Since 2008 public spaces have become again symbolic catalyst for changes, raising social, political, economical issues and gathering people of different nationalities, ages, cultures, lifestyles and religion. Planning for Protest is a research of the Lisbon Architecture Biennale that has engaged12 architectural offices with the task of investigating the role of architecture in shaping, defining, or limiting the flow of protest within the urban pattern of their own cities. The project takes shape of a publication and an exhibition running until December 15 in Lisbon (Portugal).
Within the frame of Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico, Casa dell’Architettura in Rome (Italy) hosts the exhibition Spazio pubblico on demand, curated by Orizzontale. Open from 3rd to 11th September, it focuses on the concept of “Transitory” projects: temporary interventions created to answer to specific needs and to conceive the place further their own duration.
Warning to the readers: this is not an exhibition. Or an exhibition in its most general and conventional meaning.
esterni is glad to invite you to take part in a collective performance for the overturn of the village of Favara and the creation of a brand-new and compelling urban order. From 29 June 2013 to 29 March 2014 visitors will be asked to play actively the role of inventor of public spaces, getting inspired by the many examples of projects and urban interventions collected in publicdesignfestival’s tumblr and displayed inside the Castle of Chiaramonte.
Until September 1st, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt (Germany) hosts THINK GLOBAL, BUILD SOCIAL! Architectures for a Better World, an exhibition that investigates the emerging scene of professionals making their skills and competences available for public and social purposes. From Ecuador to France, from Mali to South Africa, the 20 displayed projects are both inspiring and impressive examples of the new role architecture plays in society.
From June 2 until July 13 the art centre WELTKUNSTZIMMER in Düsseldorf (Germany) hosts Petites résistances - Rebellion als Kunstform, an exhibition collecting the contemporary creative, political and social forms of dissent in public spaces. It features the work of artists like Florian Rivière, The Wa and Brad Downey.
After Amsterdam, Marseille and Brussels, the touring exhibition WeOwnTheCity has opened today in Hong Kong (China). Researched and co-curated by CITES, it showcases innovative community practices and different approaches tailored to every specific urban context, rasing debates on how these strategies can be a sustainable model of urban development.
In Paris (France) until 26 August the Citè de l’architecture & du patrimoine presents Flow. When movement shapes our towns on the topic of urban mobility. The exhibition offers the opportunity to follow the development of urban design through the ages and discover the urban spaces and buildings which are a consequence of man’s movement across the land.
Cities in progress: Please do not disturb is an exhibition featuring the work of FutureCityLab, an open-source initiative by a group of professionals and educators in order to think of a more sustainable urban development. The exhibition will be open from 22 May until 5 July at Aedes Am Pfefferberg in Berlin (Germany), hosting also workshops and discussions with experts to reflect on the future of our cities.
From 12 April to 31 August the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris (France) hosts the exhibition Re.architecture, Re.cycle, Re.use, Re.invest, Re.build analysing new approaches and stategies of building sustainable and user-friendly cities. The exhibition features the projects of 15 European associations and collectives who engage in collaborative and cross-cutting urban and architectural practices, as exyzt, Coloco and Raumlabor.
In Paris (France) from 15 February to 23 June Lieu du Design presents the exhibition Sous les pavés, le design, showing the key role of designers in the process of creation of public spaces, assigning them to a function as well as a social and a cultural value.
Two days left to visit the exhibition Strategies for Public Occupation at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, featuring the creative proposals of spatial occupations for public demonstrations and actions in cities throughout the world, sent by designers, architects and simple citizens.
OFFICINA ROMA is the new experimental building by raumlaborberlin: a villa without a living room but a central workshop-space, a sleeping area and a kitchen. In one week the German collective designed and created it with the help of Italian young students, using only discarded materials. The project is within the frame of the exhibition RE-CYCLE. Strategies for Architecture, City and Planet at the MAXXI in Rome, lasting until the 29th April 2012.
Until 29th January 2012 at NAiM/Bureau Europa in Maastricht (The Netherlands), REcentre features the exhibition Re-Action! Common Grounds, presenting best practices of bottom-up initiatives which can lead to a possible, sustainable and community-driven revolution.
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES is the new exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, focusing on how design can actually be a tool to improve the quality of live in emerging and developing countries. The virtual database features 60 projects, divided in 6 themes - Exchange, Reveal, Adapt, Include, Prosper and Access - that suggest creative answers to real and basic needs of these communities.
This is not a museum. Mobile devices lurking is the new exhibition of ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies in Vic (Spain) from 15th October until 15th January 2011. The exhibition presents a large informative archive of interesting case studies of mobile devices, conceived as potential elements for an experimental and alternative conception of “museum”. It also showcases some of the original artifacts carried out by international artists and collectives, as A77, raumlaborberlin, Todo por la Praxis within Ceci n’est pas une voiture project.