International news - April 2011

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

Underground Journeys online exhibition

Framing Modernism - Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926 - 1965

Palladio exhibition in Montreal

EU news 15 March 2011

Registration for UIA Tokyo 2011 congress

UIA International student competition 

12th Thyssenkrupp Elevator Awards for Architecture

2011 Barbara Cappochin Prize 

Australia - Natural Artifice

United States Of America - Louise Cox, Aia Honorary Fellow 

United Kingdom - Eight New Riba International Fellows

Urban Catastrophes - Balbir Verma - Work Programme Director

Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

Adolf Loos, Villa Muller, Prague

Adolf Loos, Villa Müller, Prague, 1928-30. Photo: Martin Polák, 2005

24 February – 3 May
RIBA, Gallery 1 & 2

A pioneer of European Modern architecture, Adolf Loos (1870-1933) is best known for projects realized in Vienna, including the Goldmann & Salatsch building, the Café Museum, and the Karntner (American) Bar.

This exhibition presents Loos’ lesser known, but still highly influential work in his Moravian birthplace of Brno, and in the Bohemian cities of Pilsen and Prague. Here Loos worked mainly on domestic projects such as the Villa Müller, alongside other private residences, the interiors of which he utilised to advise clients on learning to dwell.

The exhibition also highlights the rich interiors of his buildings, featuring drawings, models, original furniture and glass, never before seen in Britain.

Organised in partnership with the City of Prague Museum and generously supported by the Czech Centre London and The Austrian Cultural Forum.

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Underground Journeys online exhibition

Design for Highgate London Underground Station

Discover how during the 1920s and 1930s, London
Underground symbolised modern Britain and Charles
Holden's designs defined modern British architecture. 

Working in collaboration with London Underground Managing Director Frank Pick, they were responsible for some of the
finest public architecture in early 20th century London.

Image: Sketch for alternative entrance design for Highgate underground station

Designer: Charles Holden (1875-1960) for Adams Holden & Pearson, 1930

Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

 

 

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Framing Modernism - Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926 - 1965

Framing Modernism exhibition

Pier Luigi Nervi, Stadio Comunale Giovanni Berta, Florence, 1932. Photo: Gino Barsotti/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection

Following a successful run at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in 2009, the exhibition 'Framing Modernism' is now travelling to MAXXI in Rome.

Curated by the British Architectural Library Photographs Collection and consisting of c. 120 period photographs mostly drawn from its unique archive, the exhibition investigates how the development of Italian Modernist architecture was recorded and shaped by photography and the part played by books and magazines such as Domus and Casabella in fostering this striking visual exploration.

The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation via British Schools and Universities Foundation, Inc.

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Palladio exhibition in Montreal

Palladio exhibition

Andrea Palladio, Design for the Villa Repeta at Campiglia, early 1560s. RIBA British Architectural Library

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey 

After extremely successful runs at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the RIBA’s exhibition Palladio and his legacy: A Transatlantic Journey will be moving to Notre Dame University, Indiana in June and July. In the interim small number of Palladio drawings from the exhibition will be on display at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 24 February – 22 May.

This touring exhibition brings together 31 of the RIBA’s rare drawings by Andrea Palladio, it explores the development of Palladio’s design sensibility and his profound influence on architecture in America.

Drawings range from early studies and sketches to presentation drawings of villas and other commissioned works and include preliminary designs for Palladio’s ground-breaking architectural text I Quattro Libri dell’ Architettura. The exhibition also highlights Palladio’s enormous impact on the architecture of the United States.

An RIBA Trust exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, and presented in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the National Building Museum. Support of the traveling exhibition is provided by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and Regione del Veneto, among others. Support for the presentation of the exhibition at the National Building Museum is provided by Federazione Veneta BCC, among many others.

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EU news 15 March 2011

Please find below latest items of interest gathered by the Secretariat of the Architects’ Council of Europe.

It is intended to bring to your attention certain new or ongoing issues that the Coordinators of the Thematic Areas and the Secretariat of the ACE believe are of direct interest to the member organisations and their delegates. Each item is very briefly presented and a direct link to the relevant web source where further relevant information can be found is given. It is hoped that this service will save you time and alert you to important issues taking place at the present time.

Public Consultation on Public Procurement

Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di architettura is seeking to fill a position of
Full Professor of Architectural Design

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is a voluntary scheme developed by the European Commission. It is meant to generate independent and credible information on new environmental technologies by verifying that environmental performance claims put forward by technology developers and vendors are complete, fair and based on reliable test results.

