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San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane: Madness or Masterpiece?

12:00 - 6 March, 2017
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane: Madness or Masterpiece? , Adam Eastland/Alamy. Image Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
Adam Eastland/Alamy. Image Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

A wayward force of the High Renaissance, Baroque was broken in by Michelangelo in Rome in the sixteenth century before being given full rein by Bernini and Borromini in the seventeenth. Characterized by curves, domes, broken pediments and a gloriously inventive play on classical detailing, at its theatrical zenith it was thrilling architectural opera – far from the chaste and graceful classicism that both preceded it and ousted it in the eighteenth century. Deeply romantic, it also had something of the subversive about it. 

Schiattarella Associati Unveils Riyadh Stadium Plans

14:00 - 12 February, 2017
Schiattarella Associati Unveils Riyadh Stadium Plans, Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati
Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati

Rome-based Schiattarella Associati has unveiled its designs for the King Fahd International Stadium, a refurbishment project that will modify the existing structure, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to accommodate almost 50,000 spectators.

In order to link the ground level with the concourse level of the structure, the design focuses on creating an artificial hill at the base of the stadium.

Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati +15

Città del Sole / Labics

09:00 - 1 February, 2017
Città del Sole / Labics, © Marco Cappelletti
© Marco Cappelletti

© Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rome, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Maria Claudia Clemente, Francesco Isidori
  • Design Team

    Luigi Panetta (team leader), Paola Bettinsoli, Chiara Capriulo, Gaia Maria Lombardo, Michele Morganti, Giorgio Pasqualini.
  • Project Team

    Mauro Bartoli, Diego Moriconi
  • Area

    13.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

“Re-Constructivist Architecture” Exhibition Explores the Lost Art of Architectural Language

09:30 - 1 January, 2017
“Re-Constructivist Architecture” Exhibition Explores the Lost Art of Architectural Language, © jbmn
© jbmn

Re-Constructivist Architecture,” an exhibition now on show at the Ierimonti Gallery in New York, features the work of thirteen emerging architecture firms alongside the work of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Peter Eisenman and Bernard Tschumi. The title of the exhibition is a play on words, referring to the De-Constructivist exhibition of 1988 at the Museum of Modern Art that destabilized a certain kind of relationship with design theory.

This reconstruction is primarily of language. The architects draw from archives—mental, digital or printed on paper—distant from the typical parametric and highly schematic rationales that characterized the last thirty years of design in architecture. Within the theoretical system that drives architectural composition, these archives inevitably become homages, references, and quotes.

© AM3 © Adam Nathaniel Furman © Point Supreme © Warehouse of Architecture and Research +46

5 Monuments to Progress

04:00 - 28 December, 2016
5 Monuments to Progress, Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)
Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)

Buildings, perhaps unlike any other art form or edifice, have a capacity to influence or become part of a place's cultural identity and history. Defining an architectural monument is, however, an ambiguous exercise – most of their ilk only reach this status years after completion. AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. Here we've assembled five structures and buildings which, often aside from original intentions, embody that most ephemeral feeling: a sense of progress.

AD Classics: Roman Pantheon / Emperor Hadrian

04:00 - 26 December, 2016
AD Classics: Roman Pantheon / Emperor Hadrian, Courtesy of Flickr user Phil Whitehouse (licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Courtesy of Flickr user Phil Whitehouse (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Locked within Rome’s labyrinthine maze of narrow streets stands one of the most renowned buildings in the history of architecture. Built at the height of the Roman Empire’s power and wealth, the Roman Pantheon has been both lauded and studied for both the immensity of its dome and its celestial geometry for over two millennia. During this time it has been the subject of countless imitations and references as the enduring architectural legacy of one of the world’s most influential epochs.

