Mumbai, Bijoy Jain shares his view of India and gives an insight into the philosophy, inspirations and workflow of Studio Mumbai – something that can challenge our Western outlook.

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DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2015

30 January – 8 May 2016
Deutches Architekturmuseum
Frankfurt, Germany
In 2015 the German Architecture Yearbook (Deutsche Architektur Jahrbuch) appeared for the 33rd time. For the ninth time the exhibition presented a selection of outstanding buildings in and from Germany carefully chosen by a jury. They stand for a wide variety of uses and reflect pressing and enduring projects, exotic and familiar tasks, the range including different types of housing, cultural facilities, and even a memorial. The debate on the validity of reconstruction was sparked again, as evidenced by the intensive discussions about the winner of the DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2015: the New Masters’ Houses in Dessau by Berlin office Bruno Fioretti Marquez. Rather than a faithful reconstruction of the original, the architects opted for an “interpretive reconstruction” reproducing only the shells of the originally detached home of Walter Gropius and the semi-detached house occupied by Moholy-Nagy. Arguably there has never before been so much debate over the awarding of this prize, making the project all the more deserving a winner.

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Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture

26 January – 20 April 2016
Royal Academy of Arts
London, United Kingdom

What makes an architect a maverick? The first and most obvious answer is when they refuse to conform to the norms of mainstream architectural culture, whether by designing in a particularly idiosyncratic way or through working on the leading edge of architectural design, driving it forward. But architects can also be maverick in other ways, such as in their relationship to the discipline and profession of architecture. These are mavericks questioning what architecture is and how it should be practised.

Although mavericks appear at various moments in the history of architecture and in many different places, architecture is not a discipline that allows much room for them. Architects are always beholden to their clients, while architecture’s inherent functionality demands a building at least stand up and provide some sort of usable space. The maverick architect, therefore, always runs the risk of having little work.

All this is why maverick architects are so interesting. Although every country has had its maverick architects, this exhibition focuses on Britain and twelve architects who have broken the mould of British architecture in their own individual ways across its history, united only by the unpredictability of their particular kind of maverick-ness. Celebrating the original and the unorthodox, the exhibition and the book it accompanies ask us to question what we think we know about the course of British architecture.


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Moving Forward : Winning Design for the new Bauhaus-Archive

2 December 2015 – 29 February 2016
Bauhaus Archiv Museum
Berlin, Germany

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus’s founding in 2019, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin will be expanding. While the archive, study room/library and spaces for cultural education as well as events are planned for the existing building, the new building will house the exhibition spaces for the Bauhaus Collection and for various special exhibition formats. The construction project will be funded in equal parts by the Federal State of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. The winners of the architectural competition organised by the State of Berlin was determined in October 2015. Here, on location at the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, the exhibition will present the winning design and the other designs awarded prizes in the architectural competition.

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Creation from Catastrophe

27 January – 24 April 2016 
The Architecture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

The destruction of cities, whether manmade or natural, can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes. The exhibition ‘Creation from Catastrophe – how Architecture rebuilds Communities’ explores the varying and sometimes magical ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of disasters. It considers the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asks whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century.

Starting with the five alternative plans for London created after the Great Fire of 1666, the exhibition takes the audience on a journey through 18th century Lisbon, 19th century Chicago, 20th century Skopje, ending in current day Nepal, Nigeria, Japan, Chile, Pakistan and USA.