Chinese Pavilion Opens With Robot-Printed ‘Cloud Village’ at 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Liming Zhang © Liming Zhang The Chinese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, themed "Building a Future Countryside", is endeavored to explore new technology and ideas to make better of China's rural areas. A digitally-fabricated outdoor pavilion "Cloud Village" has been set up in addition to the national exhibition at the Venetian Arsenale. The Cloud Village has a twisting form which creates a sequence of open and semi-enclosed spaces under its roof. It seeks to convey an abstraction of the everyday life in Chinese countryside where boundaries of private and public realms are not always defined.  The Cloud Village is structurally made possible by the robotic printing technology developed by Philip F. Yuan and his team. Read below for a detailed account of the project from the architects.
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Project description from the architects. Cloud Village reflects the contemporary reality of Chinese countryside

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Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Provide Insight Into the Theme of the 2018 Venice Biennale

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As La Biennale prepares to open to the public this Saturday May 26, PLANE—SITE spoke to curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara about this edition’s theme, Freespace. They move beyond architecture as an object, instead imagining Freespace as an invitation to think about architecture as a space of opportunities. Literally and metaphorically, Freespace presents environments of generosity, accessibility and freedom and celebrates the rich civic experiences that they create. To see ArchDaily's full coverage of the 2018 Venice Biennale, click here. 
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Open Call: 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship

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To architecture students worldwide, MAD encourages you to apply for the 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship. 

Ma Yansong, founding principal partner of MAD Architects, initiated MAD Travel Fellowship in 2009. During the past 8 years, the program has sponsored 45 students for their overseas architecture travels to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. MAD believes it is only through travel – the visceral experience of interacting with, and being influenced by, different spaces – that one can begin to understand ideas of context and gain a deeper insight into architecture.
Travel is for exchange – to understand different cultures, people and places. It is important for students to see the world and experience the architecture they have been studying. My hope is that through these cultural exchanges, students will see new things, experience something emotional, and generate new ideas that will help kickstart their architecture careers– Ma
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ArkDes Launches New Instagram Uncovering Hidden Objects From Sweden’s National Architecture Collection

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ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, have launched a new Instagram account showcasing “surprising objects” and never-before-seen gems from Sweden’s national architecture collection. ArkDes Collections, which presents an eclectic mix of drawings, models, and photographs by architects including Ralph Erskine, Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz and Bernt Nyberg, has also highlighted significant work by lesser-known practitioners, such as Léonie Geisendorf and Mariana Manner.

With four million objects, the museum cares for one of the largest collections of architectural objects in Europe. Covering Swedish architecture from the mid-19th Century up to the present day, with an emphasis on the first half of the 20th Century, objects posted on the account are selected by curators, architects, designers, and thinkers.

Spotlight: Walter Gropius

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Bauhaus, 1925. Image ©  Thomas Lewandovski Bauhaus, 1925. Image © Thomas Lewandovski One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German "School of Building" that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.
Walter Gropius with Harry Seidler in 1954. Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gropius_and_Seidler_by_Dupain_1954.jpg'>via Wikimedia Commons</a> (image by Max Dupain in the public domain) Walter Gropius with Harry Seidler in 1954. Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gropius_and_Seidler_by_Dupain_1954.jpg'>via Wikimedia Commons</a> (image by Max Dupain in the public domain)

Like many modernists of the period, Gropius was interested in the mechanization of work and the utilitarianism of newly developed factories. In 1908, he joined the studio of renowned German architect and industrial designer Peter Behrens, where he worked alongside two people who would also later become notable modernist architects: Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

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Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing

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Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Chilean Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. At the centre of Sala dell’Isoloto stands a large-scale model of a building made of rammed earth. On closer examination, the sixty pieces that comprise the building’s oval shape appear less to be made of earth as carved in it. Layers of soil with slight variations in colour and texture recall that it is land what is at stake at the Chilean Pavilion. The layering of the pavilion’s pieces is the footprint of an artisanal process of production by which a fragile, discrete material—soil, bare earth—is transformed into a stable, monolithic object. Simultaneously heavy and fragile, these objects are in turn symbolic fragments of another transmutation: one by which slum
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Egyptian Pavilion at Venice Biennale to Explore How Urban Markets Are Redefining the Concept of “Free Space”

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Souq Aljuma by the Authors Souq Aljuma by the Authors As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Egyptian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. The Egyptian pavilion curated by architects Islam El Mashtooly and Mouaz Abouzaid, and architecture professor Cristiano Luchetti proposes the theme of redevelopment and strategies of requalification of spontaneous commercial spaces across the entire country. The phenomenon of "free", unstructured, often abusive and illegal trading is predominant in many urban and suburban areas. The traditional souk is no longer confined to narrow streets and interstitial spaces of the historical fabric. Indeed, the space of commerce extends its tentacles seamlessly along the lines of urban streams without any apparent rule. The project for the pavilion focuses on these strategic spatialities but also on their content. The trading of Roba Becciah is a large portion of all market activities. Disused items produced
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Canada Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine Architecture & Restoration of the Canada Pavilion

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 Canada Pavilion 1957 or 1958. Photo: NGC Canada Pavilion 1957 or 1958. Photo: NGC As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Canada Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. After close to 60 years of exhibitions featuring the work of some of Canada’s most celebrated artists and architects, the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy is undergoing a major, $3-million restoration. The designated heritage building is an important architectural landmark in the Giardini di Castello, the traditional site of the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia.

