LIVING Frontiers of Architecture III-IV
Cases: Russia, the Roma, India
Case I: ‘Russia – from collectivism to individualism’ has been curated by Bart Goldhoorn and was about the multi-storey building as the preferred dwelling type from the Stalinist period until today and the architectural consequences for construction in Russia and ‘mass housing’ as a concept in the world in general.
Case III: ‘India’ – presented Cybermohalla Hub, an installation by Hirsch & Müller- Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Cybermohalla Hub constitutes a digital laboratory – an organically growing institution that supplies alternative practices to a housing area by functioning as a cultural centre, school, studio and gallery. The exhibition showed the process that the drawing office initiated after the forced relocation of a neighbourhood in New Delhi. At the Louisiana, the exhibition linked up with the process through a workshop that will result in a book project.
The famous Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto exemplifies his visions of Cell/Network in three specific Louisiana installations: Louisiana Tower, Louisiana Cloud and Louisiana Glass Forest. Sou Fujimoto primarily experiments with new communication strategies related to new types of housing structures. The architect distinguishes between nest and cave, applied respectively to defined, functionally determined architecture and open, rough architecture where the place challenges human beings to investigate and appropriate the setting through their own creativity.
With their new multi-storey building in Manhattan in New York, West 57 (in progress), the Danish Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) presents its proposal for new ways of linking dwelling with people. West 57 can be described as a hybrid between the European tenement block and the traditional skyscraper. Several other projects from the Danish architects are included in the exhibition.
In a specifically Nordic idiom using the four elements earth, fire, water and air, the architectural office Rintala Eggertsson Architects has created the installation Wish you were here?, which examines the issues involved in staging a ‘home’ as well as a cultural identity and the feeling of ‘home’.
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The exhibition catalogue Frontiers of Architecture III-IV – Living includes a preface by the director of the Louisiana Museum, Poul Erik Tøjner, and the curator of the exhibition, Kjeld Kjeldsen, as well as the articles “An exclamation mark that tells me I exist – an anthropological introduction to living” by Mark Vacher, “Cell Block, Egospheres, Self-containers” by Peter Sloterdijk, “Pollen Architecture and Pollen Cities” by Yann Moulier Boutang, as well as “Archipelagos and Pavilions” by Joseph Grima. It also features the poem “Living” by Morten Søndergaard and brief introductory texts to themes and presentations of works in the exhibition. Cover image by Patrick Roddie.
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