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Zaha Hadid’s retrospective exhibition opened at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 466

Zaha Hadid’s retrospective exhibition opened at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice

In celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design that spans four decades, Fondazione Berengo hosts an abridged retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. The exhibition, coinciding with this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings and models of Hadid’s repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in a variety of media including photography and film. The exhibition can be visited until November 27, 2016 at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, Italy.

Through Hadid’s designs – built, under-construction, in development and unrealised – the ex (...)

Christian Kerez’s Cloud-Like installation presented at the Swiss Pavilion in Venice Biennale

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 282

Christian Kerez’s Cloud-Like installation presented at the Swiss Pavilion in Venice Biennale

Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zürich, was commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to exhibit at the Pavilion of Switzerland for the Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition is curated by art historian Sandra Oehy. Titled 'Incidental Space', Kerez's exhibition space autonomy, and its distance from the everyday world of public and private architecture, has a potential as a base for autonomous thinking and acting that is increasingly being recognised and put to use.

Incidental Space is intended as fundamental research and its aim is to investigate the possibilities-both in technical feasibility and the limits of our own imagination-of how to think, build and experience architecture (...)

Vitra Design Museum opens Schaudepot On 3 June 2016

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 1742

Vitra Design Museum opens Schaudepot On 3 June 2016

Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron's new building the 'Vitra Schaudepot' will be opened on the Vitra Campus on 3 June 2016. The Schaudepot provides the Vitra Design Museum with a venue for presenting key objects from its extensive collection to the public, complemented by a new café and a shop. In this context, a second entry point to will be created to the Vitra Campus, enhancing its connections to the cities of Basel and Weil am Rhein.

The collection of the Vitra Design Museum ranks among the most important holdings of furniture design worldwide. It contains some 7000 pieces of furniture, a vast assemblage of lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charle (...)

Norman Foster presents Droneport Prototype at the Venice Biennale 2016

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 296

Norman Foster presents Droneport Prototype at the Venice Biennale 2016

A full-scale prototype for a droneport designed by Foster+Partners built on site in the Arsenale in Venice, was unveiled at the 15th International Architecture Biennale on Thursday 26 May. The droneport prototype is the first project to be presented by The Norman Foster Foundation. The proposal is to create a network of droneports to deliver medical supplies and other necessities to areas of Africa that are difficult to access due to a lack of roads or other infrastructure and the ambition is that every small town in Africa and in other emerging economies will have its own droneport by 2030. The project was announced as a new 'infrastructural leap' last year to support cargo drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious s (...)

Venice Biennale 2016 Golden Lion Awards go to Spain Pavilion and Gabinete de Arquitectura

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 334

Venice Biennale 2016 Golden Lion Awards go to Spain Pavilion and Gabinete de Arquitectura

The international jury of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Architecture Biennale composed of Hashim Sarkis (President of the Jury, Lebanon, USA), Pippo Ciorra (Italy), Sergio Fajardo (Colombia), Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil), and Karen Stein (USA) has decided to award Spanish Pavilion for Best National Participation and Gabinete de Arquitectura curated by Solano Benítez; Gloria Cabral; Solanito Benítez for best exhibition.

In the award ceremony held on Saturday May 28th 2016 at Ca’ Giustinian, Spanish Pavilion was awarded for Goldion Lion for the exhibition 'Unfinished', which seeks to direct attention to processes more than results in an attempt to discover design strategies gene (...)

MVRDV present Infinity Kitchen at Venice Biennale 2016

WA Contents • May 30, 2016 • 212

MVRDV present Infinity Kitchen at Venice Biennale 2016

As part of a satellite event for the Venice Architecture Biennale, MVRDV have designed a fully transparent kitchen. The installation is part of the Kitchen Home Project which looks to explore the future of the living and the home environment, the project was initiated by Weng Ling of the Beijing Centre for the Arts (BCA), and was undertaken together with architect Kengo Kuma and media artist Au Yeung Ying Chai.

The Infinity Kitchen looks to consider the next stage for kitchen design through envisioning a cooking environment made entirely out of glass. It hopes to develop better cuisine by making the processes that go on in our kitchens physically transparent; whether it be food choice, food care, kitchen care, waste choices or the p (...)

’’We should build things that are unique’’ says Alejandro Aravena

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 518

’’We should build things that are unique’’ says Alejandro Aravena

In this article, Michael Kimmelman from New York Times tells a detailed narrative about Alejandro Aravena's design methodology, personal life and his design principles in which Elemental follows. Kimmelman puts an epic story about Aravena's architecture and life and explores how he has shaped an era by rebuilding a country.

''We don’t think of ourselves as artists,'' he adds. ''Architects like to build things that are unique. But if something is unique it can’t be repeated, so in terms of it serving many people in many places, the value is close to zero''.......Continue Reading

Top image: Aravena at the seafront. Image © Anthony Cotsifas, courtesy of New York T (...)

Studio Gang designs playful and innovative educational campus for the Academy for global citizenship

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 658

Studio Gang designs playful and innovative educational campus for the Academy for global citizenship

Chicago and New York-based architecture practice Studio Gang has unveiled new images of Chicago educational campus for the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), triggering new educational model through independent and collective learning. Studio Gang's proposal removes the boundaries of the traditional educational spaces. Studio Gang's design presents a new, purpose-built 21st-century learning campus that reimagines the concept of “school” as a place. The playful and innovative campus embrace the innate curiosity of children, the natural systems of the world, and the responsibility to make positive change, instilling in students a mindset of sustainability and wellness.

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) w (...)

WAC AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1256

WAC AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

Hello WAC Members!

The world’s biggest architectural exhibition ‘Venice Architecture Biennale 2016’ kicks off later this week. World Architecture Community will be in Venice this week for the press preview of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition and bring you all the news from the two-day special opening.

The opening is taking place at the Arsenale and Giardini in Venice on May 26 - 27, WAC team will provide live coverage on our Instagram and Twitter to share images and info about the most interesting events, meetings and exhibition.

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena and his reformist theme Reporting From The Front will force architects to (...)

Foster+Partners reveals new Apple Union Square in San Francisco

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 893

Foster+Partners reveals new Apple Union Square in San Francisco

Apple will open its new retail store in San Francisco incorporating Apple’s new features and services, designed by world-renowned architecture practice Foster+Partners. New plans of the Apple retail store feature new levels of transparency, openness and civic generosity, which will be a model for future projects worldwide. The design is the result of a close collaboration between Apple’s teams led by Jonathan Ive, chief design officer and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners.

''This is an incredible site on Union Square and a chance to create a new public plaza. We have created the most inspiring and stimulating space imaginable, blurring the inside and outsid (...)

EFFEKT designs ReGreen Villages that create new sustainable eco-system for food and energy production

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1095

EFFEKT designs ReGreen Villages that create new sustainable eco-system for food and energy production

EFFEKT designed new sustainable homes for local communities in Almere, Netherlands, which yields organic food production and energy for self-sustaining urban eco-communities 'ReGen Villages.' ReGen Villages is a tech-integrated real estate development company with the purpose of answering some of the world’s most pressing global challenges – social, financial and above all environmental.

ReGen Villages is engineering and facilitating the development of off-grid, integrated and resilient neighbourhoods that power and feed self-reliant families around the world. ReGen Villages will be presented at the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Biennale.

ReGen stands for regenerative, where the outputs of one system (...)

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1728

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice

Hani Rashid Presents Antarctic Biennale in Venice focusing on Antarctica: Re-Cyclical. An installation by Studio Hani Rashid at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna being presented during the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2016. Antarctic Pavilion is located in Fondaco Marcello, San Marco 3415 (Calle dei Garzoni), Venice.

The Antarctic is a powerful place of remarkable beauty and perfection. With global warming and rising sea levels, this precious place will undoubtedly be impacted. Human nature seeks to expand horizons and modes of habitation, and as it becoming increasingly plausible to inhabit these extraordinary landscapes of snow and ice, we must pose serious questions as to how, as architects, (...)

