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Exhibition by Hybrid Space Lab in Germany
naturetecture Exhibition Germany : Architecture Information
22 Feb 2010
The “naturetecture” exhibition is devoted to the tasks and tools of improving landscape in the post-industrial age.
The international travelling exhibition presents a broad spectrum of themes in landscape architecture. It focuses on areas of the profession poised to gain international importance, illustrating the tasks and techniques of landscape design in the post-industrial age.
The exhibition provides a wealth of knowledge about landscape architecture and features examples from Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia.
The international travelling exhibition on the working fields of landscape architecture is curated by Hybrid Space Lab (Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar). It is a project of the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia realised with the support of the Ministry for Building and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
At the moment it is on show at the House of Architects in Düsseldorf. After this it will travel to Istanbul Cultural Capital of Europe 2010, to the Shanghai Expo, to Berlin, Seoul and to GUTech in Muskat/Oman.
Major exhibition on landscape architecture in North Rhine-Westphalia
naturetecture / naturtektur: Shaping Our Future with
Most green spaces in North Rhine-Westphalia did not crop up naturally. They are rather the product of targeted landscape architecture. As our environment, economy and society have changed, so too has the way we perceive and design landscape. The new exhibition “naturetecture / naturtektur” by the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia shows how our landscape has developed in the past and addresses the challenges faced by landscape architects today. The exhibition opened on 10 February 2010 in Düsseldorf’s House of Architects (Zollhof 1, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany).
Landscape today is a rare and fragile commodity that has grown progressively more important for society, environment and economy. The bilingual “naturetecture / naturtektur” focuses on landscape as the very medium of landscape architecture, presenting its long tradition in North Rhine-Westphalia along with the architectural fields set to gain in international importance over the coming years. “The design of landscape shapes cities and communities in a fundamental way,” emphasizes Harmut Miksch, the president of the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia. “It is a key factor in [our state’s] building culture.” In this spirit, the exhibition presents landscape architecture in its social context as well as in its interrelation with other fields of work.
The exhibition is devoted to the tasks and tools of improving landscape in the post-industrial age rather than to individual projects and personalities. It throws new light on how we perceive landscape, and it identifies North Rhine-Westphalia as a hotspot of landscape architecture.
The exhibition spans thirteen thematic areas illustrating the diversity of challenges that confront landscape architecture today, especially in densely populated regions such as North Rhine-Westphalia.
These challenges include the renovation of historical parks and landscapes, the renaturalisation of industrial and mining areas, the planning of agricultural land, and the design of urban open spaces, from community gardens to areas of rest and relaxation. The exhibition uses innovative examples to discuss subjects important for the future, such as the sustainable use of water and the creation of “energy landscapes” for the cultivation of renewable resources. Each theme is introduced with high-quality images taken by the photographers Julian Roeder and Johannes Schwartz.
The curators of “naturetecture / naturtektur” are Professor Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Professor Frans Vogelaar.
The exhibition was funded by the Ministry for Building and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the state initiative StadtBauKultur NRW. The exhibition is scheduled to begin an international tour after the show in Düsseldorf.
On 10 February 2010 an opening reception will take place at the Haus der Architekten (House of Architects). All are welcome to attend.
„naturetecture / naturtektur“
10 Feb – 17 Mar 2010
Haus der Architekten, Zollhof 1, 40221 Düsseldorf
Mondays to Thursdays, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Fridays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Admission is free
Hybrid Space Lab news Feb 2010
– Lecture of Elizabeth Sikiaridi at the thirteenth Sonic Acts Festival, The Poetics of Space, 26.02.2010, De Balie, Amsterdam, see http://2010.sonicacts.com/programme/session4-the-poetics-of-hybrid-space/
– Curatorship of the international travelling exhibition “naturetecture”; first venue at the House of Architects in Düsseldorf, see http://www.naturetecture.de
– Opening lecture of Elizabeth Sikiaridi at the Opening Reception of the “naturetecture” exhibition at the House of Architects, 10.02.2010, Düsseldorf, see http://www.naturetecture.de/de/orte-transformationl
– Keynote of Frans Vogelaar at the 10th Virtual Think Tank – AUGMENTED LIFE & WORK, 03.02.2010, Berlin, see http://www.v-t-t.de/index.php/10th_Virtual_Think_Tank_-_AUGMENTED_LIFE_&_WORK
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