Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale Winning Proposal / Denton Corker Marshall

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Denton Corker Marshall recently won an international design competition to design the new Australian pavilion in Venice’s Giardini della Biennale, the heart of the prestigious Biennale events. The new pavilion will be the first of the 21st century contributions to the Giardini, which is undergoing revitalisation by the Biennale. It will replace Australia’s current pavilion, designed as a temporary structure by Philip Cox in 1988. Within a footprint of approximately 320m2, the two-level pavilion will provide a new flexible and adaptable exhibition space to showcase Australian visual arts and architecture to international audiences at annual biennales. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rifugio Monte Penna / Lucio Serpagli

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Architects: Lucio Serpagli
Location: Monte Penna,
Photographs: Olinto Malpeli

   

Tesa 105 Conversion / Estudio N

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Architect: Estudio N - Andrés Holguin, David R. Morales, Alvaro Solis
Location: ,
Structure: Thetis Spa, ing. Giovanni Zarotti
Completion: 2012
Area: 1,100 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Pertoldeo

   

A di Alcantara® / Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati

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Architect: Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati
Location: Fortezza Da Basso, Firenze,
Client:  Alcantara®
Design Team: Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto
Date: January 2012
Photographs: Stefano Trovati © SGP

   

Vidre Negre Office Building / Damilano Studio Architects

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Architect: Damilano Studio Architects
Location: Cuneo, , Italy
Client: Porta Rossa s.p.a.
Leading Architect: Arch. Duilio Damilano
Surface area: 6,960 sqm
Surface building: 1,400 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographer: Andrea Martiradonna

   

New Headquarters and Production of Pratic / GEZA

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Architect: GEZA – Grie Zucchi Architetti Associati
Location: Fagagna Udine,
Design Team: Stefania Anzil, Fabio Passon
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

‘Grenade’ Inflatable Pavilion Proposal / SITBON Architectes

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Grenade, the proposal for the Inflatable Pavilion competition, by SITBON Architectes aims to create a relation with its environment. The theme of the pavilion is to think of the city as an immense architecture in constant mobility, by the transformation of its town planning, of the wanderings of its inhabitants, etc. The time dimension becomes essential in this management of the living area. By lauding the mobility, they question the vision of the architecture as a motionless element to in-vest it with another appropriate life, which allows each one to grow, to be transformed and to move. More images and architects’ description after the break.

LINK Solar Power Skyscraper / LED Architecture Studio

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Representing the future development of , the LINK Solar Power Skyscraper aims to provide the geographic area of the laguna of with a new landmark: a link between architecture and urbanism, between the ancient city of and the industrial area named Marghera. A link between function and emotion. Designed by LED Architecture Studio, the project is an architecture-infrastructure, a crucial urban development responding to the present and future needs of this locality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multipurpose Building / GSMM Architetti

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Architects: GSMM Architetti – G. Santagostino, M. Margarido
Location: Dueville, , Italy
Client: Comune di Dueville
Total Area: 1,390 sqm
Cost: 1,315,000 Euro
Design Team: Olga Chiaramonte
Structural Engineering: GAP Progetti
Technical Equipment: Brescia Progetti
Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

House Renovation In Treia / Wespi de Meuron

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Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: 62010 Treia (MC), Marche,
Completion: 2010
Property surface: 12,500 sqm
Floor space net: 311 sqm
Photographs: Hannes Henz

L’Aquila Church / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners

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Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners
Location: L’Aquila,
Client: Order of the Friars Minor of “San Bernardino” – Ass. Fraterna Tau Onlus
Year: 2010
Area: 1,770 sqm
Photographs: Leo Torri

Luce/Light by Studio-due

Brought to you by Studio-due, Luce/Light explores four contemporary buildings of concrete, iron, water and glass that share a unique and indissoluble relationship with light. The Italian buildings featured are Fabrica by Tadao Ando, Il Cubo Nero (The Black Cube) by Silvia Dainese Studio + dns dsn, the Nardini Grappa Distillery Bolle by and Memoria e Luce (9/11 Memorial) by Daniel Libeskind.

Directed and Edited: Francesco Mansutti
Photography: Daniele Gobbin
Music: Paolo Agostini
Executive Production: Studio Due
Art Direction: International University
Supervision: Anna Guolo, Giulio Bodon
Production: Regione Veneto – Direzione Beni Culturali

Inkiostro Restaurant / Studio Nove & A2C

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Architects: & A2C
Location: Parma,
Project Team: Stefania Tinterri, Ada Volta & Alessandro Codenotti
Builder: Edildomus S.P.A
Project Year: 2011
Constructed Area: 950 sqm
Photographs: Francesco Di Gregorio

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

Santiago, Chile: Photo by Flickr user Gord McKenna, licensed through Creative Commons.

According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – , Turkey and all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

‘I Have Seen the Future’ Event / CityVision

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I Have Seen the Future will be the fourth event that the creative Roman group, CityVision, will present at the MACRO museum of via Nizza in next February 17th at 6:30pm. After the great success of CityVision Experience, Love and Kill your own Town and Y1 Independent Architecture Stuff, a new independent architecture event will be presented for the first time in , the famous London office SQUINT/OPERA with a lecture of Jules Coke (Squint/Opera founding director). More information on the event after the break.

Via Regina Public Garden / Lorenzo Noé Studio Di Architettura

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Architects: Lorenzo Noé Studio Di Architettura
Location: ,
Client: Town of Brienno
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Marco Introini

Video: David Chipperfield and Paolo Baratta discuss the Venice Biennale 2012

This video reveals the first statement by director David Chipperfield and president regarding the 13th International Biennale. With “Common Ground” as the underlying theme, Chipperfield encourages participants not to promote themselves, as if in a theater, but rather promote a dialogue that will begin the “chemical process” that will ultimately lead to finding connections between “things, people and influences”. Chipperfield highlights that the Venice Biennale is about “what is not private, but what is common.”

The architecture exhibition will open to the public August 29th, 2012.

Hans Klotz / monovolume architecture + design

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Architecture: monovolume architecture + design (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: Linkes Etschufer 12, 39100 Bozen (BZ),
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch. Heidi Morandell
Client: limited company
Structural Engineers: PlanPunkt GmbH
Realisation: 2010/11
Volume: 1,200 m³
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Urlich Egger