6 December/Late at Tate Britain WARP x TATE/Tate Britain/London

Late at Tate Britain presents a free evening of performance and installations from Warp Records and Jeremy Deller, inspired by Deller’s work The History of the World.

Live performances
Jeremy Deller presents Acid Brass (live) featuring Fairey Brass Band
patten (live AV show)
Darkstar (live)

‘The History of the World’ installation commissions
Oneohtrix Point Never presents Melancholy
Hudson Mohawke presents Summers of Love
Rustie presents Rave

A tribute to 808 and 303 by Hellicar & Lewis
Other contributions from Jeremy Deller
Warp x Dazed films directed by Rollo Jackson
Palace Skateboards presents Civil Unrest

Owing to the popularity of this event, there is limited capacity and admission is on a first come first served basis. Capacity is particularly limited for those wanting to see the live performances.

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28 Nov/10x10 drawing city London/Crossing/London

Each year, 100 participants come together in the summer to create 100 pieces of work, giving 100 perspectives of London, which are then exhibited and auctioned in November. Previous participants have included Lord Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud. The project is a unique concept, with the designers and artists producing wonderful pieces of artwork inspired by the environment they help to create and shape, as well as providing a commentary and critique on the constantly changing landscape of central London.

Every year 10×10 captures a different area of the city. This year the project was focus on East London, an area encompassing striking and innovative examples of architecture, both traditional and modern. In the shadow of the ‘Gherkin’, this area encompasses modern developments, many associated with the ‘Silicon roundabout’, to historic landmarks such as Brick Lane and the Boundary estate – one of the city’s earliest social housing schemes. East London is a truly diverse area, both culturally and creatively, where our 10×10 artists will have no problem seeking influence for their work.

An exclusive auction of the 10×10 artwork will take place at the Crossing, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AA tonight.

And a free public exhibition of the artwork will be held today in the same venue.

This will be the perfect opportunity to view the amazing artwork. Preliminary bids on all artwork can be made online and please look at the catalogue section of this site for more detail.

This year’s 10×10 will raise money for Article 25’s Street Children Centers, starting with projects in Ghana and Kenya. Over the next year, we will be helping to provide the necessary infrastructure for enabling children who live on the streets to get back to their families or foster families, schools and communities.

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19 Nov/2013 Jencks Award Benedetta Tagliabue/Riba/London

The annual Jencks Award is given to an individual, or practice, that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. This year's winner Benedetta Tagliabue is an international architect who has carved out a reputation for an architecture fused with a passion for landscape and design.

Among Tagliabue’s most notable projects are the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Diagonal Mar Park and the Santa Caterina Market both in Barcelona. She studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and currently acts as director of architecture firm EMBT Miralles Tagliabue, founded in 1994 with her late husband and partner Enric Miralles.

She has won numerous international awards in the fields of public space and design, including the RIBA Stirling Best Building Award in 2001 for The Scottish Parliament. Tagliabue is also visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB, lecturing regularly at architecture forums and universities around the world.

In this lecture, Tagliabue presents her key projects and reflects on the inspirations behind her work and those in future. The award will be presented as part of the event chaired by Charles Jencks – designer, author and broadcaster.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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7 Nov/ Forgotten Spaces Pecha Kucha Night/ Somerset House/ London

Tonight a selection of the 26 competition winners and best entries of RIBA Forgotten Spaces will be challenged to present their proposals in a fun, fast-paced, Pecha Kucha-style format at Somerset House.

There will be questions and discussion afterwards, with time allowed to explore the exhibition and engage with the design teams and individuals involved until 20.30. 

The Screening Room
£10 (£7 concessions)

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5 - 29 Nov / 8 Lecture / 150° Anniversario Politecnico di Milano / Milano



Il Politecnico celebra il suo 150° con un intero anno di eventi, seminari e convegni, spettacoli teatrali, mostre, laboratori, lezioni e incontri a tema con la partecipazione di prestigiose istituzioni culturali milanesi.

Arata Isozaki 

5 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Triennale di Milano, Salone d'onore, viale Alemagna 6

César Pelli

6 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Triennale di Milano, Salone d'onore, viale Alemagna 6

Grafton Architects

13 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, aula Carlo De Carli, via Durando 10

Kazuyo Sejima

18 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, aula Carlo De Carli, via Durando 10

Daniel Libeskind

21 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, edificio Trifoglio, via Bonardi 9

David Chipperfield

26 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, edificio Trifoglio, via Bonardi 9

Renzo Piano

27 novembre 2013, ore 18.00
Triennale di Milano, Teatro dell'Arte, viale Alemagna 6

Rem Koolhaas

29 novembre, ore 15
Triennale di Milano, Teatro dell'Arte, viale Alemagna 6


25 Oct/Friday Late/Victoria and Albert Museum/London

Today at Victoria and Albert Museum Friday Late: Back to the 80s!

Step back into the 80s and explore the creativity and theatricality of London’s dynamic fashion and club scenes. Inspired by the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition, join us for an evening of performances, workshops, guest DJs and of course, dressing up...
All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

All Evening
80s New Romantica and beyond…Join artist, DJ and composer Fly Garrikk of Weird & Excellent as he plays a Club to Catwalk, fashion-inspired mix from the early 80s New Romantic Blitz scene and beyond. Having originally DJ’d at the Kareba Club in Mayfair, Fly has also worked with fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Agent Provocateur, Westward Bound and Wolf & Badger.

