Porto Salvo / David Perri

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Architects: David Perri
Location: Porto Salvo 5, Messina, Sicily,
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Peppe D’Urso

Guest House / Enrico Iascone Architetti

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Architects: Enrico Iascone Architetti
Location: ,
Design Team: Carlotta Menarini, Camilla Belletti, Alberto Vitali, Anna Grassigli, Silvia Labanti
Project Architect: Enrico Iascone
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Enrico Iascone Architetti

A History of the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Corderie at the Arsenale © ArchDaily

For over a century, the (La Biennale di Venezia) has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The avant-garde institution has remained at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends, while leading international events in the field of contemporary arts that are amongst the most important of their kind. Over the past thirty years, the Biennale has given growing importance to the Architecture Exhibition, which is still a young component of the Biennale considering that its first exhibition was held in 1975. Today, the Venice Biennale captures a multitude of interest from around the globe and attracts over 370,000 international visitors.

Before the festivities of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale begin tomorrow, read up on the origin of this highly acclaimed international exhibition.

A timeline history of the Venice Architecture Biennale:

Ep Es Cremat / Duch-Pizá Architects

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Architects
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

House D / Pauhof Architekten

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Architects: Pauhof Architekten
Location: , Italy
Project Team: and Barbara Kolb, Hendrik Seibel
Photographs: Mateo Piazza

Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino responds to “Common Ground”

The Crosses Lookout Point, Las cruces / Elemental – Courtesy of Elemental

Each year, approximately two million Mexican residents take part in the religious phenomenon Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountain range of Jalisco that is centered around and moved by the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. Although conditions are harsh, this sacrifice carried with austerity is an essential part of the promise or offering that become the ritual of purification.

In an effort to provide the historical route with better conditions, nine architecture firms and design offices collaborated to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims. By establishing a strong relationship with both the extraordinary landscape and the religious rituals of Ruta del Peregrino, the architectural pieces have become the “imaginary landmarks” of a deeply rooted phenomenon.

Continue reading to learn about how this project is contributing to the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Venice Biennale 2012: Design Onscreen Film Festival

For the first time ever, Design Onscreen – the Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film – will present the Design Onscreen Film Festival at the Venice Architecture Biennale, August 27 through the 29th at the Arsenale’s Teatro Piccolo. All sixteen screenings are free and open to the public and most will be followed by dynamic in-person discussions and audience Q&As, featuring top architects and design experts from around the globe, including Lord Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman, Rick Joy, Steven Holl, Vittorio Garatti, Deyan Sudjic (Director, Design Museum London), Barry Bergdoll (Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art); Moshen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Mark Wigley (Dean, Columbia Univ. School of Architecture), and David Chipperfield (Curator and Director of the 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition, ).

Continue after the break for trailers and more information.

Casa Prè de Sura / Casati

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Architects: Casati
Location: San Martino in Badia,
Architect In Charge: Andreas Moling, Simon Oberhammer, Alexander Pfanzelt
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Pinewood of Marina / Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning

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Architects: Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning
Location: Marina di , Tuscany, Italy
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Fabio Candido

In Progress: MUSE Museum of Science / Renzo Piano

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Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Location: , Italy
Architect:
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of RPBW, RPBW – Stefano Goldberg, RPBW – Paolo Pelanda, Colombo Costruzioni – Alessandro Gadutti, RPBW – Cristiano Zaccaria

Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion

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Although the city is seen as a place of meetings and exchanges, many urban centers have become over-saturated with cars and car parks. This phenomenon has created a series of “non-places” that have claimed “common areas” from city dwellers. Occupying a space no larger than a typical parking spot, the Architettura Dolomiti Pavilion reflects on David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme and explores ways on how to exploit these common areas currently occupied by parking places. This wooden pavilion reinterprets and reintroduces the “larin” – a traditional space found in the rural houses of Belluno where the family meets to eat, drink and share stories – in an effort to create an intimate space within the city that offers an escape and an opportunity for interaction amongst city dwellers. With this pavilion, Dolomiti Architetture explores the possibilities of “a new life free from cars” within the city center that also reflects their values of environmental sustainability by using disassemblability techniques, recycling methods and renewable raw materials.

The Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion is currently being occupied by the city dwellers of Belluno, Italy. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

Venice Biennale 2012: ‘GREENHOUSE TALK’

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GREENHOUSE TALK, a comparison of design cultures in the great countries of Eastern Asia and Europe, will be taking place August 28 from 9-11am as part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. Promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome and supported by Image, the main protagonists of this meeting are Pritzker Prize Laureate of Amateur Architecture (China), Rahul Mehrotra of RMA architects (India) and Francine Houben of Mecanoo (the Netherlands). The meeting, introduced by Pippo Ciorra and commented by Ole Bouman, will be an informal discussion in the Serra dei Giardini in Venice. For more information, please visit here.

CASsAPANCA / ES-arch

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With the aim of transforming the town of , for two days in a centre where spaces, art and sociality could guide people through the territory, ES-arch, in partnership with Legnotech S.p.A., present CASsAPANCA . As the 5th edition of the “Paesaggi Mirati” exhibition invited architects and designers to work on the idea of “diffuse museum”, they created an experience of a journey dedicated to multi-sensible tourism, made by cultural, responsible, sustainable and artistic choices. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ristorante LaCucina / Archiplan Studio

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Architects: Archiplan Studio
Location: Mantova,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Gianni Basso / Vega Mg

The leaning Colosseum of Rome

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Officials have warned that the 2,000 year old Colosseum in is leaning. About a year ago, they noticed the south side of the Colosseum was leaning about 40cm lower than the north. As reported on the guardian, Prof Giorgio Monti from La Sapienza’s construction technology department stated that this could be the result of a crack in the 13-meter-thick concrete slab below the amphitheater; however, it too early to judge.

Authorities are investigating whether an intervention is necessary. Additionally, tests are being conducted to review possible effects from nearby traffic.

Some of you may remember back to 2001, when the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after being closed for more than a decade as engineers worked to prevent it from falling.

Story via the guardian.

‘From Research to Design – Selected Architects from Tongji University of Shanghai’ Exhibition

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Opening up September 4 at 5pm with a lecture by 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner, architect Wang Shu, the exhibition of projects of Chinese architects focuses on the theoretical research on architecture and design as well as building practice currently found fertile ground in any contemporary China but particularly in the city of Shanghai. Organized by La Triennale of Milan and the Degree Course in Engineering/Architecture from the University of Pavia, yhe center of the debate will be on urban development and architecture thanks to the cultural milieu linked to Tongji University. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Vinery Kobler / Lukas Mayr Architekt + Theodor Gallmetzer Architecture

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Architects: Lukas Mayr Architekt + Theodor Gallmetzer Architecture
Location: , South Tyrol,
Design Team: Lukas Mayr, Theodor Gallmetzer
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Jürgen Eheim

Appartamento AL / Archiplan Studio

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Architects: Archiplan Studio
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martina Mambrin