A Month After the Fire, The National Museum Receives Emergency Repair and Demands a Budget of $27 Million

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National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP National Museum. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP It’s been a month since Brazil lost one of its oldest and most representative assets. A fire destroyed and erased more than 200 years of the Paço de São Cristóvão’s architectural history. The building served as a residence for the royal family, and turned a great part of its collection into dust, with many of the items being one-of-a-kind. The National Museum is seeking to rebuild in the aftermath of the tragedy. Several institutions have taken a stand and initiatives have been made in this direction. The emergency works began on September 21 to contain, clean, and protect the remaining structure, which is, without a doubt, the most pressing initiative.  The Department of Education (MEC) allocated $2.4 million (R$ 8.9 million) to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to complete the first phase of the rebuilding process. Concrejato Engenharia (National Maintenance/Engineers)
Researchers and technicians "hug" the National Museum to mark a month since the tragedy. Image: Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil
The fire destroyed the building and its collection. Image: Mauro Pimentel/AFP
Rebuilding is an option and UFRJ is working to get the funds to do it. Image: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur
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Brazilian Houses: 20 Examples of Wood Design

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© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok Wood is one of the oldest building materials used in architecture. Versatile, it can be used in structural solutions, coatings, partitions, fittings and, very often, in furniture. Another quality of the material is its sustainability - if well managed during planting, cutting, and treatment processes, it can be considered renewable and low carbon, adding value to the completed building. Brazil, due to its large size and range of climates, has a large variety of tree species that can be used in construction - although its potential is still far from being realized. Below we've selected 20 examples of residential projects in Brazil that take advantage of this rich material - be it in its structure, coatings or closings.

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Cortesia de Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados Cortesia de Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

Two Couples House / Andre Eisenlohr + Cabana Arquitetos

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Cortesia de Andre Eisenlohr + Cabana Arquitetos Cortesia de Andre Eisenlohr
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Cortesia de Studio Otto Felix
© André Scarpa
Cortesia de brro arquitetos
© Guillermo F. Florez
Cortesia de Vilela Florez
© Denison Fagundes
Cortesia de OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo
© Pedro Napolitano Prata
Cortesia de Arquipélago Arquitetos
© Eduardo Moody
Cortesia de G Arquitetura e Urbanismo
© Maira Acayaba
Cortesia de AMZ Arquitetos
© Pedro Napolitano Prata
Cortesia de Ateliê Navio
© Fran Parente
Cortesia de Candida Tabet Arquitetura
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Cortesia de Jacobsen Arquitetura
© Bel Diniz
Cortesia de João Diniz Arquitetura
© Jomar Bragança
Cortesia de David Guerra
© Bebete Viégas
Cortesia de UNA Arquitetos
Cortesia de Jacobsen Arquitetura
Cortesia de Jacobsen Arquitetura
© Tuca Reines
Cortesia de André Vainer Arquitetos
© Rómulo Fialdini
Cortesia de Candida Tabet Arquitetura
© Ruy Teixeira
Cortesia de Bernardes Arquitetura
© Leonardo Finotti
Cortesia de Jacobsen Arquitetura
© Daniel Ducci
Cortesia de Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
© Pedro Kok
Cortesia de Denis Joelsons + Gabriela Baraúna Uchida
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Zaha Hadid’s Project in Rio Canceled

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© ZHA © ZHA "Residencial Casa Atlântica" in Copacabana, Zaha Hadid's first project in South America, was canceled. O Globo reported the cause as "the delay of the city hall to release the work license and the consequent delay of the launch and inauguration of the project." The luxury residential condominium was designed in 2013 and should have been opened in time for the Olympics. First conceived as a luxury hotel, the building was changed to a residential project with 30 residential units. According to businessman Omar Peres, who spearheaded the venture and commissioned Zaha Hadid, construction was supposed to begin in January of this year. However, delays caused the investment group to drop out and now the land where the building was supposed to be built is up for auction.
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The land acquired by Peres in 2013 used to be occupied by the Casa de Pedra, Avenida
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First Stone: Three Documentaries That Explore How Architects Use Portuguese Stone

