What's On? Architectural Exhibitions and Events, July 2016

From July will be going into it's summer program with reduced posting over the next 6 weeks. But before we go for a well deserved holiday break, we're bringing you the best of the summer exhibitions from around the world. If you're in Copenhagen then why not come and visit the Danish Architecture Centre and see the latest exhibition LET'S PLAY about movement and exercise in the city. If you'll be visiting New York City why not drop by MOMA for a HUGE retrospective on the great Frank Lloyd Wright or head over to Steven Holl's Storefront for Art and Architecture for an exhibition on idea sharing in the 21st century. We're also highlighting shows from the UK and Germany so read on to find out what to do and where to go.



June 23 - October 2 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

How can we use urban space as a place for sport and movement? LET'S PLAY, the summer exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre asks this very question and presents a range of answers through the exhibition and events held throughout the city of Copenhagen.

As part of the exhibition, the plaza in front of the Danish Architecture Centre will be transformed into a "movement destination" that encourage visitors to try a range of outdoor activities not often associated with the city.

This exhibition showcases the transition of exercise being contained to function-specific settings, such as gyms and sporting facilities, into part of the everyday make-up of the city and its public spaces. Today the city represents an arena for all sorts of movement for people of all ages.


Sharing Models

July 15 - September 2, 2016
Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York City, USA

We are experiencing the emergence of a culture that is marked by a return to, redefinition, and expansion of the notion of the commons. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of globalization is reorienting us away from trends that have emphasized individuation and singular development, and toward new forms of collectivity. Over the last decade, emerging technologies and economies have affected aspects of our everyday life, from the way we work and travel, to how we think about shelter and social engagement.

How will the sharing movement of today affect the way we inhabit and build the cities of tomorrow? Manhattan, one of the most dense and iconic places in the world, has been a laboratory for many visions of urbanism. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms invites 30 international architects to produce models of their own visions for the city's future. The models, each a section of Manhattan, establish analytical, conceptual, and physical frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space and the public sphere. Together, they present a composite figure; a territory that is simultaneously fictional and real, and one that opens a window to new perceptions of the city's shared assets.

Participants include: Asymptote Architecture, SO-IL, TEN Arquitectos and Urban Agency


The Brutalist Playground

June 18 - September 11, 2016
S1 Artspace
Sheffield, UK

The Brutalist Playground is an exhibition by 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play. This touring exhibition has been reimagined for the Brutalist icon that is the Park Hill estate in Sheffield. Featuring a new commission based on Park Hill's original playgrounds built by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith between 1957-61, it investigates the materiality and visual language of post-war landscapes through an immersive, climbable and conceptual landscape.

The Brutalist Playground seeks to establish a contemporary narrative for these objects and ideas. It shifts the focus away from the much debated post-war residential buildings, largely remembered for their social and structural failures, to the equally important playgrounds found at the feet of these structures, allowing for renewed understanding of the architects' original designs and intentions

Large-scale fragments of four distinct 'Brutalist' playgrounds from Churchill Gardens, London, Seamount Court Aberdeen, Brownfield Estate, London and Park Hill, Sheffield, have been recreated in 1:1 scale for the exhibition offering an opportunity for audiences of all ages to immersive themselves in a surreal landscape of post-war play.


World of Malls: Architectures of Consumption

July 14 - October 16, 2016

Architecture Museum TU Munich

Munich, Germany

This exhibition explores a type of architecture that first developed around sixty years ago in the USA, becoming a global phenomenon that continues to evolve through to the present day. Although its influence has for decades been written about and discussed by urban planners, sociologists, and even psychologists, the architectural design of the mall has for the most part been regarded as a peripheral issue.

The exhibition is dedicated to a type of building, which was invented nearly sixty years ago before spreading worldwide, that is currently facing a crisis. Many of the malls that have already been built are empty and need to be converted, while at the same time spectacular new stores in the USA, Asia, the United Arab Emirates and Europe are constantly being announced.

So where is the development that began with the shopping malls of the Austrian architect Victor Gruen in America in the 1950s heading? Hardly a building typology as the mall acts as such a polarizing topic. Is the shopping mall now the death of the city, as its critics claim, or rather does it promote their revival as politicians promise?

Last updated: July 07, 2016

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