David Chipperfield is the new director of the Venice Biennale 2012

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London-based architect David Chipperfield has been officially named as the new curator for the Venice Biennale 2012, the world’s largest architecture exhibition. More information after the break.

In Progress: Bosco Verticale / Boeri Studio

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Bosco Verticale, by Boeri Studio (now recognized as Barreca & La Varra and Stefano Boeri Architetti), is a high-density tower block that experiments with the integration of a lush landscape within the facade of the architecture.  The Vertical Forest, currently in construction in Milan, , deal with the concept of regenerating the lost forests on the ground within the inhabitable space of buildings.  The towers are 80 metres and 112 metres tall.  Together they will have the capacity to hold 480 big and medium sized trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs – the equivalent of a hectare of forest. For more on this project, follow us after the break.

Architects: Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Location: Milan, Italy
Design Phase: 2006 – 2008
Construction Phase: 2008 – 2013

‘Migrating Landscapes’ at 2012 Venice Biennale / 5468796 Architecture + Jae-Sung Chon

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‘Migrating Landscapes’ has been selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Biennale in Architecture. The project will examine how Canadians express their diverse cultural memories in the way they live and build. ‘Migrating Landscapes’ will be presented by 5468796 Architecture Inc. and Jae-Sung Chon, both of Winnipeg, who joined together to create a new entity: Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). More project description after the break.

The Court Of The Trees / Tomas Ghisellini Architects

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Architects: Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Location: (Bergamo),
Structures: Beatrice Bergamini
Interior Design: Tomas Ghisellini
Collaborators: Cristina Haumann, Michele Marchi, Alice Marzola
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tomas Ghisellini

Apartment building on the harbour / Zucchi & Partners

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Architects: Zucchi & Partners
Location: , Italy
Design Team: Cino Zucchi, Nicola Bianchi, Andrea Viganò with Leonardo Berretti, Ivan Bernardini, Juarez Corso
Client: Iter Cooperativa Ravennate Interventi Sul Territorio
Structures: Studio di Ingegneria Due esse, Michele Berti
Area dimension: 7,434 sqm
Dimensions: 4,754 sqm
Photographs: Cino Zucchi

Zenale Building Renovation / FTA

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Architects: Filippo Taidelli Architetto (FTA)
Location: , Italy
Program: Building renovation
Client: Immobiliare Zenale
Size: 2.500 sqm
Budget: € 4.000.000
Partners: Arch. Piero Castellini Baldissera
Consultants: Manens Intertecnica S.r.l., Enco Engeneering Consulting, S. Sesana, Studio Tre, Falegnameria Ori e Bonetti, LDW Lighting Design Workshop
Photographs: Courtesy of Filippo Taidelli Architetto

Colors on Water / GruppoFonArchitetti

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Architect: GruppoFonArchitetti
Location: Venice,
Customer: EstCapital Group
Building firm construction: Impresa Costruzioni Maltauro
Building area: 4,919 sqm
Year of completion: 2010
Photograph: Daniele Domenicali 


Tile and Concrete / Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz


Architects: Francesco Di Gregorio & Karin Matz
Location: Parma,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 90 sqm
Photographs: Francesco Di Gregorio

Ponte Parodi / UNStudio

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This month, UNStudio’s Ponte Parodi, a waterfront design for , , will be presented at the MAPIC in Cannes as one of the most iconic waterfront developments currently being realized.  The harbor project is part of a larger vision to revitalize the entire waterfront area, and merge the local urban and economic fabric to create a point of interest for ’s varied waterfront users.  The juxtaposition of varied circulation typologies creates an innovative extension for the city center which not only organizes the position of the program, but also optimizes pedestrian flows within and atop the building.

More about the waterfront after the break.

laRinascente Piazza della Repubblica / 1+1=1

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The new extension designed by 1+1=1 Claudio Silvestrin Giuliana Salmaso architects and planners for laRinascente in Piazza della Repubblica, , is conceived as a symbol of strength through the square, yet of lightness, in the detail of the Archangel’s wing in Filippo Lippi’s painting of the Annunciation. Visually, the new extension is floating above Palazzo del Trianon while preserving its authentic architectural structure. More images and project description after the break.

