Designed by Spanish architect Carme Pinós, the MPavilion 2018 will be installed in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens from October 8, 2018 through February 3, 2019. (more…)
Zürich: the new Kunsthaus designed by David Chipperfield Architects is fast becoming a reality. The completion of the shell, in July 2018, reveals the full dimensions and proportions of the building. (more…)
Running from July 14 through October 28, 2018, the 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial – entitled Beautiful world, where are you? – invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.
The title for Beautiful world, where are you? comes from a poem by Friedrich Schiller (in German, Schöne Welt, wo bist du?) published in 1788, and thereafter set to music by Franz Schubert in 1819.
The period between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw great upheaval and profound change in Europe, from the French Revolution to the fall of the Napoleonic Empire.
Today, the poem continues to reflect a world gripped by deep uncertainty. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that can be shared in a more equitable way.
The curatorial team of Liverpool Biennial 2018, led by Kitty Scott and Sally Tallant, asked over 40 artists from 22 countries to present works that respond to the call Beautiful world, where are you?
Featured artists comprise Madiha Aijaz, Abbas Akhavan, Morehshin Allahyari, Francis Alÿs, Ei Arakawa, Kevin Beasley, Mohamed Bourouissa, Banu Cennetoğlu, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Inci Eviner, Aslan Gaisumov, Ryan Gander with Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates, Joseph Grigely, Dale Harding, Holly Hendry, Lamia Joreige, Brian Jungen, Janice Kerbel, Duane Linklater, Mae-ling Lokko, Taus Makhacheva, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Naeem Mohaiemen, Paulina Olowska, George Osodi, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mathias Poledna, Annie Pootoogook, Reetu Sattar, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Iacopo Seri, Melanie Smith, The Serving Library, Agnès Varda, Joyce Wieland, Haegue Yang, Chou Yu-Cheng, and Rehana Zaman.
Kevin Beasley, Your face is/is not enough, 2016. Image courtesy the artist, Casey Kaplan, New York and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Van Eynde
Agnès Varda, Ulysse (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist
Chou Yu-Cheng, Chemical Gilding, Keep Calm, Galvanise, Pray, Gradient, Ashes, Manifestation, Unequal, Dissatisfaction, Capitalise, Incense Burner, Survival, Agitation, Hit, Day Light, 2015. Installation view at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist
The city of Liverpool provides the setting, comprising 21 venues – public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings – including Blackburne House, Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, Open Eye Gallery, the Oratory, the Playhouse theater, RIBA North, Tate Liverpool, and Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool).
Along with exhibitions and special art commissions, the program of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 includes talks, live performances, public discussions and roundtables, film screenings, and guided tours.
Liverpool Biennial 2018
July 14 – October 28, 2018
Liverpool, UK, various venues
The Bluecoat; photo Inexhibit
The Tale Liverpool; photo Infinite3d
A new space has been set up at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. It’s a Black Box aimed to showcase the collection of toy robots donated by the chairman emeritus of Vitra, Rolf Fehlbaum. (more…)
As it happened in 2016, also during this year’s edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale the European Cultural Center presents the Time Space Existence exhibition (more…)
We present here the award-winning installations of FAV – Festival des Architectures Vives 2018, which took place in Montpellier and was visited by over 18,000 people. (more…)
Entitled London Mastaba, a new sculptural installation by Christo is now afloat on Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. (more…)
To design a museum’s new gallery, by setting up an exhibition layout coherent with its content, means to put into practice strategies aimed to improve the way the visitors experience an artwork or an ensemble of artworks. (more…)
The exhibition “The Limits to Growth!” – on view at the CID, Centre d’innovation et du design in Belgium, from July 1 to October 21, 2018 – presents critical works by artists and designers which unveil, in some cases humorously, the flaws of the mass production system that dominates the society to which we all belong.
Products and prototypes on view all share a design approach focused on simple manufacturing, material recycling, local production, refusal of planned obsolescence, and new economic paradigms, thus demonstrating that it is possible to experiment production processes more environmental and resource friendly.
