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HAPPENINGText: Terevision Ruiz

For a few years now, Madrid has had a space dedicated exclusively to architecture, where there is room for the most daring and innovative proposals. This space can be found in Las Arquerias de Nuevos Ministerios and is located in one of the, architecturally speaking, most modern parts of Madrid: the axis of the Paseo de la Castellana (nerve center for the financial activity of the city).

Multi Story Car Park, 2000 © Igor Mischiyev

In the rooms of Las Arquerias, you can see the best works and projects of architects – established and young, national and international. In this case the exhibition, titled ‘Climatic change: Transfers between nature and architecture’, explores the space that surrounds us and the way it is at the whim of our actions. It’s a vision of how man influences his environment, specifically, about the consequences of his constructions in the world that surrounds him. Architecture, seen from this viewpoint, attempts to stretch the link between man and the space he inhabits.

Coutras, France, 2000 © Lacation & Vassal

The exhibition is divided into two series: spring and autumn, during which seven exhibitions will develop along the course of the year. Seven different looks at a fictitious future in which architecture will continue to be an instrument for man’s comfort but this time, with the aim that in same way our surroundings aren’t damaged, and even, if possible, they benefit. Young architects from around the world have developed specific work for the show: some are artistic visions that mix multimedia installations with models, video, photography, painting, music… Futuristic dwellings from a cyber-punk point of view, buildings with luminous, diaphanous spaces, studies inspired by natural forms in nature and applied to architectonic work… A look towards a near future in which man must be able to learn to co-habit with his environment.

“Room and object: SANAA”, Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa. February 21 – March 18
“Between Blade Runner and Mickey Mouse: New architecture in Los Angeles”,
  LA12 + Stacked Containers + Embryologistic Housing. March 28 – April 22
“Transferences between photography and architecture”, Igor Mischiyev. May 3 – 27
“Revoke surface”, Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal. September 12 – October 7
“Blurred limits”. October 17 – November 11
“Diagrams”. November 21 – December 9
“Reclycled Landscapes” Florian Beigel Architects. December 19 – January 13, 2002

Climatic change: Transfers between nature and architecture
Date: February 21st, 2001 – January 13th, 2002
Place: Las Arquerias de Nuevos Ministerios
Address: 67 Paseo de la Castellana, 28046 Madrid
Tel: +34 913 91 6919

Text: Terevision Ruiz

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