Dr. Yael Reisner of Yael Reisner Studio, London, was selected as head curator for the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale titled: “Beauty Matter: The Resurgence of Beauty.” The architect’s winning proposal rejuvenates the importance of beauty, reflecting on how after almost 8 years of beauty being a tabooed subject, a cultural shift has changed its perception. The selected assistant curator will be Johanna Jõekalda, who has previously advised on the Estonian architectural scene and its socio-political-cultural features.
The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) which will take place in September and October 2019, will bring the status of beauty into discussion, discovering it through the lens of new environments. The exhibition will tackle two important issues in the architecture: “society in response to alienating built environments and the ecologically unfit.”
The curatorial team has added to this rebellious topic a prophetic yet relevant approach to how the developments in neurology and mathematical physics are broadening our knowledge in experiencing beauty. The curator is looking at the complex topic of beauty through many spectrums and doing it at a very appropriate time- when everyone seems to be talking about beauty and aesthetic experience, but dealing with on professional level is still naïve – Villem Tomiste, Head of TAB Committee.
The team includes two more assistant curators, architects Barnaby Gunning and Artur Staškevitš, residing in London and Tallinn respectively.
News Via: Tallinn Architecture Biennale.
Hiroshi Sambuichi‘s approach to a site entails long-term study and reflection upon the qualities and forces of nature embedded within. His understanding is “deeper and with a finer grain,” explains American architect and member of The Daylight Award jury James Carpenter as one of several reasons why Sambuichi was recently announced as the latest laureate of the nearly 50-year-old Daylight Award in 2018. In Sambuichi’s hands, “light becomes timeless, fluid and rich.”
“An example is The Naoshima Hall,” says Carpenter. “It sits remarkably compressed within the landscape. As in all his work, Sambuichi’s mastery in framing volumes of light is here expressed as a horizontal work of spatial release, converting an intimate moment into an intense collective engagement with the natural world.”
“Sambuichi’s work, in such projects as the Miyajima Misen Observatory and Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, constantly explores the thin film of space which we occupy on earth—a sliver of tactility, the richness of an intimate ecology. This awareness of the narrow band of topography, our sedimentary layer of life, with the weight of time below coupled with the weightlessness of time above us, is the world revealed by his work.”
“All architects speak of the site being important for the work, “ Carpenter says. “For Sambuichi, there is a much deeper and finer grain to his understanding of the site. It is an understanding that resonates with the forces of the wind, rain, sun and earthen elements, speaking to a more metaphysical sublime.”
Since 1980, The Daylight Award has recognized prominent practitioners in the fields of daylight in architecture and daylight research for the benefit of human health, well-being, and the environment. In addition to the honor, the laureates each receive €100,000 for their groundbreaking work and dedication to daylight. The Daylight Award is presented by the philanthropic foundations, VILLUM FONDEN, VELUX FONDEN and VELUX STIFTUNG. Find out more about the award on their website.
As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Japan Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.
In the 20th century, the industrialization of society raised productivity and brought us convenient life with economic growth. However, the change has made us adapt our lives into an industrial network and created the barrier between people and environmental resources. One of the main roles of the 21st-century architecture is to break the barrier and to realize higher accessibility to resources.
We set a point of view on people, not industry, in order to understand livelihood ecologically and architecturally. This is called the Architectural Ethnography, and guidebooks are the social common tool. In guidebooks, an old but new, unique architecture (not ones dominantly defined by an ‘architect as a creator’) have been reported, from hybrid buildings within high density of city life to the space used for urban-rural exchange, fitted into their local contexts in Tokyo and throughout the world.
Based on these researches some projects to increase accessibility to resources around us are suggested. The purpose of this exhibition is to build platforms for active discussion of ecological issues in architectural and urban theory, and visualization of the 21st-century architecture.
The exhibition has 4 parts: 1. collecting guidebooks and mapping them, 2. analyzing and presenting the expansion of guidebooks (from Tokyo to other cities, from city to country, from survey to action), and interviews with producers of guidebooks, 3. reporting projects derived from guidebooks with miniature models, and videos, 4. creating “Yokocho” (bar and cafe alley), and keeping and posting regular reports on managing the Yokocho as a discussion platform for developing architectural and urban theory.
The annual Lagos Architects Forum 2018(LAF 9.0) theme LAGOS 9.0 ARCHITECTURAL REGENERATION 1 -THE LAGOS RESPONSE brings together both local and international architects,Building materials manufacturers,suppliers,real estate development as well as all stakeholders in building and construction industries started yesterday May 10 2018. The annual events witnessed the presence of the Lagos State Gov Mr Akinwunmi Ambode,President of Nigeria Institute of Architects Arc. Njoku Festus Adibe,pnia,fnia and his executives as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
In his opening remark the chief host of the annual events who is also the chairman of Nigeria Institute of Architects Lagos chapter Arc.Fitzgerald Umah,mnia stated that LAF 9.0 is the reboot,the refresher,and the regeneration of last year’s deliberations and charges. Being the Lagos Architects Forum,it is only normal that our primary focus should be on the mega-city’s response.Hopefully,this response would be worthwhile enough to be replicated elsewhere. We are confident that our distinguished guest speaker would do justice to this topic and provide valuable insight to sustainable implementation.
The Lagos Architects Forum have been gained international attention due to her speakers’ profile such as:
1.Mr. Werner Senfter Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria
2.Arc.Samuel Oghale Oboh faia,fraic from Canada
3.Arc. Roman Oseghale from Canada
4.Morenike Olaosebikan Pharmcist
5.Arc.Adedapo Paul Akintunde mnia,riba
6.Arc.Joe Osae-Addo from Ghana and more others noble speakers.
The forum is from wednesday 9th-saturday 12th May,2018 which will feature morning and afternoon sessions with a lots of activities such as:
*Daily exhibitions of products and services,
*Round Table Dicussion
ArchyNaija was there live to bring your the photo highlight of the events: