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Bangladesh’s architectural world is masala (Bengali মাসালা) — an intoxicating mixture of contrasts. In the delta region, it is not only the boundaries between land and water that are blurred. Past and present merge anew. An enduring witness to this is the architecture, as the exhibition of 60 projects by established and young Bengali architects shows. Bamboo structures from the past meet monumental walls of béton brut, while Bengali latticework ornaments (jali) originally made from brick transform into semitransparent fabric. This oscillation between local and international influences was already apparent in the modern movement in the Ganges Delta. Hence, there are significant traces of Louis I. Kahn to be detected in the oeuvre of local protagonist Muzharul Islam, which can be seen in original drawings.
An exhibition by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.
Photo: Iwan Baan
In the hope that Frankfurt would become the new German capital, the Paulskirche was rebuilt as a potential seat for the parliament in 194748, having been severely damaged by bombing raids. For this building task of national importance, the „Paulskirche Planning Committee“ was established, which, besides the prominent church architect Rudolf Schwarz, included his former staff member Johannes Krahn, the winner of an early competition Gottlob Schaupp as well as Municipal Planning Councilor Eugen Blanck. They wanted to “represent an image of the difficult path that our people must walk in this their most bitter hour” and created a deliberately sober space that symbolizes the new democratic era. By now, the Paulskirche has become a ceremonial hall where nationwide debates have their origin. However, its architectural quality is seldom acknowledged. The exhibition outlines the history of its construction and rebuilding from 1786 to today in parallel with the relevant political and social trends. Numerous historical and current photos are displayed, along with design drawings from the DAM’s collection. Particular attention is paid to the renovations in the 1960s and 1980s, which were accompanied by calls for reconstruction of the church to a pre-war state. These are resurfacing today in light of the approaching technical refurbishment.
A tradition in Norwegian architecture emphasizes tactile and spatial experiences and reflects the relationship between buildings and landscape. Sensitivity to place, experimental tectonics and profound attention to detail characterize the tradition. Norwegian architecture is challenged by new dense urban development in major cities. The buildings shown in the exhibition are situated in different geographical parts of Norway. Rural settlements have been maintained by means of an ambitious regional policy, supported by the wealth of the oil economy. The selected projects continue and refine a Nordic architectural tradition whose most famous representative is Pritzker Prize winner Sverre Fehn. The tradition is characterized by emphasizing the tactile and spatial experiences, reflecting the relationship between buildings and landscape, and creatively challenging a 1000-year of practice in wooden construction. The projects demonstrate great sensitivity to place, experimental tectonics and profound attention to detailing. In this respect, Norwegian architecture adapts to ecological thinking, influencing also international architects commissioned in Norway. The exhibition “IN NORWEGIAN LANDSCAPES – Hunting high and low” is based on the Norwegian asBuilt book series. The aim of the book series is to exchange built experience by documenting the methods of the architects.
The accompanying programme to the exhibition focuses on modern Norwegian architecture in its rural and urban contexts.
An exhibition by Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in cooperation with Guest of Honour Frankfurt Bookfair 2019 Norway, Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA), Norwegian Embassy, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and Pax Forlag. The curator is Nina Berre, B+E Curating Architecture and Urbanism.
On September 25 the winners of this year’s competition Houses of the Year have been honored; Callwey Verlag has awarded the prize together with the DAM, Informationszentrum Beton and the media partners Baumeister, AtriuIdeales Heim, n-tv and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Prize money of EUR 10,000 is attached to the first prize, while other winners receive an award only. The results will be published in the book “Houses of the Year” and presented in the exhibition in DAM. Criteria in making a selection were a creative approach to the rural or urban environment, the spatial design of a private living space and the intelligent interplay between aesthetics, material and construction.
Between 1950 and 1980 the playground was a creative laboratory. In the cities of the Global North, innovative, insane and exciting projects emerged: Landscape architects, artists, activists and citizens wanted to provide children with the best place for play and try out a new approach to community and city at the same time. Starting with the pioneers of new playground concepts in the first half of the 20th century, The Playground Project brings the wealth of this period to life — with images, models, plans, books and numerous films, but also with playground sculptures for climbing, sliding and hiding. Everybody, be they children, parents, playground planners, teachers, architects or students, is welcome to discover the playground of yesterday and to consider those
of tomorrow. The Playground Project was curated by Gabriela Burkhalter for the Kunsthalle Zurich and updated and complemented for the DAM.