Archinect - News 2016-05-28T18:19:52-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149947992/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-cool-kids-and-guerrilla-interventions Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: 'Cool' kids and guerrilla interventions Laura Amaya 2016-05-27T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T02:35:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggty9d0tkd9u0h4x.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The general atmosphere at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, <em>Reporting from the Front</em>, is one of excitement, of subversion. The Fifteenth edition of the Biennale explicitly calls for instances where architecture is an &ldquo;instrument of self-government, of humanist civilization, and a demonstration of the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies.&rdquo; In that spirit, the usual suspects of a Biennale move to the sidelines, giving way to those working on the ground to prove that architecture can make a difference.</p><p><em>Cool Capital</em>, the <a href="http://southafrican2016pavilion.co.za/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Africa Pavilion</a> at the Arsenale, brings Pretoria to the limelight by challenging the historical interaction between citizens and public space. &ldquo;Pretoria has a huge political baggage and negative connotation&rdquo;<em>, </em>curator Pieter Mathews explains, adding that &ldquo;guerrilla interventions want to look at the city with new eyes; take whatever is good from the past and use it.&rdquo; The Pavilion features selected works from the <a href="http://www.coolcapital.co.za/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cool Capital platform</a>&mdash;the fi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947987/overwhelmed-by-venice-biennale-events-try-these-suggestions-for-starters Overwhelmed by Venice Biennale events? Try these suggestions for starters Justine Testado 2016-05-27T15:47:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T15:51:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgad53d96nfg36ch.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Without a doubt, there will be plenty to see in and around the Venice Biennale. Planning on attending and not so sure where to start? For the next few months, Bustler will share our recommendations of national exhibition pavilions and related events that you shouldn't miss. Have a look at our first list that you can use as a starting point for your visit(s). Happy Biennale-ing!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss out on an exhibition featuring Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, a nearby Zaha Hadid retrospective, and the national pavilions from Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, The Philippines, and <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4914/bustler-s-top-2016-venice-biennale-picks-for-may-june" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a>.</p><p>You can also keep track of Archinect's ongoing Venice Biennale coverage in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/743426/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947957/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-uruguay-s-underground-germany-s-construction-site-britain-s-housekeeping-and-more-from-the-national-pavilions Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions Andrea Dietz 2016-05-27T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-28T12:27:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jx3g8yat642esuxo.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 26, 2016</em></p><p>Aravena&rsquo;s Biennale for architecture to give a damn might imply a specific kind of project, but, after one day on the ground, it is clear that there is no one way for it to respond. For one thing, there is a truly incomprehensible quantity of material to cover. The volume alone speaks to the complex of energy and passion coming worldwide from the discipline. After an incomplete first pass around the Giardini and a tactical visit to the Arsenale, Venice&rsquo;s two main Biennale sites, I am struck by the inconsistency and individuality across and within these many contributions. Noteworthy trends may, at some point, emerge from the crowd, but, for now, I can list a few, non-representative soundbites only:</p><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149945782/previewing-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-united-states-architectural-imagination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Pavilion, &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination,&rdquo;</a> gives us architecture as we have come to expect it. Through twelve proposals for four Detroit sites, it posits the speculative as the instrument of societal uplift, offering up wild thinking as the means of igniting change. It do...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947716/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-call-for-architects-to-give-a-damn Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a call for architects to give a damn Andrea Dietz 2016-05-26T19:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T15:14:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa3rg9vxdv35y2xg.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 25, 2016:</em></p><p>At <em>La Biennale Architettura di Venezia</em>, architecture packages itself for a global forum. It is a distinct occasion through which the world&rsquo;s constructs and place-makings converge in a single microcosm. Against the backdrop of a sinking city, designers and works tapped to represent national architectural accomplishment invoke a comparative sizing-up. In displays, with ceremony, at a flurry of events and celebrations, architecture gets to sift through its disciplinary priorities. This gathering of architectural seeing and being seen is significant for the scene it projects into the expanded field.