Just an Illusion 

Turn back time and enjoy a series of pop-up performances by The Immaculate Extremists, a costumed troupe who will walk (and dance!) around the Museum, decked out in 80s classic club-wear. Acting as a strong reminder that 80s fashion was as variable as the club and as unique as the individual, witness this creative collaboration between V&A Connects, Union Black and London College of Fashion. 
Colour clash eyes, bright lips and beauty marks. Rediscover the look of the 80s club and fashion scenes and get your very own power make-up with Illamasqua.
Club Room
Enter our miniature club complete with 80s music videos and their present day parallels. Dance the evening away together with a choice selection of clubbing pals.
New Romanticism
Find yourself transported into the ephemeral and romantic 80s pop culture movement of the New Romantics. Have your photo taken by a professional photographer against the backdrop of art director Philip Cooper’s black lace pergola, set within the white and gold opulence of the Norfolk House Music Room. Selected photos will be available via the V&A’s Flickr page after the event.
Flamingo Concertina
Walk beneath a flock of pink flamingos and get a taste of 80s tropical club. Illustrator Charlene Man will adorn the walls of the link corridor with handmade paper concertinas, transforming repeated simplicity into an array of bright patterns. 
DJ Chris Sullivan
Sullivan’s history as a DJ goes back to playing Slade at his school disco. 
Guiding us through the underside of the 80s, Chris takes us on a journey through the decade as it was heard then in the world’s hippest clubs – from rockabilly and mutant disco, to seminal electro and rare groove.
Print is Power: Reclamation Nation

Voice your opinions and print your passions with a special Reclamation Nation screen printing workshop by Print is Power. Expect fluro fun, sweatbands, legwarmers and an 80s soundtrack as you warm up the squeegees. Raise issues for debate by printing your own message or get exclusive use of Katharine Hamnett’s iconic ‘NO MORE FASHION VICTIMS’ slogan.
From Club to Catwalk
Get involved in designer Jana Kennedy’s DIY pieces of cool. Fashion your own fingerless gloves into items of New Romance, or make your own recycled necklace and create a masterpiece of High Camp. Come and do it like the Club Kids whoulda!
The Scarlett Dress
Widely photographed and featured in numerous magazines throughout the 80s, the Scarlett dress was designed and made in 1984 by designer Juliana Sissons for the 21st birthday present of club host and 80s fashion icon Scarlett Cannon. With an example of the toile displayed in the Sackler Centre for the evening, discover how to make your own by downloading the dress pattern from the V&A’s website.
Ping Pong POW: Giant Animation
Join members of the Peckham Ping Pong Studio to create a super-sized stop-frame animation inspired by the amazing graphic textile prints in Club to Catwalk. After contributing to the wall-sized explosion of colour and shape, return to Seminar Room 1 at 21.15 to see your masterpiece on the big screen.

From 19.00
DIY Single Sleeves

Using graphic techniques common in the 80s, music industry creative director Scott Jones provides the tools for you to produce your own 7" vinyl sleeve. Mash up fluorescent shapes, sharp typography and low-fi photography to create your own unique cover for a real 80s single. Add it to a digital wall of single covers and share it via your social networks.
Mannequin: H Plewis & Rhyannon Styles
'Popping up’, 'Showing out', 'Catwalking' and 'On the pull'...renowned Cabaret performers Plewis and Styles collaborate for a one-off evening. Taking the phrase 'Going out Out' as a platform, immerse yourself in a series of performances around the Museum. Using physical mime techniques and puppeteering adapted shop mannequins, the pair create various characters all associated with the world of clubbing London.
The Angels
Providing a second skin effect, latex grew in popularity within the 80s club fashion scene. Come and worship latex beings from another dimension as artist Adam Electric blurs the line between costume and living sculpture through a series of sci-fi fetish performances.

From 19.15
In conversation: Amber Butchart and Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE
Join fashion historian, writer and broadcaster Amber Butchart as she talks to the ‘high priestess of fashion’, designer and expert consultant to Club to Catwalk Wendy Dagworthy about her career in fashion in the 80s. One of the founders of London Fashion Week (1984), Wendy sold her collections to an international market and exhibited seasonally in London, Milan, New York and Paris.

From 19.30
Adam Ant: The Blueblack Hussar and introduction by Jack Bond
In the 80s, pop star Adam Ant was at the height of his fame – but after mental health problems he disappeared into relative obscurity. Watch a series of extracts from film director Jack Bond’s revealing tribute to a true musical icon, made after a year spent with the eccentric singer. Join Jack for an introduction to the recently released film followed by a short Q&A.

From 20.00
Conserving the 80s
Keira Miller works in Textile Conservation at the V&A, specialising in the mounting of textiles and dress. Join her for a short illustrated talk about what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for a major fashion exhibition, including how to achieve good cleavage, the story of the one legged drag queen and how to recycle a box of old dreadlocks!

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4Oct-10Nov 17 Oct Late Night/RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013/Somerset House/London

photo credit Agnese Sanvito

Today is the Late night at Somerset house: the exhibitions will stay open late into the evening. 
Let's go see RIBA Forgotten Spaces 2013.

