First Look: "Reporting from the Front" Arsenale Exhibition

13:01 - 26 May, 2016

"Architecture is about giving form to the places where we live. It is not more complicated than that, but also not easier than that." - Alejandro Aravena

On the first day of the vernissage 15th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia, ArchDaily is pleased to show you a preview of the exhibitions and installations that were hand selected by Alejandro Aravena and his firm Elemental. Separate from (but in dialogue with) the National Pavilions, "Reporting From the Front" celebrates work that "address[es] a problem that matters and for which quality architecture made a difference."

In an exhibition whose aim is to share the "success stories" where architecture is making a difference, Alejandro Aravena has convened offices and practitioners from across the globe to show—"in the simplest possible terms (without trivializing)"—projects that demonstrate innovation, resolve and quality problem-solving abilities.  

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UCLA Saxon Suites / Studio E Architects

13:00 - 26 May, 2016
UCLA Saxon Suites  / Studio E Architects, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

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CEBRA and SLA Design a School for The Sustainable City in Dubai

12:00 - 26 May, 2016
CEBRA and SLA Design a School for The Sustainable City in Dubai, Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape)
Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape)

CEBRA, in collaboration with landscape architect SLA, has designed the Sustainable School for The Sustainable City in Dubai. In opposition to hot-climate educational environments that are often large, air-conditioned structures, CEBRA’s vision for The Sustainable City proposes a permeability between outdoor and indoor learning environments, utilizing both in equal measure.

Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) +5

Dijon Concrete Housings / Ateliers O-S Architectes

11:00 - 26 May, 2016
Dijon Concrete Housings  / Ateliers O-S Architectes, Courtesy of Ateliers O-S Architectes
Courtesy of Ateliers O-S Architectes

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  • Architects

  • Location

    21000 Dijon, France
  • Area

    1560.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ateliers O-S Architectes

Alejandro Zaera-Polo is Suing Princeton. Here’s Why That Matters for Architecture.

10:30 - 26 May, 2016
Alejandro Zaera-Polo is Suing Princeton. Here’s Why That Matters for Architecture., The Facade exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale's "Elements of Architecture" Exhibition. Image © Nico Saieh
The Facade exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale's "Elements of Architecture" Exhibition. Image © Nico Saieh

With the 2016 Venice Biennale opening this week, it seems oddly appropriate that a dispute originating in the 2014 Biennale is finally hitting the courts. On Tuesday evening, a New Jersey court document was anonymously leaked to ArchDaily and a variety of other architecture publications. It showed that Alejandro Zaera-Polo, founder of AZPML and former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, was suing his employer over the events surrounding his own abrupt resignation as Dean last year.

The resignation itself was demanded* by Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber after Zaera-Polo was accused of plagiarizing parts of a text he produced for the “Elements of Architecture” exhibition curated by Rem Koolhaas at the 2014 Venice Biennale. From the start, Zaera-Polo has denied that his texts violate Princeton’s academic code of conduct, but nevertheless agreed to Eisgruber’s demand. In the documents leaked Tuesday, Zaera-Polo criticizes the actions taken by Princeton both before and since his resignation, arguing that they have damaged his reputation. He is thus suing them on four charges: “breach of contract,” “breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” “tortious interference with contract and prospective economic advantage,” and finally “trade libel.”

The story will undoubtedly receive a lot of attention, given that it involves a controversial dispute between an internationally renowned architect and a university with an international stature. But the real story behind the dispute is not about Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s academic conduct or Princeton’s handling of its staff contracts; instead, it has everything to do with our expected standards for architectural research.

Stable in West Flanders / Studio Farris Architects

09:00 - 26 May, 2016
Stable in West Flanders / Studio Farris Architects, © Koen Van Damme
© Koen Van Damme

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Rogers Partners’ Henderson-Hopkins School Wins 2016 AIA Honor Award

08:00 - 26 May, 2016
© Albert Vecerka
© Albert Vecerka

Rogers Partners' Elmer A. Henderson: A John Hopkins Partnership School (Henderson-Hopkins) has received the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honour Award for Architecture, as well as the 2016 American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence.

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Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh

06:00 - 26 May, 2016
Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh, Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Edinburgh-based studio, Konishi Gaffney Architects, has won the competition to design a temporary pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo. The Pop-Up Cities Expo is a headline event at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, featuring pop-up pavilions at Mound Square from cities around Europe. Konishi Gaffney will be representing Edinburgh – the host of the expo - with their winning pavilion design.

Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Laayoune Technology School / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana

05:00 - 26 May, 2016
Laayoune Technology School  / Saad El Kabbaj + Driss Kettani + Mohamed Amine Siana, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

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St. Paulus Church / KLUMPP + KLUMPP Architekten

03:00 - 26 May, 2016
St. Paulus Church / KLUMPP + KLUMPP Architekten, © Zooey Braun
© Zooey Braun

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Office of RD Construction Company / IND Architects

02:00 - 26 May, 2016
© Alexey Zarodov
© Alexey Zarodov

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The Cul-de-sac House / Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects

22:00 - 25 May, 2016
The Cul-de-sac House / Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects, © Hoang Le
© Hoang Le

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The Clinic Made of Plain Wood Base / ihrmk

20:00 - 25 May, 2016
The Clinic Made of Plain Wood Base / ihrmk, © Takuya Furusue
© Takuya Furusue

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    80.33 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Roam / Alexis Dornier

19:00 - 25 May, 2016
Roam / Alexis Dornier, Courtesy of Alexis Dornier
Courtesy of Alexis Dornier

Courtesy of Alexis Dornier Courtesy of Alexis Dornier Courtesy of Alexis Dornier Courtesy of Alexis Dornier +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
  • Area

    1750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alexis Dornier

Claremont Residence / Keen Architecture

17:00 - 25 May, 2016
Claremont Residence  / Keen Architecture, © Dion Robeson
© Dion Robeson

© Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson © Dion Robeson +21

David Chipperfield Reveals New Renderings for Nobel Center in Stockholm

16:30 - 25 May, 2016
David Chipperfield Reveals New Renderings for Nobel Center in Stockholm, Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects
Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects has made further refinements to the design for the Nobel Center in Stockholm. First revealed in October 2013, the project received harsh criticism for being an incongruous presence in the city’s historic center, which lead to a reduction in size amidst other changes in September of last year. Building on the 2015 revision, a more finalized version of the design has now been revealed in new exterior and interior renderings.

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J House / Domino Architects

15:00 - 25 May, 2016
© Gottingham
© Gottingham

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Contractor

    Yamaki
  • Design Team

    Yusuke Oono
  • Area

    67.91 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The European Prize for Urban Public Space Names 25 Finalists for 2016

14:00 - 25 May, 2016
Courtesy of European Prize for Urban Public Space
Courtesy of European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. An international jury of architects, critics, and directors of museums and institutions from across the continent selected 25 projects from 276 entries representing 33 countries. According to the organization, "[the shortlisted projects recognize] the creation, recovery, and improvement of public spaces, as clear indicators of the democratic health of our cities.” All finalists will have their work featured in an exhibition that will tour Europe over the next two years, and also will be published in an online archive that features past finalists. The 2016 winner of the award will be announced at the CCCB on July 4.