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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.”

The inaugural prize was awarded to Grafton Architects in 2016 for their UTEC university building in Lima, Peru, described as a “modern-day Machu Picchu.”

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.

Located within this new district, and home to over 18,000 students and 2,000 researchers, the “Science for Citizens” proposal seeks to “put forward a vision for an open campus that becomes a testing ground for innovative education while fostering exchanges between the university and the surrounding innovation neighborhood.”

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.

The store is defined by a dramatic waterfall which surrounds the entrance while forming the backdrop to a large outdoor amphitheater. Piazza Liberty is the first Apple Store to be constructed in Italy following their retail design collaboration with Foster + Partners.

7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 Milan Design Week

14:36 - 18 April, 2018
7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 Milan Design Week, Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture
Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture

The 2018 Milan Design Week is now underway, a festival which this year is expected to attract over 300,000 visitors. Every year, the festival brings together a wide range of practitioners and design companies resulting in unusual yet fascinating collaborations and installations.

Below, we have compiled a list of collaborations to look out for throughout the week, including investigations into water, healthcare, and micro-living.

Open Sky / COS & Phillip K. Smith. Image Courtesy of Lance Gerber REVERSE ROOM / Foscarini & James Wines / SITE. Image Courtesy of Foscarini Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Fifth Ring / MAD. Image Courtesy of MAD + 36

Study in Valencia, Porto and Milan and Travel Around the World with the Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation

00:00 - 26 March, 2018
Study in Valencia, Porto and Milan and Travel Around the World with the Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation

The European University of Valencia offers a postgraduate education linked to Architecture and Design through three educational programmes.

These different MArch programmes are directed by Fran Silvestre and feature influential architects and studios from current architecture such as Alvaro Siza, Souto de Moura, Aires MateusOAB • Carlos FerraterCorreia/Ragazzi and Juan Domingo Santos.

Gucci Hub / Piuarch

03:00 - 26 February, 2018
Gucci Hub / Piuarch, © Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini and Monica Tricario
  • Area

    30000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Universita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects

03:00 - 8 January, 2018
Universita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects, © Frederico Brunetti
© Frederico Brunetti

© Frederico Brunetti © Frederico Brunetti © Frederico Brunetti © Frederico Brunetti + 9

Novetredici Residential Complex / Cino Zucchi Architetti

03:00 - 28 December, 2017
© Filippo Poli
© Filippo Poli

© Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli © Filippo Poli + 20

Imagine Listening To Music At This Ethereal Theatre and Bar In Milan

06:00 - 19 December, 2017
Imagine Listening To Music At This Ethereal Theatre and Bar In Milan, © Delfino Sisto Legnani
© Delfino Sisto Legnani

Milan based office ZarCola and Francisco Rodriguez were tasked with designing a bar and theatre for a new Milanese music festival.

The project site is within the garden of an ancient villa. A baroque trail weaves through the garden’s dense foliage, around many fountains and clearings.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani + 20

CityLife Shopping District / Zaha Hadid Architects

09:00 - 13 December, 2017
CityLife Shopping District / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
  • Design Team

    Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • ZHA Project Director

    Gianluca Racana
  • Area

    32000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Oscar Niemeyer's "Favorite Project in Europe" Captured in Spectacular Photo Set by Karina Castro

09:30 - 18 November, 2017
Oscar Niemeyer's "Favorite Project in Europe" Captured in Spectacular Photo Set by Karina Castro, © Karina Castro
© Karina Castro

As a trailblazer of Brazilian Modernism, Oscar Niemeyer is celebrated for his bold, sinuous forms, and his use of the “the liberated, sensual curve.” Paul Goldberger described it best when he wrote that “Niemeyer didn’t compromise modernism’s utopian ideals, but when filtered through his sensibility, the stern, unforgiving rigor of so much European modernism became as smooth as Brazilian jazz.”

When Georgio Mondadori, chairman of the Italian publishing house Mondadori, commissioned Niemeyer to design the company’s new headquarters in 1968, he wanted the building to look like the Itamaraty Palace (also known as Palace of the Arches) in Brasília. Niemeyer agreed, but given his playful spirit, he deliberately deviated from the earlier design and proceeded to build what he would later identify as his favorite of the projects he completed in Europe. Read on to see a striking set of sixteen photographs of the Mondadori building by Milan-based photographer and visual artist Karina Castro, who was commissioned by Mondadori to capture their headquarters over 40 years after the building's completion.

