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Modernism with the wrong rendering
Modernism with the wrong rendering
by Paul Andreas | 24 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 juin 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 | 7 juin 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 | 7 juin 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 | 7 juin 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 | 7 juin 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 | 6 juin 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 | 1 juin 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 mai 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 mai 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 mai 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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Progress in blue
Progress in blue
by Thomas Wagner | 24 mai 2016

With their Atomic Plate series, Mia Grau and Andree Weissert have created a subversive/contemporary counterpart to traditional plates for the wall.

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