Archinect - News 2016-05-29T23:17:48-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149948008/zaha-hadid-s-repertoire-is-a-stunning-display-in-venice-s-palazzo-franchetti Zaha Hadid's repertoire is a stunning display in Venice's Palazzo Franchetti Justine Testado 2016-05-27T21:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T11:21:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y24pr15kw76rvbz5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The opulence of Venice's 16th-century Palazzo Franchetti is as memorable as the designs of a particular Zaha Hadid. A can't-be-missed retrospective honoring the late architect's four-decade career opened to the public today, just in time for the hoards of visitors venturing out to the nearby 2016 Venice Biennale.&nbsp;Organized by the Fondazione Berengo cultural institution, this Zaha Hadid retrospective is an abridged showcase of Hadid's pioneering works that made her a designer and artist who was always ahead of her time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jm/jmowi26vjhcfoeca.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition features a range of Hadid's completed, under-construction, in progress, and unbuilt projects &mdash; from her early paintings and drawings to models of <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a>'s buildings that are due for completion later this year.&nbsp;</p><p>A separate room will display three projects that are meant to symbolize milestones in Hadid's career: the Weil am Rhein-based&nbsp;Vitra Fire Station (completed 1993), ZHA's first completed project; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947987/overwhelmed-by-venice-biennale-events-try-these-suggestions-for-starters Overwhelmed by Venice Biennale events? Try these suggestions for starters Justine Testado 2016-05-27T15:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T15:51:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgad53d96nfg36ch.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Without a doubt, there will be plenty to see in and around the Venice Biennale. Planning on attending and not so sure where to start? For the next few months, Bustler will share our recommendations of national exhibition pavilions and related events that you shouldn't miss. Have a look at our first list that you can use as a starting point for your visit(s). Happy Biennale-ing!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss out on an exhibition featuring Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, a nearby Zaha Hadid retrospective, and the national pavilions from Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, The Philippines, and <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4914/bustler-s-top-2016-venice-biennale-picks-for-may-june" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a>.</p><p>You can also keep track of Archinect's ongoing Venice Biennale coverage in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943543/italian-government-assigns-1b-to-cultural-preservation Italian government assigns €1B to cultural preservation Justine Testado 2016-05-03T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ug0ftdi4lcqd2e0f.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Italian government announced [May 2] that it is allocating &euro;1bn [approx. $1.15B] to major restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including Pompeii, the earthquake-stricken city of L&rsquo;Aquila and the Uffizi galleries in Florence. [C]ulture minister Dario Franceschini described the funding, which will continue until 2020, as the &ldquo;biggest investment in cultural heritage&rdquo; in Italy&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941900/better-than-ever-mackintosh-building-will-reopen-in-2018-along-with-campus-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942984/public-housing-italian-style-the-corrupt-mismanagement-of-rome-s-housing-stock Public housing, Italian-style: the corrupt mismanagement of Rome's housing stock Nicholas Korody 2016-04-29T15:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:30:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8r2x9it1bopyu2te.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in 2004, Elio Ciampanella was evicted from his apartment of three decades...So he applied for an apartment in Rome&rsquo;s public housing. And he waited. More than a decade passed. Then, in February, [Ciampanella] unexpectedly had his choice of several apartments. His tale might be considered one of patience rewarded, but there was a twist: It turned out Rome&rsquo;s municipal government never really had a shortage of properties.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Instead, the government actually owned so many thousands of apartments and buildings that no one was quite certain how many there were, who lived in them or where they were. That was, until staff members for Rome&rsquo;s new interim administrator, Francesco Paolo Tronca, discovered nine boxes containing roughly 1,200 case files left languishing by past mayors.</em></p><p><em>What quickly became clear was that most of the apartments had been rented for years &mdash; in some cases, decades &mdash; for as little as 10 euros per month."</em></p><p>According to the article, while some of these <em>insane</em> deals were for charities and other nonprofit organization, most of them were the by-product of Italy's notoriously corrupt political system.</p><p>The discovery has, unsurprisingly, become a scandal in Italy after details emerged like the story of one man who was earning&nbsp;&euro;700,000 a month but living in public housing.