Exhibition on regenerating the Danube river at the Architekturgalerie München
Rivers play a fundamental role in the story of human civilisation. Initiatives, programmes and projects all over the world are seeking to regenerate and reclaim the rivers that for different reasons - flood protection, urban viability, etc. - have lost their connection with the context and therefore with the community.
Whether awareness of this lost connection is raised by means of a pontoon, like we saw in the case of the Dender river in Aalst, Belgium, where the Dutch collective of artists Observatorium proposed a bespoke connection between the two riverbanks with Dwarsligger (link) or new urban parklands are designed along the river, the goal is always to open up human interaction with the waterways.
The exhibition called “Landschaft Stimmung” or “landscape and atmosphere” intended as a mood is the narrative of one of these projects being put into practice in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.
Since 2012, the OFICINAA practice of Silvia Benedito and Alexander Häusler in Ingolstadt has been working on the project to regenerate the section of the Danube river that crosses the city known for its automotive industry. Together with local interest groups, citizens and property owners, the architects have been working to design and complete an urban park with a loop path. The design is being implemented one step at a time in order to meet the budgetary constraints of the city's governors and also involves self-produced, low-cost options.
Visitors to Architekturgalerie München, the architecture gallery in Munich, can explore the details of this urban and river regeneration through the drawings, models, films and audio-visual installations created by OFICINAA. The exhibition has turned the gallery into an emotional space where you can walk across gravel, bark and sand to get a feel for the “landscape and atmosphere”.
“Landschaft Stimmung” exhibition
curated by Silvia Benedito and Alexander Häusler OFICINAA with Nicola Borgmann Architekturgalerie München
Architekturgalerie München - http://www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de/
Dates: 27 July to 16 September 2017
Opening times: August - Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm; September - Mondays to Saturdays from 9 am to 7 pm.
Images: Saskia Wehler - http://www.saskiawehler.com/