In a country of cities explicitly dominated and regulated by the private realm, architecture critic Abílio Guerra makes a sharp note on three of the very few open blocks of São Paulo, where public and private space don’t confront each other, but instead work in symbiosis:
Quadra Aberta: uma tipologia urbana rara em São Paulo
Christian de Portzamparc, em texto já clássico no meio arquitetônico brasileiro, defende a quadra aberta como uma solução contemporânea para os grandes aglomerados urbanos. Segundo o arquiteto francês, seria uma conciliação entre as cidades da primeira e segunda eras, abrindo as portas para a terceira era da cidade. Uma conciliação entre as qualidades da rua-corredor da cidade tradicional e dos edifícios autônomos da cidade moderna. Estamos diante de um urbanismo de síntese, aonde a resultante “quadra aberta permite reinventar a rua: legível e ao mesmo tempo realçada por aberturas visuais e pela luz do sol. Os objetos continuam sempre autônomos, mas ligados entre eles por regras que impõem vazios e alinhamentos parciais. Formas individuais e formas coletivas coexistem. Uma arquitetura moderna, isto é, uma arquitetura relativamente livre de convenção, de volumetria, de modenatura, pode desabrochar sem ser contida por um exercício de fachada imposto entre duas fachadas contíguas” (Portzampark, 1997) (more…)
Good news for hard times, the (much appropriated) title of the last issue of V!rus, has just been published. The magazine is edited by Nomads / USP (University of Sao Paulo); Vazio S/A appears with a text about our project Other Territories, which may happen this year.
Former ballerina at the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the choreographer Marilyn Wood was one of the pioneers in the research between dance and architecture. In 1972 she presented a show on the windows of the Seagram Building in New York as part of a series she’s called “Celebrations in City Places”. Forgotten today, the choreography used all the 44 floors of the Seagram’s iconic glazed facade, and had 35 dancers transforming the windows onto stage; the hall, the revolving doors, and the plaza of the building forming an essential part of the scenography. With the exception of the photo above, there is virtually no record of the event on the Internet, but the visual resemblance between it and some of Vazio S/A’s works is incredibly obvious, especially in the case of “Invisible Public Spaces” and “Spiral Booths“.
We were very happy to know that Gambiologia/Kludgeology, an exhibition designed by Vazio S/A, was awarded in the XVIII Prize organized by IAB – the Brazilian Institute of Architects!
+info: IAB webpage
“Misleadingly interlocked, ostensibly cantilevered and sumptuously textured” was how journalist John Bezold, from the prestigious Dutch magazine Mark (pictured) began his beautiful presentation of our Cerrado House. Another nice review of the same house, Eupalinos in the Cerrado, was written by Fernando Lara in AU #263, according to whom “Tudo convida a subir, a casa inteira existe nessa dicotomia entre o abrigo protegido abaixo e o desejo de ascensão ao cume da casa e do morro”.
The Italian magazine Domus has just published a review about the exhibition “Misunderstandings” at Campo gallery, Rome. Our entry, “The Grid”, appears as the front image.
Vazio S/A is one of the participants of the exhibition “Misunderstandings” in Campo, a gallery in Rome the aim of which is to “debate, study and celebrate architecture”. The other participants of the show starting today are: Black Square, BuildingBuilding, Matilde Cassani, Lukas Feireiss, Saba Innab, LIST, Kula Manthey, OBRA, OMMX, PioveneFabi, and UHO. Everyone is invited!
This Tuesday Carlos Teixeira will take part on the debate “Other Narratives” which is part of the “Ser Urbano: 7th Architecture and Urbanism Week at PUC-Rio “. + info on the event’s page.
Today, Vazio S/A will be on the Federal University of Paraná’s Academic Week of Architecture and Urbanism (SAAU), in Curitiba. Full event program on the SAAU’s Facebook page
The curator Eduardo de Jesus and Vazio S/A are producing a festival of architecture and urban art on the neighborhood Buritis, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Called Other Territories, its goal is to discuss latent urban voids and to propose solutions for up to 20 “stilted” buildings. The 20 interventions will be simultaneous and the show is scheduled for July 2017. If you happen to live in a stilted building and are interested in participating, please contact us!
More info at https://issuu.com/vazioarquitetura/docs/ct92-arq-ep-doc-amnesias-iv-concurs/1
Our H3o park is among the 20 selected Latin American projects to take part on Colombia’s Rogelio Salmona‘s architecture Prize!!!
A preview of Madreperola’s photo essay at Cerrado House by photographer Gustavo Marx.