Audrey Bigot, Valentin Martineau, Antoine Pateau e Yoann Vandendriessche, Biceps cultivatus, Kitchen low tech, © Biceps Cultivatus
ECAL/Damien Ludi, Colin Peillex, “Rocking-Knit” © ECAL © Nicolas Genta
Thomas Billas, How To Make It Whitout Ikea © Thomas Billas
“The Limits to Growth”
CID – Centre d’innovation et du design / Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82 – 7301 Hornu – Belgium
July 1 / October 21, 2018
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Born in Mexico City, in 1979, Escobedo is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens. This commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid, has presented the first UK structures of some of the biggest names in international architecture.
Escobedo’s Pavilion is an enclosed courtyard comprised of two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. While the outer walls are aligned with the Serpentine Gallery’s eastern façade, the axis of the internal courtyard are aligned directly to the north. Internal courtyards are a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture, and the Pavilion’s pivoted axis refers to the Prime Meridian, which was established in 1851 at Greenwich and became the global standard marker of time and geographical distance.
British-made materials are used in the Pavilion’s construction, chosen for their dark colours and textured surfaces.
above and cover image: Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan
A celosia – a traditional breeze wall common to Mexican architecture – is composed of a lattice of cement roof tiles that diffuse the view out into the park, transforming it into a vibrant blur of greens and blues. Two reflecting elements emphasise the movement of light and shadow inside the Pavilion over the course of the day. The underside of the canopy is clad with mirrored panels, and a triangular pool cast into the Pavilion floor will trace its boundary directly beneath the edge of the roof, along the north axis of the Meridian. As the sun moves across the sky, reflected and refracted by these features, visitors may feel a heightened awareness of time spent in play, improvisation and contemplation over the summer months.
Escobedo’s prize-winning work in urban reactivation ranges from housing and community centres to hotels and galleries. In 2006, she founded her practice in Mexico City, with significant national projects including the Librería del Fondo Octavio Paz and an extension of La Tallera Siqueiros gallery in Cuernavaca. Her designs have featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012 and 2014), the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013), and in San Francisco, London and New York. Recent projects include Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and social housing projects in Guerrero and Saltillo, Mexico. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has won multiple awards and accolades.
Frida Escobedo, Photography: Cuauhtemoc García
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 will once again be a platform for Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual programme of experimental and interdisciplinary evenings on selected Fridays. Practitioners in the fields of art, architecture, music, film, theory and dance will be commissioned to create new, site-specific works in response to Escobedo’s design, offering unique ways of experiencing architecture and performance, sponsored by COS.
The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 will be open from 15 June every day from 10am to 6pm.
“Hide & Seek” by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of ‘Dream The Combine’, in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of ARUP, has been named the winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program.
cover: Jennifer Newsom, Tom Carruthers (Dream The Combine), “Hide & Seek” , rendering.
Opening in June 2018, this year’s construction is a responsive, kinetic environment that features nine intersecting elements arrayed across the entirety of the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Drawn from among five finalists, “Hide & Seek” will serve as a temporary urban landscape for the 21st season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s outdoor music series, and remain on view through the summer.
Inspired by the crowd, the street, and the jostle of relationships found in the contemporary city, “Hide & Seek” enables surprising connections throughout the adjoining courtyards of MoMA PS1 and the surrounding streets.
Each of the horizontal structures contains two inward-facing, gimbaled mirrors suspended from a frame. The mirrors move in the wind or with human touch, permitting dislocating views and unique spatial relationships across the space that foster unexpected interactions.
As the vanishing points disappear into the depths of the mirrors, the illusion of space expands beyond the physical boundaries of the Museum and bends into new forms, creating visual connections within the courtyard and onto the streets outside. In reference to these unpredictable gestures, the upper registers of the steel structure will be filled with a cloud of mist and light, responding to the activity and life of Warm Up at night. Scriptive elements, including a runway and a large-scale hammock, invite visitors into performance and establish platforms for improvisation.
