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Motion Matters : Harvard University Exhibition

Motion Matters Exhibition by UNStudio at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

20 Jan 2011

Motion Matters Exhibition

Opening of the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor Ben van Berkel’s exhibition ‘Motion Matters’ at Harvard University

Gund Hall Gallery, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Thursday 20th Jan, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Exhibition Motion Matters

Exhibition Motion Matters Motion Matters Exhibition Ben van Berkel Exhibition Motion Matters

On the occasion of Ben van Berkel’s appointment to the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the exhibition Motion Matters will open in the Gund Hall Gallery on Thursday 20th January at 5.30pm.

Motion Matters presents six of UNStudio’s pavilions, each one illustrating architectural and urban issues being tested in real matter. UNStudio has been experimenting with the typology of the temporary installation for some time, which has resulted in a series. The exhibition shows that this serialization itself is an important aspect of this typology and further explores different readings, interpretations, and perceptions of the featured temporary installations.

By moving through the exhibition, shifting perspectives appear, demonstrating the visual and spatial effects of new, more dynamic, materializations.
Each pavilion featured in the exhibition highlights one particular topic; the six topics – interrelated yet specific – are: Transitional Typology, Urban Lobbies, Crossing Points, Kinetic Platforms, After Image and Switching On/Off.

Motion Matters presents the development from the diagram to the design model, and then to a new form of architectural expression. Larger-scale UNStudio projects are related to the topics explored by the six pavilions, as the exhibition investigates the potential of the pavilion to move beyond a typology and become a prototype situated somewhere between technological research and artistic production.

Motion Matters was curated by UNStudio in collaboration with the Graduate School of Design’s Department of Exhibitions. For event details please contact: Brooke King (

Kenzo Tange Lecture, Ben van Berkel
As the recipient of the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor Chair at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ben van Berkel will present a lecture, ‘The New Understanding’, on March 3rd 2011 at 6:30pm in the Piper Auditorium.

Since spring 1984, twenty-nine internationally recognized architects and urbanists have been appointed to the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professorship Chair at Harvard. In these twenty-seven years recipients have included Alvaro Siza, Enric Miralles, Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid and Kazuyo Sejima. In addition, several current faculty members, including Rafael Moneo, Farshid Moussavi, and Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron were also recipients of the Chair.

Exhibition Motion Matters
Gund Hall Gallery, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
21 Jan – 6 Mar 2011

Lecture Ben van Berkel, The New Understanding
Piper Auditorium
3 Mar 6.30pm

Photos: Justin Knight


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