(ENG) We are starting the year with a project for two pavillions dedicated to art display. More news soon.
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(ENG) Our talk would be about internationalization and how the concentration of architect are not the best starting point. More info about this architect's meeting in the event's blog.
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(ENG) We have been helping our good friends from blaanc to organize a drawing auction to get funds to the Adobe for Women association. The money obtained will help to finish 20 sustainable houses in the indigenous village of San Juan Mixtepec, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Adobe for Women is a non-profit association, founded in 2011, whose goal is the recovery and education of earth construction techniques; this is our contribution to a more human and sustainable use of space and the planet’s resources.
+ info about Adobe for Women
(ENG) The project KITCHAIN has been published in the book Let's Go Out from Gestalten. The book provides a current overview of trailblazing spaces that go well beyond the classic models of restaurants, cocktail bars, and clubs.
(ENG) Some photos of our installation Long Streets for Short Stories that's in display in Travessa da Marta Pinto, Belém, Lisbon until November 11th. For a full experience of the installation we recommend a visit after 8pm when the lights are on.
(ENG) We finished a month ago the exhibition design of United States Of Europe, a arts travelling exhibition about European identity and today's Europe. We were so busy before holidays that we didn't have time to post anything about it. Below, some pics of our work.
(ENG) To everyone that will be in Lisbon next saturday, we will be opening in Vicente Festival the urban installation Long Streets For Short Stories that we have been developing with the artist Miguel Faro. This will be the third presentation of this piece after Tallinn (Estonia) and Riga (Latvian). We are creating a site specific portuguese story to this presentation. We post the invitation bellow to everyone that wants to drink a glass of wine with us in next saturday afternoon.
Long Streets For Short Stories
from 8th september until 11th November 2012
Travessa do Marta Pinto, Belém, Lisbon
+ info: www.travessadaermida.com
(ENG) After nine days of performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops, the Belluard Festival has come to an end and the doors of the Arsenal have closed. The Kitchain has been once more disassembled and all the tables and benches will quietly wait for the next year edition. This year we had a special contribution on the blog for recording the Kitchain : mr. Antoli and his fantastic videos! We show you below a selection of the best videos that Antoli posted during the nine days of the festival. See you next year and if you want to know more go to kitchain.net
(ENG) We have finally landed in the office after a few days in the spainish city of Valladolid. We went there to take part in the Reencuentros Ibéricos de Arquitectura. The directors of the event were the architects Francisco Mangado and Eduardo Souto Moura who commented all the works that have been presented by the six portuguese and six spanish emerging architects and offices that took part in this forum. The discussion focussed on the limits of the discipline and on the growing tendency of young architects to stretch the operative fields of architecture to different areas such as micro interventions in public spaces or the design of strategies for large territories. We had the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people and to talk with architects that, unitl then, we only knew by the name without associating a face to it. We had a great time. Thanks to Jacobo Garcia Germán, Ariadna Cantis and Maitez Rodriguez for for all the organization.
(ENG) Yesterday was the opening of 2012 edition of the Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and that means that Kitchain will be open in the next nine days for more food, drinks, talking and fun. We leave bellow a video from yesterday open event. As usual you can follow all the big and small stories of this nine days in the Kitchain blog.
(ENG) We arrived yesterday from a long weekend in Guimarães where we went to see the opening of the exhibition Devir Menor and to meet the other collectives that were part of this event. We grab the opportunity and we also saw other interesting events and art exhibitions related to Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. We post bellow some photos of Devir Menor, the exhibition where we had presented our project Kitchain that, by the way, it will open in just ten days for it's fourth edition in Fribourg, Swizerland. We will post more news about this in the next days.
