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Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory.

Posted on 2012/03/20

Le Corbusier, Unité d’Habitation, Marseille (1952), Phaidon (ed.), Le Corbusier Le Grand, New York 2008; S. 422

Stadtplanungsamt Sheffield (J. Lewis Wormesley, Jack Lynn, Ivor Smith und Frederick Nicklin), Siedlung Park Hill, Sheffield (1961), Reyner Banham, Brutalismus in der Architektur, Stuttgart 1966, S. 183

For two days, architects, and architectural historians, theorists, and conservators will discuss Brutalism in the light of its unique history as a laboratory situation – engendered both by Team 10’s critical review of classical modernism and of post-war modernism – in which modern architectural trends still of relevance today were developed and tested for the very first time. But not only did Brutalism’s aesthetic and formal features set the course of future developments, as late minimalism attests; the ethical, which is to say socio-political subtexts of its ‘Everyday Architecture’ approach likewise exerted a lasting influence on architectural and urban planning discourse, as evinced by the Las Vegas- and Suburbia-oriented postmodernism of Venturi, Scott, Brown, for example, or by the Dirty Realism of the late 1980s, which fostered a new urban planning approach to urban sprawl. more

The following speakers are expected: Tom Avermaete, Stephen Bates, Beatriz Colomina, Werner Durth, Kenneth Frampton, Jörg Gleiter, Liane Lefaivre, Luca Molinari, Joan Ockman, Werner Oechslin, Ingrid Scheurmann, Vladimir Šlapeta, Laurent Stalder, Philip Ursprung, Dirk van den Heuvel, Adrian von Buttlar and Stanislaus von Moos.
Anette Busse, Florian Dreher, Hannes Mayer and Georg Vrachliotis will chair the discussion panels.

May 10 & 11, 2012
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
Berlin

Space is Only Space for Someone Who is Moving in it.

Posted on 2012/03/09

Frederick Kiesler, Space House, 1933 © Kiesler Foundation Vienna

Dedicated to the Austrian-American theater designer, artist, theoretician and architect Frederick Kiesler,the exhibition Space House  at Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna, is titled after the Space House, that was built by Kiesler in 1933 for the Modernage Furniture Company in New York. This true to scale model of a single-family home served as a show room for the company`s furniture.
Due to Kiesler`s thought “space is only space for someone who is moving in it”, his Space House marks the transition of new design criteria in architecture: the space became more important than the structure that encompasses it.

SPACE HOUSE
February 3 – May 4, 2012
Kiesler Private Foundation
Mariahilferstraße 1b/1
1060 Vienna

Passagen

Posted on 2012/03/05

Vienna, Karlsplatzpassage

[...] Sie sind Teil der Stadtkultur und damit auch eines vielgestaltigen und verzweigten Geflechts an öffentlichem Raum – die Passagen. Ihre Erscheinungsformen sind vielfältig, schließlich liegt die Entstehung mehr als zwei Jahrhunderte zurück. Dass sich die Passage als europäischer Bautypus der Stadt am Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts herausbildete, ist sowohl auf die damalige Hochkonjunktur des Textilhandels als auch auf die Anfänge des Eisenbaus zurückzuführen. „Die Stadt verdichtete sich, und es gab eine Nachfrage nach Handelseinrichtungen“, erklärt Rudolf Scheuvens, Urbanist an der TU Wien. [weiter lesen]

Passage: Geschützt und doch öffentlich veröffentlicht in Die Presse am Sonntag, 04.03.2012.

Strictly Private

Posted on 2012/02/08

Heidrun Holzfeind, from the series: Colonnade Park, Mies in Newark Revisited, 11 C prints, 40x60cm, 2010

Austrian artist Heidrun Holzfeind`s work is  based on theoretical investigations on the built environment as a social space and the reflection of power relations in urban systems. “My works are portraits of simple persons at a point in their lives at which they start thinking about their achievements, goals, hopes, and place in society,” Holzfeind says about her critical view of social structures. Through media like photo, video and interviews she discusses issues of individual life plans in the context of architecture and urban development.

Heidrun Holzfeind
Strictly Private
February 9 – April 1, 2012

Bawag Contemporary
Franz Kosefs Kai 1
1010 Vienna

Accompanying Programme:
February 22, 9 p.m.: Soundperformance by Werner Kitzmüller
March 7, 8 p.m.: Screening: LIVING ENVIRONMENT III
March 14, 2012, 8p.m.: Lecture: Jörg Heiser “Skulptur im öffentlichen Raum – Ein langes Jahrhundert zwischen Manifestation und Negation & Presentation of “Fountain”
March 23, 8 p.m.: Artist Talk: Heidrun Holzfeind in conversation with Christian Witt-Dörring
March 28, 9 p.m.: Soundperformance Couscous
Free admission