Renzo Piano Becomes Italian Senator

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Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano has been named a senator for life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, giving him the right to vote in the Parliament’s Upper House. Napolitano also appointed three others to the position, including Claudio Abbado (an accomplished conductor), Elena Cattaneo (a biologist specializing in stem cell research), and Carlo Rubbia (a Nobel Prize winning particle physicist). 

In a statement, the president said that he is sure that all four ‘”will make a special contribution to their extremely significant fields,” noting that the positions were allocated “in absolute independence of any party political considerations” in wake of the Senate’s current tension surrounding former President Silvio Berlusconi.

Casa Y / F:L Architetti

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Architects: F:L Architetti
Location: ,
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali, Fabrizio Caudana

MUSE / Renzo Piano

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Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: Conci “Villazzano 3″, 38123 , Italy
Design Team: S. Scarabicchi, E. Donadel, M.Menardo, M.Orlandi, G.Traverso, D.Vespier and P.Carrera, L.Soprani, M.Pineda; I.Corsaro
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shunji Ishida, Alessandro Gadotti, Enrico Cano, Stefano Goldberg, Paolo Pelanda

Request for Proposals: 2015 World Expo Pavilion

’s 2015 Pavilion. Image © Nemesi Studio

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) of the Department of State requests proposals from private U.S. individuals, firms, associations and organizations for the fundraising, construction, development, organization, and management, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion/exhibition at Milan Expo 2015, which is set to open with an eco-themed fair on May 1, 2015. The USA Pavilion will be situated on a 2790 square meter plot with a building footprint no more than 70% of the plot size on a site northwest of , near the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed Fiera Milano convention center. Proposals are expected to include ‘a food demonstration or exhibition’ to emphasize the ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ theme. Submissions are due no later than September 15. For more detailed information, please visit here.

La Cucineria / Noses Architects

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Architects: Noses Architects
Location: Rome,
Architects: Mohamed Keilani, Luca Gasparini
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vito Corvasce

Cantina alle Pendice dell’ Etna / Gaetano Gulino + Santi Gaetano Albanese

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Location: Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicilia,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Santo Eduardo Di Miceli

House of Dust / Antonino Cardillo architect

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Architects: Antonino Cardillo architect
Location: ,
Design And Project Management: Antonino Cardillo
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo architect

Cube House / Plasma Studio

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Architects: Plasma Studio
Location: 39030 , South Tyrol,
Architect In Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Collaborators: Angelika Mair, David Preindl, Daniela Walder
Structural Engineering: Ingenieurgemeinschaft Team 4
Service Engineering: Ekon Bruneck
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Paramount Alma / Plasma Studio

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Architects: Plasma Studio
Location: 39030 , South Tyrol,
Architect In Charge: Ulla Hell,Eva Castro , Holger Kehne
Project Architect: Peter Pichler
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Campus Luigi Einaudi / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners, Marco Visconti
Location: Torino,
Project Manager: Piero Cornaglia, Antonio Presicce, Aldo Celano, Sabrina Gambino
Foster + Partners Design Team: David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, John Blythe, Martin Castle, Martina Meluzzi, Giulia Galiberti, Marilu Sicoli
Collaborators: Camerana & Partners – Benedetto Camerana, Giugiaro Architettura Srl – Aldo Cingolani, ICIS Srl – Cosimo Turvani, Mara Luciani, Studio Mellano Associati – Franco Mellano
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Nigel Young – Foster + Partners, Michele D’Ottavio, David Vicario

DC House / Geza

© Massimo Crivellari

Architects: Geza
Location: ,
Design Team: Fabio Fulchir, Lodovico Lorenzini, Alessandro Zuccolo
Area: 290 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Massimo Crivellari

Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment / Fuksas Design

© Gianni Basso

Architects: Fuksas Design
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Massimiliano, Doriana Fuksas
Area: 6,116 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gianni Basso

Drink Shop Harpf / Monovolume Architecture + Design

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Architects: Monovolume Architecture + Design
Location: Bruneck,
Architect In Charge: Luca di Censo, Sergio Aguado Hernàndez
Area: 170 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jürgen Eheim

Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid Architects recently announced they are building the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones, South Tyrol, which is set to be completed in the summer of 2014. In collaboration with Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, as well as Kronplatz, the largest ski resort in the region, the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM Corones) is embedded within Mount Kronplatz. A composition of fluid, interconnected volumes, the 1000 sq. m. MMM Corones design is carved within the mountain and informed by the geology and topography of its context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

La Casa Della Musica / Geza Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati

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Architects: Geza Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati
Location: , Udine
Architect In Charge: Stefano Gri, Piero Zucchi
Design Team: Stefania Anzil
Structural Engineer: Studio Nuttassociati
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Massimo Crivellari

Humanitas / FTA Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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Architects: FTA Filippo Taidelli Architetto
Location: Milan,
Consultant: Rossi Bianchi Lightning Design, Terzini Ingegneria, Tecva Srl., Tecno Impianti 2000, Area 68, Metalsigma
Client: Humanitas
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of FTA

Exercise With The Arches N˚1 / NAUTA Architecture & Research

© Roberto Micoccio

Architects: NAUTA Architecture & Research
Location: ,
Design Team: Kostas Biliunas, Alessandro Chiccoli, Claudio Colaci, Valeria Doro, Mohammed Ahsen Jamil, Maurizio Scarciglia.
Area: 185 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roberto Micoccio

KOOK Restaurant / Noses Architects

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Architects: Noses Architects
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Mohamed Keilani, Luca Gasparini
Year: 2012
Photographs: Filippo Vinardi