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Italians Ban Large Cruises from the Historical Center Of Venice

11:00 - 9 August, 2019
Italians Ban Large Cruises from the Historical Center Of Venice, Courtesy of Dan Davison under the license CC BY 2.0
Courtesy of Dan Davison under the license CC BY 2.0

Starting September, all ships that exceed 1000 tonnes will be obliged to change their route, in order to prevent them from entering Venice’s lagoon. The Italian government took the decision after major protests due to many incidents, the latest being in June of 2019 where 5 people were injured from a collision between a cruise ship, the dock, and a small tourist boat.

Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

17:00 - 13 July, 2019
Cloudscapes / Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects
Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects

Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects Courtesy of Transsolar & Tetsuo Kondo Architects + 7

Mayank Thammalla Transforms the Venetian Canals into an Architectural Canvas

06:00 - 15 June, 2019
Mayank Thammalla Transforms the Venetian Canals into an Architectural Canvas, © Mayank Thammalla
© Mayank Thammalla

Nothing is ordinary about the Italian city of Venice. Whether it is the vividly-colored architecture that dates back to Gothic and Byzantine eras, or the fact that the city is floating on water, culturally-rich Venice is an intriguing destination for people of all backgrounds and interests.

With every visit to Venice, London-based architect and photographer Mayank Thammalla found himself discovering new scenic views of the city, ones that are often tucked beneath its architecture. In his recent photographic series ‘Echoes of Venice’, Thammalla used the canal ripples as his canvas and displayed the deteriorating architecture of Venice from a unique, inverted perspective.

© Mayank Thammalla © Mayank Thammalla © Mayank Thammalla © Mayank Thammalla + 22

Blurry Venice Installation / Plastique Fantastique

06:00 - 5 June, 2019
Blurry Venice Installation / Plastique Fantastique, Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique
Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique

Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique Courtesy of Plastique Fantastique + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Giardini della Biennale, Giazzo street, 30122 Venice VE, Italy
  • Category

  • Plastique Fantastique

    Marco Canevacci & Yena Young
  • Area

    212.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Pavilion at 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

01:30 - 28 February, 2019
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Pavilion at 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Photo © Tom Harris. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.
U.S. Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Photo © Tom Harris. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.

The U.S. Department of State and the National Endowment for the Arts Design Program announce that the call for applications has been posted for the U.S. presentation at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition held in Venice, Italy, from May 23 to November 29, 2020. The Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition is the premier showcase for revolutionary ideas in contemporary architecture and design through national venues.

This call for applications is specifically for the exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion. The award amount is $325,000 (including $125,000 for pavilion management), with potential additional funding pending availability from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Denise Scott Brown's Photography from the 1950s and 60s Unveiled in New York and London Galleries

10:00 - 6 November, 2018
Denise Scott Brown's Photography from the 1950s and 60s Unveiled in New York and London Galleries, Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight.
Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight.

An exhibition has opened at New York’s Carriage Trade Gallery celebrating the photography of Denise Scott Brown, highlighting the significance of pop art in the American vernacular. The project was initiated by Scott Brown, and first exhibited in Venice in 2016, with the latest events in London and New York initiated by PLANE-SITE.

The exhibition, titled “Photographs 1956-1966” is co-curated by Andres Ramirez, with 10 photographs selected, curated, and featured for limited sale. As well as being on display at the Carriage Trade Gallery, a concurrent exhibition is taking place in the Window Galleries at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.

Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. + 24

Rethinking the Future of Air Travel: Students and Fentress Architects Collaborate in Venice Biennale Exhibition

12:00 - 4 November, 2018
Rethinking the Future of Air Travel: Students and Fentress Architects Collaborate in Venice Biennale Exhibition

Deemed to be the homogenized "spaces of circulation, consumption, and communication", airports around the world appear to be almost indistinguishable in their dissolution of identity. Despite technological changes in air travel, the typology of the airport has remained consistently ordinary.

In the European Cultural Center’s biennial exhibition, students from North Carolina State University’s College of Design worked alongside Curtis Fentress, Ana-Maria Drughi, and Joshua Stephens of Fentress Architects to propose innovative concepts for reshaping air travel. PLANE—SITE’s latest film from their series of short videos of the Time-Space-Existence exhibition showcases this design collaboration.

Marghera City of Making: International Design Competition Exhibition

18:21 - 22 October, 2018
Marghera City of Making: International Design Competition Exhibition, Marghera City of Making: International Design Competition
Marghera City of Making: International Design Competition

The invited design competition aims to explore visions and urban schemes envisaging the re-articulation of manufacturing areas in the territory in-between Mestre and Marghera industrial area. In a condition of radical transformation of labor and productive activities, among the ones that are suitable for Marghera areas, some relevant processes seem to be more feasible and innovative. They consist of the increase of the level of digital content within enterprises, the profound innovation in the manufacturing sector, the inclusion within circular economy processes, the ever-increasing sharing of services and equipment that become places for urban sociality.

