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Exhibition / Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Exhibition / Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane, © Alvar Aalto Foundation
© Alvar Aalto Foundation

This summer, the art, architecture and design of Finland will be celebrated in London. Reason & Intuition - Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane is a new exhibition bringing together the finest works of an acknowledged great of international modernist architecture and design and three collections of images by an acclaimed Finnish photographer. 

Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Four Ways to Learn About Architecture for Free, Project example from MIT OpenCourseWare's Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies by Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro. Image Courtesy of Luisel Zayas-San-Miguel
Project example from MIT OpenCourseWare's Geometric Disciplines and Architecture Skills: Reciprocal Methodologies by Isabel Collado and Ignacio Peydro. Image Courtesy of Luisel Zayas-San-Miguel

Learning doesn't necessarily need to be formal – or expensive for that matter. Thanks to the Internet and some generous benefactors, you can further your education for free from the comfort of your own home. Top schools such as MIT and Harvard University are affiliated with free online learning resources, allowing people from all over the globe to connect and audit courses at their own pace. In some cases, these services even provide self-educators with proof for having completed courses. Keep reading after the break to check out our round-up of four free online learning resources.

Chameleon House / Petr Hajek Architekti

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Chameleon House  / Petr Hajek Architekti, © Benedikt Markel
© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Benedikt Markel © Pavel Pszczolka +20

The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
The Vibeeng School / Arkitema Architects, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects Courtesy of Arkitema Architects +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    4690 Haslev, Denmark
  • Area

    6430.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Arkitema Architects

"Visibility (Imposed Modernity)" - Kosovo's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
"Visibility (Imposed Modernity)" - Kosovo's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

"Poi piovve dentro a l'alta fantasmi." ("Then rained down within the high fantasy...") Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio XVII.25)

From the Curators. Kosovo has never absorbed modernity. Modernity has been a synonym of destruction and foreign aesthetics.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +12

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice's Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
© Ferruzzi
© Ferruzzi

Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster +8

Fairbairn House / Inglis Architects

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Fairbairn House  / Inglis Architects, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +29

Joseph Rykwert and Stanton Williams Included in Queen's Birthday Honours

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
Joseph Rykwert and Stanton Williams Included in Queen's Birthday Honours, Joseph Rykwert. Image © Pawel MazurI CC Krakow
Joseph Rykwert. Image © Pawel MazurI CC Krakow

Architecture critic Joseph Rykwert has been rewarded for his services to criticism by the Queen, receiving a CBE in this year's birthday honours list. The honour continues a good year for Rykwert, after being awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in September. Also included on the birthday honours list were Alan Stanton and Paul Williams, founders of the 2012 Stirling Prize-winning Stanton Williams, who each received an OBE.

The Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper & The Clean-Tech Utopia: Two Game-Changing, Sustainable Proposals in China

00:00 - 16 June, 2014

How can the city be reinvented to save the world? Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue and Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo are two men with very contrasting answers to this loaded question. Zhang Yue's answer puts trust in pre-fabricated, high-density vertical development, whereas Paloheimo envisions a built-from-scratch, clean-tech sprawling utopia. Their grand ideas, met with both skepticism and excitement, are documented in a new film by Anna-Karin Grönroos. To watch the trailer and learn more about the bold proposals, continue after the break.

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

Internat Montceau Les Mines / X'TO Architectes

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Internat Montceau Les Mines / X'TO Architectes, © Jérôme Beg
© Jérôme Beg

© Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg © Jérôme Beg +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montceau-les-Mines, France
  • Architects in Charge

    JY Godot, Jean Delacroix, Pierre Dumas
  • Area

    2213.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Care Campus #1 / Möhn + Bouman

01:00 - 16 June, 2014
Care Campus #1 / Möhn + Bouman, © Sarah Blee
© Sarah Blee

© Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee © Sarah Blee +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schiedam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    René Bouman
  • Artist

    Carol Fulton
  • Area

    1460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

DEY House / Cagna + Wenger Architectes

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

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

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. 

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

"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

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.

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