The coffers in the Pantheon’s dome, aside from their aesthetic qualities, serve to reduce the weight of the dome on the support structure below. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Michael Vadon under CC BY 2.0 Courtesy of Flickr user Michael Johnson (licensed under CC BY 2.0) The interior of the Pantheon contains a perfectly spherical volume – a cosmic symbol which triumphantly asserted the authority and might of the Roman Empire. ImageDrawing by Francesco Piraneni. Via Wikimedia user Bkmd under Public Domain Although the original Pantheon built by Marcus Agrippa burned down after his death, Hadrian ordered that its replacement bear an inscription stating that Agrippa had built it as a tribute to his predecessors. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Michael Johnson under CC BY 2.0 +16

"Misunderstandings" at CAMPO and FRAC

09:30 - 15 December, 2016
"Misunderstandings" at CAMPO and FRAC, Misunderstandings at Campo gallery
Misunderstandings at Campo gallery

The encounter between CAMPO and Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire of Orleans produced MISUNDERSTANDINGS, a project which, addressing one of the most important archives of architectural experiments worldwide, opens a reflection on the operative value of museums and collections for the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture.

Re-Constructivist Architecture

05:00 - 6 December, 2016
Re-Constructivist Architecture, Casa Cecchini a S. Maria di Galeria, Roma, 1971 - A. Anselmi (with C. Giannini) - edited by Warehouse of Architecture and Research with Valentino Danilo Matteis
Casa Cecchini a S. Maria di Galeria, Roma, 1971 - A. Anselmi (with C. Giannini) - edited by Warehouse of Architecture and Research with Valentino Danilo Matteis

Ierimonti Gallery New York is pleased to present Re-Constructivist Architecture, curated by Jacopo Costanzo and Giovanni Cozzani with Giulia Leone and promoted by the Scientific Technical Committee of Casa dell'Architettura in collaboration with Consulta Giovani Roma. The exhibition will feature the work of thirteen international emerging architecture firms, aiming to portray a generation of architects born in the ‘80s: a countertrend that tries to recover a debate lost years ago and obstructed by a cumbersome star system.

Generazione: a call from Rome - Chapter 2, MAIO & Point Supreme

22:48 - 3 November, 2016
Generazione: a call from Rome - Chapter 2, MAIO & Point Supreme, Generazione: a call from Rome, credit by Alessio Agresta, Jacopo Costanzo, WAR.
Generazione: a call from Rome, credit by Alessio Agresta, Jacopo Costanzo, WAR.

The second chapter of the series in Rome, at Casa dell’Architettura, with MAIO from Barcelona and Point Supreme from Athens.

The participants of the series - all born in the Eighties - are paired in couples, in order to obtain an interesting dialogue in each and every meeting.

About the lecture, we are asking to make the main references [architectural and non-architectural] emerge as much as possible, to show how they affect each one practice.

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes Central Italy; Borromini's "La Sapienza" Among Structures Damaged in Rome

15:30 - 30 October, 2016
Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Strikes Central Italy; Borromini's "La Sapienza" Among Structures Damaged in Rome , Inspections underway in Rome. Image via La Repubblica (Roma)
Inspections underway in Rome. Image via La Repubblica (Roma)

Following an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale that struck central Italy this morning at 7:40 a.m. local time—the fourth to hit this part of the country in three months—a number of structures have collapsed entirely or been severely damaged. While no deaths have been reported at this time, the BBC suggests that twenty people have been injured.

This latest tragedy follows an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale which hit a nearby region in August of this year, killing 300 and causing widespread devastation to towns and villages. It is being suggested that the evacuation of buildings that were deemed vulnerable to the ongoing seismic activity in the region last week may have saved lives.

Generazione: a Call From Rome

14:02 - 13 October, 2016
Generazione: a Call From Rome, Generazione: a call from Rome, credit by Alessio Agresta, Jacopo Costanzo, WAR.
Generazione: a call from Rome, credit by Alessio Agresta, Jacopo Costanzo, WAR.

The series will start next Friday, and the lectures will be every month up to June 2017 in Rome, at Casa dell’Architettura.
The participants - all born in the Eighties - will be paired in couples, in order to obtain an interesting dialogue in each and every meeting.

Call for Entries: Outdoor Lab – a Multifunctional Area

09:15 - 22 July, 2016
Call for Entries: Outdoor Lab – a Multifunctional Area

OUTDOOR LAB is an initiative promoted by NUfactory within the Outdoor Festival 2016. The competition aims to exploit one of the former pavilions of the Guido Reni military station, reflecting on the theme of conversion that the space is experiencing: transform an old industrial laboratory in a meeting space, production, sharing and experimentation.