© Karina Castro © Karina Castro © Karina Castro © Karina Castro + 15

This Towering Residential Forest Could Offer a Solution to Urban Air Pollution

04:00 - 4 September, 2017

In this short film, part of a four-part video series co-produced by Curbed and The Verge, the Bosco Verticale—the towering residential forest in the dense urban environment of Milan—is examined for its architectural prowess, as well as its botanical aptitude. In the film, architect Stefano Boeri and expert arborists explain what makes the skyscraper so unique, as well as it's very real potential effect on air pollution in the city.

Caritas Pavilion / Piuarch

05:00 - 3 August, 2017
Caritas Pavilion / Piuarch, © Andrea Martiradonna
© Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Miguel Pallares
  • Area

    900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance

14:00 - 26 May, 2017
Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance, via apple.com
via apple.com

Renderings have been revealed for the upcoming apple store in Milan’s Piazza Liberty, designed by Foster + Partners in their latest collaboration with the technology giant. Following an extremely site-specific approach, the new flagship store will be located under the existing piazza, introducing a new public amphitheater and waterfall feature that will double as the store’s entrance.

via apple.com via apple.com via apple.com via apple.com + 7

OMA/AMO-Designed Exhibition lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation Debuts in Milan

10:15 - 24 May, 2017
OMA/AMO-Designed Exhibition lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation Debuts in Milan, lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA

A new exhibition by OMA/AMO, lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation, has officially opened in Milan’s Palazzo Reale. Marking the 100th anniversary of the classic Italian department store, la Rinascente, the exhibition commemorates the company’s long creative history and experimental spirit that has served as an influential part of Italian design, culture and commerce.

lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of Rinascente Courtesy of Rinascente + 30

"Don't Blame Me!": 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile Architects

09:30 - 22 May, 2017
"Don't Blame Me!": 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile Architects, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/tseedmund/5351328288/'>Flickr user tseedmund</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user tseedmund licensed under CC BY 2.0

Construction is an exercise in frugality and compromise. To see their work realized, architects have to juggle the demands of developers, contractors, clients, engineers—sometimes even governments. The resulting concessions often leave designers with a bruised ego and a dissatisfying architectural result. While these architects always do their best to rectify any problems, some disputes get so heated that the architect feels they have no choice but to walk away from their own work. Here are 6 of the most notable examples:

Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Studio Pali Fekete architects, AMPAS © Oskar Da Riz Fotografie © Danica O. Kus © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/18378655@N00/2894726149/'>Flickr user James Cridland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 7

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils New Experimental Structure Using 3D-Printing Technology

08:00 - 21 May, 2017
© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled a new experimental structure as part of Milan’s White In The City Exhibition during the city’s annual Salone del Mobile. Held at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in the heart of Milan’s design district, the exhibition explored the contemporary use of white color in design and architecture across various locations in the city. Named the Thallus – after the Greek word for flora that is not differentiated into stem and leaves, the sculpture is the latest in ZHA’s investigations using 3D printing technology. Thallus continues Zaha Hadid Architects’ Computational Design (ZHA CoDe) group’s research into generating geometries through robotic-assisted design.

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes + 17

EMBT Unveils Proposal to Revitalize Seven of Milan's Disused Railway Yards

06:00 - 2 May, 2017
EMBT Unveils Proposal to Revitalize Seven of Milan's Disused Railway Yards, Courtesy of EMBT
Courtesy of EMBT

EMBT has released its proposal for the Scali Milano study project, which invited five architectural teams—EMBT, Stefano Boeri, MAD architects, and Cino Zucchi Architetti—to reimagine Milan’s disused railway yards.

A citywide public consultation to define priorities for seven scali—train hubs—Scali Milano was initiated by FS Sistemi Urbani, in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region, and aims to transform over one million square meters of brownfield into improved urban areas.

Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT Courtesy of EMBT + 30