“Hide & Seek”, stills from video.
Design: Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of ARUP
Structural Engineering: Clayton Binkley and Kristen Strobel, ARUP
Project Team: Max Ouellette-Howitz, Nero He, Tom Vogel, Emmy Tong, and Erik Grinde, with support from UMN School of Architecture
Lighting Consultant: Yuliya Savelyeva, ARUP
Mist Consultant: Urs Hildebrand, THEFOGSYSTEM
Donation-in-Kind of canopy fabric: Hunter Douglas
Fabrication: Jacobsson Carruthers
Video production: Isaac Gale
Photography: Caylon Hackwith
Images courtesy of MoMA PS1 http://momaps1.org/
Acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist and designer Olafur Eliasson has conceived and produced a portable photovoltaic lamp aimed to bring a sustainable light source to African communities that still have no access to electricity. (more…)
Organized every year by MAISON&OBJET, the ‘Rising Talents Awards‘ is a platform for promoting young designers by giving them a chance to exhibit their work for an audience of international professionals. For the upcoming edition – to be held at the ‘Parc des Expositions’, Paris Nord Villepinte, from 7 to 11 September, 2018 – it is now Lebanon’s turn to present its talents.
cover: Paola Sakr, “Impermanence vases”, Collection of seven concrete vases made of abandoned pieces and material scraps, photo courtesy of Paola Sakr.
Marc Baroud, designer and member of the selection jury says: “The essential characteristic of design in Lebanon is the multiplicity of its influences. There is no cultural standard, no industrial heritage, and therefore no ‘ideology’ on function, whether formalized or otherwise. It is a great liberty …”
Unconstrained by the weight of industrial tradition, designers have however been able to rely on an immense wealth of artisanal crafts. Hala Mubarak – main promoter of the first Beirut Design Fair – put in: “Ancestral crafts that have been passed on through generations giving life to contemporary designs have put the Lebanese creative community in the spotlight. Refined aesthetics, clean lines, and a taste for noble materials are the main features that have allowed Lebanese design to start forming an identity.”
Carlo Massoud, Marc Dibeh, Carla Baz, Anastasia Nysten, Caramel Studio and Paola Sakr: these are the names chosen by the Jury members of the ‘Rising Talents Awards’ to represent the future of Lebanese design. A new generation that have followed in their elders’ footsteps by putting their international experience to the service of local, usually little-known manufacturing techniques.
Caramel Studio – Karl Chucri and Rami Boushdid met when they were both studying interior design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut. After earning their master’s degrees – from IED Madrid for Karl and from Politecnico di Milano for Rami –, they met again in Lebanon and founded Studio Caramel in 2016. Their personal experiences in various architecture firms have influenced their approach to furniture design. Mirage music box, similarly to other pieces in their collection, suggests a nostalgia for the 1950s featuring vintage details and historical references. Image: Mirage music box, photo courtesy of Caramel Studio
Paola Sakr – Trained as a designer – she studied product design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts – Paola Sakr also engages with various other creative disciplines, from photography to art. This multidisciplinary approach has allowed her to satisfy her passion for innovation as well as to cultivate curiosity as the main source of inspiration of her work. Image: “Impermanence vases”, Collection of 7 concrete vases made of abandoned pieces and material scraps, photo courtesy of Paola Sakr. website: http://www.paolasakr.design/
Carla Baz – Half-French, half-Lebanese, Carla Baz started studying at ESAG Penninghen in Paris, before she went on to earn a Master’s in Product Design for the Luxury Industry in 2010 from ECAL Lausanne, where she met many designers, including Fernando Campana and Ronan Bouroullec. In London, she completed her training by joining Zaha Hadid Architects and subsequently decided to start her solo career, an initiative that was soon rewarded by the Boghossian Foundation. Image: Borgia Candelabra product by Bonadea. Photo © Bonadea; website: http://www.carlabaz.com
Anastasia Nisten – Born in Ottawa, Canada, Anastasia Nysten grew up in Finland, France and Lebanon. She chose Lebanon to pursue her degree in Industrial Design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, and later to start her career with Karen Chekerdjian. After three years in London, where she worked with Michael Anastassiades, she established her own studio in 2015. Today, working from Beirut and Dubai, Anastasia expresses her multicultural background through her designs, both for furniture and interiors. image: Troll chair, courtesy of Anastasia Nisten; website: http://anastasianysten.com/
