Opening Lines: Sketchbooks of Ten Modern Architects

Tchoban Foundation – Museum of Architectural Drawing, Berlin, 30 June – 7 October

Natalini, Sketchbook 12 cover (thumb)

An exhibition from the Drawing Matter collection, with additional loans from selected architects, dedicated to the architectural sketchbook, in practice and on display. The exhibition presents a variety of sketchbook and sketch practices by architects whose built work has been largely formed through drawing by hand on paper. In parallel, it explores the parameters of displaying sketchbooks, considering how an object intended to be held and leafed through can be presented within the requirements of a museum setting. The exhibition features around 80 drawings and 140 sketchbooks, both bound and disbound, and employs film and audio interviews, virtual and analogue facsimiles to display each individual’s practice.

Speaking Through Sketchbooks

ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Saturday 30 June 2018, 3pm

Niall McLaughlin, sketchbook header image

To celebrate the inauguration of the exhibition Opening Lines, architects Nigel Coates and Níall McLaughlin will be in conversation about their sketchbook practices, followed by a chaired discussion with other architects whose work features in the exhibition.

Post-Otto Wagner: From the Post Office Savings Bank to Post-Modernism

MAK Vienna, 30 May – 30 September

Otto Wagner, Capuchin church and imperial crypt, 1898, DM 2879 IN SET

To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Otto Wagner (1841–1918) the MAK exhibition POST-OTTO WAGNER: From the Postal Savings Bank to Post-Modernism investigates Wagner’s role as the ‘Father of Modernism’ and points out not only the context and the interaction between Wagner and other protagonists of early modernism, but also the influence his epochal work had on his contemporaries, students, and following generations of architects and designers. 

Architectural Ethnography

Japan Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018

Éva Le Roi, Thumb

Momoyo Kaijima of Atelier Bow Wow has been developing the thinking underlying this method of observing and recording the human environment since the late 1990s, beginning from the premise that ethnography is the 'representation of a society and culture of a specific ethnic group based on fieldwork.'  In 2001 the practice published Made in Tokyo, a guidebook to the modernity of Tokyo’s urban space that revealed, in simple line drawings, a typological analysis of the messy reality of the built environment as it responded to the spontaneous desires and activities of the city’s inhabitants. Depicting urban golf ranges, spaghetti snack bars, spaces underneath and around expressways – sometimes of unimaginably small but still useful proportions, buildings as billboards … their experiment was an influential starting point for many other projects seeking to transcend preconceptions of what constitutes architecture. – Helen Thomas

Drawing Matter

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