</p><p>This year, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611511/venice-biennale-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>15</em><em>th</em><em> International Architecture Exhibition</em></a>, the tone to the official introductory texts suggests a dissatisfaction with past performances. Paolo Barrata, Biennale President, announces the 2016 show with an identification of tendency in those previous years to &ldquo;deplore the present&rdquo; as &ldquo;characterized by increasing disconnection between architecture and civil society....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944436/impromptu-zaha-hadid-retrospective-planned-for-venice-biennale Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4pvhrbsr9qc9zz14.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An impromptu retrospective of the work of the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid will open in Venice this month during the city&rsquo;s Architecture Biennale. It will be the first Hadid exhibition since her death on March 31 at age 65. The 10-room exhibition, which will run from May 26 to Nov. 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti, is financed by the Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian foundation that promotes the art of glass making. The show will offer an overview of 35 years of Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s career...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture community remains in mourning since the passing of Dame Hadid. Here's some recent coverage since her untimely death last month:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941612/zaha-hadid-architects-to-continue-under-patrik-schumacher-s-leadership" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941758/zha-after-zaha-patrik-schumacher-on-zaha-and-what-s-next-for-the-firm-on-archinect-sessions-61" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940728/there-is-no-there-there-la-the-industrial-city-and-remembering-zaha-on-archinect-sessions-60-ft-special-guest-orhan-ayy-ce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There is No There There &ndash; LA the Industrial City and remembering Zaha on Archinect Sessions #60, ft. special guest Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937511/we-just-loved-her-frank-gehry-remembers-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;We just loved her&rdquo;: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937455/the-architecture-community-reacts-to-dame-hadid-s-death-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944040/paulo-mendes-da-rocha-named-as-2016-golden-lion-for-lifetime-achievement-winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha named as 2016 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement winner Justine Testado 2016-05-06T14:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T01:09:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9yyokapo4m5q1cyl.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2006 Pritzker laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha will be honored with the 2016 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during opening day of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a> on May 28.&nbsp;Upon the recommendation of Biennale Curator Alejandro Aravena, the Board of Directors decided on Mendes da Rocha's selection as the 2016 winner.&nbsp;</p><p>Noted by The Board of Directors as &ldquo;a nonconformist challenger and passionate realist&rdquo;,&nbsp;Mendes da Rocha was also cited for the &ldquo;Timelessness&rdquo; of his architecture. &ldquo;Many decades after being built, each of his projects have resisted the test of time, both stylistically and physically...The role model he played for many generations of architects in Brazil, Latin America and everywhere is that of a person able to join shared and collective efforts.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/to1qd3mocvl44tis.jpg"></p><p>Not long after graduating from the Mackenzie Architecture School in 1954, Mendes da Rocha first gained public recognition when he won the 1957 national competition to design the Clube Atl&eacute;tico Paulistano gymnasium. As the winner of n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148989609/winning-my-detroit-postcard-photos-for-the-2016-u-s-venice-biennale-pavilion-revealed Winning "My Detroit" postcard photos for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion revealed Justine Testado 2016-02-25T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T00:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05an9b2spr76est7.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion is one step closer to becoming a reality with today's reveal of the 'My Detroit' postcard photo competition winners...[Out of 463 entries, the winning photos] were considered as unique individual depictions of Detroit that could also collectively tell a larger story about the present-day city. The photographs will then be printed as postcards and distributed to visitors when the Biennale opens in May.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sf/sf39v50mgm5lcnq6.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ro/roff98mezy3r09de.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ff/ffj2vv6rthcf0vau.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rl/rl5sjiyxjol6p92r.jpg"></p><p>See more of the photos over <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/my_detroit_postcard_winners_venice_biennale_2016/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142991517/canada-s-2016-venice-biennale-theme-digs-into-the-country-s-influence-in-resource-extraction Canada's 2016 Venice Biennale theme digs into the country's influence in resource extraction Justine Testado 2015-12-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T21:56:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cd56nqnt0kz6eqb.