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Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting, Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted steel arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in Italy. A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break. 

Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh +27

St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +18

Gymnasium Plabennec / Bohuon Bertic Architectes

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Gymnasium Plabennec / Bohuon Bertic Architectes, © Patrick Miara
© Patrick Miara

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara +24

Rocks Police Station / Welsh+Major

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Rocks Police Station / Welsh+Major, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +22

Introducing "Potty-Girl," The Architect of the Future?

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Introducing "Potty-Girl," The Architect of the Future?, Julia King
Julia King

"I look for inspiration (or opportunities) from people and places rather than looking for people and places to host my ideas." -- Julia King  

Regardless of whether or not Shigeru Ban deserved to be awarded the profession's highest prize this year (there are vociferous opinions on both sides of the issue), there is one thing that is certain: architecture is going through some serious growing pains. And perhaps no one encapsulates architecture's shifting direction better than Julia King, AJ's Emerging Woman Architect of the Year

Pursuing a PhD-by-practice via the Architecture for Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) in the slums of India, Ms. King realized very quickly that the last thing these communities needed was architecture - or rather, what is traditionally considered "architecture." After all, community-members were already experts in constructing homes and buildings all on their own. Instead, she put her architectural know-how towards designing and implementing what was truly needed: sewage systems. And so - quite by accident, she assured me - the title "Potty-Girl" was born.

In the following interview, conducted via email, I chatted with Ms. King about her fascinating work, the new paradigm it represents for  architecture, the need to forego dividing the "urban and rural" (she prefers "connected and disconnected"), the serious limitations of architecture education, and the future of architecture itself. Read more, after the break.

Arena da Amazônia / gmp architekten

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arena da Amazônia, Manaus - Amazonas, 69050-010, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Martin Glass
  • Director of gmp do Brazil

    Ralf Amann
  • Project management

    Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
  • Project management in Brazil

    Burkhard Pick, Sander-Christiaan Troost
  • Team members

    Sophie-Charlotte Altrock, Felipe Bellani, Lena Brögger, Claudia Chiappini, Lieselotte Decker, Barbara Düring, Stephanie Eichelmann, Konstanze Erbe, Silke Flaßnöcker, Priscila Lima da Silva Giersdorf, Elke Glass, Ruthie Gould, Jacqueline Gregorius, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Fa- bian Kirchner, Juliana Kleba-Rizental, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Veit Lieneweg, Ausias Lobatón Ortega, Guilherme Maia, Rodrigo Math- ias Duro Teixeira, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Adel Motamedi , Dirk Müller, Dirk Peissl, Ivanka Percovic, Camila Preve, Nicolai Reich, Stefan Saß, Florian Schwarthoff, Fariborz Rahimi, Sara Taberner Bonastre, Sonia Taborda, An- guelica Larocca Troost, Katerine Witte
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt +20

Álvaro Siza Decides The Fate of His Archives

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Álvaro Siza Decides The Fate of His Archives , Ritratto di Álvaro Siza . Image ©  © Teresa Siza
Ritratto di Álvaro Siza . Image © © Teresa Siza

Update: CCA releases statement from Siza.

Earlier this week we announced that Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza was considering donating his archive to institutions outside of his home country of Portugal. Finally, after much discussion and speculation, Siza has arrived at a decision.

Siza will donate one part of the archive to two institutions in Portugal: the Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the Fundação de Serralves in Porto. The other part of the archive will be given to the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.

Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects, Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © James Davies
Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © James Davies

The Australian Institute of Architects' International Area Committee Jury has announced the recipients of its 2014 international awards, given to projects completed by Australian architects overseas. The biggest winners on the night were Denton Corker Marshall, who in addition to winning the Award for Public Architecture with their Stonehenge Visitor Centre also received commendations for public architecture and commercial architecture.

BVN Donovan Hill dominated in the field of interior architecture, scooping both the award and a commendation in the category. Kerry Hill Architects also achieved the same result in the residential category. Read on after the break for the full list of awards and commendations.

