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June 11 2014
Construction of the LI Creative Offices Goes on


WAI Think Tank's designed LI Creative Offices is under construction. Completion is expected by the end of next year.
More info soon.

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June 8 2014
2014 The Seventh Abstract Art Exhibition Opens at PIFO New Art Gallery


A group exhibition featuring collages, and paintings by WAI Architecture Think Tank director's Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski is currently on display at PIFO New art Gallery in Beijing. The exhibition includes works by Hu Qinwu, Jin Shan, Kang Haitiao, Liang Quan, Ma Shuqing, Su Shangzhou, Tan Ping, Wang Chuan, Wang Jian, Zhang Xuerui, Zhong Zhao, and Garcia Frankowski.

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MAY 29 2014
THE VESTIGE OF ARCHITECTURE GROUP EXHIBITION OPENS AT MINGTAI SPACE



A group exhibition featuring collages, photomontages, mix-media and objects by WAI Architecture Think Tank director's Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski is currently on display at Mingtai Space. The Headquarters of the prestigious contemporary art program Art Nova 100 presents a group show curated by Jerry Song with works by Garcia Frankowski, Zhang Zheyi, Wang Hao, and Xu Guo.








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MAY 20 2014
WAI FEATURED IN STUDIO MAGAZINE



WAI’s Project 1984 has been featured in Studio Magazine #06. The sixth issue of the Milan-based independent publication is dedicated to Power. The magazine features the critical essay, images from the second installment of WAI Architecture Think Tank narrative architecture series as well as contributions by Jonathan Andrew, Federico Babina, Marco Belloni, Camillo Boano-Giorgio Talocci, Caterina M.C. Bona, Paolo Damato, Fabric, Mathias Lecoq, Pritam Lenka, Franco Martin Lopez, Fadwa Mustafa Mezughi, Kieran Murray-Conor Rochford, Joanne Pouzenc, Giuseppe Resta, Pier A. Rizzardi – Zhang Hankun and RRC Studio.



Order a copy of Studio magazine here.
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MAY 12 2014
WAI FEATURED IN CONCRETE FLUX



The Story of the Tower has been featured in the second issue of Concrete Flux. This time the Beijing-based alternative publication on urban conditions designed by Solveig Suess and edited by Tom Baxter explores the topic of Hybridity. Contributions include short stories, research, photo essays and texts by WAI, Martin Chorzempa, Jacob Dreyer, Aaron Fox-Lerner, Ming Lin, Suvi Rauto, Alessandro Rolandi, Cheryl M. Schmitz, Claudia Shrivastava, Shen Yi, Solveig Suess, and more.




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APR 22 2014
DIALECTICAL TERRITORIES EXHIBITION OPENS AT INTELLIGENTSIA GALLERY



Intelligentsia Gallery is currently presenting the group exhibition Dialectical Territories: Landscapes and Abstraction, including works by Olga Rodina (Moscow, 1982), Anastasia Soboleva (Kostroma, 1989) and Elena Tsibizova (Moscow, 1988) of Troyka Union; Li Wei (Harbin, 1979); Laura Gil Santana(Madrid, 1985); and WAI Think Tank Directors Cruz Garcia (San Juan, 1983) and Nathalie Frankowski (Dundee, 1985) of Garcia Frankowski.

With artworks that range from photography, to painting and sculpture, the exhibition challenges the territorial boundaries that often stand between Landscapes and Abstraction in the realm of contemporary art.



Opening April 20, 2014
Until May 24, 2014

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APR 20 2014
WAI FEATURED IN ARCHIZINES EXHIBITION GUADALAJARA



The Archizines travelling exhibition of independent and alternative architecture and urbanism publications is currently on display at Kukuruchos in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Archizines includes the WAIzine.
Read the WAIzine 1 Here and the WAIzine 2 Here.

Archizines will be on display from April 3 to May 4, 2014.


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APR 28 2014
WAI FEATURED IN MAKING COMMUNITY GROUP SHOW AT THE CFCCA MANCHESTER

Collages of WAI's Pure Hardcore Icons, the publication by Arfice Books on Architecture, the two first editions of the WAIzine and Garcia Frankowski's Poem of the Shapes are being displayed as part of the group exhibition 'Making Community' at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester. Curated by Bea Leanza the exhibitions opens the 11th of April.

More info from the CFCCA Website:
'Making Community - not the map nor the territory', participants and projects:

Participants names refer to those of initiators, many of these projects are the result of multiple contributions which are credited in the documentation provided on site of the show.



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MAR 20 2014
WAI FEATURED IN ARCH+ 214 and 215


The double issue of German architectural theory publication Arch+ has featured the German translations of Pure Hardcorism, The Shapes of Hardcore Architecture, and the project The Institute of Optimistic Architectures. Issues +214 and +215 also feature WAI’s collages on the cover.

From Arch+:

„Hardcore-Architektur“ ist eine direkte Antwort auf die Ausgabe „Think Global, Build Social!“, die sich aus einem spezifischen Blickwinkel mit den Folgen der Kritik an der Moderne auseinandersetzte, die spätestens seit den 1960er Jahren aufhörte, eine einheitliche Bewegung mit einem absoluten Wahrheitsanspruch zu sein. Als Gegenentwurf zum prozessualen und partizipativen Verständnis der Architektur stellen wir hier eine Generation von Architekten vor, die nach der Dominanz soziologischer und technologischer Fragestellungen im Architekturdiskurs der letzten Jahrzehnte wieder die intellektuelle Potenz der Form in den Vordergrund stellt.”