Supreme Sport Village / LAD

05:00 - 29 May, 2016
Supreme Sport Village / LAD, Courtesy of ©LAD
Courtesy of ©LAD

Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD Courtesy of ©LAD +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Viale Giorgio Morandi, Rome, Italy
  • Patners In Charge

    Francesco Napolitano (Architecture), Simone Lanaro (Interior Design)
  • Design Team

    Michelangelo Sabuzi Giuliani, Maria Carla Lini, Marcello Amalfitano
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Call for Entries: British School at Rome's Scholar's Prize in Architecture

04:00 - 7 March, 2016
Call for Entries: British School at Rome's Scholar's Prize in Architecture, via Edinburgh College of Art. Image © Carol Richardson
via Edinburgh College of Art. Image © Carol Richardson

The BSR is delighted to announce that the competition is now open for a Scholars' Prize in Architecture. This is an exciting and valuable opportunity for an early-career architect or post-Part II student of architecture to spend three months in Rome (January-March 2017), and be a member of a vibrant residential community of architects, artists and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome

04:30 - 27 October, 2015
Fendi Fashion House Relocates to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Colosseo Quadrato). Image via Foter

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as the 'Square Colosseum') is perhaps the most emblematic architectural project realised during Benito Mussolini's Fascist dictatorship, which governed Italy between 1922 and 1943. Now, sixty years later and having never been used, Italian fashion house Fendi and architect Marco Costanzi have—amid controversy—renovated the historically charged building into their headquarters, with office space to accommodate around 450 employees. Having reportedly signed a fifteen year lease with the municipality of Rome, the haute fashion house will be paying around €240,000 ($265,000) in annual rent.

A Brief History of Rome's Luminous Rotundas

09:30 - 22 October, 2015

With its hundreds of churches, Rome has a developed a rich history of domes. Inspired by this heritage, Jakob Straub has photographed the city's most remarkable rotundas from the ancient Pantheon up to Pier Luigi Nervi's modern sports arena. His neutral photo perspective, taken looking upwards from the center of the rotunda, opens a new view for the underlying concepts where the architecture yearns for the firmament. For Elías Torres, these “zenithal-lit” spaces constitute an important method for daylight architecture, where the exterior is also transformed into a fascinating distant reality.

Torres has analysed numerous strategies for lighting architecture effectively with daylight from above. In his book “Zenithal Light,” illustrated with an abundance of striking photos, he came to the conclusion that “Amongst the representations of the sky in the interior of architecture, the one that depicts the sun shining from above with a circular form has been the favoured one for many cultures.”

Studio 015 Paola Viganò Wins Competition to Masterplan Rome's Progetto Flaminio District

06:00 - 1 July, 2015
Studio 015 Paola Viganò Wins Competition to Masterplan Rome's Progetto Flaminio District, Studio 015's Winning Entry Aerial View. Image via Progetto Flaminio
Studio 015's Winning Entry Aerial View. Image via Progetto Flaminio

CDP Investimenti has selected Studio 015 Paola Viganò as the winner of the Progetto Flaminio International Design Competition to master plan a new district surrounding the City of Science in Rome. After launching the competition in December 2014, CDP Investimenti Sgr and the Municipal Government received over 240 entries. Of those, six teams were shortlisted and given 24,000 euros each to develop and submit their final proposals. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities

15:00 - 21 March, 2015
Città della Scienza Masterplan Predicts Future of Self-Sustaining Cities, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture

Developed for an international planning and architectural competition, this proposed masterplan for the Città della Scienza by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, coffice - studio di architettura e urbanistica, and Studio d'Architettura Briguglio Morales fuses sustainability with history to propose a self-sufficient urban ecosystem in Italy. Operating on the principle of living facades, the Città della Scienza revitalizes the forgotten military district into a vibrant, continually regenerating living city.

Read on after the break for a closer look at the plan.

Aerial View. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Residential. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture View toward Hotel. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architecture +15