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The Floating Piers Opens on Lake Iseo Allowing Visitors to "Walk on Water"

08:15 - 19 June, 2016
The Floating Piers Opens on Lake Iseo Allowing Visitors to "Walk on Water", © Christo
© Christo

Beginning this week, and lasting for only sixteen days, visitors to the Italian Lake Iseo can "walk on water." The Floating Piers is the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, based on an idea first conceived in 1970. Built using 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, the installation—which sits just above water level—undulates with the movement of the lake.

According to Italian news source, Leggo, two people were "seriously injured" and the installation was "evacuated" on its opening day due to the quantity of visitors and inclement weather conditions.

Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale.

The docks extend into the streets of nearby towns. Image © Christo © Christo The docks extend into the streets of nearby towns. Image © Christo © Christo +12

Monocle Films Report from the National Pavilions at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 18 June, 2016

In a short film exploring some of the National Participations at this year's Venice Biennale, Monocle Films take a considered look at how different countries have responded to the Biennale theme, Reporting From the Front in both explicit and more indirect ways. Visiting the Austrian Pavilion, the Nordic Pavilion, the Turkish Pavilion, the British Pavilion, the Irish Pavilion, the Australian Pavilion and the Romanian Pavilion, the film studies what discourses are being waged in the compressed geo-political world of the Giardini di Biennale.

Piuarch Wins Competition To Build a New Cooperative Dairy In the Alps

08:00 - 15 June, 2016
Piuarch Wins Competition To Build a New Cooperative Dairy In the Alps, Courtesy of Piuarch
Courtesy of Piuarch

Milan studio Piuarch unveiled their design for the new Latteria Sociale Valtellina cooperative dairy in the Italian Alps. The competition, commissioned by the Latteria, sought to renovate the old building and expand it to include a sales outlet, restaurant, conference room and small museum. Piuarch's winning design builds on the economic and historic context of the area and surrounding landscape. 

Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 14 June, 2016
Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Britain is suffering from a terrible housing crisis – one that is an incredibly predictable outcome of decades of neoliberal economic policy. The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has become well-known for building “half a house” – only completing core infrastructure in social housing, then encouraging residents to finish the other half with their own money over time. In effect, the first generation get a significantly cheaper home, but once the house has been doubled it could be sold at market rate. The discount, and profit, only applies to the original owners.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +19

AD Classics: Palazzo dei Congressi / Louis Kahn

14:00 - 11 June, 2016
AD Classics: Palazzo dei Congressi / Louis Kahn, Model of the unrealised Palazzo dei Congressi, Venice. Image © Unidentified Source
Model of the unrealised Palazzo dei Congressi, Venice. Image © Unidentified Source

The city of Venice has been caught in a tug of war between progress and traditionalism for many years, and particularly since the construction of a railroad viaduct in 1846 linked the island city to the Italian mainland for the first time in its history.[1] Over a century later, the Venetian government commissioned Louis Kahn to design a new Palazzo dei Congressi for the city; his proposal, while paying respect to the histories of both the Republic of Venice and a unified Italy, could not escape similar controversy.

Model. Image © Unidentified Source This rough site plan for the building (1968-1974) is currently on the FBI's National Stolen Art File. Image via FBI Concept sketches. Image © Unidentified Source Plan of the Congress Hall +8

Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi / OMA

15:14 - 9 June, 2016
Il Fondaco dei Tedeschi / OMA, © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti
© Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti

© Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani + Marco Cappelletti +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sestiere di S. Marco, 5339, 30124 Venezia, Italy
  • Partners

    Rem Koolhaas, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
  • Project Architects

    Francesco Moncada, Silvia Sandor
  • Area

    9000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Architecture as a Means of Synthesis – Monocle Films Report from the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 8 June, 2016

"Scrutinizing the horizon and looking for a new perspective" is what Alejandro Aravena has encouraged in the 2016 Venice Biennale, Reporting From the Front. "[He] has staged one of the most socially charged Biennales," Gillian Dobias reports, by "exploring the different ways that design can add value." In this, the first of two film reportages from the Biennale, Monocle talks to Aravena about his hopes for stimulating the debate on improving quality of life in the built environment, and tour the Central Pavilion and the Arsenale to uncover what's on show.

12 Things You Need to See at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 6 June, 2016
"Reporting From the Front". Image © Italo Rondinella
"Reporting From the Front". Image © Italo Rondinella

There is an enormous intensity of information, knowledge and ideas on display at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, Reporting From the Front. With all the Executive Editors and Editors-in-Chief of ArchDaily's platforms in English, Spanish and (Brazilian) Portuguese in Venice for the opening of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale—plus co-founder David Basulto and European Editor-at-Large James Taylor-Foster, who curated this year's Nordic Pavilion—we've pooled together twelve of our initial favourite exhibitions and must-see shows.

