“Station Russia”: The Russian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion Courtesy of The Russian Pavilion As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Russian Pavilion. To read the inital proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Russian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Rich Railway History."

The Russian Pavilion highlights the past, present, and future of Russian railways. The exhibition shows railways as a response to a landscape which is in many places uninhabitable, allowing the people who use them to explore Russia's expansive territories.

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The pavilion space itself has been transformed into a train station, which fills its five "halls" with artwork and multimedia installations designed by contemporary architects.

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Cloud Pergola: The Croatian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Croatian Pavilion. Below, the curatorial team describes the exhibition in their own words.  As part of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia introduced one of the world’s largest 3D printed structures. Cloud Pergola is an installation that crosses the boundaries of architecture, art, precision engineering, computational design and robotic fabrication.
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As part of the Cloud Pergola project, Croatian architect Alisa Andrasek created the design, that brings into dynamic convergence natural forces and man-made structures. Inspired by the complexity and beauty of cloud formations, Andrasek mathematically captured a snapshot of architectural fabric at high resolution as a complex synthesis of novel tectonics, complex porosity, light filtering and shadow casting. The structure was created using computational simulation, big data and robotic 3D printing by

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Woods Bagot to Redevelop an Abandoned Sugar Factory in Zhuhai, China

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Woods Bagot have announced that they will be leading a redesign effort for the abandoned Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District. Due to be completed in three phases over the next ten years, their master plan for the almost 80,000 square meter site includes designs that will revitalize the area and transform it into an integrated tourism, cultural and leisure park.
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The former factory first began production in 1960, and at one time played a key role in Southern China’s sugar processing industry. Over time, the industry declined, and the factory closed down in 2003. Once the design is completed, the development will feature a boutique hotel, a chocolate factory, a wedding venue, start-up offices, retail space, and a sugar museum to pay homage to the historical site.

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Woods Bagot to Redevelop an Abandoned Sugar Factory in Zhuhai, China

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Woods Bagot have announced that they will be leading a redesign effort for the abandoned Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District. Due to be completed in three phases over the next ten years, their master plan for the almost 80,000 square meter site includes designs that will revitalize the area and transform it into an integrated tourism, cultural and leisure park.
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The former factory first began production in 1960, and at one time played a key role in Southern China’s sugar processing industry. Over time, the industry declined, and the factory closed down in 2003. Once the design is completed, the development will feature a boutique hotel, a chocolate factory, a wedding venue, start-up offices, retail space, and a sugar museum to pay homage to the historical site.

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Why the World Needs More Architecture Memes

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In the modern age of sensationalism, consumerism, and widespread fake news, it's easy to understand why we feel the need to express ourselves through memes—the abstract photographs, video clips, and gifs that are manipulated in various ways to express thoughts on certain matters or situations that are relatable to people across the globe. Memes often expound complex yet concise sentiments which, in a way, closely resemble the way that we communicate in real life.

In the world of architecture, communication is often represented through critical essays, stunning renders and photographs, and hand-drawn analytical diagrams. In fact, architecture communication as we know it has mostly been a literal representation of the thing itself: Ideas are translated into plans, sections, elevations, details, form diagrams. But with the rise of memes and abstract expressions, why aren’t
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29 Winners Announced for 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards

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The European Commission and Europe Nostra announced the winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Awards. The 29 winners from 17 countries have been recognized for their achievements in four categories: conservation, research, dedicated services, and education, training and raising awareness. The winners will be honored at an award ceremony at the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit on June 22.  Among the outstanding submissions that were awarded include the rehabilitation of a Byzantine church in Greece, the development of a method that will be implemented to preserve historic European homes, work performed to protect the city of Venice, and the establishment of an educational program for children in Finland to engage with their heritage. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, commented on the winners saying, “Cultural heritage in all its different forms is one of Europe’s most precious assets.
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Estonian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Demonstrate How Built Architecture Is Inherently Political

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© Weak Monument © Weak Monument As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Estonian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. 

Estonian Pavilion curators, Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Tadeáš Říha, explore the spectrum between the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectures: from the triumphal column to the pavement beneath it, through all that is in between. The title itself – Weak Monument – is an oxymoron, a rhetorical device that offers fresh perspectives on how to recognize politics in any built form.

Where does the monument stop and the pavement begin? Sometimes maintenance or neglect may overstep the boundary. Sometimes the difference is diminished by a protest, sometimes by a demolition. Sometimes it is the history, the location or the material that blurs the exceptional and the everyday. In those moments that we
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Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture’s Relation to Endangered Plants

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© Linda Tegg © Linda Tegg As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Australian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.  The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) will present Repair at the Australian Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Creative Directors Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects, in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg, have curated a multi-sensory living installation for the Pavilion, designed to disrupt the viewing conditions through which architecture is usually understood.
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The curators will install ten thousand plans inside and outside of the Pavilion, including 65 species of Western Plains Grasslands. This component of the exhibition, entitled Grasslands Repair, will serve as a reminder of what is at stake when we occupy land – just one percent of these threatened species are left

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Winning Concepts for Zoo of the 21st Century Competition Announced

