Carnegie Museum of Art Spotlights Work by Ten Architectural Practices from Around the World in New Exhibition at Heinz Architectural Center

Opening June 26, The Fabricated Landscape presents work by Assemble, Frida Escobedo, Go Hasegawa, Anna Heringer, Anne Holtrop, LCLA office, MAIO, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, SO – IL, and UMWELT

Escobedo Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2019. Photo by Rafael Gamo. Courtesy of Frida Escobedo and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Escobedo Tallera Siqueiros, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2019. Photo by Rafael Gamo. Courtesy of Frida Escobedo and Carnegie Museum of Art.

MAIO Grand Interior model, 2017. Courtesy of MAIO and Carnegie Museum of Art.

MAIO Grand Interior model, 2017. Courtesy of MAIO and Carnegie Museum of Art.

METI School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2017. Photo by Anna Heringer. Courtesy of Anna Heringer and Carnegie Museum of Art.

METI School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh, 2017. Photo by Anna Heringer. Courtesy of Anna Heringer and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Pittsburgh, PA (June 2, 2021) – Carnegie Museum of Art announces The Fabricated Landscape,
a new exhibition exploring some of the most innovative minds working in contemporary architecture today, opening June 26 and on view through January 17, 2022. Highlighting the field’s growing diversity and ingenuity, The Fabricated Landscape presents projects from ten international practices. From single houses to large-scale infrastructure and public spaces, all participating practices – many of which will be debuting new work for the first time in the United States – look at architecture and design as they relate to local communities and the natural environments in which they exist. The exhibition will be staged in Heinz Architectural Center, one of the nation’s foremost institutes for the study of architecture.

The Fabricated Landscape transports visitors across the globe with representations of cutting-edge spaces from Japan and Scandinavia to Zimbabwe and Latin America. Each practice is represented by three projects that showcase its approach to creating lasting, sustainable solutions by embracing traditional craft alongside digital technologies. Many of these projects are located in postindustrial communities or in the Global South. Objects on view include models, assemblages, paper reproductions, textiles, and architectural photographs by Bas Princen, Iwan Baan, and Luisa Lambri. Lambri’s new series of photographs detailing Go Hasegawa’s chapel in central Italy were recently acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

“What does it mean for architecture to have a civic consciousness?” Raymund Ryan, Curator-at-Large, Heinz Architectural Center, asks. “In The Fabricated Landscape, each of the architects, all of whom were born from 1975 and onward, explore the fundamental role that architecture and design play in our lives. 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.”

The exhibition celebrates the field’s growing diversity and ingenuity by presenting practices that are responsive and attentive to the communities, localities, and cultures in which they are situated
Anne Holtrop’s revitalization of a former pearl fisher village in Bahrain to Anna Heringer working with. From Rohingya women in Bangladesh to Frida Escobedo and SO – IL (Florian Idenburg + Jing Liu)’s proposal for healthier multi-unit housing in north and central Mexico respectively, the exhibition invites visitors to discover a more plural and inclusive built environment. This generation of architects, born in the 1970s and 1980s, looks anew at ways that architecture communicates with and engages the public realm. These projects form a temporary landscape within the museum galleries for visitors to explore and encounter in their own way.

The 10 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 & Oslo, Norway)
  • MAIO (Barcelona, Spain)
  • OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Brussels, Belgium)
  • SO – IL (Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu) (New York, USA)
  • UMWELT (Santiago, Chile)

A publication in three parts, distributed by Carnegie Museum of Art and Inventory Press, will be available free of charge for visitors in Fall 2021. Organized around the themes of domestic, civic, and territorial, each part will include several newly commissioned texts. The first issue, Domestic, features contributions from Emilio Ambasz, Eric Crosby, Go Hasegawa, Luisa Lambri, MAIO, and Raymund Ryan, as well as Franz Kafka’s unfinished parable The Burrow.

The Fabricated Landscape is organized by Raymund Ryan, Curator-at-Large, Heinz Architectural Center, and designed by IN-FO.CO in Los Angeles. The exhibition will be on view from June 26, 2021 through January 17, 2022.

About Heinz Architectural Center
Established in 1990, Heinz Architectural Center enhances appreciation and understanding of architecture and the built environment through exhibitions, lectures, charettes, symposia, and other forms of public engagement. Its collection of nearly 6,000 objects includes drawings, models, photographs, artifacts, games, ephemera, and the world’s third-largest collection of plaster architectural casts. Ranging from the late 18th century to the present, the collection represents work in architecture, landscape design, engineering, and furniture and interior design by architects of international, national, and regional significance.

Support
The programs of Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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