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Venice Biennale 2012: The Filigree Maker / Kosovan Pavilion

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

After a long struggle for independence, Kosovo became a new European country in 2008. Much of it’s urban landscape consists of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Communist era architecture that has been mostly remained untouched by the war. As wealth returns and the economy slowly grows, a new building spur has ignited, covering the city with a sprawl of store fronts, apartments and office buildings. The Kosovan Pavilion takes a step back to reflect on the current state of their urban landscape, asking important questions on how architecture will effect the future of Kosovan identity and, more importantly, the emotional state and behaviors of the individuals that inhabit its cities. With the exhibition, The Filigree Maker, visitors and participants world-wide are given the opportunity to help shape the future Kosovo by sharing their emotional response to images of existing architecture. Find out more and learn how you can participate, after the break.

House in the valley of Atzaró / de Blacam and Meaguer architects

© Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

Architects: de Blacam and Meaguer architects Location: Atzaró, Ibiza, Spain Design Team: John Meagher, Juan Echeverría Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Peter Cook

Public Service Hall / de Architekten Cie. + Bureau LADA

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Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. + HL Architecture

de Architekten Cie. and Lada Hršak from Bureau LADA recently won the competition for the Public Service Hall in Georgia. Held by The Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the project supports the countrywide reform for renewal of public services. Their design proposes an elevated square being the roof of the building to connect the public space with the roof auditorium which becomes the new civic place for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

NTNU Fall 2012 Guest Lecture Series

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), together with the Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway and Dokkhuset, recently launched their Fall 2012 Guest Lecture Series in architecture. The lectures take place at 7pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, Trondheim, Norway and are free and open to the public. Many keynote speakers are featured including EM2M, Rintala, and Moussavi. For more information, please visit here.

Illumination: Central Bus Terminal / pfarré lighting design

The lighting for the Central Bus Terminal in Munich by pfarré lighting design aims at giving the appearance of a building floating on a cushion of cold white light. As a result, warm light is used in the upper floors and in the exterior space while a softly shimmering façade evokes a powerfully glowing orange. More images and their description after the break.

Majestic Theatre Apartments / Hill Thalis Architecture

  • Architects: Hill Thalis Architecture
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Engineers: Bekker Engineering Design Buro
  • Area: 1225.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

Open House Helsinki

Taking place September 14-16, Open House Helsinki, which is free of cost, allows visitors into places which normally are not available to the public. Guided by designers and specialists, the weekend event includes guided walks in fascinating interior spaces, interesting parts of the city, and both old and new architectural points of interest. No tickets or enrollment is required. The participants are taken in the order of arrival or drawn out in a lottery. For more information, please visit here.

Venice Biennale 2012: Hungarian Pavilion

The Hungarian Pavilion for the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale presents a “forest” of white architectural models as a tribute to the common process and existence of this important subject within the profession. With an understanding that the model is where an architectural concept is first realized, the exhibition creates “sacred atmosphere” by placing 500, student fabricated models on top a pedestal.

Update: The Hegeman / Cook + Fox

© Cook+Fox Architects
© Cook+Fox Architects

Architects: Cook + Fox Architects Location: Brooklyn, NY Project Name: The Hegeman Client: Common Ground Comunities Completion: 2012 Size: 64,469 SF

© Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects © Cook+Fox Architects

Architectural Stationary Sets

Ever wonder how you could have the ability to replicate the historic ‘Italianate’ buildings without having to be artistically skilled? Well, all you need is a set of Paper Neighborhood Stamps. Twenty-one pieces make up the collection of wood and rubber branding objects that can be used after their simple depression against an ink pad. Steam Whistle Brand delivers this Cincinnati Society of Rubber Architects kit, comprising individual components of civic and residential structures—more specifically, ‘Italianate Trappings.’ Cornices, friezes, dentils, columns, round-headed and bracketed hood windows, decorative capitals, doors, arches and ornaments enable you to build your own classically inspired edifice in your notebook. Text courtesy of Amelia Roblin on trendhunter.com.  

'Hello Future' Roundabout / Molter-Linnemann Architekten

Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten
Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten

To celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Utility and Amenities Company of the city of Zweibrücken, Germany, the company decided to donate a roundabout to the city which was to deal with the present and the future of Zweibrücken and the company itself. Located at the point dominated by advertising, commercial buildings and an enormous amount of tall lighting masts, Molter-Linnemann Architekten was asked to design the third, last roundabout, aka “the roundabout at the movies”. Just as at the time of the movies creation, when traffic began to dominate the environment, today again we are facing chances that will shape our world anew. To make this new condition visible, the architects wanted the design to be larger-than-life, similar to the portrayal of Tatis “modern world”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio

Inspired by a reaction to the tsunami, the proposal for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center is symbolically and practically rising above the streams. Designed by CRAB, the studio of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, the building sits with its blades resting into the ground, ready to divide the streams of water if and when they come. Organized as a series of five clusters, it meanders along the site as a chain of events and somewhat in the manner of a chain of flowers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wood Dimensional Changes / Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli

Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli developed an interdisciplinary work between wooden architecture and information design through their research on wood dimensional changes. Known by many, especially in the field of architecture, construction, and design, most of the challenges of utilizing wood involve an understanding of wood-moisture relationships and its influence in wood properties. With this in mind, their work intends to provide a more comprehensive form for visualizing how different climate conditions influence different wood species regarding their dimensional stability. This also aims to provide a design tool for most wood-workers (from architects to cabinet-makers) that could quickly estimate the behavior of some wood species in a specific location along the year and, then, implement necessary design modifications in order to accommodate dimensional changes. More images and their description after the break.

House of Water / Molter-Linnemann Architects

© Christian Koehler
© Christian Koehler

Architects: Molter-Linnemann Architects Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany Photographs: Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten, Michael Heinrich, Christian Koehler

Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten
Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten
© Michael Heinrich
© Michael Heinrich
Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten
Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten
© Michael Heinrich
© Michael Heinrich

Louis Kahn retrospective premiers tomorrow in Rotterdam

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© Dave Morris

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) will host the exhibition Louis Kahn, The Power of Architecture from September 8 to January 6, 2012. Louis Kahn is known to be one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and has inspired generations with his masterful use of space, light and material. Among Kahn’s major works are the Salk Institute (California), the Kimbell Art Museum (Texas), the Indian Institute of Management (India), and the Assembly Buildings for the Bangladeshi Parliament (Bangladesh). He designed these projects in the 1950s and 1960s at a time when the conviction of architects that their mission was to improve society was enormous. Kahn’s influence can be seen in the work of important architects such as Aldo Rossi, Robert Venturi, James Stirling, Mario Botta and Tadao Ando. The exhibition will feature drawings, sketches, photographs, watercolors, film material and scale models by Kahn in an effort to show a broad public how important architecture can be for society. Fine more information on the exhibition here.

Future Practice: Conversation from the Edge of Architecture / Rory Hyde

Designers around the world are carving out opportunities for new kinds of engagement, new kinds of collaboration, new kinds of design outcomes, and new kinds of practice; overturning the inherited assumptions of the design professions. Seventeen conversations with practitioners from the fields of architecture, policy, activism, design, education, research, history, community engagement and more, each representing an emergent role for designers to occupy. Whether the “civic entrepreneur,” the “double agent,” or the “strategic designer,” this book offers a diverse spectrum of approaches to design, each offering a potential future for architectural practice.