Access Issue +214 Here.

and Issue +215 Here.

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MAR 14 2014
PURE HARDCORE ICONS BOOK REVIEW IN BAUNETZ



BauNetz has published a review of Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture in German.

From the website: “Die Verwendung des Begriffs Hardcore kennen wir bisher im Zusammenhang mit Techno, Rap oder Pornografie. Im Londoner Artifice-Verlag ist nun ein Buch erschienen, das sich mit Hardcore-Architektur befasst. Das „Manifesto on Pure Form on Architecture“ ist eine architekturtheoretische und künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit den radikalen Superzeichen der Architektur.”

For more info visit Baunetz here.


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MAR 16 2014
CRUZ GARCIA & NATHALIE FRANKOWSKI OF WAI TO PRESENT THEIR CHILDREN'S BOOK DURING CAPITAL LITERARY FESTIVAL BEIJING



Come and hear the charming story of a little girl and her rabbit and their journey from a city where the sun never sets. Inspiring authors, internationally acclaimed artists, architects and book creators Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski, have joined together to create 'The Story of the Little Girl and The Sun', where geometric shapes take center stage in a witty tale filled with fun.

Mar 22 11:00 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.

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FEB 06 2014
WAI THINK TANK / GARCIA FRANKOWSKI FEATURED IN FILM FESTIVAL UTOPIA, PARIS



French filmmaker and architect, Anne Philippe, will present “Estann or the Archipelagos of the Wandering Islands”, featuring works by Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia, on Sunday 09th of February at 4.30PM in the movie theater 2.

Cinétopia will be screened at Cinema l’ECRAN in Saint-Denis, Paris.

More information in French:

“A l’instar des rêves et des agencements mobiles d’images qui les composent, l’archipel d’Estann se reconfigure à chaque traversée d’une manière singulière. De l’île des limbes à l’île des devenirs, de la “ciné-architecture” aux chambres des rêveuses d’un film à venir, des propos sur l’art de Rilke à la grotte d’un sans abri, du noir de la salle de spectacle aux berges du canal de l’Ourcq, des jardins de l’A bao a qou aux villes invisibles… autant de traversées qui déploient des mondes possibles, esquissant par là même les contours d’une communauté à venir. Nous proposons une déambulation dans la carte à trois dimensions de l’archipel, où des fragments de textes remontés à la surface feront parfois écho à des séquences d’images inédites ou inachevées. Ces traversées seront propices à un voyage dans le futur d’un film en train de se faire.”


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JAN 26 2014
GARCIA FRANKOWSKI EXHIBITION ‘EXPERIMENTS ON FORM’ OPENS AT INTELLIGENTSIA GALLERY



Recent art works by WAI Think Tank directors Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski are in display at Intelligentsia Gallery in Beijing. The alternative art space opened its doors for the first time with the vernisage of ‘Garcia Frankowski Experiments on Form’ the 25th of January.


The exhibition that includes Paintings, collages and objects will be on display until the end of February. For more info you can visit Intelligentsia Gallery website.



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JAN 26 2014
WAI HAS BEEN FEATURED IN PUERTO RICO’S MAIN NEWSPAPER EL NUEVO DIA


Puerto Rico’s main newspaper published an extensive overview of WAI Think Tank and Garcia Frankowski’s recent projects including the NCCA proposal in Moscow, the book Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture (London, 2013) and group and solo exhibitions around the world. Journalist Carmen Graciela Diaz’ ‘Construccion Continua’ (Continuous Construction); ‘El Vigor tiene forma’ (Vigour Has Form) article and interview was featured on the ‘Por Dentro’ special section on Saturday January 18.







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JAN 07 2014
WAI'S BATTLE OF THE MEGASTRUCTURES PRESENTED BY ETHEL BARAONA POHL IN TEL AVIV


Ethel Baraona Pohl will be discussing WAI's Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-garde in her upcoming lecture 'It's the Economy, Stupid' at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
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JAN 16 2014
WAI'S BATTLE OF THE MEGASTRUCTURES PRESENTED BY ETHEL BARAONA POHL IN BARCELONA


Ethel Baraona Pohl will be discussing WAI's Megastructures are the Shopping Malls of the Avant-garde in her upcoming lecture 'It's the Economy, Stupid' at the IAAC in Barcelona.

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JAN 07 2014
WAI TO PRESENT THE WAIZINE IN ARCHIZINES EXHIBITION, SHANGHAI


WAI will be part of the opening panel discussion of the Shanghai leg of the Archizines World Tour of independent and alternative architectural publications. The exhibition that will be displayed in the Shanghai Study Centre of the University of Hong Kong, will include alongside WAI, Elias Redstone, curator of Archizines, Li Juan, Daan Roggeveen curator of the Study Centre.

More from the official website:

Opening: Saturday, 11 January, 3pm
The exhibition will be opened by a seminar on the Future of the Architecture Magazine, followed by drinks to celebrate the new show.

Address
University of Hong Kong / Shanghai Study Centre
298 Bei Suzhou Lu (Close to Sichuan Bei Lu)
Hongkou District, Shanghai 200085
Subway stop Tiantong Lu
Website ash.arch.hku.hk



Dates
11 January – 9 March 2014

Opening Times
Daily, 10am – 8pm


More info here.