This year marks 40 years from the death of the world-known Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. To commemorate him and to celebrate his work Expedia has created a portfolio of his most notable works around the world. Go on a visual journey with the pioneering Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, to discover his masterpieces around the world by exploring the globe of buildings, and learn more about the Finnish maestro and his life’s work in architecture.
photo: Ossip van Duivenbode
Course-en-route through the city, July 06-07-08 2016
Get out there, excite the senses, become knowledgeable and leave inspired.
In this 3-day course you will see, visit and meet the forces that create Rotterdam, and experience the power of architecture design. You will be offered an intensive and exciting course-en-route that brings you behind the scenes in icons like Markthal, De Rotterdam and het Timmerhuis, as well as in hidden gems.
Workshops, debates and presentations are all organised on site. During this unique and complete programme you will visit (st)architecture offices like OMA, West8 and Studio Roosegaarde. Lecturers from TU Delft, MVRDV and the municipality will educate you on gentrification, innovation and city-branding – all related to the strenght of architecture.
Course ‘City force: Rotterdam architecture’
6 July 2016 – 8 July 2016
3 day course-en-route
Since the beginning of 2016 we launched the MIMOA cultural event calendar: the online guide to international cultural events related to architecture and design.
We just added some very attractive and varying events for the coming months. Check out what's happening in New York, Rotterdam, Paris, London and beyond. And find out when and where to attend a guided tour, interesting exhibition, film night, creative workshop, dazzling party and unique meet & greet.
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photo: ©CCCB. Adrià Goula, 2011
In the coming months, OMI (Office for Metropolitan Information) is entirely devoted to OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. With the reopening of the Kunsthal, the completion of De Rotterdam and Timmerhuis this is a perfect opportunity to profile the work of OMA. OMI publishes a special map, organises excursions, and an accompanying exhibition at OMI’s own location gives insight into the work of the office in Rotterdam and The Hague.
The cities of Rotterdam and The Hague occupied a special position in the development of the early years of OMA. The region boasts the highest density of OMA projects in the world, with countless studies, designs, built and (already) demolished works. OMA has reflected on every facet of the urban experience in this region: buildings, urban planning, parks, interiors, culture, pop, dance and infrastructure. OMA Fiction | Non Fiction is a voyage of discovery through the work of OMA in Rotterdam and The Hague, past 40 years of thinking about this urban region. The map encourages tourists, architecture enthusiasts and OMA fans to experience the southern Randstad.
With the launch of the map, OMI offers a program that connects Rotterdam and The Hague, with city excursions and tours. OMI is also the venue for an exhibition where all the realised projects are displayed on large-format photographs and a ‘carpet’ shows 25 fictitious projects. A special evening program of film screenings and presentations offers an insight into the work of OMA.
OMA fiction | non-fiction
18 December 2015 – 11 March 2016
Exhibition, Map & More
OMI is a public center for architecture and city culture in Rotterdam, with an information desk, exhibition space, bookshop and an extensive excursion programme. www.omirotterdam.nl
photo on top: Ossip van Duivenbode
This week we sent out a news update including some inspiring latest additions to MIMOA, such as the INK Hotel in Amsterdam, where stories are yet to be written…. ; the Koyasan Guest House in Japan with its cocoon bedrooms; the sanatorium in Clemont-Ferrand that transformed into a School of Architecture; the largest Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
And the most popular project of last month: Gallaratese II Housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi.
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Every year Dutch architectural photograper Dirk Verwoerd creates a beautiful architecture calendar. And this year's edition (2016) Dirk decided to donate 50% of the proceeds to MIMOA!
The calendar includes wonderful photos of inspiring projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Spain. It is printed with attention, in a modest format and delivered in a specially designed box (which also serves as a stand). A nice gift for the enthusiast! And nice to know: it's also possible to print your company logo on the cover.
The calendar can be ordered online for just € 14,90 (incl. VAT) here >>
(the website and order form is in Dutch, so if you need any help, please let us know!)
On behalf of the MIMOA team thanks to Dirk for the support and thank you for ordering!
photo by Dirk Verwoerd: Italy pavilion
In about a month, the World Expo in Milan will come to an end. If you haven’t visited the Expo Milano yet, now is the time to grab your bags and fly to Milan!
As a web editor of MIMOA I recently published many of the pavilions that have been built for the Expo 2015: with special thanks to one of our contributors Nazar for uploading all the information on the pavilions and to the Dutch photographer Dirk Verwoerd for adding all impressive photos.
Then suddenly I was asked to join a weekend trip to Milan with the Expo 2015 as the highlight of the visit. I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I knew the Dutch pavilion of the Expo 2000 in Hanover (MVRDV), the Atomium in Brussels (Expo 1958) and of course, the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Expo 1889). But what are these world exhibitions for? Why would 20 million people visit an area of 1,1 square kilometres to visit a temporary exhibition? It was about time to go there and explore the phenomenon!
Our trip consisted of an evening and a full day at the Expo, as well as one full day in the city, which was a perfect combination. The evening tickets are way cheaper than the day tickets and the worse crowds are gone at night. Coming from the Metro station, you need to walk through a long walkway before you reach the entrance of the Expo. Immediately, I was amazed by the immense scale of the Expo. The first pavilions encountered at the entrance were the main pavilions “Expo Centre” and “Pavilion Zero”, which tower above the Expo, resembling hills or thatched baskets. This was going to be a night to remember.
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Land of the lush plains, meandering rivers and extensive forests. Therefore it's not surprising that the traditional architecture in Lithuania is wooden. Indeed, Lithuania of today is still rich with wooden architecture. A warm counterpart of the modern concrete, glass and steel structures that characterize contemporary architecture worldwide as also in present-day Lithuania.
To welcome Lithuania to the Eurozone, we hereby present you some great examples of modern architecture in Lithuania. From the brutalist architecture of Palace of Concerts and Sports to the wooden Rupert art center and the glass Baltic Hearts. These inspiring projects proof that Lithuania is not only the geographical centre of Europe *), but definitely one of the architectural hotspots of Europe as well.
*) In 1989, researchers of the French National Geographical Institute found that Europe's geographical centre was in Lithuania, 26km westwards from capital Vilnius.
The MIMOA team wishes you happy holidays!
And because we all dream of a white christmas… we showed you some great 'architecture in the snow' in our latest news update:
MIMOA has sent out its 51st news update just before Christmas.
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