Archinect - News 2015-08-31T05:10:42-04:00 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/99840077/boeri-studio-s-bosco-verticale-in-milan-makes-the-forest-tower-fantasy-a-reality Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality Justine Testado 2014-05-16T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:22:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/94bwbzi8ld04y0lx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1644/stefano-boeri-architetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio</a> will soon realize the dream of the forest tower with Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest -- and they're building two. The thought of a tower "built" out of living greenery has been rendered by architects numerous times, it has reached the point where it's considered <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89295240/eco-porn-competition-results-expose-the-sassy-side-of-green-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a trope of green architecture</a>. But from an idealistic view, seeing the tree-tower design get past the planning stage and move toward completion is quite refreshing, if not intriguing, to say the least.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/leosrlvkg74mwzql.jpg"></p><p>Located in Milan's redeveloping complex of Porta Nuova Isola, Vertical Forest was designed to help alleviate the city's increasing air pollution problem and provide a biological urban habitat in a total area of 40,000&nbsp;m2.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0exx4xo3omq1tel2.jpg"></p><p>The towers -- at 110 meters and 76 meters tall -- allegedly have 900 trees (measuring between 3m-6m) already planted in the residential balconies, along with 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants on terraces up to the 27th floor. As described by the studio, the vast number of plants will not on...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98854019/ruined-bridges-of-italy-reconceived-as-vertical-cities-of-the-future Ruined bridges of Italy reconceived as vertical cities of the future Archinect 2014-04-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/0589f240953b4531937b3cbc8985265e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed to be an autonomous community, the top of the bridge would serve as a pedestrian walkway with a section cordoned off for cars. Below, self-sustaining residences, shops, and leisure centers would be built into the bridges' support structures. The concept imagines residents living comfortably in the neighborhoods created within the upside-down towers, all while enjoying the view of the Calabrian countryside.</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/98218917/the-urban-algae-canopy-shows-the-power-of-algaetecture-for-milan-expo-2015 The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:51:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld2hb4ishvmadbq0.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="http://en.expo2015.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="http://www.ecologicstudio.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="http://cesaregriffa.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvemft8agvhqy7bd.jpg"></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95032719/get-lectured-kent-state-university-spring-14 Get Lectured: Kent State University, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-06T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-03-07T08:21:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy5ra47dbdqojnyg.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><b><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></b><br><br>Archinect's <i>Get Lectured</i> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often &mdash; and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!<br><br>For today, we'll be featuring lecture events from the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) and the Kent State University Florence Program in Italy. (attached below)</p><p><i>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</i></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events only. Unless noted, <strong>CAED lectures</strong> will take place at 5:00 pm. Note ea...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89211726/call-for-projects-ceramics-of-italy-2014-tile-competition Call for Projects: Ceramics of Italy 2014 Tile Competition Sponsor 2014-01-06T12:24:00-05:00 >2014-01-07T19:33:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oe/oepcrihmrf6hwzp3.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.tilecompetition.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition</a>:</em></p> <p> Ceramics of Italy never lets an outstanding project go unnoticed. From corporate headquarters with ventilated porcelain facades to summer homes featuring decorative ceramics, enter your best projects in the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition for the chance to win $4,000 and a trip to Italy!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzzksd8zjqbugosy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is an annual awards program sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission. It celebrates the pairing of innovative design ideas with products from Italy&rsquo;s leading ceramic tile manufacturers in creating spaces that are well-appointed, timeless and sustainable. Past winners have included SHoP Architects, Yabu Pushelberg and Bernard Tschumi Architects.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/krqq799mcpo4htt9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For the 2014 edition, North America-based architects and designers are invited to submit domestic and international, new or renovated projects completed betw...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88751823/results-for-post-quake-visions-revealed Results for “Post-Quake Visions” revealed Justine Testado 2013-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:24:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bou2pei5a8rx7u74.jpg" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young Architects Competitions recently announced the winning projects for Post-Quake Visions. The international ideas competition aimed to encourage research and new ideas for the reconstruction of the Italian City of Crevalcore, which was struck by a May 2012 earthquake that destroyed hundreds of ancient buildings. Out of 356 teams from over 54 countries, the jury selected 3 prize winners, 4 "gold" honorable mentions, and 8 honorable mentions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> These are the top three winners:</p> <p> <strong>1st Prize winner: </strong>271219VC<br> Team: Caterina Spadoni, Valentina Brunetti</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b62g7jgnp0xdf8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>2nd Prize winner: </strong>playhouse<br> Team: Luca Nicoletto, Emanuele Paladin, Marco Paronuzzi</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgveacmw32dujqdy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>3rd Prize winner:</strong> Neves Lopes Architects<br> Team: Fabio Ferreira Neves, Paulo Lopes</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sa7qayy8xj0wpxmu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> To see more projects, click <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/results_for_post-quake_visions_revealed/" target="_blank">here</a> to read the Bustler article.