Video: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion


Ahead of the opening of this summer’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Crane.tv gets an exclusive look at the specially commissioned structure designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The dream design team responsible for the Beijing National Stadium come together again to create the team’s first collaborative edifice in the UK. Here, Pierre de Meuron talks about the joys of working with Ai Weiwei, while the infamous artist makes a special cameo to share his interest in combining art, design and architecture to introduce new possibilities and social change.

Urban Agriculture Part III: Towards an Urban “Agri-puncture”

A community in Treasure Hill, in Taiwan, originally slated for demolition, but then preserved as a site for (although at the cost of its original inhabitants). Photo © Stephen Wilde, via P2P Foundation.

Earlier this month, The New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman tackled a common narrative in the architecture and urban planning community. It goes like this: once upon a time, in the 1990s, Medellín, Colombia, was the “murder of the capital of the world.” Then thoughtful architectural planning connected the slums to the city. Crime rates plummeted and, against the odds, the city was transformed.

Well, yes and no.

What happened in Medellín is often called “Urban Acupuncture,” a way of planning that pinpoints vulnerable sectors of a city and re-energizes them through design intervention. But Kimmelman reports that while the city has made considerable strides in its commitment to long-term, urban renewal, it has prioritized huge, infrastructural change over smaller solutions that could truly address community needs.

Urban Acupuncture needn’t be expensive, wieldy, or time-consuming. But it does require a detailed understanding of the city – its points of vulnerability, ‘deserts’ of services, potential connection points – and a keen sensitivity to the community it serves.

So what does this have to do with food? Our food system presents seemingly unsurmountable difficulties. In Part II, I suggested that design could, at the very least, better our alienated relationship with food. But what if we used the principles of Urban Acupuncture to bring Agriculture to the fore of urban planning? What if we used pinpointed, productive landscapes to revitalize abandoned communities and help them access healthy foods? What if we design our cities as points of Urban “Agripuncture”?

What would our cities look like with ? Read more after the break…

Missed Part I and Part II? You can find the whole series here.

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Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos Proposal / Labor4plus

In the proposal for the Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos by Labor4plus…, the large expanse of the beach offers the unique opportunity to redefine the esplanade and to make better

Lake Hawea Courtyard House / Glamuzina Paterson Architects

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Architects: Glamuzina Paterson Architects
Location: Lake Hawea, South Island,
Project Team: Aaron Paterson, Dominica Glamuzina
Structural Engineer: Mercury Bay Civil Design Ltd
Contractor: Dunlop Builders
Completion: 2012
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Samuel Hartnett

   

In Progress: Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins

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Architect: Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins
Location: , Greece
Client: Oliaros SA
Collaborators: Cristina Chicau, Maria Sofia Santos, Patrício Guedes, Miguel Marques.
Photographs: Courtesy of Camilo Rebelo

  

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Kobenhavn Student Center / Nicolas Maugery

Designed by architect Nicolas Maugery…, the Kobenhavn Student Center attempts to explore the impact of the development of a student housing project outside a campus. Located in a suburb of Kobenhavn, Denmark, doing so would allow a new daily

Gia Lai House / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects – Vo Trong Nghia, Daisuke Sanuki, Shunri Nishizawa
Location: , Vietnam
Contractor: wind and water house JSC
Total Floor Area: 510 sqm
Building Height: 11.5m (3stories)
Completion date: Oct. 2011
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Yevrus 1, Negative Impression / Courtesy of Ball-Nogues Studio

SCI-Arc’s Ball-Nogues Studio Installation + 2×8: Taut Exhibitions

SCI-Arc will be presenting two main exhibitions this upcoming month. The Ball-Nogues Studio: Vevrus 1, Negative Impression exhibition starting June 1 until July 8 that will host Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Hsinming Fung to discuss the installation on Monday,…