LaN + SOLIDO Creative Potential of Production Driven Design Workshop

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Open to architects, designers, engineers and students from November 22-27, this workshop put on my LaN (Live Architecture Network), in collaboration with SOLIDO, is intended to suit a range of levels- those with no Rhinoceros modeling or CNC machining experience will gain experience working with between modeled geometries and designing tool-paths for production. Those with previous experience will have hands-on access to taking their understanding further. Sessions are co-instructed by Solido Founder Filippo Moroni & LaN Co-director Monika Wittig.

The workshop will focus on the potential to design in parallel with CNC fabrication technologies. RhinoCam will allow participants to simulate CNC milling effects in the friendly Rhinoceros environment. Instruction will encourage how to add design value without extending economies of time and material. Participants will be introduced to an array of real world examples where a clear understanding of production parameters has driven design potential. For more detailed information, please visit their website here.

David Chipperfield to Curate 2012 Venice Biennale

 British architect, David Chipperfield, will curate the 2012 Architecture Biennale. Chipperfield will have only eight months to decide on a theme and prepare to curate the world’s largest architecture exhibition. He will become the first British architect to curate the event.

The newly appointed dean of architecture at the RCA, Alex de Rijke stated, “Someone of his intellectual calibre will rise to the challenge,” he said. “He’s not going to use it as an opportunity to promote his own architecture. He is going to frame an issue, treat it as research and ask people to contribute.”

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Manifestations : The Immediate Future of 3D Printing Buildings and Materials Science


The future potential to build and realize the concepts of the human mind lie just there, within the potential of the human mind. For years the architectural world has been struggling to keep up with the ability of pen-to-paper and the recent advents in NURB surface computer modeling, algorithmic and parametric architecture. This in-return has led to the  building and technology industry playing catch-up with the recent advances in 3D architectural visualizations. In fact, as computer-aided design invaded these practices in the 1980s, radically transforming their generative foundations and productive capacities, architecture found itself most out-of-step and least alert, immersed in ideological and tautological debates and adrift in a realm of referents severed from material production.

Le Terrazze / Studio Marco Piva

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Architects: Studio Marco Piva
Location: Carità di Villorba-Treviso,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Marco Piva

Giacomuzzi Commercial Building / monovolume architecture + design

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Architecture: monovolume architecture + design  (Arch. Patrik Pedó_Arch. Juri Pobitzer)
Location: (BZ)
Architectural staff: Arch. Simon Constantini / Arch.Thomas Garasi / Arch. Barbara Waldboth
Structural engineers: Baucon Bozen (Ing. Neulichedl Simon)
Client: Giacomuzzi limited partnership
Program: commercial building
Realization: 2009/10
Volume: 4.200 m³
Building area: 1.300 sqm
Photographer: Simon Constantini


International Award for Sustainable Architecture Competition

New administrative offices Mayr Melnhof - Kaufmann (Gold Medal 2011)

Conceived and promoted by the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, , with the financial support of the Fassa Bortolo company, the aim of the International Award for Sustainable Architecture, now in its ninth edition, is to contribute to the research of a system of development in the building sector. This represents one of the fields of human activity with the greatest impact on the environment, that is more sustainable than our current model, which has lead to a state of deterioration and pollution, bringing us to the verge of a global crisis of the Earth’s entire ecological system.

The 2012 jury members include Thomas Herzog – Herozg & Partner (Italy), Peter Rich – Peter Rich Architects (South Africa), LI Xiaodong – School of Architecture, Tsinghua University of Beijing (China), Nicola Marzot – Faculty of Architecture (Italy), and Gianluca Minguzzi – Prize’ Secretary (Italy). The deadline for on-line registration is December 31st 2011 while the deadline for materials shipping is January 31st 2012. Registration details and further information can be found on their website here.

Villa Gardone / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Yesterday Richard Meier & Partners announced the design of a new Italian residence, Villa Gardone. The home is part of a complex in Gardone Riviera that is to be designed by a number of illustrious architecture firms from Europe and the U.S and completed by 2014.

Continue reading from more information on the Villa Gardone.


Albisola Superiore / 3S studio

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Architects: 3S studio + voarino cairo voarino
Location: Albisola Superiore (SV),
Project Team: 3S studio Silvia Dagna, Serena Galassi, Simona Maurone associated architects + voarino cairo voarino, + CAIRE cooperative architects and engineers, L. Villa
Client: Albisola Superiore (Savona)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Daniele Voarino