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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