Sunday, October 22, 2006

Architecture + Ecology exhibition

Exhibition at URA
"Made in Germany - Architecture + Ecology"
5 to 28 Oct, URA Centre

Germany aspires to develop sustainable architecture - one that goes beyond pure aesthetics to deal also with the impact of architectural projects on all aspects of daily life. This includes the practice of architecture in sensitive response to ecology and the environment.

The exhibition is the first in the series of exhibitions produced by the Goethe-Institut on contemporary German architecture, showcasing German architecture in response to various cultural and socio-political environments. This premiere exhibition in the series deals with ecology, and illustrates the aspirations and innovative achievements in developing sustainable architecture by an emerging generation of German architects.

Nine projects, ranging from a daycare center, and administration tower, a train station to a zero-emissions factory, will be presented at the exhibition. The projects provide an insight to integrating ecological principles into innovative building designs, some of which could be applied to the Singapore context.The exhibition is part of URA’s continuing effort to promote architecture and urban design excellence in Singapore. It is hoped that the architectural approaches presented in this exhibition could spark the interest of local architects and the public, in search of architectural solutions that are responsive to ecological needs.
The public can view the exhibition at the atrium of The URA Centre, from 5 Oct to 28 October 2006. Opening hours are Mon - Fri, 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free.
(excerpted from URA website)

I had a look at this exhibition while in Delft two years ago. It's not terribly snazzy - don't expect to get blown away by wild forms and extreme technologies. Yet, in a true 'German' sense, the architecture on display is highly clinical, almost unpretentious in its pursuit of ecological sustainability. I'd say it's worth a visit.