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Can the stage of a theater – a space always flat and open – be compartmented and upright? Spiral Booths is a spiral staircase through which you can reach six micro-stages arranged at different levels of this staircase. Installed in a gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, it was Vazio S/A’s answer to a challenge posed by the museum’s curator, Abraham Thomas: to house plays for up to six actors and to sponsor an architecture capable of proposing other ways of relating stage and audience, actors and theatergoers.

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100% Minas has already been inaugurated and remains on show until September 17. With a focus on the latest production of designers based in Minas Gerais, it was curated by Monica Boscarino. The event takes place in an old mansion located on Rua Sapucaí, a central region marked by strong urban, political and gastronomic effervescence of Belo Horizonte, which has become a kind of cultural corridor established in a spontaneous way.

100% Minas – August 12 to September 17
Rua Sapucaí 383, Floresta, Belo Horizonte MG

Exhibition Design: Vazio S/A
Curator: Monica Boscarino
Lighting Design: Atiaia

100% Minas is an exhibition that seeks to present the brand new production of furniture designers based in Minas Gerais. Designed by Vazio S/A, the expography of the show seeks references in common elements of civil works: wooden struts and facade screens. Although part of the construction process of any building, such temporary components never remain and are rarely considered as elements of the final architecture.

The pinus struts serve to delimit, albeit subtly, the compartmentalization and circulation around the room. Arranged in a 2×2 meters mesh, they suggest possibilities of circulation, structure the arrangement of the objects and at the same time exalt the bars of the ceiling, on which the struts are fixed. Joining them as if in a translucent labyrinth, the planes formed by the screens define the many ambiences of the room.

100% Minas
Expography: Vazio S/A
Curator: Monica Boscarino
Lighting Design: Atiaia Design

Pop 10 Armchair
17/07/2017

Pop 10 Armchair = 10x10cm rebar mesh + 20mm curved plywood. The armchair will be part of Mostra 100% Minas, which will take place from August 12 in the old RFFSA mansion in Belo Horizonte.
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“(…) After all the indecision and dead-ends, the boxes were finally incorporated into the choreography, composing a changing stage design that was altered by the dance. The boxes were destroyed and strewn about the place like mobile objects that changed the landscape of the theater over the course of the performance. Also serving as markers of the micro-spaces that contained the dancers’ movements, these props and scenery started out almost as a city of cubes set out after an orthogonal template, only to be gradually demolished by sweeping lunges and then discarded, until the stage, jutting out over the auditorium, was left completely empty.  ”
In Carlos M Teixeira, Entre, Black Dog Publishing; 2012; 380p.

More info: Distressed

Romano Guerra Publishers and Nhamerica Platform launch the Latin America: Thoughts series on June 6, 2017 at Marieta Space (r. Maria Paula 96, São Paulo), with the presence of the authors and mediation of Fernando Lara, followed by an autograph section and chat.

“The first three books – Architecture and Nature, by Abilio Guerra, Ode to the void, by Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A) and Espaço de Risco, by Otavio Leonidio, will be released in print and e-book format in English and Portuguese.

“This month there are still the launches in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, June 14) and Belo Horizonte (Quixote Bookshop, June 20).

About the books
“First book in the series Latin America: Thoughts, Architecture and Nature, by Abilio Guerra, brings a collection of texts that point to a birthmark of modern culture in Brazil in an alternative project of modern action – where culture and nature occupy major roles -, and which, due to its discursive efficacy, metamorphoses into real features of modern Brazilian architecture.

Ode to the Void, second book of the series, brings texts by Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A) written between 1999 and 2015 and previously published in Vitruvius online journal. This republication is not a simple collection, but an organization that defines a more coherent and articulated narrative to previously isolated texts, giving light  both to simple themes – social segregation, spatial fragmentation – and unusual subjects – the weeds, emptiness, the reverse, the stilts.

“Third volume of the series, Espaço de Risco combines texts written by Otavio Leonidio from 2005. So far scattered, the texts deal with three central themes: the thinking and action of the great ideologist of modern Brazilian architecture – Lúcio Costa; the contemporary production of architecture in Brazil, represented by the works of Angelo Bucci, Christian de Portzamparc, Álvaro Siza and Lelé; and finally the complex relationship between contemporary art and architecture.

About the series
Romano Guerra Publishers (São Paulo, Brazil) and the Nhamerica Platform (Austin, United States) present the Latin America: Thoughts series, coordinated by Abilio Guerra, Fernando Luiz Lara and Silvana Romano Santos, which makes available online, in English, Spanish and Portuguese, texts on the Latin American architectural culture.”