The Royal Institute of British Architects are staging a major architecture exhibition at Somerset House with a showcase of the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competition.
The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to renovate a series of London’s disused and abandoned spaces which restore them into public attractions for all to enjoy. They include proposals for a zoo in the decommissioned gas holders at Bromley by Bow, an events space on floors 24 – 30 (the satellite platforms) of the iconic BT Tower, a public pool in a disused tube station at Aldwych and the revival of the forgotten River Fleet at St Pancras Gardens.
Designed by architecture practice - Studio Glowacka and communications designers Thomas Matthews, the exhibition itself becomes a journey of discovery through Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse. Visitors are enticed along the exhibition route via bright scaffolding and construction-site structures, which in turn present the schemes alongside models and immersive sculptural 3-d pieces.
RIBA announced the winners of the competition at the launch of the exhibition on 3 October. First prize was Fleeting Memories by 4orm – which calls for the resurgence of the River Fleet at King’s Cross; second prize (£2,000) went to Studio Pink for a swimming pool complex under theSilvertown Flyover and third prize (£1,000) went to Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi for a new bowling alley and microbrewery at the Royal Docks.
The RIBA London Forgotten Spaces project is partnered by Qatari Diar, Ordnance Survey and the Mayor of London and is supported by the Royal Town Planners Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute. The Architects’ Journal is Media Partner.

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10-13 Oct/ Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam/Rotterdam

Let's go and attend the Rotterdam Architectuur Film Festival, you have still 2 days and the program is incredible. 

Many premières and exceptional programmes make the AFFR a major international reference point and, simultaneously, also the most accessible festival in terms of films about the urban environment and architecture. Once again they are presenting a programme with historical perspective, new techniques, striking initiatives from all over the world, and personal stories with a connection to the urban environment and architecture. 

In this edition, in addition to the film screenings and together with several partners, the AFFR is organising fascinating programmes each focusing on a specific theme. And on 26 and 27 October, two weeks after the Rotterdam festival, condensed festival editions will be held in Groningen and Heerlen where ten films will be screened. So there are no more excuses for missing the films!

The network of international collaborations with filmmakers, producers, festivals and universities continues to spread further and further. In the past two years the AFFR has offered advice and assisted with the programming of festivals in Aviles (Spain), Santiago (Chile) and Lisbon (Portugal). 

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Until 20 Oct/Lowry Exhibition/Tate Britain/London

Last week to attend "Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life" at Tate Britain.
Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of landscapes by the much-loved British painter L.S. Lowry – the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death.
Focusing on the best of Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes including Tate’s Coming Out of School 1927 and The Pond 1950 alongside significant loans, this timely and carefully selected exhibition aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution to art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.
As a modern painter Lowry wished to show what the industrial revolution had made of the world, yet his dominant status in British art coincided with a disappearance of the industrialised world he engaged with. The exhibition’s final room presents for the first time all eight of his less well known, late industrial panoramas, where a leap up to ‘history painting’ size indicates the measure of his final ambition. These large panoramic landscapes fall into two groups: the first, from the 1950s, are titled, with intentional generality, Industrial Landscapes. The second, less well known group was painted in the 1960s in the mining valleys of South Wales, the heartland of the Labour movement. In both the tone is valedictory.

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26 Sept/Opening of The Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid/Serpentine/London

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, will open today for the preview and to the public on Saturday 28 September 2013. 

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store, located five minutes walk from the Serpentine Gallery on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge. With 900 square metres of new gallery, restaurant and social space, the Serpentine's second space in Kensington Gardens will be a new cultural destination in the heart of London. From this autumn, the Serpentine will present its unrivalled programme of exhibitions and events across both Galleries and into the Park. 

The new Gallery is named after Dr Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler, whose Foundation has made the project possible through the largest single gift received by the Serpentine Gallery in its 43-year history. Major funding has also been awarded by Bloomberg, long term supporters of the Serpentine as well as sponsors of the opening exhibition. 

In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery won the tender from The Royal Parks to bring the Grade II* listed building into public use for the first time in its 208-year history. The Serpentine Gallery has restored the building to an excellent standard, in partnership with The Royal Parks, renovating and extending it to designs by Zaha Hadid. A light and transparent extension complements rather than competes with the neo-classical architecture of the original building. It is the Zaha Hadid Architects' first permanent structure in central London and continues a relationship between the Gallery and the architect, which began with the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Commission in 2000. The landscape around the new building will be designed and planted by the world-renowned landscape artist Arabella Lennox-Boyd. 

The opening exhibition in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery is the first UK exhibition by the young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who is on the brink of gaining international renown for his dramatic, large-scale sculptural works. At the same time, in the Serpentine Gallery, there will be a major retrospective by Italian sculptor Marisa Merz, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale. A redesigned website will feature the inaugural Digital Commission, while the first annual Bridge Commission explores the route between the two galleries with a series of short stories by twelve internationally acclaimed writers. Each story is timed to last as long as it takes to walk from the Serpentine Gallery to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The Serpentine's expanded presence in Kensington Gardens will be illustrated by a specially commissioned map by the artist Michael Craig-Martin. 

