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Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Each year, two million Mexican residents take part in the Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountains range of Jalisco that is centered around the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. In an effort to provide the  route with better conditions, nine architecture firms collaborated  to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims. The Master Plan, designed by Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel, was presented in a special exhibition  to resonate with the Venice Biennale 2012 theme “Common Ground”. The nine practices involved since the start of the project are Ai Weiwei (Fake Design), Luis Aldrete Arquitectos, Tatiana Bilbao, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Godoylab, HHF Architects, and Rozana Montiel (Periférica). Read more about the route of the pilgrim and see more pictures after the break. 

Venice Biennale 2012: Feel the Ground. Wall House: One to One / Anupama Kundoo

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

ArchDaily is proud to present images from the 2012 Venice Biennale featuring the reconstruction of Anupama Kundoo’s Wall House. The installation is an opportunity for the architect to reassess intial strategies and continue to explore the experiments of the original construction in Auroville, India. The replica was built by Indian craftspeople and Italian builders. The original design for the house aimed to respond to the environment and culture in which it is situated, taking into consideration construction techniques, material applications, and site strategies. The reconstruction, though absent from a landscape, displays spatial innovation and a collaborative use of materials that evokes an excitement about the integration of culture and structural techniques. Join us after the break for images from the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Mita Residence / YJP Architecture

  • Architects: YJP Architecture
  • Location: Tokyo, Japón
  • Colaboradores: Toyoda and Associates
  • Area: 2530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: 45g Photography

© 45g Photography © 45g Photography © 45g Photography © 45g Photography

AD Interviews: Renzo Piano - Part II

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Typology: Rome, New York, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires. Review No. 2 / Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein

Typology, volume 2 of the new series Christ & Gantenbein Review, presents more than 150 buildings located in Rome, New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires that have been analyzed by the chair of Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. This selective and subjective inventory of metropolitan and essentially anonymous 20th century building production provides a basis for urban project creation.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists

d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3

The winners of d3′s annual Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition for 2012 have been revealed!  With three top prizes and ten special mentions, the results of the competition includes a variety of proposals in response to the prompt which promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies.  The competitions invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to explore the potential of nature-based analysis and documentation in architectural and design applications in urbanism, architecture, interiors and designed objects.  The jury included a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable  practices and computational explorations. Join us after the break to view the winning projects.

Venice Biennale 2012: Switzerland Pavilion

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

After being nominated to represent Switzerland at the 2012 architecture biennale in Venice, architect and university professor Miroslav Šik decided to join forces with two other swiss firms -Knapkiewicz + Fickert from Zurich and Miller & Maranta from Basel- with whom he has been working together for many years. They have created what they call “an ensemble and atmosphere approach to urban architecture”, and decided to illustrate these concepts by putting together images of their own buildings and projects to create a collage-style exhibition. See more pictures and read the architect’s description of the pavilion after the break: 

Win Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from LEGO® Architecture

LEGO® Architecture Series: Villa Savoye
LEGO® Architecture Series: Villa Savoye

Last night, ArchDaily indulged in building our very own LEGO® Architecture Villa Savoye. As one of the most influential buildings in the International style of architecture, it is no surprise that architecture and LEGO fanatics rejoiced last month when LEGO® announced Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye as the newest addition to their architecture series. Now, thanks to LEGO® Architecture, five of our readers will win their very own. We want to know what building should be the next in the LEGO® Architecture series and why. All you have to do is become a registered user at ArchDaily and leave us your answer in the comments below by Sunday, September 23rd! (More information on LEGO® Architecture’s Villa Savoye, designed by architectural artist Michael Hepp, can be found here.) Official rules: The five winners will be chosen at random from entries received between Monday, September 17th and Sunday, September 23rd 11:59 EST. You must leave a comment as a registered user at ArchDaily. Open to anyone in the world. One entry per person. ArchDaily will enforce verification and remove duplicated ones before choosing the winner. Good luck! UPDATE: And, the winners are…. Seth Ellsworth Wonyeop Seok Daniel Bollard Makoto Shibuya Mark Kitchens Congrats! You can expect an email from us shortly.

