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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 Russian Pavilion highlights the past, present, and future of Russian railways. The exhibition shows railways as a response to a landscape which is in many places uninhabitable, allowing the people who use them to explore Russia's expansive territories.

Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Courtesy of Anna Mikheeva + 20

Is It Time to Rethink Architecture Awards?

09:30 - 9 June, 2018
Is It Time to Rethink Architecture Awards?, Left: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, © Frank Hanswijk; Right, Franklin Court in Philadelphia, designed by Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, © Mark Cohn
Left: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, © Frank Hanswijk; Right, Franklin Court in Philadelphia, designed by Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, © Mark Cohn

Architecture, in its realized form, is neither the vision or the labor of a singular person. It is a practice which is inherently group and firm-oriented in its processes. But architecture as we know it is only celebrated after it is completed, and is very rarely celebrated for how it gets made. Few awards recognize the vast network of people that enables those at the very top of the field to put their name to completed works.

Recent controversies have only thrown more light on this state of affairs—from the petition to have Denise Scott Brown retroactively recognized for the work that won her husband Robert Venturi the Pritzker Prize in 1991 (which was ultimately rejected by the Pritzker) to revelations earlier this year about the way architects like Richard Meier have abused the power afforded to them by their personal success.

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.

Check out the twelve stadiums that will host matches in the 2018 World Cup below.

Cloud Pergola: The Croatian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

07:50 - 4 June, 2018
Cloud Pergola: The Croatian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Jan Stojkovic
© Jan Stojkovic

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Croatian Pavilion. Below, the curatorial team describes the exhibition in their own words.

Cloud Pergola / The Architecture of Hospitality at the Croatian Pavilion is a collaborative site-specific environment conceived by the pavilion curator, Bruno Juričić. as Cloud Pergola is an installation crossing the boundaries of architecture, art, engineering, robotic fabrication, and computational models. The exhibition is structured through an interplay of three interventions: Cloud Drawing by Alisa Andrašek in collaboration with Bruno Juričić, To Still the Eye by Vlatka Horvat, and
Ephemeral Garden by Maja Kuzmanović.

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes + 19

Woods Bagot to Redevelop an Abandoned Sugar Factory in Zhuhai, China

14:00 - 3 June, 2018
Woods Bagot to Redevelop an Abandoned Sugar Factory in Zhuhai, China, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot have announced that they will be leading a redesign effort for the abandoned Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District. Due to be completed in three phases over the next ten years, their master plan for the almost 80,000 square meter site includes designs that will revitalize the area and transform it into an integrated tourism, cultural and leisure park.

Winners of 2018 VEX Competition Reimagine Vernacular Architecture and Design

06:00 - 1 June, 2018
Winners of 2018 VEX Competition Reimagine Vernacular Architecture and Design

The Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) has announced the winners of the 2018 VEX: Agitated Vernacular Competition. This year’s ASA International Design Competition aimed to "upend the typical associations of vernacular architecture and design," what vernacular should or should not be. The goal was to re-think vernacular as something that can "assume performative roles and possess generative potentials." 

The winning designs challenge the notion that vernacular design is opposed to modernity, thus it is "static and unimprovable," and opposed to technology. Selected from over 230 applications from nearly 30 countries worldwide, the six winning projects are from The Netherlands, India, ChinaPoland, and Thailand.

Winning Design Revealed for New Complex Around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium

08:00 - 30 May, 2018
Winning Design Revealed for New Complex Around Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, Courtesy of NOW Architects
Courtesy of NOW Architects

Built before the 1988 Summer Olympics, the Seoul Olympic Stadium in the Korean capital city’s Songpa District remains an active and treasured institution. Designed by Kim Swoo-geun, the stadium represents a significant moment in Korea’s modern history and remains a venue for large concerts and the home of Seoul E-Land FC.

While the Olympic Stadium itself will stand visibly intact in its original form, this spring the Korea National Urban Planning Association staged a competition for a new design of the Jamsil Sports Complex, which includes several sporting venues and buildings adjacent to the stadium, as well as almost 160,000 square meters of total area. Following the deadline earlier this month, the jury has announced NOW Architects in collaboration with NBBJ and SAMOO, as the winners of the competition.

Courtesy of NOW Architects Courtesy of NOW Architects Courtesy of NOW Architects Courtesy of NOW Architects + 12

Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet

08:00 - 29 May, 2018
Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet, Courtesy of Shift Perspective
Courtesy of Shift Perspective

Have you ever dreamed of crossing from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn in just a few leisurely steps? These lofty ambitions are made possible on the New York City Carpet from South African studio Shift Perspective. Not literally though, unfortunately.

Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective + 11

AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Housing Awards

16:00 - 26 May, 2018
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran
Underhill; Matinecock, New York | Bates Masi + Architects. Image © Michael Moran

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of their 18th annual Housing Awards, which recognize the best in housing design for new constructions, restorations, and renovations. This year the five-person jury selected eleven projects to receive awards in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing.