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18 July-12 Oct/Richard Rogers Inside Out/Royal Academy of Arts/London

The last weeks to visit the exhibition Richard Rogers Inside Out is at Royal Academy.
Richard Rogers RA is one of the most successful and influential architects in the world. He is responsible for some of the most radical designs of the 20th century, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris (with Renzo Piano), Lloyd’s of London and the Law Courts in Bordeaux. 'Inside Out' reveals the man and the ideas behind these pioneering buildings. Richard Rogers RA is one of the most successful and influential architects in the world. He is responsible for some of the most radical designs of the 20th century, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris (with Renzo Piano), Lloyd’s of London and the Law Courts in Bordeaux. 'Inside Out' reveals the man and the ideas behind these pioneering buildings. To encourage visitors to engage in the debates and issues around architecture today, the final room in the exhibition is a space for dialogue and discussion, events and workshops, where visitors can share their views and hear from high-profile speakers in related fields. Also look out for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Manufactured House in the courtyard through August until early September. This innovative, flat packed, environmentally efficient home is an example of how new building technologies can help shape better mass housing.

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19-22 Sept / Designjunction / London Design Festival / London

For the second year, the voluminous industrial 1960s Postal Sorting Office in Holborn is the backdrop for designjunction, a design show presenting an edited selection of global brands and emerging companies. For its third edition spread over three enormous floors, the show not only brings together exhibitors of furniture, lighting and accessories but also pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings.
This year, the organisers are placing greater emphasis on illumination with the launch of an area dedicated to high-end decorative lighting, suitably called ‘lightjunction’. Staged in partnership with experts Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, the show brings together international lighting brands to exhibit their beautiful yet practical lighting designs.

designjunction is one of the London Design Festival's most important design show, widely known as the global meeting point for the industry. From all corners of the world, brands flock to the must-visit destination, bringing a wealth of product launches and inspiring pieces with them.
Critically acclaimed designjunction is set to present the second edition of the premier design show during the London Design Festival this September. Well known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands and smaller cutting-edge enterprises, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering innovative, authentic design and technology. Breaking the mould of the traditional trade show environment, designjunction strikes the balance between creative and commercial, inspiring visitors from all across the globe.

designjunction, which last year attracted more than 17,000 visitors, will showcase the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. designjunction showcases design against a stunning industrial backdrop, striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show.

This year, designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings will be presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.
designjunction will feature more than 150 brands – making it central London’s leading destination for contemporary design and the most important global meeting point of the Festival.
Since its inception 2011, designjunction has achieved global success, transporting satellite editions of the show to other destinations including Milan and more recently New York.

Opening Times:

Wednesday 18 Sept. Preview 4-6pm

Thursday 19 Sept. 10am-8pm

Friday 20 Sept. 10am-7pm

Saturday 21 Sept. 10am-6pm

Sunday 22 Sept. 10am-4pm


The Sorting Office 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BA

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18 Sept / Late night opening / Fitzrovia Now / London Design Festival / London

The collective of design showrooms, stores and like minded restaurants and cafes that make up Fitzrovia Now will be again joining forces to put on a spectacular show for London Design Festival 2013. Fitzrovia, best known for its village atmosphere and bohemian vibe, is a hub of creativity with scores of design businesses, art galleries and independent restaurants and shops – the perfect place to gain inspiration. A stop off on the design trail definitely worth its weight, from its amazing eateries, art galleries, to the many inspiring design boutiques and well-known design showrooms and shops, you can experience it all in Fitzrovia.

Design Destination designjunction is a stone’s throw from Fitzrovia so once you have visited it is a short stroll to Tottenham Court Road, where you could pop into Heal’s perhaps then grab a quick bite along the way at Riding House Café, Bubble Dogs or Fino.

Domus opens its brand new London showroom in Eastcastle Street with ‘A Dolls House’, a fundraising event by Cathedral Group, presenting the finished doll’s houses from 20 artists and architects including Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye to be auctioned for the charity KIDS.

Find inspiration from future talent with the Central St Martin’s graduate collaborative exhibition on show at OMK Design on Gresse Street. EDC London are hosting ‘How We Make Furniture’, a small exhibition of the design process, from initial concept through to mock ups, scale models, and finished products. At their showroom on Great Titchfield Street, Fritz Hansen is showing an inspired installation ‘OFF | CUT’
– an experimental, lightweight, deployable structure that explores the innovative re-use of high quality timber veneers and leather offcuts. The Installation is designed by Chung Tyson Architects and supported by The Bartlett School of Architecture Research.

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17 sept / Open Debate: Is London building a sterile city? / Open House London 2013 / Charles Darwin House / London

We live and work in the city, but just how liveable is London architecture? Open-City launches its first Open Debate as the spotlight event to 2013’s Open House London Weekend, giving a voice to the citizens of London, both public user and design professional, on the kind of city we are creating.

London continues to grow, develop and morph, yet how successful have recent developments been in cultivating a liveable community? Ranked this month as 55th of 140 cities in the EUI’s most liveable city in the world, is London losing its vibrancy with homogenous housing and a lack of well designed public spaces? Or are we experiencing a revival in creative architecture and community spirit? Bearing in mind such influential development as the Olympic Park, Kings Cross, Crossrail, and future development of Battersea, Waterloo, Elephant & Castle; the Open Debate looks at how, or if, the ‘stewards’ of our city’s enhancement are creating the best possible future places and spaces for us to utilise and inhabit.

