Bell-lloc Winery / RCR Arquitectes

© Eugeni Pons

Architects: RCR Arquitectes
Location: Palamós, Girona,
Project Architects: RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
Project Area: 981.0 m2
Project Year: 2007
Photography: Eugeni Pons

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

How OMA’s Monditalia Paints A Dynamic Portrait of Italy

The component parts of Monditalia, the 41 projects that line the vast corridor of the Arsenale, provide contextualization for architecture operating within larger systems, be it politics, media, border control, religion, etc. When we spoke to Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli of , Monditalia’s head curator, he stressed that “the exhibition is a method, more than anything. This idea of the scanning through the country, selecting case studies, selecting another way to represent the case studies…it’s a method that can be applied also elsewhere.”

Monditalia mobilizes the sectors of the Venice Biennale — Cinema, Dance and Music — in order to capture a “polyphonic” portrait of a European country with what Laparelli describes as “extreme conditions.” Infographics produced in preparation for the exhibition demonstrate the statistical disparities between Italy and other nations. The scan of Italy begins from the south and continues to the north, allowing “different topics to collaps[e] or collid[e] onto each other, such as you would find when you travel through a real territory.”

Monditalia’s events have been programmed to take place between June and November in conjunction with a series of 21 Weekend Specials that allow further exploration of the issues/topics/case studies brought forth in the exhibition at large.

Watch Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli explain Monditalia in the video above, read on after the break for the curatorial statement, and see the rest of ArchDaily’s Biennale coverage here.

Reconstruction of Building Ostrava-Svinov / PROJEKTSTUDIO

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Architects: PROJEKTSTUDIO
Location: Ostrava-Svinov, Peterkova, 721 00 Ostrava-Svinov,
Architect In Charge: David Kotek, David Pospiech
Engineer: Jan Müller
Area: 338.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of PROJEKTSTUDIO

Office Design / IND Architects

© Alexey Zarodov

Architects: IND Architects
Location: , Russia
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexey Zarodov

Fusionner2.0-Paper cave / Kotaro Horiuchi

© Issei Mori

Architects: Kotaro Horiuchi
Location: , Aichi Prefecture,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Issei Mori, Courtesy of Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture, Mitsuru Narihara

SDM Apartment / Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop

© Bharath Ramamrutham

Architects: Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop
Location: , Maharashtra, India
Project Area: 528.0 m2
Photography: Bharath Ramamrutham

Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Sergi Pons
Location: , , Spain
Construction Company: GdR
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Spatial Relations Take Centre Stage in MoMA’s Newest Architectural Exhibition

Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium, Beijing. 2008. Image © Iwan Baan

What influence do art and space have on the contemporary architectural design process? MoMA‘s most recent on architecture and design Conceptions of Space strives to answer this question. Themed under the umbrella of spatial relations, Curator Pedro Gadanho ruminates on the subject in a broad and philosophical sense. The exhibition delves into the topic using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating research from French philosopher Michel Foucault on the subject of the expanded field. The exhibition aims to explore the relationship between the development of space and its deep-seated roots in the creative arts.

Transustainable House / SUGAWARADAISUKE

© Jérémie Souteyrat

Architects: SUGAWARADAISUKE
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Daisuke Sugawara, Noriyuki Ueakasaka, Hiroshi Narahara
Design Development:
Area: 38.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jérémie Souteyrat

© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

Does Australia Need More Design Competitions?

Architecture competitions may provide a unique opportunity for emerging architects to launch their careers and in some cases generate unexpected designs in the process. Many iconic works of architecture, including the famous Sydney Opera House, were the result of open design competitions. But do architecture competitions today maintain the influence they might have had in the past? Though critics in the United States have recently argued that it could be time to quit competitions, Donald Bates argues that Australians should be organizing more. In his article on The Conversation, Bates discusses the state of design competitions in Australia, and why we should take another look. Read the full article here.

Amale Andraos. Image via Architect's Newspaper
Amale Andraos. Image via Architect's Newspaper

Amale Andraos Named Dean of Columbia GSAPP

New York-based architect and co-founder of WORKac, Amale Andraos, has been selected as the new dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), the Columbia Spectator has reported. Andraos will assume the position on September 1, replacing Mark Wigley who announced his retirement last year.

