Contemporary and modern architecture of Iran will be presented at Archi-Depot, a museum in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to architecture models.
Iranian architect Mehrdad Zavareh-Mohammadi has curated the exhibition of Iranian architecture due to open March 6.
The event is being organized following an invitation from the Architectural Institute of Japan. An estimated 80 architecture models will be displayed at Archi-Depot. The models are from projects that have already been completed and include houses, apartments and villas, ISNA reported.
The two-month exhibit will include three sections. The first will represent architecture from the First Pahlavi period (1941-1979). “This section includes 20 prominent projects such as the iconic Azadi Tower, City Theater, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Carpet Museum, Niavaran Cultural Center and the senate building (all in Tehran),” Zavareh-Mohammadi said.
The buildings will be presented via models, slide projection, videos, documents, graphs and blueprints. About the second section, he said it will comprise projects designed for various Iranian cities by notable architects from Japan and other nations. “The projects were suspended for a variety of reasons including the Islamic Revolution in 1979.”
The third section contains contemporary projects in the four categories of public, infill (rezoning of land in an urban environment, usually open space, to new construction), monad (isolated self-sufficient and smart constructions in nature) and unbuilt projects of large dimensions.
“On the sidelines of the exhibition, scientific and research symposiums will be held, where notable architects such as Arata Isozaki, 86, and Riichi Miyake, 69, from Japan, as well as Ali Kermanian from Iran will speak.
After Tokyo the exhibition will be held in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad.
ARCHI-DEPOT Museum serves as storage-archives for preserving the form and the value of architectural models, which represent architec[tural culture of respective epoch and region. It provides the most appropriate protection system by achieving original unique conservation technology.
ARCHI-DEPOT Corporation was founded in 2015 with the intention of preserving and developing the Japanese architectural culture as well as propagating its values to both Japanese and international communities. The Corporation aims at succeeding the architectural heritages and historical materials to the next generations and at diffusing the architectural culture through its various activities within and beyond the border.
Continuous safekeeping and conservation of architectural models and records by the way of appropriate evaluation of such objects are, thus, acknowledged as its main task while the creation of a new platform, on which active communication connects the professional community and the society, contributes for the sharing of the resulting values. To do so, the Corporation supports ARCHI-DEPOT Museum and realizes various types of lectures, conferences and local commitment programs both in Japan and abroad.
Visit the Website: https://archi-depot.or.jp
Running until – 04 MARCH 2018
The exhibition Re/Framing Louis Kahn: Photographs by Cemal Emden – Drawings and Paintings focuses on the architectural and artistic works of Louis I. Kahn – architect, thinker, artist, and an “architectural guru” who is considered among the leading figures of 20th century architecture. Curated by Müge Cengizkan, the exhibition brings together drawings and photographs of architectural works from Pennsylvania, where Kahn lived, worked, and lectured – to Dacca and Ahmedabad, as well as his paintings and unique interviews.
The exhibition’s focus is based on photographs that reframe Kahn’s buildings through themes such as “constructing the ground” and “kneading the program.” It also offers new insights into Kahn’s ideas through his visionary writings, which have been translated into Turkish for the first time. The exhibition features video interviews with Middle Eastern Technical University graduate architects and instructors who had been Khan’s students in the States.
For this first Louis I. Kahn exhibition in Turkey, the selection includes Khan’s charcoal and color drawings and paintings as well as his own writings and books in an attempt to frame his intricate personality.
Visit the Website: http://www.peramuseum.org
JULY 5, 2018 –JANUARY 13, 2019 THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.
Toward a Concrete Utopia explores themes of large-scale urbanization, technology in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. The exhibition includes more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region, and features work by important architects including Bogdan Bogdanović, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, Vjenceslav Richter, and Milica Šterić. From the sculptural interior of the White Mosque in rural Bosnia, to the post-earthquake reconstruction of the city of Skopje based on Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist design, to the new town of New Belgrade, with its expressive large-scale housing blocks and civic buildings, the exhibition examines the unique range of forms and modes of production in Yugoslav architecture and its distinct yet multifaceted character.
Organized by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vladimir Kulić, guest curator, with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
Visit the Website: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3931
An exhibition titled "Building a Community — Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto," organized by the Museum of Estonian Architecture in collaboration with the Museum of Estonians Abroad, was recently opened in Toronto.
The exhibition is dedicated to Estonian architects who immigrated to Canada during and after World War II. It opened with a thematic symposium featuring speakers including curator Jarmo Kauge, Estonian Academy of Arts rector Mart Kalm as well as local architectural experts.
The result of many years of research, the exhibition focuses primarily on architects born in Estonia whose careers or studies in Europe were interrupted by the war as well as those who earned their architecture qualifications at Canadian universities in the following decades. It was during this postwar period that Toronto rapidly grew into the multicultural metropolis that it is today, and Estonian architects were among those who played an important role in shaping Toronto's architectural landscape.
Names such as Mihkem (Michael) Bach (1916-1972), Ants Elken (1917-2011), Uno Prii (1924-2000), Elmar Tampõld (1920-2013), Taivo Kapsi (1935-1967) and Henno Sillaste (1936-2013) are recognized in Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America, and their work is well known in architecture circles.
Prii's work has been particularly successful as new generations discover the energetic modernism of his work from the 1960s and 70s, and prime examples of architecture by Prii and Kapsi alike are under heritage protection.
Bach, Elken and Kapsi, who all taught at the University of Toronto, played an important role in the spread of Scandinavian-style modernism in Toronto's urban landscape, which was still fairly provincial following World War II. Elken's 30-year university career was also crowned by his being awarded an emeritus professorship. His first work, the first stage of the now-demolished Seaway Hotel, was awarded the prestigious Massey Silver Medal in 1955.
A chapter of its own in Toronto's architectural history includes the buildings designed by Estonians for the local Estonian diaspora community. These include St. Peter's Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Toronto, Tartu College, the Toronto Estonian House as well as a number of cooperative residences and care homes for the elderly.
The exhibition will remain at the Museum of Estonians Abroad, located at Tartu College (310 Bloor St. W, Toronto), through Feb. 12, 2018. During spring, an amended form of the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn. A substantial catalog and collection of essays is planned to be published in time for the exhibition's run in Estonia.
The exhibition "Building a Community — Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto" is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the Integration Foundation and the Esotnian Ministry of Culture.