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Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating "A Clockwork Jerusalem"

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the "mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse." The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how "these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes." To those who know the UK's architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

© James Taylor-Foster
© James Taylor-Foster

Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

Asymptote Architecture to Design "Park of Angels" in Italy

Asymptote Architecture has been commissioned to design a park with a collection of cultural buildings on the outskirts of Peccioli, Italy.  Called the “Parco Degli Angeli," Italian for Park of Angels, this urbanized complex will be carefully grafted into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to create a dialogue with the surrounding farmland and historical sites.  The park will include museums, interactive sculpture installations, and an amphitheater that can host 800 people.

Villa A / A-OMA

  • Architects: A-OMA
  • Location: Catania, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfio Faro
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of A-OMA

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Event: "House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate"

House Housing is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Situated in the Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, that architecture focus on its "fundamentals."

Nestlé Headquarters / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Via del Bosco Rinnovato, 20090 Milan, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
  • Design Team Park Associati: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi, Marco Siciliano, Marinella Ferrari, Stefano Lanotte, Lorenzo Merloni, Marco Panzeri, Davide Pojaga, Alessandro Rossi, Elisa Taddei, Paolo Uboldi, Fabio Calciati
  • Design Team General Planning: Giovanni Bonini, Paolo Varenna, Loris Colombo, Luca Dagrada, Laura Barat, Matteo Molteni, Luca Rini, Paolo Rossanigo, Antonio Virelli, Alberto Villa, Claudio Bertolini, Mimmo Vitetta, Luigi Zinco, Walter Cola, Andrea Cristaldi, Vittorio Viganò, Claudio Bertagnolli, Manuel Schieder, Francesco Torchitti, Mario Pinoli, Giuseppe Zaffino
  • Area: 34092.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Simone Simone

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

"European-ness Porosity" is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Installed in the second-floor apartment of Columbia’s Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture exhibition, that architecture focus on its “fundamentals.” House Housing replies by considering architecture’s economic fundamentals, which locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network. 

A2 House / VPS Architetti

© Pierluigi Dessì
© Pierluigi Dessì
  • Architects: VPS Architetti
  • Location: 53020 Castelmuzio Siena, Italy
  • Collaborators: Gianluca Anolfo, Luigi Depperu, Marco Pittaluga
  • Area: 540.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pierluigi Dessì

© Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì © Pierluigi Dessì

San Mauro Torinese Cemetery Extension / Raimondo Guidacci

  • Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Location: Via Superga, 10099 San Mauro Torinese Turin, Italy
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Beppe Giardino

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

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Milan 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). 

Bozen Waste to Energy Plant / Cl&aa Architects

© Alessandra Chemollo
© Alessandra Chemollo
  • Architects: Cl&aa Architects
  • Location: Bolzano, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Claudio Lucchin
  • Design Team: Michele Carlini, Giovanni Carlini, Claudio Orlati, Reinhard Thaler, Primo De Biasi
  • Area: 24.932 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alessandra Chemollo, Marco Ferrarin

© Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo © Alessandra Chemollo

Milan Expo 2015: Nemesi & Partners Reveal Smog-Eating Pavilion for Italy

Roma-based Nemesi & Partners has designed a 13,000 square meter “urban forest” that will serve as the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Enveloped within an intricate, branch-like skin, the six-story lattice structure will be made from 900 panels of “i.active BIODYNAMIC” cement that will “capture” air pollutants and convert them into inert salts. 

Gucci Headquarters / Genius Loci Architettura

  • Architects: Genius Loci Architettura
  • Location: Via Don Lorenzo Perosi, 6, 50018 Scandicci Florence, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Stefano Boninsegna, Andrea Grassi, Enrico Santi, Silvia Trentanove
  • Design Team: Antonio Romano, Filippo M. Messeri, Paola Portone, Michele Zanella
  • Area: 9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

© Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli

Milan Expo 2015: Austria's Winning Pavilion to Simulate Native Climate

The winning design for the Austrian pavilion of the 2015 Milan Expo has been announced. Following the Expo’s theme of “Energy for Life,” team.breathe.austria's winning proposal focuses on social change for environmental protection. The enclosed, rectangular pavilion will be planted with an abundance of native Austrian vegetation. Titled “breathe,” the project will produce enough oxygen to sustain 18,000 people by the hour and advocates for a healthier bond between the urban and natural environment.

Reinier de Graaf, Ma Yansong to Speak at Biennale's Greenhouse Talk

Greenhouse Talks, an auxiliary public lecture series to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, will take place on Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th between 9:00 and 11:00am. During each session, an international panel of professionals - including the founder of MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, and the director of AMO, Reinier de Graaf - will discuss a topic pertaining to Rem Koolhaas' chosen theme for the Biennale: Fundamentals. The first day of discourse will focus on the future of the architectural profession, investigating the potential influence of the market crisis and the intersection of architecture with other disciplines. The second will reflect on the representation of architecture, considering the Western practice of exhibiting architecture projects in museums, institutes, and biennial events and what this practice's adoption might mean for the East. For the full list of panel members and event details, read on after the break.

Temporary School Gymnasium / MIDE architetti + Paolo Didonè

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