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via experimentadesign via experimentadesign The mastery of stone is one of the most impressive features of Portuguese architecture. From the precise cut in fittings to beautiful floor designs, Portuguese architecture carries in its womb an almost born talent to manipulate one of -- if not the oldest material used in the history of construction. In celebration of this material, experimentadesign, a research project focused on design and architecture founded in Lisbon, developed Primeira Pedra, or First Stone. This multimedia platform explores the characteristics and qualities of Portuguese stone. Presented as an online platform, the program began in 2016 and has produced eight exhibitions in New York, São Paulo, and Venice. As well as three documentaries that examine Portuguese stone from different perspectives: Resistance, Still Motion, and Common Sense. In partnership with the Portuguese network RTP, the documentaries brought together the work of 23 leading architectural, graphic, and product design
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Oscar Niemeyer’s Unfinished Architecture in Lebanon May Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Tripoli International Fair. Image © Anthony Saroufim Tripoli International Fair. Image © Anthony Saroufim The unfinished Tripoli International Fair, designed by Oscar Niemeyer for the Lebanese capital, could become a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Conceived in the 1960s at the request of the then President Fouad Chéhab, the fair remained a symbol of projected modernity for the country. The goal, however, was never achieved. The project, which began in the early 1960s, was scheduled for completion in 1966 or, in the worst case, 1967, but a succession of setbacks led to an unfinished design. Technical problems, incoherent budgets, construction delays and corruption in the construction sector led up to the Lebanese Civil War in 1975, resulting in the death of the project - which at the time was almost complete.
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The signature design of the concrete structure makes its author easy to deduce. The garden, where the fair is located, is by another

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This Brazilian Resort is the Perfect Location for a Wes Anderson Film

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Mauá ballroom, its dome is 50 meters in diameter and 30 meters high. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle Mauá ballroom, its dome is 50 meters in diameter and 30 meters high. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle The entertainment industry frequently captures unusual architecture from theme parks that explore bygone eras to remote locales in the hills of Las Vegas that often go unseen. A two-hour drive from Rio de Janeiro's renowned beaches you can find a 20th century French Normandy building in the state's sierra region: The Palácio Quitandinha. Located in the Imperial City of Petrópolis – once a summer resort for monarchs who lived in the capital – the hotel-casino opened on February 12, 1944. The international shortage due to World War II did not prevent Joaquim Rolla, a mining entrepreneur, from hiring architects Luis Fossai and Alfredo Baeta Neves to design what would become the largest building of its kind in Latin America.
Quitandinha Palace houses the Sesc Rio since 2007. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle Quitandinha Palace houses the Sesc Rio since 2007. Image © Flagrante / Romullo Fontenelle

The golden age of Palácio

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The Invasion of La Muralla Roja, Captured by Anthony Saroufim

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© Anthony Saroufim © Anthony Saroufim Few residential projects in recent years have attracted as much attention as Ricardo Bofill's Muralla Roja. Completed in 1968, the Mediterranean design has benefited from trends of millennial culture, having served as a backdrop for several photographic essays and even music videos. With worldwide notoriety, it isn't surprising that residents of the famous pink estate have sought to bar access from the already fortified wall. This, however, was not enough to prevent the Lebanese photographer and architect Anthony Saroufim from venturing through the labyrinthine of corridors and staircases of the Bofill building.
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Solely accompanied by his analog camera loaded with Kodak 400 Color Plus film, Saroufim invaded the wall:

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"My heart raced as I jumped over the fence, unnoticed, with my camera in my hand. Sneaking into this labyrinth of staircases, I hid myself, looking around and firing quickly, almost

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You Can Stay Overnight at the Bauhaus Dessau

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Photo: Copyright of Bauhaus Dessau Photo: Copyright of Bauhaus Dessau One of the most influential 20th-century architecture schools, the Bauhaus experienced its glory days in the city of Dessau between 1925 and 1932. Under the direction of Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the emblematic educational complex was a place for work and housing for some of the most renowned personalities of architecture, design, and art of the last century. Although the school in Dessau operated for a limited time with few people having the opportunity to experience the prolific environment, it left a deep impact on the architectural production that followed. The buildings that are part of the complex - both in Dessau and Weimar - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 and are now open for visitation.
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In an attempt to bring the public even closer to the daily life

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Massive Fire Destroys Brazil’s 200-Year-Old National Museum and Its Collection

