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.

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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 Acireale , Italy

Elisabeth And Helmut Uhl Foundation / modostudio

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Architects: modostudio
Location: Bolzano,
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 Vietnam’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 Crocetta del Montello Treviso,
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 carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from . 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:
Location: 25070 Bione 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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Video: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

We’re just coming back from the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, so you can expect a few more posts as part of our complete coverage. Our friends from Crane.tv were also there, and shared with us this video with an overview of this incredible event on this amazing city. Enjoy!

Asymptote Architecture to Design “Park of Angels” in Italy

Asymptote Architecture has been commissioned to design a park with a collection of cultural buildings on the outskirts of Peccioli, Italy.  Called the “Parco Degli Angeli,” Italian for Park of Angels, this urbanized complex will be carefully grafted into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to create a dialogue with the surrounding farmland and historical sites.  The park will include museums, interactive installations, and an amphitheater that can host 800 people.

Villa A / A-OMA

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Architects: A-OMA
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Alfio Faro
Area: 700 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of A-OMA

Nestlé Headquarters / Park Associati

© Andrea Martiradonna

Architects: Park Associati
Location: Via del Bosco Rinnovato, Milan,
Architect In Charge: Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
Area: 34,092 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna, Simone Simone

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes

House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Installed in the second-floor apartment of Columbia’s Casa Muraro in and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture exhibition, that architecture focus on its “fundamentals.” House Housing replies by considering architecture’s economic fundamentals, which locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network.

In architecture, economic fundamentals are built from the ground up. The laws of real estate—relating to the acquisition of land, the financing of construction, the cost of building maintenance and services, profit from rent or resale, the value of equity, or the price of credit—inexorably shape any building component (like a window) and any building type (like a house). They are visible even in the residential work of such singular figures as Frank Lloyd Wright, not least because the Greek oikos, or household, forms the root of the word “economy” itself. But look closely and you will see that what seems fundamental, basic, or natural is, like any other law, a historical artifact permanently under construction and subject to change.

House Housing narrates nineteen brief episodes from across the last one hundred years in a mixture of domestic media, from phonograph to television, answering machine to iPad, converting the apartment into a whispering, humming history machine. Though they mainly focus on the continental United States, the discrete episodes are excerpts from global processes. Their artifacts range from houses designed by figures as well-known as Frank O. Gehry to seemingly ordinary gated communities in Florida. Their untimeliness is twofold. First, these episodes return us to financial matters widely discussed in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 foreclosure crisis but now largely abandoned by mainstream discourse. Second, the historical episodes disclose surprising repetitions of themes, tendencies, and actions. This reminds us that the economic infrastructures on which architecture rests are the outcome of such repetitions, rather than an a priori, natural ground.

Title: House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes
Website: http://house-housing.com/
Organizers: GSAPP Columbia Univeristy
From: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 
Until: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 
Venue: Casa Muraro
Address: Dorsoduro, Sestiere di Dorsoduro, 30100 Venice,