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Canada's national theme for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a> will be a multimedia investigation of the country's resource extraction industry, as announced earlier this week by the Canada Council for the Arts. Titled <a href="http://extraction.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Extraction"</a>, the project profiles and "radically rethinks" Canada's rise as a "global resource empire" by delving into the histories, architectures, and political economies of the industry. The theme was selected as the winner of a national competition. In 2014, the well-regarded <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100239685/arctic-adaptations-nunavut-at-15-to-represent-canadian-pavilion-at-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Arctic Adaptions: Nunavut at 15</a>" exhibition represented Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e2/e2p4q4k9eb8kfqqr.jpg"></p><p>Considering that the Great White North is home to 75% of Earth's prospecting and mining companies, resource extraction runs deep in the country's roots. "Extraction" will include an installation, a film, and a book featuring various perspectives drawn from history, business, art, activism, and more. Catherine Crowston of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) was appointed as the project's Official Commissioner while landscape urba...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141742651/ireland-s-niall-mclaughlin-architects-to-focus-on-designing-for-alzheimer-s-in-2016-venice-biennale Ireland's Niall McLaughlin Architects to focus on designing for Alzheimer's in 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:08:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:52:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f230d051b1e182ff6abb91b47da705bd.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team will examine the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and the installation will be accompanied by a social media campaign designed to extend the reach of the work beyond the Biennale. [...] The scheme was set to be a test case for future developments and was seen as an opportunity to &lsquo;improve the quality of life of a marginalised group by reaching towards an understanding of the deep human mystery of how we place ourselves in the world.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More design work responding to the symptoms of Alzheimer's:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115281577/showcase-antoine-de-st-exupe-ry-home-for-dependent-elderly-people-by-naud-poux-architectes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showcase: Antoine de St exupe&#769;ry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud &amp; Poux Architectes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113901319/inside-the-dutch-village-where-everyone-has-dementia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113421877/designing-for-seniors-and-soldiers-toward-a-silver-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141508400/venice-biennale-director-alejandro-aravena-our-challenge-must-be-to-go-beyond-architecture Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:14:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9osf0cyyr01pzngc.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140880745/christian-kerez-to-helm-the-swiss-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale Christian Kerez to helm the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lophtii9figo40ko.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for creating the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion for the 15th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kerez studied at ETH Z&uuml;rich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council that has been responsible for the country's contributions to the Venice Biennale since 2012, announced the other day that <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/people/61394751/christian-kerez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Kerez</a> will create the exhibition for next year's Biennale.&nbsp;<br><br>Kerez is best known for a commercial tower project in Zhengzhou, China, a school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland and a social housing project in Brazil. His firm is also known for the "House with One Wall" project, a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1s3v53p5etn1fos.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tukhq7g54rkp4x5b.jpg"><br><br>"Kerez seeks to enable a new spatial experience that can only be brought about by architecture," the press release states.<br><br>The art historian Sandra Oehy will curate the exhibit. "Salon Suisse," a discussion and debate platform that has accompanied the Swiss contribution to the Biennale since 2012, will be programmed by the art historian and architect Le&iuml;la el-Wakil.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f91nxj9v01mpuorm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4fy4msft8ayxpzx.jpg"><br><br>The selection was made based on the recommendation of a jury that comprised Marco Bakker, Francesco Buzzi, Beatrice Galilee, Irina Davidovici, and Isa St...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135281881/participating-architects-announced-for-the-us-pavilion-of-the-2016-venice-biennale Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2016-01-09T00:26:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9etsg1j6li9p6a7z.