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Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal’s Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

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The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal’s Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations’ representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that’s ever more predictable.

House with Square Opening / NKS Architects

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Architects: NKS Architects
Location: , Fukuoka,
Architect In Charge: Noriko, Kaoru Suehito
Structure: RC-3F
Area: 192.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Kouji Okamoto

El Palmeral of Surprises / Junquera Arquitectos

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Architects: Junquera Arquitectos
Location: Málaga,
Architect In Charge: Jerónimo Junquera García Del Diestro, Jerónimo Junquera González-Bueno, Ana Junquera González-Bueno, Liliana Obal
Area: 6,675 sqm
Year Project: 2011
Photography: Cemex, Jesús Granada, Heliopol

Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism

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Architects: Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism
Location: , The
Design Team: Simon Bush-King, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Sarah Rowlands, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Pilar Nobio, Paco Pomares , Pamplona, CNC
Area: 480 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Jensen

KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

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Chun Qing Li, founder director of London-based KREOD, has revealed planes for a 1,200 square meter international trade pavilion for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Floating on a platform in the Barra de Tijuca lagoon, adjacent to Olympic Park, the pavilion is expected to bring together entrepreneurs and industry leaders from Brazil, the United Kingdom and to discuss future of business and showcase their products.

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First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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To kick off our coverage of the Venice Biennale, we’re bringing you photos of — the United States’ contribution to the national exhibitions organized under the theme of “.” The pavilion houses both a repository of information about the history of architectural firms in the US (with a focus on the US’s role in exporting architecture) and serves as the base of operations for a new architectural firm that was created solely for this year’s biennale. The research, collected into booklets, lines the walls of the space. While visitors mill around the pavilion, the members of OfficeUS work at specially designed tables. The output and deliverables of the office will be determined as the Biennale progresses. We also got the chance to speak to the organizers, so stayed tuned for video interviews with the curators and designers of the US Pavilion (coming soon!). For now, however, read on to the see the curator’s statement on the exhibit.

Pc House / EDDICO

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Architects: EDDICO
Location: Pucusana District, Peru
Architect In Charge: Jose Carrera, Giorgio Dellepiane, Andrés Rodrigo
Design Team: Elmer Ramírez, Silvana Sierra, Frank Saboya, Jorge Pizzorno
Constructor: Hernán Mendivil
Photographs: Courtesy of EDDICO

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ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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ArchDaily is excited to announce that we are now in Venice to cover this year’s highly anticipated Biennale. Curated by the influential Rem Koolhaas, this edition of the biennale delves into the past to inform current architectural production.

For this year, Koolhaas proposed “Fundamentals” as the main theme for the Biennale. Rather than focusing on contemporary production (as the Biennale traditionally has), “Fundamentals” is divided into three large exhibits that look into the past, present and future of architecture: Absorbing Modernity 1924-2014 (National Pavilions), Elements (Central Pavilion), and Monditalia (Arsenale). You can learn more about these exhibits in our previous coverage.

So far, we’ve seen a tremendous effort in the content of the exhibitions. In “Absorbing Modernity,” 65 countries from every continent (even Antartica) show how modernity was manifested in their respective national contexts, bringing to light comprehensive archives and demonstrations of modernism’s storied and complex past. This retrospective looks into one of the most powerful movements in history, a time when architects aligned with the needs of society and set the foundations for an ideal future. The consequences of modernism -whether good or bad- have shaped our cities and highly influenced how we live. And now, Koolhaas hopes to help us understand why it should be thought of as a fundamental part of architectural education.

Stay tuned for more reports from Venice in our dedicated Venice Biennale 2014 section. For updates in real time, check out our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

This complete coverage is brought to you thanks to our partners at CEMEX.

Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London’s Science Museum

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Coffey Architects has won a competition to design a new research centre for the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Designed to enable a “new level of integration between exhibitions and research,” the new centre will act as a portal for over 500,000 items contained within the Wroughton Library.

Tamarama Kiosk / Lahznimmo Architects

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Architects: Lahznimmo Architects
Location: Park, NSW,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs “Plaza District” for City Center

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Renzo Piano has been commissioned to return to the Bay Area, this time to design a 350,000 square foot “Plaza District” for a mixed-used City Center development in San Ramon. Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in ’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof.

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: , Shandong,
Project Team: Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau, Gerard Loozekoot with Markus van Aalderen, Joerg Petri, Milena Stopic, Yu-Chen Liu and Cong Ye, Irina Bogdan, Xing Xiong, Maud van Hees, ShuoJiong Zhang, Philipp Mecke, Maya Alam, Junjie Yan, Gilles Greis, Subhajit Das, Erwin Horstmanshof, Faiz Zohri, Andrew Brown, Patrik Noomé, Amanda Chan, Nanang Santoso
Area: 35,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Edmon Leong

Morpholio’s Latest App Turns Photos Into Sketches, Mosaics, and More

The Morpholio Project’s latest iPhone application, Morpholio Frame, “is like having a DJ booth for your photos.” The application allows users to merge, crop, and filter photographs before posting them to social media outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Sounds typical, right? Not so fast.

The application gives users more control than most thanks to an interactive matrix approach. Users can select up to three filters and three related masks, creating an image with one of 64 million unique filter combinations. One of the most interesting filters for architecture fans is “sketch” – as seen in the image after the break.

Fauna Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

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Architects: Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos
Location: Paseo Dimalow, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Roberto Fantuzzi, Jaime Rodillo
Area: 710 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Blanco

Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, first open international competition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was officially launched today. Submission deadline for stage one is September 10. A jury that includes Mark Wigley, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will announce the shortlist during Fall 2014.

Following a detailed Concept and Development Study by the Guggenheim Foundation, the City of has reserved a prominent waterfront site for the architectural competition of the proposed museum. The site is located in the Eteläsatama, or South Harbor area, an urban space of great national and cultural significance, close to the historic city center and immediately visible to visitors arriving by sea.

It is envisaged that the Guggenheim Helsinki would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. Within the Guggenheim Foundation’s international constellation of museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Helsinki would be distinctive in its active inclusion of design and architecture in its programming.

Malcolm Reading Consultants are running the design competition. All enquiries should be directed here. For complete information please visit the competition’s official website.

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

Warehouse 623 Gallery is pleased to announce “Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards“, an exhibition of alternative architectural schemes for the Atlantic Yards site. “Abstracts of New York”, a selection of photographs by Jean-Marc Bellaiche, will be shown concurrently.

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

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Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in . The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

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Architects: NITSCHE ARQUITETOS
Location: São Paulo,
Project Architects: Pedro Nitsche, Lua Nitsche
Design Team: João Nitsche; Rafael Baravelli; Suzana Barboza
Site Area: 1.411m2
Project Area: 2539.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of