After a parenthesis in September with the presentation, in the atrium of Palazzo Canavée, of the traveling exhibition Umsicht-Regards-Sguardi 2013 by the SIA (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects), this year the Gallery will open with an exhibition devoted to the winner of the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Spanish architect José María Sánchez García, and all the candidates in the international architecture prize, now in its fourth edition. It will be followed by the exhibition of the Academy’s teaching activities with courses and works produced by the students in the design studios during academic year 2013-14. The Gallery’s activities will resume after the winter vacation with the exhibition Hélène Binet-Dialogues, devoted to the work of the Swiss photographer. As is customary, an exhibition of the 2015 Diploma projects will mark the close of the academic year.
The full calendar of exhibitions will be presented at the beginning of the academic year.
- Marc Collomb
Dean’s Office Coordinator
- Marco Della Torre
- Stefania Murer
|SIA Umsicht, Regards, Sguardi 2013||08 september- 26 september2014|
|BSI Swiss Architectural Award||18 september- 26 october 2014|
|Mad'14 Mostra sull'attività didattica||13 november - 20 december2014|
|Hélène Binet, Dialoghi||20 february- 12 april 2015|
|Experimenta 01||23 april - 22 may 2015|
|Topics of Architecture||20 june - 19 july 2015|
For the third time, the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) has bestowed awards and accolades on projects that exemplify forward-looking design of living space. The goal was to recognize holistic approaches that look beyond purely technical and ecological responses and embody the spirit of innovation in design. An international and interdisciplinary jury awarded prizes to five projects with a special accolade for a further one. In the jury’s view, the award-winning works gave rise to exemplary, future-oriented solutions to the present-day challenges of Switzerland’s living space. The layout of the exhibition takes account of the various means deployed and perspectives adopted, reflecting the aim of the prize to harness interdisciplinary knowledge and combine a range of differing views. Texts, plans and sketches as well as videos of film-maker Marc Schwarz and photographs of Tom Haller document the award winners from a variety of angles.
La mostra presenta al pubblico i lavori dei 27 candidati al BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2014, con un approfondimento particolare dedicato al vincitore. Corredata da un catalogo edito da Mendrisio Academy Press e Silvana editoriale documenta l’esito della quarta edizione del premio internazionale di architettura BSI Swiss Architectural Award, attribuito all’architetto spagnolo José María Sánchez García. Oltre ai lavori presentati dagli altri 26 candidati, provenienti da 16 paesi, l’esposizione offre un inedito approfondimento dedicato alle opere del vincitore: la sistemazione dell’area del Tempio di Diana a Mérida (2005-2008), il Centro per l’innovazione sportiva “el Anillo” a Guijo de Granadilla, Cáceres (2008-2009) e il Centro di canottaggio ad Alange (2008-2010). Opere che saranno documentate dagli scatti fotografici e dai filmati realizzati per l’occasione da Enrico Cano e Daniele Marucci, e da modelli ed elaborati grafici provenienti dallo studio dell’architetto. La mostra sarà corredata da un catalogo, curato da Nicola Navone, edito da Mendrisio Academy Press e Silvana Editoriale.
L’esposizione di una selezione della produzione degli studenti, frutto delle attività didattiche svolte in Accademia di architettura durante il corso dell’anno, costituisce un fondamentale momento di confronto e di conferma per tutta la comunità accademica di Mendrisio come anche un’occasione per mostrare al pubblico esterno le potenzialità della scuola in termini di didattica e ricerca.
MAD.’14, mostra sull’attività didattica, è articolata in modo da informare il visitatore in merito ai contenuti cercando di restituire a livello percettivo la particolare vitalità creativa che anima la scuola nell’ambito dei suoi atelier di progettazione ma anche tramite la descrizione dei differenti approcci e delle tematiche che vengono affrontati all’interno dei corsi teorici, a dimostrazione di una grande ricchezza in termini di offerta formativa.
Hélène Binet (1959), born in Ticino and living in London, is one of the most original and popular figures in the photography of architecture internationally. She has collaborated with many contemporary architects: Zaha Hadid, John Hejduk, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor, Caruso St John, Peter Eisenman, David Chipperfield, Studio Mumbai. She has also photographed the architecture of Andrea Palladio, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier and Sigurd Lewerentz.
More recently she has devoted herself to landscape themes. Her works have been exhibited in numerous institutions including the Biennale of Architecture in Venice and the Barbican Art Gallery in London. Her works are documented in numerous publications, including the monograph Composing Space.The Photographs of Hélène Binet (Phaidon, 2012). The accolades she has received include the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award (2015).
Since 2011, Hélène Binet has held workshops in photography at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana.
The Academy of Architecture opens its first exhibition devoted to the teaching activities conducted in the Workshops now established for some time in the school to complement its educational offering.
The Building Reality workshop, directed by architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, is based in Burkina Faso, where students can explore at first hand the themes of self-build and sustainable projects practised with local materials and technologies in the context of a low-income developing country.
Filming Architecture, the workshop directed by Professor Marco Müller offers an intensive week of study and practice of cinema, when participants are engaged in making a documentary about some architectural work in Canton Ticino supervised by important European directors as Stan Neumann, Marie–Pierre Duhamel, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine.
For 12 years, WISH, the international Workshop on Social Housing, directed by architect Martino Pedrozzi, has been exploring the theme of collective housing and its morphological and typological characters as a frame of reference for possible new developments, the social dimension it entails and its implications for the contemporary phenomena of urbanization and globalization.