MeLa / Exhibition

Unfolding the MeLa Critical Archive


22-23 November 2014
Venice, Italy | Biennale di Architettura 14th, Padiglione Centrale, Sala F


MeLa is pleased to invite you to a two-day event dedicated to the launch of the MeLa Critical Archive, promoted in the framework of the final week of the Architecture Biennale 2014.

The MeLa Critical Archive is a digital platform aimed at cohering, conveying and sharing the interdisciplinary investigations produced within the four year long Research Project. This archive was not conceived a mere repository of the research outcomes, but rather as a multipurpose dissemination tool drawing together and organizing the main insights by the involved researchers through a critical post-reflection; as a communicative project pointing out the complexity of the different approaches and findings, and illustrating the unitary jet multifarious cultural proposal; as well as a research instrument fostering questions, enhancing synergies, highlighting potentialities and opening further perspectives.

The contents, the architecture and the functioning of the MeLa Critical Archive will be presented through an interactive exhibition, that will open in the Biennale’s Padiglione Centrale (Sala F). The exhibition will open on Saturday 22nd November at 12.30 pm, and will close on Sunday 23rd November at 3pm.



Lotus n. 154, “Legacy”


21 Ottobre 2014, h. 18.30
Salone d’onore della Triennale di Milano


Sono in corso dei cambiamenti nei rapporti tra le opere d’arte, il museo e il pubblico che fanno di noi i fruitori inconsapevoli di alcune sperimentazioni tese a decostruire gli standard museografici abituali: i protagonisti di questi sommovimenti sono artisti, registi teatrali e cinematografici, critici audaci. Come succede nelle fasi di reinterpretazione di una determinata organizzazione del sapere e di ripensamento delle classificazioni abituali si hanno effetti tanto di rigenerazione e di ricomposizione del patrimonio quanto di smarrimento e confusione. E certamente proviamo dei sentimenti contrastanti di fronte alla scomparsa della classica cornice o alla rinuncia ad appendere le opere a parete, come nel caso del Louvre Lens, o anche di fronte ai montaggi di immagini sulla scia della tradizione di Warburg e Benjamin.

Interverranno: Claudio De Albertis, Presidente della Triennale di Milano; Pierluigi Nicolin, Direttore di Lotus; Germano Celant, critico; Alessandro Scandurra, architetto; Mario Lupano, storico; Michele Nastasi, fotografo.


Call for Paper / Journal

Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of the EAHN


Guest Editors: Davide Deriu, Edoardo Piccoli, Belgin Turan Özkaya


Deadline: Dec 1, 2014


The third special issue of the Open Access Journal of the EAHN, to be published in 2015, will develop historical perspectives on travel. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the ways in which architecture is implicated in the spaces of flow that characterize our global age, as people, objects, and information appear to circulate at an unprecedented scale. While contemporary travel cultures have manifold implications for the built environment, they also prompt us to rethink the mobile conditions in which architecture has historically been produced. If we consider the mobility of techniques, individuals, groups, ideas, and images that informed architectural culture in the past, then the transformations we are witnessing today might seem less as a new development than as an amplification of historical phenomena. Whether it be a matter of ruptures or continuities, the complex relationship between travel and architectural culture presents a fertile ground for historical research.



Uncube Magazine – online magazine for architecture and beyond

No. 26: School’s Out!


In the wake of the Bologna Process, most European architecture schools are struggling to conform with the standardised educational models now required – not to mention rising costs, outdated bureaucracies and a rapidly changing profession. Today, most architecture graduates won’t even become architects. Can architecture education catch up with reality?

This issue of uncube tackles the complicated status quo, with a focus on the European continent but an eye on the rest of the world. After talking to experts and experimenters across the board, there is only one thing everyone can agree: The system needs a serious overhaul.



Introduzione all’Architettura degli Interni


Lunedì 13 ottobre ore 12,30: visita alla mostra con i docenti titolari dei corsi​
edificio B2 campus Durando Bovisa Politecnico di Milano
Scuola di Architettura Civile Politecnico di Milano

La mostra raccoglie i lavori prodotti lo scorso anno accademico dai laboratori e corsi di Architettura degli Interni della Scuola di Architettura Civile




Luce e oscurità nell’architettura del XX secolo
Light and Darkness in 20th Century Architecture


24-25 October 2014
Mendrisio, Accademia di architettura (Università della Svizzera italiana)


Call for Papers / Conference

Making A Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Domestic Interior


7 – 8 May 2015
University of Sussex, Brighton


Deadline: Nov 30, 2014


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Flora Dennis, Senior Lecturer, Art History, University of Sussex


“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
-Maya Angelou


The late Maya Angelou once wrote, “The ache for home lives in all of us.” This nostalgia for “home” – be it a physical space or geographical place, a moment in time, a person / people, or a state of mind – continues to be of central interest to artists, writers, and thinkers. Crossing lines between the private and public spheres, and extending into important explorations of nationhood and belonging, different areas of research into the home seek to expand our understanding of how physical space has been used, transformed, and conceptualised throughout history. Some aspects of this pursuit include less-tangible features: Interactions between people, objects and spaces; the complex process of memory-making; the role of sentiment; and creating a sense of belonging can transform a dwelling into a home. In turn, these interactions have the power to transform the individual and the home, and to shape a sense of identity, whether as an individual, family, or nation.


Call for Papers / Journal

esse magazine #84: Exhibitions


Deadline: Jan 10, 2015


Over the past decade, the focus in contemporary art has shifted from the figure of the curator to the exhibition space. This shift is manifest in numerous recent publications that retrace and document exhibition history, seeking to establish a distinct discourse and to incorporate it within an art history centred exclusively on the works, and within a museology that sees the exhibition as a museum function. In this context, it is interesting to observe the proliferation of re-exhibition projects that have emerged in the course of the same decade; for example, the re-enactment of cult projects such as When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013, or the exhibition-scale reproduction of Chambres avec vues (1999) as part of the Pierre Dorion retrospective presented at the MACM in 2012.



The Interior: Art, Space, and Performance

(Early Modern to Postmodern)



6th October - 15th December 2014
Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte



Under the leadership of the Bern Institute of Art History, the Sinergia project “The Interior: Art, Space, and Performance (Early Modern to Postmodern)”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) over the period from March 2012 to February 2015, is conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Media Culture and Theatre, University of Cologne. Directed by five art historians and one theatre historian, the six subprojects investigate diverse models, concepts, and interpretations of interiors in art, architecture, theatre and visual culture from the Early Modern to the Contemporary eras. Proceeding from a heterogeneous and dynamic concept of the interior drawn from various media, styles, and contexts, new questions will emerge simultaneously engaging various disciplines.


Call for Papers / Conference

5th Annual International Conference on Architecture


6-9 July 2015
Athens, Greece


Abstract submission deadline: 8 December 2014


The Architecture Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture, from the 6-9 July 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Architecture.



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