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Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Mexico’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is centered on Octavio Paz’s reflections on the contraposition between tradition and modernity. Echoing the request from Rem Koolhaas that the national pavilions focus on the theme Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, Paz’s writings establish that “…modernity, for the last one hundred years has been our style. It is the universal style. Wanting to be modern seems like madness, we are condemned to be modern.”

Architects Julio Gaeta and Luby Springall use this reflection as the starting point for their curatorial project, designing the pavilion to show two story paths: one traditional and one modern. This concept is executed through the selection of works emblematic of Mexican modernity juxtaposed with works, events and interviews that influence architecture.

Check out photos from the pavilion along with the official text from the curators after the break.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +8

House in Los Molinos / BIAGIONI_PECORARI Arquitectos

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
House in Los Molinos  / BIAGIONI_PECORARI Arquitectos, © Ramiro Sosa
© Ramiro Sosa

© Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa +29

Álvaro Siza's Archives May Soon Belong to Canada

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
Álvaro Siza's Archives May Soon Belong to Canada, Imagem © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Imagem © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The archives of Álvaro Siza, whose drawings, sketches, and models have been exhibited in the most renowned cultural institutions around the world, may soon be transferred to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture, CCA) in Montreal.

The architect confirmed on Wednesday to Portuguese paper PÚBLICO that he has been "in talks" with the CCA, as well as other un-named institutions from different countries, in order to "decide the future" of his archives. 

Village Health Works Staff Housing / Louise Braverman

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Village Health Works Staff Housing / Louise Braverman, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Burundi
  • Architect in Charge

    Louise Braverman FAIA
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +13

House 01, Hyde Park / Daffonchio & Associates Architects

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
House 01, Hyde Park  / Daffonchio & Associates Architects  , © Adam Letch
© Adam Letch

© Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch © Adam Letch +14

Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Mino Nursery School 7 / Atelier Zo, Courtesy of Atelier Zo
Courtesy of Atelier Zo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mino, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    473.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kosei Kumoyama, Keiko Hirota, Sawazaki Kensetsu, Atelier ZO

Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo Courtesy of Atelier Zo +13

Exhibition: Total Reset

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
Exhibition: Total Reset, Institute for Public Architecture exhibition on public and affordable housing in NYC, "Total Reset." Installation by IPA Fellow Quilian Riano: “Work with Me, Neighbor.”
Institute for Public Architecture exhibition on public and affordable housing in NYC, "Total Reset." Installation by IPA Fellow Quilian Riano: “Work with Me, Neighbor.”

Mayor de Blasio has declared a “total reset” for public housing in New York. At the same time, the decline of affordable housing options has become New Yorkers' greatest concern.

Blackwood Street Bunker / Clare Cousins Architects

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Blackwood Street Bunker / Clare Cousins Architects, © Lisbeth Grosmann
© Lisbeth Grosmann

© Lisbeth Grosmann © Lisbeth Grosmann © Lisbeth Grosmann © Lisbeth Grosmann +27

Ziya İmren Proposes a House of Hungarian Music

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Ziya İmren Proposes a House of Hungarian Music, Courtesy of Ziya İmren Architects
Courtesy of Ziya İmren Architects

Ziya İmren Architects have proposed a "symphonic architectural poem dedicated to Franz Liszt and Béla Viktor János Bartók" as part of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition launched earlier this year. The architects' approach is based on the pioneering compositional methods of Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok. The design proposal brings "thematic inspiration to the fore by restructuring the classical system of a symphonic work into the form of poetry as a gesamtkunstwerk (a 'total work of art')."

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London Announces Design Competition for 'Olympicopolis' Site

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
London Announces Design Competition for 'Olympicopolis' Site, The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds
The Olympicopolis site is to the South-East of the Olympic Park, near to Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre. Image © Flickr CC User Leo Reynolds

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a new competition for the designs of a cultural quarter next to the 2012 Olympic park. The site has been dubbed 'Olympicopolis', and so far has expressions of interest from University College London, University of the Arts London, the V&A, Sadler's Wells Theatre and now possibly - according to the Guardian - Washington DC's Smithsonian.

