According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.
The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living. Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.
With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.
I Have Seen the Future will be the fourth event that the creative Roman group, CityVision, will present at the MACRO museum of via Nizza in Rome next February 17th at 6:30pm. After the great success of Rome CityVision Experience, Love and Kill your own Town and Y1 Independent Architecture Stuff, a new independent architecture event will be presented for the first time in Rome, the famous London office SQUINT/OPERA with a lecture of Jules Coke (Squint/Opera founding director). More information on the event after the break.
This video reveals the first statement by director David Chipperfield and president Paolo Baratta regarding the 13th International Venice Biennale. With “Common Ground” as the underlying theme, Chipperfield encourages participants not to promote themselves, as if in a theater, but rather promote a dialogue that will begin the “chemical process” that will ultimately lead to finding connections between “things, people and influences”. Chipperfield highlights that the Venice Biennale is about “what is not private, but what is common.”
The architecture exhibition will open to the public August 29th, 2012.
Architecture: monovolume architecture + design (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: Linkes Etschufer 12, 39100 Bozen (BZ), Italy
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch. Heidi Morandell
Client: Hans Klotz limited company
Structural Engineers: PlanPunkt GmbH
Volume: 1,200 m³
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Urlich Egger
David Chipperfield announces “Common Ground” as the theme for the 13th International Venice Biennale
Today, the President of the Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, and the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Director, David Chipperfield, met at Ca’Giustinian with the representatives of the 41 countries participating in the exhibition, including representatives of Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru for the first time. David Chipperfield announced the theme of this year’s Biennale is to be Common Ground. Continue reading for more information.
David Chipperfield states, “I want this Biennale to celebrate a vital, interconnected architectural culture, and pose questions about the intellectual and physical territories that it shares. In the methods of selection of participants, my Biennale will encourage the collaboration and dialogue that I believe is at the heart of architecture, and the title will also serve as a metaphor for architecture’s field of activity.”
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Kengo Kuma & Associates who completed the CCCWall and the CCCloud, and client, Casalgrande Padana, recently implemented a significant architectural restoration project inserted in the Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud system: the spectacular landmark completed for the Reggio company only one year ago. The Old House is the result of an interesting project for the requalification of the existing item designed by Kuma with the sensitivity that characterizes his approach to the themes of tradition. The pre-existing building, a typical farmhouse of the Reggio countryside that survived the deep industrial changes in the territory, has been completely restored and recovered to the function of historical archive and documentation center of Casalgrande Padana. More images and project description after the break.
Architects: Park Associati , Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
Location: Milano, via Foscolo n.1 (Piazza Duomo), Italy
Client: Electrolux Home Appliances Emea N.V
Design team: Lorenzo Merloni (project leader), Alessandro Rossi, Alexia Caccavella, Alice Cuteri, Fabio Calciati_Rendering
Contractor:Nüssli AG, Hüttwilen, CH, Frieder Braun, Maurizio Ledda, Maik Rauch
Event Concept and Project Management: Absolute Blue
Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna
Architects: Carola Vannini Architecture
Location: Rome, Italy
Budget: € 250.000
Surface: 240mq (interior space) + 20mq (exterior space)
Collaborators: Structural Engineering by Studio Zeuli, Resins by Studio Romeo, Wood working by Tiseo, Artworks by Valeria Corvino
Photographs: Stefano Pedretti
Bosco Verticale, by Boeri Studio (now recognized as Barreca & La Varra and Stefano Boeri Architetti), is a high-density tower block that experiments with the integration of a lush landscape within the facade of the architecture. The Vertical Forest, currently in construction in Milan, Italy, deal with the concept of regenerating the lost forests on the ground within the inhabitable space of buildings. The towers are 80 metres and 112 metres tall. Together they will have the capacity to hold 480 big and medium sized trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs – the equivalent of a hectare of forest. For more on this project, follow us after the break.
‘Migrating Landscapes’ has been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The project will examine how Canadians express their diverse cultural memories in the way they live and build. ‘Migrating Landscapes’ will be presented by 5468796 Architecture Inc. and Jae-Sung Chon, both of Winnipeg, who joined together to create a new entity: Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). More project description after the break.
The aim of the international competition “Coastal Architectural Projects for seaside facilities” was to propose new structures and equipments for tourism and recreational purposes in the Sardinian coasts. The proposal by NO.MAD, an off the grid module, is referred to the beach of Liscia located in the north part of the island between the town of Santa Teresa di Gallura and Palau. They chose to develop the project in the protected natural area of the river of Liscia, challenged to confront the limits that this fact involves and resolve it proposing a structure energetically self-sufficient integrated in the existing landscape. More images and brief project description after the break.
Architects: Zucchi & Partners
Location: Ravenna, Italy
Design Team: Cino Zucchi, Nicola Bianchi, Andrea Viganò with Leonardo Berretti, Ivan Bernardini, Juarez Corso
Client: Iter Cooperativa Ravennate Interventi Sul Territorio
Structures: Studio di Ingegneria Due esse, Michele Berti
Area dimension: 7,434 sqm
Dimensions: 4,754 sqm
Photographs: Cino Zucchi
Architects: Filippo Taidelli Architetto (FTA)
Location: Milan, Italy
Program: Building renovation
Client: Immobiliare Zenale
Size: 2.500 sqm
Budget: € 4.000.000
Partners: Arch. Piero Castellini Baldissera
Consultants: Manens Intertecnica S.r.l., Enco Engeneering Consulting, S. Sesana, Studio Tre, Falegnameria Ori e Bonetti, LDW Lighting Design Workshop
Photographs: Courtesy of Filippo Taidelli Architetto