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Kazuyo Sejima Appointed as President of the International Jury of the Biennale Architettura 2021

The Board of Directors of the 2021 Venice Biennale has appointed Kazuyo Sejima as president of the international jury, in charge of awarding mainly the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, the Golden Lion for the Best participant, and the Silver Lion for a promising young participant. In addition, they have also selected four other jury members from Peru, Lebanon, Ghana-Scotland, and Italy. The Awards Ceremony will take place in Venice on Monday, August 30th, 2021.

Lamia Joreige ArtesMundi CU photo by PollyThomas. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Molinari 2 - Photo Alberto Cristofari. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Lesley Lokko © Murdo McLeod. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021Sandra Barclay - Jean Pierre Crousse. Image Courtesy of La Biennale Architettura 2021+ 6

Los Alexis Taco Place / RA! + Modesto Romero

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  • Architects: Modesto Romero, RA!
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

Lost Architecture: Exploring Unbuilt Masterpieces, Goldenberg House by Louis Kahn

The Goldenberg House was designed in 1959 by the architect Louis Kahn for Morgan and Mitzi Goldenberg. While the house was never constructed, it was cited by Kahn as holding important lessons for his design process that would be deployed in a number of later structures. These lessons are specifically related to how the outside of the house is irregular while the heart of it, the atrium is a perfect square. While we can see this discovery in the plan drawing for the house, there are likely nuances to its design that are more difficult to understand without being able to visit it in person. But, what if we can visit the Goldenberg House as if it had been built? This video explores the Goldenberg House, its history and design intentions, and uses the findings to construct a digital model of the house to explore in real-time.

Christophe Hutin Curates France's Pavilion for the 2021 Venice Biennale, Highlighting “Communities at Work” in Europe, Asia, America and Africa

The French pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale, “aims to reflect on the meeting between architectural know-how and the inhabitants’ own experiences of their living spaces”. Curated by Christophe Hutin, the intervention entitled “Communities at Work” will provide an immersive experience with the help of images in motion. Using five specific case studies on different continents: in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa, the exhibition presents a journey into a world where communities transformations their own living spaces, without following any formal schemes designed by an architect.

View from the abandoned maternity ward at Florence House; Johannesburg, South Africa – 2011. Image Courtesy of Christophe HutinHanging washing, Film still; Hanoi, Vietnam – 2020. Image Courtesy of Christophe HutinWinter garden; Le Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France – 2016. Image © Philippe RuaultDevelopment site of the abandoned maternity ward, Florence House; Johannesburg, South Africa – 2011. Image Courtesy of Christophe Hutin+ 19

Taipei Roof / Akihisa Hirata

© akihisa hirata architecture office© PUAEN© akihisa hirata architecture office© Dean Cheng+ 24

  • Architects: Akihisa Hirata
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  508
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Winners of the 2021 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers Announced

The Architectural League of New York has announced the 6 winners of 2021 Prize for Young Architects + Designers Awards, the North American annual competition that celebrates the works of young architects and designers who have completed their bachelor’s or master’s degree within the last ten years. This year's theme was Housekeeping, which asked participants to explore how the domestic settings have changed over the past couple of years, changing the definition of "ideal residence".

Liz Gálvez of Office e.g.. Image Courtesy of Nathan KeayLines in Space. Molding et al. Image Courtesy of Studio Mayd7DrumCity Music Rehearsal and Performance Building. Image Courtesy of Albert TingRodrigo Escandón Cesarman and Ricardo Roxo Matias of APRDELESP. Image Courtesy of APRDELESP+ 44

The Brick House / RLDA

© Suryan // Dang© Suryan // Dang© Suryan // Dang© Suryan // Dang+ 26

New Delhi, India
  • Architects: RLDA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4365
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Jaquar, KG Tiles, Matador Luminaires, Metallon India, Pavers India

Serbian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Reflects on the Present and Future of Industrial Cities

The Serbian contribution to the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale explores the connection between a city's economy and its urban structure -that the curatorial team defines as the life-work relationship- investigating the prospective futures of mono-functional industrial cities. Titled 8th Kilometer and developed by MuBGD, the exhibition uses the mining town of Bor, located in eastern Serbia, as a study case for how economic activities have not only shaped the urban environment but the forms of collectivity connected to it.

