‘The Slabs’ – Italian Pavilion Expo 2015 Proposal / MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect

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MenoMenoPiu Architects + BE.ST Architect shared with us their proposal for the Italian Pavilion Expo 2015. Titled ‘The Slabs’, their design consists of a light cage where the technical innovation is embedded within the structure: revolutionary glass columns sustain traditional slabs clad in marble. Simple and elegant in its structural system, marble and glass are intertwined to express the Italian architectural tradition of proportion and elegance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cultural Landscape Path / Archiplan Studio

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Architects: Archiplan Studio
Location: , Italy
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martina Mambrin

M2 House / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Bozen, BZ,
Architects In Charge: Patrik Pedó, Juri Pobitzer, Konrad Rieper
Project Team: Simon Constantini, Benjamin Gaensbacher, Luca Di Censo
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: M&H Photostudio

Recovery of the former slaughterhouse into University campus / Studio Insula

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Architects: Studio Insula
Location: , Italy
Designer Architects: Eugenio Cipollone, Francesco Cellini , Roberto Lorenzotti (Pavilions 6 & 7), Eugenio Cipollone, Paolo Orsini, Roberto Lorenzotti (Pavilion 2B)
Design Team: Nicoletta Marzetti, Renzo Candidi, Lusilla Voci, Fabrizio Bonatti (Pavilion 2B)
Year: 2013
Photographs: Insula srl, Stefano Cerio

Sempla Offices / DAP Studio

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Architects: DAP Studio
Location: Turin,
Architect In Charge:
Structure: Studio Nairotti
Year: 2012
Photographs: Barbara Corsico

Elsa Morante Public Library / DAP Studio

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Architects: DAP Studio
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: DAP Studio
Structures: GB. Scolari
Contractor: Gruppo Edilia
Interior Furniture: Habitat Italiana
Year: 2008
Photographs: Luigi Filetici

New Cliffside Residential Complex Proposal / Romano Adolini Architetto

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Romano Adolini Architetto shared with us their design for a new residential complex, carved into the vertical face of an abandoned tufa stone quarry in , near Viterbo, Italy. Their scheme is a modern reinterpretation of a manner of living and behaving which responds to the need to distance oneself from outside, a new dimension of hidden isolation, of seeking silence and meditation. It is also a new solution to the rehabilitation of quarry sites, currently abandoned and forgotten industrial by-products, located in wonderful landscapes and destined otherwise to become illegal dumping grounds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fisherman’s House / ELASTICO + Cesario Carena

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Architects: ELASTICO + Cesario Carena
Location: ,
Design Team: Simone Carena, Stefano Pujatti, Cesario Carena, Francisco Del Gado, Manuela Luis y Garcia, Luca Macrì, Davide Musmeci, Ester Musso, Cristina Negri, Giovanni Tironi
Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Pino Dell’Aquila

AA Visiting School Ivrea: ‘Factory Futures II Architecture Without Humans’

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In July 2012, the AA, in partnership with the Adriano Olivetti Foundation and Gehry Technologies, launched Factory Futures: A three year research program aimed at exploring innovative architectural responses for the productive landscape of the future. The mission of Factory Futures is to connect the realms of contemporary urban theory with computational design techniques for the affirmative re-empowerment of the architectural practice within contemporary conditions of production. This year, the Ivrea Visiting School will develop design tools and research concepts to confront this phenomenon, which is challenging the conventions of both architectural design and urban theory during their workshop which takes place July 1-12. More information after the break.

Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 Competition Entry / H&P Architects

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The concept proposal for Vietnam’s Pavilion at Expo 2015 in focuses on mixing settlement and settled agriculture to create the future’s space – the space where settlement and settled agriculture include each other. Titled the Pavilion of dream terraces (field), the building by H&P Architects is created from steel structure frames, which have a large amount of modules – the longest one being 7.5m – that are connected by simple joins or overlapping. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Firenze Che Sarà: Screenings and Conversations

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Firenze Che Sarà (A Florence That Will Be) are a series of screening and conversations involving changes in cities, attempting to stimulate the Florentine administration, which has repeatedly show interest in promoting change. The first two screening already took place, but the sessions will continue on the following dates:

- April 18 (A Gavinana. Architecture in Wait)
- May 16 (At the Uffizi. The cityless museum)
- June 13 (At the Cascine. On the search for landscapes)

All videos part of the “Firenze Che Sarà” program are selected by Image ARCHIVE. The program is organized by Image in collaboration with the Ordine degli Architetti di Firenze

One of the 9 videos included in the screening is J. Mayer. H.’s Metropol Parasol, filmed by Pedro Kok

Three-Family Home / Romano Adolini

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Architects: Romano Adolini
Location: ,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Romano Adolini

INVERSION Installation at INTERNI Magazine’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition

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As part of INTERNI’s Hybrid Architecture Exhibition event, Steven Holl Architects will be opening their ‘INVERSION’ tomorrow, April 9th, in Milan. In addition, Steven Holl will deliver a lecture in the Aula Magna of the Università degli Studi di Milano at 10am. Shown in the Cortile 700 of the Università degli Studi di Milano, the installation features six void-cut, 21 million year old limestone blocks, which frame a sheet of water. The process, beginning with a 5”x7” watercolor sketch in New York City, which is transformed into a 3D file and then sent to Lecce, required no working drawings. More information on their installation after the break.

Maranello Library / Andrea Maffei Architects

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Architects: Andrea Maffei Architects
Location: Maranello,
Design Team: Arata Isozaki, M+T & Partners
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Andrea Maffei Architects

Palace of Labour / Alberto Apostoli

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Architects: Alberto Apostoli
Location: L’Aquila,
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tommaso Cassinis

Steven Holl in Milan

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On April 9, Steven Holl Architects is preparing to open the INVERSION, presented as part of Interni’s Hybrid Architecture exhibition event organized on occasion of the FuoriSalone 2013, during Design Week in .

Milano EXPO 2015 Info Point Winning Proposal / Scandurrastudio

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The winning proposal in the Info Point competition at Milano EXPO 2015 by Scandurrastudio aims to be an impressive void; a square and two pavilions. Featuring a great open space, a central square between two booth-like pavilions, the gate to EXPO 2015 will offer an ideal opportunity to talk about growth and evolution, while marking the time before the opening event. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Richard Meier – Architecture and Design’ Retrospective Exhibition

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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier’s architecture career, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, in collaboration with the Fondazione Bisazza from , are presenting the first Richard Meier Retrospective in Europe, titled ‘Richard Meier – Architecture and Design’. Taking place May 8-July 28, the new exhibition will be a retrospective of the American architect’s iconic work and the unveiling of a site-specific installation for the Foundation’s permanent collection. Meier’s oeuvre is a reflection of the continuous search and analysis of concepts perfected over more than half a century of constant work in the field of architecture and design. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.