For its upcoming “Container Architecture” exhibition, the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf invited architects, designers and artists from all over the world to submit designs for container architecture. In response, the group submitted some 100 designs — many built, others conceptual — for consideration. The exhibition, which runs from June 8 through September 4, will feature 1:5-scale models of more than 20 of the submitted designs and a frieze composed of images of all submissions.
From the museum’s press release:
“But why organize an exhibition about containers? ‘Containers are a symbol of the way we live and dwell in our globalized, mobile, nomadic age,’ says exhibition organizer Werner Lippert when asked to explain what gave him the idea for the exhibition. He also quotes ethnologist Hartmut Böhme, who described the container as a ‘fetish of the modern age’ that stands for cataclysm, mobility, and change. For architecture critic and urban planner Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm, ‘the container is the building type of the near future’. The exhibition highlights the container as the pictogram for a new, urban way of life and/or simultaneously as an object of modern architecture.”