The restoration work, suspended during the 57th International Art Exhibition (2017), has resumed after the closure of Geoffrey Farmer’s installation, “A way out of the mirror.” The historic restoration project, initiated by the Gallery in 2014, is being carried out by the Milanese architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, son of one of the partners of

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Canada Pavilion restoration, Spring 2017, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Francesco Barasciutti
Canada Pavilion restoration, Spring 2017, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Francesco Barasciutti
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Will Alsop Dies at the Age of 70

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Will Alsop, the British architect known for his colorful and unconventional designs, has died at age 70. As reported by The Guardian, Alsop passed away on Saturday following a short illness, with his firm aLL Design confirming the news on Sunday.

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Widely recognized as one of architecture’s greatest mavericks—a term used to both praise or disparage Alsop, depending on who was using it—Alsop made headlines throughout his career for his brash designs. In the 1970s, Alsop was taken under the wing of one of Britain’s other eccentric visionaries, Cedric Price, and Price’s wacky yet progressive style can be seen in Alsop’s work throughout his 45-year career.

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Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork

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CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay WeWork has announced that Bjarke Ingels will be its new Chief Architect. Ingels, who has taken the architecture world by storm since founding BIG in 2005, will continue in his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director of his firm, however in his new role at WeWork he also "will offer his insights and ideas to extend and help us push the boundaries of architecture, real estate, technology, and design," explained WeWork today in a press statement. "WeWork was founded at the exact same time as when I arrived in New York. In that short amount of time—the blink of an eye at the time scale of architecture—they have accomplished incredible things and they are committed to continuing their trajectory to places we can only imagine," said Bjarke Ingels. "WeWork’s commitment to community and culturally-driven development is perfectly
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gmp Wins Competition for Science Complex in Suzhou, China

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Courtesy of gmp Atchain Courtesy of gmp Atchain By 2020, an innovation campus with offices and laboratories for young companies in the high-tech field will be developed in Suzhou, the eastern Chinese metropolis. The total of 330,000 square meters of gross floor area is provided in five building clusters of different sizes, which are arranged offset from each other around a park and lake landscape. In the spring of 2018, the design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and WES landscape architects won first prize in the competition for the project. 
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With a sweeping lake landscape, small islands, bridges, and buildings dotted around the landscape, the design by gmp and WES was inspired by the typology of Chinese landscape parks. Suzhou is famous for its classical gardens, which are included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list as masterpieces of garden design. The set up of

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Spotlight: Jane Jacobs

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Bjarke Ingels Features on Cover of Latest Issue of Surface Magazine

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© LEGO © LEGO In recent years, it seems like Bjarke Ingels has been everywhere you look; he has been profiled by The New Yorker, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2016, has given TED Talks, and featured in countless other documentaries, videos, and articles (yes, including many on ArchDaily). But there is one place he hasn't yet appeared: on the cover of Surface Magazine. Today, with the launch of Surface's May/June issue, that changes. "When The New Yorker published Ian Parker’s 11,000-word story on BIG’s rise in 2012, I knew Surface should put a pause on any major coverage, at least for several years, just to see how the firm’s story would evolve," says Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey to explain the magazine's apparent omission. "I think that inkling was right: BIG has grown to five hundred employees, twelve partners, and three
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7 Projects Inspired by Feng Shui Principles

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Feng Shui (in Chinese thought) is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings. We have selected seven projects that are based on the concepts of this Eastern wisdom to conceive their spaces.

DrDerm Dermatology Clinic / Atelier Central Arquitectos

"The cabinets are solid, made of translucent glass, with several transparency indexes, reflecting movements that are confused with shadows, revealed as drops of water on the skin. On the inside they have color, vinyl flooring with strong colors, based on Feng Shui."
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Botanica Khao Yai / Vin Varavarn Architects

"While both buildings required to face to the South by the client and his Feng-Shui master, the design

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V1 House / TNT architects
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Feng Shui Swimming Pool / Mikou Studio
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Shelter · The Mirrored Sight / Li Hao
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Chinatown Branch Library / SOM
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This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World’s Largest Planetarium

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From the architects. The geodesic dome of the Planetarium is part of a large-scale idea to transform an industrial area into a modern architectural project and a scientific and educational center with "the world’s largest planetarium."

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The central building of the planetarium is a gasholder on a water canal, an architectural monument with historical connotations. Built in 1884 by Rudolf Bernhard for the "City Lighting Society" of St. Petersburg for storage and supply of gas for street lamps, it has remained abandoned

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4th Istanbul Design Biennial Opening Program | A School of Schools: Orientation

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Courtesy of İKSV Courtesy of İKSV Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by VitrA, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (22 September – 4 November 2018) announces A School of Schools: Orientationa multifaceted opening programme exploring the possible futures of design education. Taking place over two days, from 20 – 21 September 2018, the Orientation days will see practitioners, educators and thinkers from Turkey and around the world converge for a biennial conceived as a public space for dialogue, provocation and production. Together, they will test and revise a variety of educational strategies to reflect on the role of design, knowledge, and global connectedness in contemporary Istanbul and beyond. The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will announce further details of its programme and participants at the 2018 Milan Design Week. An aperitivo and preview will be organised at ALCOVA (Via Popoli Uniti 11-13, 20121, Milan)
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Dutch Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale, WORK, BODY, LEISURE, to Address Automation and Its Spatial Implications

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Anthropometric Data - Crane Cabin Operator vs Remote Control Operator. Drawing by Het Nieuwe Instituut 2017. Image Courtesy of Het Nieuwe Instituut Anthropometric Data - Crane Cabin Operator vs Remote Control Operator. Drawing by Het Nieuwe Instituut 2017. Image Courtesy of Het Nieuwe Instituut As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Dutch Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.  Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Netherland’s leading museum and scholarly institution focused on architecture, design and digital culture, will present WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch exhibition for “FREESPACE”, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier, the 2018 Dutch Pavilion exhibition addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions and notions of the human body provoked by disruptive changes in contemporary labor ethos and conditions. The project seeks to foster new modes of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field in response to emerging technologies of automation.
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