Marc Dibeh – After studying at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paris Val De Seine, Marc Dibeh returned to Beirut to pursue a Master’s in Product Design at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. After a three-year experience working alongside Marc Baroud, Marc opened his own studio in 2009. Today, the two designers still regularly collaborate, most notably on Dibeh’s Wires series, which took him to DesignMiami in 2013. Featured in institutions such as Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris and Seeds London Gallery, his work skilfully plays on the notion of narrative, as exemplified by the five mirrors from his Please, Don’t Tell Mom range, specially designed for the Art Factum Gallery. Image: Camille Cake Stand, from ‘a narrative selection of stolen products’ ; photo © Marco Pinarelli. Website: http://marcdibeh.com/
Carlo Massoud After graduating from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and ECAL Lausanne, Carlo Massoud moved to New York, where he joined Nasser Nakib Architect to oversee bespoke furniture design for the firm’s high-end residential projects. His career as an independent designer, (started in 2014), is based on an artistic approach, with projects that fluctuate between functional design and artistic installation, usually incorporating social and political messages. Image: Mar Mikhayel, photo © Filippo Bamberghi.
Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte,
7 / 11 September, 2018
We present here a video interview with renowned Japanese-American architect Toshiko Mori (born in Kobe in 1951), made by our media partner PLANE-SITE, together with the GAA Foundation and the European Cultural Center in preparation for the ‘Time – Space – Existence’ exhibition running at Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo, and Giardini della Marinaressa during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. (more…)
Huara means “star” in the Aymaran language. The Aymara people live in Bolivia and Peru in the Acatama desert, widely considered one of the areas with the darkest skies in the world and where you can see more stars than anywhere else on earth.
Cover image: close-up view of the Huara lamp on show at the Milan Design Week 2018; photo © Inexhibit
A fascinating peculiarity that inspired Elemental ‘s partners – Pritker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó, and Diego Torres – in designing a new lamp for Artemide, a prototype of which was recently unveiled during the 2018 Milan Design Week.
Coherently with its main source of inspiration, a star, the shape of Huara approximates that of a sphere.
Combining mankind’s long standing fascination with starlight with cutting-edge technology, Huara is a mysterious polyhedron whose faces light up, activated by touch, thus revealing its complex, regular geometry.
As Elemental says: “The appearance of electrical power at the turn of the last century started a technological development that irrespective of the scientific principle employed to produce light (incandescent, fluorescent or metal halides), made any other source of energy almost disappear. The next step in the production of light came with the development of Light Emitting Diodes (LED). For the first time, light shifted from the electrical realm to the field of electronics. But for some reason such revolutionary step has not permeated society; people look for lights and lamps in the white goods section, not in the electronics section. Our project for Artemide is about integrating the first and the last moment in the history of light: celestial spheres with electronics. On the one hand we want light to vary its intensity and direction according to phases more than moving pieces of a mechanism. On the other hand, we want to acknowledge the fact that the future of light is electronic, not electric. The distinctive potential of electronics is its capacity to carry information that allow for multiple ways of interaction, such as a tactile screen.”
What is most interesting with Huara is the multiple ways it can be used, as well as the natural and simple gestures required to turn it on and off. Since it has neither a base nor a predefined orientation, the lamp can be freely positioned and rotated; it is both a luminous and a lighting object whose light can be directed towards a wall or an horizontal plane. Made in plastic and aluminum, the Huara lamp is 30 cm / 12 inches in diameter and features nineteen LEDs.
