Designing Modernity

Book Launch & Symposium

05/06/2022 – 05/07/2022

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

An event by the Goethe-Institut in the Palestinian Territories, funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education


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All the Queens Houses

Book Talk & Signing

05/01/2022, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

(EST)

Queens Museum
New York City Bldg.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
United States

Book talk, signing and reception presented by The August Tree Gift Shop at Queens Museum in celebration of All the Queens Houses by Rafael Herrin-Ferri.


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All the Queens Houses

Book Talk & Walking Tour

04/30/2022, 2:00 pm

(EST)

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.


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Miss Read

Art Book Festival

04/29/2022 – 05/01/2022

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.

Since 2017, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair takes place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.


Opening Hours

Friday 5-9pm // Opening Party 9pm till late.
Saturday 12-7pm
Sunday 12-7pm

Free Entry

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04/27/2022 – 05/01/2022

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.


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Celebrating Public Architecture

Exhibition & Book Release

03/08/2022, 7:00 pm

De Singel
Desguinlei 25
2018 Antwerp
Belgium

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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

20:00h Saskia Van Stein in in conversation with Doris Kleilein, Sofie De Caigny, Anne Malliet, Maarten Liefooghe, Maarten Van Den Driessche and Erik Wieërs.

Language: English


 
02/16/2022, 1:00 pm

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.


 
02/10/2022, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

(EST)

Online Event
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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.

This event will be hosted live on Zoom. You will receive the link to the event content in your order confirmation email, and in a reminder email before the event starts. The event will be recorded and shared with all ticket buyers.


More information: www.ohny.org

 
01/25/2022, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

(EST)

Online Event

In All the Queens Houses, Spanish-born architect and artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri paints a portrait of the incredible diversity of Queens by documenting over two hundred examples of its highly idiosyncratic housing styles with color photographs and short interpretive texts. Together with renowned urbanist Joseph Heathcott, he will discuss how this eclectic mix of vernacular architecture reflects the history of the “World’s Borough”and also provides a model for future development.


Join us: http://queenslib.org/3pen01j
Call-in +1-408-418-9388
Access code: 2343 993 2057

 

Roofscape Design

Book Launch

01/17/2022, 5:00 pm

Online Event

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Come on City, We're Going On the Roof

We welcome you to join us for an online event on the "fifth dimension" and its different applications around the world. Guido Callegari and Ambrosini Gustavo from the Politecnico di Torino Department of Architecture and Design, Italy, will be disscussing their book Roofscape Design: Regenerating the City Upon the City (2021). They will talk about strategies for reusing city rooftops in an era of “no net land take” and land shortages in the city, and about the novel architectural development of roofs, presenting contemporary international examples. The lecture is part of the building competition "Layer 2.0", which includes fascinating lectures on conservation in Tel Aviv- Yafo.

Liebling Haus - The White City Center was co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the German government in a historical and cultural crossroad at the heart of Tel Aviv. The Center’s mission is to promote architecture, conservation, and urban development, focusing on modern architecture. The Liebling Haus serves as an urban hub for the community, fostering local and international dialogue and cooperation in the fields of conservation and architecture research, professional training, and knowledge. More information on the Liebling Haus: www.whitecitycenter.org


Free admission, pre-registration required. You can register here.