</p><p>Now we just have to find out where the cheap housing is hidden in these cities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143145697/london-s-bleak-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Bleak Housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los An...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942346/the-salerno-maritime-terminal-zaha-hadid-s-first-posthumous-project-inaugurated-in-italy The Salerno maritime terminal: Zaha Hadid's first posthumous project inaugurated in Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:38:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qk2gt6gtao708b0m.jpg" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the long approach from the sea, the flowing, horizontal silhouette of this all-concrete structure, bracketed fore and aft by leaning walls, stands out from the heavyset classicized buildings along the waterfront promenade [...] Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited the site on Sunday, calling it a masterpiece. The absence of Ms. Hadid, 65, who died on March 31 without ever seeing the finished terminal, was keenly felt both days.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gf/gfodm42he69jbhsx.jpg"></p><p>The city of Salerno, some 60.5 km south of Naples, gained a major new architectural icon this week. A 50,000 sq. ft., &euro;15 million maritime terminal,&nbsp;it's also the first project by ZHA to be inaugurated after their principal Zaha Hadid passed away last month.</p><p>Before the inauguration ceremony, portraits of the late architecture were plastered around the city. "Goodbye Zaha Hadid, Genius and Modernity. Inspiration and Transformation, Light that takes shape," they read. "Salerno will proudly care for and cherish the Maritime Terminal.&rdquo; Half of the 400-person firm reportedly travelled to Salerno for the ceremony.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43tfk4v9spvfwyv1.jpg"></p><p>Actually, rather than a new project, the Salerno terminal was twelve years in the making, with contractor bankruptcies and other financial woes creating major delays. As such, the building was designed the old way: while computers were beginning to be used, the project was designed mainly with models and drafting.</p><p>Paola Cattarin, the project architect, describes to&nbsp;<em>the Times:&nbsp;</em>"It w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940898/miniature-manhole-rooms-highlight-reality-of-bucharest-s-underground-dwellers Miniature manhole rooms highlight reality of Bucharest's underground dwellers Alexander Walter 2016-04-15T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ep/epojpw8kf5vo02eu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Borderlife is a street art intervention by Biancoshock in which three abandoned manholes in Milan&rsquo;s Lodi district have been transformed into miniature dwellings. [...] With Borderlife the street artist wants to make us aware about the distressing living conditions of many fellow humans who are forced to live in confined spaces, especially manholes. He got his inspiration from the reportedly hundreds of people that are occupying manholes and sewer systems in the Romanian capital Bucharest.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/ekmqsxfb9ukxaude.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5i/5igvyqzj6kps8u28.jpg"></p><p>Images of the BORDERLIFE street art intervention via Biancoshock's <a href="http://www.biancoshock.com/borderlife.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938940/giant-calligraffiti-mural-unites-community-in-cairo-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant "calligraffiti" mural unites community in Cairo slum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146044719/subterranean-theme-park-photographer-richard-john-seymour-captures-the-new-life-inside-an-ancient-transylvanian-salt-mine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subterranean theme park: photographer Richard John Seymour captures the new life inside an ancient Transylvanian salt mine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119347379/artist-charles-young-crafts-mini-paper-metropolis-on-the-daily" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Charles Young crafts mini paper metropolis on the daily</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940553/here-s-a-dose-of-design-inspiration-from-superstudio-the-radical-1960s-anti-architecture-collective-whose-influence-continues-today Here's a dose of design inspiration from Superstudio, the radical 1960s "anti-architecture" collective whose influence continues today Nicholas Korody 2016-04-13T18:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:32:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wy3jkagylhrpq4q8.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>HALF A CENTURY AGO, a group of 20-something architecture students from Florence decided to assume the small task of conceiving an alternative model for life on earth. Contemptuous of the long reign of Modernism, which they felt had sold itself as a cure to society&rsquo;s ills and never delivered, they were jazzed by American science-fiction novels and the political foment of the 1960s. They gave themselves the colorfully assured name Superstudio...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/24/24lpzdlk200zpgdt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ow/owe5hvm7yccklmbf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/38/38a9wvku1jatwcm4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xwrmyjywu53bdnnt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xk/xkqt8zprmmkafyqe.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r6detc0dopzp87yj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kv/kvx5dh1nu21iy8ke.