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Courtesy of Archstorming Courtesy of Archstorming Archstorming have announced the winning projects of "Coexist: Rethinking Zoos," their recent competition to design a concept for the zoo of the 21st century. The call for entries asked participants to redefine the traditional zoo and transform the space from something that is not only an exhibition of animals, but also an educational tool, and a place for research and conservation. The team of international jurors selected three winners from more than 40 countries that submitted ideas. The site for the proposal was the zoo in Barcelona, which has committed itself to prioritizing the welfare of its animals. To promote the well-being of the animals and nature, the winning teams designed imaginative alternatives to the traditional zoo methods of interaction, such as non-intrusive paths and even 3D virtual animals. The winners show that there are new ways for visitors to understand animals that
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Israeli Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale Explores the History of Negotiations Over Holy Lands

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© David Polonski © David Polonski As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the proposal for the Israeli Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.  In Statu Quo: Structures of Negotiation is the theme of the Israeli Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv and Tania Coen-Uzzielli it traces the complex mechanism of the 'Status Quo' within shared holy places in Israel-Palestine, which functions as a controversial and fragile system of coexistence.
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In the 21st century, in which religion has once again become the basis for the creation of local and global communities and tensions, the territory of the Holy Land, the cradle of the three monotheist religions, has become a critical case. The term ‘Status Quo’ refers to the codes that govern holy places shared by

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Toronto Competition Awards Timber Building to be Constructed on City’s Waterfront

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Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects A collaboration between Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects have been announced as the winner of the competition for a new timber building in Toronto. Their proposal beat out several other notable firms including Shigeru Ban, who is known for his timber constructions, Patkau Architects who worked with MJMA, and Provencher_Roy who partnered with Turner Fleisher. The winning design scheme, called The Arbour, will be a net-zero tower to house a new school of computer technology as part of an expansion at George Brown College.
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The design for the 12-story building features a pitched roof and large amounts of glazing so the timber interior can be easily seen from the outside. The building also utilizes a structural pattern that resembles a tartan grid with a large area of circulation running through the middle and

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Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Designs Tea Houses Perfect for Stargazing

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© Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi © Fumio Araki, Yuta Takahashi Japan-based Moriyuki Ochiai Architects have designed a cluster of tea rooms located in a rural area known as Bisei, in the Okayama Prefecture. This town is known as both the place where green tea was introduced to Japan and as a "sanctuary for stargazing", which inspired the firm's design to create a strong connection between the tea rooms and the surrounding scenery. 
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The site itself is located near rolling hills and mountain ranges, and year-round hosts events for the Astronomy Club, the Tea Ceremony Club, and various concerts and plays. Following with its notoriety as a perfect place to observe the stars, the tearooms are scattered throughout the landscape to act as a reflection of the sky, which expands endlessly. The tea rooms themselves were developed to be small enclosures where visitors can perceive

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IND Architects to Renovate Historic Water Tower in Moscow

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Courtesy of IND Architects Courtesy of IND Architects IND Architects has plans to transform the symbolic Shcherbinka water tower in Moscow, Russia into a revitalized area for residents to socialize. Since the water tower has been only slightly altered over time with the overall form and silhouette remaining the same, the design team has decided to create a place that will both aim to recall old memories and create new ones. 
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To activate the historical interior space of the water tower, IND Architects created a number of spaces including areas where exhibitions can be on display, meetings and conferences can be held, and other events can occur in flexible, multipurpose rooms. The program also includes a café, a co-working area, and a large hall that features an opening façade to the landscape space. In the warmer seasons, concerts and sports events can be organized here.

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Lemay, Perkins+Will, and Bisson Fortin to Design Montreal Light Rail System

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Courtesy of Réseau express métropolitain (REM) Courtesy of Réseau express métropolitain (REM) Three award-winning architecture firms, Lemay, Perkins+Will, and Bisson Fortin, will design a new 67-km sustainable system of light-rail train stations for one of North America’s largest public transportation projects, the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Montreal. This system of train stations will be designed as part of NouvLR General Partnership’s recently won contract and will connect Montréal-Trudeau International Airport with the city’s downtown area, as well as the north and south shores of the region. 
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The concept for the design is based on the combination of the themes of movement, transparency, and identity. The station’s facades and landscape features reflect the experience of moving as seen through the window of a moving train. The design also contains urban features, with moments of stillness and vertical movement.

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The stations also

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AIA Announces Top 10 Sustainable Designs of 2018

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Courtesy of Fort Mason Center Courtesy of Fort Mason Center The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have announced the winners of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the highest honor for buildings that exemplify great design and sustainable performance. The award, now in its 22nd year, celebrates 10 projects that meet COTE’s rigorous standards for 10 criteria in several areas of design including economic, social, and ecological value. The winners will be honored in June at the AIA Conference in New York City.  Read about the 2018 winners after the break. Albion District Library; Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Perkins+Will
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One of the busiest libraries in Toronto, the Albion District Library serves a broad range of services to a diverse demographic, including many recent immigrants. Extensive community consultation shaped the design in fundamental ways, including the decision not to renovate and expand an

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