What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, May 2015 Edition

by | 15. May 2015


Among this month’s stand-out exhibitions is an investigation of the drawing as a method of thought, exemplified with sketches by seminal architects from Bruno Taut to Frank Gehry. Also, intriguing investigations on the Cold War-era development in Berlin and Latin America. Finally, two different but related exhibitions on the ramifications of increased urban densification.



Sketch © Christian Pilz

Lines of Thought: Architecture as Drawing

May 31-Aug 16, 2015
MARTa Herford
Herford, Germany

Lines mark the boundaries between inside and out. Ideas demand forms which seek and find their respective expression in drawings. MARTa Herford will present a selection of such exquisite idea lines, graphic traces and spatial formations from, among others, three acclaimed collections in Berlin.

Around 80 drawings by architects such as Bruno Taut, Hans Scharoun, right up to Frank Gehry open up a stimulating journey through construction history from the early 20th century to the present. These traces of the “thinking hand” are condensed to form a fascinating web of complex room designs. They are complemented by drawings by four contemporary artists who create a dizzying microcosm of different spatial perspectives.



Image © COBE Berlin

Urban Living: From Self-Made City to Future Strategies

May 22-Jul 4, 2015
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ
Berlin, Germany

The massive need for living space in many big cities today is a chance to forge a new era of housing by creating new qualities. The Urban Living exhibition presents future oriented strategies and ideas for new, affordable living typologies, livable neighborhoods and a resilient urban development.

The exhibition shows strategies for the future that strengthen the advantages of urban life styles as well as the specific characteristics of individual neighborhoods, as well as solutions that create synergies between citizens and decision makers. Projects from the International Urban Living Workshop and from the Self-Made City publication are presented. The exhibition is an interactive urban landscape in which elements are staged by invited curators, emphasizing aspects of the topic Urban Living.


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Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980

Mar 29-Jul 18, 2015
Museum of Modern Art
New York City, USA

In 1955 The Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

This period of self-questioning, exploration, and complex political shifts also saw the emergence of the notion of Latin America as a landscape of development, one in which all aspects of cultural life were colored in one way or another by this new attitude to what emerged as the Third World. The 1955 exhibition featured the result of a single photographic campaign, but Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 brings together a wealth of original materials that have never before been brought together and, for the most part, are rarely exhibited even in their home countries.



Heinz Lieber, Panorama Alexanderplatz, Fotografie, 1972, © Rechtsnachfolger Heinz Lieber, Repro: Kai-Annett Becker

Radically Modern: Urban Planning and Architecture in 1960s Berlin

May 29-Oct 26, 2015
Berlinische Galerie
Berlin, Germany

Architecture and urban design from the sixties still set their stamp on the Berlin townscape. Many key planning decisions were made in the sixties and some striking buildings were constructed during that period. The Berlinische Galerie will present the first ever comprehensive overview of this architectural heritage in both East and West Berlin. Historical documents, some familiar and others of more recent origin, illustrate political, social and technical visions for developing a city that had suffered severe destruction in previous decades and was then divided by the Wall.

Alongside themes such as the objectives, common denominators and distinguishing factors that define a selection of these developments, such as Stalinallee, Alexanderplatz, Breitscheidplatz and the Märkisches Viertel, the exhibition explores features of these architectural designs that reveal international networking between those involved or else illustrate how knowledge of international trends was reflected in concrete designs.


City Outside the City © deSingel


City Outside the City

Feb 27-Jun 2, 2015
deSingel – International arts campus
Antwerp, Belgium

Cities are gaining in popularity. But is neither possible nor desirable for everyone to live in the densely built-up and often expensive inner city. Many people opt for the suburbs: close to the city, but not too close. Terraced houses and flats near schools and shops are often still affordable in the suburbs.

Urban renewal has for a long time concentrated chiefly on the city centre and the 19th-century quarters of our cities. On the basis of a number of studies and designs, this exhibition shows the exceptional potential latent in the suburbs – the City Outside the City. A variety of projects outline the ways the spatial diversity of green areas and residential districts can be developed. But this exhibition is more than just a presentation: it seeks out the outskirts of the city, old country estates, garden districts, shopping centres and dense industrial estates that characterise the City Outside the City not only in Europe but elsewhere too. And it tries to find a new identity for the suburbs: both relaxed and urban.