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Brazil's National Museum, one of Latin America's most important museums, was completely destroyed by a fire that started at 7:30 pm on Sunday evening. It housed over 20 million items related to the history of the Americas, many if not all of which were lost. A report in the Rio Times indicates that the museum had operated normally on Sunday and closed its doors at 5:00 pm, two and a half hours before the blaze began. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike took to the Twitter to express their grief and outrage. There were reports that fire hydrants were empty, causing firefighters to pump water from a nearby lake to quell the blaze. Many used it as an opportunity to slam the government, others to lament the choice of
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Social Inequality, As Seen From The Sky

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Kya Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes Kya Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes Across the world, urban clusters have -- to a greater or lesser extent -- social and economic differences. Reflected in space, these imbalances of income and access to education, health, sanitation, and infrastructure generate ruptures more or less visible - although drastically felt. Although a daily reality for some, socio-spatial inequalities can often go unnoticed. Photographer Johnny Miller states, "Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground... Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings." Miller's photo series 'Unequal Scenes' seeks "to portray the most 'Unequal Scenes' in [the world] as objectively as possible." Miller's aerial photographs taken from a drone highlight ruptures in physical space. The photographer began his project in Johannesburg, South Africa where he photographed the scars
Kya Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes
Mexico City, Mexico. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes
Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course, Durban, South Africa. Image © Johnny Miller / Unequal Scenes
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The Cartographies of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

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© Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal The concept and title Walls of Air was conceived as a response to the theme of Freespace proposed by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in order to provoke questions about: 1. the different sorts of walls that construct, on multiple scales, the Brazilian territory; 2. the borders of architecture itself in relation to other disciplines.

Therefore, a reflection began on how much Brazilian architecture and its urban developments are, in fact, free. Without the ambition of reaching an answer, but hoping to open the conversation to a large and diverse public, we chose to shed light on processes that often go unnoticed due to their nature or scale. The immaterial barriers built between people or neighborhoods, and the processes of urbanization in Brazil on a continental scale are examples of questions we considered.

The content was created based on the widest possible understanding of architecture, relating the discipline

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Cruzamentos. Arquitetos brasileiros no exterior. Quão franca é a troca dos arquitetos brasileiros com o mundo?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Cruzamentos. Arquitetos brasileiros no exterior. Quão franca é a troca dos arquitetos brasileiros com o mundo?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Fluxos Humanos. Assimilação cultural como diluição de barreiras. . Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Fluxos Humanos. Assimilação cultural como diluição de barreiras. . Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Fluxos Materiais. Rastros físicos da negociação de commodities. Quão sensível é o ambiente urbano à movimentação de commodities?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Fluxos Materiais. Rastros físicos da negociação de commodities. Quão sensível é o ambiente urbano à movimentação de commodities?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Paisagem Fluida. Encontro dos ecossistemas natural e humano. Quão desregulada é a relação entre os ecossistemas humano e natural?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Paisagem Fluida. Encontro dos ecossistemas natural e humano. Quão desregulada é a relação entre os ecossistemas humano e natural?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
O Mapa não é o Território. O redesenho da fronteira. Quão desimpedido é o acesso à fronteira brasileira? . Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
O Mapa não é o Território. O redesenho da fronteira. Quão desimpedido é o acesso à fronteira brasileira? . Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Sucessão de Bordas. Narrativas da construção de um pais urbano. Quão desvinculada de um projeto coeso de pais tem sido a formação urbana do Brasil. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Sucessão de Bordas. Narrativas da construção de um pais urbano. Quão desvinculada de um projeto coeso de pais tem sido a formação urbana do Brasil. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Geografia dos Investimentos Imobiliários. Discordâncias entre as agendas do capital e da arquitetura. Quão desobstruída é a agenda do Mercado Imobiliário em relação àquela da Arquitetura?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Geografia dos Investimentos Imobiliários. Discordâncias entre as agendas do capital e da arquitetura. Quão desobstruída é a agenda do Mercado Imobiliário em relação àquela da Arquitetura?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Habitar a Casa ou a Cidade? O Impacto do Programa Habitacional Minha Casa Minha Vida. Quão generosos são os programas habitacionais brasileiros em oferecer o direto à cidade?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Habitar a Casa ou a Cidade? O Impacto do Programa Habitacional Minha Casa Minha Vida. Quão generosos são os programas habitacionais brasileiros em oferecer o direto à cidade?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Divisões Sólidas. Fronteiras na cidade. Quão livre é a transposição de limites entre tecidos urbanos distintos?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Divisões Sólidas. Fronteiras na cidade. Quão livre é a transposição de limites entre tecidos urbanos distintos?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Criptografia das Relações de Poder. Desobediência e Exclusão na Cidade. Quão liberador pode ser o Pixo em revelar as lógicas de poder da cidade?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
Criptografia das Relações de Poder. Desobediência e Exclusão na Cidade. Quão liberador pode ser o Pixo em revelar as lógicas de poder da cidade?. Image Cortesia de Pavilhão do Brasil na Bienal de Veneza 2018
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The Capela do Monte Through the Lens of João Morgado

