Archinect - News 2015-11-25T18:45:13-05:00 Hot Dogs Around the World: James Biber, architect of US Pavilion "American Food 2.0" at EXPO Milan, joins us for Episode #31 of Archinect Sessions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T17:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T21:51:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inadvertently, this episode is all about food &ndash; where it comes from, where we eat it, and how it shapes national identity. Our discussion on food and design starts in Los Angeles, where&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norm's Restaurant recently received "historic and cultural" landmark status</a>, and a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tamale-shaped building</a>&nbsp;strives for the same (just one of LA's many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proud programmatic architectures</a>). Shifting east, we extol the multi-uses and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">virtues of Waffle House</a>, and praise the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waffle House index</a>. This dovetailed across the Atlantic into our interview with&nbsp;James Biber of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biber Architects</a>&nbsp;about his design for the US Pavilion at the Milan EXPO, entitled "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet</a>". We ask him about balancing corporate and national identities in food, and what it's like having the US State Department as a client.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-one of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Dogs Around the World":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download n...</li></ul> The now-open Milan Expo U.S. pavilion salutes to the future of food, the American way Justine Testado 2015-05-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T21:28:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since breaking ground last summer, the U.S. Pavilion -- titled &ldquo;American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" -- has opened to the public at the Milan Expo 2015, which is now in its first week. The U.S. joins the more than 140 participating countries that prepared exhibitions and pavilions that respond to the Expo's overall theme of "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses the global issue of food security, access, and the ideal goal to nutritiously feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050.</p><p>Designed by New York-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biber Architects</a>, the pavilion puts on display America's pivotal role in the future of food that emphasizes "openness, transparency and accessibility" in an exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Thinc Design</a>. The open barn-inspired structure includes a harvestable hydroponic vertical farm and "uniquely American" (if not consumerist-enticing) features like an expansive boardwalk and a series of food trucks.</p><p>Check out photos of the fully constructed pavilion and more detai...</p> 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="" width="514" height="612" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the issue of <a href="" 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Assembled into 32 horizontal layers, the pavilion's main body is made up of concentric zig-zag-shaped nodes, whic...</p> 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="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>James Biber can see Russia from his roof. Mr. Biber, the architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the world&rsquo;s fair that is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, also has a good view of Kuwait next door and Iran across the street. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a kind of identity parade,&rdquo; Mr. Biber, 62, said about the jumble. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s every nation attempting to express itself in a building. It is the very best and very worst of design you&rsquo;re going to see in its concentrated form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A preview of Biber Architects&rsquo; USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 201</a></li></ul> Jacques Herzog calls 2015 Milan Expo a wasted opportunity to reinvent the World's Fair Justine Testado 2015-04-02T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-07T12:32:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'The content of the exhibitions should make the countries look different, not the size of their pavilions. Also we felt that this expo would be exactly the right place to start focusing on content, because it simply seems embarrassing to address this very important topic and at the same time built enormous, dramatically curved pavilions with facades in wavy plastic or with spectacular waterfalls or whatever.' - Jacques Herzog</p></em><br /><br /><p>In <a href=";articleid=art-1425303037595-e330263a-ce42-485c-b9ea-acd0290cdbf2#!/page52" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent interview</a> with Berlin-based architecture magazine <em>Uncube</em>, Jacques Herzog dishes in on why he ditched the 2015 Milan Expo back in 2011, along with the rest of the masterplanning team that included Stefano Boeri, William McDonough, Ricky Burdett, and Herzog's own firm Herzog &amp; de Meuron. In the interview, Herzog believes the Expo organizers weren't "powerful or courageous enough" to convince their own organization to support their "radically new" content-focused master plan in an attempt to redesign the world exhibition, as opposed to the traditional model of showcasing national pavilions. With the Milan Expo coming up in May, Herzog expects it to be yet another "vanity fair".</p><p>You can find some of the Milan Expo pavilion proposals <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">constructionweekonline</a></p> 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="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design</a> revealed their exhibition design for the USA Pavilion in the upcoming <a href="" 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=""></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="" 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> Keep China's Expo pavilions "weird" Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T16:30:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For six months starting on May 1st, Milan is hosting the World Expo, which has been held every five years since 1851 as a showcase for human progress. [...] Of the 53 countries constructing pavilions, China&nbsp;is&nbsp;building not one, but five.&nbsp;[...] Like many pavilions in the Expo, the designs of the Chinese-sponsored buildings are nothing if not adventurous&mdash;even though president Xi Jinping has called for an end to &ldquo;weird architecture&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">End of weird architecture in China?</a></p> A preview of Biber Architects’ USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T20:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Biber Architects of New York recently announced the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet", for the Milan World Expo in 2015. The US pavilion is one of 147 participating countries responding to the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses global issues regarding food security, access and waste, and the challenging prospect of nutritiously feeding 9 billion people by 2050.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highlighting America's role in the global food system, the barn-inspired pavilion includes features like a a harvestable vertical farm, food trucks, and a boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> How much are curators really paid? Alexander Walter 2014-07-18T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:03:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the art world were staggered by recent reports that the Italian curator Germano Celant is being paid &euro;750,000 to organise a pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015. Celant&rsquo;s fee, and the incredulity it provoked, raises questions about how much curators are typically paid for organising biennials and large-scale international exhibitions. The Art Newspaper surveyed around 40 international curators and biennial organisers [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:51:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> Bence Pap and Mario Gasser’s 4th prize Austrian Pavilion entry for 2015 Milan Expo Justine Testado 2014-01-14T20:41:00-05:00 >2014-01-16T10:41:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects Bence Pap and Mario Gasser from Studio Lynn/University of Applied Arts IoA sent us their entry for the Austrian Pavilion competition for the 2015 Milan Expo. Pap and Gasser's collaborative proposal won 4th prize in the international, two-stage open competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Check out the rest of the proposal on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Edible Austrian Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo by penda & Alex Daxböck Justine Testado 2013-10-29T19:04:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T19:57:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="583" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Austrian Pavilion by Chris Precht of penda and Alex Daxb&ouml;ck won first runner-up in an international design competition for the Expo 2015 in Milan. Inspired by the strong presence of organic and locally grown foods in Austria, Precht and Daxb&ouml;ck took a creatively literal and communal approach to the 2015 Expo's universal theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Visitors are the true designers of the pavilion as they plant seeds of fruits, vegetables, or herbs in the gaps of its timber exterior during the summer months of the Expo. Once the crops are fully grown, they'll be harvested and cooked into traditional Austrian dishes in the pavilion's restaurant. In essence, visitors get to eat their design.</em></p>