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="http://archinect.com/anoffice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="http://bairballiet.com/bairballiet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1044/mack-scogin-merrill-elam-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/mbpro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25492488/mos-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="http://www.pita-bloom.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/134108327/legal-limbo-continues-for-christoph-b-chel-s-venice-biennale-mosque Legal limbo continues for Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale Mosque Alexander Walter 2015-08-12T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:46:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/922c8f9222aba321b3c8f30fec45b936.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A court in Venice has refused to fast-track a legal claim filed by the Icelandic Art Center (IAC) seeking the reopening of artist Christoph B&uuml;chel&rsquo;s mosque, which launched earlier this year in a disused church in Venice as part of the Biennale. The IAC is the commissioner of the controversial project, which was housed in the former Catholic church [...]. The mosque closed at the end of May after only two weeks when city officials claimed that it breached health and safety regulations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect News:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127799498/police-shut-down-mosque-installation-at-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132339475/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-named-architecture-director-of-2016-venice-biennale Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena named architecture director of 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-20T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-01-13T11:29:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as54302p263wruux.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named architecture director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, in a decision made by Biennale's Board on July 18. Known for award-winning architectural work under his own Santiao-based firm, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/10625115/ale-jan-dro-ar-ave-na-ar-chi-tects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena Architects</a>, Aravena also serves as the executive director for <a href="http://www.elementalchile.cl/en/projects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELEMENTAL</a>, an &ldquo;Urban Do Tank&rdquo; focused on social housing, which he founded in collaboration with his architecture alma mater, <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/692/pontifica-universidad-catolica-de-chile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile</a>, and the&nbsp;Chilean Oil Company (COPEC). His work has previously been featured both in the 2008 and 2012 Venice Biennales, winning the Silver Lion in 2008. He was a visiting professor at <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (2000 - 2005), and has served on the Pritzker Prize Jury since 2009.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/in4fj62v5b0t90b4.jpg"></p><p>Regarding the theme of the 2016 Biennale, Aravena has proposed a focus on inspiring, vanguard work in architecture, and to exhibit &ldquo;success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132106689/u-s-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale-the-architectural-imagination-now-open-for-submissions U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "The Architectural Imagination", now open for submissions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-17T14:51:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T12:41:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yz/yz30vjvtule7deu8.jpg" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Start sharpening those pencils &ndash; the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale is now open for submissions. The Pavilion's theme of "<a href="http://thearchitecturalimagination.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>", <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129865735/monica-ponce-de-leon-and-cynthia-davidson-will-curate-us-pavilion-at-2016-venice-biennaleeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curated</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a> and Cynthia Davidson, is looking for projects sited particularly in Detroit, while still having global potentials. The curators will commission a total of 12 domestic practices to be exhibited at the Biennale's US pavilion, as well as include them in a special "cataLog" issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46037753/log" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Log</a>&nbsp;</em>journal.</p><p>The US Pavilion's website's landing page features a photograph of Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco (1932-33), referring to the curators' agenda to consider Detroit from its legacy as "a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide."</p><p>In order to be considered, applicants must either themselves be an architect with US citizenship, or include one on their team, as well as have at least ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129865735/monica-ponce-de-leon-and-cynthia-davidson-will-curate-us-pavilion-at-2016-venice-biennale Monica Ponce de Leon and Cynthia Davidson will curate US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/ta5j21uuqqbox7aq.