New Regolo Quarter / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

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Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: Brescia,
Architectural And Landscape Design: Alfonso Femia, Simonetta Cenci
Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Stefania Bracco, Caterina Fumagalli, Francesco Fusillo, Maria Cristina Giordani, Valentina Grimaldi Vincenzo Marcella, Sara Massa, Roberta Nardi, Michele Nicastro, Carola Picasso, Francesca Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Arianna Ponzi, Giulia Tubelli
Area: 26492.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luc Boegly, Ernesta Caviola, Brivio

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of  “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Architect and Pavilion curator Cino Zucchi associates grafting with “the great capacity to interpret and incorporate preceding states through continuous metamorphoses.” He opens and closes the Italian Pavilion with two physical grafts: a large rusted steel arch and a bench sculpture. The first room of the exhibit begins with a study of modernization in Milan, followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in . A video of Italian urban environments concludes the exhibit.

See images of the Pavilion and read a description from the curator after the break.

IULM_Milan / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

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Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: , Italy
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Alessandro Schiesaro
High Supervision: Cesare Stevan, Angelo Bugatti
Desing Team: Gabriele Pulselli, Raffaella F. Pirrello, Daniele Marchetti, Domenica Laface, Alessandro Bellus, Lorenza Barabino, Luca Pozzi, Simonetta Cenci
Area: 23261.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

The Santi Cosma e Damiano Parochial Centre / SCAU

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Architects: SCAU
Location: Via Provinciale Santa Maria Ammalati, 95024 Catania,
Architect In Charge: Angelo Vecchio
Year: 2014
Photographs: Moreno Maggi

Palazzo Zen / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Cannaregio, 30121 ,
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE & Ying JIANG
Design Team: Thomas ODORICO, Yang LIU
Area: 390.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Interpress Photo & O-office

Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica

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LEGO® Architecture Studio, a new concept of the LEGO Architecture line, makes his appearance in Italy in an innovative context of architecture and music. The LEGO Group chose Italy and the prestigious setting of the Sicilian “Villa Pennisi in Musica” event for the launch of the new set of building blocks.

Villa Pennisi in Musica is an architecture and design-to-build summer school and a classical music masterclass, where young architects will be challenged to design and build and acoustic shell for outdoor chamber music concerts from a pile of uncut wood in less than ten days, and host a concert featuring, among others, world-class conductor Sir Antonio Pappano.

LEGO® Architecture Studio will be used during the workshop to help students and architects ignite their imagination and to explore new ways of designing in LEGO forms. Students will also participate in a unique building competition to create 3D thematic models using the new LEGO Architecture Studio Set.

For more information, please click here.

Title: Workshop and LEGO Architecture Studio Launch: Villa Pennisi in Musica
Website: http://www.vpmusica.com/en/workshop/
From: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 
Until: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 
Venue: Villa Pennisi
Address: Piazza Agostino Pennisi, 29, 95024 Catania, Italy

Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio

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Architects: modostudio
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Design Team: Fabio Cibinel, Roberto Laurenti, Giorgio Martocchia
Area: 1,450 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Laura Egger

Milan Expo 2015: Vo Trong Nghia’s Lotus-Inspired Vietnamese Pavilion

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Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled designs for the Vietnamese pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the lotus, the pavilion features a number of bamboo clad, umbrella-like structures supporting trees above a pool of water, in a composition reminiscent of their Kontum Indochine Cafe.

“The Lotus is ’s national flower, a symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future,” say the architects. “Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof that patience can turn difficulties into advantages.”

BioCasa 82 / Rosario Picciotto + Welldom

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Architects: , Welldom
Location: 31035 Treviso, Italy
Architect In Charge: Rosario Picciotto
Area: 484.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Zanta

Schäfer Roofscape / Plasma Studio

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Architects: Plasma Studio
Location: 39038 Bolzano, Italy
Architect In Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Design Team: Peter Pichler
Area: 844.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Pezzei

Miniature Spaces Carved From Stone

Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural stone carver based in , has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from stone. Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the UK – from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of ), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

Bagnoli Futura / Silvio d’Ascia Architecture

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Architects: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture
Location: , Italy
Design Team: , ATI Servizi Integrati, IDI
Area: 44,230 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Barbara Jodice

New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten

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Architects: PFP Architekten
Location: Piazza delle Erbe, Genoa,
Architect In Charge: Jörg Friedrich
Area: 7,011 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anna Positano, Andrea Bosio

Denton Corker Marshall To Design First 21st Century Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini

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Australia’s new pavilion for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale will be, in the words of featured artist Fiona Hall, “a minefield of madness, badness, and sadness in equal measure.” Designed by firm Denton Corker Marshall, (who also designed the Stonehenge Visitor Centre), the project will replace the 25 year old temporary pavilion designed by Phillip Cox and will be the first building constructed on the Giardini in two decades. 

San Stae / Project Meganom

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Architects: Project Meganom
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Yury Grigoryan, Pavel Ivanchikov, Iliya Kulesov, Alexandra Pavlova, Yury Kuznezov, Semen Rastorguev
Year: 2008
Photographs: Yury Grigoryan

Conversation / Cose Turche: Architecture in Istanbul

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MAXXI and Insula architettura e ingegneria with Based Architecture present “Cose Turche”,  a  conversation of six voices about Istanbul, aimed to recognize and trace the pulsating identity of a metropolis, which in its present metamorphosis is able to tell us about significant pieces of third millenium urban culture.

Recently some of Istanbul public spaces as Gezi Park, Taksim square with Ataturk Cultural Center by Hayati Tabanlioglu and Third Bosphorus Bridge became symbol and central places of an intense debate still open, which assumed a global broader connotation.

Lineal House in Bione / estudoquarto

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Architects: estudoquarto
Location: 25070 Brescia,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcio Tolotti

Sam Jacob & Wouter Vanstiphout on Curating “A Clockwork Jerusalem”

The Mound. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale takes the large scale projects of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and explores the “mature flowering of British Modernism at the moment it was at its most socially, politically and architecturally ambitious but also the moment that witnessed its collapse.” The exhibition tells the story of how British modernity emerged out of an unlikely combination of interests and how “these modern visions continue to create our physical and imaginative landscapes.” To those who know the UK‘s architectural heritage, this cultural and social history is delivered in a way which feels strangely familiar, whilst uncovering fascinating hidden histories of British modernity that continue to resonate in the 21st century.

We caught up with Sam Jacob, co-founder of FAT Architecture (of which this exhibition is their final project), and Wouter Vanstiphout, partner at Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, outside the British Pavilion to discuss the ideas behind, and significance of, A Clockwork Jerusalem.

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