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Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

In partnership with La Sapienza University, Progetto Forti and Rome municipality, Young Architects Competitions (YAC) is launching a competition to redesign one of the treasures of Rome: Forte Portuense.

AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 10 October, 2014
AMO Invites Dutch Architects to Discuss their Future at the Venice Biennale, At this year's Dutch Pavilion in Venice, the curators explored the work of Jaap Bakema, arguing that after the demise of the welfare state "Bakema’s work once again provides us with a touchstone for rethinking the ideals of the open society". Image © Nico Saieh
At this year's Dutch Pavilion in Venice, the curators explored the work of Jaap Bakema, arguing that after the demise of the welfare state "Bakema’s work once again provides us with a touchstone for rethinking the ideals of the open society". Image © Nico Saieh

On November 20-21, AMO is hosting a discussion event at the Venice Biennale focusing on the past, present and future of Dutch architecture in which 30 young architects will be invited to present their agenda for architecture in the Netherlands for the next 10 years. Over the course of the two days, each participant will present will deliver a 7-minute presentation looking at architecture in 2024 to answer the question "where will you be and will you be doing?" Find out more about the event, and how you can be a part of it, after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: SoNo Arhitekti-Designed Pavilion to Represent Slovenia

01:00 - 9 October, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: SoNo Arhitekti-Designed Pavilion to Represent Slovenia, Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti
Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti

SoNo Arhitekti’s design for the Slovenian Pavilion has been chosen to represent the country at the 2015 Milan Expo. One of 142 participants, Slovenia’s pavilion will be based on the slogan, "I FEEL SLOVENIA. Green. Active. Healthy.”

The common thread in the exhibition manifests itself through a series of interactive and architectural elements throughout the pavilion. As the architects describe, “Five prismatical structures, positioned on the geometrically and dynamically designed surface, whose shape is reminiscent of a cultivated field, will represent Slovenian diverse geographical landscape and symbolize fundamental ideas of sustainable development.”

Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti Courtesy of SoNo Arhitekti +12

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Italy
  • Designer

    Nadir Abdessemed, Jakob Merk and Matthias Schuler
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant'Anna University Proposal

00:00 - 4 October, 2014
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti
Courtesy of Studio Ricatti

Studio Ricatti has revealed their design for a new university in the Arcispedale San'Anna in Cona-Ferrara Italy. In a competition hosted by the University of Ferrara, the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

00:00 - 23 September, 2014
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo

Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality," Described Maas. "One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: Knafo Klimor-Design Pavilion to Represent Israel

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Knafo Klimor-Design Pavilion to Represent Israel , © 3Dvision
© 3Dvision

Knafo Klimor Architects have been chosen to represent Israel at the 2015 Milan Expo with their “Fields of Tomorrow” pavilion. The elongated pavilion, stretching 70 meters across and rising 12 meters high, will act as a “living” billboard revealing Israel’s past and present successes in modern agriculture.

More images and video, after the break.

Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center, South East . Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects
South East . Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

In preparation for groundbreaking, Bernard Tschumi Architects have released the final design for the ANIMA (Arts, Nature, Ideas, Music, Action) cultural center in Grottammare (Ascoli Piceno, Italy). The 30-meter “perfect square” will offer the Piceno region and the Adriatic coast a public centre for collecting and cultivating the broadest manifestations of artistic, creative and productive culture. 

An animation, the architect's description and more images after the break.

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced, Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea
Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break...

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation - Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects Public Condenser: Low-cost public university building - Paris, France. Image Courtesy of Muoto Architects The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood - Vienna, Austria. Image Courtesy of Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos +28

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto, © Francesco Castagna
© Francesco Castagna

© Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna © Francesco Castagna +22

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Rodeneck School  / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +11

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool, © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects
© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects

Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo's food theme, the pavilion is centered around the Czech Republic's unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

© Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects © Miss3 courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects Model Photo. Image © Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects +30

Rodeneck Kindergarden / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 13 September, 2014
© Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +17

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain, © b720 Arquitectos
© b720 Arquitectos

Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten, © Gustav Willeit
© Gustav Willeit

© Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit © Gustav Willeit +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Plisa Bolzano, Italy
  • Partners in Charge

    Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World's Largest Masonry Dome?

00:00 - 9 September, 2014

More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi's dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi's commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Casa RG / ES-arch

01:00 - 6 September, 2014
Casa RG / ES-arch, © Marcello Mariana
© Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    23024 Madesimo Sondrio, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
  • Design Team

    Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
  • Construction

    Giancarlo Rigamonti
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture, © Peppe Maisto
© Peppe Maisto

© Peppe Maisto © Peppe Maisto Courtesy of DPA / Adagp © Peppe Maisto +32