Bureau Europa presents the third iteration of an exhibition of the work of architect Cedric Price and the first public appearance of some of his selected projects in the Netherlands. As a satellite component tot he exhibition, a special Cedric Price insert magazine is created in collaboration with Volume. Volume readers will find the insert in the back of Volume #42.
Cedric Price: The Dynamics of Time is an exhibition that introduces the work of Price by presenting a cross-section of the elements of his inventive and singular practice: sketches, project drawings, recorded talks, first-hand accounts by staff, colleagues and friends. A series of selected projects present his innovative models for industry, education, government, tourism, ecology and the house.
The selection of projects has been made on the basis of their specific relevance to current spatial, economic and social issues of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, a cross-border region that currently faces a number of challenges that are typical for post-industrial areas, such as a declining economy and the shrinking and aging of its population. Local initiatives, such as IBA Parkstad, aim to ‘update’ the region and to help it to regain confidence — a key ingredient for economic and social redevelopment. It is this aspiration to reinvent a region that provides the impetus to show the work of Cedric Price.
The material on show is sourced from the Cedric Price Fonds at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and the private collections of the Cedric Price Estate and Lord McAlpine. It will be accompanied by contemporary work, reflecting both the critical attributes of Price’s practice and the concept of the exhibition itself.
Cedric Price broke the conventional boundaries of architectural practice by continuously employing a broad pallet of potential design variables — engaging formal, infrastructural, organizational, operational and ethical factors into all of his design propositions. It is this level of complexity that both sets Price apart as an architect and obscures the great potential of his profound design ideas.
Including this latest presentation at Bureau Europa in Maastricht, the exhibition will have appeared in three locations in four years (previously Venice and London). The exhibition is curated, at the invitation of Bureau Europa, by Jan Nauta and Samantha Hardingham, and is made possible with the support of the municipality of Maastricht, the province of Limburg and the Creative Industries Fund NL.