Huara lamp by Elemental for Artemide; photos © Inexhibit
Images, courtesy of Artemide, which show the polyhedric geometry of the lamp (similar to that of a deltahedron) and how its touch dimmer system works
A sequence of graphic panels and photographs illustrating concept, principles, and use of the lamp; photos © Inexhibit
Photos © Inexhibit
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, presents “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”. The exhibition, on view through October 28, examines how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and wonder. (more…)
From 25 April through 26 August 2018, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents the exhibition ‘Studio Drift – Coded Nature’.
During the upcoming Milan Design Week (17 to 22 April, 2018) the INHABITS event – which will be set up between Piazza Castello and Parco Sempione – presents mobile living units and light structures for business, hospitality, wellness, and catering. (more…)
The acclaimed design office MAD Architects led by Chinese architect Ma Yansong has created a fascinating temporary installation for German automobile maker Audi at Milan Design Week 2018. (more…)
For the Milan Design Week 2018, which takes place from 17 through 22 April, the Lambrate Design District presents a number of events, all located in the area between via Massimiano, via Ventura and via Conte Rosso. (more…)
Milano Design Week 2018: Ventura Centrale – the exhibition event located in the Central station’s former warehouses in via Ferrante Aporti 9 – is back for its 2nd edition with new design experiences. Here is what we will see from April 17 through 22, 2018. (more…)
During the 2018 Milan Design Meek, the Flos Showroom in Corso Monforte 15 features a light installation created by Michael Anastassiades, acclaimed London-based designer born in Cyprus, who has created a number of products for Flos since 2013. (more…)
“If you are not curious, forget it” – the title of the exhibition installed at the flagship store of FLOS in Corso Monforte, Milan, to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Achille Castiglioni – is one of the aphorisms of the great Italian designer, born in Milan in February 1918. (more…)
The 57th edition of the “Salone del Mobile Milano” explores the relationship between nature and living with an exhibition-installation designed to trigger ideas about sustainable design in the internal and external parts of the home. (more…)
Sixty-five acclaimed international architects, designers and artists have created bespoke dog kennels to support UK charity Blue Cross for Pets through both an exhibition and an auction taking place in April in Central London. (more…)
At the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair , Barcelona-based company BD presents a line of furniture and home accessories, named Art Editions (http://bdarteditions.com/), aimed to combine the forms conceived by modern and contemporary artists with the proverbial skills of Spanish artisans. (more…)
We present here a video interview with Daniel Libeskind made by our media partner PLANE-SITE in preparation for the ECC’s ‘Time – Space – Existence’ exhibition at Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo, and Giardini della Marinaressa during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial. (more…)
Salò | designer-makers on view from April 10 to 22 on Lake Garda
Ceramics, jewelry, lamps, scagliola vases, clothes, creative reuse of materials and objects, artist’s books, watercolors, decorative panels: unique pieces and limited edition designs will be on show at the Domus hall in Salò, one of the most suggestive towns on the west coast of Lake Garda, from April 10 through 22, 2018.
Creative and conscious use of materials, different technical skills, capability to reuse objects and re-invent new functions for them: these are the elements that characterize the works of the eleven designers selected by the association FATTOAMANOCREMONA which, for this edition collaborates for the first time with Inexhibit, with a view to investigate novel developments and the latest trends of new independent design.
Lorella Pozzi ; Nelly Bonati re-design ; Serena Brigati ; Patrizia Bonati gioielli di laboratorio ; Daniela Repetto ; GiroVita ; Giovanna Besostri ; Wunder Galerie ; Terrestre (Bianchini & Lusiardi associati) ; Emiliana Triglia.
left: Giovanna Besostri; altered books, unique artist’s books.
right: Serena Brigati; resin jewelry made with discarded computer components, and silkscreen-printed clothes.
left: Lorella Pozzi; ceramics objects, from jewels to lamps.
right: GiroVita; Regeneration is the key-word of a change of perspective aimed to explore the creative reuse of meaningful objects.
left: Daniela Repetto ; enamel jewelry inspired by the shapes of nature and the forms of architecture.
right: Emiliana Triglia; delicate watercolors with a strong graphic impact, inspired by the atmosphere of late winter, by nature and open landscapes.
