Carnegie Museum exhibition will explore cutting edge of architecture

Jerome Powell

“The Fabricated Landscape,” opening June 26 at Carnegie Museum of Art, is designed to highlight the growing diversity and ingenuity in the field of contemporary architecture.

The exhibition will include installations from 10 international practices, many of which will be debuting new work for the first time in the United States.

“This is a very important moment for all of them,” said Raymund Ryan, curator-at-large for the Oakland museum’s Heinz Architectural Center, where the exhibition will run through Jan. 17.

Each practice is represented by three projects that showcase its cutting-edge approach to creating lasting, sustainable solutions by melding traditional craft with digital technologies.

“From single houses to large-scale infrastructure and public spaces, all participating practices … look at architecture and design as they relate to local communities and the natural environments in which they exist,” according to a release.

Objects on view will include models, assemblages, paper reproductions, textiles and architectural photographs, including a new series of Luisa Lambri photographs of Go Hasegawa’s chapel in central Italy that have been acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.


Courtesy of MAIO/Carnegie Museum of Art

MAIO Grand Interior model at 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Instead of grouping each practice’s work in one area, “We have deliberately dispersed them, in part because we really want visitors to explore them, to go on a little adventure of discovery,” Ryan said.

Spotting the bigger idea

The participating architects all were born after 1975.

Because of the length of the training process for architects, he said, “When they start out in their 30s going into private practice, they’re often working on smaller-scale projects, like an addition to a room. You can sometimes spot an idea or an attitude in those projects.”

“The idea is to look for bigger things in the small things,” he said.

“Each of their projects has within it the seeds of potentially bigger and multiple projects, and they embrace a new sense of urgency regarding nature and the planned environment, from how and where we live to how we engage with the world around us,” Ryan said.

The participating practices are:

• Assemble — London, England

• Frida Escobedo — Mexico City, Mexico

• Go Hasegawa — Tokyo, Japan

• Anna Heringer — Laufen, Germany

• Anne Holtrop — Muharraq, Bahrain

• LCLA office — Medellin, Colombia, and Oslo, Norway

• MAIO — Barcelona, Spain

• OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen — Brussels, Belgium

• SO-IL (Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu) — New York City

• UMWELT — Santiago, Chile


Courtesy of Anna Heringer

Installation by Anna Heringer, METI School in Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2017.


The featured practices have demonstrated that they are responsive and attentive to the communities, localities and cultures in which they are situated. They also combine a traditional sense of making with attention to engineering, economics and political realities, along with rethinking entire landscapes, Ryan said.

For example, he said, “SO-IL created light structures on a residential scale with a delicate skin that can absorb dirt out of the atmosphere.”

In Barcelona, a very densely populated city “where people live most of their lives in public spaces,” Ryan said, “MAIO has been challenging preconceptions of public versus private spaces, and thinking of a public space system that functions like a lounge.”

A related publication will be released in three parts during the run of the exhibition and will be available free of charge for visitors in the fall. The parts will be organized around domestic, civic and territorial themes.

The “Fabricated Landscape” is organized by Ryan and designed by IN-FO.CO in Los Angeles.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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