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When the future began to glow
When the future began to glow
by Thomas Wagner | 29 July 2016

Karl Hugo Schmölz is among the most important post-War German architecture photographers. But was forgotten for many years. Now a digital photobook places his elegant images on our screens.

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Pyramid or just a bunker?
Pyramid or just a bunker?
by Jeremy Gaines | 28 July 2016

With the Switch House, the Tate Modern recently opened its long-cherished extension on the South Bank of the Thames. So what exactly have Herzog & de Meuron built?

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The draughtsman’s contract
The draughtsman’s contract
by Florian Heilmeyer | 26 July 2016

An exhibition in Berlin offers you an unadulterated view of the urban scenery in some Japanese anime films.

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Berlin Particle Theory
Berlin Particle Theory
by Florian Heilmeyer | 22 July 2016

Roger Bundschuh dissects a house into three parts. To create any number of views outwards and inwards.

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The Magnificent Seven Friends
The Magnificent Seven Friends
by Uta Abendroth | 22 July 2016

Dresden’s Kunstgewerbemuseum has invited seven international designers to Schloss Pillnitz to contemplate friendship in design in an age of omnipresent rivalry.

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Superarchitettura
Superarchitettura
by  Barbara-Brigitte Mak and Ludwig Engel | 18 July 2016

50 years ago, one of the most influential and radical architecture groups of the 1970s was founded in Florence: Superstudio. Rome’s Maxxi Museum celebrates the anniversary with a big retrospective.

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One huge nightmare
One huge nightmare
18 July 2016

Superstudio was consciously radical and critiqued progress. Barbara-Brigitte Mak and Ludwig Engel talked with Gabriele Mastrigli, curator of the jubilee exhibition, about the group’s legacy and importance today.

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Higher stakes
Higher stakes
by Paul Andreas | 18 July 2016

Not only has Constant’s archive been unpacked in The Hague: the show at the Gemeentemuseum also considers the future of a “New Babylon”.

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Architecture and possibility
Architecture and possibility
18 July 2016

Was the “Endless House” the original model for architecture without properties? The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna is devoting an exhibition called “Life Visions” to the visionary Frederick Kiesler.

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Space capsules are passé
Space capsules are passé
by Thomas Wagner | 18 July 2016

When the cities learnt to walk in superstructures – people stayed where they were, left to their own devices. Is this why yesterday’s future visions and utopias are suddenly back en vogue in architecture?

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Tradition creates future
Tradition creates future
by Paula Pohle | 12 July 2016

Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) is showcasing Studio Mumbai in a major exhibition in Frankfurt/Main, in which it demonstrates how contemporary construction can be a successful symbiosis of Indian tradition and Western Modernism.

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The barkeeper and the penguin
The barkeeper and the penguin
by Jeremy Gaines | 11 July 2016

Fast-growing Frankfurt/Main now has an unusual governing coalition of Conservatives, Social Democrats and Greens. A look at the coalition’s policies on urban design and the city reveals: sadly no vision.

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The Fine Particle Vacuum Cleaner
The Fine Particle Vacuum Cleaner
by Paul Andreas | 09 July 2016

Artist and environmental designer Daan Roosegaarde talked with Paul Andreas about his Smog Free Tower, a smart highway and light-intensive projects that can nevertheless be sustainable.

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Wolfing it up
Wolfing it up
by Thomas Edelmann | 05 July 2016

Explorations by a new museum director: The exhibition “Wolfsburg Unlimited” stages a journey through the history and present of an exemplary drawing-board city.

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Not just the ball is round
Not just the ball is round
by Michael Erlhoff | 05 July 2016

How football ornamentalizes people

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A perfect bachelor
A perfect bachelor
by Uwe Bresan | 03 July 2016

Sometimes the history of architecture is full of irony. The same is true of Charles Moore’s house in New Haven, which featured in “Playboy” in 1969.

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A marquee for art
A marquee for art
by Christian Holl | 01 July 2016

For the 13th Small-Scale Sculpture Triennial, Kuehn Malvezzi created an impressive exhibition architecture hung from the ceiling in Alte Kelter in Fellbach.

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Déjà-vu in Basel
Déjà-vu in Basel
by Uta Abendroth | 27 June 2016

The Design Miami trade fair takes place parallel to Art Basel – but this year only featured very few highlights. There was a lack of real innovations or an exciting exhibition.

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Kortrijk Boogie Woogie
Kortrijk Boogie Woogie
by Jasmin Jouhar | 27 June 2016

Silver lining in October: The Biennale Interieur celebrates its 25th edition with a wide-ranging cultural program and some 250 selected exhibitors from the design world.

