“An unexpected reservoir of unbounded possibilities” is the title of our entry for the contest Currencies of Architecture (Chicago Biennial 2015); a statement praising the architectural voids of the concrete “palafittes”:
If modernism was a process of universal ambitions, its side effects are not always the result of a resistance to those ambitions, but often translate their exacerbation in local expression.
The “concrete palafittes” — a commom architectural accident in Belo Horizonte and many other cities in Brazil — can be seen as a corrupter of a well known object, or as an encounter against modernist architecture origins: it demystifies style to create an object that escapes and despises the pure morality and ethical uniformity of its creators.
The palafittes are a monstruous modernist byproduct that, being devoid of intention and language, act as such a grotesque caricature of the modernist grid that it is capable of causing strangeness. Untying a knot that once united structure and program, efficiency and beauty, they are an indeterminate and free space that modern architecture struggled to keep closed — and that here can be seen as an unexpected reservoir of unbounded possibilities.
The marquee of the Ibirapuera Park is a covered, open and active space, which freedom of occupation is due to its “non occupation by architecture”. (…)
We believe that the uncertainty and the uses of the marquee can be enhanced, and with few resources. By means of a modular tubular staircase, its huge terrace would be occupied on specific situations, and then new views of the park, new public spaces and a new perception of the marquee would be made possible. A “latent square” would be discovered.
The results of the Tomie Ohtake Institute’s Architecture Award will be announced this Wednesday, 22 July. The selection board members are Abilio Guerra, Shundi Iwamizu, Priscyla Gomes and Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A).
Vazio S/A: flats in Jiangxi province, China.
“Molewa” was an architectural competition for a new neighborhood in Ruichang, Jiangxi province, China. Our proposal bet on an image both unique and harmonic: a residential building in tune with the idea of a new era of Chinese architecture – one less blatant and more attentive to the local context. The proposal is sustainable, relays and updates traditional elements, avoids free formal gestures, seeks a sensible cost-benefit ratio in its innovations, and presents a careful architecture vis-à-vis the vernacular architecture of southern China.
Our project for the Helsinki Museum design competition is available in the projects section. Its ramps refer the image of the building to a myriad of architectural references at once discordant and complementary, such as the mesopotamians ziggurats, the terraces of a mastaba, the spirals of a minaret and, specially, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in NY.
Julia Pinto, architecture student at Escola da Cidade (Sao Paulo), held a research using works of Vazio S/A, Louise Ganz and Rubens Mano, seeking to understand how, through critical and artistic / architectural practice, each of these artists contribute to the reflection on their professions. The full paper is available at ISSUU.
In a profession where its critics rarely expose blunt postures, we’ve selected five recent articles by authors who boldly criticize the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Art Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil’s participation in Venice, the common concept of cultural heritage, and a recent art exhibition in São Paulo:
>>>Venice Architecture Biennale: a Koolhaas-contra article,
by Kieran Long
>>>Brazil for Dummies? O Brasil em Veneza,
by Ana Luiza Nobre
>>>Maldita Memória: a Tirania do Patrimônio Histórico,
by Cecília Santos e Sonia Marques
>>>Mais uma Bienal “Política”: a 31ª Bienal de Arte de São Paulo,
by Tiago Mesquita
>>>A exposição no Hospital Matarazzo,
by Abílio Guerra
The book Entre: Architecture from the Performing Arts (C. Teixeira, Black Dog Publishing, 2014) has just received an honorable mention at the 19th Quito Biennale!
Vazio S/A will present their latest projects in Hong Kong. The lecture Activating the Voids is part of the ACE Seminar organized by Youngchul Kim, PhD. assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong.
The Federal University at MG organizes We Connect, an event to discuss creative processes, innovation, and cultural production from the practices of communication and related fields. The proposal is to approach students to the market, reflecting on the traditional ways of making communication and the possibilities of escaping from the ordinary. Participants are, among others, designer Gustavo Greco, filmmaker Helvécio Ratton, and Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A).