Devir Menor explores projects sensitive to the specificity of contextual conditions, often using other tactics to the traditional methodology of architecture and making a social and economic operative critique, committed on transformation and on revitalization of its context. The architectural project acquires a proximity to everyday life and a processual nature, the modalities of relation with the context change the project itself and the work becomes reflexive and relational. These works are close to cultural practices, characterized also by a particular reconciliation that defies the global and local; they have a strong spatial component and use, among others, techniques of materials recycling, reuse of existing resources, the do-it yourself, or experiment various work modes. The project´s concept is a collaboration between Inês Moreira (architect and curator) and Susana Caló (philosophy researcher and editor)
The exhibition consists of a spatial immersive installation that explores the potential of the drawings, registers, videos and pictures of the invited participants, privileging an informal and intuitive relation with the public. It also presents a selection of 50 reference publications, as well as documental materials and essays produced especially for the project. The installation will establish a dialogue with the building of Sociedade Martins Sarmento, a proeminent building in the city of Guimarães, designed by the architect Marques da Silva.
Iconoclasistas + Bernardo Amaral + Paulo Moreira (Argentina + Portugal)
Paulo Tavares (Brazil and United Kingdom)
Mario Ballesteros (Mexico)
Authors / collectives:
Al BordE arquitectos (Ecuador)
Ángela Bonadies + Juan José Olavarría (Venezuela)
Borde Urbano consultores (Chile)
Control + z + Straddle3 + Lamatraka Cultural (Spain)
Cristobal Palma (Chile and United Kingdom)
Husos (Spain + Colombia)
Blaanc + Rootstudio (Portugal + Mexico)
José Luis Uribe Ortiz (Chile)
Louise Marie Cardoso Ganz (Brazil)
Maria Luz Bravo (Mexico)
Monica de Miranda + Artéria Arquitectura (Portugal)
La Panaderia (Spain)
Plano B (Portugal)
Supersudaca (Latin America)
Todo por la Praxis (Spain)
Tomás Garcia Puente (Argentina)
Urban Think Tank (Venezuela)
+ info: www.devirmenor.com
Guilherme Machado Vaz
SAMI - Arquitectos
Marta Brandão + Mário Sousa
MARGEN - LAB
Uriel Fogué (elii)
(ENG) We will be with Benedetta Maxia in Pecha Kucha Lisbon presenting our project Kitchain this sunday. The speed lecture will be at 6 p.m in Mercado Sta. Clara, Lisbon. More information about the event in Pecha Kucha Lisbon blog.
(ENG) Kitchain, the long-term project we have developed for the Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, was published in designboom, a publication online dedicated to design, architecture, art , photography and graphics. You can read the article here.
“UMA – Ultra Maratona Atlântica”
Directed by Carlos Gomes and Fran Lopez Reyes
Photography by Miguel Robalo
Original Soundtrack by Ricardo Webbens
(ENG) 'UMA – Atlantic Ultra Marathon, is a 43km marathon passing through the sandy beaches of Tróia, a Peninsula in the south of Portugal. This coast, one of the wildest, with the least human intervention in Europe, is the set for a unique competition with an impressive record of 2h 51m.
A territory of rare natural beauty, with a coastline stretched along the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. For the majority of the athletes, the only objective is to reach the end and to inscribe in their bodies that distance, which defines, in itself, the whole territory.
The installation constructs a scenographic memory of the territory following the choreographies and the routs of the athletes. The triptych works as an intensifier, enlarging possibilities of perception and forming a horizon of image, immersing the viewer in the psychological time of the journey.'
(ENG) Nomad House project was published on the publication New Expression On Housing 2. Following the research on the first issue, On Housing 2 focus on the limits of domestic architecture. In the publication you can find experiments and prototypes by artist and architects, working on subjects like Open Source, Flexible Systems, Shared Logics and others.
More information about this publication can be found here and New Expression On Housing 2 is available on the App Store here
Spark is a new book publisher for the iPad specialized in Architecture and Design.
