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4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize

06:30 - 12 September, 2018
4 Buildings Shortlisted for the RIBA 2018 International Prize, Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi
Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) / Boeri Studio. Image © Giovanni Nardi

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of four finalist projects in the running for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. A biennial award open to any qualified architect in the world, the International Prize seeks to name the world’s “most inspirational and significant” building. Criteria for consideration include the demonstration of “design excellence, architectural ambition, and [delivery of] meaningful social impact.”

Renzo Piano Donates New Genoa Bridge Designs following Disaster

12:00 - 29 August, 2018
Renzo Piano Donates New Genoa Bridge Designs following Disaster, © said.touama. Via Instagram
© said.touama. Via Instagram

Renzo Piano has offered to donate the design of a bridge to replace the one which tragically collapsed in Genoa on 14th August. Piano, who was born in Genoa, said he has been deeply affected by the tragedy which claimed the lives of 43 people.

Cosmic Rays May Help Save Italy’s Famous Duomo from Cracking

16:00 - 22 August, 2018
Cosmic Rays May Help Save Italy’s Famous Duomo from Cracking, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © James Taylor-Foster

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. But the dome's construction methods are still a secret, as no plans or sketches have been discovered. The only clue Brunelleschi left behind was a wooden and brick model. While the dome has been plagued by cracks for centuries, new breakthroughs in muon imaging may help preservationists uncover how to save the iconic structure and reveal new ideas on its construction.

Would You Spend $145,000 on Zaha Hadid Architects' Lapella Chair?

14:00 - 17 August, 2018
Would You Spend $145,000 on Zaha Hadid Architects' Lapella Chair?, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For those with $145,000 hidden down the side of their sofa, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed and released Lapella Chair, continuing their “investigations in structure and fabrication-aware tectonics by reinterpreting the iconic 1963 lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner."

The Deadly Genoa Bridge Collapse was Predicted, and Avoidable

12:00 - 15 August, 2018
The Deadly Genoa Bridge Collapse was Predicted, and Avoidable, Image: said.touama. <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/BmdtD8BHtuY/'>Via Instagram</a>
Image: said.touama. Via Instagram

39 people are now reported to have died following the collapse of the Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy. The incident happened on Tuesday 14th August, when one of the bridge’s structural components, comprising of pre-stressed concrete stays and trestles, collapsed onto a railway line and warehouse 150 feet (45 meters) below.

Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades

12:00 - 7 August, 2018
Carlo Ratti Associati's Proposed Milan Science Campus Features Robotically-Assembled Brick Facades, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has released details of their schematic design for the University of Milan’s new science campus, featuring robotically-assembled brick facades, porous communal areas, and natural oases. Working in collaboration with Australian real estate group Lendlease, the “Science for Citizens” proposal will sit within a new Milan Innovation District, located on the site of Milan’s 2015 World Expo.

Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Design 'New Pisa Stadium' Just Meters Away from the Leaning Tower

14:00 - 28 July, 2018
Iotti + Pavarani Architetti Design 'New Pisa Stadium' Just Meters Away from the Leaning Tower, Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI
Courtesy of IOTTI + PAVARANI ARCHITETTI

Iotti + Pavarani Architetti have designed a 'New Pisa Stadium' for A.C. Pisa on an existing stadium just 200 meters away from Piazza dei Miracoli (home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa). After winning the first prize in a restricted competition in 2017, the project is currently under feasibility study, awaiting construction development.

Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store Opens to the Public With Dramatic Waterfall Entrance

14:30 - 26 July, 2018
Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store Opens to the Public With Dramatic Waterfall Entrance , Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple’s Piazza Liberty Store, designed by Foster + Partners, has opened to the public in Milan, Italy. The scheme is located under an existing piazza close to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan.

"Unfolding Pavilion / Little Italy" at the 2018 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 30 June, 2018
"Unfolding Pavilion / Little Italy" at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © atelier XYZ
© atelier XYZ

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the Unfolding Pavilion. Below, curators Daniel Tudor Munteanu, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Sara Favargiotti describe the exhibition in their own words.

The ‘Unfolding Pavilion’ is an exhibition and editorial project that pops up at major architecture events in previously inaccessible but architecturally significant buildings.

From Underground Slum to European Capital of Culture: Matera, the Subterranean City of Caves

09:30 - 27 June, 2018
From Underground Slum to European Capital of Culture: Matera, the Subterranean City of Caves, © Federico Scarchilli
© Federico Scarchilli

Above a steep canyon cut by the fast flowing water of the River Gravina lies one of the oldest communities in the world, whose architecture is defined by the rocks among which it sits. Matera, found in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, is a picture-perfect, white-stone city that originates from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement. The area’s special caves were used as a natural shelter from the harsh climate as early as 10,000 BC and, while the city has developed a unique, more modern personality alongside its cave-dwelling past, its success and perception has always be tied to its historic core—giving Matera a long and storied history that will culminate in a stint next year as a European Capital of Culture. Through the photos Federico Scarchillii, we can see the uncommon beauty and opportunity in this settlement.

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