What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, March 2015 Edition

by | 04. Mar 2015


This month’s selection of current and upcoming exhibition features solo exhibitions about Thomas Heatherwick in LA and David Adjaye in Munich as well as a celebration of women’s contribution to architecture in New York and the century-long history of social hosuing in Paris. Also, see how Hitler used aggressive planning strategies to excercise his population policies in Vienna. 


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Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

Feb 20-May 21, 2015
Hammer Museum
Los Angeles, California

Heatherwick Studio is recognized for its inventive approach to design, often combining novel engineering with new materials and innovative technology to create unusual, often sculptural, building forms.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio examines the astonishing range of the studio’s practice by focusing on the design concepts behind small products such as the handbag designed for Longchamp and his rotation-molded “Spun” chairs, as well as large public and private architectural projects in the U.K., U.S., Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Singapore, and China.


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Architecture in the Museum. A fortieth anniversary. Image courtesy National Museum of Art Architecture and Design

Architecture in the Museum

Feb 6-Apr 25, 2015
National Museum of Art Architecture and Design
Oslo, Norway

Since 1975, the Museum of Architecture, now the National Museum – Architecture, has collected, documented and promoted knowledge about Norwegian architecture. The exhibition describes the museum’s history and activities, while also providing an impression of the period’s architecture.



Image © Archiv Künstlerhaus / “Stadtplan von Wien im Jahre 3000”, Gschnasfest Künstlerhaus, 1933

Vienna. The Pearl of the Reich – Planning for Hitler

Mar 19-Aug 16, 2015
Az W – Architekturzentrum
Vienna, Austria

With the creation of Groß-Wien (Greater Vienna) the city became the second-largest in Hitler’s Reich, second only to Berlin. Spatial guidelines were formulated and Vienna’s geopolitical role in the Third Reich was defined. This was followed by a wide variety of plans, ranging from projects for monumental urban districts to individual buildings.

Vienna. The Pearl of the Reich – Planning for Hitler explore how architecture was instrumentalised for the Nazi regime’s aggressive expansion policy, urban and land use planning became powerful tools for implementing national socialist population policy.




Mar 2-Apr 9, 2015
New York Center for Architecture
New York City, New York

Built by Women (BxW) is a social and educational initiative, celebrating women’s contributions to the built environment. In addition to recognizing and supporting the diverse women working in these professions, BxW provides both current professionals and students strong role models and mentors.

By profiling and visually mapping women’s work across the US, starting with NYC, BxW raises awareness about the spaces where we live, work, and play. BxW produces educational materials, pop-up exhibitions and panel discussions, walking tours, activity books, merchandise, and more.



Image © Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Paris Habitat: One hundred years of City – One hundred years of life

Feb 12-May 3, 2015
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Paris, France

Paris Habitat: One hundred years of City – One hundred years of life is dedicated to the evolution of social housing in the French capital. In Paris, the history of social housing is linked to that of an institution founded in 1914, the Office Public d’Habitations à Bon Marché pour la Ville de Paris, now known as Paris Habitat, that has been involved in over 1,200 operations and 120,000 dwellings providing housing for 200,000 lodgers.

The exhibition is organized around a 120 square-meter scale model-installation, a representation of Paris composed of fragments of reality, each expressing the aim to change the city trough its housing.



David Adjaye, Moscow School of Management. Foto by Ed Reeve

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

Jan 30-May 30, 2015
Haus der Kunst
Munich, Germany

The heterogeneous work of architect David Adjaye (b. 1966) comprises approximately 50 built projects – from luxury shops and museums to libraries and social housing.

Adjaye’s private structures play with the contrast between hermetically sealed fronts and unexpectedly generous openings in the back, thereby accommodating the owners’ need for a private retreat. In contrast, as open and permeable structures, his public buildings are socially effective architecture. Unlike structures of pure functionalism and iconic monumentality, they approach their users rather than patronizing them.

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material is the most extensive of Adjaye’s career, is organized by Haus der Kunst and Art Institute of Chicago.