Archinect - News 2016-12-05T22:11:52-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980058/oma-announced-as-creative-mediator-for-manifesta-12-palermo OMA announced as ‘Creative Mediator’ for Manifesta 12 Palermo Alexander Walter 2016-11-24T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T00:56:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2o/2otgcrc77njmxkbc.jpg" width="650" height="562" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manifesta, the roving European biennial, announced today that the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will be creative mediator for its upcoming 12th&nbsp;edition, set to open in Palermo, Italy, in 2018. As creative mediator, OMA will investigate how Italian cities are governed, looking specifically at immigration, environmental issues, gentrification, and tourism. Led by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the team will also explore how artists can intervene in places around the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent OMA news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979257/take-a-look-inside-london-s-new-design-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look inside London's new Design Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149972488/oma-s-plans-for-axel-springer-building-officially-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971761/oma-revamps-13th-c-fondaco-dei-tedeschi-in-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA revamps 13th c. Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975965/another-earthquake-strikes-central-italy Another earthquake strikes central Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:06:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0gizo16afmo76x0.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towns and villages in central Italy have been hit by an earthquake for the fourth time in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died, but about 20 people were injured. The medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, the town closest to the epicentre, was among buildings destroyed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The earthquake is the most recent in a series that has rocked the region for several months. Last August, an earthquake in Amatrice killed about 300 people and, in 2009, an earthquake destroyed most of the town of L'Aquila.&nbsp;</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a 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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965348/italian-villages-destroyed-by-earthquake-won-t-be-able-to-be-rebuilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Italian villages destroyed by earthquake won't be able to be rebuilt</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942419/checking-in-on-nepal-one-year-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checking in on Nepal, one year later</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971761/oma-revamps-13th-c-fondaco-dei-tedeschi-in-venice OMA revamps 13th c. Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice Nicholas Korody 2016-10-03T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qx/qxj5btb5r5zdrcbx.jpg" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&nbsp;Standing at the foot of the Rialto Bridge in Venice since 1228, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi has had many lives: a trading post for German merchants, a customs house in the Napoleonic era, a post office during Mussolini&rsquo;s regime. It survived two fires and extensive architectural interventions under fascism. Now, following a major renovation by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, the Fondaco has opened as a department store.</p><p>The extended history of the Fondaco brought it historic &ldquo;monument status&rdquo; in 1987&mdash;despite its objective &ldquo;lack of authenticity&rdquo;, as the press release states, which prohibited major changes by OMA. Instead, the project, which was led by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Rem Koolhaas, Silvia Sandor and Francesco Moncada included a series of discreet interventions with large visual impact, &ldquo;vertical distribution devices&rdquo;, as well as new programming.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5x/5xnn8h4coxc5wibm.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u5/u5omww2sp9fg0fzo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/70/70r1a3n1ehkas8tc.jpg"></p><p>New entrances have been carved out to accompany the existing ones, while bright red escalators &ldquo;create a new public route through the building&rdquo;. Graphic patte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970029/the-olympics-are-a-dream-that-turn-into-a-nightmare-rome-s-mayor-pulls-2024-olympic-bid “The Olympics are a dream that turn into a nightmare." – Rome's mayor pulls 2024 Olympic bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yi/yipdi9xeowjirxuz.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virginia Raggi, who was elected in June and has faced a tumultuous start to her tenure, said in a highly anticipated press conference that it would be irresponsible to move forward with the bid, given the debts that it would accrue and the burdens it would place on Roman taxpayers. [...] The 38-year-old lawyer said the city was still paying debts it had accrued for the Games in 1960, and would not stand for more &ldquo;cathedrals in the desert&rdquo; &ndash; abandoned stadiums &ndash; that the city could ill afford.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take the Olympics, please!