Source: Vitruvius online journal

Hypostyle Hall
23/05/2017

New photos of visitors wandering around the Hypostyle Hall.
See also: Hypostyle Hall.

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The Argentine magazine PLOT has just published “La Grilla” (The Grid), an article about our drawings for the Misunderstandings exhibition.

 

Written by Emily Waugh, professor at Harvard University, Experimenting Landscapes (Birkhauser, 2016) is a book dedicated to the Metis International Festival which features 20 gardens in Quebec, including our Dead Garden II.

 

The Thousand-day Railroad
Carlos M Teixeira

In the early 70s, the military regime then in power in Brazil conducted preliminary studies for the construction of a new railroad connecting Belo Horizonte, Rio and São Paulo. The results were published with fanfare in the press, where the project, officially called the Steel Railway, was nicknamed “The Thousand-day Railroad”, a reference to the expected construction timeframe.

Stretching over 834 kilometers, the technical standards were to be “first-world”: two-way tracks, high-speed bends, a maximum slope ratio of 1% and electrification. The economy was growing at upwards of 10% a year during the period 1968-1974, and forecasts were for sustained rates of 8% per annum until 1980. Demand for mineral transportation grew by 29.5% a year between 1973 and 1976, and such promising expectations for development left President Ernesto Geisel concerned that ore-traffic would hit gridlock, threatening supply to the steel mills in the southeast and compromising commitments already assumed for the exportation of this raw material.

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A free reference we’ve used to structure our “The grid: landscape of colonizing voids” (see post below), “Along the river…” is a scroll painting made by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan in the 12th century during the Song dinasty. In its length there are 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, 8 sedan chairs and 170 trees.

In a revealing essay about the future of the car, journalist Henry Grabar states that ”Large numbers of streets could be decommissioned and reused as promenades, parks, and sites for housing. Most downtown parking could also become obsolete. The average car is parked 95 percent of the time, and parking spots are required, at great cost, in housing, retail, and office construction.”

“(…) The Rocky Mountain Institute, a sustainability think tank in Boulder, Colorado, argues that Automated Vehicles will quickly challenge the private ownership model. In a report released in September, RMI calculates that self-driving cars will make automated taxi service in cities as cheap, per mile, as personal vehicle ownership. Jon Walker, a manager at RMI and co-author of the report, anticipates that autonomous vehicles’ superior use of road space—optimal acceleration and spacing, for example—will unleash a wave of urban transformation. Even if the number of cars on the road doubled, he argues, traffic would still move faster.”

in How will self-driving cars change cities?, Slate Daily Magazine, 25/10/2016

Continuing these arguments, the private parking will change, too. Maybe less people will own a car in the near future and therefore parking lots will have to be flexible spaces able to adapt to the future needs of driverless-car buildings and cities.

In our just finished project, the BsAs Building, we designed a parking level which is permeable, open and totally transparent vis-à-vis the sidewalk. The garage becomes a garden, a plinth, an urban eye.

Anyway, irrespective of any futurology exercise, a green garage is certainly better than a gray garage.

+info: NovoMorar.com.br

Misunderstandings – exhibition of which we are participating at Le Frac Centre, Orleans, France – is, according to its organizers, “a procedure for defining areas of non-knowledge in the collection, and thus proceeding to its re-definition, re-reading and re-writing.”

“Putting a collection together involves a permanent practice of translating absences. First of all, there are the absences intrinsic to the very act of collecting. Putting a collection together is a matter of sorting and choosing, and as such it is an act of externalization. An endless de-territorialization. Then a collection is also fragments. We retain “scraps” of things from moments of history. The collection hides more than it shows.

“The symposium will present and question the project undertaken by CAMPO to read and react to the collection of the Frac Centre Val de Loire through the following reading grid: Fear/Structure, Hope/System, Nostalgia/Form, and Surprise/Limit. For this construct, the vocabulary of architecture is as if transported elsewhere, as if impaired by human emotions.”

Misunderstandings Symposium:
The event will be in English and will take place on
March 3, 2017
At the Frac Centre Val de Loire

More info at http://www.frac-centre.fr/_en/misunderstandings-846.html

CA-50 Chair
01/03/2017

Chair CA-50 = 4 rebars (or feet) and 3 stirrups that snake around them.
+info: http://www.vazio.com.br/projetos/moveis/