This series of illustrations presents selected history of the experimental car concepts from the early 20th century to the 1980s in context of the period modern architecture and created by Czech design collective OKOLO.
A.L.F.A. 40/60 HP Aerodinamica, 1914 x Antonio Sant'Elia and his futurist architecture visions, 1914
Schlörwagen, 1939 Hans Scharoun, Schminke House, 1933
Sergio Bernardes. Courtesy Arquivo S&e’rgio Bernardes
Tues 13 January 2015, 7pm
The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce that the screening will be introduced by Pedro Campos Costa; a Lisbon-based architect and the curator of Homeland, which saw the Portuguese Pavilion manifested as a newspaper for the 14th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2014). Following the screening, Pedro will host a Skype Q&A with the directors of Bernardes, Paulo de Barros and Gustavo Gama Rodrigues.
Bernardes (UK Premiere)
A documentary tracing the life and work of iconic Brazilian architect Sergio Bernardes (1919 - 2002), through an incredible story of architecture, family, history and politics. Grandson Thiago traces Sergio’s path from a playboy design star of the jet set to a controversial radical futurist innovator, whose idiosyncratic ideas and approach would eventually leave him bankrupt and erased from architectural history.
Beginning as a contemporary of Oscar Niemayer – designing luxurious houses for the rich and swinging with Brigitte Bardot – after a key meeting with Buckminster Fuller Bernardes would go on to ascetically shun high society, his family, and his wealth in favour of establishing a progressive architectural research studio, ambitiously devoted to solving the problems of urban life and the future. But despite his efforts to effect change and even become mayor of Rio, his pragmatic approach to politics would in the end be his undoing.
Through candid interviews, visits to architectural projects and archival footage, Bernardes tells an amazing story about an amazing man and his innovative, long forgotten, ideas and work, allowing the outside world to learn of this important yet virtually unknown star of 20th century design.
Winner of the Lusofonia Prize at Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon 2014.
Brazil 2014, Dirs. Paulo de Barros, Gustavo Gama Rodrigues, 92 min.
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
This review was first published on Quaderns on December 15, 2014; photos by Claudia Mainardi
In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.
To capture and perform with the acoustic soul of a magnificent brutalist space in Berkeley, CA, before it is changed forever
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is relocating to a new building, and the fate of their current home, Woo Hon Fai Hall (Mario Ciampi, 1970) is uncertain. If the building is repurposed, the open gallery space will be reinforced and divided up. Whatever the building's fate, the beloved acoustic of this brutalist gem will soon change forever.
On January 28, 2015, when the last exhibition is gone and the galleries are empty, we will measure, study, listen to, and document the acoustic nature of the space. We will then commission sound artists to engage creatively with the palette of data and perform for the public in acousmatic style at The Lab in San Francisco. For the performance, a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound Constellation audio system will be installed at The Lab, and a live recording will be released in digital and vinyl LP formats. Listeners will experience the acoustic soul of the Ciampi building, disembodied from the physical space and modified through the lens of the artists.
Traditional (dodecahedral loudspeaker) and cutting edge (laser scan) measurement techniques will be used to better understand how sound energy develops within the space. Impulse responses, point clouds, and simulations will be generated for artistic, scientific, and archival use.
Awareness of the sonic importance of brutalist architecture will be raised at a time where buildings of this style are being demolished at an alarming pace. The Ciampi building's cascading planes of concrete, cavernous interior, and spare finishes amount to a unique acoustic praised by performers and audiences for decades, and this is a rare window of opportunity understand and preserve, in-part, how its acoustics influenced the performances that took place inside it.
This Kickstarter is the sole source of funding for this project. BAM/PFA are providing access to the space but only if we can fund the project ourselves. The funding goal is the minimum required for the success of this important project.
This concept was devised during an overlap of residencies at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer in Troy, NY. Playback system, measurement equipment, and measurement support generously provided by Meyer Sound.
© Michiel de Cleene, Raymond Rutting
Secret Operation 610
When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway. Due to this brutal object's constantly changing position in the serene landscape, it allows the visitor to experience the area and the history of the military airbase in new ways.