Read on after the break for more details of the competition

Capturing Hong Kong's Dizzying Vertical Density

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French photographer who captures the dizzying heights and uncommon densities of Hong Kong. Inspired by "the geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters," Jacquet-Lagrèze has not only captured the verticality of Hong Kong's built environment, but also compiled a new book, Vertical Horizon, "a photographic journey between the buildings of a relentlessly growing city." See more of Jacquet-Lagrèze's images, and read an excerpt from Vertical Horizonafter the break.

© Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze © Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze +20

Yardhouse / Assemble

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Yardhouse / Assemble, Courtesy of Assemble
Courtesy of Assemble

Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble +23

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

00:00 - 20 July, 2014
How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities, The Great Wall Apartments, a Chinese style residential compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Go West Project
The Great Wall Apartments, a Chinese style residential compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Go West Project

This article from Metropolis delves into China’s urban development of many African cities, and the effect this has had on the architectural quality of those cities. Chinese contractors and architects are able to propel a city’s growth at lower cost and on schedule, but in doing so, they out-compete local companies and ignore cultural context. Is this an acceptable trade-off? Read the full article and decide for yourself.

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities.

Or so says Dutch research studio Go West Project , who have been tracking this phenomenon for their on-going project about the export of the Chinese urban model to Africa. Since 2012, the group, made up of Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof, have visited six African cities to do research. Roggeveen and Hulshof recently released their preliminary report in an issue of Urban Chinaa magazine focusing on Chinese urban development. 

House in Nishimikuni / Arbol Design

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
© Yasunori Shimomura
© Yasunori Shimomura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nishimikuni, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Area

    92.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura © Yasunori Shimomura +17

Maitres Vignerons / Vincent Coste

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
Maitres Vignerons / Vincent Coste, © Florent Joliot
© Florent Joliot
  • Architects

  • Location

    270 Route Départementale 98A, 83580 Gassin, France
  • Project Manager

    Jérôme Garzon pour Vincent Coste Design Studio et associés.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot © Florent Joliot +22

VIDEO: Marcio Kogan's Studio SC

00:00 - 20 July, 2014

Textures and Ants is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the "Time Space Existence" exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale.

Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video shows Studio SC, a photography studio based in São Paulo and designed by Marcio Kogan.

Critical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

00:00 - 20 July, 2014
Critical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist, Though O'Donnell + Tuomey's Building for the LSE is not the bookie's favourite, many critics feel it is most deserving of the Stirling Prize. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Though O'Donnell + Tuomey's Building for the LSE is not the bookie's favourite, many critics feel it is most deserving of the Stirling Prize. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has now announced the six projects that form this year's Stirling Prize Shortlist, the award that is the ultimate prize for any British building. As the RIBA's most publicly prominent award, the Stirling Prize is often a prime demonstration of the tension between architecture that is widely appreciated by the general populace, and that which is lauded by architectural critics and practitioners.

This year is no exception, with perhaps the country's highest-profile project in years - the Shard - just part of the controversy. What did the critics make of the RIBA's selection? Find out after the break.

Schuurman Group / Bekkering Adams Architects

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
Schuurman Group / Bekkering Adams Architects , © Digi Daan
© Digi Daan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fluorietweg 29, Boekelermeer, 1812 RR Alkmaar, The Netherlands
  • Project Architect

    Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams
  • Design Team

    Frank Venhorst, Vincent Hector, Lukas Heiniger, Michel Leunis, Paul Michielsen, Sander van Schaik, Albert-Jan Vermeulen, Manuel Aust
  • Client

    Schuurman Group
  • Area

    9105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Christian Richters © Digi Daan © Digi Daan © Digi Daan +20