Milan Expo 2015: EMBT Designs Dome for COPAGRI

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“The splendor of the Italian cities are beautifully represented by their domes,” says Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. Embracing this notion, EMBT has designed a wooden dome for COPAGRI, a confederation of agricultural producers that brings together hundreds of Italian farmers, to showcase their products at the 2015 Milan Expo

“The design started from the observation of Italian landscapes, both natural and man-shaped,” said EMBT in a press release. “In our project the domes are not only representing the magnificence of the Italian past, but they also show us potential for the future lying in the construction of domes.”

Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

Pavilion of Vanke. Image Courtesy of / Archilovers

This tour – made possible through the Expo’s Instagram account – gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind’s pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi’s ‘smog-eating pavilion’ for . With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month’s time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of “how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium,” new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

See snapshots of the pavilions under construction after the break.

Nuova Sede Banca Credito Cooperativo di Caraglio / Studio Kuadra

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Architects: Studio Kuadra
Location: 12023 CN, Italy
Architect In Charge: Andrea GROTTAROLI, Roberto OPERTI
Design Team: Manuel GIULIANO, Giorgia ANGONOVA MENARDI, Ivan SORDELLO, Claudio MARTINI, Andrea CARLEVARIS, Gianpiero TUOZZO, Mattia GALLIANO, Francesco ROVERA, Werner KRIPPES
Area: 6570.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto PIOVANO

Vincent Callebaut Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

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Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice – studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d’Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

“Le Creste” Cultural Centre / AREA PROGETTI + UNA2 + Andrea Michelini + Laura Ceccarelli

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Location: 57016 Rosignano Marittimo LI, Italy
Area: 2850.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrea Bosio

House at Mill Creek / Pedevilla Architects

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Architects: Pedevilla Architects
Location: 39032 , Bolzano, Italy
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Pedevilla Architects

Casa SG / Tuttiarchitetti

Architects: Tuttiarchitetti
Location: CT, Italy
Architect In Charge: Daniela Finocchiaro, arch. Vincenzo Giusti, arch. Luigi Pellegrino
Year: 2014
Photographs: Salvatore Gozzo

Apartment T / AE5 partners

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Architects: AE5 partners
Location: Milan,
Collaborators: Stefano Tozzi, Hidenari Arai
Area: 115.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Laura Cantarella

25 Green / Luciano Pia

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Architects: Luciano Pia
Location: Via Gabriele Chiabrera, 25, 10126 Torino,
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Beppe Giardino

Rome: ‘Pilgrimage Site For The World’s Imagination’

Adam Nathaniel Furman‘s tenure as the recipient of the 2014/15  Prize for Architecture at the British School at Rome has come to an end. The project that he has investigated over the past months, entitled The Roman Singularity, sought to explore and celebrate Rome as “the contemporary city par-excellence” – “an urban version of the internet, a place where the analogical-whole history of society, architecture, politics, literature and art coalesce into a space so intense and delimited that they collapse under the enormity of their own mass into a singularity of human endeavour.”

Segreen Business Park / Lombardini22

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Architects: Lombardini22
Location: MI,
Area: 30000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Lombardini22

KM 429 Chosen to Design Isola Garibaldi Civic Center in Milan

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The first-place competition winner from KM 429 architecture, this proposal for the Isola Garibaldi Civic Center draws inspiration from Milan’s historic architectural tradition superimposed within the modern urban context. Through its refusal to be monumentalized, the Civic Center generates a new language within its neighborhood and looks to the city’s past to create a vital civic architecture to serve present, and future, needs.

AM House / Giampaolo Mazzon

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Architects: Giampaolo Mazzon
Location: Via G.L. Bernini, 3, 31100 TV,
Area: 151.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Francesco Castagna

Z. House in Mantova / Vittorio Longheu

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Architects: Vittorio Longheu
Location: Via Giovanni Dè Cani, 46100 MN,
Photographs: Federica Bottoli

Marble Quarrying Looks Even More Awesome Than You Imagined

In this video from NOWNESS, an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani’s documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), the filmmaker captures the mesmerizing business of extraction in the hills of Northwest Italy. The prized delicacy of the Carrara stone’s surface is juxtaposed against the dramatic size and weight of the blocks they are removing, which eventually fall with an earth-shattering thud. Similarly the rugged power of the excavators is in marked contrast to the precise, understated gestures of the chief himself, who directs his workers with a complex series of predetermined hand signals.

“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets,” explains Yuri Ancarani. “I was so taken by the chief, watching him work. How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”

C House in Vicenza / Vittorio Longheu

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Architects: Vittorio Longheu
Location: VI,
Architect In Charge: Francesco Durante, Paolo De Biasi, Elisabetta Roman
Photographs: Federica Bottoli

Milan Expo 2015: Herzog & de Meuron Designs Slow Food Pavilion for Carlo Petrini

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Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled the design for their Slow Food Pavilion, due for completion by the 2015 Milan Expo in May. Showcasing the work of Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food organization, the pavilion promotes the global organization’s vision of universal access to “good, clean and fair food.”

Sited on a triangular piece of land in the Eastern end of the Expo’s central boulevard, the pavilion uses a a triangular configuration of tables to evoke what Herzog & de Meuron describe as “an atmosphere of refectory and market.”

D Opera / Studio Zero85

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Architects: Studio Zero85
Location: 65024 PE, Italy
Architects In Charge: Mirko Giardino, Mario Michetti, Giovanna Pizzella
Area: 260.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Camplone