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Koolhaas to be the Biennale’s next Director?

Rem Koolhaas © Dominik Gigler

Hot on the heels of the Jencks Award, yet another accolade is rumored to be coming Rem Koolhaas‘ way. The claims are flying about the twitterverse: OMA’s Koolhaas will be the next Director of the .

Dezeen first reported the story after reading a tweet by the Biennale’s current Assistant Director to David Chipperfield, Kieran Long (Long’s also the architecture critic for London’s Evening Standard as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Review/The Architect’s Journal). You can read the tweet for yourself below:

Of course, it’s all still rumors at this point, but we’ll keep you updated of any developments in the story.

Story via Dezeen


AD Round Up: Wood Architecture

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, one of architecture’s nobler materials, allows us to develop both complex structures and minimal designs.For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature heavily in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the amazing Orquideorama by Plan B + JPRCR Architects, a building that should come up of the relation between architecture and living organisms. Also, check out Carabanchel Housing by british based firm Foreign Office Architects or Aalen University Extension by MGF Architekten. Revisit, the particular Sheepstable, design by 70F Architecture, a building with an interesting mix structure of wood and steel. Finally, is never late to review the great Geometric Hot Springs by chilean architect German del Sol.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion

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The Japan Pavilion for the (designed by Takamasa Yoshizaka in 1956) presented the exhibit “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, curated by , with the participation of architectural photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, and architects Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Akihisa Hirata.

The exhibition, which was awarded with the Gold Lion at the Biennale, takes us through the process where these three emerging architects collaborated with Toyo Ito to design the “Home-for-all”, a project for the inhabitants of Rikuzentakata who lost their homes during the tsunami in 2011.

In the walls we find Hatakeyama’s photos from before and after the tsunami, along with a visual registry of the architects visiting the location. Around the pavilion, several study models reveal the process to design this unique type of house.

Home-for-all © David Basulto, ArchDaily

The jury stated at the award ceremony that ”the presentation and the storytelling in the Pavilion are exceptional and highly accessible to a broad audience. The jury was impressed with the humanity of this project.”

In the next days we will feature an exclusive interview with the curator, Toyo Ito. More photos and text from Toyo Ito after the break:

SFMoMA presents “Field Conditions”

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection , gift of Aleksandra Wagner; © Lebbeus Woods

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an exhibition from September 1, 2012 through January 6, 2013 that features works of conceptual and theoretical architecture. Blurring the lines between the two, the “field” to frame these investigations into construction, representation, and experience of space entitled Field Conditions features works in a wide variety of media by artists and practicing architects. Some of the notable names that will have their work on display include Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sol LeWitt, and Lebbeus Woods. More snapshots of the work after the break.

Villa Extramuros / Vora Arquitectura

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Architects: Vora Arquitectura
Location: ,
Design Team: Jordi Fornells, Rolf Heinemann
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula, Alexandre Gempeler

Dalian Planning Museum / 10 Design

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The design for the new Dalian Planning Museum by 10 Design in Dalian, is envisioned to become a new civic sculpture at the heart of the city’s main governmental district.  The building is part of the first steps made by the Planning Bureau to promote landmark architecture in Dalian with an additional seven municipal civil projects, including a library, scientific center, urban planning exhibition, museum, and teenage activity center.  The Planning Building will serve as a modern, first-class venue for offices and exhibitions, and more importantly, an addition of cultural engagement for the public within the city.  The museum is also designed to be an example of technological innovation and sustainable practices.

Follow us after the break to read about the building’s advanced technology.

Imagining the Lowline

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Mark your calendars – the Lowline is going public! After a great gallery exhibition and tons of international support, the Lowline founders are launching a public exhibition to showcase their innovative technological approach to creating the world’s first underground park on the Lower East Side of City. The full scale exhibition will take place in the Essex Market Building D, an abandoned warehouse just above the proposed Lowline Park, from September 15-27.

More after the break.

Guesthouse / HHF architects + Ai Weiwei

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Architects: HHF architects + Ai Weiwei
Location: , New York, USA
Design Team: Mio Tsunemaya, Madeleine Kessler, Jeff Mansfield
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Iwan Baan

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6th Annual National Tour Day

Docomomo US welcomes all to their 6th annual Tour Day, which has become one of the largest national events devoted to the appreciation of American architecture, which will be taking place October 6 and continue throughout the week. Featuring architectural…

“the REAL estate” / AL/Arch

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Architect: AL/Arch
Location: Bat-Yam,
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Liat Ezra, Asaf Evron, Orna Marton, Avi Laiser,

ISM House / I.R.A

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan, Kim Jino
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of Liopetri / Various Architects

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The first prize winning competition proposal for the Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of was designed by the collaborative effort of architects Iereidis Vasilis, Michael Aimilios, Zomas Alexandros, Mitakou Eleni, Raisi Alexia, Hatzopoulos Dimitris, Fanou Paraskevi, and Lada Anastasia. With the challenge for a proposal that would provide all the necessary facilities for the fishing boat harbor and create a park that focuses on environmental education, this design stands as a binary between experience and function. As an outcome there are no clear boundaries between the fishing boat harbor and the park or in that sense between any other of the proposed interventions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Extension in a Cité Jardin / STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

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Architects: STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Location: ,
Design Team: Magalie Braune, Franziska Hofmann, Heike Bohrer
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

Ahmedabad Hotel / Studio Symbiosis

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Designed as an iconic building in Ahmedabad, the hotel proposal by Studio Symbiosis focuses on interweaving the concepts of waves in nature. Using fold lines as movement trajectories and perception along with programmatic requirements, the project’s form demonstrates a sense of elegance with soft, subtle touches. Seamless waves flowing on the landscape and flowing on the façade are the focal point for this full service five star property. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parish Centre Kirschlag / Schneider & Lengauer

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Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Paul Ott

Video: The Lighthouse / Roots Design Workshop

The video above follows Roots Design Workshop, a group of young architects, as they embark on the tall task of constructing a lighthouse on the isle of , a beautiful remote Scottish island. This film, created by Martin Glegg, highlights the emerging gap between the world of digital design and getting one’s hands dirty and aims to inspire a new generation of architects to stop staring at their computer screens. Text Courtesy of Martin Glegg.




Städel Museum / Schneider + Schumacher

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Architects: Schneider + Schumacher
Location: Frankfurt,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 24,726 sqm
Photographs: Norbert Miguletz, Christoph Bonke, Kirsten Bucher

Espace Culturel Victor Jara / L’Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand

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Architects: L’Escaut Architectures + Bureau d’études Weinand
Location: Van Zeeland Square, ,
Project Team: Michael Bianchi, Florence Hoffmann, Pierre Larauza, François Lichtle, Olivier Bastin, Eloisa Astudillo
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Courtesy of L’Escaut