Left: Terrestre (Bianchini e Lusiardi associati); The ‘re-lamps’ series is part of ‘Terrestre’, a research project aimed to make the most of simple, natural materials by combining a rigorous design with innovative craft techniques. All designs by ‘Terrestre’ are limited editions.
Center: Nelly Bonati re-design; Textile Wings fabrics, CrudoSIstema vases made in raw earth and scagliola, plaYstic upcycling plastic jewelry.
Right: Patrizia Bonati gioielli di laboratorio; unique jewelry pieces with a sophisticated design.
Wunder Galerie. Curated by OttaviaVillani and Arianna Meregalli.
A traveling gallery project aimed to promote Italian jewelry designers’ work; featured designers: Fernando Betto (left) and Roberto Giansanti (right)
Salone Domus – Piazza Duomo, Salò (Brescia) (adjacent to the city’s Cathedral)
Open to the public from 10 through 22 April, 2018
Opening times: open daily from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 4 PM to 7.30 PM
The finalists’ works of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 will be exhibited at The Design Museum, London from 4 May through 17 June 2018. (more…)
From April 29, 2018 the Fondation Beyeler will be presenting two extraordinary protagonists of modern art. Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) and Francis Bacon (1909–1992) were friends and rivals whose creative visions shaped art from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present day. (more…)
On June 8, 1948, the first Porsche prototype received its general operating permit; it was the birth of the brand Porsche. To mark the occasion, the sports car manufacturer hosts the “70 years of the Porsche sports car” special exhibition in Berlin. (more…)
Curated by Kerem Piker and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey presents “Vardiya”( the Shift 1) at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia (May 26 / November 25, 2018) (more…)
The 2018 edition of DOUTDESign Exhibition, taking place in a former monastery in Milan’s via San Vittore 49, which is the main venue of the Zona Santambrogio Design District, provides as usual an outlook on future design trends and fileds of research. (more…)
In this very interesting interview from the Time Space Existence series (you can see it here thanks to our media partner PLANE-SITE) Israeli-born Canadian architect Moshe Safdie (b. 1938, in Haifa) goes into various aspects of architectural design, including how also unbuilt architecture can be significant, the way his design approach has changed over time, and how also a contemporary building could be timeless.
The video (click to play)
“If there is a particular strand in my work that I think is profound, and yet maybe to be appreciated, is that I didn’t import concepts from place to place but actually subordinated myself to try to understand the essence of a place.
Design is about making things work, and fit, and respond to their purpose. That is for me the kind of checklist of: Is my architecture timeless? Is it responsive in such a way that it’s likely to be meaningful on a long-term basis?”
Dimensions of learning
“In the early parts of my career I was quite obsessed with geometry and with the notion of creating three-dimensional spatial components, as building blocks for construction. Habitat (Safdie refers to his seminal Habitat 67 housing complex in Montreal he designed in 1967. AN) is an example where boxes form houses, but then I tried to carry that thought process to other typologies. At some point I realized that different typologies require different systems and that there’s a wide variety of building systems, all of which could lead to a wider variety of expressions. So this was a big lesson. A lesson of the language of my building.”
Heritage in the unbuilt
“As an architect committed to building and impacting the environment, to design without the intention of building is a failure by definition because it’s not architecture. For those who design in order to build, not succeeding in building is not a failure. There are different reasons why things don’t get built, but they form a fascinating track through one’s thoughts and career. Probably more than 50% of my work is unbuilt. When I review that unbuilt work, some of it is the most significant work I have done.
The Habitat 67 that got built is one-fifth of the original complex. Had the original been built, perhaps the course of architecture in this century would have been different.”
