Here is one of the several research projects that EcoLogicStudio is currently trying to develop.
Aqva Garden – Fuorisalone – Milan (ecoLogicStudio) AG is an artificial garden that functions as a distributed rain collector and as a water storage system. Unlike conventional recycling system AG doesn’t hide its functional apparatus; rather it embodies it in its structural matrix, the branching system. Moreover AG operates by expanding the climatic effects latent within the management of water and its transitional states (e.g. evaporation). Rain water becomes the protagonist of perceptual games and gardening processes, opening now potentials in the conception of ecologic infrastructures for the built environment.
Venice’s Biennal’s Golden Lion (Best Installation) has been won by Greg Lynn for his recycled toy furniture which continues his research about modular construction elements.
I quite like the jury’s explanation:
The jury found Greg Lynn’s experimental recycled-toys furniture to best embody the Biennale theme of Out There: Architecture Beyond building. The jury took interest in those projects in which experimentation took on the character of research, and thus to redirect the naïve ambition to achieve a novel solution to a difficult problem in a single daring leap toward increasing the body of knowledge and technique that the entire field can continue to develop. Though remaining at the level of a provocation rather than a prototype, the recycled-toy furniture advances the digital-form problem to a new level that intrinsically engages traditional architectural concerns such as meaning, aesthetics, and advancing fabrication technology with the recycling, an issue of broad, immediate and pressing concern.
pictures found on dezeen
Ayant séjourné quelques jours à Berlin ces derniers jours, j’ai visité l’exposition Hans Poelzig à l’Akademie der Kunst. Celui-ci est un architecte singulier du début du XXe siècle et son oeuvre est pour le moins intéressante (nottamment son travail de décors pour le cinéma expressionniste allemand des années 20).
An exhibition called a_maze about Biothing’s work have now started in Orleans’ Frac Centre commissioned by Marie-Ange Brayer (thanks to who, architectural research is not completely dead in France) and at the same time is released a book by Frederic Migayrou published on excellent HYX (all their books are both in French and English). You can download two little essays about Biothing written by Migayrou and Lambros.
The exhibition will run until november 22nd.
Next thursday (sept 17th), a new exhibition called Toward the Sentient City will be opening in NYC commissioned by The Architectural League of New York with the presentation of five new interactive projects including one by Usman Haque (see this former post here).
The five projects are:
Natural Fuse by Usman Haque, creative director, Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen, designer, Ai Hasegawa, designer, Cesar Harada, designer. Barbara Jasinowicz, producer
Too Smart City by JooYoun Paek, David Jimison | Engineers: Daniel Bauen, Aaron Gilbert, Bill Washabaugh
Amphibious Architecture by The Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Directors David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang) and xdesign Environmental Health Clinic at New York University (Director Natalie Jeremijenko)
Trash Track by SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT | Carlo Ratti: Director, Assaf Biderman: Associate Director, Rex Britter: Advisor, Stephen Miles: Advisor, Kristian Kloeckl Project Leader, Musstanser Tinauli, E Roon Kang, Alan Anderson, Avid Boustani, Natalia Duque Ciceri, Lorenzo Davolli, Samantha Earl, Lewis Girod, Sarabjit Kaur, Armin Linke, Eugenio Morello, Sarah Neilson, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Jill Passano, Renato Rinaldi, Francisca Rojas, Louis Sirota, Malima Wolf
Breakout! by Anthony Townsend (Institute for the Future), Georgia Borden, Amanda Kross, Jung Hoon Kim, Antonina Simeti (DEGW), Dana Spiegel (NYCwireless), Laura Forlano (Parsons The New School for Design), Tony Bacigalupo (New Work City), Sean Savage (PariSoMa), Elysse Preposi (Sarah Lawrence College)
This exhibition will last until November 7th at the Architectural League on 457 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Don’t miss the ‘Initial Selection’ on the website which presents other various interactive project dealing with the same topic.
Sailboat Tara is in Paris (on the Petit Palais’ bank) until january 11st. This boat has been doing a lot of expedition around the world (for example in 2005, French artist Pierre Huyghe and some friends of his went to Antartica doing some research) and now exhibit its last journey in Artica.