Novartis Research Complex / Cannon Design (Maya and Toshiko)

© Toshiko Mori Architect
© Toshiko Mori Architect

Cannon Design recently announced that they are teaming up with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori, FAIA to design a new, innovative research campus for Novartis, a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry. The new $600 million laboratory and office complex will serve as the centerpiece of the company’s worldwide research operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and change the way Novartis conducts research. Doing so will help in promoting increased collaboration, idea-sharing, and teamwork. The entire project is slated for completion in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The 10 Best Apps for Architects

UPDATE: We have updated this list to be a more complete guide. You can find the updated list here.

In the frenzy leading up to the iphone 5′s anticipated release last week, we asked our Facebook Fans the best thing about their smartphone (when it comes to their professional lives at least).

The answer was overwhelmingly in favor of one key feature: the camera. From snapping shots on-site to taking photos for inspiration (or just to remember later), the ease of having a camera in your phone has made your lives that much easier (and Apple fans rejoice, as the new iPhone 5′s stand-out new feature is its souped-up camera, now with low-light and panorama modes). Many also mentioned the handiness of having email, maps, and a compass always at hand.

But apart from these standard features, we also got tipped to some really useful Apps that are changing the way you work. We’ve (not very scientifically, we’ll admit) compiled them into a top 10 list…check after the break to see which Apps made the cut!

Venice Biennale 2012: New Forms in Wood / Finland, Alvar Aalto Pavilion

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

To celebrate the reopening of the newly restored Alvar Aalto Pavilion, they are highlighting the work of young Finnish architects who have made use of wood in their recent works. ALA Architects have created an undulating overhang made of massive oak to welcome the visitor to Kilden, their Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, Norway. Avanto Architects project their public sauna to be constructed out of wood in order to create an easy-going undulating building that is more part of the future coastal park than a conventional building.

The Indicator: A Meditation on the Photographs of Ray K. Metzker

© Ray K. Metzker. Valencia, 1961. Gelatin silver print print. 14.3 x 22.9 cm
© Ray K. Metzker. Valencia, 1961. Gelatin silver print print. 14.3 x 22.9 cm

I have been looking at these photographs for over a month now. I’m not certain why but they draw me in and I keep coming back to them. They hold me. And by hold I’m thinking of what Roland Barthes may have been suggesting when, talking about another photograph, he says, “Bob Wilson holds me, but I cannot say why…” (1) That’s the exact feeling I get when I’m looking at these images Ray K. Metzker. Inkjet reproductions rest on my bedside table. I have not known what to say about them or what exactly they might be saying to me. Something about extremes. Something about sidewalks and saturated shadows. Something about walking in, toward, and around. Something about fracturing, dancing apart, even. But there is also something about play, something wonderfully naïve about them, as if they were taken with the eye of a child. But there is more. After the child grows up he discovers the long-forgotten roll of film and develops it. But now, with more life behind him, the process of developing them results in something darker, heavier. Continue reading after the break

The Recessionary Interviews: Spain's Josep Ferrando

“Spain used to be a sexy, fit and energetic country. Envy, inferiority complexes, greed, arrogance and pride soaked it in fat. It is currently suffering from moral obesity.” That was Architect Manuel Ocaña’s incendiary take on the current state of his home country, one of the hardest hit by the Recession due to its extraordinary pre-Crisis construction boom (a.k.a “the mother of all housing bubbles”). For this week’s edition of our Recessionary Interviews series – in which we talk to Architects across the globe surviving the Recession  - we decided to get one final perspective from the Iberian Peninsula. We chatted with Spain’s Josep Ferrando, of Josep Ferrando Bramona Architecture, who told us how the economic bust has shifted focus from public works towards an architecture of “re”: rehabilitating, re-structuring, re-inhabiting. Get Ferrando’s take on the state of Architecture in Spain today, after the break…

'New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning' Conference

The International New Town Institute is organizing the ‘New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning’ conference taking place September 27th from 9am-7pm. The event, which will be held at the NAi in Rotterdam, will explore the latest innovations in global urbanization, privatization and new organizational models of urban development as well as the impact and challenges for professional practice. Global urbanization is moving at a faster pace than ever before and it is showing a fundamental shift in its structure and organization. Hundreds of economic, eco and satellite cities are being developed by private companies. Not only in Asia, but also in Europe. Who are the new players in the field of urban development? What visions, ambitions and strategies do they have? What innovations and financial models make these cities possible? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered and discussed. For more information, please visit here.