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© João Morgado © João Morgado Portuguese architectural photographer João Morgado shared with us a series of images from Álvaro Siza's latest project, the Capela do Monte. This chapel is located in Barão de São João, in the Algarve region of Portugal. Part of the Monte da Charneca complex, Capela do Monte was commissioned in 2016 by a Swiss-American couple residing there.

Inaugurated in March of this year, the sandy colored, 10.34 x 6.34-meter structure was built at the highest point of a hill and can only be accessed by foot. Its monolithic geometry suggests, from outside, a serenity from the inner space. The wooden furniture within the chapel were all designed by Siza and manufactured by Serafim Pereira Simões Successors of Porto.

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Located on a small, cleared out piece of land surrounded by lush greenery, the chapel rises like a solid block with a slightly raised

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Brazilian Artist Ernesto Neto Creates Giant Installation in Zurich’s Central Station

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ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann Brazilian contemporary artist Ernesto Neto recently realized a colorful sculpture made of hand-knotted cotton strips in the atrium of Zurich's Central Station. Titled Gaia Mother Tree, the installation resembles a giant tree and extends from the station's roof to its floor. Exhibited by the Fondation Beyeler, Neto's sculpture is an immersive work of art, a space that one can enter into and walk around or remain and meditate.  The Gaia Mother Tree will be on display until July 29th. A series of activities for adults and children, including musical concerts, workshops and debates, is scheduled to take place under the net of cotton.
ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann

Sam Keller, director of the Fondation Beyeler, estimates that almost a half-million people will pass through the station and, consequentially, the sculpture. This would

ERNESTO NETO, GAIAMOTHERTREE, 2018, Zurich Main Station, Fondation Beyeler. Image © Mark Niedermann
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Adobe Recreates Lost Typography from the Masters of the Bauhaus

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Bauhaus Dessau. Image © Nate Robert via Flickr Licença CC BY-SA 2.0 Bauhaus Dessau. Image © Nate Robert via Flickr Licença CC BY-SA 2.0 The idea of a total work of art - Gesamtkunstwerk - guided several schools and movements in the 19th century, including the Bauhaus, which brought the term into the modern era. With the school's unstructured architecture and avant-garde furniture design came new ways of designing clothing, graphics and painting, etc. In the Bauhaus different fields influenced each other, diluting the border between art and industry as they evolved together. When the school was closed 1933 many projects were left unfinished.

In order to revive some of the work begun at the Bauhaus, Adobe launched the Hidden Treasures project to revive five fonts inspired by the original designs of five of the school's masters: Joost Schmidt, Xanti Schawinsky, Reinhold Rossig, Carl Marx and Alfred Arndt. Adobe partnered with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation to select five design students to recreate typefaces based

Joschmi Font, via Adobe Hidden Treasures
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Carla Juaçaba Presents Her Chapel Design for the Vatican at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba View of the Chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba Selected along with nine other architects by the VaticanCarla Juaçaba has shared images of her proposed chapel design as part of the Venice Architecture Biennial, which marks the city-state's first time participating in the largest architectural event in the world. The proposed chapel design seeks a harmonious integration between the water and trees that surround Venice, with the nearby vegetation outlining the interior space of the chapel. The space between the treetops - which offers a view of the sky - functions as the ceiling of the chapel. Structurally, the chapel is framed by four beams in a square section, measuring 12 by 12 centimeters and 8 meters in length, shaped by a standing cross, and another cross projected on the ground. One serves as a bench, the other as a cross: two vital elements of Catholic architecture. The structure is built on concrete sleepers
Aerial view of the chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba
Isometric schematic of the chapel. Image © Carla Juaçaba
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Celebrate International Museum Day With These Exceptional Museum Designs

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Not all architects get the opportunity to design a museum. Between budget, scale and factors external to the field of architecture, designing a museum--and actually getting it built-- may mark the pinnacle of one's professional trajectory.

