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Tadao Ando completes 3-stage scheme in Venice for Francois Pinault Foundation
Should you find yourself in Venice this autumn, you would do well to stop by the home of the Francois Pinault Foundation. The organisation recently celebrated the completion of a trio of architecture projects by Tadao
Ando which have restored a series of existing buildings and adapted their shells for the
public display of the Foundation's comprehensive art collection. In 2006, the organisation purchased and restored Palazzo Grassi, swiftly followed by a similar scheme involving the Punta della Dogana in 2009. Recently, the trio of restorations was completed by Teatrino, a multimedia venue for the visual arts as part of a refurbishment project by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Adjacent to the Punta della Dogana, Teatrino will be the setting for a sequence of interview films which relate to the exhibition 'Prima Materia' in the Punta della Dogana this October. The artists whose work will be displayed in the Punta della Dogana have been interviewed on film and these clips will be played to audiences in Teatrino during the autumn season. Commenting on the freshly-completed space... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Sant Pere Sacarrera Footbridge, Catalonia, Spain
This footbridge over the new bypass of Sant Pere Sacarrera by Alfa Polaris is part of an Y-shaped itinerary that links the town centre with two footpaths that give access to a forest area and were interrupted by the new road. The client not only wanted to provide pedestrians with a pleasant user experience, but also carry out an attractive design that... Read more
2 Library & Learning Centre, Wirtschaftsuniversit├Ąt Wien, Austria
Welcoming its first students for the winter 2013/14 semester, the fa├žade of Zaha Hadid's Learning and Library Center (LLC) for the Vienna University for Economics and Business Administration is now complete. The LLC is part of a wider masterplan drawn up by local architecture studio BUSarchitektur in light of the existing... Read more
3 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Visitor Center, Athens, Greece
Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is currently under construction in Athens, blending together a new home for the Greek National Opera, the 170,000 sq m Stavros Niarchos Park, and the headquarters of the National Library of Greece. Due to complete in 2015, the glass-rich... Read more
4 Doshma, Tripoli, Libya
Libya Design, together with Allabina and HudHud, has completed a modest creative hub in the Libyan city of Tripoli. Opened in June 2013, the 140 sq m facility is now a thriving cultural base bringing together local artists to exhibit their work, express their ideas and socialise in an informal environment. Costing just £99,600 to complete, the build was inspired by the Libyan Revolution... Read more
5 A Dolls' House
Cathedral Group, the development company behind The Old Vinyl Factory, has undertaken a superb initiative in aid of the UK charity KIDS which supports disabled children, young people and their families. A Dolls' House is an engaging project in which 20 top UK architects and designers were invited to create a working dolls' house for auction in an effort to raise £100,000 for... Read more
Project of the Week: Target Field Station by Perkins Eastman
A 'United Nations of Architects' gather in
New York to solve the world's housing issues
257 delegates descended on New York for three glorious days in early October to celebrate World Architecture Day 2013, kicking off Archtober, the city's month-long celebration of design. After a day of exclusive tours on Sunday, 6 October, including some of the city's impossible-to-get-into landmarks like the New York Times building and Hearst Tower, and a moving tour of the 9/11 Memorial Ground, delegates from around the globe
representing nearly every continent settled into the cozy double height gallery space at AIA NY's Center for Architecture in Soho to contemplate the world's housing crisis.

WAD's day-long agenda of talks and panel discussions was organized around the topic Towards Eight Billion: Housing the Next Generation, one of the pressing architectural challenges of our time. The air was thick with inspiration as architects, developers and policy leaders took to the stage, showing no shortage of creative ideas for housing the next generation, from residential schemes the size of some cities to dwelling units as small as broom closets and buildings on water.

Kicking off the day's presentations was keynote speaker Jay Cross of Related Companies. Cross presented Hudson Yards, a project on New York's far west side that is a veritable 'city within a city' for which Related has engaged a band of top architects including Diller Scofidio Renfro, KPF, and David Rockwell. Referring to the housing element of the scheme, Cross said 'it will be well designed as the city demands it', but he also admitted that the cost of development there would preclude affordable units, begging the question of how we as architects can crack this global issue of affordable housing.

That is the question on the mind of Andy Bernheimer, an architect and educator in New York City who participated in WAD's affordable housing panel. Bernheimer's sentiment was that 'it takes a village to make affordable housing a reality' and that architects cannot do it alone. They need the city and the developers on board as partners to provide incentives. No incentives are needed in France though, as we learned later in the morning session. TETRARC's Boréal project, presented by Michel Bertreux, is the kind of project that would appeal to architects everywhere when considering affordable housing - a modernist and post-modernist housing block that is lean to build and operate from an energy standpoint, rich in amenities, and hugely aspirational.

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Dietmar Feichtinger wins contest
for New Exhibition Center, Strasbourg
Gail Taylor: Build it and
they will come. Or will they... ?
The Strasbourg Parc des Expositions PEX is a new major exhibition centre near the French/German border designed by competition winners Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes. A strong emphasis has been placed on connecting the different spaces with a landscape 'canvas'. The project preserves this landscape and urban quality, providing soft links and gateways
Much has been made of the 'Bilbao effect' over the years, and how the creation of the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry put the dour industrial Spanish city right up there on the international tourist trail and boosted its coffers. It was hoped that the same would happen in Valencia where one of its most famous sons, architect Santiago Calatrava, created a 86-acre
above the streets. The site is defined by lush vegetation, a canal and tramway, all of which have been enveloped into the design in a dynamic fashion. As a large plateau along the bank of the canal, the PEX unfolds along the existing avenues. A series of exhibition spaces run along the side of the canal and can be opened during special events to form an external amphitheatre. Halls 2 and 3 are continuous while Hall 4 runs parallel to... Read more City of Arts and Sciences in a dried-out riverbed between 1996 and 2005. The complex encompasses a planetarium shaped like an eye, a science museum, a bridge, a covered walkway, acres of reflecting pools, and what was meant to be the jewel in the crown, a futuristic looking opera house - El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The Palau rises 14 storeys above ground and goes down three storeys below. Under its huge curving... Read more
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