In order to help the Commission in its development of ETV, you are asked to complete the short online survey.

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Registration for UIA Tokyo 2011 congress

Online registration for the UIA Tokyo 2011 Congress is open. Early bird prices are being
offered until 31 July 2011: participants: 40 000 ¥ (approximately 442 US$ or €328),
accompanying persons, 24 000 ¥ (approximately US$ 265   or €197), students ¥15,000 
(approximately $165 or €123). Group discounts (starting with 10 people) are also
offered for participants and students through their Member sections or Universities.

Register here: http://www.uia2011tokyo.com/en/registration/

For group prices contact jobsec@uia2011tokyo.com

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UIA International student competition

An international competition for students of architecture from around the world was
launched as part of the upcoming UIA congress. Participants are invited to develop
solutions for one of four planning projects located in Tokyo metropolitan area, in view
of its evolution toward 2050. The deadline for submitting projects is 30 April 2011.

Information and project briefs: http://www.uia2011tokyo.com/en/callfor/

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12th Thyssenkrupp Elevator Awards for Architecture

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is launching the 12th edition of its biennial architecture award,
organised in association with the municipality of Istanbul and supported by the Turkish
Chamber of Architects. This year’s prizes will go to the winners of a single-phase international
ideas competition to design a centre for earthquake awareness and prevention in Istanbul.
Deadline for registration is 28 April 2011.

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2011 Barbara Cappochin Prize

Created by the Barbara Cappochin Foundation in 2005, this prize aims to sensitise and
bring together the various actors in the architectural sector - urban planners,
contractors, promoters - to encourage quality planning and building in the natural and
urban environment. The 2011 prize will recognise a project built between 1 July 2008
and 30 June 2011. It should express a vision of the future built upon respect for the
past. Registrations and project submissions will be accepted online from 9 April to 30
June 2011.

Email: info@barbaracappochinfoundation.net
Website: http://www.barbaracappochinfoundation.net

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Australia - Natural Artifice

From 14-16 April 2011, Melbourne, Australia, will host the Australian Institute of
Architect’s national conference on the theme Natural Artifice. Starting from the principle
that most human activity and technology is artificial, while at the same time based on an
observation of nature, the goal of this event is to invite eminent architects to lead an
exploration of the relationship between natural and artificial from a contemporary and
significant point of view for architectural design. Fumihiko Maki will pilot the debates
along with Juhani Pallasmaa, Luis Mansilla, François Roche, Luis Callejas, Sebastian
Meja, Lisa Iwamoto and Manuel Aires Mateus.

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United States Of America - Louise Cox, Aia Honorary Fellow

UIA President Louise Cox will be recognised with one of the highest honours given by the
American Institute of Architects (AIA). She will receive the title of AIA Honorary Fellow for
her exemplary contribution to architecture and society and her international
contribution in service to the profession. AIA President Clark D. Manus will present the
insignias to the honourees at a ceremony on 13 May 2011, during the AIA Convention in
New Orleans. The following five architects will also be recognised with honorary fellowship
this year: Angelo Bucci, Kristin Jarmund, Marcio Kogan, Kengo Kuma and Carme
Pinós.

www.aia.org

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United Kingdom - Eight New Riba International Fellows

The RIBA recognised the following architects with the
title of International Fellow this year:

  • Abdel Wahed El-Wakil (Egypt)
  • Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs & Nathalie de Vries (Netherlands)
  • Snøhetta: Kjetil T. Thorsen (Norway) & Craig Dykers (USA)
  • Ma Yansong, of Mad Architects (PR of China)
  • Edouard François (France).

According to RIBA President Ruth Reed:

'The Institute is proud to honour this year architects from six countries that have made precious contributions to the world of architecture and whose work on the international scene is inspired and influential.'

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Urban Catastrophes - Balbir Verma - Work Programme Director

 

Indian architect Balbir Verma will direct the newly re-formed UIA work programme on
catastrophes in urban environments. A graduate of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Balbir Verma is in private practice in New Delhi. In parallel to his practice and teaching, he is dedicated to the action of professional institutions of architects, both in India where he has served as president of the institute of architects, and through his commitment to the UIA, where he has served as Council member and on the Professional Practice Commission.

Specialised in earthquake management in his home country, he is a member of the
advisory committee of the National Information Centre on Earthquake Engineering, and of
the Indian National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). With the Indian Institute
of Architects and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he has directed 25
programmes to raise awareness among architects on earthquake-resistant design in the
built environment, throughout India and the countries that participate in the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

More information on the programme

Contact: balbirv@gmail.com