As we were always impressed by people working for their community to make places better ones and to improve quality, education and health for others we’ll never forget a lecture held by Francis Kéré a couple of years ago in Piran (Piran Days of Architecture). Coming from Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the… Read More MARK YOUR CALENDARS – AN EXHIBITION IN MUNICH – FRANCIS KÉRÉ. RADICALLY SIMPLE!
Great news today: Architect and Friends is promoting the “Piran Days of Architecture” in Italy and Austria since 2013 because we think that the conference is definitely worth to be supported (and also the organizers in Slovenia, most notably Maja Ivanič, president of PIDA since 2008). Therefor we became “Official Supporters/ Media Partners” of PIDA today! Please… Read More Architect and Friends & Piran Days of Architecture 2016
Piran, known for its magnificent setting along Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast maybe isn’t known that much for being an architectural meeting place each November when architects are flocking in to attend the Piran Days of Architecture – the 34th edition this year! This year’s topic will be SURFACE OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SPACE “Architectural space is always made of… Read More Piran Days of Architecture 2016 – Surface of Architectural Space
While in Vienna, Austria a visit at the Architekturzentrum Wien is always a great idea to meet local architects and to get an update of the latest in Austrian architecture. Last Thursday the exhibition “In the End: Architecture” opened to the public which marks a milestone in AzW’s history honoring it’s retiring founding director Dietmar… Read More In the End: Architecture – Journeys through Time (1959 – 2019)
During this year’s already ongoing Venice Design Week the conference “Light Emphasizes – the Llighting of Exhibition Spaces” will take place on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at the Hotel Saturnia & International. The conference will start at 5pm and will focus on lighting in museums (conference italian language) followed by “I colori della luce” (colors of lights), point… Read More FRIENDLY REMINDER – LIGHT EMPHASIZES
Since summer draws to an end here in Italy, our catch of the week is a beautiful reminder of all the unforgettable days on the beach, on the boat and happy hours with friends and family. Francesco de Gregori, Italian singer and songwriter released the album “De Gregori canta Bob Dylan” in 2015 and the song we would… Read More Catch of the Week – A late summer breeze
INSIDE FREY HOUSE II Two years ago we were one of the view lucky ones to get tickets for the Frey House II in Palm Springs, California and were really impressed by Albert Frey’s masterpiece of desert modernism. For those who have never been to Palm Springs or didn’t get tickets we would like to… Read More INTO THE FREY – INSIDE FREY HOUSE II
This, perhaps provocative question, is the point of departure for this comprehensive exhibition we would like to propose if you are visiting Salzburg until November 6th, 2016. Anti:modern assembles work by an international cast of artists to draw a differentiated picture of modernity. The show examines numerous events and phenomena in western Austria, gathering evidence… Read More Is Salzburg indeed anti-modern?
On the occasion of Modernism Week which takes place next February in Palm Springs, California the perfect idea for a weekend out in the desert is the Modernism Week Preview from October 21th till 23th. If you’ve never been out to the desert you should hurry up – Tickets are already on sale here. See Palm Springs… Read More FALL PREVIEW – MODERNISM WEEK 2016 – FRIENDLY REMINDER
To be honest, fashion and trends don’t really matter that much when it comes down to real world problems as posted in our previous blog about the Building Peace Foundation. However, there are some very interesting “fashion meets art “initiatives around trying to help in both, global and local areas. One of them is Citizens of Humanity, a… Read More Humanity N°8 – Citizens of Humanity and Reyer Labor
Last week we were invited to a, as we thought, dinner party at Castello di Buttrio next to Udine but it turned out that there was something very special behind it. Later that evening we watched a touching, not yet released video about preventing lost generations. It was all about the Building Peace Foundation, established in 2014… Read More RE:BUILD – HOW TO DRAW A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE
Finding the right lighting (and light) for your project can be tricky nowadays! Till now LED lamps and bulbs had the problem that most of them generated horrible results when thinking about natural old-style bulb light and the color rendering index hardly reached a CRI of 80. With today’s warmer colors at 2700 K and a… Read More FontanaArte IO – Designed for LED light sources – The perfect shaped wall lamp
At first sight the title “Architecture of Happiness” seems to be a book about architecture dedicated to fun like theme parks or shopping malls (when thinking of what many people consider to be happiness nowadays) – but it isn’t! Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer who lives in London, is a dazzling… Read More It’s all about books this summer – Here’s another recommendation! The Architecture of Happiness
Here in Grado/Italy kitesurfing recently became very popular thanks to perfect conditions on sandy ground and winds like “Bora” or “Scirocco” blowing from East or South. Also stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity and real surfing is possible quite a view days a year when good waves are coming in. So what about an exciting reading matter to start… Read More The Sport of Kings – An exciting book for great summer days
As holidays are near maybe you’re not quite sure what to do this summer. What about getting inspired by Chris Del Moro’s film “Bella Vita“. Italy, known for it’s culture, lifestyle and hip design isn’t really the place to consider when thinking about big waves or crowded beaches full of surfers just like in Malibu… Read More Bella Vita – Family, tradition and surf (or how a single photo changes everything)
Los Angeles has changed a lot since the 1940s, and few neighborhoods have changed as much as Bunker Hill. Once an affluent community filled with some of California’s finest Victorian mansions, today there are located some of the most important buildings of Los Angeles just like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Meanwhile the… Read More LA then and now – 70 Years definitely can change a City