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation MAD slips through borders with Salone del Mobile installation Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:25:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5wnmn4vbq29chg1e.jpg" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935081/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Borders are often controversial</a> and rarely flexible, but Ma Yansong of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> has playfully reinterpreted them with his installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. &ldquo;Borders are usually seen as something closed and unapproachable but I think it&rsquo;s interesting to make borders attractive, dynamic and engaging," Yansong said about his 'Invisible Border' installation, which strings strands of EFTE across the&nbsp;Cortile d&rsquo;Onore courtyard.&nbsp;"So we decided to play with the border between the historical loggias and the garden in front of it, and design a transition in-between them.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9s1ip9apfrqu5pf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktkns1y9du8vtfro.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eue4e3bzm8w536p4.jpg"></p><p>Part shelter, part fragmented contemplation site for the sky above, the strands emit a whistling sound in the wind, and are designed to provide a surface for illumination at night (with lighting provided by iGuzzini Illuminazione).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fv/fv77yx487mw4qovi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/iljy2i9ou4c039hq.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Our installation blurs the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary. You see the difference in each end, but the transition is very organic," Yansong continued. "It&rsquo;s ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938802/ancient-italian-church-comes-back-to-life-built-in-wire-mesh Ancient Italian church comes back to life – built in wire mesh Alexander Walter 2016-04-06T18:40:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:36:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d83517e0340308491007c477a200f317.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The basilica of Siponto [...] in Italy&rsquo;s Puglia region, has long been easy to miss&mdash;just another church among the thousands around the country. But these days, the 12th century structure attracts a crowd, sometimes even queues. [...] Adjoining the newly renovated basilica, standing on the ruins, towers a full blown cathedral&mdash;with its imposing arches, columns, and volumes&mdash;completely built in iron-wire mesh. It gives the appearance of a hologram, or a 3D charcoal drawing of a time that was.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/4376ce66c8a92d25d6c5b27ccf1b888a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/34/349073ccbedc05580c4f67d350b47454.jpg"></p><p>Find more images of Edoardo Tresoldi's wire mesh sculpture of the Basilica di Siponto on <a href="http://qz.com/653580/photos-centuries-of-italian-history-come-back-to-life-through-a-mind-bending-wire-mesh-structures/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133437552/kinetic-steel-museum-in-new-zealand-pays-tribute-to-illustrious-sculptural-artist-len-lye" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kinetic" steel museum in New Zealand pays tribute to illustrious sculptural artist Len Lye</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133418255/artist-carsten-h-ller-to-wrap-world-s-longest-tunnel-slide-around-the-arcelormittal-orbit-tower-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126493763/richard-serra-engages-with-the-qatari-desert-landscape-in-his-new-sculptural-piece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Serra engages with the Qatari desert landscape in his new sculptural piece</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935242/venice-lagoon-declared-most-endangered-heritage-site-in-europe Venice Lagoon declared most endangered heritage site in Europe Alexander Walter 2016-03-17T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T15:37:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxq778ylp063mavp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Venice Lagoon is the most endangered heritage site in Europe, declared the pan-European heritage organisation Europa Nostra at an event today [...]. Rising sea levels, swelling number of tourists, large cruise ships in the lagoon, the erosion of the sea bed, dredging deeper channels and the lack of an agreed management plan for Venice has created a perfect storm of threats to the city&rsquo;s preservation. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145215589/milan-to-pay-stipend-to-residents-willing-to-host-refugees Milan to pay stipend to residents willing to host refugees Nicholas Korody 2016-01-07T20:50:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:10:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qglcg1kwb50lcc08.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The second-biggest Italian city is offering a monthly payment of 350 euros ($376) to every resident willing to host a refugee, or an asylum seeker, in their home. The city of Milan announced Monday with a post on its Facebook page that soon local residents will be paid for giving shelter to one or more refugees.