The Other Architect
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
– 7 January 2018
“The Other Architect” exhibition, organised by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, will run until 7 January 2018 in Rotterdam. It examines the search for alternative readings of the history of architecture.
The exhibition presents a curated selection of projects by designers and architects who believe that their role transcends the conventional definition of their discipline – and have thus driven the advancement of working methods and the development of their role as designers. The 22 case studies show the potential of architecture to identify and solve the pressing problems of our day. The projects, which often span different disciplines, are split into eight categories that highlight the scope of the exhibition. For instance, the need for ongoing dialogue, the presentation of alternative scenarios and the application of architectural thinking in other fields all play their part. The projects include for example TV productions from the 1980s on urban planning or the Center for Urban Pedagogy, which uses various methods to impart knowledge about complex processes involved in social systems, with the aim of boosting social engagement.
The trend of carrying ways of thinking about design and architecture across to other fields is more apparent today than ever. As such, ways of dealing with systems have undergone considerable change in recent years. This exhibition nevertheless attempts to draw out the specific applications and remits of the discipline itself and trace its genesis all the way back to the 1960s. Many of the selected projects begun around that time reveal a shift in approach that is still being felt to this day, breaking free of the concrete object and attempting to develop systemic theories and methods.