Aerodreams

Wonderful, illustrative and well-documented exhibition in Centre Pompidou Metz: ‘Aerodreams‘, “The exhibition reveals this human dimension of the «pneumatic», from the first industrial and military exploitations (airships, weather balloons, floating assemblies, inflatable decoys…) to the experiences developed by numerous artists designers and architects.” From Buckminster-Fuller’s dome over Manhattan to Haus-Rucker’s extension at the Kassel- Documenta this is again an actual topic worth-while presenting and discussing.

https://www.centrepompidou-metz.fr/en/aerodream-architecture-design-and-inflatable-structures-1950-2020 

Maison Fibre

Most interesting, innovative and seemingly beautiful as well: the Maison Fibre, a research project from the University of Stuttgart on show at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2021,”explores an alternative approach to the design and construction of future habitable spaces.”

https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/university/news/press-release/Living-and-working-in-the-future-Maison-Fibre-of-the-University-of-Stuttgart-at-Biennale-Architettura-2021/

Architectuur & Technologie sessie AIR

Op donderdag 22 april 2021 vond een (besloten/online) expert-sessie plaats, georganiseerd door AIR – aansluitend op het Stadsmakers Congres – rond het thema ‘Architectuur en Technologie’; met korte presentaties/lezingen van Martin Pot (martin pot interiors), Wessel van Beerendonk (Studio RAP) , Johan Hanegraaf (Arkio) ; gevolgd door discussies met overige participanten en gemodereerd door Leon van Geest. Deze sessie zal op een later moment door AIR online worden gezet.

Architectuur en Technologie

Butohouse

The French filmakers Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine , famous for their documentary film ‘Houselife’ of Rem Koolhaas’ Bordeaux House in which housekeeper Guadalupe Acedo verbally guides a tour around the house, have produced a new, rather intimate portrait of Keisuke Oka, a butoh dancer. A Japanese man building his ‘house’, folly, shell in an adapted area of Tokyo; a ‘small universe built and thought in a rare freedom’, built over a period of 15 years.

 

het Nieuwe Wonen

Illustratieve en informatieve online AIR-sessie rond ‘het Nieuwe Wonen’ , met presentaties/lezingen van eerst Robert Winkel (MEI Arch.) aangevuld door Atto Harstra, Piet Vollaard, Annuska Pronkhorst en Wenda Doff. Nadruk; circulair, duurzaam, gezond en flexibel bouwen; voorbeeld m.n. het komende SAWA-woongebouw in Rotterdam dat vrijwel volledig met hout wordt gebouwd.

 

Gormley, space and architecture.

Illustrative interview made last November 2019 by Hans Ulrich Obrist with artist Antony Gormley, discussing the cloud, Joseph Beuys, architecture, nature and his child; so poetically present within the courtyard of the Museum. Questioning also; ‘how to envision or systems of connectivity to re-imagine our nature in nature’.

Antony Gormley in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist from Antony Gormley Studio on Vimeo.

Friedman; people’s architecture.

on February 21st. Yona Friedman – urban designer, architect, visionary, artist – passed away at the age of 96. His ‘People’s Architecture’ was based on three preconditions: these use of inexpensive elements, easy to assemble at a do-it-yourself level, easy to disassemble and reassemble. Compare this to today’s inflexible, unsustainable housing; time to rethink our current ways and look once again at Friedman’s ever actual work.

image: www.yonafriedman.nl 

utopia

In 2007 Anthony Vidler provided a lecture at the AA that is more than ever actual and important: ‘The Necessity of Utopia’ ; ‘utopia as a device for invention or radical intervention’.