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ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
ArchDaily at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily
Rem Koolhaas at the preview of the Elements exhibit © ArchDaily

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.

Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Does London's Planning System Lack Civic Representation?, London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes
London's skyline is set to be dramatically altered by tall buildings in the near future. Image Courtesy of CPAT / Hayes Davidson / Jason Hawkes

A debate organized by New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed a strong need for civic societies in London which protect the interests of the public in planning decisions, offering New York as a potential model. The debate, which was one of the headline events at the London Festival of Architecture, was organized in response to a study which showed over 200 tall buildings were currently in the pipeline for the UK's capital, which sparked fears that the current planning system was not fit for the purpose of controlling development in the city.

More on the debate after the break

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

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
First Look Inside OFFICEUS, the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

To kick off our coverage of the Venice Biennale, we're bringing you photos of OfficeUS -- the United States' contribution to the national exhibitions organized under the theme of "Absorbing Modernity." 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.

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +24

KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
 KREOD to Construct International Trade Pavilion for Rio Olympics, © KREOD Architecture
© KREOD Architecture

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 China to discuss future of business and showcase their products. 

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
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.

Bank Sankt Petersburg / Tchoban Voss Architekten

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Bank Sankt Petersburg / Tchoban Voss Architekten, © Aleksey Naroditsky
© Aleksey Naroditsky

© Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky © Aleksey Naroditsky +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Planning Collaboration

    Evgeny Gerasimov, Evgeny Gerasimov & partners, St. Petersburg (Full construction project design services); Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss Berlin (Building construction, interior lobbies); SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov Moscow (Interior offices)
  • Design Team nps

    Eugen Pfeil, Christoph Heimermann, Natalia Mantler, Pavel Zemskov, Igor Markov, Silvia Grischkat
  • Design Team Speech

    Sennikova Ekaterina, Dionisjeva Maria
  • Area

    40000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion / UNStudio

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion / UNStudio, © Edmon Leong
© Edmon Leong

© Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • 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

    35000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 4 June, 2014

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.

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber, © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

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 Toronto. 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.

© Steven Evans © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Doublespace Photography +8

Studio House on Chapálico Sea / ARS° Atelier de Arquitecturas

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Studio House on Chapálico Sea / ARS° Atelier de Arquitecturas, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ajijic, JAL, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Alejandro Guerrero Gutiérrez, Andrea Soto Morfín
  • Project Area

    234.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Onnis Luque

João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
João Moura Building / NITSCHE ARQUITETOS, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +58

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brasil
  • Arquitectos a Cargo

    Pedro Nitsche e Lua Nitsche
  • Design Team

    João Nitsche; Rafael Baravelli; Suzana Barboza
  • Project Area

    2539.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

The Draftery: Dispelling the Belief That Architectural Drawing is Dead

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery

Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery +22

The Draftery, a printed platform to "discuss the role of architectural drawing today", brings together a fascinating collection of images and words in a publication on three distinct platforms. Figures, Captions and Archive facilitate a multi-disciplinary conversation about how drawings are made and their role in the built environment. Now approaching their third anniversary, how far have they come and where is the project headed?

January 2013 saw the re-launch of The Draftery and the total reconstruction of the project. Their crisp publications now have a strong editorial thread which compliments the carefully curated collections of architectural drawings. Seeking to "demonstrate that drawing, more than mere representation, is a method of acting in the world", good drawings provide a moment of visual solice in a fast paced profession. 

Student Workshop Invites Participants To Construct Building Prototype

04:00 - 3 June, 2014
Student Workshop Invites Participants To Construct Building Prototype, The site in Norfolk, UK. Image Courtesy of Studio Bark
The site in Norfolk, UK. Image Courtesy of Studio Bark

Studio Bark, a London based collaborative practice, are inviting students to join them for a summer workshop in order to develop a "prototype for environmental low-energy student led construction." In collaboration with TRADA, the Timber Research and Development Association, the organisers hope to begin to bridge the "enormous chasm between architectural education and the on-site application of architecture" through a live-build project. They plan to give participants an understanding of construction terminology, materials, or technical detailing, all through on-site practice.

Venice Biennale 2014: KAAN Architecten to Present "PLANTA"

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: KAAN Architecten to Present "PLANTA", Site. Image © Armin Linke 2012
Site. Image © Armin Linke 2012

This year at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, KAAN Architecten will present a Collateral Event featuring PLANTA - a partially subterranean space that will be dedicated to multidisciplinary artistic production and built within the confines of the “La Plana del Corb” quarry in Balaguer (Lleida, Spain) by 2016. Designed for Grupo and Fundació Sorigué, PLANTA is not only a building, but a concept; a concept in which is the “culmination of the desire to give back, to return through a balanced tension between art, institution, knowledge, ecology and manufacturing.”

GUN Architects’ Latest Installation Brings Chilean Micro-Climate to the UK

00:00 - 3 June, 2014
© Valerie Bennett
© Valerie Bennett

Chilean-German architecture practice GUN Architects' latest installation, accompanied by an exhibition in the AA gallery, brings the micro-climate of Chile to the UK. Using tree-like structures and pyramidal fabric ‘stalactites,’ the architects create a unique ecology that is at once natural and material. The architects' description of the installation, after the break...

© Valerie Bennett © Sue Barr © Valerie Bennett © Sue Barr +10

How Will Architecture Respond to a "Boom" in UK University Spending?

00:00 - 3 June, 2014
How Will Architecture Respond to a "Boom" in UK University Spending?, Courtesy of University of Manchester
Courtesy of University of Manchester

With the recent news that Dutch practice Mecanoo, along with Penoyre & Prasad, have been selected for a £200 million new engineering campus at the University of ManchesterAmanda Baillieu of BDOnline argues that they "need to set their ambitions a whole lot higher." Alongside's Manchester's announcement, universities in Sheffield, Newcastle and Oxford also recently announced a big investment in their campuses. The trick, Baillieu suggests, will be in ensuring the architecture is not "safe and office-like" (which fits universities’ "business-like" mindset). As we enter a "golden age" in university capital investment, educational architecture will be playing a central role. Read the article in full here.

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren'ai Road, 工业园区 Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215123
  • Project Design Director

    Andy Wen
  • Client

    Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
  • Area

    59893.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aedas

GG Bioclimatic House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
GG Bioclimatic House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes , © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa, Xavier Morell
  • Project Area

    111.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Adrià Goula