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Exhibition on Frei Otto´s Multihalle on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

Preview: Thursday and Friday, 24 May and 25 May 2018, 10 am to 7 pm
Opening: 24 May, 5.30 pm
Exhibition duration: 26 May to 29 July 2018
Tuesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 7 pm

Information: http://sleeping-beauty-multihalle.de/

On the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the saai at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present Frei Otto’s and Carlfried Mutschlers Multihalle in an exhibition in the context of this year’s biennial theme, “Freespace.” Sleeping Beauty follows on from the successful exhibition “Frei Otto – Thinking by Modeling,” which was hosted by the ZKM in Karlsruhe from November 2016 to March 2017. The show in Venice focuses on the Multihalle and will be the first exhibition in the world dedicated to this fascinating building. Initiators and curators of the exhibition are Berlin-based urbanist and curator Sally Below and Georg Vrachliotis. Both are long-standing advisors to the City of Mannheim on the development of the Multihalle.

Architect of the exhibition is Marc Frohn, professor at KIT, and his company FAR frohn&rojas.
Graphic design by Floyd E. Schulze, WTHM—Büro für Gestaltung, Berlin.

The exhibition gives visitors a double view of the Multihalle. Looking back at the past, it presents original archival material to relate the building’s experimental history. The exhibition also looks toward the future. Today, after several years of vacancy and 40 years after the construction of the Multihalle, which was originally planned as a temporary building, the City of Mannheim is working together with a dedicated group of artists, architects, local residents, concerned citizens, engineers, and universities on a new sustainable concept aimed at ensuring its long-term preservation. This open and collectively designed process is unique in Germany

Venue: Gondolieri Bauer Servizi, Giudecca 211, 30133 Venedig
PartnerCity of Mannheim
SupportersArchitect’s Chamber Baden-Württemberg, Wüstenrot Stiftung, Wilkhahn
Media partners: ARCH+, Detail

Foto Copyright: Christoph Engel and  Cristobal Palma

 
 

Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle

Georg Vrachliotis: Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.

 
 

Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling

Georg Vrachliotis and Joachim Kleinmanns, Martin Kunz, Philip Kurz (ed.), Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.

 
 

Symposium — Architektur als vermutete Zukunft / Architecture as a presumed future.

With Nathalie Bredella (UdK Berlin), Cornelia Escher (Universität Konstanz), Daniela Fabricius (Princeton University), Irene Meissner (TU München), Achim Menges (Universität Stuttgart), Christine Kanstinger (Atelier Frei Otto), Joachim Kleinmanns (saai/KIT), Jan Knippers (Universität Stuttgart), Toni Kotnik (Aalto Universität Helsinki), Martin Kunz (saai/KIT),  Georg Vrachliotis (saai/KIT), Peter Weibel (ZKM).

Keynote Lecture:
Tomas Saraceno (Berlin)

»People say that machines, the tools of development, kill fantasy. That’s not the fault of machines, however, but of man himself, who builds machines that are neither adaptable nor rational: machines that are lacking in fantasy.« Thus wrote the young German architect, Frei Otto, in his concise, manifesto-style essay »Imagination et architecture – essai d’une vision d’avenir«, which was published in the French journal »L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui« in 1962. Otto illustrated his essay not with photos of realized projects but with watercolor drawings and sketches in Indian ink, in which intriguing membrane roofs and tent-like structures could be seen to span residential developments, landscapes, or even entire self-contained cities. In juxtaposing factors ostensibly worlds apart – the unfettered imagination; constructive or machinic potential – Otto put his finger on what would prove to be a core tenet of his architectural practice: the abiding aspiration to strike an effective and fertile balance between creative vision on the one hand, and the rationale of technological constraints on the other.

Architecture has seen a revival in the importance attached to the study of materials and building components together with the associated workmanship skills and knowledge. This consideration of physical and craftsmanship aspects has also placed a renewed focus on the history of models and its experimental function in architecture, art and science. The question concerning materialization of information is of great significance in this context.

