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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."

Sited on a triangular piece of land in the Eastern end of the Expo's central boulevard, the pavilion uses a a triangular configuration of tables to evoke what Herzog & de Meuron describe as "an atmosphere of refectory and market."

D Opera / Studio Zero85

  • Architects: Studio Zero85
  • Location: 65024 Manoppello PE, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Mirko Giardino, Mario Michetti, Giovanna Pizzella
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sergio Camplone

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C House in Vicenza / Vittorio Longheu

  • Architects: Vittorio Longheu
  • Location: Vicenza VI, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Francesco Durante, Paolo De Biasi, Elisabetta Roman
  • Photographs: Federica Bottoli

© Federica Bottoli © Federica Bottoli © Federica Bottoli © Federica Bottoli

Casa CM / Paolo Carlesso

  • Architects: Paolo Carlesso
  • Location: Via Gorizia, 77, 21054 Fagnano Olona VA, Italy
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Simone Bossi

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Arup Unveils Plans for New A.C. Milan Football Stadium

Arup has unveiled a proposal to construct a new stadium for the Italian football club A.C. Milan in a central area of Milan. If built, the venue would integrate a “modern stage” for the team’s home matches with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, children’s playground and public open space. 

“The project has been developed with a fully holistic and integrated approach where all the design components have been carefully balanced around the spectator’s experience,” stated Arup in a press release.

Renzo Piano and G124 to Transform Italian Suburbs with Shipping Containers

A group of six young architects under the leadership of Renzo Piano have been hard at work transforming unused spaces within Italy's suburban framework. The team, known as G124, focuses its efforts on injecting life back into overlooked and forgotten areas of its built environment and stimulating the local economy through design. This most recently entailed transforming a long abandoned area under a viaduct in northeast Rome into a bustling cultural hot-spot. 

3 Vaults / R3architetti

  • Architects: R3architetti
  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jacopo Gallitto

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Alps Villa / Camillo Botticini

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Curno Public Library and Auditorium / Archea Associati

  • Architects: Archea Associati
  • Location: Via IV Novembre, 24128 Bergamo BG, Italy
  • Area: 1960.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

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INTECS SPA Headquarters / Modostudio + Studio Cattinari

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Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

Residential Wood Building in Selvino / Camillo Botticini

  • Architects: Camillo Botticini
  • Location: 24020 Selvino BG, Italy
  • Architectural Design: ABDArchitetti botticini
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

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