Awe and affection
“When you’ve been an architect fifty years and you already had three buildings demolished, and you see the transformation that’s taking place, very little or none of it is forever. I’ve seen architecture go from profound concerns for society as a whole to a period of interest in tantalizing society by the possibilities of architecture. I’ve seen the public awed by certain buildings because of their notoriety for a while, but there’s a quality of being impressed and there’s a quality of affection and loving something.
I go to Habitat today, it’s fifty years old and, not just to my mind but to almost every observer, it’s as fresh as ever. It’s as relevant as ever. After years of being semi-ignored, all of a sudden the ideas of Habitat are all over the place.
The question of contemporary has to do with the values a building represents. A contemporary building seizes the spirit of the time,as well as the technology of the time, in a way that has meaning that lasts.”
About Moshe Safdie
Born in 1938 in Haifa, Moshe Safdie is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban planner, and educator. After graduating in Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Safdie was an apprentice to Louis Kahn. Safdie is most well-known for his iconic, cellular and prefabricated units for living, Habitat 67, designed early in his career in 1967. Shortly afterward, in 1970, he established a Jerusalem office and was heavily involved in the development of Jerusalem’s new city center. Safdie is also known for his work on the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore, the new Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and The United States Institute of Peace Headquarters in Washington DC.
Safdie Architects, Habitat 67 housing complex, Montreal, Canada, 1967; photo James Brittain
The unbuilt Habitat NY housing complex, New York; image courtesy of Safdie Architects
Safdie Architects, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; 2005; photo Timothy Hursley
Safdie Architects, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC; 2009; photo Timothy Hursley
Safdie Architects, Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri, 2011; photo Timothy Hursley
Safdie Architects, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2011; photo Timothy Hursley
Safdie Architects, Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, Singapore, 2011; photo Timothy Hursley
Time, space and existence. These three concepts sketch out the contours of the world around us — a fact especially true within architecture. Taking these words as its starting point, the GAA Foundation is set to curate its fourth collateral exhibition in the context of La Biennale di Venezia Architettura, entitled Time-Space-Existence and opening in May 2018. Featuring over 100 established and emerging architects, and unapologetically international in breadth, the exhibition provides a fascinating complement to a biennial traditionally drawn along national lines.
GAA Foundation: http://www.globalartaffairs.org
European Cultural Centre (ECC): http://www.europeanculturalcentre.eu/index.php
Safdie Architects: https://www.safdiearchitects.com/
Until April 2, 2018 the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern hosts a large interactive installation, designed by the Danish collective Superflex, entitled “One Two Three Swing!” (more…)
Designed by Italian firm Piuarch, “Espaço” is a modular system wich will be presented in San Paulo at Expo Revestir, the largest fair in Latin America dedicated to architecture and design. (more…)
Seiko Watch Corporation announced that it will present its luxury watch brand Grand Seiko at the 2018 Milan Design Week, running from April 17 through 22, 2018, in Milan. (more…)
From 20 April to 15 July 2018, the Kunsthaus Zürich features ‘Fashion Drive. Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts’. (more…)
Ventura Future, the latest event by Ventura – Organization in Design, will takes place in Milan, in three new venues in the Loreto district, few minutes from the Piola and Loreto metro stations. (more…)
To unveil the less known parts of Italy, and reveal the richness and potentiality of territories which, overall, constitute 60% of the country’s area, comprise about 4,000 medium to small municipalities, and are home to the 25% of the Italian population. (more…)
The ‘Handwerkmesse’ applied art exhibition – which will take place in Munich in March 2018 – is an event not to be missed by both professionals and design enthusiasts. (more…)
Until 1 May 2018, La Galleria Nazionale (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Rome features the exhibition “Looking Forward. Olivetti. 110 years of imagination”. (more…)
The integration of architecture and nature is the main feature of a 280-meter (918-foot) tower in Singapore designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and scheduled for completion in 2021. (more…)
Thank to our media partner PLANE-SITE, we present here a video interview to acclaimed Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Fumihiko Maki (b. 1928, Tokio), taken from the Space-Time-Existence series. (more…)