“Columbia is already a leader in addressing the challenges of high-speed urbanization around the globe and I believe it can lead in recasting architecture in dialogue with our urban societies and the natural environment,” Androas was quoted as saying. “This is a School whose creativity and diversity of global perspectives makes it an ideal place to consider these large issues and ideas, and I am honored by the opportunity to continue and expand on work that Mark Wigley has done in welcoming people like me to the conversation.”

Andraos has been an associate professor of architecture, planning and preservation at GSAPP since 2011, and her firm has carried out numerous projects such as the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York, an Assembly Hall in Central Africa and an edible schoolyard for New York’s PS216. Andraos has also taught at Harvard, Princeton, Parsons School of Design, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Parking Garage Project / Studio di Architettura

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Architects: Studio di Architettura
Location: , NJ, USA
Architect In Charge: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Francesco Porsia, with Georg Krüger
Area: 633000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio di Architettura

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© Artribune

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

Today is the 69th birthday of the great French architect and designer, Jean NouvelThe winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions, resulting in a variety of projects that – while strikingly different – always demonstrate an interesting use of light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. More on the Pritzker-winning architect, after the break.

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

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Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: Berkeley, CA,
Development: Dogtown
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Hargis

NSN House / Biselli Katchborian arquitetos

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Architects: Biselli Katchborian arquitetos
Location: Curitiba – Parana,
Architect In Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

Future Ground Competition Open for Registration

What will New Orleans look like in one year? Ten years? Fifty years? The Future Ground design competition, hosted by the Van Alen Institute, is looking for multidisciplinary teams help shape the city’s future by answering these questions. The competition is specifically looking for teams to “generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the city.”

How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind

Downey uses thin wax sticks to create tactile sketches. Image © Patricia Chang

San Francisco architect Chris Downey is changing how design is employed for people with disabilities and redefining how architects can approach accessible design. In this article by Lamar Anderson on Curbed, we learn about how Downey has developed his own design methods and utilizes his rare skillset to draw attention to what architects often miss when designing for the public. 

Architect  is standing next to a pile of Sheetrock, balancing a white cane in the air like a tightrope walker’s pole. The week before, construction had begun on a new office for the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco, or ILRC, a nonprofit community center for people with disabilities. Downey holds the cane up to approximate for the center’s executive director, Jessie Lorenz, how the reception desk will jut out at an angle from a concrete column. Lorenz takes a step, and a pile of pipes on the floor clatters. “I don’t know what’s over there,” says Downey. Lorenz giggles. “I hope I didn’t break anything,” she says. Lorenz regains her footing and touches the cane. “That makes sense,” she says. “It’s almost like we’re funneling people into this part.”

Venice Biennale 2014: Rem Koolhaas in Conversation with Charles Brooking

During the frenzied press preview of the Venice Biennale, the ArchDaily team received an unexpected and delightfully odd request. Rem Koolhaas, the subject of interviews with countless media outlets, was going to turn the tables. This time, he would be the one asking the questions. He wanted to show his appreciation for the work of Charles Brooking and The Brooking National Collection.

A collector from a young age, Charles Brooking was encouraged by a tutor to pursue his love of rescuing discarded building parents (elements of architecture, if you will). He founded the collection in 1966 and, in the process, has “chart[ed] the evolution of Britain’s constructional elements over the last 500 years.” Though Brooking’s collection of approximately half a million items contains everything from fire grates to stairs and shoe-stoppers to postboxes, the highlights the evolution of the window.

With the development of better-insulated alternatives, Brooking’s collection of windows continues to grow. In fact, it is precisely this dialogue between old and new that is emphasized in the Windows room in the exhibition: Brooking’s window collection graces a wall that surrounds current high-tech window-building machinery. As we (architects, clients, users) engage in a relentless pursuit of uniformed comfort, especially when it comes to architectural detailing, Koolhaas asked Brooking what he thought this meant for the “the very things we want to preserve.” He asks Brooking, “Are you willing to suffer for the principle of authenticity and preservation?”

Watch Brooking and Koolhaas in conversation in the above video, and be sure to check out our coverage of the Elements of Architecture exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale.