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 is building not one, but five. [...]
Like many pavilions in the Expo, the designs of the Chinese-sponsored buildings are nothing if not adventurous—even though president Xi Jinping has called for an end to “weird architecture” [...]. — qz.com
“I think it’s definitely derivative of the Gardens by the Bay concept,” Chris Wilkinson, one of the British architects responsible for the “super-trees” in Singapore’s Marina Bay, told The Daily Telegraph.
“You’d have expected them to have come up with something a bit more original.” — telegraph.co.uk
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. — bustler.net
Boeri Studio will soon realize the dream of the forest tower with Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest -- and they're building two. The thought of a tower "built" out of living greenery has been rendered by architects numerous times, it has reached the point where it's considered a trope of green...
Here's another look at what to expect at the Milan Expo 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 ecoLogicStudio designed the...
[...] Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week’s Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace. — emag.co.uk
Curator Francesca Molteni filmed each architect's home, and interviewed them about their lives and careers. Working alongside fellow architect and set designer Davide Pizzigoni, Molteni has recreated the private residences of Hadid and co., “by means of real-life videos, images, sounds, comments and reconstructions. The result is an interactive exhibition space that unveils the architects’ visions of living, their choices and their obsessions.” — phaidon.com
Open letter to Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan, from the international community of arts & culture... Dear Mayor Pisapia, It is with regret and disappointment that we learn that Stefano Boeri was dismissed from his position as Councillor for Design, Fashion and Culture for the city of...
Back in 2011 we reported on the Bosco Verticale — a new superstructure designed to bring the world's first vertical forest to Milan, Italy. While many were skeptical when it came to the feasibility of construction, Boeri Studio reports that the structure is certainly more than just a fantasy - in fact it's well on its way to being completed this year. — Inhabitat
With a press conference held on the construction site today, the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli celebrates the ground-breaking for the new Porta Volta. The project comprises the 2’500 sqm Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, an 7’500 sqm Office Building and a generous 15’000 sqm Green Area. — herzogdemeuron.com
The international competition for the concept design of the new Eni Exploration & Production Business Center in San Donato Milanese, Italy, was won by Morphosis Architects with Nemesi Partners (architectural design partner), Setec TPI (structures designer), Setec Batiment (plants designer) and Pasodoble (landscape architect). — bustler.net
“We had to try to bring to the surface some sign of something that was absolutely invisible in Milan,” he continued. They didn’t want a traditional museum. Here “the content and the container coincide,” Mr. Morpurgo said. “You can’t put the Shoah in a museum under glass. It’s impossible.” — NYT
The NYT profiles the work of Milanese architects Guido Morpurgo and Annalisa de Curtis, who are working with a local foundation, to build a Memorial of the Shoah in Milan. The memorial will be located in the old depot under Milan's Central Station where Jews were put on trains bound for...
For the latest Instant House competition, design for a public pavillion for the 2015 biennale in Milan, Italy, the results have been announced: The 1st Prize goes to Fabrizio Fiscaletti (Italy), the 2nd Prize to Iris Hilton (France), and the 3rd Prize has been given to Stefano Tropea (Italy), Mikel Martinez (Spain) and Thomas Dieben (The Netherlands). — bustler.net
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