Chaired by BBC correspondant Razia Iqbal, the panel of key capital representatives include:

  • Leo Hollis, Historian, urbanist and author of recently published ‘Cities Are Good For You: The Genius of the Metropolis’ (April 2013)
  • Steve Howlett, Chief Executive of Peabody Estates
  • Sue Illman, Director of Illman Young Landscape Design and President of Landscape Institute
  • Bob Allies, Partner of Allies and Morrison Architects
17 september, 6:30pm, at the Landscape Institute , Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street

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17 sept / Late night opening / Shoreditch Design Triangle and Clerkenwell Design Quarter / London Design Festival / London

The  Shoreditch Design Triangle 2013 is set to be the most coherent street by street event during this year’s London Design Festival.

Now in its 5th consecutive year, the event brings together a fascinating collection of designers, stores, galleries, studios, cafes, bars, brands and one-off events for a week of design-led festivities.

Truly collaborative and harking back to the days when the Hoxton and Shoreditch area was re-invigorated by the Young British Artist movement, the event revels in the true spirit of London, a place that bursts with new ideas, historical places and spaces, and the colourful characters who have strode the East End for many a year.

This year the event incorporates over 50 participants and has a wonderful blend of ideas behind it. Expect to see artisan, rural and high-tech craft, agriculturally themed products, locally made products, British made products, American made products, human-centred design, design inspired by electromagnetic fields, up-cycled furniture, new sustainable upholstery, new furniture, new lighting, new objects, a large show of ceramics, portrait photography, contemporary illustration, some cat-eye shoes and even a range of architecturally shaped puddings (to eat). Alongside this visual and physical feast, there are walking tours that take in both local history and a number of contemporary design studios, design talks on most days and a range of engaging workshops.

The event runs from 14th – 22nd September with the majority of venues opening late on Tuesday 17th and the likelihood of a number of parties during the week.

The Clerkenwell Design Quarter is an official destination within the London Design Festival (14-22 September). With involvement from leading institutions, design showrooms, media partners and local businesses, The Quarter is set to make a serious contribution to the Capital’s festivities this September.

Exhibitions, seminars, trails, competitions, workshops and a whole lot more will engage with visitors who want to discover Clerkenwell’s creative and cultural landscape by tracking down exciting and original companies.

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13 Sept-10 Oct/Endless Stair London Design Festival/Tate Modern/London

Installed outside Tate Modern, the towering structure will invite visitors to climb and explore a series of 15 Escher-like interlocking staircases made from a prefabricated construction using 44 cubic metres of American tulipwood donated by AHEC members. As a viewpoint, Endless Stair provides breath-taking views along the River Thames.

The complex construction is designed by Alex de Rijke, Co-Founder of dRMM Architects and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, working closely with engineers at Arup. De Rijke has described timber as ‘the new concrete’, predicting that it will be the dominant construction material of the 21st Century.

Endless Stair sees the London Design Festival reviving its longstanding relationship with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) in a playful, yet technically ambitious public project to be installed with the powerful backdrop of one of the city’s best-loved landmarks, Tate Modern.

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Monday – Sunday 9am-dusk

Free Event

The installation will be open 13 September - 10 October 2013

14-22 Sept/London Design Festival at V&A/Victoria and Albert Museum/London

The London Design Festival at the V&A is a nine day festival of contemporary design that celebrates London as the creative capital of the world.
As the hub of the Festival, the V&A is the first point of call for Festival visitors: the place to meet, pick up information, visit inspiring installations and events, and to enjoy the Festival atmosphere.
Throughout the Museum there will be a range of specially commissioned installations and displays to enjoy, as well as a broad programme of special events, talks and workshops taking place throughout the week in the bright, modern setting of the V&A's Sackler Centre, and in the Museum.
Visit the Festival’s information desk in the Main Entrance to find out more.
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11 Luglio/Koolhaas Houselife/Maxxi/Roma

Al MAXXI, in anteprima italiana, il programma Living Architectures Marathon presenta la serie completa di film Living Architectures, di Ila Bêka e Louise Lemoine. Un lavoro imponente che esprime con grande forza e incisività il punto di vista inconsueto e penetrante che i due autori hanno riservato ad alcune celebri architetture del nostro tempo.
Proseguono gli appuntamenti serali per raccontare e avvicinare il pubblico alle opere di alcuni dei protagonisti dell’architettura contemporanea: Rem Koolhaas, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Herzog & De Meuron.

a cura di Emilia Giorgi
con la collaborazione di Image

giovedì 11 luglio, ore 20.00
Proiezione del film. Introduce Luca Galofaro

Definito dal New York Times “film culto di architettura”, Koolhaas Housewife ci lascia entrare nell’intimità quotidiana di una delle più rappresentative architetture degli ultimi anni, la Casa a Bordeaux firmata dall’olandese Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Il film svela gli aspetti più nascosti di questa abitazione mitica, grazie al racconto della cameriera e delle altre figure professionali che popolano la casa. L’opera è stata presentata in occasione dell’11. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia e nei più importanti musei del mondo.