Asia Square / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © John Gollings PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall The Sukhothai Residences / Kerry Hill Architects. Image © Albert Lim Shelter@Rainforest / Marra + Yeh Architects. Image © Brett Boardman +12

"Mouthful of Meetings" Seminar at Venice Biennale & Exhibition at Helsinki Design Week

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
"Mouthful of Meetings" Seminar at Venice Biennale & Exhibition at Helsinki Design Week

What are the challenges in Africa's current rapid socio-economic development that architects have the capacity to address? Can foreign architects play any role on the African continent today and during the coming decades? If so, how?

Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Junya Ishigami + Associates Win Competition to Design World Peace Pavilion in Copenhagen, Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates
Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates

Svendborg Architects and junya.ishigami+associates have won first place in the HOPE foundation's House of Peace Competition. The competition brief calls for a monumental architectural installation to be built in the city harbor of Copenhagen, one that will endure as a lasting symbolic form devoted to world peace. The firms’ winning entry is a floating, cloud-like structure that seems almost to hover over the harbor’s horizon.

Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates Section. Image © junya ishigami + associates Exterior. Image © junya ishigami + associates Interior. Image © junya ishigami + associates +5

House 02, Hyde Park / Daffonchio & Associates Architects

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
House 02, Hyde Park  / Daffonchio & Associates Architects, © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +15

Building MAKRO / Enrique Bardají & Asociados

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Building MAKRO / Enrique Bardají & Asociados, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Miguel Angel García © Jesús Granada © Miguel Angel García © Miguel Angel García +37

Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Tokyo's Modernist Gem, Hotel Okura, To Be Demolished, via Wikipedia
via Wikipedia

Talk about Modernist Japanese architecture, and you can hardly fail to bring up Tokyo's Hotel Okura. Built in 1962 under the design direction of Yoshiro Taniguchi, Hideo Kosaka, Shiko Munakata, and Kenkichi Tomimoto, the hotel has long been a landmark not only for the city, but for Japan. Now, however, the hotel's owners have decided that the main building for the hotel will be demolished in September of 2015, with a new hotel taking its place. To learn more - including how to sign the petition for preservation - keep reading after the break.

Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Designing Invisible Architecture: Bird Hides by Biotope, Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope
Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope

Biotope, a three-strong Norwegian practice based in the Arctic town of Varanger, have designed bird hides since 2009. For them, architecture is "a tool to protect and promote birds, wildlife and nature" - an approach reflected in their carefully crafted, environmentally integrated fragments of the 'invisible': small shelters that must blend into and be absorbed by their surroundings. Their diligent work has seen Varanger become established as one of the best birding destinations in Northern Europe and their unique design solutions are now being sought across Scandinavia.

Stellers Eider Street Art, Vardø. Image Courtesy of Biotope Hornoya Wind Shelter. Image Courtesy of Biotope Steilnes Bird Hide. Image Courtesy of Biotope Vardø Harbour from above. Image Courtesy of Biotope +16

Style Bakery / SNARK

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Style Bakery / SNARK, © Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamamatsucho, Kiryu, Gunma, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sunao Koase,Yu Yamada
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa +20

Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes, © Yves André
© Yves André

© Yves André © Yves André © Yves André © Yves André +21

Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Zaha Hadid on Russian Artist Kazimir Malevich, Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts
Zaha Hadid RA, The Peak Blue Slabs, 1982-83. Image © Zaha Hadid / Royal Academy of Arts

In an article for London's Royal Academy of Arts Magazine entitled Plane Sailing, Zaha Hadid discusses the influence of Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich on her own design work. In Hadid's early work, such as The Peak Blue Slabs (1982/83), the visual connections to Malevich's strict, regular shapes and lines are evident.

Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Relief Model: Vitra Fire Station. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Painting: Vitra Fire Station. Image © Zaha Hadid Vitra Fire Station, Germany. Image © Wojtek Gurak +6

Waltham Forest College / Platform 5 Architects + Richard Hopkinson Architects

01:00 - 23 July, 2014