Each year the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture presents a rich program of exhibitions.
Officially opened in academic year 2005-2006, the Gallery hosts exhibitions on architecture, urban planning, art and photography: monographic exhibitions, devoted to professionals and artists with international reputations, rapidly growing cities, buildings with distinctive design histories.
But the space is also used for illustrating the results of teaching and researches conducted by the Academy in collaboration with Foundations and Institutes.
- Marc Collomb
Dean’s Office Coordinator
- Marco Della Torre
- Stefania Murer
- Marco Corti
- Francesco Talaia
Humans, who have worked with wood in many different ways for millennia, continue to explore new possibilities today using fractal geometry and sophisticated software. A true high tech material, wood fuses like metal; it is bent and pleated, braided with suppleness and curved gently into ribbed shells in the expert hands of EPFL’s Timber Construction Laboratory (IBOIS), directed by Yves Weinand.
The “Timber Project” exhibit presents current research in wood construction, where interdisciplinarity – in this case, between civil engineering, architecture, mathematics, computer science – provides a breath of fresh air and a surge of new inspiration. This research, whose timing coincides with current environmental and ecological concerns, is leading to innovative construction solutions that can be efficiently built and are economically viable – a new architecture of wood.
nuove forme architettoniche in legno
20 September − 27 October 2013
Simile ad un laboratorio dove prodotti e materiali vengono disposti a stimolare intenti di ricerca e a testimoniare vitalità creativa, in occasione dell’allestimento di MAD, mostra sull’attività didattica, la pratica del fare architettura viene esposta nella sua più ampia aspirazione.
Emergono l’attenzione ai concetti di luogo e di contesto, e le implicazioni di ordine paesaggistico e territoriale; tematiche che, tutte e con approcci diversificati, vengono esplorate sia all’interno degli atelier di progettazione sia nell’ambito dei corsi teorici.
MAD è una panoramica sulla ricerca e sui risultati degli insegnamenti dell’Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, riferiti all’anno accademico 2012/2013 e mostrati attraverso i lavori degli studenti; una testimonianza di grande ricchezza progettuale e comunicativa.
Exhibition on Teaching Activities
15 November – 20 December 2013
The exhibition Amurs shows 9 works designed by the office Bearth & Deplazes Architekten with images created by the photographers Ralph Feiner and Tonatiuh Ambrosetti. The practice was founded in Chur in 1988 by Valentin Bearth (1957) with Andrea Deplazes (1960) and Daniel Ladner (1959) has been partner since 2001. Explorating typological aspects and in the use of contemporary construction techniques, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten have been able to develop innovative work practices.
The title, Amurs, takes its origin from the relations the architects have with their own expectations, reflecting their militant position within the Swiss cultural scene. In addition to private dwellings, the office realized many projects including: the Gantenbein winery in Fläsch (2006), the New Monte Rosa Hut CAS near Zermatt (2009) designed in collaboration with the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture, the headquarters of ÖKK in Landquart (2012) and the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona (2013) designed in collaboration with architects Durisch+Nolli.
Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
21 February − 30 March 2014
Quanti sono i rifugi e bivacchi delle Alpi? Probabilmente un migliaio. O forse ben più del doppio. Il rifugio alpino incarna un’immagine condivisa nel sentire collettivo oppure no?
Intorno alla storia e all’attualità dei rifugi nei loro aspetti edilizi, ambientali, sociali, alpinistici e politici, ruota l’interesse dell’associazione culturale Cantieri d’alta quota, fondata a Biella nel 2012 che, oltre a promuovere un grande censimento-osservatorio di tutti i rifugi e bivacchi delle Alpi è la curatrice della mostra itinerante dal titolo 2000 metri sopra le cose umane, I rifugi alpini: storia, tipologia, funzioni. La mostra approda a Mendrisio in una veste appositamente pensata, assieme al Laboratorio di Storia delle Alpi, per l’Accademia di Architettura e rappresenta il primo tentativo di restituire le vicende che hanno portato alla costruzione dei rifugi alpini, analizzando le motivazioni della committenza, le tecniche e i materiali edilizi e le figure dei progettisti.
Oltre all’introduzione storica, cinque sono le sezioni della mostra che saranno ospitate nel foyer di palazzo Canavee con il supporto dell’apparato espositivo realizzato dall’atelier Blumer dell’Accademia di architettura: Riparo, Bivacco, Comfort, Tecnologia e Paesaggio.
2000 metri sopra le cose umane
I rifugi alpini: storia, tipologia, funzioni
12 March – 04 April 2014
The Milanese architect Giulio Minoletti (1910–1981) was distinguished for his extraordinary versatility and his attitude to experiment with forms, materials, polychromy and contamination between different expressions of art. The exhibition is an opportunity to show the breadth of his professional practice and architectural research in five different sections: «Architectural variety » for Milan, illustrating the wide range of his architectural composition, buildings facing a street, open to all directions, built on corners or on existing constructions; Architecture in landscape, designing landscape, examining Minoletti’s ability to recognise the essential character of a particular place to enhance its value through his architecture; Water scenery «intensely blue» and «warm gilded light», examining the compositional and perceptual consequences of his use of the two natural elements; «Made by machines», made for machines, a section dedicated to his work as industrial and interior designer for ships, planes and trains; «Where is architecture going?» When the city is renewed, a section concentrating on town planning.
architetto, urbanista e designer (1910–1981)
17 April − 01 June 2014
The Diploma represents the conclusion of the research project "Public Space in the 'Ticino City' of Tomorrow" funded by the National Foundation within the program NRP 65 "New Urban Quality". It proposes a territorial reading articulated into four “districts” (areas with specific geographic and morphological characteristics): C1 Ticino River North; C2 Ticino River South; C3 the Ceresio Basin; C4 the Insubria Triangle.
For each district the research has developed projects of public space on different scales: district (1:25'000) and urban (1:5'000). The Diploma projects are the selection of the strategic issues identified and will have to be developed on the urban and architectural scales.
The projects proposed form part of a territorial strategy, and deal with issues related to: landscape, public space, infrastructures, mobility and densification.
The whole set of Diploma projects is an opportunity to extend the results obtained and help improve the dialogue between the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture and the public administration on issues regarding the culture of the territory.
21 June− 19 July 2014