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:

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11/26/2021, 8:00 pm

Desguinlei 25
2018 Antwerp

This autumn, the Vlaams Bouwmeester Team and the Flanders Architecture Institute are joining forces for an exciting program around 40 years of architectural competitions. The traveling exhibition 'Open Call' will be shown one last time, in an expanded version with new audiovisual material. It accompanies the 'Coming of Age' exhibition, which the Flanders Architecture Institute is devoting to architectural competitions in Flanders and Brussels in the period 1980-2000. On this occasion, two new publications will be published, also in partnership between the VAi and the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester. Register now for a special opening night!

Vernissage and opening talk
40 years of competition culture
On November 26, we will present both exhibitions and present two brand new publications.

Following the Open Call exhibition, a series of interviews took place with, among others, Team Vlaams Bouwmeester. We let these voices have their say in a video.

We conclude with a lecture on the role of the Open Call procedure within the architectural culture in Flanders and Brussels and an announcement of the side program.

Welcome by Sofie De Caigny (Flemish Architecture Institute)
Explanation Open Call expo
Explanation Coming of Age expo

Book presentations
More than a competition - The Open Call in a Changing Building Culture and Celebrating Public Architecture
Intro lecture by Erik Wieërs (Vlaams Bouwmeester)
Lecture by Irina Davidovici (ETH Zurich)

Publication Celebrating Public Architecture
The lavishly illustrated English-language book 'Celebrating Public Architecture' will also be published by the Berlin publishing house JOVIS. The German architecture critic Florian Heilmeyer examines the built results of two decades of Open Call there.
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Exhibition 'Open Call. 20 years of architecture in public order'
After presentations in Ghent, Brussels, Hasselt and Kortrijk, the exhibition 'Open Call. 20 years of architecture in public commission' one last time. She was supplemented for the occasion with new video testimonials.
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Exhibition 'Coming of Age'
Under the title 'Coming of Age', the Flanders Architecture Institute highlights the most controversial architectural competitions in Flanders and Brussels from the period 1980-2020 on the basis of original documents and objects.
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Publication More than a competition
On the occasion of the opening of the two exhibitions, the new publication 'More than a competition' will also be published. The book includes a series of essays on the evolution of the public building culture in Flanders, and the role played by the master builder and the Open Call in this.

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Post-pandemic Urbanism

Book Launch & Conversation

11/01/2021, 6:00 pm

Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Home office, undertourism, online shopping - the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed how we engage with our cities. Is the dense urban center already a thing of the past, an object of nostalgia? How can cities cope with the inevitable states of emergency we'll encounter because of climate change?

In their new book The City After Corona, authors Doris Kleilein and Friederike Meyer explore the pandemic's effects on urban development and examine which architecture, infrastructures, and public spaces are suitable for crises. Join us for a conversation presenting their findings, moderated by Mariana Mogilevich, the Editor in Chief of Urban Omnibus and author of The Invention of Public Space (2021).

COVID Policy In an effort to ensure the safety of our staff and audience, we are limiting the capacity for this event to 50 people - please register to attend. Proof of vaccination is required to attend, and we ask that all attendees wear a mask.

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10/28/2021 (12:30 pm) – 10/30/2021 (4:30 pm)

Virtual Conference,
Hosted by Technische Universität Berlin

Since 2018, the collaborative research centre CRC 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces” has brought together more than 60 researchers from the disciplines of sociology, architecture, urban planning, geography, media and communication studies. Following the central hypothesis of the CRC that the radical changes in socio-spatial orders which have emerged since the late 1960s require a new concept and theories beyond globalisation, the forthcoming international conference will invite renowned international scholars and a wide-ranging academic audience to discuss preliminary research outcomes.
How can the concept of the refiguration of spaces help make conflictual transformation processes more tangible and enable a better understanding of the underlying dynamics which shape new conflicts and challenges?
How do these conflicts manifest themselves in spatial knowledge, in new forms of digital communication and decision making, or in knowledge circuits, mobilities and flows across globally connected societies.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Ulrich Brand, Robin Celikates, Keller Easterling, Serene Khader, Walter Mignolo and Raquel Rolnik.

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10/21/2021, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Online Book Launch
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Activism at Home offers a unique study of architects’ own dwellings; homes purposely designed to express social, political, economic, and cultural critiques. Through thirty case studies by architectural scholars, this book highlights different forms of activism at home from the early twentieth century to today. The architect-led experiments in activist living discussed in this book include the dwellings of Ralph Erskine, Paulo Mendes Da Rocha, Charles Moore, Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Kiyoshi Seike, and many others. Offering candid appraisals of alternative living solutions that formulate a response to rising real estate prices, economic inequality, social alienation, and mounting environmental and cultural challenges,
Activism at Home is more than a historical study; it is an appeal to architects to use the discipline’s tools to their full potential, and a plea to scholars to continue bringing architecture's activist practices into focus—whether at home or elsewhere.  