The Bear Stand; Gooderham, Ontario, Canada | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Nic Lehoux 150 Charles; New York City | COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design. Image © Bilyana Dimitrova South 5th Residence; Austin, Texas | alterstudio architecture. Image © Casey Dunn Mariposa1038; Los Angeles | Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects . Image © Paul Vu + 65

29 Winners Announced for 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

12:00 - 26 May, 2018
 29 Winners Announced for 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

The European Commission and Europe Nostra announced the winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Awards. The 29 winners from 17 countries have been recognized for their achievements in four categories: conservation, research, dedicated services, and education, training and raising awareness. The winners will be honored at an award ceremony at the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit on June 22. 

Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

08:00 - 23 May, 2018
Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

One year after the launch of Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, led by TLS Landscape has presented the final nine design concepts. The Bay Area Challenge launched with a call to action to "bring together local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions that will strengthen our region's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes." The idea formulated as a “blueprint for resilience” that can be replicated and utilized locally and globally. Other urban challenges will also be addressed, including housing, transport, health and economic disparity as a means of not just protecting the current regions, but strengthening them.

The elite, collaborative teams include world-renowned designers like BIGMithun and HASSELL+.

Read on for more about each of the final design concepts.

The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design + 46

Estonian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Demonstrate How Built Architecture Is Inherently Political

04:00 - 23 May, 2018
Estonian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Demonstrate How Built Architecture Is Inherently Political, © Weak Monument
© Weak Monument

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

Estonian Pavilion curators, Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Tadeáš Říha, explore the spectrum between the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectures: from the triumphal column to the pavement beneath it, through all that is in between. The title itself – Weak Monument – is an oxymoron, a rhetorical device that offers fresh perspectives on how to recognize politics in any built form.

Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants

16:00 - 19 May, 2018
Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants, © Linda Tegg
© Linda Tegg

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

The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) will present Repair at the Australian Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Creative Directors Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects, in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg, have curated a multi-sensory living installation for the Pavilion, designed to disrupt the viewing conditions through which architecture is usually understood.

Benoy will Transform a Power Plant Into a Green, Art Center in China's Gongshu District

12:00 - 19 May, 2018
Benoy will Transform a Power Plant Into a Green, Art Center in China's Gongshu District, Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

The global architects at Benoy have announced their design for The Hangzhou Canal Art Center — a new, green hub for local cultural events and art exhibitions. Located in the revitalizing, Gongshu district in Hangzhou, China, the art center will occupy the former site of a thermoelectric power plant.

Winning Concepts for Zoo of the 21st Century Competition Announced

08:00 - 19 May, 2018
Winning Concepts for Zoo of the 21st Century Competition Announced, Courtesy of Archstorming
Courtesy of Archstorming

Archstorming have announced the winning projects of "Coexist: Rethinking Zoos," their recent competition to design a concept for the zoo of the 21st century. The call for entries asked participants to redefine the traditional zoo and transform the space from something that is not only an exhibition of animals, but also an educational tool, and a place for research and conservation. The team of international jurors selected three winners from more than 40 countries that submitted ideas.

The site for the proposal was the zoo in Barcelona, which has committed itself to prioritizing the welfare of its animals. To promote the well-being of the animals and nature, the winning teams designed imaginative alternatives to the traditional zoo methods of interaction, such as non-intrusive paths and even 3D virtual animals. The winners show that there are new ways for visitors to understand animals that are both ecologically friendly and sustainable.

Check out the winning submissions after the break.

Israeli Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale Explores the History of Negotiations Over Holy Lands

04:00 - 18 May, 2018
© David Polonski
© David Polonski

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

In Statu Quo: Structures of Negotiation is the theme of the Israeli Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv and Tania Coen-Uzzielli it traces the complex mechanism of the 'Status Quo' within shared holy places in Israel-Palestine, which functions as a controversial and fragile system of coexistence.

© Adi Gilad © David Polonski © Ori Orhof Courtesy of Metaphors and Allegories- Superstudio Firenze + 7

Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

06:01 - 15 May, 2018
Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Luxigon
Courtesy of Luxigon

Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through executive education programs in collaboration with Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School of Harvard University (USA), SC Johnson College of Business of Cornell University (USA), and Imperial College Business School (UK).

Pakistan to Feature For the First Time Ever at 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 14 May, 2018
Pakistan to Feature For the First Time Ever at 2018 Venice Biennale, City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan
City of Karachi. Image © Sakina Hassan

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

Keeping the subject of FREESPACE in perspective, the Pakistan Pavilion takes inspiration from the physical and social dimensions of the sparsely open spaces embedded within the many informal settlements of Karachi, the most populated and fastest growing city of Pakistan.