Domus Civita / Studio F

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Architects: Studio F
Location: Civita di ,
Design Team: Patrizio Fradiani
Area: 3,500 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bob Coscarelli

House M / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Meran,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Domus Vitae Winning Proposal / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Designed by Tomas Ghisellini Architects, the first prize winning proposal for the Domus Vitae, a new city morgue and social facilities complex, is aimed at being a new architectural presence with a continuous but porous body. The design includes balconies, porches, patios, terraces, overhangs and suspended volumes which capture, tame or magnify natural light. These features create spaces for which the atmospheric quality is supposed to be a decisive added value. More images and architects’ description after the break.

St. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL Architecture

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Stemming from the idea of creating a perfect synergy between architecture, nature and social technologies, the competition winning proposal for the St. Horto project by OFL Architecture fits perfectly within the project area in . By redefining the boundaries through a game of compressions and expansions, the architects create a dynamic and attractive space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Materiale Edili Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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Architects: Buratti+Battiston Architects
Location: , Italy
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

3M Italia Headquarters / Mario Cucinella Architects

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Architects: Mario Cucinella Architects
Location: , Milan,
Project Team: Mario Cucinella, David Hirsch, Luca Bertacchi, Julissa Guttara, Michele Olivieri, Linda Larice, Luca Stramigioli
Area: 11,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

New Global Hub for Biomedical Research / HOK

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HOK was recently selected as lead architect for the Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) near Palermo, Sicily in Southern . The $269 million world-class research facility at 334,000-square-feet will be a global hub for biomedical research and development. The ultimate goal is to prevent or cure diseases while improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SANAA Unveils Their Plans for Bocconi University Campus

The new Bocconi University campus by SANAA. Photo via Domus.

SANAA has just unveiled their plans for the Bocconi University Campus in , . The design features various undulating structures, forming connective inner courtyards, that wind their way across a 17,500 square meter green space open to both students and neighborhood residents.

According to Paola Nicolin, a professor at Bocconi and writer for Domus, the University is a “playground” for the imagination, using “non-hierarchic compositional elements” to establish a relationship between the campus’ organic forms and the human lives which inhabit it. In Nicolin’s words, the project “speaks of transparency, empathy for nature, and far-sightedness.”

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Giordano / Binocle

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Architects: Binocle
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Lorenzo Bini
Client: Laura and Luigi Giordano
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Giovanna Silva

AD Architecture College Guide: Domus Academy

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If there is one characteristic that defines “architecture” it is innovation. And if by innovative, you think responsive, then Domus Academy certainly qualifies. It was started by Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, daughter of Domus Magazine founder, Gianni Mazzocchi after people kept writing letters asking her to start a design school. And in 1983, she did just that.

For the basics, the school is very clear. Your accreditation comes from an affiliation with the University of Wales, in Cardiff, UK, which is awarded upon completing 180 Master’s level credits. And you also receive a Diploma Supplement from them which proves that you have a degree that is equivalent to major universities across the globe. And it’s sited in , which if one is interested in Italian design, is an ideal locale. It’s a one year program, so it doesn’t require the extensive 2- and 3-year commitments that many programs across the world demand. It will cost a similar amount, however, at €23,790 Euro. But the best aspect of that admittedly large tuition fee is that it is for a single year—11 months to be exact. That means one can immediately begin searching for a job to pay off what is, after all is said and done, a relatively small student loan compared to average ones that are three times that size. There are also unrestricted scholarships available that defray costs from between 20%-50%. And in case you’re wondering, classes are taught in English.

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‘On Space Time Foam’ Exhibition / Studio Tomas Saraceno

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On display until February 3rd at the HangarBicocca in Milan, the ‘On Space Time Foam’ suspended art exhibit by Studio Tomas Saraceno is composed of a transparent surface accessible to visitors, hanging at a height of 20 metres and covering 400 square metres on three layers, for a total of 1,200 square metres. Known for his surprising structures that draw the public into extraordinary spatial and emotional experiences, the large soft and floating film welcomes visitors who will thus find themselves moving mid-air between the floor and the ceiling, earth and sky, and it compels them to lose their spatial coordinates. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Barra&Barra Office / Damilano Studio Architects

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Architects: Damilano Studio Architects
Location: , Piemonte, Italy
Design Team: Duilio Damilano
Building Surveyor: Romina Barra
Area: 490 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

Christ Resurrection Church / Cino Zucchi Architetti

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Architects: Cino Zucchi Architetti
Location: Milan,
Design Team: Cino Zucchi, Helena Sterpin, Filippo Carcano, Cinzia Catena, Silvia Cremaschi, Cristina Balet Sala, Anna Bacchetta, Annalisa Romani, Martina Valcamonica, Valentina Zanoni
Structural Engineering: Mauro Giuliani, Redesco srl
Light Design: Cinzia Ferrara
Liturgist: Giovanni Mariani, Giovanni Zuffada
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Cino Zucchi Architetti

Museum MUMAC / Arkispazio

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Architects: Arkispazio
Location: ,
Structural Engineering: Francesco Terreni
Mep Engineering: Antonio Bozino
Head Designers: Paolo Balzanelli, Valerio Cometti
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Arkispazio

‘Experimental Growth’ Arik Levy Exhibition

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The Bisazza Foundation is currently exhibiting the site-specific architectural installation by Arik Levy, which will be on display until December 21 in . Dedicated to the Israeli designer , with the title Experimental Growth, the exhibition comprises a structural modification to the architecture of the Foundation, a macroinstallation called Rock Chamber and a video created especially for the event, titled Virtual Truth. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Dwellings in Spotorno / Ariu + Vallino Architects

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Location: , Italy
Principal Designer: Vincenzo Ariu and Sabrina Vallino
Collaborators: Carlo Garbero, Enzo Laise, Simona Maggi, Olivier Moudio, Elena Scasso, Fabrizio Testa
Engineers: Paolo Testa, Marco Gaminara
Area: 655 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Anna Positano & Courtesy of Ariu + Vallino Architects

‘Emerging Realities’ International Student Workshop

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Taking place November 11-18, the ‘Emerging Realities’ international student workshop will take place in as part of the Biennale to feature international guest speakers. The event, put on by the Institute for Architecture and Landscape, LANDLAB ia&l, envisions the Venice lagoon archipelago as a prototype for a future metropolitan regional system. The new productive landscape proposes that it is capable of supporting such community while establishing an integrated and environmentally stable system that builds upon existing biodiversity, cultural practice, and production. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Italian architect Gae Aulenti dies at 84

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Architect, designer and theoretician (1927-2012) died late Wednesday night in her home at the age of 84. The Palazzolo della Stella native will always be remembered as being one of the few well recognized women that worked in Italian postwar design. Throughout her career, Aulenti’s multi-faceted talent contributed greatly to the evolution of art, architecture and design.

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