</p><ul><li><a title="Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968313/wilkinson-eyre-designers-of-rio-s-biggest-olympic-stadium-reflect-on-the-games-architectural-legacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre, designers of Rio's biggest Olympic stadium, reflect on the Games' architectural legacy</a></li><li><a title="How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></li><li><a title="Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a title="Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131889896/japanese-slam-highly-unpopular-tokyo-olympic-stadium-design-with-hilarious-memes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese slam highly unpopular Tokyo Olympic Stadium design with hilarious memes</a></li><li><a title="On decentralizing the Olympics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968931/get-lectured-syracuse-architecture-in-florence-fall-16 Get Lectured: Syracuse Architecture in Florence, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-09-16T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T18:07:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1i/1iiiz3ej4gqub32m.jpg" width="650" height="920" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016</strong></a></p><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>In addition to&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/syracuse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syracuse Architecture</a>'s ongoing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968039/get-lectured-syracuse-university-fall-16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture series</a>, their study-abroad studio in Florence will soon feature their own lineup of speakers starting next month. Here they are:</p><p><strong>Oct 6</strong><br><strong>Point Supreme</strong> co-founders Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou from Athens</p><p><strong>Oct 7<br>Curtis Roth</strong>,&nbsp;a Fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU</p><p><strong>Oct 11<br>Bryony Roberts</strong>,&nbsp;Visiting Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965915/in-wake-of-deadly-earthquake-italy-s-prime-minister-calls-on-renzo-piano-to-help-reconstruction-effort In wake of deadly earthquake, Italy's prime minister calls on Renzo Piano to help reconstruction effort Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-30T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:23:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tykvu30hqbwo1nhw.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on August 24 reduced the medieval towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto to ruins, and has claimed the lives of at least 290 people. With over 3,000 people displaced by the quake's damage, Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi called on "Italian senator for life" Renzo Piano to lead the reconstruction and disaster prevention efforts in response.</p><p>The current plan is to build lightweight wooden structures to house the majority of the displaced residents, and then begin reconstruction of the towns in six to eight months. Piano, speaking to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/italy-earthquake-pm-asks-renzo-piano-to-help-in-reconstruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, spoke to the importance of government regulation in addition to rebuilding quickly: "Anti-seismic requirements must be inserted in the laws of the country to make our homes safe, just as it's compulsory for a car to have brakes that work."</p><p>Piano has previous experience working in "high-risk quake zones" in Japan and California, but admitted to The Guardian&nbsp;that working in Italy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965348/italian-villages-destroyed-by-earthquake-won-t-be-able-to-be-rebuilt Italian villages destroyed by earthquake won't be able to be rebuilt Nicholas Korody 2016-08-25T17:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:13:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/gidtk11vl004c8ym.jpg" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The head of an influential charity in Italy has said that it is not feasible to rebuild all of the Medieval villages reduced to rubble by yesterday&rsquo;s earthquake, as it would be too costly and the region has been depopulating anyway. Instead, the strategic plan for the mountainous area northeast of Rome should be &ldquo;rethought completely&rdquo;, said Paolo Beccegato, vice director of the Catholic charity Caritas, which has workers assisting in the devastated zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the mountainous area northeast of Rome yesterday morning, affecting 241 towns and killing at least 250 people.</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941247/death-toll-climbs-to-350-after-powerful-7-8-magnitude-earthquake-hits-ecuador" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Death toll climbs to 350 after powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Ecuador</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940693/a-6-4-magnitude-earthquake-has-just-struck-japan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has just struck Japan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147653406/taiwan-earthquake-tin-cans-found-as-fillers-may-have-caused-high-rise-to-collapse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan earthquake: tin cans found as fillers may have caused high-rise to collapse</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954601/a-dinosaur-a-flying-saucer-a-rock-garden-parasite-2-0-s-installation-for-yap-maxxi A dinosaur, a flying saucer, a rock garden: Parasite 2.0's installation for YAP MAXXI Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T11:07:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/21/21seubrujuftrd7p.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most Americans know MoMA&rsquo;s Young Architect&rsquo;s Program (YAP) through its annual summer festival in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City, but they also have an impressive international program. For the Roman edition of the program, this year&rsquo;s winner, studio Parasite 2.0, installed a giant green dinosaur, a neon flying saucer, and other peculiar objects in the sunlit courtyard of the Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI Museum.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bh/bh9ow72x5jd6e9co.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i6/i6j15k2bcrgq5ebt.jpg"></p><p>Entitled MAXXI <em>Temporary School: the museum is a school. A school is a battleground</em>,<em> </em>the installation is composed of three sets made of wood, recycled rubber and metal. One of the sets has two walls rising from a star-shaped podium accessible by a tunnel. Another comprises a rock garden, a rainbow, and the flying saucer. In the third, a dinosaur spout water alongside images of the planet Saturn and Easter Island moan.