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Venice Biennale 2012: Serbian Pavilion

Serbian Pavilion © Marija Strajnić

As a response to David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale, the authors of the Serbian Pavilion have created JEDAN:STO / 100 - an installation that brings the archetypical object of a table to its extreme meaning by stretching it to a monumental scale that allows its surface to overcome the rectangular interior of the pavilion. This “minimalistic gesture” breaks down the “common” table into a “plethora of metaphors” that initiates thinking and encourages visitors to observe what is happening around it.

Continue after the break for the an abstract by the project authors.

Video: “Chemical Brothers ‘Velodrome’ – London 2012 by Crystal”

The Chemical Brothers composed a song entitled “”, for which Crystal has created a three minute animated sequence promotional video to match its heart-pounding rhythms. Played in the Velodrome before every session, the video inspired by Hopkins Architects’ design, shows the venue as never before, literally pulsating with excitement.

“We’ve created sweeping contours and sleek surfaces as the backdrop for an intense, futuristic cycling ‘duel’ as two animated riders power round the track,” said Darren Groucutt, creative director at Crystal. “It truly brings the Velodrome to life.”

‘Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000′ at MoMA

Chica modular children’s chairs. 1971 / Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Giorgio DeCurso, and Paolo Lomazzi

Now through November 5th, the Museum of Modern Art will be running Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, a new exhibit that surveys modern design and innovation through the exploration of childhood development and well-being.  Prior to the 20th century, childhood was not considered a time of development for the human brain.  As Ken Johnson points out in his reviewof the exhibit, “children were considered small adults to be put to work as soon as possible”.  The 20th century changed all that and modern psychology bore a great deal of influence on investigations into childhood and development.  Modernist design followed, creating a whole new set of tools that children could interact with, learn from, and be entertained by. The exhibit has an assortment of furniture, toys, books, games and posters all designed for the child.Read on for more after the break.

Once in a Lifetime: Travel and Leisure Redefined

Once in a Lifetime presents tantalizing new possibilities for exploring and relaxing that redefine the idea of luxury travel.

The book showcases quality destinations beyond superficial pomp that represent a conscious choice for slowing down our hectic lives. The inspiring range of examples includes enchanting tree house hotels, incredible eco-friendly resorts, farms on which guests help with the work, simple hotels and glamping sites in spectacular scenery, as well as glamorous houses, trains, and boats. These are not only depicted in stunning photographs, but also insightfully described by renowned international travel, design, and architecture journalist Marie Le Fort.

Courtesy of Studio Alfirevic
Courtesy of Studio Alfirevic

Raft ’4U’ – Cafe Restaurant / Studio Alfirevic

The main idea for the Raft ’4U’ cafe restaurant was to create a pleasant environment, like staying under the shadow of a tree, but also above water. Designed by Studio Alfirevic…, the raft represents an extension of the riverbank.

Seoul Memorial Park / Haeahn Architecture

© Park Young-chae

Architects: Haeahn Architecture
Location:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Park Young-chae

Updated Visuals for One World Trade

View from W Hotel © Port Authority and the Durst Organization

Check out these new renderings of Center from the Port Authority and the Durst Organization.  The images were released to illustrate recent design modifications – such as a treatment for the tower’s first 20 stories and the elimination of the casing around the antenna.   These fresh thirteen visuals offer a look at the tower from perspectives taken around the boroughs and New Jersey.   While these renderings offer a taste of what can be expected,  it is great to physical progress being made and how close we are to a completed tower.

More after the break.

Green Houses / Sander Architects

© Sharon Risedorph

Architects: Sander Architects
Location: , CA,  
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph

Summer Cafe / DarkDesignGroup

© Igor Palichev, Dima Zeibert

With a given task to design a temporary summer outdoor cafe with a very limited budget, DarkDesignGroup decided to use basic materials for the walls and roof slabs, which will allow the cafe to be more easily dismantled in the fall. Through the creative use of the OSB on a wood frame, they are able to create a dynamic form which invites the public inside and also allows them to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. By manipulating the wood frame, they take advantage of the different ways to create openings, which make for an exciting piece of architecture. More images after the break.

Chenequa Residence / Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect

© Cameron Neilson

Architects: Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect
Location: , Wisconsin,
Architect In Charge: Robert H Oshatz
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Cameron Neilson

In Progress: MUSE Museum of Science / Renzo Piano

© RPBW – Stefano Goldberg

Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: , Italy
Architect:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RPBW, RPBW – Stefano Goldberg, RPBW – Paolo Pelanda, Colombo Costruzioni – Alessandro Gadutti, RPBW – Cristiano Zaccaria

Black Spectacles’ Digital Design Crash Course

Courtesy of Black Spectacles

Black Spectacles is hosting two sessions of their ‘Digital Design Crash Course’, a three day online course this August and September, which focuses on strategies and skills for working rapidly and creating beautiful work. The seminar will show students and professionals how to utilize a variety of design software including AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, & 3ds Max. You will develop an understanding of the geometric limitations of each software, so you know what tools to work with based on your design interests.

The 20th person to register for each session will be able to take the seminar for free. The deadline to register for the first session is August 10 and the deadline to register for the second session is September 7. More information after the break.

Winery Gantenbein / Gramazio & Kohler + Bearth & Deplazes Architekten

© Ralph Feiner

Architects: Gramazio & Kohler, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Tobias Bonwetsch
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Ralph Feiner, Courtesy of

AIANC Center for Architecture and Design / Frank Harmon Architect

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Frank Harmon Architect
Location: Raleigh, NC,
Design Team: Frank Harmon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Beachaus II / Inhaus Development

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Architects: Inhaus Development
Location: , BC, Canada
Architect In Charge: Chris Pardo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,001 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Inhaus Development

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion

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Although the city is seen as a place of meetings and exchanges, many urban centers have become over-saturated with cars and car parks. This phenomenon has created a series of “non-places” that have claimed “common areas” from city dwellers. Occupying a space no larger than a typical parking spot, the Architettura Dolomiti Pavilion reflects on David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme and explores ways on how to exploit these common areas currently occupied by parking places. This wooden pavilion reinterprets and reintroduces the “larin” – a traditional space found in the rural houses of Belluno where the family meets to eat, drink and share stories – in an effort to create an intimate space within the city that offers an escape and an opportunity for interaction amongst city dwellers. With this pavilion, Dolomiti Architetture explores the possibilities of “a new life free from cars” within the city center that also reflects their values of environmental sustainability by using disassemblability techniques, recycling methods and renewable raw materials.

The Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion is currently being occupied by the city dwellers of Belluno, Italy. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

oZs0 House / Martin Dulanto

© Martin Dulanto

Architects: Martin Dulanto
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Dulanto

Stephenson & Turner Wellington Design Studio – Fit Out / Stephenson&Turner

© Paul McCredie

Architects: Stephenson&Turner NZ Ltd
Location: , New Zealand
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul McCredie