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The U.S. pavilion's exhibition, "The Architectural Imagination", will focus on Detroit as a case study for architectural interventions worldwide, with keen interest in "creativity and resourcefulness", according to a press release issued from the University of Michigan. Co-curators Cynthia Davidson,&nbsp;editor of&nbsp;<em>Log</em>&nbsp;journal, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon, dean of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>, will select architectural projects that address the pressing issues of 21st century cities, and engage with specific sites in Detroit.</p><p>Taubman was selected to organize the U.S. pavilion by the Department of State, and "The Architectural Imagination" theme was the result of an open competition led by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, official managers of the U.S.'s role at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.</p><p>By the time the Biennale actually takes place, Ponce de Leon will no longer be at Taubman &ndash; effective January 1, 2016, she will serve as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128185684/monica-ponce-de-leon-appointed-as-new-dean-of-princeton-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dean at Princeton's arch...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127799498/police-shut-down-mosque-installation-at-venice-biennale Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-22T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:08:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wafm2zfw8d3o5iva.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The police in Venice closed an art installation in the form of a functioning mosque on Friday morning, after city officials declared the art project a security hazard and said that the artist who created it, Christoph B&uuml;chel, had not obtained proper permits and had violated laws by allowing too many people inside the mosque to worship.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"There is no mosque in Venice, so the thousands of M</em><em>uslim</em><em> tourists visiting Venice must pray in a converted factory in Mestre, which is the polluted part of Venice.</em></p><p><em>This until the swiss artist Buechler converted an abandoned and unused former catholic church into a functioning mosque for the duration of this&nbsp;</em><em>year's</em><em> Art Biennial.&nbsp;<br>Short lived though, Venice Municipal Authorities just yanked the permit.<br>Reason: Security and</em><em>Safety-it</em><em> </em><em>was</em><em> too</em><em> </em><em>popular, too</em><em> many people wanted to see it or pray in it.<br>As usual security trumps everything"</em></p><p>As quoted by a friend.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127352892/golden-lions-for-armenian-pavilion-american-artist-adrian-piper-at-venice-biennale Golden Lions for Armenian pavilion & American artist Adrian Piper at Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2015-05-15T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T15:06:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4adbf93138b7dca0720a24bd3b12b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Armenian pavilion at this year&rsquo;s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. The pavilion, Armenity, features a group exhibition by 18 diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide, who the jury praised for &ldquo;forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage&rdquo;. [...] American artist Adrian Piper was awarded Golden Lion for best artist.</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/127170080/translucent-oppositions-oma-s-proposal-for-the-1980-venice-architecture-biennale Translucent oppositions. OMA’s proposal for the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-12T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:38:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anx3a244a3otoq2o.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Here is a nice excursion into the early days of the discussion on facades and how to avoid them. Wish I had seen it in real, and at the time. " - via <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/93732471/karen-lohrmann" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Lohrmann</a></p><p>Some excerpts from the conversation between Rem Koolhaas, Stefano de Martino and&nbsp;L&eacute;a-Catherine&nbsp;Szacka&nbsp;discussing post modernism, 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale and the opposition to facadism from the early collaborators.</p><p>A historical delight!</p><p><em><strong>Stefano de Martino&nbsp;</strong><strong>[</strong><strong>SdM</strong><strong>]</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;The piece of canvas was a temporary screen &ndash; the only concession to an exterior presence was the OMA neon sign. We did not play the formalist game, proving that architecture can be very little, that you can concentrate on content.</em></p><p><em><strong>Rem Koolhaas:&nbsp;</strong>I hated the idea of having to do a facade, even more a facade to represent oneself. So there were essentially a number of things that we wanted to avoid.</em></p><p><em><strong>SdM:</strong>&nbsp;We were never into </em><em>facadism</em><em>. Maybe now that it&rsquo;s all about facades, you don&rsquo;t hear this word anymore, but at the time it was an insult. We saw the&nbsp;Strada Noviss...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114970049/koolhaas-venice-biennale-closes-brought-record-attendance Koolhaas' Venice Biennale Closes; Brought Record Attendance Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T16:55:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7phgwf0dbnsb4c88.jpg" width="514" height="142" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale closed this Sunday. Curated by Rem Koolhaas, the controversial exhibition was themed "Fundamentals," inviting the 65 national pavilions (a record number) to critically consider the legacy of modernism. For the central pavilion, Koolhaas and his team from OMA/AMO and Harvard curated a display of the "Elements of Architecture": floor, ramp, escalator, fa&ccedil;ade, wall, window, balcony, elevator, stair, fireplace, toilet, door, corridor, ceiling, roof.