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88530806/unstudio-s-motion-matters-exhibition-at-the-maxxi-museum-in-rome UNStudio’s Motion Matters exhibition at the MAXXI Museum in Rome Justine Testado 2013-12-10T16:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T23:46:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awe85qcirj2nj8nn.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After two successful showings, the third edition of UNStudio's Motion Matters exhibition opened at the MAXXI Museum in Rome on Dec. 6. As an exploration of movement, space, and perspective, the site-specific installation has visitors interact with and experience 10 rescaled representations of UNStudio's architectural designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e08msxg2roxi60zu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuln3bpsklwcb1xc.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c4hmqpbrls6e93r.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Get more details at <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unstudios_motion_matters_exhibition_at_the_maxxi_museum_in_rome/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> Photos &copy; Cesare Querci</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80996307/architect-renzo-piano-named-among-honorary-italian-senators Architect Renzo Piano named among honorary Italian senators Archinect 2013-09-03T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:51:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fd3fedd6f44f05e5414c0d1a0b082fd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano, the award-winning architect who gave London the Shard and Paris the Pompidou centre, has been granted one of his country's highest honours, being named a senator for life by the Italian president. Giorgio Napolitano said the 75-year-old was among four distinguished Italians whose achievements in the cultural and scientific fields would allow them to contribute to the nation's parliament "in absolute independence of any party political considerations".</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/80426652/vines-and-vintner-beautify-a-tuscan-hill Vines and Vintner Beautify a Tuscan Hill anthony dong 2013-08-27T12:31:00-04:00 >2014-05-04T18:17:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5blbaqevzd0ws3ah.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That the Antinori family embraced a more ambitious project, allowed Archea to design everything down to the furniture and fittings, then paid the bills after the budget more than doubled from its original $45 million, and also endured years of delays because of construction problems, shows how much fine, successful architecture depends on the right client.</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/75452113/ancient-roman-concrete-is-about-to-revolutionize-modern-architecture Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture Archinect 2013-06-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T08:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8fce5577ffdd76ff26acb1eb53d08c2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world&rsquo;s most durable man-made creations ever&mdash;Roman concrete&mdash;has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.</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/70171367/an-open-letter-to-milan-s-mayor-about-his-dismissal-of-stefano-boeri An open letter to Milan's Mayor about his dismissal of Stefano Boeri Archinect 2013-03-27T12:06:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T12:14:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zih9sftdz3r7az21.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Open letter to Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan, from the international community of arts &amp; culture...<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> Dear Mayor Pisapia,</p> <p> It is with regret and disappointment that we learn that Stefano Boeri was dismissed from his position as Councillor for Design, Fashion and Culture for the city of Milan.</p> <p> Thanks to the energy and commitment of Boeri, and despite the deepening of the gravest crisis to have faced Italy since the postwar years, since 2011 Milan has succeded in projecting an image of renewed cultural vibrancy and dynamism onto the international stage. Thanks to Boeri's many initiatives&mdash;citywide events such as Book City and Piano City, or international exhibitions of internationally renowned artists such as the Marina Abramovic, Picasso, Bramantino, Alberto Garutti and Jeff Wall&mdash;Milan had finally succeeded in reaffirming itself forcefully on the international stage as an epicentre of art, design, fashion and culture.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z5g8pz9laiu9rpot.jpg" title=""><br><em>Mayor Giuliano Pisapia</em></p> <p> This unmotivated dismissal de...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68531159/bernard-tschumi-presents-grottammare-cultural-center-his-first-project-in-italy Bernard Tschumi presents Grottammare Cultural Center, his first project in Italy Alexander Walter 2013-02-28T16:30:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:10:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cjr7l4agn2h4nu4.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bernard Tschumi Architects has unveiled the schematic design for the firm's first work in Italy: ANIMA, a new cultural center in the city of Grottammare. The project has been commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and the Municipality of Grottammare and is expected to be completed by 2016.</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/68323387/architect-wants-to-relocate-new-jersey-frank-lloyd-wright-to-italy Architect Wants to Relocate New Jersey Frank Lloyd Wright to Italy Archinect 2013-02-25T14:38:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T14:39:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fdbf74d415e69c859f74bd1207f7266.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wright aficionado and architect Paolo Bulletti has launched an effort to purchase the 1954 Bachman Wilson House, one of Wright&rsquo;s Usonian Houses in New Jersey, and transport the structure to the town of Fiesole outside Florence.</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/67066968/fendi-to-rescue-crumbling-trevi-fountain Fendi To Rescue Crumbling Trevi Fountain Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T11:47:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:38:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcheo16dg8xmgybr.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury fashion will meet Roman architecture as Italian fashion house Fendi has pledged &euro;2.1 million to restore five of Rome&rsquo;s beloved fountains, including the iconic Trevi Fountain. Fendi, founded in Rome in the 1920s, is now part of French luxury giant LVMH. The fashion house opted to invest in restoring one of Rome&rsquo;s architectural treasures due to a self-described &ldquo;deep bond with the Eternal City.&rdquo;</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>