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Venice Biennale 2012: Design Onscreen Film Festival

For the first time ever, Design Onscreen – the Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film – will present the Design Onscreen Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale, August 27 through the 29th at the Arsenale’s Teatro Piccolo. All sixteen screenings are free and open to the public and most will be followed by dynamic in-person discussions and audience Q&As, featuring top architects and design experts from around the globe, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Rick Joy, Steven Holl, Vittorio Garatti, Deyan Sudjic (Director, Design Museum London), Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art); Moshen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Architecture), and David Chipperfield (Curator and Director of the 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale).

Venice Biennale 2012: “Lars Müller Publishers - Book Fever”

Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers
Courtesy of Lars Müller Publishers

Join the authors and editors of Lars Müller Publishers for a rare book signing opportunity with architects Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto, and Steven Holl on August 28th at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale! This event will kick off the exhibition Lars Müller Publishers – Book Fever, which will feature sixty publications – new releases, bestsellers, milestones from the past, and rare treasures – for the public to explore. Founded thirty years ago, Lars Müller Publishers’ carefully edited and designed publications on architecture, design, and contemporary art has lead them to become a renowned international publisher. One milestone you may remember was their release of Peter Zumthor’s Works (1998), which was the first survey of the oeuvre of the architect now known worldwide that set new standards for the monograph as a book genre. Continue after the break for more details on the book signing and exhibition.

Giveaway Winners: Three copies of ‘Draw Me a House’

Last week, thanks to the courtesy of Cicada Books, we gave you the chance to win three copies of: ‘Draw Me a House‘. To participate, we asked you to answer the following question:

NYU Bobst Library Renovation / Joel Sanders Architect

© NYU
© NYU

As reported by David W Dunlap for the NYTimes, the safety-restoration applied to Philip Johnson and Richard Foster’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on the NYU campus near Washington Square is close to completion.   While the library, which was constructed in the early 1970s, remains intact, the tremendous atrium space – a soaring 150 ft void – is proving to be more of a safety hazard than the magnificent architectural experience the architects intended.  Since 2003, the library has been marred by claiming the lives of three students who leaped to their deaths (even after the university installed 8ft polycarbonate barriers).   Charged with the task of eliminating the possibility for such a future occurrence, Joel Sanders Architect responded with a perforated alumium screen that completely walls off the atrium from the library’s levels. More after the break.  

Gurisentret Outdoor Stage and Visitor Centre / Askim/Lantto Architects

© Bjarne Ytrøy
© Bjarne Ytrøy

Architects: Askim/Lantto Architects Location: The Edøy Island, Smøla, Norway Project Leader: Niels Marius Askim Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Courtesy of Kvernberget Print og Reklame AS, Niels Marius Askim, Bjarne Ytrøy

The Indicator: BTTB

Courtesy of Discogs.com / Ryuichi Sakamoto, BTTB
Courtesy of Discogs.com / Ryuichi Sakamoto, BTTB

I spent much of the nineties living in Tokyo, but it wasn’t until I had left that Ryuichi Sakamoto’s(1) music began to inform me about its complex environments. His album, somewhat ironically (I think) titled BTTB, or, Back to the Basics, came out way back in 1999. Though post-dating my Tokyo Period, it sonically completed my memories of that city. Having leapt through time, it resolved my incomplete Tokyo soundtrack. BTTB tries to be minimal, but, like the city it came from, struggles with complexity(2). Its opulent density made it seem like the piano had been miked on the inside, my ear forced down to the machinery of strings. The tension between richness and absence I perceived reminded me of trying to find my way in and around all of Tokyo’s jumbled systems.

Video: London 2012 Olympic Stadium / Populous

Architectural firm Populous specialises in monumental sporting and entertainment structures and was responsible for the Olympic Stadium at the London 2012 Games. The structure has changed the face of East London and is the focal point of the world’s biggest sporting activity until 13 August. We meet Rod Sheard, the architect behind the build at Populous’ studio to discuss how they approached the project with legacy and sustainability in mind, and why sport is one of the few tools left that still brings people together.

Boecillo Municipal Civic Centre / José M. Martínez, Inés Escudero, Fernando Nieto

  • Architects: José M. Martínez, Inés Escudero, Fernando Nieto
  • Location: Germán Gamazo y Calvo St., 22, 47151 Boecillo (Valladolid)
  • Architects: José Manuel Martínez Rodríguez, Inés Escudero Conesa, Fernando Nieto Fernández
  • Collaborators: Rafael Sanz Bayón, José Luis Carriedo Tardáguila, DGI Proyectos
  • Area: 2324.97 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Pedro Iván Ramos Martín

© Pedro Iván Ramos Martín © Pedro Iván Ramos Martín © Pedro Iván Ramos Martín © Pedro Iván Ramos Martín

Ginan / Keitaro Muto Architects

  • Architects: Keitaro Muto Architects
  • Location: Hashima-gun, Gifu, Japan
  • Collaborators: Atushi Fujio
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Keitaro Muto Architects

Courtesy of Keitaro Muto Architects Courtesy of Keitaro Muto Architects Courtesy of Keitaro Muto Architects Courtesy of Keitaro Muto Architects

West Lake Hills Residence / Specht Harpman

© Casey Dunn © Casey Dunn © Meg Mulloy © Scott Specht

Wentworth Rd House / Edward Szewczyk Architects

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander

Nanjing Conference Center / tvsdesign

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Location: Nanjing, China
  • Area: 120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign

Tyršův stadion / QARTA architektura

  • Architects: QARTA architektura
  • Location: Opava, Czech Republic
  • Architects: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák
  • Interior Design: David Wittassek
  • Collaborators: Kateřina Immrová, Petr Kaňák, Petr Košárek, Tomáš Jung
  • Area: 2244.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roman Polášek

© Roman Polášek © Roman Polášek © Roman Polášek © Roman Polášek

Courtyard House VW / Areal Architecten

© Cafeine © Thomas De Bruyne © Cafeine © Thomas De Bruyne © Cafeine © Thomas De Bruyne © Cafeine © Thomas De Bruyne

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre PUR / Schneider & Lengauer

  • Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
  • Location: Freistadt, Upper Austria
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Dietmar Tollerian

© Dietmar Tollerian © Dietmar Tollerian © Dietmar Tollerian © Dietmar Tollerian

Advancing Sustainability 2012 Business + Design Symposium

Taking place October 6, Woodbury University in Burbank, CA is hosting the Advancing Sustainability 2012 Business + Design Symposium that focuses on the “cardiovascular system” of a city—its infrastructure. The discussion will investigate how various infrastructures—providers of core operational supply (transportation systems, energy and water supply, communications, built environment)—perform, exchange, and are incorporated into the natural environment. The discussion will address the extent of their influence on lifestyle and the overall dynamics of the city, as well as their management and opportunities for advancement. The event will curate a conversation amongst the most innovative minds within the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and design to investigate the potential of sustainability within lifestyles and soft infrastructures. For more information, please visit here.

Setsunan University Hirakata / Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Architects: Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, Inc Location: Yawata city, Kyoto, Japan Architect In Charge: Kou Ohashi Project Team: Tsutomu Kobayashi, Yoshihiko Taniguchi, Kou Ohashi, Hiroyuki Nagaoka, Hiroki Tanaka, Toshihiko Sawamura, Mitsuo Ichikawa Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 3,069.88 sqm Photographs: Daici Ano

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

 

Hill's House / Ignacio Correa Correa

© Alfredo Gildemeister
© Alfredo Gildemeister

Architects: Ignacio Correa Correa Location: San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, Chile Structure Engineering: Alberto Ramirez Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Alfredo Gildemeister