What’s On – Architectural Exhibitions And Events, August 2017


This month, we’ve gathered our top five architecture events. As part of the exhibition Art of Many currently on show, the Danish Architecture Centre is host to two lively debates during August. In Norway we’re celebrating a new architecture film festival – which this year focuses on social aspects of urbanism. Additionally, during this year’s summer school, Copenhagen Architecture Festival investigates the landscapes and seascapes of western Denmark. In the US, Yale provides an insight into the urban landscapes of Israeli cities, while the Museum of Sydney celebrates one of Australia’s most iconic designers through a retrospective.

Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

Art of Many – Debate
24, 31 August
Danish Architecture Centre (DAC)
Copenhagen, DK

The Danish contribution to last year’s Venice Biennale is currently on show at DAC. During the exhibition period, DAC will be host to lively panel discussions revolving around the themes of the exhibition: Beyond Luxury, Pro Community, Claiming Space, Exit Utopia, and Designing Life. The panel consists of the two appointed curators, Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, who will discuss how contemporary Danish architecture responds to current societal agendas.

Norwegian ArchFest 21 – 23 August Haugesund, Norway

How can urban equality and social inclusion be a driving force for urban development? This is one of the main questions to be answered during this year’s Norwegian ArchFest. The festival focuses on social inequality in relation to urbanism. A theme that arises from the fact that Norwegian cities in their pursuit of becoming more innovative, attractive and creative has neglected some of the main societal problems cities around the world face. Problems relating to social diversity, urban segregation, inclusion – and additionally, problems where architecture can be used as a tool to promote social inclusion, create inclusive counterparts and urban spaces.

During three days with a comprehensive program of screenings, talks, discussions and lectures, the festival unfolds some of the current societal problems relating to the major consequences urbanization has had drawing parallels to the boundaries of architecture and urban regeneration projects.

Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine31 August – 18 November
Yale Architecture Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut

The cityspaces of Israel are rapidly changing. Contemporary urban fabrics made up by residential towers and commercial centres exist side by side with traditional shops and low-rise apartment blocks in a row of Israeli cities. Originally organized by Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the exhibition Social Construction will be presented in a new form at the Yale Architecture Gallery. The exhibition gives an insightful look into the early and late year’s of the British Mandate and the transitional periods that gave birth to contradictory traditional and modernist concepts.

CAFx Summer School – Landscape as Character 19 – 26 August
Lemvig, DK

Following the success of last year’s summer school, Copenhagen Architecture Festival is yet again host to a summer school, this year titled: Landscape as Character.

Set in the unique landscape of Western Denmark that over the past 10,000 years has been subject to great transformations from the glacial period till now, the summer school investigates the landscape and seascape of the small city of Lemvig through films. Focusing on the changing nature characterizing the Danish west coast, the participants will work with found objects and representations through various media such as montage, drawings, mappings and photography. This year’s summer school is taught by renowned Austrian filmmaker, Johann Lurf, architect and filmmaker, Morten Meldgaard (DK) and professor Peter Henning Jørgensen (DK).

Marion Hall Best: Interiors 5 August – 12 November
Museum of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

The Museum of Sydney celebrates one of Australia’s most influential interior designers of the 20th century, Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), through a dynamic and colourful exhibition that presents a broad selection of her work including original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes. Best is known for her vibrant and colourful interior style, highly inspired by the modernist movement. Marion Hall Best also became well-known for introducing international modernism to Australia by importing furniture and design items from all over the world.