The relevance of Frei Otto’s empirical model aesthetic lies in identifying the enormous potential of object knowledge and its material-cultural dimension – on the one hand to continue to anchor the perception of the resource between nature, technology and society, and on the other to allow better investigation of the complex interrelations between digital and analog. So what does it mean for architects and engineers to design in a society that seeks a balance between growing digitalization and increasingly important resource awareness? For contemporary architecture, the wealth and abundance of Frei Otto’s cosmos bears nothing less than an intellectual thought collective for a different and optimistic narrative of the future environment and human cohabitation.

The symposium »Architecture as a presumed future« takes place within the context of the exhibiton »Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling« at ZKM | Karlsruhe in cooperation with the discipline architecture theory at the institute design, art and theory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Information and Program: ZKM Symposium

 
 

ARCH+ features 57 — Learning from Frei Otto. Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal und Georg Vrachliotis

 

Fotos © David von Becker

Anna Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal will sit down for a discussion with Georg Vrachliotis on the occasion of the Frei Otto retrospective he curated at the ZKM in Karlruhe. They will discuss the conceptual proximity between Lacaton & Vassal’s work and the eco-houses that Frei Otto designed for the IBA Berlin. Both cases represent a vision of architecture as open structure, in which the resident’s space for creative freedom stands paramount rather than the creative will of the architects.

Thursday, 9 Februar 2017, 7am
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin

 
 

Frei Otto and the Open System. A Conversation with Jean-Philip Vassal / uncube magazine no. 33

Jean-Philippe Vassal, one half of the French architecture duo Lacaton & Vassal, is a huge Frei Otto fan and particularly influenced by his 1980s “Eco-houses” in Berlin.  Georg Vrachliotis talked to him for uncube magazine about designing open systems in architecture and ensuring maximum freedom for residents.

uncube magazine: Interview

 
 


 
 
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Fakultät für Architektur
Institut Entwerfen, Kunst und Theorie

Fachgebiet Architekturtheorie
Englerstr. 7, Raum 254
D-76131 Karlsruhe
 
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis
 
Sekretariat: Claudia Iordache
Tel.: +49 721 60845052
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Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Mi 9:00-12:00
 
 
 
Recent Publications:  
 

    Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle

    May 18, 2018

    Georg Vrachliotis: Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.

     
     

    Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling

    May 18, 2018

    Georg Vrachliotis and Joachim Kleinmanns, Martin Kunz, Philip Kurz (ed.), Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017.

     
     

    Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher

    May 18, 2018

    Laurent Stalder und Georg Vrachliotis (Hg.): Fritz Haller: Architekt und Forscher (Dokumente zur modernen Schweizer Architektur), gta Verlag, ETH Zürich, 2016.

     
     

    Geregelte Verhältnisse: Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik

    May 18, 2018

    Vrachliotis, Georg (2012): Geregelte Verhältnisse: Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik. Springer-Verlag Wien

     
     

    Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism

    May 18, 2018

    Valena, Tomáš; Avermaete Tom; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2011): Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism. Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart/London

     
     

    Code: Zwischen Operation und Narration

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2010): 



 Code: Zwischen Operation und Narration. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin

     
     

    Muster: Ornament, Struktur und Verhalten

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2009): 



 Muster: Ornament, Struktur und Verhalten. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin

     
     

    Komplexität: Entwurfsstrategie und Weltbild

    May 18, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2008): 



 Komplexität: Entwurfsstrategie und Weltbild. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin

     
     

    Simulation: Präsentationstechnik und Erkenntnisinstrument

    March 12, 2018

    Gleiniger, Andrea; Vrachliotis, Georg (Hg.)(2008): 



 Simulation: Präsentationstechnik und Erkenntnisinstrument. Reihe Kontext Architektur, Birkhäuser, Basel Ÿ Boston Ÿ Berlin