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"Station Russia": The Russian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 15 June, 2018
"Station Russia": The Russian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion
Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Russian Pavilion. To read the inital proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Russian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Rich Railway History."

The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues

09:30 - 14 June, 2018
The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

When the Greeks carved stone steps into the side of a hill, they were aiming to create a seated area for people to rest and from which to have an excellent view of the stage at the amphitheater's center. over two millennia later, these objectives are still key to stadium design principles, however, with an ever-increasing global reach and the need for multiple functions, the goal posts for what makes a successful arena are always being moved. As you prepare to watch the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia, take a look at this list of notable stadium designs in World Cup history which have influenced the evolution of stadium design.

See the Twelve Russian Stadiums That Will Host the 2018 World Cup

09:30 - 8 June, 2018
See the Twelve Russian Stadiums That Will Host the 2018 World Cup, By <a href='https://www.soccer.ru/galery/995258/photo/652541'>Эдгар Брещанов</a> [<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>], <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fisht_Olympic_Stadium_2017.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>
By Эдгар Брещанов [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Every four years, millions of soccer fans tune in to watch the best national teams battle it out at the World Cup—all for a chance to call themselves the best soccer team in the world. The FIFA World Cup, much like the Olympic games, encourages a great deal of development in the host country, with the addition of stadiums, infrastructure, and other programs needed to support the mass of fans who will head to cheer on their country. This year, Russia will be hosting the event and will be spending an estimated 10 billion dollars in both building new arenas, and refurbishing their existing facilities. The 2018 tournament will host 65 matches across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world. We've compiled a list that show these impressive stadiums and arenas, and offer a glimpse as to how they will be used long after the winner of the 2018 World Cup is crowned.

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Russian Black Sea City Masterplan

09:31 - 6 June, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Russian Black Sea City Masterplan, Courtesy of VA
Courtesy of VA

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition for the Admiral Serebryakov Embankment masterplan in the city of Novorossiysk on Russia’s Black Sea coast. Connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, and Suez Canal, the industrial city is home to the nation’s largest shipping port, and the third busiest in Europe by turnover.

5 Winners Named in Russia's Competition to Develop Standard Housing Concepts

01:00 - 21 May, 2018
5 Winners Named in Russia's Competition to Develop Standard Housing Concepts, Cortesía de KB Strelka
Cortesía de KB Strelka

At the third meeting of the Living Environment Forum in Kaliningrad, Russia—this year centered on the theme "All About Housing"—the organizers presented the winning projects in the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design.

Winy Maas at Living Environment: "There Are Four Important Points for the Development of Contemporary Housing"

15:30 - 20 May, 2018
Winy Maas at Living Environment: "There Are Four Important Points for the Development of Contemporary Housing", © Maria Gonzalez
© Maria Gonzalez

With a presentation by Dutch architect Winy Maas (MVRDV), the third edition of "Living Environment," organized by Russian Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities SectorDOM.RF and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, was inaugurated today in the city of Kaliningrad, Russia. Also participating on the opening day are Martin Sobota (Holland), Elliot Eisenberg (United States), and Brian Mark Evans (United Kingdom).

Russian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Rich Railway History

04:00 - 9 May, 2018
Russian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Rich Railway History, Courtesy of Bulanov
Courtesy of Bulanov

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Russian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. 

IND Architects to Renovate Historic Water Tower in Moscow

12:00 - 5 May, 2018
IND Architects to Renovate Historic Water Tower in Moscow, Courtesy of IND Architects
Courtesy of IND Architects

IND Architects has plans to transform the symbolic Shcherbinka water tower in Moscow, Russia into a revitalized area for residents to socialize. Since the water tower has been only slightly altered over time with the overall form and silhouette remaining the same, the design team has decided to create a place that will both aim to recall old memories and create new ones. 

This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World's Largest Planetarium

08:00 - 16 April, 2018
This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World's Largest Planetarium, © Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko
© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

The project inscribed inside a gasholder in St. Petersburg, aims to transform an industrial area into an educational and scientific center with a large projection screen. The fun part? It is located in a large geodesic dome.

Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residential Project Rises Above A Russian Forest

14:00 - 10 April, 2018
Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residential Project Rises Above A Russian Forest, Courtesy of OKO Group
Courtesy of OKO Group

On a hillside forest outside of Moscow, amongst 65-foot-high (20-meter-high) pine and birch trees, sits the only private house to be designed and built by Zaha Hadid in her lifetime. With a form defined by its natural surroundings, the Capital Hill Residence is divided into two components, one merging with the sloping hillside, and another “floating” 72 feet (22 meters) above ground to unlock spectacular views across the Russian forested landscape.

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