What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, November 2015 Edition

by | 05. Nov 2015

Article | Exhibitions and Events

The Other Architect

28 October – 10 April 2016
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Montreal, Canada

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents The Other Architect, an exhibition that emphasizes architecture’s potential to identify the urgent issues of our time. On display are twenty-three case studies dating from the 1960s to today that illustrate how international and often multidisciplinary groups invented and adopted new methods outside of traditional design practices. The Other Architect is on view in the CCA’s main galleries from 28 October 2015 through 10 April 2016.

The various groups sought to expand the role and responsibility of architects in society by working outside of traditional design practices and pursuing collaborative strategies, new tools and experimental attitudes. Their ingenuity showed the ability of architecture to shape the contemporary cultural agenda, a lesson that remains critically relevant today.


Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO® Bricks


7 November – 31 July 2016
Museum of SydneySydney, Australia

Australia’s only certified LEGO professional Ryan McNaught has recreated Sydney Harbour’s most iconic and visionary structures, as well as some of its most famous moments, bringing to life the spectacle of Sydney Harbour in colourful LEGO bricks with a series of playful installations incorporating world-first fireworks, lights, movement and almost 1000 minifigs.

Guests will see a flotilla of harbour watercraft including Sydney to Hobart maxi yachts, a tug boat, ocean liner and the Endeavour tall ship, as well as a cross section through the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Marvel at the giant model of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, made from over 130,000 LEGO bricks, and complete with traffic, pedestrians, criss-crossing commuter trains and the Harbour Tunnel underneath. Suspended above the exhibition will be a trio of exploding LEGO fireworks. Have fun exploring the intricate detail within Ryan’s LEGO creations; discover minifigs at the opera, on a cruise, having fun at Luna Park and climbing the harbour bridge. Perhaps even spot a Sydney celebrity or two amongst the sea of bricks.



Architecture since 3.11

7 November – 31 January 2016
Art Tower Mito
Ibaraki, Japan

The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 has brought a big change in the consciousness of both architects and architectural circles. The overwhelming destructive power of tsunami made them realize that they were faced with problems that could not be solved through strengthening buildings alone, and at the same time, how important it is to make software-oriented approaches in view of human ties and people’s relations with the community. Furthermore, the nuclear accident, which became an unprecedented disaster, has raised their consciousness of energy problems as well as awareness of crisis, and plans giving special consideration in terms of environment and energy are required more urgently than ever. From a macroscopic point of view, since the birth rate declines and the population ages with oversupplied housing and public facilities, how architects will play their parts depicting the future is regarded important in both critical and expectant views.

This exhibition which introduces how participating architects of 21 units are dealing with the said social change in their own approaches and methods is a traveling exhibition of “Architecture since 3.11” held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa from November 1, 2014 to May 10, 2015. At Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, the exhibition has been updated adding some exhibits localized to Mito, a disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake and also those which show the development of some participating architects’ projects since the exhibition at Kanazawa.


JB1.0: Jamming Bodies

16 October – 19 December 2015
Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York, USA

JB1.0: Jamming Bodies is an immersive installation that transforms Storefront’s gallery space into a laboratory. The installation, a collaboration between science fiction artist Lucy McRae and architect and computational designer Skylar Tibbits with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, explores the relationship between human bodies and the matter that surrounds them.

JB1.0: Jamming Bodies collapses architecture, technology, and art into a single object. While skin usually demarcates the transition between exterior and interior, this experimental installation transforms skin into a membrane that operates as both. A threshold toward a space of total interiority or total exteriority, JB1.0 is an animate continuum that simultaneously embraces and modifies human bodies and space. Combining the plasticity of mutable organisms with the rigidity of architectural forms,JB1.0 brings architecture and its subject into a single space. A breathing, morphable wall, JB1.0 animates the building enclosure by absorbing and expulsing the atmosphere around it while compressing the bodies with which it interacts.

Cure and Care: Healing Spaces Then and Now

25 November – 28 February 2016
Museum of Finnish Architecture
Helsinki, Finland

The Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA is renewing the format of its exhibition series showcasing Finnish architectural competitions. From now on, each exhibition will focus on a socially topical theme.

The first will look at hospitals and health care facilities – the world of nursing, medicine and health care – a theme relevant to everyone, irrespective of our age or background. During our life path all of us at some point come into contact with the world of nursing and care, whether in the context of a hospital or an assisted living facility.

The exhibition casts a look back at the history of a profession that seen significant changes over the past few decades. Hospital design has always reflected its era and changing ideas about health and health care. As philosophies have changed, architecture has readily adapted to new challenges. Widely different schools of thought are exemplified by projects such as the Helsinki Surgical Hospital and the Paimio Sanatorium, as well as new projects currently taking shape, such as the Helsinki Children’s Hospital and the Lapland Central Hospital in Rovaniemi.

Architecturally innovative, patient-centric designs are highlighted alongside older buildings that have defined the nursing experience in past eras. The featured sites were chosen by Professor Hennu Kjisik. An accompanying programme of theme-related events will be offered to various target audiences, including site visits, lectures, workshops and other interactive events.