VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

00:00 - 23 February, 2014

A new hour long documentary for PBS' series, Building the Great Cathedrals, explores the mystery of how, in the 15th century, Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi constructed one of the largest domes the world had ever seen. Winning what could be considered one of the earliest architectural competitions, Brunelleschi developed a unique system that allowed construction on the dome to occur while services were being conducted in the cathedral 100 metres below. The team in this episode model this freestanding structure in an attempt to understand just how Brunelleschi achieved such a feat of Renaissance engineering.

You can find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable through PBS within the USA. For those of you outside the USA, you can watch the 30 second preview above; for those in the USA, see the full video after the break...

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

10:00 - 21 February, 2014
© Michele Gusmeri
© Michele Gusmeri
  • Architects

  • Location

    Senago Milan, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
  • Area

    1220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Michele Gusmeri

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome / Studio Odile Decq

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
© Odile Decq - L. Filetici
© Odile Decq - L. Filetici
  • Architects

  • Location

    Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, 00153 Rome, Italy
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Odile Decq - L. Filetici, Odile Decq - G. Fessy

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AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

01:00 - 18 February, 2014
© Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

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Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
© Federica Bottoli
© Federica Bottoli

A917 Corporate Headquarters In Pisa / nuvolaB architetti associati

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Courtesy of nuvolaB architetti associati
Courtesy of nuvolaB architetti associati

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Camping Luca Vuerich / Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
© Flavio Pesamosca
© Flavio Pesamosca
  • Architects

    Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto
  • Location

    Italy
  • Photographs

    Flavio Pesamosca

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The Number 6 / Building

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
© Piero Ottaviano
© Piero Ottaviano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Alfieri, 6, 10121 Torino, Italy
  • Design Team

    Building Engineering
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Piero Ottaviano

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Competition Entry: Russian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Architects of Invention

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

London-Moscow-Tbilisi-based practice Architects of Invention has completed a proposal for the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo as a part of the Expo’s Herzog  & de Meuron-designed masterplan. Designed to evoke the connotation that Russia is one of the biggest agriculture exporters in the world, the pavilion “Russia: The Fields of Growth” will contribute to the Expo’s theme of “Feeding the Planet”, and at the same time introduce a dynamic and powerful image of the modern Russia that originates in the country’s great past.

PLASMA Studio Wins Competition to Relocate and Enhance Italian Railway Station

01:00 - 25 January, 2014
Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab
Render. Image Courtesy of Groundlab

PLASMA Studio, in collaboration with Groundlab, won first prize in an international competition to masterplan the relocation of the Innichen/San Candido train station in North Italy. The project, now under construction, forms a new "Mobile Centre" that integrates a new public plaza, skate park, youth centre and more into a streamlined rail station that enhances connectivity throughout the town. 

More information, after the break...

Olgiata Sporting Club / LAD

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
© Francesco Napolitano
© Francesco Napolitano
  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Antonio Conti, 00123 Rome, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Napolitano
  • Design Team

    Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
  • Interior Design

    Simone Lanaro
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Francesco Napolitano, Cornelia Suhan · Photographer Profile

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Atelier Kitchen Haidacher / Lukas Mayr Architekt

01:00 - 21 January, 2014
© Marion Lafogler
© Marion Lafogler

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"Post-Quake Visions" Young Architects Competition Results Announced

00:00 - 20 January, 2014
First Place / Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti. Image Courtesy of YAC
First Place / Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti. Image Courtesy of YAC

The results for the latest Young Architects Competition (YAC), Post-Quake Visions, have been announced. The competition aimed to discover innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants were encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient urban tissues. With 356 enrolled teams comprising of 808 designers, see the winning results and Gold Mentions after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: NJP, LAD Win Competition for Iranian Pavilion

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
© NJP, LAD
© NJP, LAD

Naqsh,E,Jahan-Pars (NJP), in collaboration with the Laboratorio di Architettura e Design (LAD), has been named winner of an international competition for the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Based on “a living process narrative in the central plateau of Iran,” the winning scheme responds to the Expo’s “Feeding the Planet” theme by exposing the underground channels of water that give life to Iran’s many desert cities. 

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Bence Pap | Mario Gasser

01:00 - 18 January, 2014
© Bence Pap | Mario Gasser
© Bence Pap | Mario Gasser

This proposal by architects Bence Pap and Mario Gasser of Studio Greg Lynn / University of Applied Arts Vienna has been ranked fourth in an international competition for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the Expo’s theme, “We feed the World – Energy for Life,” the pavilion aims to highlight Austria’s rich culture of craft and agriculture by offering a two-story experience that exhibits goods unique to the country. 

Milan Expo 2015: Foster Unveils Design for UAE Pavilion

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have unveiled the design for the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Designed to evoke the experience of walking through UAE’s ancient communities, the elongated site will be transformed into a contemporary reinterpretation of a desert city. Passive principles, such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells, are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification. These strategies are all designed to support the pavilion’s many dining areas, which embrace the Expo’s overarching theme “Feeding the Planet” by serving a taste of modern Emirarti cuisine. 

“We are very proud to be chosen again to create the national pavilion for the UAE,” stated Norman Foster. “Our challenge has been to design for two climates – to create a naturally cool, comfortable space for visitors in Milan, while considering the pavilion’s ultimate reconstruction in the Emirates, where there is a need to provide shade from the intense sun.”

Competition Entry: 'My Iran' (Expo Milan 2015) / Akaran Architects & IRANBON

01:00 - 4 January, 2014
Courtesy of Akaran Architects
Courtesy of Akaran Architects

Akaran Architects, in collaboration with IRANBON, have been selected as one of four finalist for their proposal 'My Iran,' a pavilion representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Milan Expo 2015. The team will now join the other finalists to refine their ideas into a single proposal. The rectangular site (20 by 100 meters) is a 'resonant landscape,' aiming to showcase the central theme: feeding the planet, energy for life

White Space Orthodontic Clinic / bureauhub architecture

01:00 - 4 January, 2014
© Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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