Karissa Rosenfield

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

Cover of “Homeland, News from Portugal”

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling , culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country.

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break…

Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival

2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House © James Horan

Now through June 9, the city of Sydney will be illuminated by its annual, world-exclusive light festival known as Vivid Sydney. Each night from 6PM until midnight, many of the Harbour City’s most famous landmarks will be transformed into an interactive visual spectacular, paralleled with street side installations, laser shows, (free) live music performances and over 200 creative industry business events.

One of the festival highlights, of course, is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Watch as Jørn Utzon’s famous white sails are transformed by a series of mind-bending, 3D projections designed by 59 Productions after the break…

Architects Compete to Design Goldsmiths’ New Art Gallery

Laurie Grove Baths. Image © Dr. Neil Clifton via Creative Commons

Harry Gugger Studio and 6a Architects are among six practices shortlisted in a competition to design a new art gallery at University in London. Selected from 80 submissions, the final teams, which also include Assemble, Dow Jones Architects, HAT Projects and Jamie Fobert Architects, will now have six weeks to submit designs. Once complete, the 400 square meter gallery will be a “significant showcase for contemporary art” that serves a combination of curated exhibitions, residencies and research projects. It will be built behind the Laurie Grove Baths, a Grade II listed 19th-century municipal bath that is currently used as fine art studios.

Venice Biennale 2014: Minsuk Cho to Present “Crow’s Eye View” of Divided Korea

Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang, 2010 © Philipp Meuser

Minsuk Cho of MASS Studies, commissioner and curator of the Korean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, has announced that he will be responding to director Rem Koolhaas’ theme Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 with an focused on the architecture of divided . With the Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, Cho will present the architecture of North and South Korea as “an agent – a mechanism for generating alternative narratives that are capable of perceiving both the everyday and the monumental in new ways.”

The full curatorial statement, after the break…

Zaha Hadid and SOM Among 5 Competing to Design Scandinavia’s Tallest Tower

Proposal #1: “Ursa” (214 meters). Image Courtesy of Serneke

Zaha Hadid Architects, SOM, Ian Simpson Architects, Manuelle Gautrand Architects, and Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor are all competing to design what will be the tallest tower in Scandinavia. Submitted anonymously, the five shortlisted proposals have just been unveiled by Serneke, who has envisioned the skyscraper as an integral piece to a larger 32,000 square meter mixed-use masterplan in Gothenburg that has been in the making for more than ten years.

Check out each shortlisted design, after the break…

Venice Biennale 2014: Slovenia to Explore the “Culturalization” of Space

Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies; Matija Bevk, Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič, Rok Oman, Vasa J. Perović, Jurij Sadar, Špela Videčnik, Boštjan Vuga, 2012, Photographer: Tomaž Maček. Image © KSEVT

Delving into the fundamentals of architecture by researching the work of Slovene engineer Herman Potočnik Noordung, the pioneer of space architecture, the Pavilion of at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will explore concepts of “space culturalization.” Curated by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), The Problem of Space Travel – Supre:Architecture will parallel solutions from Science and Technology with the Arts and Humanities as a means of envisioning contemporary options for appropriating space.

The curatorial statement and more information, after the break…

Erik Møller Arkitekter to Modernize Alvar Aalto’s Kunsten

Kunsten Museum of Modern Art. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Erik Møller Arkitekter has been commissioned to modernize ’s white marble Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. As reported by BDOnline, the £14 million renovation will restore parts of the listed museum, as well as transform the building’s basement into a new 600 square meter space.

Venice Biennale 2014: Antarctica to be First Continent Represented

Halley VI Research Station / Hugh Broughton Architects. Image Courtesy of British Antarctic Survey

This year, as the first continent ever to be represented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, will bring together leading international architects and artists to explore present and future models of living in the South Polar region. The , Antarctopia will feature projects and ideas by participants, such as Hugh Broughton, Juergen Mayer H. and Zaha Hadid. 

The curatorial statement and complete list of participants, after the break…

CASA: Architecture’s Most Famous Houses Confined to a Cube

© Yannick Martin

French-born, Colombian-based architect Yannick Martin of WHAT has shared with us his latest series of that reimagines some of architecture’s most famous confined within a box.

“The idea,” describes Martin, “was to deform and stretch houses made by some of the most known architects, put them inside a cube, and reveal what makes them so singular, starting with the decisions the architects made concerning the proportion of their houses and the defining elements that makes them so unique and famous.”

