How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World’s Largest Masonry Dome?

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More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi’s commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Casa RG / ES-arch

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Architects: ES-arch
Location: 23024 Sondrio, Italy
Architect In Charge: Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Design Team: Luca Trussoni, Francesco Manzoni
Construction: Giancarlo Rigamonti
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Piazza Garibaldi, 80142 Naples,
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peppe Maisto , Courtesy of DPA / Adagp

FCN 2009 / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

© Hélène Binet

Location: 96017 Noto Syracuse,
Area: 115.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Rome Invites Ideas For Reuse of Europe’s Biggest Landfill Site

A major competition for reuse has just been announced for the Malagrotta Landfill, one of the European Union’s biggest landfill sites. After Malagrotta was closed in August 2013 due to its controversial size and negative impact on the surrounding community, the Municipality of Rome began a process of redevelopment through community engagement. Multi-displinary teams are tasked with a creating a proposal to reinvent the sprawling 240-hectare property while considering its original purpose. The competition is designed to begin a conversation on the long-term vision for the property.

Port Control Tower / Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo

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Location: , Ragusa, Italy
Definitive Design : Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Salvatore Ingrao
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hélène Binet

R+O House / Bianco + Gotti Architetti

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Architects: Bianco + Gotti Architetti
Location: 24030 Bergamo, Italy
Project Team: Angelo Bianco, Mara Gotti
Area: 1598.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Luca Santiago Mora

McDowell + Benedetti’s Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

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London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

The Whale Primary School / Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani

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Architects: Studio di Architettura Andrea Milani
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pietro Savorelli

AD Classics: Casa “Il Girasole” / Luigi Moretti

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As one architectural scholar described it, ’s 1950 Casa “Il Girasole” is “a bit of madness on the solidity of Roman walls.” [1] Yet, this clever apartment building in the heart of is far from the work of a madman. Its subtle historical allusions and deliberately ambiguous composition betray the genius of the architect’s creative and analytical mind. Moretti, whose notable commissions include Villa La Saracena (1957), Montreal’s Stock Exchange Tower (1964), and the Watergate Complex (1971), achieves a complexity of form and materiality in “Il Girasole” that distinguishes the project from its mid-century contemporaries and has earned it recognition as one of the earliest forerunners of postmodern design.

Casa FM / ES.arch + Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati

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Architects: ES.arch, Consalez Rossi Architetti Associati
Location: 23024 Madesimo Sondrio,
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

New Zugliano School / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

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Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: 36030 Vicenza, Italy
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo, Diego Peruzzo, Alessandro Cavaleri
Design Team: Alessandro Bellus, Luca Bonsignorio, Simonetta Cenci, Marco Corazza, Gabriele Filippi, Sara Gottardo, Sara Massa, Valeria Parodi, Nicola Spinetto, Sara Traverso
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ernesta Caviola

Villa Sottanis Library and Gamesroom / 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

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Architects: 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo
Location: Via Annuti, 36, 16030 Genoa,
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo
Design Team: Simonetta Cenci, Stefania Bracco, Luca Bonsignorio, Francesca R. Pirrello, Francesca Recagno, Ilaria Sisto, Sara Traverso
Collaborators: Francesca Ameglio, Cinzia Avanzi, Lorenza Barabino, Chiara Braida, Elena Frigo, Domenica Laface
Area: 581.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Ernesta Caviola, Courtesy of 5+1AA

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 , followed by series of collages of contemporary projects in Italy. 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: ,
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 Acireale 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 , Italy
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