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12 Luglio/Couchsurfing Architecture/Must/Lecce



LE > > > RM 24.06.2013
RM > > > LE 12.07.2013

LECCE ROMA A/R: 2 città, 2 incontri, 6 studi di architettura a confronto che operano in realtà differenti.
Couchsurfing Architecture ha una doppia dimensione, pubblica e privata. Pubblica perché propone degli
incontri aperti, delle occasioni di confronto per presentare l'attività professionale, la ricerca e la poetica di studi di architettura. Privata perché richiede ai partecipanti l'adesione ad un gioco di scambi di ospitalità, che chiama in campo le case, la vita familiare, le abitudini ma anche il rapporto intimo tra gli architetti e le loro città.
L'ospite ha infatti il compito di preparare una cena così come di condividere un risveglio ed una colazione, una passeggiata al mare o per la città con lo straniero che, venuto per raccontarsi, godrà a sua volta della
narrazione che chi lo ospita gli farà della sua città, portandolo alla scoperta dei propri luoghi, reali e immaginari. Couchsurfing Architecture nasce dal piacere dell'incontro e del viaggio, e usa il dono (del proprio tempo e spazio) come risorsa finanziaria, chiedendo ai partecipanti di spostarsi a proprie spese, utilizzando un “biglietto di invito A/R” come dispositivo relazionale per instaurare un vero confronto.
Il progetto è a cura di Marialuisa Palumbo e del centro studi Punto a Sud Est

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3-6 July/Exhibition/New Designer 2013/Business Design Centre Islington/London

Don't Miss Innovation and Fresh Thinking at New Designers 2013
Part 1: 26 - 29 June | Part 2: 3 - 6 July | Business Design Centre Islington

This year celebrating its 28th edition, New Designers remains the event to attend if you are looking to recruit, commission and buy directly from the future of British design before it hits the high street.

The show runs over 2 weeks and features innovative, never-before-seen work by over 3,000 graduate designers - handpicked by the UK's leading design courses. To find out what its all about have a watch of the New Designers showreel

Visit Part 1 for textiles, fashion, accessories, jewellery, contemporary applied arts and more, and Part 2 for furniture and product design, graphics, illustration, animation and architecture.

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27 giugno 10 Agosto/ Mostra Sorgente Virtuale Gibigiana/ Fondazione Castiglioni/ Milano

Dal 6 giugno al 10 agosto 2013 i visitatori della Fondazione Achille Castiglioni verranno guidati alla scoperta dei bozzetti e dei prototipi che hanno portato alla progettazione dell’apparecchio illuminante Gibigiana per Flos nel 1980.

I materiali d’archivio di Gibigiana, fino ad oggi racchiusi nelle scatole della stanza dei prototipi, rivivono negli spazi della Fondazione e vengono proposti in una nuova chiave sperimentale proprio come avvenuto pochi mesi fa, con il progetto “l’Altra metà dell’Avanguardia”.
Anche questa volta gli spazi di Piazza Castello 27 a Milano saranno teatro di questo racconto per la durata di due mesi, così come avverrà per l’appuntamento successivo dedicato al Palazzo della Permanente da novembre a dicembre 2013.

Le visite guidate si svolgeranno dal martedì al venerdì nei consueti orari, a cui si aggiungerà l’appuntamento del giovedì sera dalle 18.30 alle 21.30.

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19 June 26 July/Vivere alla Ponti/Italian Cultural Institute/Los Angeles

The Exhibition "Vivere alla Ponti: Houses inhabited by Gio Ponti, Experiments in domestic life and architecture for living and working"after NY is in Los Angeles.

Yesterday was the opening of the exhibition and today from 6pm to 9 pm the cocktails "Gio Ponti Collection":an installation of home furnishings design by Gio Ponti between 1953 and 1958.

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19 June/Chromazone:Colour in Contemporary Architecture Lecture/Victoria Albert Museum/London

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join Robert Wilson, Editor, Curator and Architect as he asks why there has been such an explosion of colour in recent architecture.

Looking at key recent projects, from David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano, Diener & Diener, Will Alsop and Caruso St John amongst others, and exploring the origins of architecture's often problematic relationship to colour - from the 19th century polychromy debate about classical architecture to the more recent obsession with 'any colour as long as it's white' (or tasteful grey)!


Where:Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre

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14-15-16 Giugno / Terzo Meeting Internazionale “Architects meet in Selinunte_L’architettura che verrà” / Selinunte (TP)

Terzo Meeting Internazionale

“Architects meet in Selinunte_ L’architettura che verrà”

 14-15-16 Giugno 2013, Selinunte (TP)

L’AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica e presS/Tfactory  presentano il Terzo Meeting Internazionale “Architects meet in Selinunte_L’architettura che verrà”, che si svolgerà a Selinunte dal 14 al 16 Giugno 2013.
Gli eventi si articoleranno secondo il seguente programma.