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9xsr0uzxl5ubxqud.jpg"></p><p>228,000 people visited the Biennale, breaking prior attendance records. That being said, the 2014 iteration was open for 6 months, compared to the 3 month duration of the 2012 Biennale. According to statistics released on <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/24-11.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Venice Biennale website</a>, 45% of visitors were students and young people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/te/te9nvmnh713aeet2.jpg"></p><p>Terri Peters covered the Biennale for Archinect. Her coverage can be found <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here.</a></p><p>A more general round-up of the event can be found <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112493007/arctic-adaptations-inuit-architecture-showcased-in-venice-biennale Arctic Adaptations: Inuit Architecture Showcased in Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:50:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4793015cf82380a26b3dfaae02becb7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time in the 14-year history of the International Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Nunavut flag flew at the entrance to the Canadian Pavilion, an Inukshuk floating at the entrance of &ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.&rdquo; The exhibit, curated by architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White, from Toronto-based design firm Lateral Office, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the territory&rsquo;s creation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100239685/arctic-adaptations-nunavut-at-15-to-represent-canadian-pavilion-at-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15&rdquo; to represent Canadian Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109663689/hacking-rem-koolhaas-2014-venice-biennale-with-project-source-code "Hacking" Rem Koolhaas' 2014 Venice Biennale with Project Source Code Justine Testado 2014-09-24T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyippqf09u94mzp3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hacking an architecture exhibition through augmented reality? Yes, there's an app for that. "Project Source Code" is a digital guerrilla-style exhibition created by architect/artist/researcher <a href="http://ozeloffice.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;ven&ccedil; &Ouml;zel</a> that lets mobile-device users "hack" key works in Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibit currently at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Blending digital and physical space, the project is deemed to be the first to use augmented reality on a live exhibition and also the first time that raw 3D architectural models are treated as exhibition pieces.</p><p>Ozel's selection includes 6 pioneering works he directly acquired (with prior approval) from contemporary architects and designers known for their use of digital design techniques. This includes Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn FORM, Neil M. Denari Architects, and Oosterhuis_L&eacute;n&aacute;rd.</p><p>Ozel fully explains his project in the info he provided below:</p><p><strong>PROJECT SOURCE CODE</strong></p><p>"In the field of computer science, SOURCE CODE refers to a set of instructions...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108020528/architecture-s-rebellion-at-the-2014-venice-biennale Architecture's Rebellion at the 2014 Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:36:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/47/47ab24537cfb3df43d08748e30b0e2ce.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Biennale reveals that neither modernism nor contemporary architectural practice is as it seems. The best architecture today may not be revolutionary, but then today more than ever the desirability of revolutions are in doubt. Situated modernism has for many years been and continues to dominate architectural practice with the opposite of flattening results.</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/106946728/three-lost-days-at-the-biggest-architecture-show-in-the-world Three Lost Days at the Biggest Architecture Show in the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T15:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:18:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3307dcc48ad176326b005ed05ff5679.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture&rsquo;s largest and most public event needs to do more than just go through the motions. The Biennale, unfortunately, seemed to be driven not by passion or a desire to communicate, but by a sense of obligation. [...] Perhaps an ornamental city is simply an ill-omened venue for an event celebrating the most functional of arts. Venice may always be trapped in the past, but the Biennale should be at the forefront of a conversation about architecture&rsquo;s 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/106499498/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-11-2014-monumental-politics-smart-homes-and-gsapp-s-new-dean Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfty4bt05v45oeby.