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Video: Take a Dip in the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

In his latest video, Jesús Granada visits ‘The Pool,’ inside Australia’s Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Curated by Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland & Michelle Tabet of Aileen Sage Architects, the exhibition explores the architectural typology of the swimming pool and its place in Australian culture.

Visitors to the pavilion can hear eight narrators tell stories about pools, considering topics such as fulfillment and accomplishment, segregation and inclusion, and learning from the past and reflecting for the future, all the while awash in the self-reflexive setting of a newly-built natatorium.

Video: Inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

In this video, Jesús Granada takes us inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition, titled Orte Für Menschen (Places for People), focuses on the creation of innovative housing solutions required to handle Austria’s current refugee crisis. The pavilion displays three projects currently underway in Vienna, where three architect teams have been paired with NGOs to convert abandoned buildings into temporary accommodation for asylum seekers, and later, into long-term residences.

Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarters / Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda

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Nueva San Salvador, El Salvador

From Chile to the World: Reporting From the Venice Biennale 2016

Grupo Talca. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Grupo Talca. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

In early March, at the Presidential Palace in Chile, a never before seen event took place for Chilean architecture. Architects, government officials as well as the media gathered for the first Venice Biennale press conference to be held in Spanish.

As the first South American selected to curate the Biennale, Alejandro Aravena was excited as he delivered the latest news on “Reporting from the Front,” the XV International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which opened its doors to the public on May 28:

“The Biennale, the invited architects, as well as the curators, did not intend to do anything other than open a debate in which architecture can be used to improve quality of life through the sharing of knowledge. This debate holds more significance since we are speaking at the Presidential Palace because it conveys the message that these issues are important. Thank you so much for the opportunity and the chance to be here.”

The President’s presence at an event like this is a symbol that consolidates a chapter of progress and achievements in Chilean architecture. In the last two decades, Chilean architecture has positioned itself in the world as a force to be recognized, and Chilean architects are now obtaining international recognition, which would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen's Vara Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is a Maze of Circular Forms

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Vara Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale is described by the architects as “a series of exteriors within other exteriors.” Breaking down this crypticness, what emerges is a maze-like complex of circles – ten of them – formed with steel, cement, and painted plaster, which collectively create a series of walls, but no roof, thus forming a pavilion that is open to the elements from above. The 324 square meter pavilion’s title, “vara,” refers to an imprecise and obsolete Spanish unit of measurement, that was employed during the country’s conquering of America to trace and measure cities. Each of circles of the Vara Pavilion is a diameter of the unit, ranging from two to eleven.

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3+2 Social Housing / Antonio Holgado Gómez

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Cabeza del Buey, Spain

Centre Pompidou Málaga / Javier Pérez De La Fuente, Juan Antonio Marín Malavé

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CSI-IDEA Building / Juan Blázquez + Oficina Técnica Municipal Ayuntamiento Alhaurín de la Torre

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Algeciras Centennial Park / Maria Caffarena + Victor Cobos + Bernardo Gómez + Andrés García

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Algeciras, Spain

The House on the Cliff / GilBartolome Architects

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Salobreña, Spain
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  210
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lopez Soto, elZinc

Infant Pavilion for the Public Primary School “La Barrosa” / Gabriel Verd

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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
  • Architects: Gabriel Verd
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

317 Social Housing Units / SV60

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  • Architects: SV60
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  45
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Day-Care Center for Elderly People / Francisco Gómez Díaz + Baum Lab

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Baena, Spain

University Hospital of Valladolid / Pardo Tapia Arquitectos + Salvador Mata

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Valladolid, Spain

Sports Facilities in Island of Cartuaja / Cayuela Marqués Architects

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Reforma de planta baja Residencia Universitaria Flora Tristán / José Luis Sainz-Pardo + Plácido González + Miguel Ángel Chaves

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House for a Violinist / OAM

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Málaga, Spain
  • Architects: OAM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  82 Area:  82
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography

What is the draw of the aerial view? Whereas architects and designers often find solace in this particular spatial perspective there is a more inclusive, universal appeal to this way of seeing. The ease of access to online mapping services has increased our collective reliance on understanding our world from above.

Maps condense the planet into a little world inside our pocket, the commodification of which has universalised the ‘plan-view’ photograph. The question of whether or not their ubiquitous availability, having now been assimilated into our collective consciousness, is a positive step for the status of the plan is a discussion ongoing. Yet, in the face of this dilemma, architectural photographers are pushing the boundaries of drone technology in order to find new meaning.

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture. Image © Xia ZhiBiomuseo / Gehry Partners. Image © Fernando AldaHouse in Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SGTerminal Rodoviario / Castelo Branco . Image © Joao Morgado+ 13