Venerdì 14 Giugno – L’Architettura che verrà
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte – Selinunte (TP)
-  Trenta idee per il prossimo futuro. Si alterneranno sul palco i 30 più interessanti studi di architettura italiani, ognuno dei quali illustrerà la propria visione dell’Architettura che verrà: Antonello Stella e Paolo Rossi (3TI_LAB), 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo, Junko Kirimoto (Alvisi e Kirimoto + Partners), Filippo Raimondo (ABDR), Sergio Bianchi, Maurizio Bradaschia, Enzo Calabrese, Daniele Corsaro, Angelo Costa, Giuliano Fausti, Luisa Fontana, Maria Claudia Clemente e Francesco Isidori (Labics), Lazzarini e Pickering, Alessandro e Leonardo Matassoni, Filippo Pagliani (Park Associati), Paolo e Pietro Riani, Toti Semerano, Mario Clemente Rossi ed Eleonora Secco (Studiorossi Architettura), Giovanni Vaccarini, Marco Zordan, Federico Verderosa (VZL+Architetti Associati), Alessandro Zoppini.
Simposio “Sette+sette+uno per la Sicilia, architetti e imprenditori a confronto. Nell’incontro coordinato dal Presidente di Inarch Sicilia, Franco Porto, 7 studi siciliani – Architrend, Renato Arrigo, Studio Cusenza+Salvo, Orazio La Monaca, Giuseppe Merendino, SCAU, UFO – insieme ad Antonio Presti e a 7 imprenditori operanti nel territorio cercheranno di delineare il futuro dell’isola.

Sabato 15 Giugno – Giovani Architetti a confronto
Parco Archeologico di Selinunte – Selinunte (TP)
-  Presentazione studi finalisti seconda edizione Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano: in rappresentanza della Fondazione Renzo Piano sarà presente il Presidente, Lia Piano.
Conferenze Young Italian Architects 2012: i migliori partecipanti al concorso.
- Lecture di Mario Cucinella.
Conferenze dei più interessanti giovani studi siciliani.
Inaugurazione della mostra “L’Architettura che verrà“. All’interno del Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, nella storica cornice del Tempio di Hera verrà allestito un lungo tavolo di 84 metri su cui esporre idee e progetti per l’Architettura del prossimo futuro. Nove le mostre presenti:
Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano: i dodici studi under 40 finalisti della seconda edizione del Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano – Pierluigi Bonomo, Brembilla Forcella Architetti, Studio Cafèarchitettura, Matteo Casari Architetti, Elisa Dalla Vecchia, Diverserighestudio, Dosarchitects, Tomas Ghisellini Architetti, Holguin Morales Solis, Marcotti Resteghini, Emanuele Scaramucci, Studio Tandem – mostrano il progetto partecipante al concorso.A cura della Fondazione Renzo Piano e di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Young Italian Architects: i venti migliori studi italiani under 35 del concorso Young Italian Architects – Aca Amore Campione Architettura, Alessi Didonè, Lopes Brenna + ABCG architettura, Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli, Cimini, Cinquearchitetti, Davide Corti Davide Corti Architetti, Crilo, Duediquattro e Stefano Sbarbati, ETB Studio, Fivecore, Tomas Ghisellini Architetto, Lab255, Localdesignstudio, Loi Montoya, No_Mad_Group, Opensystems Architecture, Schiavello Architects Office, Spedstudio, Studiowok – giunto alla sua seconda edizione, illustrano il progetto presentato al concorso. A cura di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Dalla sostenibilitá una risposta all’Architettura: una panoramica di tematiche del costruire sostenibile – la proposta della Consulta Architetti Sicilia. A cura del Dipartimento Sostenibilità e Bioarchitettura della Consulta Regionale Architetti Sicilia.
Collage: giovani studi siciliani – ACA, AP Studio, Atelier di Architettura, Balla – Calvagna, Luca Bullaro, Chiavola + Sanfilippo Architetti, Cottone + Indelicato Architects, DVDV, Ecoinnovazione srl, External Reference, Studio FRA Architettura, Greco Architetture, Guerrieri – Sciveres, GUM, Gianni Ingardia Architetture, LFSN, Ada Mangano, Morana + Rao Architetti, Nunzio Gabriele Sciverez, Ternullomelo Architects, Giuseppe Todaro Architect – raccontano con un manifesto la propria idea di Architettura. A cura di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Visions for Sicily: sette proposte progettuali per la Sicilia pensate dai sette migliori Studi dell’Isola – Architrend, Renato Arrigo, Studio Cusenza+Salvo, Orazio La Monaca, Giuseppe Merendino, SCAU, UFO. A cura di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Welcome to Sicily: una selezione di Architetture di qualità realizzate in Sicilia. Progetti di: Architrend, Renato Arrigo, Studio Cusenza+Salvo, Orazio La Monaca, Giuseppe Merendino, SCAU, UFO. A cura di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Architettura è avventura: Paolo Riani presenta il lavoro del suo laboratorio progettuale all’Università di Pisa.
Premio di Architettura Mauro Rostagno: esposizione dei progetti partecipanti alla seconda edizione del Premio Nazionale di Architettura Mauro Rostagno dedicato alle opere di riqualificazione urbana e del Paesaggio in Italia. A cura dell’Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Trapani e di AIAC – Associazione Italiana di Architettura e Critica.
Top Trapani Architects: una selezione di progettisti trapanesi. Progetti di: Davide Anania – Campana Sons e Partners – Antonino Cardillo – Francesco Cellini, Giovanni Nuzzo, Maria Margarita Segarra Lagunes, Tommaso Garigliano Nicola Piazza – Vito M. Corte – Salvo Damiano e Bernardo Mauro Di Giorgio – Francesco Ducato – Christian Farsaci – Francesco Foderà e Andrea S.T. Cimiotta – Bendetta Fontana – Damiano Galbo e Vincenzo Arduino – Francesco Galuppo e Angela Fiorenza – Gianni Ingardia – Dina Leone – Marcello Maltese – Pietro Maltese e Ignazio Colomba – Vito Maria Mancuso – Antonio Mauro – Giuseppe Mogliacci – Giusi Mondino – Gianfranco Naso – Giovanni e Domenico Nuzzo – Gaspare Palminteri – Elvira Caterina Parrinello e Luminato Davide Licari – Pietro Sciacca – Gaspare Titone e Vincenzo Zito – Giuseppe Todaro – Francesco Tranchida. A cura dell’Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Trapani.

