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Category Archives: architecture

THE FLOATING PIERS

For three weeks, you can walk across water on bright orange ribbons to the island San Paolo on Lake Iseo in Italy, in the latest project by Christo (and the first he realised since the death of his partner Jeanne Claude). Sounds great to us: ‘Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they [...]

TATE & SWITCH

Tomorrow will see the public opening of the new annex to the ever-growing Tate Modern, named Switch House, extending the already vast space of the Tate by another 60%. Of course it looks splendid, built as it is by the Tate’s longterm collaborators Herzog & de Meuron, and for those of us who can’t go [...]

MONO.KULTUR #40: EDMUND DE WAAL

Dear Friends,
we’re not quite sure what happened with that last year, and if anybody has seen it, please let us know. In the meantime, we are proud to return from our involuntary hiatus with a splendid new issue – mono.kultur #40, no less – with the wonderful British ceramicist, artist and writer Edmund de Waal.
Edmund [...]

GOOD NIGHT ZAHA

I once saw a lecture with Zaha Hadid speaking for two hours without pausing to take breath or lifting her finger from the remote control, zapping through literally thousands of images, only to end up dismissing us with the words that students today had no stamina whatsoever and that she felt sorry for us. It [...]

HUMBOLDT JUNGLE

For Berliners, the story of the desctruction of the monumental GDR Palast der Republik in favour of rebuilding its predecessor of the Humboldt Schloss in all its architectural insignificance is a depressing example for city politics lagging miles behind the vibrancy of Berlin. But Berlin is also a city renowned for its stoic subversion, and [...]

OPEN FORM

Today, 12.11.2015, 19 h:
ARCH+ FEATURES 42: OPEN FORM
Lecture and film screening
With Axel Wieder and Florian Zeyfang
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststrasse 69, 10117 Berlin
The concept of the “Open Form”, initially formulated by Polish architect Oskar Hansen (1922–2005) at the XI. CIAM congress in Otterlo, NL, became hugely influential as an early example of participatory [...]

SOME WORLD AFTER ALL

Remember when Banksy was actually a guerrilla street artist? Last week the artist debuted his “bemusement park” Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare, England. And no, it’s not a ripoff of Paul McCarthy’s WS show. The park features collaborations with 58 artists including Damien Hirst and Jimmy Cauty, and sets with Banksy’s trademark satire. Cinderella’s carriage crash sprawls [...]

SINGLE FLAT

The artist Erik Steinbrecher has conceived a new installation for the courtyard of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin – an accessible platform: SINGLE FLAT (2015) adds a third, even bigger cube to the cubes already present in this yard; those nested within each other in the architecture of Café Bravo, designed by Dan [...]

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: CLOG

As you can imagine, we’re all in favour of all things monothematic – and New York-based architecture publication Clog is a more than welcome addition to the club. Published twice a year, every issue is themed around a particular key topic relevant to architecture, be it Miami, Brutalism or the architectural legacy of the Guggenheim [...]

MAKE CITY

Whilst cycling in the city of Berlin, sometimes it is so shocking to observe how badly designed the city is. New condominiums or the so called ‘contemporary buildings’ of administrations are conquering our urban environment –the terrifying constructions spread around the city show that more is on the way.
Make City is a new festival on [...]