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Inside "Open: A Bakema Celebration" - The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 8 July, 2014

"We consider Bakema not so much an architect of buildings, but an architect of a new idea of what Holland could be--a new national identity, a new national landscape…with an architect in the center of this particular ambition." - Guus Beumer, co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale

Guus Beumer and Drik van den Heuvel, curators of "Open: A Bakema Celebration," sat down to speak with us about this year's Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. With the help of graphic designers Experimental Jetset, Beumer and van den Heuvel created an emblematic, stripped-down, research-focused display of a particularly Dutch idea: the "Open Society." This was all conveyed within and around a 1:1 model of architect Jaap Bakema's Lijnbaan Shopping Centre (Rotterdam 1954), constructed within the Netherlands Pavilion. 

The hope, as Dirk van den Heuvel explains, is that "the elements of Bakema...may be useful, inspiring for our own practices today. Elements that he developed in questions to housing, planning, modernizing… I think when you come here you will recognize that there's lots of affinities, interesting things that we still work with and that we will work with in the future."

After you watch the video, make sure to read the curator's statement, and see images of the pavilion, after the break.

Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh +18

Casa T / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Casa T  / Cubus, Taller d’Arquitectura  , © Nani Pujol
© Nani Pujol

© Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol © Nani Pujol +12

Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Partners in Charge

    Cristóbal Valenzuela H., Ángela Delorenzo A.
  • Area

    123.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
The Crow’s Nest  / BCV Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Norden, CA 96161, USA
  • Architects in Charge

    Hans Baldauf, AIA Principal / Jennifer Smith, Associate
  • Team

    Asa Prentice, Senior Designer
  • Area

    5600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

© Anna Positano © Anna Positano © Andrea Bosio © Anna Positano +18

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Raymond Moriyama FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation have created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession. 

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart, Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Process. Image Courtesy of ICD-ITKE +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Keplerstraße 11, University of Stuttgart, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Institute for Computational Design

    Institute for Computational Design - Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design - Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design

    Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Research Development And Project Management

    Moritz Dörstelmann, Vassilios Kirtzakis, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building, © AA Studio
© AA Studio

AA Studio have revealed their plans for the development of Brooklyn's iconic New York Dock Company building, transforming the 230,000 square foot structure into a mixed-use complex of six commercial spaces on the ground floor, 70 residential loft apartments, and a rooftop deck and gardens above.

The design aims to be as faithful to the original structure as possible, retaining the existing poured concrete columns and walls and exposing the high concrete ceilings. As one of the earliest structures to use the technology, the retention and celebration of these features is a key aspect of the building's conservation.

Read on after the break for more on the design

© AA Studio © AA Studio © AA Studio © AA Studio +7

Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Dutch practice Bekkering Adams Architecten, in cooperation with ABT and BeersNielsen, recently unveiled an installation at the Palazzo Mora, Venice as part of a collateral event with this year's Venice Biennale. Entitled Form-ContraForm, the sculptural piece reflects on the conceptual and human perception of space - something which they describe as "a space that surrounds and envelops." Distilling architecture's fundamentals (which is also the theme of this year's Biennale) down to the definition of co-ordinates in space, the experience created by Bekkering Adams is akin to the notion of "the mass versus the cavity."

TSN Residential Extension Le Noirmont / Dubail Begert Architectes

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
TSN Residential Extension Le Noirmont  / Dubail Begert Architectes, © Joel Tettamanti
© Joel Tettamanti

Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes Courtesy of Dubail Begert Architectes +18

BIG Maze Opens at National Building Museum

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
BIG Maze Opens at National Building Museum, © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com
© Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com

Images and video of the BIG Labyrinth have begun to appear on social media since it opened on July 4th at the National Building Museum (NBM)  in Washington, DC. 

The 61×61 foot maze, housed in the building’s grand atrium, will be open to visitors until September 1st. See more images and video, after the break...

Courtesy of National Building Museum Courtesy of National Building Museum © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com © Matthew Carbone, www.matthewcarbone.com +17

Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiasha, Jianggan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Archtiecture Team

    Jiang Han, James Brearley, Huang Fan, Lin Youzhen, Zhen Lili, Cao Xizhen
  • Landscape Team

    Huang Fang, Xiong Juan, Li Shuyun
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

World Interior of the Year Award Announces Best Interiors of 2014

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
World Interior of the Year Award Announces Best Interiors of 2014, Civic, Culture + Transport Category: Cine Times/ One Plus Partnership Limited. Image Courtesy of Jordan Lewis/INSIDE Festival
Civic, Culture + Transport Category: Cine Times/ One Plus Partnership Limited. Image Courtesy of Jordan Lewis/INSIDE Festival

The INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the nominations for their Interior of the Year award for 2014. This award is an international honor that covers nine categories. This year’s 60 nominations span the architectural spectrum, from schools to airports, and include well-known firms, such as MAKE Architects and a21 Studio.

The nominees will compete against each other from October 1st to the 3rd at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore (see this year's architecture shortlist here). More on the interior nominees, after the break.

Retail Category: Camper Showroom Office/ Neri&Hu. Image © Dirk Weiblen Education + Health Category: Interior Renovation Project of the Concert Hall of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music/ Nikken Sekkei LTD. Image Courtesy of Jordan Lewis/INSIDE Festival Display Category: Line Soul/ Hallucinate. Image Courtesy of Jordan Lewis/INSIDE Festival Creative Re-use Category: Architects office at Kim Yam Road/ Park and Associates PTE LTD. Image Courtesy of Jordan Lewis/INSIDE Festival +9

Bicycle Snake / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Bicycle Snake / DISSING+WEITLING Architecture, © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture
© DISSING+WEITLING Architecture

© DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture © DISSING+WEITLING Architecture +30

House in the March District / Kit Architects

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
House in the March District / Kit Architects, © Dominique Marc Wehrli
© Dominique Marc Wehrli

© Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli © Dominique Marc Wehrli +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    March District, Switzerland
  • Quantity Surveyor and Construction Management

    Laterza Graf Baupartner GmbH
  • Area

    325.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto, © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG +16

The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?

09:30 - 7 July, 2014
The Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?, La Samaritaine was once Paris’ most famous department store. Image via Wikipedia
La Samaritaine was once Paris’ most famous department store. Image via Wikipedia

What is the preservationist's role in our modernizing world? According to Michael Allen of Next City, preservationists exist to ensure that redevelopment meets both cultural heritage and economic demands. Read his entire article, originally published on Next City, below.