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Architectures of the Disaster" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/105264254/architectures-of-the-disaster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectures of the Disaster</a></p></li><li><p><a title="How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126442466/how-architects-can-help-nepal-and-learn-from-past-disastrous-mistakes-successes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></p></li><li><p><a title="The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140068061/the-vast-majority-of-syrian-refugees-are-seeking-refuge-in-cities-not-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The vast majority of Syrian refugees are seeking refuge in cities, not camps</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p></li><li><p><a title='Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"</a></p></li></ul><p><a title='Refugees Welcome: the "Airbnb for Refugees"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136280311/refugees-welcome-the-airbnb-for-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4k/4kpp1w5uqeu9wa5f.jpg"></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-11T12:55:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T12:55:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8v3rhmitmpg75zei.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Health warnings have been issued this week as atmospheric pollution is set to rise to dangerously high levels on Thursday and Friday, with levels of breathable toxic particles reaching 100 micrograms per cubic meter. In a bid to stop pollution reaching dangerous levels, the council is making the city's buses and metro free on Thursday and Friday to reduce the emissions caused by Turin's heavy traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other cities coping with mitigating air pollution:</p><ul><li><a title="Beijing's latest &quot;airpocalypse&quot; is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a title="Car-free events significantly improve air quality" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139550931/car-free-events-significantly-improve-air-quality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a title="Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time.</a></li><li><a title="Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136882864/approaching-a-multilayered-death-at-aldo-rossi-s-cemetery Approaching a multilayered death at Aldo Rossi’s cemetery Alexander Walter 2015-09-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9039dec909aa2d554021ea3858f8fee1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aldo Rossi&rsquo;s addition to the San Cataldo Cemetery is a paragon of postmodern architecture, seeing the cemetery up close exposes some of the style&rsquo;s major shortcomings. [...] all you&rsquo;ve got left is a half-empty, unfinished cemetery with assorted maintenance equipment left lying around. Perhaps you can keep drawing meaning from this decay. But lord knows it&rsquo;s difficult to sustain a deep engagement with life and death after you&rsquo;ve tripped over a garden hose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122146647/how-a-postmodernist-department-store-is-trying-to-become-the-youngest-monument-in-poland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131877038/postmodern-no-1-poultry-divides-architects-in-debate-over-recent-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123740675/they-died-as-they-designed-famous-architects-self-styled-gravestones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They died as they designed: famous architects' self-styled gravestones</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128571091/italian-architecture-establishment-tries-to-snuff-out-crowdsourcing-architectural-design-site-cocontest Italian architecture establishment tries to snuff out crowdsourcing architectural design site, CoContest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T08:27:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8gm359upwedjabhz.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CoContest allows customers wanting to refurbish an existing space to put their project out to architects and designers, who in turn submit their design proposals [...] Nine lawmakers &ndash; eight of them architects &ndash; have issued a parliamentary proposal urging the Economic Development and Justice Ministries to crack down on the crowdsourcing website, which they said was carrying out an illegal intermediation activity and denigrating professional architects in its publicity</p></em><br /><br /><p>Any business that's praised for being "disruptive" is bound to cause controversy &ndash; or else that establishment probably wasn't worth disrupting. <a href="https://www.cocontest.com/#!en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CoContest</a>, an Italian startup that aims to connect homeowners to a competitively-priced international roster of architects and designers, has received praise for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alisoncoleman/2014/12/03/disrupting-in-style-italian-start-up-takes-interior-design-to-the-crowd/2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"its ability to disrupt the traditional workflow of architectural design services, transforming it from a local to an international service; from a time consuming activity to a fast and efficient process, and from an expensive service to an affordable one."</a>&nbsp;Mountain View based incubator 500 Startups invited CoContest to join its ranks this year. But the atmosphere in Italy recently became far less encouraging.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/dw/dwt6jzmt59zbiqu0.jpg"></p><p>Inspiration for CoContest came from a bloated population of Italian architects and interior designers &ndash; according to <a href="https://twitter.com/monditalia/status/460748591007408128/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 2014 infographic</a>, Italy has an architect for every 414 people (the US has one for every 1,300). CoContest creators Filippo (an architect) and Federico Schiano...