Andrés Jaque on ‘Outing Mies van der Rohe’s Basement’

This essay by Andrés Jaque is about the Barcelona Pavilion, which is an iconic building of modern architecture. The art installation ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society‘ displayed objects and working tools from the pavilion’s basement. The essay discusses this intervention as a way of enhancing architectural knowledge through mundane things.

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Image via E-book: Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society (research and drawings: Office forPolitical Innovation. Graphic design: David Lorente and Tomoko Sakamoto) 

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Image via E-bookPhantom. Mies as Rendered Society (photo: Andrés Jaque, 2012) 

Andrés Jaque’s text is about The Barcelona Pavilion. Built in 1986 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, the Barcelona Pavilion is a copy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Repräsentationspavillon des Deutschen Reiches’ for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.  Continue reading “Andrés Jaque on ‘Outing Mies van der Rohe’s Basement’”

Hostile Architecture

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Photographs from the Silent Agents series (by Julius-Christian Schreiner) depict repressive uses of design and architecture. The photo above was shot in Innsbruck and shows metal structures that were added to street lamps etc. preventing people to lock their bikes to poles in the city center. More of such fine examples in this Guardian Urban Eye series and in this Die Zeit Artikel.

Heating repair

You can find out more here about our new ethnographic research project on the work of HVAC* technicians. The project is attached to the Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In collaboration with Alain Bovet and Moritz F. Fürst. Started 1.10.2017. Duration 3 years. Read more

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Image via www.lausanne.ch

*HVAC – heating, ventilation and air-conditioning