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Breathtaking Italian Views Framed in Wood

08:00 - 16 September, 2017
Breathtaking Italian Views Framed in Wood, © Lorenzo Massimiano
© Lorenzo Massimiano

With the common goal across their portfolio of enhancing the landscape, Camposaz has designed a tourist information pavilion in Roccamonfina, Italy. The wood pavilion is sited just off of a pedestrian path, overlooking the adjacent public park with stunning views of the nearby mountains, a driver in the design.

From Brunelleschi to Today, This Documentary Tracks the Evolution of Architecture in Tuscany

09:30 - 9 September, 2017
From Brunelleschi to Today, This Documentary Tracks the Evolution of Architecture in Tuscany, Courtesy of 120g
Courtesy of 120g

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to the Italian region of Tuscany to view works of architectural mastery. Renowned architectural figures such as Michelangelo and Brunelleschi transformed Tuscan cities to be stages of cultural rebirth during the 14th-17th century. These times, however, have passed. Today, Tuscany is faced with problems such as the decline of suburbs, abandoned buildings, and property speculation. The modern Italian architecture scene is in decline, and the country is experiencing an oversupply of architects, requiring many to emigrate in search of work.

German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division

04:00 - 5 September, 2017
German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division, Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years, the precise amount of time that the inner German border wall—which was active from between 1961 and 1989—stood between "East" and "West". With this in mind, the German State have announced "Unbuilding Walls" as the theme of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by GRAFT with Marianne Birthler, the exhibition will be designed to "respond to current debates on nations, protectionism, and division." 

This Towering Residential Forest Could Offer a Solution to Urban Air Pollution

04:00 - 4 September, 2017
This Towering Residential Forest Could Offer a Solution to Urban Air Pollution, Courtesy of Paolo Rosselli
Courtesy of Paolo Rosselli

In this short film, part of a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and The Verge, the Bosco Verticale—the towering residential forest in the dense urban environment of Milan—is examined for its architectural prowess, as well as its botanical aptitude. In the film, architect Stefano Boeri and expert arborists explain what makes the skyscraper so unique, as well as it's very real potential effect on air pollution in the city.

Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species

16:00 - 2 September, 2017
Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species, Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns
Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns

Following an open competition, the Australian Institute of Architects have announced "repair" as the theme of the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Baracco+Wright Architects, collaborating with artist Linda Tegg, will oversee the cultivation of "thousands of temperate grassland species" within the pavilion, alongside "large-scale architectural projections." According to the AIA, "visitors will enter a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant community, reminding us what is at stake when we occupy land."

Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Investigate the Concept of the "Weak Monument"

14:00 - 2 September, 2017
Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Investigate the Concept of the "Weak Monument", Curators of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of Estonian Architecture Centre
Curators of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of Estonian Architecture Centre

Following an open competition, the Estonian Architecture Center have announced "Weak Monument" as the theme of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa, and Tadeáš Říha will develop a project which views the "architectural environment as a layered and historically continuous system," focusing the exhibition on "projects from the recent and more distant past."

Álvaro Siza and Others Imagine Possible Scenarios for a Reconstructed Syria

07:00 - 23 August, 2017
Álvaro Siza and Others Imagine Possible Scenarios for a Reconstructed Syria, © Sketch for Syria
© Sketch for Syria

Sketch for Syria, a project initiated by by Marco Ballarin and Jacopo Galli at IUAV, Venice, has brought together 150 architects from 26 nations in a large-scale effort to "imagine, trace and share possible scenarios" for Syria, following the recent devastation of the lives of its citizens and a significant amount of its architectural heritage.

OMA Unveils Urban Study and Strategy for Manifesta 12 in Palermo

14:00 - 3 July, 2017
OMA Unveils Urban Study and Strategy for Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Palermo Atlas announcement, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo. Image © CAVE Studio, courtesy Manifesta
Palermo Atlas announcement, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo. Image © CAVE Studio, courtesy Manifesta

Manifesta 12 creative mediator OMA has revealed the Palermo Atlas, an interdisciplinary urban study of Palermo that will inform the organization of 12th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, that will be held next year in the Italian city. Led by OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the project outlines a blueprint for Palermo “to plan its future and as a research framework to ensure that Manifesta 12 achieves a long-term impact for the city and its citizens.”

This Robotic Arm Can Cut Marble Into Unique Freeform Shapes

12:00 - 2 July, 2017
This Robotic Arm Can Cut Marble Into Unique Freeform Shapes

This video is part of a conference held every two years by the Rob|Arch Conference series, developed by the Association for Robots in Architecture and related to robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design.

Freespace: Grafton's 2018 Venice Biennale to Celebrate Generosity, Thoughtfulness, and a Desire to Engage

06:30 - 7 June, 2017
Freespace: Grafton's 2018 Venice Biennale to Celebrate Generosity, Thoughtfulness, and a Desire to Engage, © Andrea Avezzu. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Directors of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale – "Freespace". Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
© Andrea Avezzu. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Directors of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale – "Freespace". Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

At a meeting convened today at the Biennale's headquarters at Ca’ Giustinian in Venice, Italy, Grafton ArchitectsYvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara—revealed the theme and outline for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, which they have titled Freespace. According to the Directors, the forthcoming Biennale will celebrate "generosity and thoughtfulness," and "a desire to engage."

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