Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form.
Mapping Production is a week long Program being held from 10th – 18th June 2017 at Alserkal Avenue. ARCHITECTEM is invested in delivering academically driven Programs to the architecture and design community with the aim of enriching the Architectural fabric of Dubai.
Drawing inspiration from Al Quoz, the Mapping Production Program is composed of two parts:
a.Dialogues Series, and
b. Mapping Workshop.
Mapping Production will be a ground for research, learning, networking and mentoring between academics and students from different architecture programs, and professionally practicing architects in the UAE. We are especially interested in the observations and dialogue that will arise within and from the workshop.
Studio SUMO is a New York based practice, focused on innovative design involving extensive research, formal exploration, and material invention. Embracing physical, social, and cultural contexts, as forces that shape design, both partners Sunil Bald and Yolande Daniels are directly involved with each project.
ARCHITECTEM held a conversation with Sunil Bald, about his studio, a recent project – the iHouse Dormitory complex for Josai International University, and the sesitivity of designing in Japan. Sunil Bald divides his time working between New York and Tokyo, and is Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.
Earlier this week, OMA designed Concrete, opened its doors at Alserkal Avenue, in Dubai. A beautifully balanced symphony of monochrome textures, deep colors and translucent screens. Featuring circular ceiling tracks and movable panels – all elements to choreograph a dynamic space for performance and display. The inaugural exhibition, “Syria: Into the Light” showcased a collection based on the theme of ‘Portraits and Figures’.
ARCHITECTEM was at the opening reception, capturing details and embedded events within Concrete, its conversation with the art, the visitors and its context.
As part of ARCHITECTEM Programming focused on increasing scholarship in collaboration with academic institutions, Sara M. Anwar presented the first lecture of Killed by the Architects* series on Thursday, 16 th February 2017 at the School of Architecture Art and Design at the American University in Dubai.
*This itinerant and iterant dialogue series evolves and is contextualised with every rendition.
The Lecture derives it title from a message that appears in a gaming console. ‘Killed by the Architects’ is a reference to having lost a life in the game due to a ‘fall or the wall’. In other words, due to the designed conditions. Expanding on this understanding of Architecture as sequence of environments, the talk explores layers of experiences.
The architect after visiting a place, observing and recording it, can unfold it to another verbally, visually or by way of translation. Through the construct of Narratives, tracing the axis from the Duomo leading to Arco della Pace through Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the lecture investigates boundaries, events and dynamics activated by the discipline.
ARCHITECTEM visited the Serpentine exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition is housed in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.
Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the main method for visualising her architectural ideas.
Mariam Husain captures Zaha’s work on paper, canvas and its physical context. The process and the spatial expression of Zaha’s investigations. Anything but a silent, still conversation between art, lines, forms and its witnesses.
Ayesha Sabri, ARCHITECTEM Milan based contributor, visited OMA designed Fondazione Prada and presents a visual narrative of the textures and spaces. The images are accompanied by her thoughts about the design interspersed by statements from the architect, Rem Koolhaas.
The Fondazione Prada has dominated the Milanese art and architecture scene since it opened. On visiting the Fondazione, you are greeted by a dynamic dialogue between pre-existing industrial structures and OMA’s recent interventions. A visual treat, pops of color, simplistic signage, and an overwhelming array of textures and surface treatments.
For the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, the United States Pavilion presents ‘The Architectural Imagination’, a curatorial project led by Cynthia Davidson and Mónica Ponce de León featuring speculative architectural proposals for four sites in Detroit, Michigan. ARCHITECTEM met with Cynthia Davidson over gelato at the vernissage to discuss the curatorial vision, selection of Detroit as the focus, and her journey to curating; below is an excerpt from the conversation.
As part of our Urban Narratives series, we take a look at the new design of the Petersen Museum. Our Los Angeles based contributor Architect Michael Wacht visited the Museum soon after its opening in December 2015 and shares his review.