Glorious WasteGlorious Waste

13 July 2015 by AMANDA PINATIH

Glorious Waste

Blomkwist & Louazna aestheticise damage *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Hicham Louazna is a chef-turned-photographer. Joram Blomkwist is a self-taught photographer. The two have only known each other for four years, but are as thick as thieves. After all, each is happy to have met someone who shares a love for stills and a fascination for waste. The trickery the duo adopts to capture an image is notable. By eliminating the context of an object and zooming-in on different elements, the work assumes an alien quality.  

Mercedes, 2015 from the Crushed Cars series. Courtesy of the artist

On Nations and NatureOn Nations and Nature

13 July 2015 by Jurriaan Benschop

On Nations and Nature

A view on the 56th Venice Biennale

Ugly, joyless, aggressive, didactic, morose, self-righteous, unpleasant: these are just some of the descriptors used in the media to describe the recently opened 56th Venice Biennale. It is at least refreshing that the prominent event is not beyond criticism. This edition, headed by veteran Nigerian curator and critic Okwui Enwezor, has encountered a fair measure of vitriol, to be sure. But like all else one experiences, it is a question of attitude, for there is plenty of meaningfulness to behold, and much in the way of relevant, powerful messages to absorb.

The Serbian Pavilion

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Bettering DesignBettering Design

13 July 2015 by Laura Traldi

Bettering Design

Jasper Morrison imparts his wisdom

It is quite true to say that Jasper Morrison is a highly confident man. Unlike many designers, he does not feel the need to avidly promote his work and does not value the aesthetic quality of an object as highly as its character or atmospheric impact; indeed he finds that a sensibility for other traits is much more pertinent when it comes to the design of an item; that it needs to be balanced and to exhibit a naturalness: the right amount of tension and expression. Regarding his first-ever retrospective in Belgium, Morrison quietly trusts that many of those who see the show will be inspired.

Jasper Morrison in his studio in the early 1990s © Jasper Morrison

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Bye-bye to the personal car?Bye-bye to the personal car?

13 July 2015 by Norman Kietzmann

Bye-bye to the personal car?

The uptake of other options

Urban mobility is experiencing an upheaval. With the advent of car sharing, automobile manufacturers have needed to adjust their previous strategies. This implies significant changes for car companies, car owners, and the city itself. DAMN° questioned five experts about the developments, and obtained and insight on how we will be traversing our cities in the very near future.

democratic or unjust? The private taxi service, Uber

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Take a SeatTake a Seat

13 July 2015 by Léopold Lambert

Take a Seat

Cairo street furniture

Back in 2010, Manar Moursi and David Puig began taking Polaroid photographs of the chairs dotted about the streets of Cairo, additionally gathering insightful contributions from the owners, as the duo found the phenomenon at once poetic and socially significant. Most of the chairs populating outdoor Cairo have been repaired and repaired again, with the new version often more remarkable than the original, and certainly more ingenious – witness plastic bits attached to the remains of a metal structure, or chunks of wood added onto an iron stool. The project website is appealing but doesn&r..

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Only the Dead (and William Klein) know BrooklynOnly the Dead (and William Klein) know Brooklyn

13 July 2015 by Lyle Rexer

Only the Dead (and William Klein) know Brooklyn


Although William Blake was born and raised in New York, he moved to Paris at a young age and never looked back. In those days, Brooklyn was a no-go zone in the minds of Manhattanites, and he certainly paid it no real heed. But a few years ago, he decided to embark on an urban project and chose Brooklyn over Las Vegas. It turned out to be a good choice. The images he captured are vivid and telling. DAMN° had a natter with the talented photographer.

Mister Steeplechase, Brooklyn, 2013, by William Klein

Blind Date in a Henry Van de Velde VillaBlind Date in a Henry Van de Velde Villa

13 July 2015 by Sam Steverlynck

Blind Date in a Henry Van de Velde Villa

New works at Hôtel Wolfers *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

A bunker-shaped villa in a pretty part of Brussels is how Hôtel Wolfers, a modernist townhouse designed by Henri Van de Velde, might be described. It is here that Belgian design house MANIERA has assembled limited-edition furniture pieces created by 6a architects and artist Richard Venlet. Every year, MANIERA carefully selects two designers to produce special furniture pieces and then launches these in an exhibition. This time around, the works purposefully engage in a dialogue with the distinctive architecture of this landmark building.

Dust Free Friends series by 6a architects at Hôtel Wolfers / Photo © Geert Goiris

Storytelling at its FinestStorytelling at its Finest

13 July 2015 by Adam Štěch

Storytelling at its Finest

From the depths of Maharam *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Material innovation is fundamental to Maharam’s textile engineering initiatives. Balancing an appreciation of history and storytelling with innovative interdisciplinary exploration, its design studio focuses on utility, technology, tradition, and luxury. Collaborations with Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, and Paul Smith, among others, foster an open dialogue across a variety of design fields, while working together with top brands like Nike and Vitra extends the well-established company’s creative reach beyond textiles.