Tara was built in 1989 after having beeing designed by Luc Bouvet et Olivier Petit, architects for Jean-Louis Etienne, a client passionnate in Antartica. Principle was to create a solid boat able to slip – with rudders and fins obviouly removed – on icefield in order to stay on it just in the same way that norvegian navigator Fridtjof Nansen did with his boat, Fram in the XIXth century.
This last exhibition last one year and half between 2006 and 2008 and consisted in a drift on the north pole’s ice field while scientific research were achieved.
More informations, pictures and videos on Tara’s official website
Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler
will be presenting their robot that we don’t introduce anymore (for uninformed people or Harvard students
, you can see R-O-B work on this former post
) at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
in NYC between September 30th and November 15th. The installation will not be set at the storefront itself, but rather in the public space on Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway. We will then see if after several year, this robot learned from its experience or keep on doing the same thing over and over again…
It was planned for a long time now, the sequel of the 2005 exhibition I’ve heard about
will be released starting January 22nd (opening is on 21st) at the Laboratoire
in Paris. Since the beginning of its existence, this exhibition
space produces projects elaborated between a designer and a scientist. That is how R&Sie(n)
happened to create a collaboration with mathematician Francois Jouve in order to design an architecture generated by les humeurs (a French word which implies a bit more than just ‘mood’). The crew includes other talented people like Stephan Henrich and Marc Fornes
but also Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Pejus
(see former posts
Lots of things have been already posted online about the Metropolitan Museum’s current terrace exhibition, Big Bambú by Starn Studio; nevertheless I decided to publish some of the photographs I took yesterday while visiting the exhibition. But, rather than attempting to explain the form of this installation (that you can probably find somewhere else), I preferred to insist on the complexity of the lines in order to lost the viewer.
One has to admit that Big Bambú is not as extreme than in its former version (see previous post) since the MET requested a horizontal platform for people to walk on (at least, those who survived from the pretty bad organization of the museum) which forced the installation to re-adopt a more traditional structure made of vertical and horizontal lines than the previous one.
Despite this fact, one can still imagine a giant bamboo forest populated by hundreds of Barons in the Trees moving from branch to branch without ever touching the ground again…
From April 27th to October 31st, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts will host a giant work in progress on its roof. The installation called Big Bambú is designed by twin brothers artist Mike and Doug Starn and is composed by 3200 bamboo poles constituting a huge three dimensions scaffolding maze. One very interesting aspect of it is that the installation will be build up little by little during the exhibition time reconfiguring continuously the space that will be open for one part to the public to climb it up.
To know a little more about it, you can read the New York Time’s article about it.
Back from holidays, I have at least some quite interesting stuff to show ! Here are some pictures of the Water Expo Zaragoza 2008 with Zaha Hadid’s bridge (quite impressing from the outside, quite “subway like” inside…) and some other interesting buildings (brown’s one is made of wood, stones and earth and is very cool !).
Buildings are organised between official Zaragoza buildings about water and International pavilions where you can wait quite a long time…
You can enjoy going on site until september 14th.
Voici quelques photos de l’installation de Didier Faustino au Storefront à New York évoquée dans un précédent post plus une petite vidéo trouvée sur hragvartanian.com
For the lucky guys who’ll be in London starting from today until may 17th, the new exhibition, called From fashion and back
, in the Design Museum
is about Hussein Chalayan
. I already wrote three posts (1
) about his work, so I won’t present it again, but I am still convinced that Chalayan embodies pretty well a multidisciplinary research, always questioning fashion’s limits and creation’s influences.
Living Walls is the conference that will occur on August 13rd at Eyedrum in Atlanta and they are currently calling for (street) artists who would participate to the lecture series or to the posters exhibition. The current participating artists can be seen here.
Here is the text they sent us:
“We believe that Boiteaoutils is currently one of the most influential websites dedicated to theoretical spatial discussions. Thus, we are writing to you about our conference on street art and urbanism: Living Walls, The City Speaks. The goal of the conference is to present works from a very small subset of the population -people who make spatial interventions (street artists, graffiti writers, etc), under the same roof with those who generate and speculate about public space (researchers, writers, designers). Our intention is to broadcast a wide spectrum of ideas about public space and its use to our attendees. We hope that everyone leaves the event with a broader perception about the city, its walls, and its myriad potentials.
