On July 5, the book ‘Post Piraeus’ will be launched at a festive gathering in 'Pakhuis De Zwijger' in Amsterdam.
In 1994, the housing block 'Piraeus' was completed to the design of
Hans Kollhoff and Christian Rapp. It was a blow. It took two German
architects to demonstrate that a design did not need to be at odds with
the Dutch construction culture. Piraeus must be taken as a pivotal point
in modern history, after which the thinking on the production of
buildings and city were newly charged.
In the two deceades after that, Dutch architecture flourished in an
unprecedented way. A cultural infrastructure was conceived and also
dismantled again. In hindsight it must be noted that cultural policies
have not been successfully connected to something like a day to day
construction culture. Architecture as a cultural force seemed to be
something that could be imposed on construction culture and was
advocated by specialists at great distance from that practice.
In 2017, it is crystal clear that architects cannot rely on cultural
experts and must show themselves what their unique skills are and how
they can be in effective in practice.
This situation formed the occasion for 10 architects to come
together. The time of great ideas is over. Without a manifesto or a
principle statement they started to work, departing from a shared
interest in current construction practice in the city of today. We met,
discussed the work Hans Kollhoff, though and made visual interpretations
of his work. We wrote pieces on the relevance of Kollhoff’s work to
themes present in our own work. The practical value of design was always
our starting point. We don’t regard design as an autonomous action
against ‘culture’, but as labour which is embedded in a broader
construction culture of development, building, design, talking and
writing. The result is a collection of drawn and written insights with
the title ‘Post Piraeus’.
Realising that we, as architects, must take initiatives ourselves to
propagate our ideas, we approached the magazine De Architect, who were
happy to publish and distribute our book.
‘Post Piraeus’ appears in Dutch and English (Text above by Hans van der Heijden)
Post Piraeus can be ordered here: De Architect
On saturday July 1st, Monadnock will take part in a Turncoats debate on Belgian architecture in the Design Museum Ghent. Together with Elsbeth Ronner (LillithRonnervanHooijdonk) Jan de Vylder (DVVT) and Martino Tattara (DOGMA).
For more information, please visit: Turncoats
The exhibition 'Prelude. A weaving generation' by curators Jantje Engels, Marius Grootveld and Sophie de Caigny, has travelled from the DAM in Frankfurt to M HKA in Antwerp and will open on friday june 16th as part of the 'Festival van de Architectuur'.
For more information, please visit: festivalvandearchitectuur and VAI
Among four other teams, Monadnock has been selected for the second phase of the 'Kunstwerf' competitionin Groningen. 107 Visions were submitted for the first phase of this competition concerning a new cultural cluster in the Ebbingekwartier area.
For more information, please visit: Architectuur Lokaal
Monadnock participates in the exhibition 'Wonen in Stadshart' in Groningen which will be opened on the 22 of May by Government Architect Floris Alkemade and Alderman Roeland van der Schaaf. The exhibition shows proposals that were made for the Manifestation 'Wonen in Stadshart', organized by the City of Groningen.
For more information, please visit: Wonen in Stadshart
On behalf of curator Benedict Esche / Kollektiv-A, Monadnock is invited to give a lecture at the Maximiliansforum in Munich, as part of the event 'Prinzip Hoffnung'. For more information, please visit this link: Prinzip Hoffnung
On behalf of prof. dipl.-ing. Uwe Schröder
Monadnock is invited as a guestcritic for the final presentations of the wintersemester at the RWTH Aachen,
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Raumgestaltung.
For more information, please visit: Raumgestaltung
Monadnock will take part in the symposium 'MEAN DETAIL' at the Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information, please visit: Knowlton School