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126426103/a-peek-into-the-uk-s-beehive-inspired-pavilion-for-milan-expo-2015 A peek into the UK's beehive-inspired pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-04-29T18:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T20:00:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0oedm7o6do2i7gdv.jpg" width="514" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the issue of <a href="http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/147864.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bee population decline</a> continues to gain more public attention, the United Kingdom's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, "The Hive", pays tribute to the hard-working honeybees and their essential role of pollination in helping produce the food we eat. Once the 1,910 m2 pavilion officially opens this Friday at the Milan Expo, it will serve as a space for a program of UK business, science and cultural events during the Expo's six-month run.</p><p>Designed by Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress in collaboration with engineer Tristan Simmonds and architectural practice BDP, the Hive's design concept was inspired by the perspective of a honeybee buzzing about its beehive. Fabricated by York-based <a href="http://www.stageone.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stage One</a> (who has created installations for Olympic Games Ceremonies and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion since 2009), the pavilion boasts 169,300 individual aluminum components.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uh/uhv0twjs3ayucc1b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0hgcb83bwmmz10cr.jpg"></p><p>Assembled into 32 horizontal layers, the pavilion's main body is made up of concentric zig-zag-shaped nodes, whic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126374667/identity-parade-the-usa-pavilion-and-its-neighbors-at-expo-milano-2015 Identity Parade: The USA Pavilion and its Neighbors at Expo Milano 2015 Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T18:13:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92edb5e6eaef5c6dbe79cc94a953b06d.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>James Biber can see Russia from his roof. Mr. Biber, the architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the world&rsquo;s fair that is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, also has a good view of Kuwait next door and Iran across the street. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a kind of identity parade,&rdquo; Mr. Biber, 62, said about the jumble. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s every nation attempting to express itself in a building. It is the very best and very worst of design you&rsquo;re going to see in its concentrated form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A preview of Biber Architects&rsquo; USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 201</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122679180/there-are-too-many-architects-in-italy There are too many architects in Italy Nam Henderson 2015-03-11T22:09:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T20:40:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6n/6n8u7wnil9tdmbhp.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>a huge sum representing 27 percent of all the architects on the Continent...more architects than there are in the United States</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stephen Hayman talked with&nbsp;Luciano Lazzari, an architect in Trieste who is also the president of the Architects&rsquo; Council of Europe. Late last year ACE&nbsp;released their biennial&nbsp;Sector Study of the <a href="http://www.ace-cae.eu/activities/publications/sector-study/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profession</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/575717611318738944" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015 Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T13:48:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r97emriplo5224a3.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106373/thinc-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design</a> revealed their exhibition design for the USA Pavilion in the upcoming <a href="http://www.expo2015.org/en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo 2015</a> this May. Collaborating with Friends of the USA Pavilion, Thinc Design's exhibition highlights America's role in the future of the global food system, as a response to the Expo's overall theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p><p>The food-related topic challenges the Expo's 140 participating countries to showcase their technological solutions on how to provide healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all, but through sustainable methods that won't disrupt the Earth's equilibrium.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixvg5yz79shv9cd7.jpg"></p><p><em>Above: Biber Architects' architectural design for the USA Pavilion.</em> <em>&copy; Biber Architects</em></p><p>Thinc Design's exhibition will be located inside a 26,000 sq.ft space of the USA Pavilion, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Biber Architects</a>. Through a series of immersive presentations and with multilingual college-aged student "ambassadors" as guides, the exhibition will include interactive features and digital media that aim to p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120970141/second-life-for-fascist-architecture-will-mussolini-s-square-colosseum-become-a-palazzo-for-fendi Second life for fascist architecture: Will Mussolini's Square Colosseum become a Palazzo for Fendi? Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-17T14:18:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90xp5ovdscc3z58t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A cash shortage in Rome could see the city&rsquo;s fascist-era Square Colosseum sold to the fashion house Fendi, despite calls in the Italian capital to keep the building in state hands. More than 70 years after the Palazzo della Civilt&agrave; del Lavoro was built under the orders of Benito Mussolini it could soon be reinvented as a home for luxury goods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116591270/don-t-forget-to-register-for-yac-s-rome-community-ring-competition Don't forget to register for YAC's Rome Community Ring competition Justine Testado 2014-12-22T18:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wo8t7cgqb2eyt70.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Late registration began today for Young Architects Competitions' <a href="http://www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Community Ring</a>. If you want a chance to win, make sure to register by <strong>January 19, 2015</strong> and submit your entries by <strong>January 26</strong>, <strong>2015</strong>.</p><p>Students and professionals are encouraged to share their ideas on how to revive one of Rome's historical treasures, the 19th-century <a href="http://progettoforti.wix.com/progettoforti#!forte-portuense/c10ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forte Portuense</a>, into a new cultural space for public recreation. Proposed designs must also include room for potential urban development. Built between 1877 to late 1881, Forte Portuense is one of several military fortresses and has remained preserved since military authorities abandoned the site in 1967.</p><p>Winners and cash prizes totaling &euro;15,000 will be awarded when the competition ends in March 2015. An awards ceremony and exhibition will follow.</p><p>For more important competition details, click <a href="http://www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previous YAC competitions:</p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_of_the_wine_culture_centre_competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wine Culture Centre</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_for_post-quake_visions_revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Quake Visions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113652533/towards-biology-tells-the-metaphysical-tale-of-ricardo-bofill-s-la-f-brica "Towards Biology" tells the metaphysical tale of Ricardo Bofill's La Fábrica Justine Testado 2014-11-14T15:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:54:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v0/v0g4eisskm9ik910.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with <a href="http://www.onionlab.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Onionlab</a> from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation titled "Towards Biology" as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101261428/ricardo-bofill-s-time-space-existence-exhibition-on-la-fabrica-for-the-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Time Space Existence" exhibition</a> at the soon-to-conclude <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/230035/venice-biennale-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale 2014</a> in Italy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk5hpc6rcczqgyf2.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition explores going beyond the physical existence of La F&aacute;brica&nbsp;-- the repurposed cement factory in Barcelona that has served as the Taller de Arquitectura's creative headquarters and Ricardo Bofill's private residence since the mid-1970s -- and reimagines it in different contexts, specifically in Venice.</p><p>In "Towards Biology", the rotunda-shaped screen draws in viewers to listen and watch a poetic narrative about La F&aacute;brica, which symbolizes the fundamentals of Taller de Arquitectura and the firm's approaches to architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et77o050r53ost3g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0v94zd2d46fny4x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/gl6q6wyh9k2kclnx.jpg"></p><p><strong>Scroll further down to watch the installation in English or Italian.</strong></p><p>Project credits:</p><p>Produced by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Onionlab<br>Technical direction: Onionlab<br>Technical Engineering: Lloc Audiovisu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108274491/apple-2-campus-taking-shape-ncarb-names-names-and-cities-sell-out-news-round-up-for-september-2-2014 Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s16roovge6nuekej.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251985/town-becomes-a-beer-ad-but-residents-don-t-feel-like-a-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108251980/gehry-s-revised-eisenhower-memorial-loses-two-controversial-tapestries-but-concerns-remain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108250364/italy-s-planned-holocaust-museum-moving-to-eur-mussolini-s-expo-site Italy’s planned Holocaust museum moving to EUR, Mussolini’s expo site Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T13:10:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6e/6e8969936a8149e464caa17df125a5d4.