AD Classics: Venice Hospital / Le Corbusier

22:00 - 16 October, 2018
AD Classics: Venice Hospital / Le Corbusier, Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP)
Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP)

This article was originally published on August 15, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Le Corbusier made an indelible mark on Modernist architecture when he declared “une maison est une machine-à-habiter” (“a house is a machine for living”). His belief that architecture should be as efficient as machinery resulted in such proposals such as the Plan Voisin, a proposal to transform the Second Empire boulevards of Paris into a series of cruciform skyscrapers rising from a grid of freeways and open parks.[1] Not all of Le Corbusier’s concepts, however, were geared toward such radical urban transformation. His 1965 proposal for a hospital in Venice, Italy, was notable in its attempt at seeking aesthetic harmony with its unique surroundings: an attempt not to eradicate history, but to translate it.

Model. Image © Fondation Le Corbusier (FLC/ADAGP) Plan Plan Situation Plan + 7

AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn

22:00 - 15 October, 2018
AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion in Venice / Sverre Fehn, The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman
The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman

This article was originally published on March 30, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Three were originally invited to draw up plans for a ‘Nordic’ pavilion: the Finnish partnership Reima and Raili Pietilä, Sverre Fehn from Norway, and the Swede, Klas Anshelm. Following the selection of Fehn’s proposal in 1959, Gotthard Johansson wrote in the Svenska Dagbladet of the project’s “stunning simplicity [...], without too many architectural overtones”[1] – a proposal for a space able to unite a triumvirate of nations under one (exceptional) roof.

The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman The Nordic Pavilion (Giardini, Venice). Image © Åke E:son Lindman + 30

ISOROPIA / Center for Information Technology and Architecture

02:00 - 13 October, 2018
ISOROPIA / Center for Information Technology and Architecture, © Anders Ingvartsen
© Anders Ingvartsen

© Anders Ingvartsen © Anders Ingvartsen © Anders Ingvartsen © Anders Ingvartsen + 22

  • Architects

    Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke, Yuliya Sinke Baranovskaya, Vasiliki Fragkia, Rune Noël Meedom Meldgaard Bjørnson-Langen, Sebastian Gatz
  • Location

    Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Category

  • Area

    79.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Architectural Intervention: Transforming Venice’s Historic Structures to Fit Contemporary Needs

07:00 - 7 October, 2018
Architectural Intervention: Transforming Venice’s Historic Structures to Fit Contemporary Needs, via OMA
via OMA

The history of Venice’s architecture, as seen today, is a semblance of styles centuries old. A destination rich in culture, many of Venice’s existing buildings, from homes alongside the thin interior canals to the grand domed churches of Palladio, have remained stagnant in their overall design and layout since the 16th century. Once a hub of Byzantine and European trade, the city now thrives on a steady stream of tourism and a foundational group of local residents.

The structures that make up the city’s compact matrix, once integral to its function as a commercial empire, have come to take on new functions through architectural intervention; notably, architects such as Carlo Scarpa, OMA, and Tadao Ando have had a large hand in this process.

via OMA © Luca Girardini via OMA © Bruno Vanbesien + 15

China's Mega Industrial Regeneration Project has Lessons for the World

03:30 - 5 October, 2018
China's Mega Industrial Regeneration Project has Lessons for the World, Courtesy of CCTN Design
Courtesy of CCTN Design

Across the world, developed cities are rebelling against heavy industry. While some reasons vary depending on local circumstances, a common global drive towards clean energy, and the shifting of developed economies towards financial services, automation, and the gig economy, is leaving a common trace within urban centers. From Beijing to Detroit, vast wastelands of steel and concrete will stand as empty relics to the age of steel and coal.

The question of what to do with these wastelands, with defunct furnaces, railways, chimneys, and lakes, may be one of the major urban questions facing generations of architects to come. What can be done when the impracticality of industrial complexes, and the precious land they needlessly occupy, collides with the embodied energy, memories, and histories which few would wish to lose?

Courtesy of CCTN Design Courtesy of CCTN Design Courtesy of CCTN Design Courtesy of CCTN Design + 20

Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities

13:22 - 10 September, 2018
Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities, Courtesy of European Cultural Centre
Courtesy of European Cultural Centre

The European Cultural Centre for the Exhibition “Time-Space-Existence” in context of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is organizing its first conference under the title of: “ Shaping the City : A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities”. It includes all participating architectural schools and universities from across the globe in TSE 2018 along with other international institutions and architecture studios.

How (Not) to Design a Biennale: Is Freespace Free?

06:30 - 4 September, 2018
© Italo Rondinella
© Italo Rondinella

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine under the title "Taking a Second Look at This Year's Nebulous Venice Architecture Biennale."

One of the few incontrovertible truths to emerge from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which opened in Venice on May 26 and runs through November 25, is that sensitivity and skill in making architecture do not necessarily transfer to the work of organizing an architecture exhibition.

Loggia d`Ombra / In Praise of Shadows

11:00 - 16 August, 2018
Loggia d`Ombra / In Praise of Shadows, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Fredric Benesch, Katarina Lundeberg
  • Area

    50.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Chapel for San Giorgio Maggiore / Andrew Berman Architect

11:00 - 1 August, 2018
Chapel for San Giorgio Maggiore / Andrew Berman Architect, © Adria Goula
© Adria Goula

© Adria Goula © Adria Goula © Adria Goula © Adria Goula + 18