Presentation of the book by the editors, Isabelle Doucet and Janina Gosseye
Conversation about the publication with invited guest Irina Davidovici

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All the Queens Houses

Book Launch & Discussion

10/12/2021, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Crowdcast and Youtube

Join us as Rafael Herrin-Ferri discusses his new book ALL THE QUEENS HOUSES with photographers Adolfo Steve Vazquez and -Ines Leong. Co-hosted by the Queens Foundation for Architecture.

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The borough of Queens has long been celebrated as the melting pot of America. It was the birthplace of North American religious freedom in the seventeenth century, hosted two World’s Fairs in the twentieth, and is currently home to over a million foreign-born residents participating in the American experience. In 2013, Spanish-born artist and architect Rafael Herrin-Ferri began to paint a portrait of the “World’s Borough”—not with images of its diverse population, or its celebrated international food scene, but with photographs of its highly idiosyncratic housing stock. While All the Queens Houses is mainly a photography book celebrating the broad range of housing styles in New York City’s largest and most diverse county, it is also a not-so-subtle endorsement of a multicultural community that mixes global building traditions into the American vernacular, and by so doing breathes new life into its architecture and surrounding urban context.

This publication is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

05/18/2021, 4:00 pm

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Conceived as a catalogue of notes and tools used in the field, The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework reveals how 51N4E’s and Rural Urban Framework’s architecture is less a series of finished objects than the manifestation of a series of processes. Landing somewhere between question and reaction, proximity and contrast, and assonance and distance, the project is a manifesto of a position, the story of two approaches to context, and a testament to the very possibility of making architecture with and within context today.

Join us for a conversation with 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework on how both offices see making architecture as a choreographic process. To register, click here.

Part of the #readCCA book presentations, this event will be moderated by Francesco Garutti and Andrew Scheinman.


A Glossary of Urban Voids

Book Presentation & Talk

10/09/2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


The Frances Loeb Library and Spain GSD invite you to attend a Faculty Colloquium series webinar.  Jill Desimini will talk with Sergio Lopez-Pineiro about his new book A Glossary of Urban Voids (Jovis, July 2020)


Online Viewing via Zoom Webinar on Friday, October 9, 2020, between 1 pm and 2 pm EST (7 pm and 8 pm CET)

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This event is free and can be viewed online, but advance registration is required.

About A Glossary of Urban Voids
A Glossary of Urban Voids
 is a critiqued collection of over 200 terms regularly used to name the urban void, from the "terrain vague" to the "buffer zone," as the means to explore the role of urban voids as public space. As the landscape architect James Corner has pointed out, a void cannot be labeled because "to name it is to claim it in some way." By listing existing terms, A Glossary of Urban Voids is an attempt to name the unnamable, to define that which should have no precise definition.


The webinar discussion will include:

Sergio Lopez-Pineiro - Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Jill Desimini - Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

09/16/2020 – 03/21/2021

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920, rue Baile
Montréal, QC H3H 2S6


Embedded in politically and economically charged sites in the Pearl River Delta, Mongolia and the European Union, Rural Urban Framework (Joshua Bolchover and John Lin) and 51N4E (Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn) operate in expanded ecologies of architectural practice, questioning the role of the architect today. By collaborating with policymakers, local contractors and NGOs and engaging their respective labs at the University of Hong Kong and ETH Zürich as key sites of research, both offices investigate new forms of cooperation and dialogue as crucial design strategies.

RUF and 51N4E work at the seams of urbanization, with projects situated in transitional settlements in Ulaanbaatar, in the new vernacular of rural China, in the transforming centres of Western European cities and in Albania’s shifting public spaces. Comparing their research and design processes, this exhibition and publication question the extents and certainties of architecture against backdrops of indeterminate notions of citizenship, unstable stages of urbanization, and insecure economies and ecologies.

Curator: Francesco Garutti, CCA
Concept: Johan Anrys, Joshua Bolchover, John Lin, and Freek Persyn
Curatorial research and coordination: Irene Chin with Andrew Scheinman and Jann Wiegand
Exhibition design: 51N4E (Freek Persyn with Roxane Le Grelle and Sebastian Roy), Brussels; Rural Urban Framework (Joshua Bolchover and John Lin with Chiara Oggioni), Hong Kong
Design development: Sébastien Larivière, Jasmine Graham
Graphic design: Something Fantastic (Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz and Leonard Streich), Berlin

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08/31/2020, 8:00 pm


Have you heard about Julius Posener, Tel Aviv’s original architectural theorist? Posener, a pioneer of modernist architecture in Israel, was a member of the Architects Circle and editor-in-chief of its magazine, Habinyan. Celebrating the launch of Typisch Posener, a book dedicated to Posener’s life and extensive work, we host a discussion with the author, Katrin Voermanek, Dr. Zvi Efrat, and Dr. Edina Meyer-Maril, one of Posener’s students in Berlin.


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