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“What does it mean for architecture to have civic awareness? – New survey of young designers at the Carnegie Museum explores responses through a global lens | New

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Rafael Gamo, photographer, Mexican, b. 1978, Frida Escobedo; La Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca, Mexico

The whole world comes to the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

The 126-year-old institution emphasizes an international focus in a new exhibition that will examine how the work of ten emerging architectural talents from practices around the world “relate to local communities and the natural environments in which they exist”.

Felipe Fontecilla, photographer, Chilean, b.  1981, UMWELT, architects, Chilean, est.  2011;  Seismic dom-ino, Osorno, Chile

Felipe Fontecilla, photographer, Chilean, b. 1981, UMWELT, architects, Chilean, est. 2011; Seismic dom-ino, Osorno, Chile

The made landscape offers a range of designs as diverse as its list of exhibitors. From public infrastructure projects to churches and single-family housing units, the assemblage of the works depicted in the exhibition will be seen for the first time in this country. They are emblematic of the changing face of an industry in desperate need of a multitude of demographic changes, making it more like the global community its superior-minded practitioners are charged to serve.

SO — IL, architects, American, est.  2008, TheGreenEyl;  Connective Field, 2017, acrylic, aluminum and wood;  Carnegie Museum of Art, Drue Heinz Trust Purchased with funds provided by the Henry J. and Drue Heinz Foundation, 2017.49.A-.D

SO — IL, architects, American, est. 2008, TheGreenEyl; Connective Field, 2017, acrylic, aluminum and wood; Carnegie Museum of Art, Drue Heinz Trust Purchased with funds provided by the Henry J. and Drue Heinz Foundation, 2017.49.A-.D

Each company was able to submit three one-piece projects from designers born after 1975, resulting in a colorful landscape in the museum’s Heinz galleries exhibited in a multitude of different objects and photographs. The pieces present the ambitions of young designers towards a fair and different world, as seen in Frida Escobedo and SO – IL’s proposal for healthier public housing in Mexico or in the METI school of Anna Heringer in Bangladesh.

Anna Heringer, German, b.  1977, Martin Rauch;  METI School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2017

Anna Heringer, German, b. 1977, Martin Rauch; METI School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2017

The survey was organized by the curator general of the Heinz Architectural Center Raymund ryan, who wanted to explore the question of “what does it mean for architecture to have civic awareness?” Through the works he saw were sensitive to new challenges that will have disproportionate impacts on generations to come.

MAIO, architects, Spanish, est.  2012;  The Grand Interior (detail), 2017, wooden base, mirror finish, plastic, methacrylate, paper;  Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of MAIO, 2018.14

MAIO, architects, Spanish, est. 2012; The Grand Interior (detail), 2017, wooden base, mirror finish, plastic, methacrylate, paper; Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of MAIO, 2018.14

“Each of their projects carries with it the seeds of potentially larger and multiple projects,” he said in a statement. “They embrace a new sense of urgency regarding nature and the planned environment of how and where we live and how we engage with the world around us.”

The made landscape opened on June 26 and will run until January 17 next year.


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