(ENG) We will be today in Universidade Lusiada talking about (re)thinking the city. Our lecture will be around the instigation of individual participation in collective projects to transform the city, upgrading of urban territories and buildings, the shadow as a device of social intensification and... soaps in the walls. If you feel in the mood come and have a look:
(RE)Create Alternative Urban City
Universidade Lusíada - Auditório 1
19th of March / 17H00 - 19H00
(ENG) Moby - himself - has an interesting blog about architecture! He moved a few months to Los Angeles and decided to start a blog to document the ecletic architecture of L.A. Go and have a look: Moby Los Angeles Architecture
Single channel HD (16:9), 15:37 min
Extract 1:55 min
(PT) A máquina pneumática é um objecto mecânico que tem como função criar vácuo, através da sucção de ar do interior de uma campanula de vidro, para a realização de experiências químicas. Interessou-nos esta propriedade do objecto em criar vazio, de estarmos perante uma máquina cujo principal objectivo era produzir ausência.
Blower Vac é uma instalação que utiliza o ar como matéria de transformação do espaço e como detonador da mensagem através da sua presença ou ausência . O público é convidado a interagir com um dispositvo eléctrico transformado que aspira ou sopra ar. Essa movimentação alternada de ar provoca o enchimento ou esvaziamento de duas bolsa de tecido que incorporam em si duas mensagens distintas que só podem ser visualizadas à vez uma vez efectuado o respectivo processo de insuflação ou desinsufluação.
Dimensões: 110 x 100 x 50cm
Material: Aspirador eléctrico, tecido elástico
Objecto quimico interpretado: Máquina Pneumática
Blower Vac foi apresentado na exposição Visões da Química no Campus da Caparica da Universidade Nova que terminou ontem e que pedia a um grupo de sete artistas - Miguel PalmaAna Romana & Susana Anágua, Ana Vasconcelos, Enrique Williams, Helena Abrantes, Miguel Faro, Miguel Palma e MOOV - um novo olhar sobre objectos históricos usados em laboratórios químicos.
(ENG) After the post dedicated to the unCloud project, we would like to share two more projects: Time/Bank by Julieta Aranda & Anton Vidokle and Macht Geschenke: The Making of Capital by Christin Lahr. The two art projects deal with money and time.
As you can read in the program: "Time/Bank is a platform for cultural and arts communities where groups and individuals can pool and trade time and skills, bypassing money as a measure of value. Time/Bank is based on the premises that everyone in the field of culture has something to contribute, and that it is possible to develop and sustain an alternative economy by connecting existing needs with unacknowledged resources.
Time/Bank is a platform for cultural and arts communities where groups and individuals can pool and trade time and skills, bypassing money as a measure of value. Time/Bank is based on the premises that everyone in the field of culture has something to contribute, and that it is possible to develop and sustain an alternative economy by connecting existing needs with unacknowledged resources."
(ENG) A great time-lapse of yesterday night capture by Wieni Kookt, one of the three groups that made the Kitchain Do-It-Yourself sold out night.
(ENG) Sunday KITCHAIN! Eight adults with two children at one kitchenette. Among other things they wanted to grill some turkey at the outdoor grill but after a while they have decided to grill it inside! Too much rain in Leuven! At the other kitchenette a really nice surprise: a couple coming directly from Wuppertal to eat at the KITCHAIN! The evening was really nice and friendly! We were able to carry out Freeman mission because many people made their promises! And it’s always special to have children running around the KITCHAIN! We ended up playing on the Pedro Reyes see-saw "Leverage" (a post about his wonderful piece soon!!!)!
(ENG) On Saturday, we had the pleasure to spend a wonderful KITCHAIN evening with Davis Freeman, his daughter, or as he introduced her to us “my assistant” and other 6 guests! The evening started with “Promises” and we need to explain this concept a little bit: it’s a really simple and great idea, he asks people to make promises that will contribute to a more sustainable world, like: “You promise you will take a shower just for 2 minutes for 1 week… You promise you will buy just second-hand clothes for 1 month...” and so on… If people agree they sign a paper and they will get a badget…and a free shot of vodka! Us and many people eating at the KITCHAIN made promises and the atmosphere was great! We also played a multiple choice quiz related to the environment and after a delicious shortbread, made by Davis daughter, we ended up singing a karaoke version of “I will always love you”! Thanks a lot Davis!