Although the city is seen as a place of meetings and exchanges, many urban centers have become over-saturated with cars and car parks. This phenomenon has created a series of “non-places” that have claimed “common areas” from city dwellers. Occupying a space no larger than a typical parking spot, the Architettura Dolomiti Pavilion reflects on David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme and explores ways on how to exploit these common areas currently occupied by parking places. This wooden pavilion reinterprets and reintroduces the “larin” – a traditional space found in the rural houses of Belluno where the family meets to eat, drink and share stories – in an effort to create an intimate space within the city that offers an escape and an opportunity for interaction amongst city dwellers. With this pavilion, Dolomiti Architetture explores the possibilities of “a new life free from cars” within the city center that also reflects their values of environmental sustainability by using disassemblability techniques, recycling methods and renewable raw materials.
The Architecture Dolomiti Pavilion is currently being occupied by the city dwellers of Belluno, Italy. Continue reading for the architects’ description.
GREENHOUSE TALK, a comparison of design cultures in the great countries of Eastern Asia and Europe, will be taking place August 28 from 9-11am as part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. Promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome and supported by Image, the main protagonists of this meeting are Pritzker Prize Laureate Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture (China), Rahul Mehrotra of RMA architects (India) and Francine Houben of Mecanoo (the Netherlands). The meeting, introduced by Pippo Ciorra and commented by Ole Bouman, will be an informal discussion in the Serra dei Giardini in Venice. For more information, please visit here.
With the aim of transforming the town of Ameno, Italy for two days in a centre where spaces, art and sociality could guide people through the territory, ES-arch, in partnership with Legnotech S.p.A., present CASsAPANCA . As the 5th edition of the “Paesaggi Mirati” exhibition invited architects and designers to work on the idea of “diffuse museum”, they created an experience of a journey dedicated to multi-sensible tourism, made by cultural, responsible, sustainable and artistic choices. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Officials have warned that the 2,000 year old Colosseum in Rome is leaning. About a year ago, they noticed the south side of the Colosseum was leaning about 40cm lower than the north. As reported on the guardian, Prof Giorgio Monti from La Sapienza’s construction technology department stated that this could be the result of a crack in the 13-meter-thick concrete slab below the amphitheater; however, it too early to judge.
Authorities are investigating whether an intervention is necessary. Additionally, tests are being conducted to review possible effects from nearby traffic.
Some of you may remember back to 2001, when the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after being closed for more than a decade as engineers worked to prevent it from falling.
Story via the guardian.
Opening up September 4 at 5pm with a lecture by 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner, architect Wang Shu, the exhibition of projects of Chinese architects focuses on the theoretical research on architecture and design as well as building practice currently found fertile ground in any contemporary China but particularly in the city of Shanghai. Organized by La Triennale of Milan and the Degree Course in Engineering/Architecture from the University of Pavia, yhe center of the debate will be on urban development and architecture thanks to the cultural milieu linked to Tongji University. More information on the exhibition after the break.
Urban Movement Design, winner of the 2012 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, has reinvented the MAXXI experience by engaging the mind and body with their interactive, summer installation. UNIRE/UNITE responds to the current public health crisis by offering an alternative solution to traditional urban furniture that choreographs exercise and play back into our daily lives. As our world struggles in crisis, Urban Movement Design believes it is imperative that we rethink the way we live and change the disabling, sedentary lifestyles that are currently promoted by our built environment.
The New York and Rome-based practice has merged the two disciplines of architecture and movement therapies in an effort to integrate health back into design and promote a greater sense of community. This project is a reflection of their philosophy. Continue after the break to learn more.
Urban Movement Design: “All of nature acts according to the law of interconnectedness, but humankind has moved away from this natural law and into an unnatural state of self-interest and isolation.”
Organized by Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Hong Kong Arts Development Council as a collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2012, the “Inter Cities / Intra Cities: GHOSTWRITING THE FUTURE” exhibition focus upon the vital urban, architectural, and cultural regeneration of Kowloon East in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong based architectural practice, Oval Partnership, has been appointed as curator of the Hong Kong exhibition which takes the 320 hectare Kowloon East regeneration area as its subject; one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Asia, and a district based around the ghost of a former airport. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 (Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126 in Venice, Italy). If you are interested in participating, please let me know. I will inform you as soon as possible of the opening time and I will reserve an invitation for you. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 25, 2012.
This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and for the first time, the Institut Ramon Llull will be presenting an exhibition dedicated to Catalan and Balearic architecture entitled “Vogadors”, featuring nine projects from nine different architects that epitomize the contemporary and avant-garde works from the regions. The exhibition is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, which is the main geographical feature of the regions, and by the words of Jorge Oteiza, “He who forges ahead creating something new does so like an oarsman, moving forward but back-paddling, looking behind him, towards the past, towards what exists, so as to be able to reinvent its underpinnings.”
Follow us after the break to see the projects to be featured at the exhibit.
Architects: Future Systems - Jan Kaplický + Shiro Studio
Location: Via Paolo Ferrari, Modena, Italy
Project Architect: Andrea Morgante
Project Team: Andrea Morgante, Søren Aagaard, Oriana Cremella, Chris Geneste, Cristina Greco, Clancy Meyers, Liz Middleton, Itai Palti, Filippo Previtali, Daria Trovato
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 5,200 sqm
Photographs: Andrea Morgante , Studio cento29, David Pasek
As part of the Health Centre and Houses for Elderly People project by IPOSTUDIO Architects, Duosegno Visual Design shared with us this video they created which captures the features of the design and how it carefully integrates into the site. Through merging the new presence with the existent through the functional reuse and integration of the existing rural buildings to the new structures, the result is the emergence of a single façade towards the valley and its bending profile which simulates the soil contour lines.
Designed by ferrarifrongia Architects, the main aim of the proposal for the DOSA archaeological museum is to protect the landscape through the aesthetic and functional enhancement of the existing heritage. The project is conceived as a sign in the landscape which, as a result of an extracting and modeling action of the ground, remarks the connection between the natural and the built. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Designed by modostudio, the proposal for the Piazza d’Armi Urban Park aims to create a thematic interaction between the competition area and the adjacent existing urban tissue. The architects accomplish this by means of creating a park for this city that is decontextualized from the neighboring urban space and, at the same time, directly related to the skyline of the nearby mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.