Wooden archive and library units inside Maharam headquarters, designed by fernlund + logan architect

Continuing the ContinuoContinuing the Continuo

13 July 2015 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Continuing the Continuo

The remake of Burri’s Teatro in Milano *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

It is a precious way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, by reconstructing his theatre in its original setting. Which is precisely what is happening in Milan. Privately funded and donated to next year’s Triennale, the wonderful architectural sculpture designed by Alberto Burri in the early 1970s and prematurely demolished, is being faithfully reinstated. Now, as much as ever, a free stage open to everyone is a welcome contribution to city life. 

Alberto Burri during the contruction of Teatro Continuo at Parco Sempione, Milan, 1973Courtesy of Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri

Deeply Rooted DesignDeeply Rooted Design

13 July 2015 by Adam Štěch

Deeply Rooted Design

Carl Auböck x 5 and counting *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

This is the story of five generations of Carl Auböck’s, all of who are designers and all of who have continued to run the original workshop set up by the first-in-line in the early 1900s. Finding this situation remarkable, even somewhat phenomenal, DAMN° decided to look more closely at the connection between these successive men-of-the-same-name and the works they have produced and actively continue to produce. Auböck IV has provided inside information.Carl Auböck II with a collection of modernist figures from the 1950s Courtesy of the Carl Auböck Archive

Colour SurfacingColour Surfacing

13 July 2015 by Cristina Guadalupe Galván

Colour Surfacing

Peter Halley’s 2D world *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Heading to snowy New York in March, DAMN° sauntered along to Peter Halley’s studio to meet the man behind the coloured cells and the generational Index Magazine. A painter as well as a writer, Halley sees his artwork as a Gesamtkunstwerk whereby two-dimensional surfaces – that is to say, colourful planar works mounted just-so onto the wall surfaces that comprise a room – become a kind of text, a two-dimensional work in a context of three dimensions. An interview pursued.

Mary Boone Gallery, New York: A collaboration with Alessandro Mendini, 2013

Construing a ClassicConstruing a Classic

13 July 2015 by Sandra Hofmeister

Construing a Classic

7 architects interpret Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7™ chair

Poetically, perhaps, Fritz Hansen chose to invite 7 architects to redefine the Series 7 chair. The idea of revising this iconic furniture element in a spirit contemporary with our time has indubitably been a clever one, as the resulting designs are highly diverse, and indeed, each has something revealing to say. Here, DAMN° highlights three of the interpretations, elucidating the thinking behind their design and depicting the charm they possess. Of particular note is how faithfully the individual architects have transferred their particular style to this very singular chair.

View of the 7 cool architects and 1 hot topic exhibition in the Fritz hansen showroom during3daysofdesign, Copenhagen. photo © Fritz hansen

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Everyday Life in a Former UtopiaEveryday Life in a Former Utopia

13 July 2015 by Sandra Hofmeister

Everyday Life in a Former Utopia

Revisiting Chandigarh *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

A photographic essay has recently been published on the city of Chandigarh, 50 years after this ‘ideal city’ was created. And it is entirely telling. When Le Corbusier was asked by Prime Minister Nehru to undertake such a project, he was exuberant, for what an opportunity it was! Indeed, Corb proceeded to formulate his plans and satisfy this dream. Given that restrictions defined the framework of the project, it is inevitable that if even such a utopia could be achieved, it would not withstand time.

Photo: Werner Feiersinger

Back to the FutureBack to the Future

13 July 2015 by Aline Lara Rezende

Back to the Future

The Vienna Biennale plays it cool *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Devising the perfect future – mankind cannot seem to resist the attempt. In a forthright and enthusiastic gesture, the city of Vienna has launched its first-ever biennale with just this notion in mind, exhibiting works that amply express its theme of Ideas for Change. Perhaps the most interesting outcome is that this vision of the future, instead of appearing as an end-result or as a farfetched proposal, is a fluid, gently progressing process in which the population is thoroughly involved.

Ferdinand GT3 RS Bicycle-Porsche, for deceleration and ecologically gentle mobility, by Hannes Langeder, 2010© Hannes Langeder

Reinventing the ModelReinventing the Model

13 July 2015 by Julia Albani

Reinventing the Model

Berlin’s festival for urban alternatives *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Never mind the fact that Berlin was late in jumping onto the architecture festival bandwagon, as this first edition of such an event was a roaring success. Realising its unique status as a city rich in resources (public spaces and creative potential) while accepting its paucity of capital, it nonetheless proved its sincerity of intention by managing to support itself without government funding. With a variety of substantial projects, discussions, and dialogues, Make City has made its mark.

Allmende Kontor: community garden, Tempelhofer Feld. Photo © Michael Jungblu

Geo-Techno WonderlandGeo-Techno Wonderland

13 July 2015 by Léopold Lambert *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Geo-Techno Wonderland

Liam Young reveals the reals

Liam Young is an architect who sincerely wants the human way of life to improve. His practice has two major parts. In one of these, Young travels with his students to different extreme geological sites, with the aim of rethinking the way we imagine and therefore design our cities. In the other, he fully investigates this speculative architectural and technological approach through various collaborative projects, to determine how certain technologies can be repurposed for democratic and/or creative aims. In short, Young sets an exquisite example.