Farshid Moussavi and Architecture Foundation invite you to the British Pavilion in Venice Biennale

WA Contents • May 24, 2016 • 1334

Farshid Moussavi and Architecture Foundation invite you to the British Pavilion in Venice Biennale

New Architects 3 will be given a launch at the Venice Biennale in the form of a public conversation between four of the architects in the book. Chaired by Architecture Foundation Trustee, Farshid Moussavi, the panel features Baxendale Design Co, Assemble, Orkidstudio & Studio Sam Causer.

Farshid Moussavi and the Architecture Foundation invite you to an event at the British Pavilion celebrating the publication of New Architects 3, the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up in the last decade. The book highlights many designers actively reinventing the model of contemporary practice to better effect change through architecture ­– from cross-subsiding design with other ventures, to establishing ch (...)

MAD’s first residential project ’UNIC’ will dominate Paris with its curvaceous form

WA Contents • May 21, 2016 • 3567

MAD’s first residential project ’UNIC’ will dominate Paris with its curvaceous form

MAD unveils its first residential project to be constructed in Europe. MAD's new undulated Parisian housing is located in Clichy-Batignolles, a newly developed neighborhood in Paris, UNIC is next to Martin Luther King Park and a courthouse designed by Renzo Piano, which is currently under construction. MAD won the project through an international design competition in collaboration with local French architects Accueil - Biecher Architectes. UNIC is expected to be completed in 2018.MAD's UNIC creates a contrast in the existing context with its organic form.

The residential project consists of 13 floors in total, the building’s upper floors boast panoramic views of the surrounding city and the Eiffel Tower. The building (...)

Studio KO unveiled plans for Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

WA Contents • May 21, 2016 • 867

Studio KO unveiled plans for Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech

Two museums entirely dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s work and life to open in Paris and Marrakech in autumn 2017. Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent ensures, first and foremost, the conservation of the designer’s 40 years of creativity (1962-2002). Its collection comprises five thousand haute couture garments and fifteen thousand accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects.

To this day, this collection has no equivalent in the international haute couture milieu. A real pioneer, Yves Saint Laurent is the only designer of his generation who decided to systematically archive his work since the creation of his couture house in 1961. From original (...)

At the borders migration can be photographed. In cities it can be solved. #reSITE2016

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1237

At the borders migration can be photographed. In cities it can be solved. #reSITE2016

reSITE 2016 Cities in Migration

June 16-17, 2016Forum Karlín, Pernerova 53, Prague 8, Czech RepublicClick here for more information and registration.

Globally renowned sociologist and professor at Columbia university Saskia Sassen, the New York-based architect designing microunit housing for young people and small families, Mimi Hoang, and Ursula Struppe, the Director of Vienna Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity: these are three of many extraordinary women that will come to reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration to speak about how cities can utilize the potential posed by migration for sustainable urban development.

NYC Planning Commissioner, Carl Weisbrod, will talk about NYC’s path to greener s (...)

Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower in New York

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1860

Richard Meier Changes His Palette for New Tower in New York

[....] ''White is the most wonderful color,” he said. “Within it you can see all the colors of the rainbow''.

But an old friend, and a special commission, have gotten the architect to change his stripes. Mr. Meier has designed a black building.

At East 39th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, developer Sheldon Solow will be unveiling a 42-story, 556-unit residential building. It will be Mr. Meier’s tallest in the city and his first since his trio of apartment towers on West Street were completed in 2004.......Continue Reading

A rendering, center, in black, of a 42-story, 556-unit residential building on Manhattan’s East Side designed by architect Richard Meier for developer (...)

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

WA Contents • May 20, 2016 • 1129

OMA+Allies & Morrison completed porous blocks ’Holland Green’ in London’s Commonwealth Institute Site

Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) completed new residential blocks in London in collaboration with Allies & Morrison. Two studio's design seeks to save the building by re-injecting life into the modernist monument while retaining its distinctive copper roof and parabolic form. New residential accommodation integrates into the existing fabric of the site, regenerating the western end of Kensington High Street.

Image © Sebastian Van Damme

The original building, by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall and Partners, completed in 1962, marks the transition from British Empire to Commonwealth and is regarded by English Heritage, the UK government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, as an importa (...)