Schaulager and The Museum of Modern Art – New York, present the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over two decades. (more…)
A white space, dazzling and aseptic. A man enters the scene, walks and is saluted by a group of people chatting amiably, seated on red chairs which looks somewhat as alien creatures. (more…)
From 22 until 25 February 2018, the exhibition Artistar Jewel takes place at the Palazzo Giureconsulti in Milan. (more…)
Glas Italia – a leading company in the production of furniture, doors, wall partitions and accessories in crystal glass – is official supplier of “Casa Italia”, headquarters of the Italian olympic team during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games 2018, taking place from February 9th to 25th in South Korea. (more…)
The Design Museum in London has revealed the winners of the 10th annual Beazley Designs of the Year. (more…)
From 21 April 2018, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London presents ‘Fashioned from Nature’, a depiction of the relationship between fashion and nature since the 17th century. (more…)
From 12 October 2017, the velum painted by Keith Haring in 1986 is on display again at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. (more…)
In a recent video interview from the Time Space Existence series (you can see it here thanks to our media partner PLANE-SITE) great American architect Richard Meier talks about some of the key-points of his vision of architecture. (more…)
Until April 2, 2018, the Tate Modern stages MODIGLIANI, a comprehensive exhibition bringing together a wide range of his iconic portraits, sculptures and a group of nudes. (more…)
In 2018, Ventura Projects moves away from Lambrate, the neighborhood which had been its home during the Milan Design Week since 2010. (more…)
Until 4 february 2018, the Ala Ponzone Museum in Cremona features the exhibition Genovesino. Nature and Invention in 17th Century Painting
Adolf Loos – espais privats (private spaces)
Until 25 February 2018, the Barcelona Design Museum (Museu del Disseny) presents an exhibition featuring the complete works of the Viennese architect Adolf Loos, considered to be one of the pioneers of the Modern Movement. (more…)
In 2013, Zaha Hadid Architects‘ proposal was selected as the winner of the architectural competition to design the new Headquarters of Bee’ah, United Arab Emirates’ leading environmental management company.
The building by ZHA, scheduled for completion in late 2018, is now rising in a semi-desert area near the city of Sharjah. As in December 2017, most structures, all structural steelworks, and the imposing concrete dome of the headquarters have been completed.
The 7,000-square-meter (75,000-square-foot) Headquarters building is aimed to become one of the most sustainable in the world. Zero net energy consumption and LEED Platinum Certification will be achieved through an array of technical and design solutions, including photovoltaic cells coupled with a 1,890 kWhs powerback battery system by Tesla, energy and water saving and recycling technologies, natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, and sustainable landscaping – which includes water ponds and palm groves, carefully positioned to provide shade, cooling, and protection from sand storms.
The facade of the building is operable and can be opned in In milder months to allow natural ventilation and minimize artificial cooling.
Also the captivating wavy shape of ZHA’s building, which recalls the sand dunes around it, has been conceived to exploit the prevailing winds crossing the site.
Arranged around a central courtyard, called “the oasis”, the Headquarters will accommodate an entrance lobby, an auditorium, a visitors education center and gallery, management offices, and an administrative section.
Client – Bee’ah
Architect – Zaha Hadid Architects
Design – Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Structure / Facade – Buro Happold, London
MEP – Atelier Ten, London
Landscape – Francis Landscape, Beirut
Cover image by MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects
Bee’ah Headquarters, renderings and animation stills by MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects
Ground floor plan; courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
East, north, and south elevation; and transverse section; courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Bee’ah Headquarters, renderings and animation stills by MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects
In a recent video interview from the Time Space Existence series (you can see it here thanks to our media partner PLANE-SITE) acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma expresses some truly interesting thoughts about architecture and the role of architects in today’s world. (more…)
Designed by Tokio based studio we+, Cuddle is a lighting system that captures and reflects light through drops of water like morning dew. (more…)
The 6th edition of Amsterdam Light Festival has opened on Thursday 30 November.
Until 21 January visitors can enjoy artworks of several national and international artists. (more…)