ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS: UNBUILT/ Experimetal Architecture Biennial #3
EXHIBITION ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS: UNBUILT
8 September – 27 October 2017
The Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt exhibition will open in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery on Thursday 7 September during the Bethlehem Cultural Night. The exhibition and its architectural concept were prepared for the Biennial directly by ZHA studio. It brings a series of concepts in terms of typology (high-rise buildings, mega atriums, stadiums, shells, etc.) which the studio develops continually. Therefore, it presents not only own designs, but also illustrates the procedures and design process used in the famous British studio. Ambitious visions, constant improvement, effort for innovations, seeking the best technologies and functional parameters are the main reasons for the success of the atelier which at present employs more than 400 experts and constructors around the world. In addition to visualisations, visitors can also familiarise themselves with the creations of Zaha Hadid Architects in the form of 3D printed models, the presentation of projects by virtual reality and film documents. Separately from the main exhibition premises, the JFG will also feature the project of Masaryk Station Investment, which ZHA studio designed for Prague (administrative centre with shops and residential units, including renovation and modernisation of Masaryk railway station).
EXPERIMENTAL ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL #3
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague will present the third year of Experimental Architecture Biennial in the course of September and October. Biennial, the only platform dealing with experimental architecture, will again introduce interesting personalities from the international stage. It will offer exhibitions of interiors by Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as professional schools, a site-specific pavilion, meetup of academic workplaces, workshops as well as interesting film screenings. The Biennial will culminate with an international symposium featuring, among others, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) and Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au).
The first year in 2013 was devoted to academic ateliers in Vienna (dieAngewandte, very prestigious in the field) and Innsbruck (Institute for Experimental Architecture), in the Czech Republic (UMPRUM, CTU Faculty of Architecture) and in Slovakia (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava). The second year subtitled New Manifesto presented significant and influential architects and pedagogues of the middle generation (USA, Europe, Australia) with diverse approaches and specialisations in the field. This year will introduce both academic workplaces and projects by Zaha Hadid Architects shown in competitions but which have not been made public or implemented yet. The news of this year’s event will be the experimental site-specific pavilion for Lesser Town Square, which was designed by students under the guidance of Kristina Schinegger and Stefan Rutzinger (SOMA atelier, Vienna) at the University in Innsbruck.
EXPERIMENTAL ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL is the first platform in the Czech Republic mapping and introducing this architecture. It was founded by Architectura association in 2013. The Biennial mediates meetings with internationally recognised experts and ateliers. It consists of exhibitions and symposiums. EAB will again include student workshops, a new site-specific pavilion on Lesser Town Square with thematic screenings (in cooperation with NFA and FAMU) and a Czech-English publication summarising the past 3 years.
Experimental architecture is an alternative to mainstream building production. It takes advantage of the contemporary tools of parametric design, robotic systems and synthetic biology. It is directly connected to development of technologies and materials. Experimental architecture designs are characterised by multiformity, plasticity and natural tectonics. In the Czech environment, experimental architecture is addressed in the long term by pedagogues Miloš Florián at CTU Faculty of Architecture in Prague, Imrich Vaško at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (atelier AIII since 2011) and Martin Gsandtner (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Archip, CTU Faculty of Architecture).
Experimental Architecture Biennial #3 is held under the auspices of the Czech Commission for UNESCO
Organiser: Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic, Prague 1 Municipal District, Czech Architecture Foundation
EAB partners: Capital City of Prague, Penta Investments, US Embassy in the Czech Republic, Austrian Cultural Forum, Baumit, Czech-German Fund for the Future, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Fedrigoni, CIIRC of CTU
In cooperation with: Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, National Film Archive, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, University of Innsbruck
Partners of Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt: Zaha Hadid Architects, Zaha Hadid Design, Samsung, HMAT.sk, 3Dwiser, VA–render.com
JFG partners: HALLA, AED, Archicad, Schüco
EAB media partners: Artmap, Material Times
JFG media partners: archiweb.cz, Earch, Era 21, A2, Radio 1, Designmag, DesignCabinet.cz