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Venice Biennale 2012: Vogadors, Architectural Rowers / Catalan and Balearic Islands Pavilion

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The 13th Venice Biennale, which closes its doors on November 27th, sparked an interesting debate during its opening given the highly political focus of some of the exhibitions, which for some diverged from itself and entered on a discussion on its own.

In this context we find Vogadors: Architectural Rowers, the Catalan and Balearic Islands Pavilion curated by Jordi Badia and Félix Arranz, an exhibit that focused on the built project which uses the common ground theme to define the new generation of Catalonian architects: David Sebastian and Gerard Puig, SMS arquitectos, Arquitecturia, Jaime Ferrer, Meritxell Inaraja, Blancafort Reus Arquitectura, Núria Salvadó and David Tapias, Francisco Cifuentes and Bosch.Capdeferro Arquitectures (more details about the projects).

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In the exhibit, nine projects from this generation are displayed in high detail, including extensive drawings, textures, constructive systems, videos of the buildings in use, and other forms of representation that put the visitors closer to the origins of the project, the relation with the site and the inhabitants, the research and most specially, the tradition.

And tradition is what closes the exhibit, presenting the works of the masters of Catalonian architecture such as Enric Miralles, as their influence is the common ground that the new generation shares. Looking back to understand the present and the future, as a rower who advances looking backwards reflected on Jorge Oteiza’s quote “He who forges ahead creating something new does so like an oarsman, moving forward but back-paddling, looking behind him, towards the past, towards what exists, so as to be able to reinvent its underpinnings.”

The exhibit, taking place at the Isola San Pietro between the Arsenale and the Giardini, extends its reach and presence thanks to a joint venture with Spanish publishing house Gustavo Gili, with the digital editions of the Vogadors catalog available at the iBook Store or at the GG website.

More fromt he curators after the break:

Agudela House / Rui Cerqueira Barros

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Architects: Rui Cerqueira Barros
Project Team: Cesar Barros, Joaquim Barros, Paulo Duval Sobreira, Fernando Barbosa, Eugenio Pinto
Constructor: Crivo d’Ideias
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Campos

Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura
Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura

Lascaux IV: International Cave Painting Center Competition Entry / Mateo Arquitectura

Designed by Mateo Arquitectura…, the proposal for the Lascaux IV: International Cave Painting Center competition speaks to us of its history and woven of enigmas that humankind seeks to solve. It tells us that there are individuals who think, who

Telecom Central / Architecture +

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Architects: Architecture +
Location: Wellington,
Design Team: Stuart Gardyne, Stephen Poulopoulos, Michael Bennett, Andrew Camberis, Iain Hibbard, Arnie Makan, Nick Whiting, Claudio Holzer, Mervyn Rothwell, Ben Crichton, Lucy McAuliffe, Bridget White, Kim Manford, Rachel Logie, Kirsty Chamberlain, Craig Thomson
Area: 35,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Museum of Ocean and Surf by Steven Holl Architects
Museum of Ocean and Surf by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl: ‘Scale’ Lecture

Taking place at Cooper Union in New York, the Steven Holl…: ‘Scale’ lecture focuses on the firm’s current work in exploring new ways of integrating an organizing idea with the programmatic and functional essence of a building, “always using

Roche Canteen / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: ,
Design Team: Erich Diserens, Zhang Xi
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

2013 Urban Edge Award Winners: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park © Ben Benschneider

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi were recently announced by the School of and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as the recipients of the 2013 Urban Edge Award. This biennial award honors an internationally recognized designer or firm whose work brings innovative thinking and effective strategies to transform the realm of urban design. As award recipients, Weiss and Manfredi will curate the Urban Edge Symposium, Evolutionary Infrastructure, at the UWM School of and Urban Planning in April 2013.

132 VPP De Arrendamiento / Estudio Entresitio

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Architects: Estudio Entresitio
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: María Hurtado, César Jiménez, José María Hurtado
Design Team: Carolina Leveroni, Stefan Vogt, Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Pablo Sacristán, Filipe Minderico, Anne-Dorothée Herbort, Irene de la Cruz, Miguel Crespo, Alvar Ruiz
Structure: CYPE Ingenieros Estudios y Proyectos, S.A.
Area: 15,450 sqm
Year: 2009
Photography: Roland Halbe, Montserrat Zamorano

Hestia / NEXT Architects & Claudia Linders

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Architects: NEXT Architects &
Location: Rivierenbuurt, Amsterdam,
Area: 560 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Courtesy of Design With Company
Courtesy of Design With Company

Save the Prentice Wrecking Ball: The Monument to Bruce / Design With Company

The Save the Prentice Wrecking Ball: The Monument to Bruce, designed by Design With Company…, is a response to the situation of the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago which aims at creating a new narrative for the building’s afterlife.

Courtesy of Spark Architects
Courtesy of Spark Architects

Ikon Connaught / Spark Architects

The design by Spark Architects… for the Ikon Connaught seeks to create a lifestyle destination on an intimate neighborhood scale with the level of quality, impact and vibrancy of a city centre destination. Located at the heart of Cheras in

Hangar 16 / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

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Architects: Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture - Iñaqui Carnicero, Ignacio Vila, Alejandro Viseda
Location: , Spain
Area: 5,200 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

Sant Esteve Sesrovires Institute / Jordi Farrando

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Architects: Jordi Farrando
Location: , Cataluña,
Architect: Jordi Farrando
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Adrià Goula

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Shining Lighthouse in Belfort / Archi5

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Architects: Archi5
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fabien Terreaux and Amoor Maadi

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MVRDV proposes 400 meter tall ‘vertical city’ in Jakarta

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, in collaboration with The Jerde Partnership, ARUP, and developer Wijaya KaryaBenhil Property, have unveiled plans to create a new landmark in , Indonesia. Dubbed Peruri 88, the 400 meter tall vertical city integrates retail, offices, housing, a luxury hotel, four levels of parking, a wedding house, a mosque, an imax theater and an outdoor amphitheater, with an extensive amount of green space.

The team presented the plans to city and site owner, Peruri, as part of a developer’s bid competition for the prominent site.

All the details after the break…

House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Calpe, Alicante,
Design Team: Fran Silvestre, María José Sáez
Structure: David Gallardo
Technical Architect: Vicente Ramos, Esperanza Corrales, Javier Delgado
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Area: 242 sqm
Photographs: Diego Opazo

AD Round Up: Brick Architecture

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For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature  in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the great Pope John Paul II Hall by Randić & Turato, a building designed for Pope’s visit to Rijeka, Croatia. Also, check out Three Courtyard Community Centre by chinese practice AZL architects or Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia, designed by Rudanko + Kankkunen . Revisit, De Eekenhof, a housing project in by Claus en Kaan Architekten. Finally, is never late to review the Indian Institute of Management by Louis Kahn, one of our AD Classics.

N4+ Gluebam House / Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]

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Architects: Advanced Architecture Lab[AaL]
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Mu Wei, Zhou Chao, Yu Hui
Area: 60 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Li Xiao