The transformation of Marseille’s Vieux Port, by Foster + Partners, was one of a series of projects completed in time for the city’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture in 2013.
Reprogramming The City - Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure
Danish Architecture Centre (DAC)
On view: October 01, 2014 - January 04, 2015
The exhibition Reprogramming the City investigates a new wave of urban creativity aiming to explore the city's untapped resources and define the city and its structures anew.
With its 32 million inhabitants, Tokyo is by far the biggest metropolis of the developed world. However, it is not necessarily its size as much as its relentless pace and extraordinary capability to adapt to new conditions that makes the city so unique. Like Kenzo Tange and his fellow Metabolists famously noted, Tokyo has the appearance of a sophisticated organism with a highly developed metabolism, constantly modifying its own urban fabric.
More often than not it tends to be the work of the architectural photographers that shape our view and opinions of a building. It lies on them to fill us with impressions and emotions and to animate the inanimate through the sheer power of their images.
Much in the same way as Rem Koolhaas has become synonomous with modern Dutch architecture, Herzog & de Meuron represents something uniquely, distinctly Swiss. The works of the Basel-based practice express conceptual precision, formal clarity and immaculate detailing and craftsmanship. What truly distinguishes them, however, is their commitment to challenging the Modernist ornament-aversion.