• Powerhouse Company: SINKING AND RISING (2012)
  • Powerhouse Company: OUT OF BALANCE (2012)
  • Powerhouse Company: DESIGNED BY ARCHITECTS (2012)
  • powerhouse Company: BUBBLES (2012)


Exhibition:          SHIFTS: The Economic Crisis and its Consequences for Architecture
Location:            GM8: Gabriel Metsustraat 8 Amsterdam
Dates:                 30 June - 04 August 2012: fridays and saturdays, 13.00 - 18.00
Finissage:           04 August: 17.00 - 20.00

Rotterdam/Copenhagen-based Powerhouse Company and critic and architectural historian Hans Ibelings (the Architecture Observer) present an evocative, polemical exhibition illustrating the far-reaching impacts of new economic circumstances on architecture’s present and future, through film, models, and text. The exhibition will be on display at GM8 from 30 June – 13 July.

Exploring the fundamental changes that the culture and practice of architecture are undergoing worldwide as consequence of seismic political and financial challenges, the show plays with the formats of a traditional architectural exhibition to speculate upon how we got here, and what comes next.

The exhibition traveled from the Architecture Foundation in London. For more information:

During the Amsterdam opening Nanne de Ru (Powerhouse Company) and Hans Ibelings will be joined in conversation by Michiel van Iersel (Non-fiction and Failed Architecture) and Bastiaan Gribling (Cityscapes Gallery). Exploring the themes of the exhibition, the conversation will explore vital and prescient questions. Are we now seeing the formal end of the Industrial Revolution, the tipping point from which the East takes the reins from the West? What have de-regulation and the changing role of credit done to the world’s built environment?

The evening will also mark the Dutch premiere of the new publication resulting from Ibelings and Powerhouse's research, which will be available to purchase on the evening. For more information about this publication visit

More info:

Powerhouse Company

Architecture Observer