The complete collection, including Casa Vanna Venturi and the Farnsworth House, after the break…

Rio to Host TEDGlobal 2014

Courtesy of TEDGlobal 2014

The world is experiencing exponential growth and , a true megalopolis of six million people, is a prime example. Thus, TEDGlobal 2014 has announced they will be “setting up shop” in Rio’s Copacabana Beach theater in the search to find “fresh thinking” in emerging geographies.

More than 40 speakers and performers have confirmed their attendance, each focusing on the “many facets of the Global South’s rise in influence and power” and relevant new stories from around the world.

Register here and continue after the break for complete list of confirmed speakers and Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes’ Talk “Four commandments of cities”…

Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke

© Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Expo. Clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile, which was designed by Libeskind in collaboration with the Italian company Casalgrande Padan, the “red serpentine-like” structure reinterprets the traditional Chinese Shitang (dining hall).

Tadao Ando to Expand Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis

; Image via Wikipedia

Construction is slated to begin in August (2014) on an expansion project that will transform the lower level of Tadao Ando’s Pulitzer Arts Foundation building in St. Louis into a public space for exhibitions, new programs and artist-driven activities. Previously used as offices and storage, the two new galleries, also designed by Ando, will expand the Pulitzer’s programable space by nearly 50 percent. This will be the building’s first major renovation since opening in 2001.

Peter Zumthor Selects Paraguayan Architect Gloria Cabral as Protégé

Peter Zumthor with protege Gloria Cabral. Image Courtesy of Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative

Peter Zumthor has chosen to mentor Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Cabral, a partner at Asuncion-based Gabinete de Arquitectura, will spend a year collaborating with the Swiss architect, who has dedicated his expertise in an effort to learn, create and grow with the young talent.

Describing Cabral’s work to reveal an original spirit, Zumthor stated: “In Gloria’s work and attitude I sense a keen interest in the physical experience of architecture, which makes it exciting for me to collaborate with her.”

Venice Biennale 2014: 100 Architects to Discuss “Time Space Existence”

studio sc, studio mk27 - marcio kogan + suzana glogowski + diana radomysler, shooting space, 2011

The Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation has summoned a diverse group of 100 architects from over 40 countries to participate in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

, Norman Foster and Eduardo Souto De Moura are among the many participating, showcasing ideas, research and aspirations that will add commentary about the current state of architecture as well as highlight philosophical questions and concepts regarding time, space and existence. 

A complete list of participants, after the break…

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen’s Poli House Wins Inaugural MCHAP for Emerging Architecture

Poli House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Yesterday at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT), Pezo Von Ellrichshausen was awarded the prestigious Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for Emerging Architecture. Selected for their finely crafted, concrete Poli House, which serves as both a summer residence and cultural center on the Coliumo Peninsula, the Chilean firm was the first practice ever to receive the prize. 

Wiel Arets, Kenneth Frampton, and Dominique Perrault, among others on the esteemed jury, deemed the Poli House to be “the most outstanding built work in the Americas” completed by an emerging practice within the preceding two years. 

Pezo Von Ellrichshausen will be awarded with a $25,000 prize and an IIT research professorship that will focus on rethinking the metropolis. 

Come July, a winner of the  will be select for being the “best architectural work in the Americas.” 

Venice Biennale 2014: Montenegro to Present “Treasures in Disguise”

Spomen Dom. Image © Luka Bošković Photography

This year at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Montenegro Pavilion will present four neglected, late-modernist buildings that were originally constructed as a testament to a radiant new society. An effort to spark discourse about urban regeneration in Montenegro and the future of the former Yugoslavia’s architecture, the seeks to illuminate the uncanny beauty of each structure as they are regarded to be Treasures in Disguise.

More from the curators and a preview of the highlighted buildings, after the break…

VIDEO: Jeanne Gang on Resurrecting a Chicago Landmark

Shoreland, once a prominent destination built for the stars in 1926, stood derelict for years at risk of being erased from Chicago’s built history. This all changed the moment Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects seized an opportunity to restore the monumental building into a highly sought after residential tower.

Provided by our friends at Spirit of Space, the video above takes you through the meticulous process and unique transformation of this historic landmark, highlighting insight by Gang herself and David Gwinn of .

For more on Gang’s design philosophy, watch our recent ArchDaily interview with her after the break…

April ABI Reflects Continued Decrease in Design Services

April . Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

For the last two months, the U.S. Architecture Billings Index has remained in negative territory. Although the ABI rose slightly from the previous month’s 48.8 mark to 49.6 in April, the score still reflects a decrease in design services. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new projects inquiry index also revealed a slight increase, rising from 57.9 to 59.1.

“Despite an easing in demand for architecture services over the last couple of months, there is a pervading sense of optimism that business conditions are poised to improve as the year moves on,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With a healthy figure for design contracts this should translate into improved billings in the near future.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…