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Modernism with the wrong rendering
Modernism with the wrong rendering
by Paul Andreas | 24 June 2016

Taking five buildings by Mies van der Rohe as examples, an exhibition in Heerlen demonstrates how successful good refurbishment in line with the original can be.

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Grab your equipment, men!
Grab your equipment, men!
by Thomas Wagner | 21 June 2016

Enough of yoga. Photographs depicting young men competing in the traditional games in Finland show how fitness was practised by less slender Europeans around 1900.

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The furniture basilica
The furniture basilica
by Thomas Edelmann | 21 June 2016

In a more or less sealed building by Herzog & de Meuron, the Vitra Design Museum presents selected items of furniture from its collection. The Schaudepot is an addition to the Vitra Campus, opening it up more towards Weil and Basel.

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The Glass Bottom Secret
The Glass Bottom Secret
by Uwe Bresan | 16 June 2016

Paul Rudolph’s New York penthouse has lots of levels. Even today, architectural history is divided on the true significance of the building in which Rudolph lived with his partner Ernst Wagner.

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 Siza celebrates with everyone
Siza celebrates with everyone
by Florian Heilmeyer | 14 June 2016

Almost 40 years after construction work started, a subsidized public housing project by Álvaro Siza is being continued in Venice. A superb exhibition turns it into the Portuguese country exhibition at this year’s Architecture Biennale – and shows us that sometimes the front runs right past our front foors.

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Grand Tour of the Country Exhibitions
Grand Tour of the Country Exhibitions
by Florian Heilmeyer | 14 June 2016

So who has the time to see everything at this Biennale? We’ve chosen a few of the really eye-catching exhibitions for you.

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Rough walls – but charming
Rough walls – but charming
by Thomas Wagner | 14 June 2016

So many unfinished buildings: The Spanish pavilion focuses on unfinished and abandoned structures and thus discovers more than just the legacies of a burst property bubble.

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Getting Your Fingers Dirty
Getting Your Fingers Dirty
by Jasmin Jouhar | 13 June 2016


Aravena’s main exhibition celebrates hand-made architecture, as can be sensed from all the materials and smells. But does that suffice for the major challenges?

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A nation in a refugee camp
A nation in a refugee camp
by Florian Heilmeyer | 07 June 2016

Since their expulsion 40 years ago the Sahrawis have lived in refugee camps in Algeria, where they have established their own state. Florian Heilmeyer spoke to Manuel Herz about the Western Sahara Pavilion.

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Achieving the breakthrough
Achieving the breakthrough
by Thomas Wagner | 07 June 2016

How to make Heimat? The German Pavilion opens its walls and the curators put forward hypotheses on what cities should look like where people not only arrive, but want to stay.

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New build in blue
New build in blue
by Florian Heilmeyer | 07 June 2016

In the Arsenale’s Corderie the eye is caught by a large, blue model. It’s full of real proposals for a new, revolutionary way of building houses. Could an “Arrival City” really succeed in this way? Florian Heilmeyer spoke to Jörg Leeser of BeL about the concept.

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Alliance of Enthusiasts
Alliance of Enthusiasts
by Franziska Eidner | 07 June 2016

Just landed temporarily in Venice. The “Sarajevo Now” exhibition wants to save the museum back home using an unusual packaging idea.

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A Patchwork of Alternatives
A Patchwork of Alternatives
by Thomas Wagner | 06 June 2016

The exact line the Aravena Front runs between the central exhibition and the country pavilions is unclear. Whistle in the dark? Or hands-on and act?

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Architecture – daring to do more
Architecture – daring to do more
by Florian Heilmeyer | 01 June 2016

In his lively and powerful main exhibition at the Biennale, Alejandro Aravena shows just how much zest architecture can have, and how much power architects can have.

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Beautifully cast in concrete
Beautifully cast in concrete
by Paula Pohle | 31 May 2016

In the “Modern Forms” picture book Nicolas Grospierre serves up a subjective selection of purist 20th-century concrete buildings.



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 Go on thinking brightly
Go on thinking brightly
by Thomas Wagner | 27 May 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and cunning approach to the designed world: For Michael Erlhoff on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

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A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
A community of guests – the Frankfurt way
by Martina Metzner | 24 May 2016

Greetings from the ribbed Äppelwoi glass: with local color, a shared kitchen and a fictional story: Hotel “Libertine” in Frankfurt/Main seeks to make guests feel at home.

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