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November 25, 2014

Performative exhibition: ‘Structuralism, An Installation in Four Acts’Schwartz_sml

photo J. Schwartz

Staging of the exhibition ventures to explore the performative aspects of viewing, discussing and learning. ‘Caught in the middle’ of a gigantic red ‘platform’ the viewer simultaneously becomes the exhibit and the audience, being able to switch at glance between looking, absorbing and engaging.SML BL_06 opening HertzbergerKenneth Frampton and Herman Hertzberger at the performance platform during the opening

The four Acts: Education, Ideals, Building and The City stand for the four thematic exhibitions, and the change of the material becomes a performance itself. Curators and conservation team replacing the valuable originals of Piet Blom, A. van Eyck, T. van Doesburgh, J. Habraken, H. Hertzberger. In a time when diverged musea look for broadening of the audience this design provides an experimental take on the given theme. Programming of the events like the ‘Salons Structuralistes’ or evening performances are led by the curator Dirk van den Heuvel, Flora van Galen and Aart Helder.

‘Salons Structuralistes’……….Visits to the exhibition are theatricized, sometimes become performances in the cases of the opening and public debates in the evening. To this end the installation is conceived as both a podium and a large furniture piece. The ‘spaces’ of the installation also aim to evoke the spaces of research and learning by including among others heavy chests with drawers filled with extra materials from the archive, a small library devoted to the teachings of the forgotten Joop Hardy,SML BL_07 opening read a digital repository of images of the vast collections of the Institute, and a seminar space for weekly public conversations and improvised meetings. The design of the installation by Bureau LADA eventually evokes the spaces of Dutch Structuralism and its larger international context, the debates on the future of modern architecture which took place between the members of Team 10, the Japanese Metabolists and such crucial individuals as Louis Kahn. The installation is a mini-megastructure, a landscape and environment at the same time.……from the curatorial statement by Dirk van den HeuvelSML BL_10 det curtain


September 7, 2014

Exhibition under the umbrella title ‘Structuralism’ will open on saturday 20th September 2014 at The New Institute in Rotterdam. The title covers the approaches by two curators/architects: Herman Hertzberger and Dirk van den Heuvel. One focuses on comprehensive personal work and ideals, while the other reflects the development and relevance of structuralism within the wider Dutch architectural context. Structuralism forms the most important Dutch contribution to the architectural debate in the second part of 20th century, with an inclusive, poetic alternative to the technocratic ideologies just after the WW2.

Bureau LADA is responsible for the exhibition design curated by Dirk van den Heuvel in his role as the director of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. The installation combines the exhibition, seminar space, learning and reading spaces, all in one performative platform where audience becomes part of the exhibition. Proposal explores the performative aspects of viewing, discussing and learning while presenting the original archive materials in a consistent manner. The exhibits count many interesting drawings, models and objects, most of which will be presented for the first time for the wider audience.Exp 03Spatial language of the installation deals with the issues of the individual viewer within the collective platform and refers to several characteristic structuralist spatial elements like the roofscapes of Piet Blom and segmented circles of Aldo van Eyck.EXP 01 execution Landstra de Vries, designteam Lada Hršak,Vesna Poljančić

For each of the Four acts being: Education, Ideals, Building and The City, the exhibition platform will alter it’s height. This allows four different  changes of material and provides four different spatial experiences, looking ontop, on, in and under the platform.Four Acts_Height 3 sml

Paired with an interesting public debates programme, viewing of the exhibition combines digital and analogue presentation techniques. Legendary architectural critic Kenneth Frampton will give the first lecture before the official opening under the title: Casbah Organisée as City-in-miniature: Open Work vs. Space of Public Appearance.


May 29, 2013

M feet 1_sml An exercise in compact living combining the Dutch Golden age tradition with the ‘japanese style’ Pet architecture. Preview from the opening as a follow up on previous blog…Vertical Niche_sml


January 13, 2013

Upon the invitation of The Dutch Embassy in Georgia we went to Tbilisi to participate in an interesting event: Days of Dutch Architecture in Georgia containing an exhibition and the lecture series. Accompanied by very warm welcome, many interested parties and foremost an interesting place. When the mist set off the city revealed it’s treasures. Ministry bankThe Ministry of Transport designed by minister Chakhava himself at the end of soviet times turned into The Bank of Georgia. Followed by the restored wooden loggias of the historical summer place and ultracontemporary architecture.tanjur The change and adaption was however most interesting to be seen in modernist housing slabs. One might call it personalising the facade, and activating the ground floor with public functions: small commodity shops and services. MiniMARket It is difficult to trace the original elevation and shopkeepers were suspicious to strangers. But energy of people and  power of change makes this definitely a place to return to. Multiflat


September 5, 2012

De Architekten Cie. and  HL architecture won the competition for the Public Service Hall in Georgia. The competition was held by The Ministry of Justice of Georgia and supports the countrywide reform for renewal of public services. Eight PSH’s are (almost) realised and eight new ones are about to come.

The project proposes an elevated square being the roof of the building. The square connects the public space with the roof auditorium which becomes the new civic place for the city. Municipal services housed under the coffered ceiling are arranged in a free plan. This space where 250 services can be obtained, is composed of five sectors – islands with the proposed two minute waiting time.. ….’Public Service Hall is the property of each and every citizen of Georgia’…..Siteplan_Roofplan


May 24, 2012

How could the be if we were able to rearrange the elements of realty? A significant venture into an other-improved living condition is done by Txell Blanco Diaz.  At the outskirts of Leidsche Rijn reality is placed in a  gap between past and future condition on constantly evolving building-site. Piles of sand or bricks lay next to road waiting…. until Txell came by and rearranged the pile into a place; creating complete urban furniture set with a bench and a waste basket. Excellent.

Let’s leave to imagination what happened when workers pass by the next morning at 7 am?  Txell Blanco Diaz, more info on


March 5, 2012

Special delivery from Hong Kong was announced in the post. Interesting. An other mystery package from our youth contained the Czech tableware with hunting scenes all over, which was wrongly adressed to my father. What could this one contain? …….Silver sparkle on the cover: ‘Color Space’, a glossy 380 pages thick publication by Designerbooks has extensively documented our Parnassus project. Done in collaboration with Pieter Jannink with good fotos by Thomas Lenden.

Excellent, and thank you for sending it. Every week could do with a mystery present.