These public buildings provide an invaluable service to the communities in which they are located; from education to commemoration and (occasionally) the provision of public space, museums are "shining lights" in which architecture plays a fundamental role.  To celebrate International Museum Day, we have compiled some of the most relevant and notable museum projects published on ArchDaily over the past year.

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Iberian Museum / J.L. López de Lemus, Harald Schönegger, Ignacio Laguillo & Luis Ybarra

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Moreira Salles Institute / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa / Heatherwick Studio

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Portugal Announces the 12 Projects That Will be Part of Its Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

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Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present Public Without Rhetoric the proposal for the Portuguese Pavilion. Below, curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah describe their contribution in their own words. Public Without Rhetoric is the project selected to represent Portugal at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah propose a tour of the “Public Building” of Portuguese origin through 12 works created at a time when Western Europe is confronted with its limits and possibilities and as architecture manifests its nonconformist nature in reinforcing its role in political and social intervention.
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Public Without Rhetoric Coinciding with the economic crisis, the last ten years have seen a movement away from public construction projects, with the

Molhes do Douro, Carlos Prata. © João Ferrand
Thalia Theatre / Gonçalo Byrne Architects & Barbas Lopes Architects © DMF
I3S - Institute of Health Innovation and Research / Serôdio, Furtado & Associados, Arquitectos Lda. © Luís Ferreira Alves
Centro de Visitantes da Gruta das Torres, Pico, SAMI (Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira). © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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Apparently, All Roads Do Lead to Rome

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via Roads to Rome via Roads to Rome The well-known saying "all roads lead to Rome" seems to be true, at least, that's what the Moovel Lab team in Stuttgart, which is dedicated to urban mobility research, points out. Titled "Roads to Rome," the project has mapped out over-land routes across Europe that converge to the city.  From a grid of 26,503,452 square kilometers covering all of Europe, the researchers defined 486,713 starting points that were superimposed on the continent's street map. Then an algorithm was developed for the project that calculated the shortest route between each of the points and the Italian capital.  The resulting cartography reveals a route map that, in fact, leads to Rome. The thicker lines represent the most used routes and are the roads where the smaller routes converge.
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In its glory days, the Roman Empire was responsible for creating an extensive network of
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Mobile App Turns “Monotonous” Modernist Housing Blocks into a Game of Tetris

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© Lukas Valiauga​ © Lukas Valiauga​ Modern architecture has had many faces and developments, ranging from post-war reconstruction strategies in Europe to the International Style in the United States. One of these facets - perhaps the least glorious - are the social housing buildings of the eastern part of Europe, the results of initiatives by the Soviet regime to offer low-cost housing to the population.  Often associated with unsuccessful programs, these buildings were generally very similar to each other, presenting very simple prismatic geometries with little chromatic variation. Blocks, so to speak, that in the hands and imagination of designer Lukas Valiauga take on a ludic aspect that has never been natural to them. 
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In the Tower Block Game, Valiauga transforms this housing typology into a re-reading of the famous Tetris game, in which the user stacks and destroys sets of blocks. "This game is a ludic

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50 Housing Floor Plans: A Deck of Flashcards Featuring Desirable Collective Housing

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Courtesy of a+t architecture publishers Courtesy of a+t architecture publishers Following up on their series of urban block flashcards, Spanish publisher a+t architecture publishers recently launched a new deck of cards featuring architecture that "promote[s] the compact city and the desirable dwelling." Titled  50 Housing Floor Plans, this new version contains examples of recent collective living projects, featuring buildings constructed between 2000 and 20017. 
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In addition to the floor plans, the cards include information about levels of privacy and openness to the outside, and also feature circulation routes and other key facts about the projects. The publisher states, "50 Housing Floor Plans is our bid to disseminate the collective housing in which we would like to live. It is not a pack of playing cards. It is a pack for better living."

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