Edgelands, 2015; New City series. 4K animated video still

Who owns the City?Who owns the City?

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Who owns the City?

Renegotiating the urban commons in Bruges *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

At this year’s Art and Architecture Triennial in Bruges, certain contemporary issues have sprung glaringly to the fore. That this small city has remained so archaically prim makes it a prime setting for an event in which artists and architects from the world’s most rapidly growing metropolises have been invited to contribute. With their respective projects providing astute insights into the state of today’s cities, the global message is that urban identity and quality of life are fast slipping through the fingers of the people who live there.

Tree Huts in the courtyard of the Béguinage by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata, who has installed similar wooden structures in New York, Paris, and Berlin. Photo: Tim Theo Deceuninck

Getting OutGetting Out

13 July 2015 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Getting Out

Re-visioning museum art *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

So if you are in a museum and a particular painting strikes you, take a photograph of it, turn that into a poster, and paste it up on all available surfaces around the city. Presto! You are part of the Outings Project. Instigated by Julien de Casablanca, the project is currently in full swing, its worldly radius ever expanding and with no sign of stopping. The procedure is simple and the impact potentially large. DAMN° spoke with the French artist about how he happened upon the idea.

Dijon, France by Outings Project, courtesy of Outings Project

All Roads Lead to SchengenAll Roads Lead to Schengen

13 July 2015 by Anna Sansom

All Roads Lead to Schengen

Pummelling the immigration *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

With works of art including an installation of Schengen souvenirs, a video of mapped journeys from those attempting to enter Europe, cartographic drawings of the imaginary movements of Roma peoples, an installation evoking the Jewish tradition of placing stones on graves, stories of French female immigrants, the migration system in the Sahara desert, and other equally poignant stories and messages, FRAC Lorraine has managed to address, in exhibition form, the very pressing subject of immigration.

hcYS?, 2005, by Tania Mouraud. collection 49 nord 6 est – FrAc Lorraine, Metz, Francephoto: rémi Villaggi, © Adagp, paris, 2015

Perking up the Public SpacePerking up the Public Space

13 July 2015 by Anna Sansom

Perking up the Public Space

Projects that aim to please *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Urban furniture comes in all shapes and sizes. Accordingly, each individual piece can either tickle one’s fancy or create resentment, as opinions and attitudes towards fixtures that adorn the cityscape tend to be highly personal. In cities across the world, some form of outdoor furniture or another is to be seen, and although most of it is classic in style, more and more contemporary pieces are popping up, often thanks to municipal funding bodies in favour of public art or urban projects. DAMN° samples the gamut. 

cod, complément d'objet direct by Nicolas Thevenot, 2014

Urbanism with HumourUrbanism with Humour

13 July 2015 by Marcio Kogan

Urbanism with Humour

Marcio Kogan vents his spleen... *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

This is São Paulo, maybe the largest neglected urban agglomeration anywhere, and yet the city is reasonably wealthy. Here, tactile surfaces will lead a blind man into a wall or into a lamppost or to where public money has been spent on mini-gardens that make no sense, or to the 152 different vases that I counted on only one street near our studio. Happily, the blind man already knows that he shouldn’t trust the signs and that these green areas will not be used for picnics with the family on Sunday morning. I get totally bent out of shape about this. Architects and urban developers..

Picture by Marcio Kogan

Tomorrow’s Cities TodayTomorrow’s Cities Today

13 July 2015 by Patrizia Coggiola

Tomorrow’s Cities Today

Soaring ahead *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

How to make a smart city. It is nigh impossible to revise the infrastructure in any substantial way without major disruption and great expense. Thus, an attractive approach is to progress steadily forward with interventions in the urban space where people naturally move about day-in and day-out, by installing urban furniture that has the capacity to interact with the population.

Make City Berlin

A Night on the TownA Night on the Town

13 July 2015 by Marcio Kogan

A Night on the Town

Marcio Kogan's thoughts from Royal_Room 606 *** READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN DAMNº51 ***

Here in our manifesto slot is actually a pseudo manifesto – i.e. a text that had no intention of being a manifesto. Rather, it is simply an insightful ramble by an esteemed architect on his personal experience during a recent stay in Copenhagen at the time of the city’s design weekend, which he has somehow interwoven with idiosyncratic details about his hometown of São Paulo, accruing tangential thoughts along the way. As it turns out, it is quite a supreme manifesto.

room 606 at the royal hotel, SAS house (1955-1960), Copenhagen, designed by Arne Jacobsen

DAMNº51 is out !DAMNº51 is out !

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DAMNº51 is out !

Starring: Jasper Morisson \ Alberto Burri \ Liam Young \ Carl Auböck \ William Klein \ Marcio Kogan \ Michael Maharam \ Peter Halley \ Venice Art Biennale \ Urbanology & Mobility

COVER IMAGE: BLOMKWIST & LOUAZNA, Mercedes, 2015, from the Crushed Cars series, Courtesy of the artists

Fritz Hansen invited 7 architects to redefine Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair 
** read all about it in DAMnº51**