Architecture exhibit to be shown at Portland Museum of Art

Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in Culture

Architecture exhibit to be shown at Portland Museum of Art

Image credit: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

PORTLAND — "Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx" is an interactive exhibition featuring the work of some of the world’s leading architects and designers. On view Feb. 2 through May 19 at the Portland Museum of Art, "Voices of Design" will celebrate 25 years of Portland’s Architalx lecture series. 

The exhibit will include a 17-foot-tall tower with three levels of images that alternately reveal themselves and disappear. A dynamic image projection will light up two sides of the tower by using projectors embedded in the interior of the tower and will feature infrared light sensors, creating touch interactivity for visitors. The visitors’ touch will cause a rippling response of images on a massive scale. On either side of the tower will be two 10-foot-tall sound portals with thematic audio clips from the Architalx lecture series. Through the use of “holosonic” technology for projecting tight beams of sound, the sound will be heard only by the person or persons in the portals.

The exhibition will highlight the cutting-edge work of leading architects and designers from around the world who have presented as part of the Architalx lecture series in Portland during the last 25 years, including: Glenn Murcutt, Rafael Moneo, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Peter Bohlin, Jim Cutler, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Ada Karmi-Melamede, Samuel Mockbee, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Brigitte Shim, Merrill Elam, and Henry N. Cobb, among others.

The tower was designed by architects Tim Ventimiglia and Jennifer Whitburn of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, New York, with the multi-media interactivity created by the international team of Raphael DiLuzio, artist and associate professor of design science/fine art at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and Matthias Oostrik, an interactive video artist based in Amsterdam, with contributions by Andrew Bradley, structural engineer with SMRT in Portland. 

Architalx is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 1987 for the purpose of providing educational programs in the field of architecture and design to Greater Portland and Maine. The mission of Architalx is to broaden the awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture, and design by sponsoring activities which foster evocative and creative dialogue within the design community and with the general public. The Architalx board of directors is composed of design professionals and others interested in the built environment. For more information, visit

This exhibition was organized by Architalx for the Portland Museum of Art. 


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