P.A.N. [Progressive Architecture Network], an architecture exhibition curated by Winka Dubbeldam and Helene Furjan, will be on view at Frederieke Taylor gallery from October 27-December 2, 2006. The exhibition will feature the work of five, young, international architecture firms that share an attitude toward architecture rather than a common style or formal doctrine. The firms included in the exhibition are: Sadar Vuga Arhitekti from Ljubljana, Slovenia, R&Sie (n) from Paris, France, Jürgen Mayer H. Architects from Berlin, Germany, IaN+ from Rome, Italy and Archi-Tectonics from New York. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The inspiration for the exhibition came from the five, initial Archilab Conferences held in Orléans, France from 1999 to 2004. Organized by Frédéric Migayrou and Marie-Ange Brayer, the conferences helped forge networks of like-minded, young and emerging architects. “The evolution of the P.A.N. networks was very rapid and the idea for the exhibition developed in tandem,” said Dubbeldam. “The exhibition’s visual excitement is analogous to the development of a dynamic organism; it should be viewed as a four-dimensional section through the network’s material productions.”
Co-curator Helene Furjan identifies the firms in the exhibition as a group of “contemporary architects who are mobile and connected, operating on multiple continents simultaneously and moving in and out of collaborations and affiliations at a fast pace. Spanning two continents and five countries, these five practices represent a new generation of cool YEAs (young European architects) who network back and forth across the Atlantic.”
An exhibition catalogue published by iMage and sponsored by the Consulate General of the Netherlands will be available. The exhibition will travel to Berlin, Florence and Ljubljana, Slovenia. A symposium related to the exhibition will be held at Columbia University on Monday, October 23, 2006 at 6-8 p.m. in Wood Auditorium at Avery Hall (www.arch.columbia.edu/). Critic and curator Frédéric Migayrou, chief curator of architecture and design at the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre George Pompidou, will be a member of the panel.