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106100539/koolhaas-missing-fundamental-is-alive-and-kicking-in-house-housing-exhibition Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42c27r2h8hzo1xz1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/22-04.html?back=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojcebz50cd04w1h6.jpg"></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105788632/build-it-and-they-will-come-princeton-architecture-at-the-venice-biennale Build it and they will come: Princeton architecture at the Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:03:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7be236e5f864b77336cdb6d7792b06ae.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Venice Architecture Biennale, an international showcase of trends and research, showcases the work of a number of Princeton faculty and students. It marks the greatest number of invitations Princeton has received to participate in the Biennale, reflecting the University's strength in pioneering research. "Much like other art biennales, its purpose is to present the current panorama of the discipline," said Alejandro Zaera-Polo, dean of Princeton's School of Architecture.</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/104501144/critical-irony-in-russia-s-special-mention-fair-enough-pavilion-in-2014-venice-biennale Critical irony in Russia’s special mention “Fair Enough” pavilion in 2014 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-07-18T20:59:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T12:21:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7pr4n22ghklghbty.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The "Fair Enough" exhibition of Russia's 2014 pavilion at the ongoing Venice Biennale gives a clever response to the Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 theme that Biennale director Rem Koolhaas assigned to curators. Curated and designed by the Strelka Institute, Russia received one of three Special Mentions out of 84 national pavilions during the 2014 Biennale awards ceremony.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The Russian pavilion's 'Fair Enough' exhibition responds to Koolhaas&rsquo; curatorial theme by the concept itself: 20 Russian architectural ideas are presented, using the universal language of the international trade fair...'Fair Enough' is not a fair of products, but an Expo of ideas."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0ahf43pc7dzo0pah.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0g/0gstehuy5w15sz5q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cw822mcti8nknhcs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1p6x4pwyco6qk357.jpg"></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/critical_irony_in_russias_special_mention_fair_enough_pavilion_in_2014_veni/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102324994/analyzing-modernism-with-a-multi-faceted-view-in-the-2014-spanish-pavilion-at-the-venice-biennale Analyzing modernism with a multi-faceted view in the 2014 Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2014-06-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-06-20T18:54:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2beq7050cu950wk0.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Spanish pavilion "Interior" at the 2014 Venice Biennale conveys its multi-layered concept with an enticing labyrinth-like design. Visitors can formulate their own experience as they walk through the open maze, which is "guided" by large images of contemporary and traditional Spanish architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The pavilion is set up as an interactive exploration of Spanish modernism throughout the last century, mixed in with other main points like the influence of digital technology, or comparing traditional Spanish architecture with the contemporary. <a href="http://sio2arch.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sio2 Arch</a> (formerly <a href="http://archinect.com/f451arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F451arquitectura</a>) designed the exhibition, which was curated by I&ntilde;aki Abalos, Lluis Ortega, Enrique Encabo, and Inmaculada El Maluenda.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/htgya0wwch06y7tc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5dzi4c5tvsv1woh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ds/dsr0qklhglgx4zyz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rgfu93wws6d7jbnk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ji/jiuwoucocnmwxu53.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcmw6bw98n249nxj.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/analyzing_modernism_with_a_multi-faceted_view_in_the_2014_spanish_pavilion_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102321775/japan-s-toilennale-is-like-the-venice-biennale-but-for-toilets Japan’s Toilennale is like the Venice Biennale, but for toilets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:45:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1ae8187e3177da7ee68460950c82880e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oita, a medium-sized manufacturing city in the southwest of Japan, hopes to make its mark&nbsp;next summer as the host of&nbsp;the first Toilennale&mdash;an arts festival celebrating toilets. [...] Tourism is the main focus of the art exhibit, but the Toilennale also promises to improve city services by renovating and beautifying bathrooms throughout downtown, beyond the 12 being turned into installations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it too late for Koolhaas to include the Toilennale in the "toilets"&nbsp;<em>Fundamentals</em>&nbsp;tome?</p><p>Get up to date on Venice Biennale news (toilet and non-toilet):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terri Peters' coverage</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102190685/archinect-rounds-up-critical-reactions-to-koolhaas-biennale#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Round-up</a> of critical reactions from architectural publications</li></ul>