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Holocaust museum planned for Rome since 2005 could open next year in a new, bigger location at EUR, named after the Esposizione Universale Roma, in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. After almost a decade of delay and &euro;15m spent to acquire a plot of land, the first Museo della Shoah quietly stalled before construction even started.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015 A preview of Biber Architects’ USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T20:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qsliw21s7qgwlxa8.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Biber Architects of New York recently announced the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet", for the Milan World Expo in 2015. The US pavilion is one of 147 participating countries responding to the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses global issues regarding food security, access and waste, and the challenging prospect of nutritiously feeding 9 billion people by 2050.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highlighting America's role in the global food system, the barn-inspired pavilion includes features like a a harvestable vertical farm, food trucks, and a boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmx5l6rot5u1u1j4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14oc1u9ycwcdz492.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_biber_architects_usa_pavilion_design_for_milan_expo_2015/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T08:44:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1f79424da5cc7036b1062c8b81c70b7.jpg" width="300" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. [...] Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation, the architect Norman Foster and his wife Elena also endorse the appeal which has been launched by the Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104337959/rome-home-of-the-tod-s-colosseum-fendi-fountain-and-the-spanish-bulgari-steps Rome, home of the Tod’s Colosseum, Fendi Fountain and the Spanish "Bulgari" Steps Archinect 2014-07-16T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:23:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c4debe92c361445618a031dcd7884bd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The practice of using corporate largess to finance restoration projects for public antiquities was once fairly rare here. But with the nation struggling with a stagnant economy and crushing public debt &mdash; Rome is flirting off and on with bankruptcy &mdash; politicians are now looking to private companies and international sources to help preserve Italy&rsquo;s cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104263892/lego-architecture-to-launch-in-europe-at-the-italian-villa-pennisi-in-musica-event-this-august LEGO Architecture to launch in Europe at the Italian “Villa Pennisi in Musica” event this August Justine Testado 2014-07-15T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T13:21:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6wwp6tuwjl0ik2h6.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>LEGO Architecture is making its European debut on August 1 in the "Villa Pennisi in Musica" event at the 19th-century Pennisi Villa in Italy. The event is part of a program that brings an Italian architecture summer school and a classical music masterclass under the same roof.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture students will use <a href="http://architecture.lego.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture</a> to form their ideas as they explore ways to design and build a wooden acoustic shell for the event's outdoor chamber music performances&nbsp;&mdash; in less than 10 days.</p><p>Read more about the event on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/lego_architecture_to_launch_in_europe_at_the_italian_villa_pennisi_in_music/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>See previous coverage on LEGO Architecture <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78469173/lego-architecture-studio-now-in-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101646899/barkow-leibinger-s-kinetic-wall-prototype-exhibited-at-the-venice-biennale-2014 Barkow Leibinger’s “Kinetic Wall” prototype exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2014 Justine Testado 2014-06-11T20:37:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T13:21:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0udwgo4fwezzy8v2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>American/German architectural practice Barkow Leibinger is back at the Venice Biennale with "Kinetic Wall". Specifically designed for this year's Biennale, the prototype highlights the evolution of wall-making while also standing as an ode to the 20th century fantasy of kinetic architecture -- or architecture that can move. Kinetic Wall is currently on display in the Wall Room at the "Elements of Architecture&ldquo; exhibition in the Venice Biennale.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1u/1ukx9lfh8nu9lr68.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xh/xhves4pn2i9qkm0c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8rykmi4zpj507w7e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5ycd0k8wko7fr71v.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghv772bbcs9t2hhl.jpg"><br><br>Get more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/barkow_leibingers_kinetic_wall_prototype_exhibited_at_the_venice_biennale_2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>See it in action in the video below.</p>