Fly Through Milan’s 2015 Expo Site in Progress With the Help of a Drone

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Construction is entering into the final stages for Expo Milan 2015, with just over six months left in the five-year build. A quick fly through shows the centrepiece Italian Pavilion nearing structural completion, with national and corporate pavilions making steady progress. The video is the fifth in a series of drone-led tours of the site, created in partnership between Expo Milan and Telecom Italia.

Find out more and watch the remaining four videos after the break 

Balestrate Seafront / AM3 Architetti Associati + Studio Cangemi

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Architects: AM3 Architetti Associati, Studio Cangemi
Location: 90041 Palermo,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mauro Filippi

Filiput Sporthall / Waltritsch a+u

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Architects: Waltritsch a+u
Location: Gorizia, Italy
Architect In Charge: Dimitri Waltritsch Trieste
Area: 1600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marco Covi

AM3′s Prize-Winning Boarding School to Open Onto Mount Stelvio in Malles

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AM3 Architetti Associati has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new boarding school in Malles (Bozen, ). The proposed building takes full advantage of the landscape, opening onto views towards Mount Stelvio and the Mustair Valley. Drawing inspiration from this unique context, AM3 crafts a design that integrates opportunities for active participation between building and land, and student with nature.

Call for Ideas: Rome Community Ring

In partnership with La Sapienza University, Progetto Forti and Rome municipality, (YAC) is launching a competition to redesign one of the treasures of Rome: Forte Portuense.

How can former military architecture be transformed into a leisure time and cultural focal point? The aim is to look for ideas worth triggering urban redevelopment, social cooperation and tourism.

This architecture will become part of a network of leisure time facilities a hair’s breadth away from the very core of Rome.

Milan Expo 2015: SoNo Arhitekti-Designed Pavilion to Represent Slovenia

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SoNo Arhitekti’s design for the Slovenian Pavilion has been chosen to represent the country at the 2015 Milan Expo. One of 142 participants, ’s pavilion will be based on the slogan, “I FEEL . Green. Active. Healthy.”

The common thread in the exhibition manifests itself through a series of interactive and architectural elements throughout the pavilion. As the architects describe, “Five prismatical structures, positioned on the geometrically and dynamically designed surface, whose shape is reminiscent of a cultivated field, will represent Slovenian diverse geographical landscape and symbolize fundamental ideas of sustainable development.”

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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Architects: Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Location: ,
Designer: Nadir Abdessemed, Jakob Merk and Matthias Schuler
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Competition Entry: Studio Ricatti Wins Second Prize for Arcispedale Sant’Anna University Proposal

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Studio Ricatti has revealed their design for a new university in the Arcispedale San’Anna in Cona- . In a competition hosted by the University of , the firm was awarded second place for the proposal, which was characterized by clarity of form, efficient flow, and a balance between intimate and social spaces.

More about the winning entry, after the break.

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

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Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality,” Described Maas. “One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Milan Expo 2015: Knafo Klimor-Design Pavilion to Represent Israel

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Knafo Klimor Architects have been chosen to represent Israel at the 2015 Milan Expo with their “Fields of Tomorrow” pavilion. The elongated pavilion, stretching 70 meters across and rising 12 meters high, will act as a “living” billboard revealing Israel’s past and present successes in modern agriculture.

More images and video, after the break.

Bernard Tschumi Presents Final Design for Grottammare Cultural Center

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In preparation for groundbreaking, Bernard Tschumi Architects have released the final design for the ANIMA (Arts, Nature, Ideas, Music, Action) cultural center in Grottammare (Ascoli Piceno, ). The 30-meter “perfect square” will offer the Piceno region and the Adriatic coast a public centre for collecting and cultivating the broadest manifestations of artistic, creative and productive culture. 

An animation, the architect’s description and more images after the break.

European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, . Image Courtesy of Grupo Aranea

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global .

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

Casa Fiera / Massimo Galeotti Architetto

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Architects: Massimo Galeotti Architetto
Location: Treviso, Italy
Year: 2013
Photographs: Francesco Castagna

Milan Expo 2015: Czech Pavilion by Chybik + Kristof is Centered Around a Swimming Pool

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Chybik + Kristof Associated Architects have revealed their winning design for the Pavilion of the Czech Republic at the 2015 Milan Expo. Responding to the Expo’s food theme, the pavilion is centered around the ’s unique relationship to water, featuring a public swimming pool at the center of the design and presenting the latest progress in nanotechnology for water purification.

Rodeneck School / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: , Bolzano,
Partners In Charge: Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Rodeneck Kindergarden / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: , Bolzano,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit

Milan Expo 2015: b720 Designs Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion for Spain

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Barcelona’s b720 arquitectos has designed a greenhouse-inspired pavilion to represent Spain at the 2015 Milan Expo. Representing a “fusion” of Spain’s gastronomic tradition and innovation, the portico-like structure will be divided into two halves and united by a repetitious form.

Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten

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Architects: pedevilla architekten
Location: Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Plisa , Italy
Partners In Charge: Alexander Pedevilla, Armin Pedevilla
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustav Willeit