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The House on the House / Raimondo Guidacci

  • Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Location: Trofarello TO, Italy
  • Area: 30.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Beppe Giardino

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino

David Chipperfield Disowns Milan's Museum of Culture Over "Floor War"

The poor quality and laying of stone flooring in Milan's newly completed Museum of Culture has led its architect, David Chipperfield to dissociate himself with the building. Blasting officials for skimping on materials, the British architect is demanding his name be removed from the project, claiming the building is now a "museum of horrors" and a "pathetic end to 15 years of work" due to the low quality flooring. 

On the contrary, Milan's council says the material decision was made in the "interests of the taxpayers," further claiming that, according to councillor Filippo del Corno, Chipperfield has been "unreasonable and impossible to please." 

caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci

  • Architects: Raimondo Guidacci
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Collaborators: Roberto Spigarolo, Giancarlo Ambu, Paola Mare
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Beppe Giardino, Jana Sebestova

© Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino © Beppe Giardino

Cascina Merlata Residential Development / Mario Cucinella Architects

  • Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Design Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Marco Dell’Agli, Luca Stramigioli, Giuliana Maggio, Yuri Costantini
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Guido Maria Isolabella, Euromilano

© Guido Maria Isolabella © Guido Maria Isolabella © Euromilano © Euromilano

UV House / OASI architects

  • Architects: OASI architects
  • Location: Varese VA, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Pietro Ferrario, Francesco Enea Castellanza
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Stefania Matteo

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Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI

“The splendor of the Italian cities are beautifully represented by their domes,” says Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Embracing this notion, EMBT has designed a wooden dome for COPAGRI, a confederation of agricultural producers that brings together hundreds of Italian farmers, to showcase their products at the 2015 Milan Expo. 

“The design started from the observation of Italian landscapes, both natural and man-shaped,” said EMBT in a press release. “In our project the domes are not only representing the magnificence of the Italian past, but they also show us potential for the future lying in the construction of domes.”

Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

This tour - made possible through the Expo's Instagram account - gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind's pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi's 'smog-eating pavilion' for Italy. With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month's time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of "how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium," new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

See snapshots of the pavilions under construction after the break.

Childrens' Park. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Pavilion of Uruguay. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Pavilion of Slovenia. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Rice Cluster. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers

Nuova Sede Banca Credito Cooperativo di Caraglio / Studio Kuadra

  • Architects: Studio Kuadra
  • Location: 12023 Caraglio CN, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Andrea GROTTAROLI, Roberto OPERTI
  • Design Team: Manuel GIULIANO, Giorgia ANGONOVA MENARDI, Ivan SORDELLO, Claudio MARTINI, Andrea CARLEVARIS, Gianpiero TUOZZO, Mattia GALLIANO, Francesco ROVERA, Werner KRIPPES
  • Area: 6570.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alberto PIOVANO

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Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed masterplan for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice - studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d'Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses sustainability with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Residential. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture View toward Hotel. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

House at Mill Creek / Pedevilla Architects

  • Architects: Pedevilla Architects
  • Location: 39032 Mühlen in Taufers, Bolzano, Italy
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pedevilla Architects

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Casa SG / Tuttiarchitetti

  • Architects: Tuttiarchitetti
  • Location: Catania CT, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Daniela Finocchiaro, arch. Vincenzo Giusti, arch. Luigi Pellegrino
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Salvatore Gozzo

© Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo © Salvatore Gozzo

Apartment T / AE5 partners

  • Architects: AE5 partners
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Collaborators: Stefano Tozzi, Hidenari Arai
  • Area: 115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Laura Cantarella

© Laura Cantarella © Laura Cantarella © Laura Cantarella © Laura Cantarella

Rome: 'Pilgrimage Site For The World's Imagination'

Adam Nathaniel Furman's tenure as the recipient of the 2014/15 Rome Prize for Architecture at the British School at Rome has come to an end. The project that he has investigated over the past months, entitled The Roman Singularity, sought to explore and celebrate Rome as “the contemporary city par-excellence” – “an urban version of the internet, a place where the analogical-whole history of society, architecture, politics, literature and art coalesce into a space so intense and delimited that they collapse under the enormity of their own mass into a singularity of human endeavour.”

Segreen Business Park / Lombardini22

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KM 429 Chosen to Design Isola Garibaldi Civic Center in Milan

The first-place competition winner from KM 429 architecture, this proposal for the Isola Garibaldi Civic Center draws inspiration from Milan’s historic architectural tradition superimposed within the modern urban context. Through its refusal to be monumentalized, the Civic Center generates a new language within its neighborhood and looks to the city's past to create a vital civic architecture to serve present, and future, needs.

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Marble Quarrying Looks Even More Awesome Than You Imagined

In this video from NOWNESS, an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani's documentary "Il Capo" (The Chief), the filmmaker captures the mesmerizing business of Marble extraction in the hills of Northwest Italy. The prized delicacy of the Carrara stone's surface is juxtaposed against the dramatic size and weight of the blocks they are removing, which eventually fall with an earth-shattering thud. Similarly the rugged power of the excavators is in marked contrast to the precise, understated gestures of the chief himself, who directs his workers with a complex series of predetermined hand signals.

"Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets," explains Yuri Ancarani. "I was so taken by the chief, watching him work. How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined."

Milan Expo 2015: Herzog & de Meuron Designs Slow Food Pavilion for Carlo Petrini

Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled the design for their Slow Food Pavilion, due for completion by the 2015 Milan Expo in May. Showcasing the work of Carlo Petrini's Slow Food organization, the pavilion promotes the global organization's vision of universal access to "good, clean and fair food."