New Civil Guard Barracks House in Oropesa del Mar / espegel-fisac arquitectos

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Architects: espegel-fisac arquitectos
Location: Oropesa del Mar,
Project Architects: Carmen Espegel Alonso & Concha Fisac de Ron
Project Team: Cristina Hernández vicario, Laia Lafuente García-Valdecasas, Syra Abella Bule, Daniel Merro Jonhston, Federico Colella
Project Area: 4,146.29 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2011
Photographs: David Frutos

Restaurant La Ville de Pins / BANG by MIN

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Architects: BANG by MIN (Sae Min Oh)
Location: Gangnam-gu, , Korea
Project Team: Changwook Kwak , Hyunduck Yoo
Project Area: 305.67 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Jungwoo Choi

ReSpace Design Competition

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The ReSpace Design Competition: ‘You Design It! We Build It!’, which focuses on small space design, green building, and sustainability, is currently accepting entries. They are on the hunt for talented architects, artists, builders, and dreamers with a knack for innovation. The challenge: Design a small, unique, and transportable structure that can be built with reuse materials. The grand prize winner receives $1,000 and a chance to see their design come to life. The winning design will be constructed in a 48 hour build overseen by Habitat for Humanity Wake County using materials from their Raleigh, ReStore. A total of $3,000 in awards will be presented to multiple winners. Registration ends June 15 with the deadline of submissions August 15. For more information, please visit here.

Duoc Maipu / Sabbagh Arquitectos

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Architects: Sabbagh Arquitectos – Juan Sabbagh P., Mariana Sabbagh P., Juan Pedro Sabbagh B., Felipe Sabbagh B., Marcial Olivares
Location: Maipú, ,
Client: Fundación Duoc-Uc
Project Manager: Juan Sabbagh P., Juan Pedro Sabbagh
Collaborators: Jorge Ramirez Engineers: Gatica y Jiménez
Surface: 10,183.39 sqm
Budget: $1,165 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Francisca Polanco

Chromatic Play / Juana Canet Arquitectos

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Architects: Juana Canet Arquitectos
Location: , Mallorca, Spain
Client: Hermanos de la Sagrada Familia (SAFA)
Constractor: Nacam s.l.
Surface: 167,98 sqm
Contract Value: 208.198,20 €
Completion: September 2011
Photographs: Jose Hevia

HP Tree House / mmp Architects

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Coinciding with our earlier post announcing the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre as recipient of the 2012 Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded this rainforest tree house as the 2012 House of the Year. Suspended above the forest floor on a secluded and private lot on the flanks of Mt Whitfield in , mmp Architects strived to create a low maintenance home that embodies a relaxed ambience, structural honesty, plentiful natural light and airflow, and generous reference to the site and the forest.

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Falcognana Elderly Center / laN+

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Architects: IaN+ – Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro, Stefania Manna
Location: ,
Site Area: 400 sqm
Design Team: Gianluca Fontana, Serena Mignatti, Florindo Ricciuti,Giuseppe Vultaggio Philippe Buenger
Consultant Structure: Engineering Pietro Bucchi
Client: Municipality of Rome
Cost: 248,000 euro
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Nico Marziali

   

Knocktopher Friary / ODOS Architects

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Architects: ODOS Architects
Location: Dublin,
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Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre / Charles Wright Architects

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Camouflaged in an Australian rainforest located in Far North Queensland, this unique gateway into the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre is the recipient of the 2012 Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). In June 2009, Charles Wright Architects (CWA) was invited by the Cairns Regional Council to enter a limited competition for the design of a new Visitors’ Centre for the Cairns Botanical Gardens. The Council sought fresh and challenging ideas to create a memorable piece of tropical architecture that would blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment.

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Black Box / Tina Tziallas + Factor Design

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Architects: Tina Tziallas + Factor Design
Location: , Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia
Client: Inteweave
Completion Date: February 2012
Site Area: Interior Space Approx 100 sqm
External Glazing: Renlita
External Products: Highly Tinted External Glazing on Front of Building; Remaining external surfaces rendered and painted black
Interior Fitout: Factor Design
Photographs: Holly Treadaway