4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect, © Maxwell MacKenzie
© Maxwell MacKenzie

© Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie +36

DEY House / Cagna + Wenger Architectes

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
© Thomas Jantscher
© Thomas Jantscher

© Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher © Thomas Jantscher +14

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Herzog & de Meuron, & Atelier Bow-Wow's "Stroll Through a Fun Palace" - Switzerland's Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Herzog & de Meuron, & Atelier Bow-Wow's "Stroll Through a Fun Palace" - Switzerland's Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

"We often invent the future with elements from the past."

From the Curators. Within the Biennale’s context of re-examining the fundamentals of architecture over the past century, the Swiss Pavilion focuses on the English architect Cedric Price (1925–2003) and the Swiss sociologist Lucius Burckhardt (1934–2003), two great visionaries whose work resonates with and continues to inspire the new generations of the 21st century.

Both were serial inventors. The trans-disciplinary cultural centre designed by Price, Fun Palace, for example, which was never realized, is emblematic of our own era. It lends itself more to the choreography of 21st century time-based exhibitions than to the object-based displays of the 20th century; it fosters a more communal experience, largely free to operate outside its material limits, and ventures into other realms of human experience. In Price’s own words, “a 21st century museum will utilize calculated uncertainty and conscious incompleteness to produce a catalyst for invigorating change whilst always producing the harvest of the quiet eye”.1

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +9

Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta: Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta: Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Under the direction of Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD), the Dominican Republic's first Pavilion at the Venice Biennale explored the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and politics through the lens of the Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre (The Fair of Peace and Brotherhood of the Free World), celebrated in 1955 in Santo Domingo. The fair was an attempt by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to project to the outside world a vision of a modern country firmly under his dictatorial control.

The Fair - today the site of governmental institutions - was a turning point for Santo Domingo and modern architecture, forever altering the city and its urban limits.

Read the curators' description and take a virtual tour of the pavilion after the break. 

"Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models" - The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
"Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models" - The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. The exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion has been titled FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models. The exhibition explores and documents how modern Nordic architecture was an integral part of Nordic aid to East Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. The resulting architecture is of a scope and quality that has not previously been comprehensively studied or exhibited.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +21

Casa Redux: A Love Story

00:00 - 15 June, 2014

One of the 100 architects and offices taking part in the "Time Space Existence" exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale, Studio MK27's Marcio Kogan has contributed to the exhibition with five videos that, often comedically and/or dramatically, portray the daily lives of the residents of his works.

374 Hamilton / Bourne Blue Architects

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
374 Hamilton / Bourne Blue Architects, © Shane Blue
© Shane Blue

© Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue +25

KUD STUDIO / Kavellaris Urban Design

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
KUD STUDIO / Kavellaris Urban Design, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +25

Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up , © Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press
© Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural Press

The following is an excerpt from Carey Clouse's Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, which explores Cuba's impromptu agricultural development after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the challenges that development poses for modern day architects and urban planners.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. With fuel, fertilizers, and pesticides disappearing overnight, citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country's vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Featuring a wealth of rarely seen material and intimate portraits of the environment, Farming Cuba details the innovative design strategies and explores the social, political, and environmental factors that helped shape this pioneering urban farming program.

"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. Responding to the theme ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014’ set by the curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Rem Koolhaas, ‘Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the United Arab Emirates,’ presents the seminal findings of a larger initiative to archive the history of architectural and urban development in the UAE over the past century. With a concentrated emphasis on the 1970s-1980s, the exhibition examines how public and residential architecture, built within a rapidly expanding urban context, shaped the newly established federation and prepared the foundation for its emergence on a global stage.

Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
Hotel Hotel Lobby and Nishi Grand Stair Interior / March Studio, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
  • Design Team

    Rodney Eggleston, Sam Rice, Julian Canterbury, Jack Crocker, Jono Ware, Haslett Grounds, Patrick Macasaet
  • Photographs

    John Gollings, Courtesy of March Studio, Rodney Eggleston

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"Places of Memory" - Turkey's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
"Places of Memory" - Turkey's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

From the Curators. Rather than conducting a historical account of modern epoch in Turkey, presenting an exhaustive catalogue, or trying to capture its unique local attributes, “Places of Memory” attempts to explore the main theme of the biennial via perceptions and experiences.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +11

Tagus Linear Park / Topiaris Landscape Architecture

01:00 - 15 June, 2014
  • Architects

  • Location

    2625-039 Póvoa de Santa Iria, Portugal
  • Landscape Authors

    Luis Ribeiro, Teresa Barão, Catarina Viana
  • Architecture Author

    Olavo Dias
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +38

The "Urban Interior" of Jimenez Lai's Biennale Pavilion for Taiwan

00:00 - 15 June, 2014

UPDATE: We've added our interview with Jimenez Lai.

Jimenez Lai
, leader of Bureau Spectacular and curator of Taiwan's Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, claims that "domesticity is possibly one of the origins of architecture" and that "the standardization of the domestic program was...a very modern development." Thus, Lai built nine single-program houses within the Palazzo della Prigioni, each dedicated to one specific domestic act--such as sleeping, eating, etc. The result is a vibrant, colorful response to Rem Koolhaas' unifying theme: "Absorbing Modernity."

Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan, delves into the part-to-whole relationship and political implications of our domestic lives. But Lai also believes that, from this relationship, we can learn something about the way that cities function. See more images from the exhibition and read on for the curator's statement.

House of Social Dining. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh House of Alchemy. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh House of Social Dining. Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Image © Nico Saieh +13

Spotlight: Kevin Roche

09:00 - 14 June, 2014
Spotlight: Kevin Roche, College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA
College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA

Known for his progressive aesthetics and vast body of work, 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche has headed numerous projects of varying program and scale as the design principal of his firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. In 1980, shortly before the death of Roche's business partner John Dinkeloo, the firm was described by critic C. Ray Smith in 1980 as "the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working."

Helmond Station / studioSK,Movares

01:00 - 14 June, 2014
Helmond Station / studioSK,Movares , © Ben Vulkers fotografie
© Ben Vulkers fotografie

© Ben Vulkers fotografie © Ivo Bastiaansen © Ben Vulkers fotografie © Ben Vulkers fotografie +23

Praça Municipal 47 Building / Arquitetura Nacional

01:00 - 14 June, 2014
Praça Municipal 47 Building /  Arquitetura Nacional, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Praça Municipal, 47 - Cristo Redentor, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, 91040-400, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen B. N. Maurmann, Paula Otto, Marcelo Della Giustina, Luiza Otto, Lucas Pessatto, Athena Guimarães, Janet Fernández, Ana Paula Restelli, Marco Calheiros, Marjory Bertoldo, Laís Adib, Bruna Tavares, Paula Sassi, Jefferson Scapineli, Jessica Schröder.
  • Area

    1532.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +28

Almacén del Bife en México / Taller G Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 June, 2014
Almacén del Bife en México / Taller G Arquitectos, © Jorge de Luna
© Jorge de Luna
  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Gerardo Galván Castro
  • Area

    1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna © Jorge de Luna +27