08 11 2016 Firms of architects that polarise? In Germany, Graft of Berlin does for sure, causing quite a stir in trade circles whilst also exciting a wider architectural audience. It has now designed a door-lever handle series for FSB. Wolfram Putz, one of Graft’s founding partners, on architecture debates, working with Jan Kleihues and the smile of the Mona Lisa.
17 08 2016 Leitmotif of Alejandro Aravena’s main exhibition “Reporting from the Front”? The issue of sustainability. All works being shown in the Arsenale and the Central Pavilion at this year’s Architecture Biennial address facets of the sustainability debate in architecture – though in very different and often surprising ways.
26 07 2016 Detroit is looking back to the future. Three years after financial bankruptcy in June 2013 the shrunken metropolis is reordering itself by tapping into its past as a pacemaker for modernity. The US Pavilion presents twelve architectural “speculations” for discussion on four illustrative locations in downtown Detroit.
20 07 2016 UN peacekeeping missions in Africa as an urban phenomenon: architect and curatrix Malkit Shoshan researched the hermetically guarded “Camp Castor” in Mali and in her “Blue” exhibition shows how UN bases can become networked “sharing spaces”.
12 07 2016 The material legacy of the 2015 Art Biennial in Venice: 14 kilometres of steel section, 10,000 square metres of plasterboard, 100 tonnes of waste all told. Waste was given a second chance in 2016, Alejandro Aravena using it to fit out two fantastic entrance spaces for the current Architecture Biennial.
28 06 2016 2016 is truly the year of Alejandro Aravena – as curator of the main exhibition at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice and Pritzker Prize Winner, he and his concepts are central to the global discussion on future prospects for architecture. Portrait of the Chilean architect with a rundown of his key buildings.
14 06 2016 Anupama Kundoo is an architectural globetrotter, shuttling between an office in India and a professorial chair in Madrid. She graduated in Mumbai and received a doctorate from TU Berlin. This Sunday, the 19th of June 2016, Kundoo will be delivering this year’s “Reading in Architecture” talk at the behest of FSB.
07 06 2016 A benign fair-weather cloud has landed in the Swiss Pavilion. Christian Kerez is exhibiting an amorphous, negotiable object at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial that he and his team painstakingly put together. He combined digital and analogue procedures whilst also conducting pure architectural research.
02 06 2016 A cliché: “British understatement”. Proof of how true this cliché is: John Pawson. The architect is renowned for calm, focused buildings. He nurtures a pretty low-profile presence himself, too. We spoke to him about concrete, passion and the 1242 door lever handle he has designed for FSB.
31 05 2016 Germany is a land of inward migration: that’s the thrust of Germany’s “Making Heimat” entry for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial. Its organisers arranged for four big holes to be knocked through the walls of the German Pavilion, where they are running an exhibition about “arrival cities” and refugees’ abodes.
18 03 2016 ARCHITECTURE MATTERS, a new international architecture symposium, addresses the difference good architecture can make. Architecture not reduced to pretty shapes or as a cost driver but as a cultural force that encapsulates social life, shaping it in all its diversity.