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Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Israel's Tabula Rasa, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Israel is a country that was built with modernism as its guide. It flourished in a particular way and resulted in a unique architectural landscape, not only in terms of singular buildings, but also in the way in which the territory itself was planned. Anti-urban in essence, the Sharon Plan from 1951 gave birth to more than 400 new towns scattered across the territory.

This new landscape -a tabula rasa- evolved into a variety of patterns and forms, a landscape that is neither Urban nor Suburban.

“Urburb” is the title of the Israeli exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Within the pavilion, a constant robotic performance traces the patterns that resulted from the Sharon plan in the sand, only to erase them after a few minutes and then draw them again. It is a performance that makes one think about the future of new settlements and the possibilities of robotic construction.

The exhibition is curated by Ori Scialom, Dr. Roy Brand, Keren Yeala Golan and Edith Kofsky.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +13

House with Square Opening / NKS Architects

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
© Kouji Okamoto
© Kouji Okamoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fukutsu, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Noriko, Kaoru Suehito
  • Structure

    RC-3F
  • Area

    192.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto © Kouji Okamoto +16

Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
Online Class / Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story, http://instagram.com/trashhand
http://instagram.com/trashhand

Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through project-based classes. Their new class, "Cityscape Photography: Capture Your City’s Story", launched yesterday. In the one-hour self-paced class, Chicago-based photographer trashhand will take students into the creative process that allowed him to rise from Instagram amateur to acclaimed artist.

What Can We Learn from Lloyd's?

00:00 - 5 June, 2014
What Can We Learn from Lloyd's?, © Flickr CC User Mark Kent
© Flickr CC User Mark Kent

Following the news that Lloyd's of London is planning to leave it's Grade-I listed headquarters designed by Richard Rogers, Edwin Heathcote has written an interesting article asking whether the Lloyd's Building - along with some other more spectacular failures of 'iconic' commercial architecture - can teach us anything about how we ought to design buildings. He argues that while high-profile design serves developers well, tenants seem to prefer bland yet functional corporate buildings, leading Heathcote to ask: shouldn't we be seeking something in between? You can read the article in full here.

14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade, © MAD
© MAD

When you think about the future, how do you envision the built environment? According to this article, originally appearing on The Huffington Post as The Architecture of the Future is Far More Spectacular than You Could Imagine, the future is closer than we might think – current projects are already answering the imagined needs and desires of the next generation. From a tower with rotating floors to a park with the ability to cleanse raw sewage, check out fourteen projects believed to embody the architecture of tomorrow, after the break.

© The Living Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers 14 Architectural Trends That Will Define The Next Decade Courtesy of NEXT Architects +14

Minakuchi House / ALTS Design Office

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Minakuchi House / ALTS Design Office, Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office Courtesy of ALTS Design Office +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ALTS Design Office

Arena das Dunas / Populous

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Arena das Dunas / Populous, Courtesy of Populous
Courtesy of Populous

Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous Courtesy of Populous +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Arena das Dunas - Lagoa Nova, Natal - Rio Grande do Norte, 59020-510, Brazil
  • Capacity

    42,000 seats
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Populous

Welfare Centre for children and teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Welfare Centre for children and teenagers in Paris / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Verons architectes associes, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon +28

SAI Playground / Moon Hoon

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
© Nam Goong Sun
© Nam Goong Sun
  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Nonhyeon 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Kim Sung, Kim Taehyeong
  • Area

    330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun +24

Your Virtual Tour of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Your Virtual Tour of the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2014, Bahrain Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Bahrain Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

Your virtual tour of the Venice Biennale has arrived! Check out each of the national pavilions currently on display for ' chosen theme - Absorbing Modernity, 1914-2014. 

Spain Pavilion. Image © Nico Saieh Portugal Pavilion. Image © Nico Saieh Chile Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Kuwait Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Poland Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Republic of Korea Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Great Britain Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Croatia Pavilion. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia +48

New Massimo Dutti Headquarters In Tordera / Battle i Roig Architectes

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
New Massimo Dutti Headquarters In Tordera  / Battle i Roig Architectes, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    08490 Tordera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Enric Batlle Durany, Joan Roig Durán, Albert Gil Margalef
  • Area

    28605.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Turninn / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 5 June, 2014
Turninn / PK Arkitektar, © Hedi Kairouannais
© Hedi Kairouannais

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Helge Garke +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Design Team

    Pálmar Kristmundsson, Fernando de Mendonça, Dagni Wiest, Leonardo Colucci, Helge Garke, Thórsteinn Geirharðsson
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas / Junquera Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
El Palmeral de Las Sorpresas / Junquera Arquitectos, © Cemex
© Cemex

© Jesús Granada © Cemex © Heliopol © Jesús Granada +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Málaga, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Jerónimo Junquera García Del Diestro, Jerónimo Junquera González-Bueno, Ana Junquera González-Bueno, Liliana Obal
  • Area

    6675.0 m2
  • Year Project

    2011
  • Photography

    Cemex, Jesús Granada, Heliopol

The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture, Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh
Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh

The Guardian has released its annual UK University rankings, including their list of the top schools of architecture in the country. This year Cambridge University has taken first place, knocking off UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture after three consecutive years in the top spot.

This year there are two new entries into the top 10, with Queen's University Belfast and Northumbria University bagging 5th and 6th respectively, replacing Oxford Brookes and Kent, who drop to 12th and 14th. Elsewhere, the Glasgow School of Art had a disappointing result dropping to 43rd, and the University of Greenwich has reacted positively to their last-place position from last year by rising to 21st.

Read on for more analysis and the top 10 in full

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

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center, Courtesy of RPBW
Courtesy of RPBW

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 San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof. 

Fauna Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Fauna Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paseo Dimalow 166, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Roberto Fantuzzi, Jaime Rodillo
  • Area

    710.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Pc House / EDDICO

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Pc House / EDDICO, Courtesy of EDDICO
Courtesy of EDDICO

Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO Courtesy of EDDICO +30

  • Architects

  • 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

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

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Coffey Architects Design New Research Center for London's Science Museum, © Coffey Architects
© Coffey Architects

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.