Twin House / StudioPietropoli

09:00 - 4 June, 2016
Twin House  / StudioPietropoli

Twin House  / StudioPietropoli Twin House  / StudioPietropoli Twin House  / StudioPietropoli Twin House  / StudioPietropoli +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Padua, Province of Padua, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    StudioPietropoli
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Supreme Sport Village / LAD

05:00 - 29 May, 2016
Supreme Sport Village / LAD, Courtesy of ©LAD
Courtesy of ©LAD

Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Viale Giorgio Morandi, Rome, Italy
  • Patners In Charge

    Francesco Napolitano (Architecture), Simone Lanaro (Interior Design)
  • Design Team

    Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ©LAD

Santa Margherita Winery Project / Westway Architects

15:00 - 27 May, 2016
Santa Margherita Winery Project  / Westway Architects, © Moreno Maggi
© Moreno Maggi

© Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi © Moreno Maggi +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    30025 Fossalta di Portogruaro VE, Italy
  • Architectural Design

    Luca Aureggi, Maurizio Condoluci
  • Area

    427.51 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Launch Event: International Design Competition BAITASI 2016 - Venice

19:30 - 24 May, 2016
Launch Event: International Design Competition BAITASI 2016 - Venice

As a part of BAITASI Remade, Beijing Huarong Jinying Investment & Development Co., Ltd. and World Architecture Magazine will hold an international design competition to improve the BAITASI neighbourhood in Beijing.

IT4FASHION / Studio Lauria

13:00 - 22 May, 2016
IT4FASHION / Studio Lauria, © Studio Lauria
© Studio Lauria

© Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manifattura Tabacchi, 50144 Firenze, Italy
  • Client

    PIN and Logis Lab
  • Project by

    Daniele Lauria / Studio Lauria
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Canada, Extraction Empire: A Report From the Edge of Empire (Outdoors, That Is)

04:00 - 19 May, 2016
Canada, Extraction Empire: A Report From the Edge of Empire (Outdoors, That Is), Installation Plan. Image © OPSYS
Installation Plan. Image © OPSYS

With the opening of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale almost upon us, architects, curators and artists have already started to migrate to the city to unlock pavilion doors and sweep out the past six months of hibernation from the previous biennale season. This year, however, one pavilion has confirmed that it will remain closed – the Canadian Pavilion will not be opening its doors. Closure of the space has been attributed to a much-needed renovation, which has been mentioned by those who have exhibited in the space, specifically Shary Boyle at the 2012 Venice Art Biennale. Nevertheless, there are whispers that the political nature of this year’s entry may have been another reason to keep the pavilion shut. That said, Canada will be present by staking claim in the Giardini with a provocative installation entitled Extraction.

It’s LIQUID – Experimental Art Architecture and Design Festival

16:15 - 18 May, 2016
It’s LIQUID – Experimental Art Architecture and Design Festival

It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, is selecting all interesting video art and performance art works, architectural and design’s projects to include in the next 2016 festival. During the event an amazing programme of video art screenings, live performances, architectural, design projects and installation/sculpture will be presented. Artists, filmmakers, video makers, associate groups and studios, performers, architects and designers are invited to submit their works of video art, performance art, installation/sculpture and their architectural and design projects.

P.O.P. [Published on Paper] A Talk of Slow Architecture Media

21:30 - 17 May, 2016
P.O.P. [Published on Paper] A Talk of Slow Architecture Media

why?
Today we are in the midst of a paradox: although fast, web-based media seems to threaten the very existence of slow architecture media, the amount of p.o.p. magazines has increased in the last few years. Furthermore, and discarding arguments about fast consumption of information, some editorial projects aimed at a slow and attentive audience have managed to succeed in the middle of a huge flow of information. It seems that once the novelty of fast media has decreased, p.o.p. architecture magazines have regained the space they once had. However, are they the same kind of magazines we once knew? How can we explain the fact that an old format may stay alive against all odds? Is it stubbornness, nostalgia, or is it something else? The reasons behind this paradox are what we would like to discuss and explore in this session.

Footnotes on Climate

16:30 - 17 May, 2016
Footnotes on Climate

An installation of nearly 100 books in the James Stirling-designed Book Pavilion at the Venice Biennale serves as a collection of documents that asks us to consider how climate intersects with architectural ideas.

Back to the Ignored Front: Chinese Pavilion Reveals Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 15 May, 2016
Back to the Ignored Front: Chinese Pavilion Reveals Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale, Something About Food Courtesy of SONG Qun
Something About Food Courtesy of SONG Qun

The organising committee behind the Pavilion of China at the 2016 Venice Biennale (the China International Exhibition Agency) have revealed that the exhibition will be entitled Back to the Ignored Front, themed around "things and designs that embody traditions of the past and have a lasting presence." Based on the premise that Chinese architecture has been pioneering in the nation’s modernization for the last three decades the show, which will be on display in the Arsenale, intends to tackle how these "developments generally focus only on the new ‘futuristic’ frontier." 'Spectacular’ buildings and cities are, in their words, "erected one after another, seldom taking a glance at the things passed by – ancient traditions and daily lives."