</p><p>&ldquo;Fantastical settings, references from diverse cultures, fragments of nature and pop-up details providing backdrops for visitors&rsquo; thousand-like selfies: ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders Global warming is redrawing national borders Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T12:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T12:35:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f2/f2z85svbr5lt70u2.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Climate change is happening so fast and on such a huge scale that it's forcing us to change the borders of a country," said head of the mapping expedition, Marco Ferrari... The borders of a country are "something we always consider as stable, as a political device, the foundation of the modern state, the most sacred thing, but this huge natural transformation makes clear how disruptive and alarming these changes are," he said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Even the biggest and most stable things, like glaciers, mountains&mdash;these huge objects, they can change in a few years. We live on a planet that changes, and we try to make rules, to give meaning, but this meaning is completely artificial because nature, basically, doesn't give a shit."</em></p><p>Global warming is one of the most visible aspects of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene" target="_blank">Anthropocene</a>, a name for the era in which humans activity registers on the geological record. For more on the Anthropocene and its relation to architecture, check out past some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142453636/ways-of-seeing-in-the-anthropocene-review-of-the-geological-imagination-and-the-underdome-guide-to-energy-reform" target="_blank">Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948816/the-architectural-eclecticism-of-mussolini-s-italy The architectural eclecticism of Mussolini's Italy Nicholas Korody 2016-06-01T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-06-13T18:41:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20gch9ly1xmaeirm.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Mussolini, at least for his first decade in power, wasn&rsquo;t quite as interested in architecture as his fellow dictators. While enthusiastically censoring film-makers, writers, academics and journalists, he let architects do as they please [...] The resulting architectural output, between Mussolini&rsquo;s rise to power in 1922 and the late 1930s, when he began to exert more control, embodies an accidentally healthy pluralism.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"While Hitler rejoiced in the traditional v&ouml;lkisch kitsch of his imaginary master race, and Stalin revelled in over-iced baroque confections, Mussolini sat back and let historicist revivalism compete with the crisp forms of forward-looking modernism."</em></p><p>For more on the architecture of fascism, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120970141/second-life-for-fascist-architecture-will-mussolini-s-square-colosseum-become-a-palazzo-for-fendi" target="_blank">Second life for fascist architecture: Will Mussolini's Square Colosseum become a Palazzo for Fendi?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108250364/italy-s-planned-holocaust-museum-moving-to-eur-mussolini-s-expo-site" target="_blank">Italy&rsquo;s planned Holocaust museum moving to EUR, Mussolini&rsquo;s expo site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941416/philip-johnson-the-fascist" target="_blank">Philip Johnson, the fascist</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137735978/hitler-at-home-by-despina-stratigakos" target="_blank">"Hitler at Home" by Despina Stratigakos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128096468/controversy-over-hitler-s-prora-beach-resort-continues" target="_blank">Controversy over Hitler's Prora beach resort continues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125745578/le-corbusier-militant-fascist-claims-overshadow-50th-death-anniversary" target="_blank">Le Corbusier "militant fascist" claims overshadow 50th death anniversary</a></li></ul> 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 >2016-06-02T01:30:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y2/y24pr15kw76rvbz5.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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 >2016-06-10T05:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgad53d96nfg36ch.jpg" width="650" height="459" 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/650x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="650" height="486" 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/650x/ug/ug0ftdi4lcqd2e0f.jpg" width="640" height="393" 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/650x/8r/8r2x9it1bopyu2te.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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 >2016-06-15T06:02:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qk/qk2gt6gtao708b0m.jpg" width="650" height="514" 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/650x/ep/epojpw8kf5vo02eu.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/wy/wy3jkagylhrpq4q8.jpg" width="650" height="441" 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 >2016-12-01T17:08:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5wnmn4vbq29chg1e.jpg" width="650" height="337" 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/650x/d8/d83517e0340308491007c477a200f317.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/vx/vxq778ylp063mavp.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/qg/qglcg1kwb50lcc08.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/8v/8v3rhmitmpg75zei.jpg" width="600" height="356" 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/650x/90/9039dec909aa2d554021ea3858f8fee1.jpg" width="650" height="434" 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/650x/8g/8gm359upwedjabhz.jpg" width="650" height="380" 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/650x/0o/0oedm7o6do2i7gdv.jpg" width="650" height="774" 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/650x/92/92edb5e6eaef5c6dbe79cc94a953b06d.jpg" width="650" height="378" 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/650x/6n/6n8u7wnil9tdmbhp.jpg" width="619" height="401" 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/650x/r9/r97emriplo5224a3.jpg" width="650" height="421" 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/650x/90/90xp5ovdscc3z58t.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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>