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The Descent: Philippe Rahm exhibition at the Extension Gallery for Architecture

March 22, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The Extension Gallery for Architecture, located in the Chicago Arts District at 1835 S. Halsted Street, presents The Descent, an installation by Philippe Rahm.

The Descent is an installation of three nested spaces that offer a voyage of vertiginous descent inside atmospheric parameters of space. The envelopes introduce, in succession, a decline in temperature, illumination, and humidity. The Descent sensitizes the visitor to the transformation of architecture in correlation to climatic global warming and the construction of atmospheres as a new tool of organization in architecture.

The exhibition opens April 13th at 6:00 p.m. and runs through June 17th. The Extension Gallery for Architecture is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on every second Friday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect that lives and works in Lausanne and Paris. In 1995, together with Jean-Gilles Decosterd, he founded the firm Decosterd & Rahm. The firm represented Switzerland at the 8th Bienniale of Architecture in Venice (2002) with the installation Hormonorium. Since 2004, he has been practicing independently and working on public and private projects in Europe. He has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide notably at Kunsthaus Graz (2006); Centre Pompidou and the Centre culturel Suisse in Paris and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (all 2005); Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (2004); and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2001). He is currently exhibiting at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal, Quebec an installation titled Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow, together with Gilles Clement.

Philippe Rahms projects embrace a wish to extend the field of architecture to new dimensions, and to work in the spectrum of the void and the density of the body, in the folds of time, and in the warping of distances and climates. His work challenges the architectural notion form follows function or function follows form, and instead suggests that architecture should follow climate.

The Extension Gallery is sponsored by Podmajersky, Inc. and is located in the Chicago Arts District, where it joins more than 20 other galleries in one of Chicagos most well established art and cultural communities. Through the 50+ year commitment of the Podmajersky Family, this vibrant community hosts a series of events throughout the year which are open to the public and contribute to the depth and variety of Chicagos cultural landscape.

For more information about the Extension Gallery and The Descent exhibition, please visit the gallerys website at or contact Paula Palombo at 1.773.742.0983 or via email at For more information on the Chicago Arts District, please visit or contact Julie Anna Welcher at

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