‘Networking Nature’ Installation / Studiomobile

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Designed by Studiomobile, the ‘Networking Nature’ installation is on display until November 25th as part of the Venice Architecture 2012, within the exhibition, “Traces of Century and Future Steps”. Their project is a living machine where it is impossible to see the dividing line between naturalized architecture and artificial organism. It deals with the issue of desalination of seawater and its integration into a Smart Water Network. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cube House / Studio Schiattarella

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Located in ’s ‘Olympic Village’, the ‘Cube House’ is laid out as a single unit in which a central element, in the form of a cube, divides and distributes its various functional areas without any interruptions: living, sleeping, cooking and bathing. Designed by Studio Schiattarella, their renovation in the original 49 m2 apartment is designed in a way that all the internal partitions could be eliminated, resulting in the formation of a single open space measuring 7m x 7m. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New York Cityvision Competition Awards Ceremony

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This Friday, October 12, CityVision will celebrate its second year during the event UNKNOWN, a special event that will take place at Galleria di Architettura “come se”, a Roman architecture space devoted to creativity and innovation. The event will feature the winners of New York CityVision International Competition, which were recently featured here and the competition Awards Ceremony. During the event CityVision Magazine # 7, the new issue of the international free press on contemporary architecture, will also be presented and free distributed. it will be also possible to have a look at the site specific artwork made by SBAGLIATO for CityVision about the theme Past Shock. Another capital moment of the event will also be the seventh edition of PECHA KUCHA NIGHTTM ROMA.

 

Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach / monovolume architecture + design

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Architects: monovolume architecture + design
Location: Planeiler Alm, South Tyrol,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

Building A / Studio Manfroni & Associati

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Architects: Studio Manfroni & Associati
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Mario Manfroni, Patrizia Burlando, Danilo Sergiampietri, Daniela Cappelletti
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Roberto Buratta

HARDWARE SOFTCORE Installation / Gabriele Falconi

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The HARDWARE SOFTCORE Installation, designed by Gabriele Falconi, is directed to the interaction of the viewer, to his involvement, even physical, as an actor aware of choices and paths. Of monumental size, its modular installation was born from the idea of using the standard scaffolding system, which is made of shiny galvanized steel, repeating and assembling in vertical and horizontal direction.“The use of construction element, the simplest, declined to unusual, different, ambiguous shapes. For a skeleton of a large lizard, a cathedral with many naves, an interstellar starship. All that is involved here is multiple and transforms itself, starting from temporary basis to monumental forms, contradicting its premises. And finding its attractive side in construction hardware.” – Falconi. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Secret Garden / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Location: (Lodi),
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Venice Biennale 2012: Le quattro stagioni. L´architecttura del Made in Italy da Adriano Olivetti alla Green Economy / Italy Pavilion

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The theme of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Common Ground, seems particularly apposite in describing the sense of rapport and relationship that is one of ’s primary characteristics in the development of cultural research and inquiry. This relationship has always been attained through reference to and an exchange between not only the purview of the contemporary, but also the past and our always compellingly tangible history.

Casa Di Sassuolo / Enrico Iascone Architetti

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Architects: Enrico Iascone Architetti
Location: ,
Design Team: Enrico Iascone, Carlotta Menarini, Camilla Belletti, Alberto Vitali
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,600 sqm
Photographs: Daniele Domenicali

Naples Event: An Architectural and Political Response to the Crisis

In the context of the ongoing financial crisis, cities and citizens are going through profound and as yet uncharted transformations. Tomorrow in , , UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum will bring together mayors, international organizations, governments and civil- society organizations to discuss the Urban Future.

This debate aims to blur the boundaries between designers and politicians; researchers and eco- nomists, to highlight new policies and practices which do not require funding from strained public coffers. Can new forms of city development be thought about without the contribution of private enterprise? Can the political and design worlds find “Common ground” in the face of urban decay and austerity? How can policy making and urban planning come together to bring about appropriate norms for improving urbanites’ lives? This will be one of the focus areas for the ANMA Architects’ new foundation ANMA-F.

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: , Italy
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

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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: Venice,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

House D / Pauhof Architekten

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Architects: Pauhof Architekten
Location: ,
Project Team: Pauhof Architekten 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