The architect Carlos Teixeira will be a speaker at the FJAL (Forum of Young Latin-American Architects) that takes place in May 15-17 in Fortaleza, Brazil. A biennial event, FJAL sponsors the debate on the new architectural production in the region, focusing the practices which combine theory and practice. It also includes lectures by Adamo-Faiden (Argentina), Carla Juaçaba (Rio), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), and others.
The illustrator Vasco Mourao, co-author of the book O Condomínio Absoluto – The Ultimate Skyscraper (see book and project) with architect Carlos M Teixeira, has just finished a series of drawings for the New Yorker, the magazine known for publishing great illustrators such as Saul Steinberg, Jean-Jacques Sempé and others. Besides Manhattan’s, there is also a new essay on Chicago and another on The Burj, in Dubai.
Vazio S/A took part in the competition of urban gardens for the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, and was ranked among the 33 finalists from a total of 411 initially subscribed. The 25 prizewinning projects were announced in the second issue of Lausanne Jardins_landing.
About Lausanne Jardins
In 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2009, the city of Lausanne organized four editions of the event Lausanne Jardins which immediately gained an international reputation. Cultural event combining landscaping with a reflection over the city, it aims to insert gardens in urban spaces: streets, squares, abandoned lands, facades or roofs.
The result is a high potential of integration between landscape designers and intellectuals, scientists, artists and amateurs interested in the presence of the green in the city. Each edition allows the perpetuation of several of these gardens.
The issue Lausanne Jardins 2014 offers the opportunity to experience spontaneous gardens, adapted to the urban environment, sustainable in a long-term and mobile, so as to invent other forms of manifestation of the green in the city.
Designed by Vazio S/A, 285 Montevideo was awarded best built project in the category Housing by the IAB-MG (Brazilian Institute of Architects – MG Chapter).
Entre: Architecture from the Performing Arts
Carlos M Teixeira; Black Dog; 2012; 380pp., 18×13cm
US$ 29,95 (Amazon)
Read below the review by critic Paulo Miyada
Project and Indeterminacy - The work of Carlos Teixeira
1. Agoraphobia: the over-determination of the architectonic project
In 1965, in a short essay entitled “The Creative Act”, Marcel Duchamp discussed the inescapable distance that separates the artist’s intention from its realization as a work. However hard the artist struggles to reach his goal—and necessarily so—he will never fully realize his intention. In the sum of the decisions the artist must make en route to the finished work, something intended will always be lost and something unintended gained, a gap which Duchamp calls the “artistic coefficient”.
Quebec´s International Garden Festival is recognized as one of the leading annual festivals in the world. Since 2000, more than 900,000 visitors have explored 110 gardens created by over 220 designers from 15 countries.
The Festival is a unique forum for innovation and experimentation and an exceptional showcase and launching pad for participating designers from a host of disciplines. It provides an annual rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. The event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.
This year, the Festival received 290 entries from 31 countries submitted by more than 725 designers. The new gardens selected to be built for the 2013 edition are:
Sacré potager by Atelier Barda, Montréal, Canada and Paris, France;
Courtesy of Nature by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Dead Garden II by Vazio S/A (Carlos M. Teixeira), Belo Horizonte, Brazil (pictured above);
Edge Effect by Snohetta, New York, USA; (more…)
Published by Viana & Mosley, “Entre – Interviews with Architects by Architecture Students” (org.: Francesco Perrotta-Bosch, Gabriel Kozlowski, Valmir Azevedo and Mariana Meneghetti) is a collection of thirteen interviews with a number of renown Brazilian architects.
It is especially interesting the reading of all the different lines comparing the relevance that each architect provides to certain issues, such as the different modes of operation in the daily practice of architecture; the relationships created between what is done in the office and the teaching methods in the academic realm; positions on issues such as the social role of architecture, sustainability and tectonics; personal notions of beauty; distinct visions of urbanity; the cultivation of modernism’s heroes by some and the deconstruction effort of the heroic aura by others; the speeches that are structured in relation to the local scale of the brick and others that hold up for phenomena that succeed on a global scale, etc.
With interviews with Andrade Morettin, Arquitetos Associados, BLAC, CAMPO aud, Carla Juaçaba, João Walter Toscano, João Filgueiras Lima (Lele), MMBB, Nietsche Arquitetos Associados, Rua Arquitetos, SPBR, Vazio S/A, Ana Luiza Nobre and Guilherme Wisnik, it presents a set of extremely active and qualifiedly professionals able to face the transformations we are subjected to at the present time in Brazil.
The launch will be December 14 at Livraria da Travessa, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro.
CASA – Suspensa dance company and Armatrux theater company Culture Center – will host Simbio Remix on December 2nd. On the occasion there will be the launch of the catalogue of Simbio 2012 – an exhibit earlier this year at the Palacio das Artes (see posts 19/04/12 and 27/04/12).
The catalogue presents texts, essays and photos of the works developed by Binho Barreto (design), Carlos Teixeira (architecture), Clarissa Campolina (audiovisual), Felipe Turcheti (multimedia and programming), Julia Panades (poetry) and Rachel Schembri (illustration). In the words of curator Jeff Santos, “the purpose of Simbio is, first of all, to get people out of their comfort zone and to support new works, opening the invited participants to influences from other artists working in areas apart from the ones they act.”
Carlos M Teixeira
Text originally comissioned by the online journal e-architect
A two-day exhibit held last week at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center was a good opportunity to see the competition’s entries for what is supposed to be “the first full-block office tower on Manhattan’s Park Avenue to be built in almost 50 years”. This is how developer L&L Holding announced the winner of the highly publicized 425 Park Avenue competition, where the eleven participant architects were asked to break the mold of New York’s static Park Avenue skyline, replacing its 425 Park Avenue building with a new landmark tower.
Formally, the competition design could define a third element beyond the two prominent building typologies that have shaped Park Avenue throughout the last century: the zonings of 1916 and 1961 and their resulting formal clichés: the wedding cake and the shoebox, respectively. (more…)