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Video: David Chipperfield and Paolo Baratta discuss the Venice Biennale 2012

This video reveals the first statement by director David Chipperfield and president Paolo Baratta regarding the 13th International Biennale. With “Common Ground” as the underlying theme, Chipperfield encourages participants not to promote themselves, as if in a theater, but rather promote a dialogue that will begin the “chemical process” that will ultimately lead to finding connections between “things, people and influences”. Chipperfield highlights that the Venice Biennale is about “what is not private, but what is common.”

The architecture exhibition will open to the public August 29th, 2012.

St-Hyacinthe Aquatic Centre / ACDF*

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Architects: ACDF*
Location: Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec,
Client: Ville de Saint-Hyacinthe
Consultant: Inneauve
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3600 sqm
Photographs: James Brittain,

Basic House / Martín Azúa

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Barcelona designer Martín Azúa questions the idea of the private home with the Basic House – an inhabitable volume that is “foldable, inflatable and reversible”. The experimental prototype challenges the idea of homeownership, offering an alternative to the materialistic reality of today. Made from metalized polyester, the Basic House is a shelter small enough to fit in your pocket, allowing you to break away from the imprisonment of material ties.

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New Kyoto Town House / Alphaville Architects

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Architect: Alphaville Architects – Kentaro Takeguchi + Asako Yamamoto
Location: , Japan
Project Team: Tomohisa Koike(Associate Architect), Kazuo Takeguchi(Structural Engineer)
General contractor: Craftman Ship Kawana
Project Area: 78.68 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Alphaville Architects

Trump Tower Manila / Century City Development Corporation

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Century City Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Properties Group Inc. focused on mixed-use developments with high-rise condominiums, recently revealed their architectural design for the Trump Tower in Manila, . The tower is going to be prominent on the Manila skyline for years to come. It’s a beautiful glass building – very architecturally significant with an incredible spire. Its architecture will be truly iconic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parametric Fragment / Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates

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Architect: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates
Location: Matsusaka, ,
Contractor: Sanyo Construction Corporation
Site Area: 667.84 sqm
Architectural Area: 189.15 sqm
Total Floor Area: 293.19 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates 

Video: Chapel of Notre du Haut

Special thanks to our readers Danielle Bakkes, Tjeerd Hermsen, Rudi Koster, Viet Le, Wouter Rooijackers and Kor Zijnstra  from the Academy of Architecture Arnhem for sharing their funky video on the Chapel with us.  The short film was compiled after the students completed a workshop at the Chapel back in 2007.  What do you think of the video’s mystical spin?

Alma Hotel Residence Winning Proposal / Kouvo & Partanen

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Kouvo & Partanen was recently announced as the winners of design competition for the Alma Hotel Residence in the Atacama Observatory and Research Center in the desert of northern Chile. The aim of the competition was to find the best solution on a fixed design fee and construction price for the building that offers the astronomers, engineers, and other staff working at the observatory accommodation, restaurant and office services and recreational spaces. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Linnaeusborg, Centre for Life Sciences / Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau

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Architect: Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau bv
Location: Nijenborg 7, Groningen,
Client: Property and Investment Projects, University of Groningen
Contractor: Sternike Partnership (Strukton, Voortman, GTI)
Project Area: 36,000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

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“From Suburb to City” International Summer Academy 2012

Between 22 July – 05 August 2012, the architects group Krokodil… (EM2N, pool, Roger Boltshauser, Frank Zierau, Schweingruber Zulauf) and the Department of Architecture of the ETH Zurich (D-ARCH) will jointly run the International Summer Academy 2012 in Zurich with

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Casa dos Cubos / EMBAIXADA arquitectura

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Architect: EMBAIXADA arquitectura
Location: Praceta Alves Redol, 2300 Tomar, Portugal
Project Team: Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina Mendonça, Luis Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Antunes
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 980,34 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EMBAIXADA arquitectura

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Passive House International Design Competition

Passive House Bulgaria recently launched an International Design Competition for a Passive House near Sofia, Bulgaria. The main goal with this competition is to challenge the architectural community to design a schematic design proposal for an affordable, low energy, single-family…

National and University Library NUK II Competition

National and University Library NUK II Competition

Open to citizens of the Republic of Slovenia or other EU member states and/or competitors who have a place of business in either, the competition of a solution for the National and University Library NUK II must reflect the period…

LEGO PMD / Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord

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Architects: Rosan Bosch & Rune Fjord
Location: , Denmark
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2000 sqm
Photography: Anders Sune Berg

Soul Box restaurant/bar / a01 Architects

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Architect: a01 Architects
Location: , Lithuania
Project year: 2011
Photographs : Courtesy of a01 Architects

The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman Exhibition / Graham Foundation in Chicago

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The Graham Foundation in Chicago, Illinois is hosting an exhibition of the works of architect Stanley Tigerman from January 26, 2012 – May 19, 2012. Tigerman, a Chicago native and principal of Tigerman McCurry, undertook more than 400 projects, resulting in 175 built works. As an active member of the local Chicago architectural community, he was a founding member of The Chicago Seven, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1985-1993), and co-founded the school ARCHEWORKS with Eva Maddox in 1994 – a progressive socially oriented design. More details after the break.

Wind-dyed House / acaa

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Architects: acaa
Location: Yokosuka Kanagawa,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 286.93 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Jilin CBD Master Planning Project / AECOM

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The master planning of the CBD of Jilin city is a collaborative project by AECOM, a team formed by architects, urban designers, landscape designers and economists. Its collaboration across different disciplines was highly affirmed by the client and the government officials, which led to the project situated in the historical city in northeastern . Their design is proposed to be the future CBD area by the government and has high-value natural and historical resources like the Songhua River and the Xiaobai Mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.