According to a recent American study, sexism and racism are so widespread in architecture that there is a distaste for these topics within the branch itself. What are the reasons for this exclusionary working culture? Even in Germany, most architecture graduates since the turn of the millennium have been female—but a large number of conventions and assumptions within the discipline make it difficult for women to remain in the profession. As a result, a great deal of highly trained talent is lost. Black Turtleneck, Round Glasses uses an intersectional feminist perspective to examine the structural causes that push women—and anyone else who isn’t a white cis man—out of the field. How can architectural teaching and discourse, as well as the industry’s self-image, become more diverse? Where are the experiences of a pluralistic society missing from the built environment? How can we bring about cultural change in planning and architecture?
Museum Angewandte Kunst Schaumainkai 17 60594 Frankfurt am Main
The International Highrise Award 2022/23 presents a selection of current highrise buildings from all over the world according to the following criteria: future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into the urban fabric, sustainability, and economic feasibility. This year, 34 projects from 13 countries were nominated for the International Highrise Award. The exhibition presents all nominated buildings. The winner, announced at the award ceremony in Frankfurt‘s Paulskirche in early November 2022, will be documented in the show together with the finalists and the nominees by means of models, large-scale photos, drawings, texts and films.
The IHA 2022/23 finalists at a glance
Vancouver House, Vancouver, Canada Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark / New York NY, USA
TrIIIple Towers, Vienna, Austria Architects: Henke Schreieck Architekten, Vienna, Austria
The Bryant, New York NY, USA Architects: David Chipperfield Architects, London, UK
Singapore State Courts, Singapore Architects: Serie Architects, London, UK + Multiply Architects with CPG Consultants, Singapore
Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney, Australia Architects: 3XN, Copenhagen, Denmark
Haus der Kulturen der Welt John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
An investigation into the influences of modernist architecture in the Arab world: The publication Designing Modernity: Architecture in the Arab World 1945–1973 explores modern buildings in Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. In ten case studies, the authors examine historical, sociopolitical, climatic and demographic aspects of a little-explored field of Arab cultural and architectural history. During a two-day symposium accompanying the book release, editors Philipp Oswalt and George Arbid will join the authors to discuss forms, networks and constellations of transculturality, the preservation and renewal of modern cultural heritage and other topics. This symposium can be followed via livestream. During the public evening program, the editors will present the book and discuss it together with architectural experts Tom Avermaete, Khaldun Bshara and the participants.
With George Arbid, Philipp Oswalt, Amin Alsaden, Aziza Chaouni, Leila El Wakil, Mohamed Elshahed, Wael Samhouri, Sara Saragoça Soares, Janset Shawash, Pelin Tan, Mercedes Volait, Dima Yaser and others
Astoria Bookshop 31-29 31st St Astoria NY USA, 11106
Join Rafael Herrin-Ferri (architect and author of All the Queens Houses) for a walking tour that ends at the Astoria bookstore's doorstep. The walking group will depart from the store at 2 pm and see some of Rafael's favorite houses.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin
Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists/authors, artist periodicals and art publishers and is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book.
In conjunction, the annual Conceptual Poetics Day explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature.
Miss Read is Europe’s Art Book Festival, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice. In 2019 Miss Read was gathering 304 exhibitors.
The Westin Pittsburgh 1000 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Society of Architectural Historians will be hosting their 75th Annual International Conference in person in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 27–May 1, 2022. SAH members from around the world will convene at the Westin Pittsburgh to share new research on the history of the built environment. The program will include 37 paper sessions, keynote talks, social receptions, a city seminar, and architecture tours in Pittsburgh and nearby areas. The conference will also include a series of roundtables that will be presented online throughout the month of May.
In addition to the exhibitions Coming of Age and Open Call two books were published about architectural competitions and the open call procedure in Flanders and Brussels. On 8 March, Saskia van Stein (director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam) will discuss both books with the editors and publishers. Before the talk you can join a guided visit to the double exhibition. Make sure to register, places are limited.
On 27 November 2021, the Flanders Architecture Institute opened a double exhibition under the title 40 years of competition. The travelling exhibition Open Call. 20 Years of Public Architecture can be seen until April 17 in an expanded version at De Singel in Antwerp. It accompanies the Coming of Age exhibition, which highlights ten iconic architecture competitions from the period 1980-2000.
Accompanying the exhibitions two publications were published. In Celebrating Public Architecture, the Berlin architecture critic Florian Heilmeyer, under the auspices of the publishing house JOVIS and in close collaboration with the Flemish Government Architect, brings a selection of public projects to the attention of an international audience. These projects are the result of the Open Call procedure of the Flemish Government Architect. In addition, Maarten Liefooghe and Maarten Van Den Driessche, the curators of the Open Call exhibition, assembled a collection of essays in More Than a Competition. In this book a number of architectural historians and critics take a close look at the Open Call procedure for designers, focusing on its history and challenges for the future.
As co-publishers of both publications, the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester and the Flanders Architecture Institute invite Saskia van Stein, the director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, to read the books. On Tuesday 8 March she will discuss them with Doris Kleilein (JOVIS Verlag Berlin), Anne Malliet and Erik Wieërs (Team Vlaams Bouwmeester), Sofie De Caigny (Flanders Architecture Institute), Maarten Liefooghe and Maarten Van Den Driessche (UGent). The debate will be preceded by a guided tour of the double exhibition. Admission is free.
Programme book presentation
19:00h Guided tour in double exhibition 40 years of competition
20:00hSaskia Van Stein in in conversation with Doris Kleilein, Sofie De Caigny, Anne Malliet, Maarten Liefooghe, Maarten Van Den Driessche and Erik Wieërs.
Languages are constantly transforming as humans interact, change habits and ways of doing things. This is not a radical observation. More intriguing to ponder is whether languages also transform us and the world in which we exist. Does it matter what words we use about the world? Could we, by shaping a language, also shape the world? Would the world look different if other words had been used? This work is about the urban environment, and how it is transformed by people interacting with the world that surrounds them by evoking more just living conditions. It is also an effort to demonstrate how the urban environment could be imagined in ways that differ from the neoliberalist view. Other imaginations, arising from different perspectives on and incentives for development, such as equity and inclusiveness, might produce another city entirely. From urban practices in four different contexts in Sweden, South Africa, India and Brazil, this book investigates four dynamics of change: conflicts, commons, networks and hybridity. From this framing, new concepts and radical imaginaries emerge, presented here as a Language of the Becoming City.
New Yorkers and visitors alike have long hailed Queens as the melting pot of America for the diversity of languages, populations, and cuisines represented in the borough. However, less has been said and studied about the architectural diversity of its housing stock. From the brick buildings of Sunnyside Gardens inspired by the English Garden City movement, to the Tudor and Queen Anne Victorian-style houses that have been personalized by their inhabitants, Rafael Herrin-Ferri has spent the last seven years documenting these houses through a photo-survey of the borough. Much like a field guide or scientific study, the subjects in All the Queens Houses are methodically photographed as standardized house-portraits to capture the architectural style and context of the neighborhood. While there may not be people photographed in the houses and streets shown, the vibrancy of the human spirit shines through the architectural details of each portrait. By painting a portrait of Queens through its idiosyncratic housing styles, Herrin-Ferri celebrates the rich multiculturalism, spirituality, and diversity that has given Queens its well-deserved title of the “World’s Borough.”
Join Open House New York for a discussion with Rafael Herrin-Ferri about his extraordinary photography project, culminating in the book All the Queens Houses. While the book was published in 2021, Herrin-Ferri has continued his work documenting the diversity of Queens houses on the website All the Queens Houses and on Instagram at @allthequeenshouses.
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