- Premio Internazionale Selinunte di ArchitetturaAll’interno del Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, nella speciale serata di gala, avverrà la premiazione della seconda edizione del Premio Internazionale Selinunte di Architettura, un riconoscimento che valorizza il talento promuovendo l’area di Selinunte – Castelvetrano come laboratorio di cultura architettonica nazionale e internazionale.
Il Premio internazionale verrà assegnato a Mario Bellini. Bellini, nel corso della sua carriera, ha incarnato ai massimi livelli la figura dell’architetto umanista i cui interessi globali vanno dal Design all’Architettura. E’ in assoluto il più premiato designer della storia del Disegno industriale internazionale, meritandosi ben otto Compassi d’oro nonché la presenza nelle collezioni dei più importanti Musei del Mondo. Arredi quali le Poltrone “Bambole” di B&B sono diventati dei classici del Design italiano internazionalmente riconosciuti. Come architetto ha realizzato edifici di rilievo quali il Tokyo Design Center a Tokyo e il nuovo quartiere Portello della Fiera di Milano. Recentemente ha realizzato, in partnership con l’architetto francese Rudy Ricciotti, il Dipartimento di Arti Islamiche al Museo del Louvre, unanimemente riconosciuto come uno dei capolavori dell’Architettura contemporanea. Per questi motivi va a lui il Premio Internazionale Selinunte per l’Architettura, giunto alla sua terza edizione.
Il Premio nazionale sarà conferito agli architetti, alle imprese e ai personaggi coinvolti nell’evento: un premio all’ italiano che si è fatto notare all’estero, uno a un giovane talento siciliano, uno alla migliore mostra allestita per l’evento, uno alla migliore impresa di costruzione e uno alla migliore ditta produttrice.
Nella stessa occasione avverrà la premiazione del Premio Nazionale di Architettura Mauro Rostagno.

-  A chiusura del meeting lecture di Mario Bellini.

Durante le conferenze del 14 e 15 giugno 2013 interverranno come discussant: Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Maurizio Carta, Domenico Cogliandro, Paolo Ferrara, Vito Maria Mancuso, Alessandra Muntoni, Francesco Pagliari, Marcello Pazzaglini.
In concomitanza con il meeting si terrà anche la seduta del CNAPPC Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori. Saranno quindi presenti, durante il convegno, il Presidente dell’Ordine degli Architetti Leopoldo Freyrie, il vicepresidente Rino La Mendola e i consiglieri nazionali nonché il presidente della Consulta Regionale Siciliana Giuseppe Cucuzzella e il Presidente dell’Ordine PPC di Trapani Alberto Ditta.
A Selinunte, quest’anno, atterra “e-QBO” un Micromuseo off-grid nel Parco Archeologico. Ideato e progettato da Romolo Stanco con la supervisione scientifica di Stefano Besseghini e RSE (Ricerca Sistema Energetico), e-QBO è una architettura in grado di accumulare energia in modo autonomo (da fonti rinnovabili), senza essere collegata alla rete elettrica, e restituirla sotto ogni forma di alimentazione. In occasione del meeting avrà la funzione di Micromuseo presentando alcune ipotesi progettuali virtuali e reali sulle Smart City del prossimo futuro.
La partecipazione al convegno è libera. Per partecipare al meeting é necessario recarsi presso il Parco Archeologico di Selinunte: accreditandosi si avrà diritto al Conference Pass per entrare nel Parco dove, all’interno del Baglio Florio, si terrá il meeting. Il Conference pass non comprende i momenti conviviali (2 pranzi e 2 cene): per partecipare a questi, sempre all’ingresso del Parco é possibile acquistare il Full Pass al costo di € 50,00, valido per le giornate del 14 e 15 giugno 2013.

Partner dell’iniziativa sono l’Assessorato Regionale per i Beni Culturali della Regione Sicilia attraverso il Parco Archeologico di Selinunte, il Comune di Castelvetrano – Selinunte, il Campus Archeologico Museale e la Fondazione Kepha.
Con il patrocinio dell’ordine degli Architetti di Trapani, della Consulta Regionale Siciliana degli Architetti e del CNAPPC Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori.
Sponsor dell’iniziativa: Edilstampa, Kerakoll, LetteraVentidue, Pozzi Ginori, Tecnis, Nuova Grandi Impianti, Strano Illuminazione.