Office Kersten Geers David van Severen – Everything Architecture
Bozar, Brussels, Belgium.
Aftermath_Catalonia – Architecture beyond Architects
Biennale di Venezia Collateral Event, Venice, Italy.
Modern Forms – A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture
Exhibition, Nicolas Grospierre AA Gallery, London, UK.
Artek and the Aaltos – Creating a Modern World
Exhibition, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, USA.
Biennale Architecttura 2016
Biennale, Arsenale / Giardini / City centre, Venice, Italy.
Projects / European Design Studios
European Design Stories represents an international curatorial project documenting stories in works by selected original creators. We are collectors of intimate moments in creative processes, ways of thinking, or working and living environments that best capture the narratives of final things.
Manifesto / Water is Emotion
A Manifesto by Philippe Grohe
Do we need to evolve our understanding of the role of water in our societies? And in which direction? What improves the way we relate to this primal natural element? Philippe Grohe SE, Vice President of Design Management at Hansgrohe, has produced a manifesto especially for DAMN° on how to use water, upgrading our perception of it.
ISSUE #56 / Articles
Oceanwide Cleanup #56
An offshore gigantic plastic chase
About 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year. At least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently floating in the oceans, a third of which are concentrated in the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Milano Alight #56
On the Scene at the Salone
With such a slew of products and events filling the environment and such a sense of design mania penetrating the atmosphere, we donned our funkiest, most robust gear and set about discovering some worthy finds to tell you about.
The Bold and the Brutalist #56
Juliaan Lampens’ cunning architecture
Some architects gain rapid international acclaim, while others are only acknowledged much later in their careers. One such example is Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens, who set up his practice in 1950 in Eke, near Ghent, working somewhat begrudgingly within the constraints imposed by the local tastes of the time. Then, in 1960 he built his own house in a profoundly modern style, which served as a beacon, luring enlightened clients to commission other residences. These minimalist, bunker-like structures were something new in Belgium. Certainly, the undercurrent of influence the architect inspired has now led to his work being rediscovered.
Conceptual Carpenter #56
Leon Vranken’s pristine practice
Leon Vranken mainly works with three-dimensional elements and geometric forms, but his work cannot fully be described as sculpture. What becomes apparent is a strong sense of composition and a materiality taken to the limits of craftsmanship, gravity, or illusion. Precision in the use of materials, clarity of form, and elegance of finish are characteristics that resound in the artist’s practice. Another distinguishing aspect of his work is that it appears minimal and conceptual in nature, whereas the process behind it is quite labour intensive. In a constructivist manner, he builds up the layers and components, a process overtly contrary to the crisply defined appearance of the finished work.
In Praise of the Forest #56
Sou Fujimoto, a man on a mission
To say that Sou Fujimoto is a lover of the forest is not quite saying enough, yet is kind of saying everything. Providing his deepest level of inspiration, the forest features in all of his work in one manner or another, and often rather literally. An architect whose recognition has come early in his career, Fujimoto is busy making his mark internationally with contemporary buildings of a certain contrariness in cities whose contexts are generally historic. Could it be that humanity’s intrinsic yearning for nature has recognised a deep-seated yearning for an aspect of its evocation in the manmade structures we occupy?
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