BigMat International Architecture Award’s ceremony video

You can now watch a short video featuring the eighteen teams shortlisted for the Prize and some of the most important and interesting aspects of the awards ceremony for the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award, which took place in Berlin on November 20th.

 

 

You can now watch online a short video featuring some of the most important and interesting aspects of the awards ceremony for the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award.  The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 20th, at the BOLLE Festsäle building in Berlin, in the presence of the 18 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group.

In the video we can see the members of the 18 teams of architects shortlisted for the 6 National Prizes: URA Archietcts, Prokš Přikryl architekti,  Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost,  Pedevilla Architects, José Adrião Arquitectos,  a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes, Atelier d’architecture Pierre Hebbelinck et Pierre de Wit, V+ / Vers plus de bien-être,  ARCHTEAM, Projektil Architekti, LAN Architecture,  GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati, Andrea Oliva Architetto – Studio Cittarchitettura, Giorgio Santagostino and Monica Margarido, AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados, Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández, and RCR arquitectes.

The video is available on our YouTube channel, as well as on our Vimeo channel.

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Fondazione MAXXI to host preparation party for Outdoor Festival 2015

MAXXI Roma is hosting this evening, Thursday 30th of July, a meeting to discuss the sixth edition of the yearly festival celebrated on the grounds of the contemporary arts museum in the Ostiense area.

 

CORTE Great Land, photo © Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

CORTE Great Land, photo © Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

MAXXI Roma is hosting this afternoon, Thursday 30th of July, a meeting to discuss the sixth edition of the yearly festival celebrated on the grounds of the contemporary arts museum in the Ostiense area. (more…)

Archiprix 2015: best graduation projects around the world published

Every two years, Archiprix International invites universities to select their best graduation projects and submit them for participation. This years’ seven winners -and nominees- will be published in a book that offers a picture of the range of designs and the graphical distribution across all continents.

 

Architecture and extreme environment, by Adriana Debnárová. Archiprix 2015 winner  © NAi010 / Archiprix

Architecture and extreme environment, by Adriana Debnárová. Archiprix 2015 winner © NAi010 / Archiprix

 

Every two years, Archiprix International invites all 1,600 university level courses in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture to select their best graduation projects and submit them for participation. Out of the 351 projects presented in Archiprix 2015, 21 were selected as nominees to the  Hunter Douglas Awards, which will be presented in a book published by NAi010. (more…)

Architecture practice Assemble, shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2015

This is the first time ever for a design studio to be a nominee for this prize. Assemble’s projects focus on urban regeneration and the need for social exchange in unused or neglected areas in the city.

 

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

Granby Four Streets © Assemble

 

The four nominees for the Turner Prize 2015 have been announced, among which are Assemble Studio, a London-based collective of architects, artists and designers.  This is the first time ever for a design studio to be shortlisted for  this prestigious prize that rewards an artist’s specific exhibition or work of art of the previous year.

 

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Designing Archeology: Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi Award 2015

Under the theme “Designing Archeology. Architecture for the Development of Archeological Heritage”, the Accademia Adriane di Architettura e Archeologia has given this years’ prize to the french-swiss architect, renowned for his research in the fields of architectural theory.

 

© Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

© Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

 

The Piranesi Award, which celebrates its thirteenth edition this year, is an award that aims to give recognition to the excellence in the fields of architecture and archeology. This award is given by the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura e Archeologia in partnership with Rome’s Ordine di Architetti and the Casa dell’Architettura di Roma.

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“Esposizione Universale Roma”, looking back at the story behind EUR42, Rome’s main business area.

The exhibition in Museum of Ara Pacis in Rome attempts to look into the history of Eur -born as a symbol of fascist monumentality, finally become an expression of the 1960’s financial boom. “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” will be open from March 12 to June 14, 2015.

 

Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999

Fabrizio Ferri, Untitled #2262, 1999

 

In 1942 Rome was due to host EUR42, a Universal Exhibition dedicated to the celebration of fascism in its 20th anniversary. According to the original project, the Exhibition would have welcomed all the countries in the world, saving several permanent core buildings for Italy -the first buildings of a new neighbourhood to come. The impact of the Second World War stopped the works, and the district was abandoned. Only from the 1950’s on was EUR42 transformed into its present state -a modern business and residential area.

In occasion of Milan’s Expo 2015, the Museum of Ara Pacis is holding an exhibition  called “Esposizione Universale Roma. Una città nuova dal fascismo agli anni ‘60” (“Rome’s Universal Exhibition. A new city from fascism to the 60s”). Open from March 12, to June 14, 2015, the exhibition aims to trace the history of the EUR district through some basic steps that have marked its formation and transformation.

 

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Habitat Metropole, exhibitions and activities to track down Paris’ urban housing

This spring’s programme of Pavillon de l’Arsenal include an exhibition on “Paris Habitat”, the city’s office of public housing, and “Paysages Habités” a display of 137 contrasting examples of Paris’ evolving housing.

 

Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau

Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau

 

From February 12, 2015 Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris will be host to an exhibition on the evolution of the city of Paris over the last century. Created in collaboration with the University of Versailles, the exhibition is composed of photographs, plans and drawings, and an impressive display of  an over 120 square-meter scale model representing the diversity of urban housing in the city.

Called “Habitat Metropole“, the activities programmed by Pavillon de l’Arsenal include not just exhibitions, but also a series of conferences and debates, guided tours around Paris, workshops and activities for families and children for a more dynamic and educational approach to understanding the changes undergone in the city’s buildings and Parisian’s way of life. (more…)

“Casa no tempo”, a comfortable shelter in the Alentejo by Manuel Aires Mateus

This renovated farmhouse with simple white walls and richly textured surfaces is located in a large estate in which the surrounding landscape is the leading character.

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Aires Mateus’ Casa no Tempo, situated in the Alentejo region, barely one hour from Lisbon.

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

 

A former farmhouse, located in a vast estate with fields and lakes, the house belongs to João and Andreia Rodrigues, who decided to renovate the old building into a minimalistic four-bedroom home after their grandfather’s will to look after the family’s grounds.

The project aims to give the house a higher meaning, trying to connect the family’s generations through the inhabitation of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

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“Arquipélago”: new Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Portuguese office Menos é Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro have transformed a formed tobacco factory in Azores into a building complex for the dissemination of local contemporary arts.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

 

An archipelago is said to be “a large group or chain of islands” or “a large body of water with many islands“. The Azores Islands, for example, form an archipelago. On the island of San Miguel lies Ribeira Grande, a small town where last spring, portuguese architects João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais Arquitectos (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) started works for a new center for the contemporary arts.

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Mies van der Rohe Award, 420 Projects Nominated for the 2015 edition of the prize

The aim of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is to highlight recent, excellent examples of architectural creativity of works which are less than two years old and to underline that modern architecture is socially and culturally rooted in European cities and is important to people’s everyday lives.

 

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Last Mies van der Rohe prize award: Harpa Concert Hall. Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

 

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today the list of 420 projects competing for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. 27% of the proposals deal with Housing while 24% are Cultural facilities. 11% are connected to Education, 5% to Offices and the other 33% include mostly Sport, Commercial, Governmental, Transport and Urban typologies. Initiated in 1987 after an agreement between the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall, the 60.000€ prize is the highest award in European architecture and is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies and of the clients who support them.

See all the 2015 projects by country.

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