Rotterdam/Copenhagen-based Powerhouse Company and critic and architectural historian Hans Ibelings (the Architecture Observer) presented an evocative, polemical exhibition illustrating the far-reaching impacts of new economic circumstances on architecture’s present and future, through film, models, and text.
Exploring the fundamental changes that the culture and practice of architecture are undergoing worldwide as consequence of seismic political and financial challenges, the show played with the formats of a traditional architectural exhibition to speculate upon how we got here, and what comes next.
A series of events punctuated and expanded the exhibition, including a publication launch mid-way through the show, chronicling the project's research.
An essay-film from polemical Berlin-based musician, and filmmaker, Christian Von Borries, which we are delighted to be bringing to the UK for its first screening, within the context of the SHIFTS exhibition. Shots of Dubai combine with footage from Second Life, real estate promotional videos, and quotations from Jacques Ranciere to probe boom-town Dubai and the global business of city-making.
Exhibition curators Nanne de Ru of Powerhouse Company and Hans Ibelings explore the themes of the exhibition and launch a new publication resulting from its research, in conversation with Alice Fung (00:/), Christopher Choa (AECOM), chaired by Peter Buchanan, author of Architecture Review's The Big Rethink.
Owen Hatherley presents and previews his forthcoming book, A New Kind Of Bleak - Journeys Through Urban Britain, in discussion with Fran Tonkiss, Director of the Cities Programme, London School of Economics.