You still have until august 31st to visit Banksy’s appropriation of the Bristol Museum. Here is a little trailer to motivates you…
The new installation in the Tate Modern
‘s turbine hall in London for the now traditional Unilever Series
has been created by the Chinese artist/architect Ai Wei Wei
who populated the ground by 100 millions (!) hand made unique porcelains mimicking a sunflower seed.
Visitors are invited to set foot on this particle-landscapes and probably experience the change of the surface imposed by their body.
Tate Modern 12 October 2010 – 2 May 2011 (London)
photographs belong to the Tate Modern
Since September and until June 27th, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
is having a tiny exhibition dedicated to her work in DIA Hispanic Foundation
in Harlem (NYC). The exhibition is entitled Chronotopes & Dioramas
since she created three dioramas inspired by the origin of forty novels that influence her.
The books are the only actors of those dioramas and the visitor move and blink in order to be able to read the titles…
Authors are Paul Auster, A. Casares, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Lorca Garcia, Franz Kafka, W. Sebald, Gertrude Stein, Enrique Vila-Matas, Roberto Bolano, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Carlos Castaneda, John Fante, Frank Herbert, Dorothy Johnson, Dorothy Scarborough, Mario de Andrade, James Graham Ballard, Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Bowles, Richard Brautigan, William Burroughs, Joseph Conrad, Samuel Delany, Philip K. Dick, William Gaddis, Edouard Glissant, Ursula Le Guin, Clarice Lispector, Vladimir Nabokov, Anais Nin, Thomas Pynchon, Patti Smith, Kurt Vonnegut and Rudolph Wurlitzer.
The Orsay Museum
in Paris is releasing a new exhibition curated by Robert Badinter
(Francois Mitterand’s Minister of Justice who obtained the abolition of the death penalty in France in 1981). Its name, Crime and punishment
as an homage to Dostoyevsky.
The exhibition Crime and Punishment looks at a period of some two hundred years: from 1791, when Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau called for the abolition of the death penalty, to 30 September 1981, the date the bill was passed to abolish it in France. Throughout these years, literature created many criminal characters. The title of the exhibition is itself taken from a work by Dostoyevsky. In the press, particularly the illustrated daily newspapers, the powerful fantasy of violent crime was greatly increased through novels.
At the same time, the criminal theme came into the visual arts. In the work of the greatest painters, Goya, Géricault, Picasso and Magritte, images of crime or capital punishment resulted in the most striking works. The cinema too was not slow to assimilate the equivocal charms of extreme violence, transformed by its representation into something pleasurable, perhaps even into sensual pleasure.
It was at the end of the 19th century that a new theory appeared purporting to establish a scientific approach to the criminal mind. This tried to demonstrate that the character traits claimed to be found in all criminals, could also be found in their physiological features. Theories like these had a great influence on painting, sculpture and photography. Finally, the violence of the crime was answered by the violence of the punishment: how can we forget the ever-present themes of the gibbet, the garrotte, the guillotine and the electric chair?
Beyond crime, there is still the perpetual problem of Evil, and beyond social circumstances, metaphysical anxiety. Art brings a spectacular answer to these questions. The aesthetic of violence and the violence of the aesthetic – this exhibition aims to bring them together through music, literature and a wide range of images.
Robert Badinter – les Matins
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A lot has been already written about the current Guggenheim
‘s exhibition, Contemplating the void
, that gathers two hundred artists and architects who have been commissioned to create a work related to the famous and fascinating void of New York’s Guggenheim. The interesting thing is that those artists and architects comes from very different backgrounds (generational, influential, geographical etc.), therefore the result is extremely various. A lot of propositions are nevertheless similar probably due to a lack of time and ideas, but thus prove the intellectual poverty of this period.
However, some works are worth looking at and you have here a very little selection of those: Continue reading
In 1992, Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata
(see previous posts here
) was commissioned to create an installation around the abandoned Small Pox Hospital on Roosevelt Island (NYC). Faithful to his craft language – he was using it for more than ten years already – Kawamata and his team produced a wooden labyrinthine structure whose rough aspect was strongly contrasting with Manhattan skyscrapers.
What is interesting here is not as much the final product than the three months that this group of people led by Kawamata needed to achieve the construction lightly embracing the heavy stones of the severe hospital.