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"The City and The Water" Summer School

“The City and the Water” Summer School is organized by the University of Pisa (DESTeC, Long Cycle Master Degree Course in Architectural Engineering), the Visual Art Center of Pietrasanta and the Municipality of Pietrasanta (Tuscany, Italy), with the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. The Summer School, that will take place from 7th to 20th September 2015 at the Visual Arts Center, will see students in Architecture, Engineering, Design, Art Schools and young professionals, working together on the Versilia Area, and in particular on the “Due Laghi” artisan area: a context with a high environmental value and a precious landscape, with several artistic and artisanal laboratories, but actually mined by a strong decay. The project proposals aim to provide indications for the creation of new spaces, in order to make the area more functional and enjoyable for those who live and work there, and for all the future potential visitors, with particular attention to the creation of spaces for cultural and artistic events. After the first design stage, a self-construction laboratory will take place in the “Due Luaghi” area. Students will be guided by the architect Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas urbanas, Seville), Scientific Director of the Summer School, and they will work in close collaboration with the artists and artisans of the "2 Luoghi". The Course Director is Roberto Pierini, President of the Master Degree Course in Architectural Engineering at the University of Pisa. The Summer School, among the guest lecturers, will have Alessandra Capanna, architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Roma La Sapienza University. Open events will be organized also in the Cloister of S. Agostino (Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta) and in the “Due Laghi” artisan area (Via Sarzanese 111, Pietrasanta). Inscription deadline: June 30th 2015.

Casa EG / ES-Arch

  • Architects: ES-Arch
  • Location: Villasanta MB, Italy
  • Collaborators: Francesco Manzoni , Marco Clozza , Stefano Fusi
  • Photographs: Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

BINARIO 11 / Andrea Langhi Design

  • Architects: Andrea Langhi Design
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: Andrea Langhi Design, Samanta Volpi, Santo Scibetta, Samuele Bernasconi
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali

Germany Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / SCHMIDHUBER + Milla & Partner + Nüssli.

Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli.
Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli.
  • Architects: SCHMIDHUBER
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Overall Responsibility: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Bonn
  • Team: SCHMIDHUBER + Milla & Partner + Nüssli
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli.

Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli. Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli. Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli. Courtesy of SCHMIDHUBER /+ Milla & Partner + Nüssli.

Exhibition: "Emotions from Pisa" by Stefano Pasqualetti

The author goes along with the observer in a photographic stroll through the colors, surfaces and lights of the Grand Tour City of the Leaning Tower, Pisa. "Emotions from Pisa" is more than a collection of fine photographs: it is an exploration of the dialogue between place and photographer. The “emotions” of the shots are recognized, captured and made available to us. Pasqualetti preserves moments which we often miss and teaches us to read and feel the messages sent out by places and buildings. He shows us the Pisa that we know and above all a Pisa that we never noticed. This collection of photographs does not only record the face of the city, here shown in ways which truly surprise and move. His photos also demonstrate how architecture, through its forms and its surfaces, can evoke emotions that are constantly changing, as sun and seasons take their daily and yearly paths.

Inside the Spanish Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

Spanish photographers Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre and Adrià Goula have shared with us images of the Spanish pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. Designed by B720 Fermín Vazquez Arquitectos, the pavilion represents the fusion between Spain’s traditional food and innovative gastronomy. This duality creates an attractive and flexible space, which incorporates an open, patio-like area with orange trees – another symbol of Spanish culture.  

Priceless Milano / Park Associati

  • Architects: Park Associati
  • Location: Piazza della Scala, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Project Partner: Banca Intesa SanPaolo
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Park Associati

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“Le Creste” Cultural Centre / AREA PROGETTI + UNA2 + Andrea Michelini + Laura Ceccarelli

  • Www una2 net: AREA PROGETTI, UNA2, Andrea Michelini, Laura Ceccarelli
  • Location: 57016 Rosignano Marittimo LI, Italy
  • Area: 2850.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Andrea Bosio

© Andrea Bosio © Andrea Bosio © Andrea Bosio © Andrea Bosio

Armani Silos / Giorgio Armani

  • Author: Giorgio Armani
  • Location: Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano, Italy
  • Original Construction Year: 1950
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Davide Lovatti

© Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti © Davide Lovatti

Building Trust Goes to Italy for Latest Design + Build Workshop

This August, Building Trust will host a Design + Build Workshop in Umbria, Italy, in collaboration with local artisan collective Terraepaglia. Combining innovative building design with natural construction methods, the workshop will focus on the creation of functional spaces through sustainable means and materials. Over the course of 12 days, participants will work closely with Building Trust and Terraepaglia to learn hands-on construction methods including adobe brick making, straw bale and rammed earth construction, natural plastering, and wood flooring. Learn more about the project and how to get involved here. Our previous coverage of Building Trust's workshops can be found here.

Bank of Pisa and Fornacette New HQ / Massimo Mariani

  • Architects: Massimo Mariani
  • Location: Fornacette PI, Italy
  • Architects in Charge: Massimo Mariani, Elda Bellone, Jurji Filieri
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alessandro Ciampi

© Alessandro Ciampi © Alessandro Ciampi © Alessandro Ciampi © Alessandro Ciampi

Bahrain Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Studio Anne Holtrop

© Iwan Baan © Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

Russia Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / SPEECH

Located on the EXPO’s main street Decumano, the Russian pavilion is a 3,260 square meter building. The structure virtually repeats the given plot of land with an elongated and rather narrow parallelepiped configuration, thrusting forward a dynamic cantilever over the main entrance to the pavilion.

Italy Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Nemesi

  • Architects: Nemesi
  • Location: Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Design: Nemesi & Partners Srl, Arch. Michele Molè Founder and Director and Arch. Susanna Tradati Partner Associate and Project Manager
  • Design Team Coordinator: Arch. Alessandro Miele
  • Team: Alessandro Belilli, Claudio Cortese, Kai Felix Dorl, Daniele Durante, Enrico Falchetti, Alessandro Franceschini, Davide Giambelli, Alessandra Giannone, Paolo Greco, Sebastiano Maccarrone, Paolo Maselli, Matteo Pavese, Fabio Rebolini, Giuseppe Zaccaria Fabrizio Bassetta, Tiziano De Paolis, Francesca Fabiana Fochi, Chiara Maiorana, Mariarosaria Meloni
  • Design Partners: Proger SpA- Bms Progetti Srl, Engineering and Cost Management Prof. Ing. Livio De Santoli, Sustainability energy
  • Area: 27000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Nemesi

Courtesy of Nemesi Courtesy of Nemesi Courtesy of Nemesi Courtesy of Nemesi