Panoramic View of Bor from the open-cast mine. Image © Dejan MoticBor - Open-cast mine. Image © Hristina StojanovicBor - Industrial Area  . Image © Hristina StojanovicResidential Buildings in Bor. Image © Hristina Stojanovic+ 9

A Sneak Peek of Expo 2020 Dubai

With less than half a year to go until the opening, Expo 2020 Dubai released a series of images of the venues hosting the event, which intends to bring together 192 national pavilions, as well as businesses and educational institutions. As the program was delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world expo site is mainly complete, awaiting its opening on October 1st.

Sutainability Pavilion. Image © Expo 2020 DubaiExpo Thematic District. Image © Expo 2020 DubaiExpo Entry Portal. Image © Expo 2020 DubaiExpo Thematic District. Image © Expo 2020 Dubai+ 10

Psychoanalyzing the Space: Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine Discuss the Ordinary Aspects of Urban Life

Rare are the fields, from arts and culture, that have so many things in common with architecture, as film does. Acknowledging that this is far from new, this topic has been debated by theorists and authors from both fields ever since the beginning of the 20th century. Architecture has been trying to embody subtle and poetical features from film while cinema has historically served as a means to discuss, represent, and denounce topics tightly related to architecture and cities.

An interesting example of this overlapping can be found in the contemporary production of French-Italian film company Bêka & Lemoine, whose works show a sensible look towards the details and the simplicity of the architecture and urban spaces. Currently encompassing thirty feature films, Ila Bêka's and Louise Lemoine's portfolio casts light on the everyday life of different cities around the world, revealing an attentive gaze to the most trivial aspects of human existence in the urban realm.

The Infinite Happiness. Courtesy of Bêka & LemoineTokyo Ride. Courtesy of Bêka & LemoineMoriyama San. Courtesy of Bêka & LemoineKoolhaas Houselife. Courtesy of Bêka & Lemoine+ 33

What Are Decibels? (Or How Noises Affect Our Health)

Noisy environments can significantly and negatively effect our bodies, and are a great villain to concentration, learning, and productivity in classrooms and offices. Headaches are one momentary symptom of noise. But staying exposed to very noisy places can bring greater problems such as hearing loss, lower concentration, high blood pressure, and even poor digestion. It can also trigger high levels of stress, sleep disturbances, mood changes, increased heart rate, and ringing in the ears. This is an invisible enemy and is often neglected in big cities with the noise of heavy traffic, demolition. and noisy equipment, such as generators and air conditioners. However, effective measures can be taken to avoid this unnecessary noise.

Perceiving Chinese Architecture From the Eyes of Structural Engineers

When we are discussing the definition of “structure”, the term varies within different disciplines. In the context of the built environment, "structure" refers to anything that is constructed or built from different interrelated parts with a fixed location on the ground.

An Optimist’s Take on AI and the Future of Architecture

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

Martin C. Pedersen discusses with Frank Stasiowski, the founder and president of PSMJ Resources, his take on AI and the future of the profession. The author explains that six years ago he "interviewed Frank Stasiowski, the founder and president of PSMJ Resources, a management consulting firm that specializes in architecture, engineering, and construction firms. In addition to advising firms on strategic and growth planning, leadership and succession plans, mergers and acquisitions, and a host of other issues, Stasiowski spends a lot of his time analyzing where the industry is likely to evolve in the future, especially as technology takes an increasingly important role". Finding him one of the keenest observers of the industry, Pedersen talked to Stasiowski to get his opinion on AI and the future of the architectural profession.

Energy Hub / Morris+Company

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  • Architects: Morris+Company
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Sant Antoni de Vilamajor House / ARQUITECTURA-G

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Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, Spain
  • Architects: ARQUITECTURA-G
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2691 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Fielding House / Cheshire Architects

© Sam Hartnett© Sam Hartnett© Sam Hartnett© Sam Hartnett+ 26

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  302
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: APL NZ, Artisan, David Shaw, Design Source, ECC, +8

PARK Store by Balabala / DUTS design

© Jack Qin© Jack Qin© Jack Qin© Jack Qin+ 34

Foshan Shi, China
  • Architects: DUTS design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  774
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

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