Sunday, March 30, 2008
posted by dag at 12:51 AM

03.26.08 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 7pm
Yansong Ma + Qun Dang: MAD Dinner

Founding Principal Yansong Ma, originally from Beijing, received his M.Arch from Yale in 2002. Prior to founding MAD in 2004, Mr. Ma worked as a project designer with Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Eisenman Architects in New York. He also taught architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Ma was the winner of the 2006 Architecture League of New York Young Architect Award. He also received the 2002 Samuel J. Fogelson Memorial Award of Design Excellence as well as the American Institute of Architects Scholarship for Advanced Architecture Research in 2001.

Principal Qun Dang, originally from Shanghai, received her M.Arch at Iowa State University. Prior to MAD, Ms. Dang worked for several major architecture firms in the United States, including Perkins Eastman, on projects of different scales. She has had several teaching positions including an assistant professorship at Iowa State University, a visiting professorship at Pratt Institute and an assistant professorship at Iowa State University's Foreign Studies Program in Rome, Italy. Ms. Dang received the 2000 American Institute of Architect’s Certificate of Merit. She also got the Paul S. Studies in Architecture & Culture Award, Design Media Award and the Academic Excellence from ISU in 2001.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 4:57 PM

Invitation to all architects of the world: Contribute in the
making of the future of architectural thought

World Architecture Community, launched on March 1, with 200 honorary members including Hans Hollein, Mario Botta, and Fumihiko Maki, is probably the first interactive database created to provide an opportunity for all local practices to become internationally recognized. Unique features of this portal enable all members to contribute in the making of the future of architectural thought by submitting, discussing, editing, rating, sharing their work.

While there are many channels that promote architecture, WA will probably be the first interactive database created to provide an opportunity for all local practices to present their work to the international audience and become internationally recognized.

It is evident that content capacity in printed media is very limited that only a few can access. Appearing in international or even local media is highly competitive and requires grand projects; therefore local practices rarely have the chance to be criticized and the agenda of architecture concentrates on a few names. On the other hand, there are many young, talented architects, passionately designing buildings in the different parts of the world. Unfortunately, as they cannot appear on the media, they are solely criticized by their customers. Impetus for creativity, however, is criticism. WA realizes the dream of local practices to be discussed by prominent scholars and academicians from different countries via the platform offered by the internet. Architects and scholars from ALL countries of the world are invited to submit their buildings and writings freely. The aim of WA is to highlight the different quests of local practices in the global agenda and initiate a new definition for architectural media. WA Community Portal also aims to present the work of all contemporary masters of architecture in a concise form eventually with their support of the educational premises of the project.

Another unique feature of the portal is that Issue Pages can be created by all members as a collaborative effort to create connections across the individual resources on the internet. For instance, an architect being inspired from local culture, can create an issue page to define his theoretical discourse that has guided his design, and relate his buildings to this issue page so that theory and practice in architecture can come together within the same context. This independent global forum and extensive database will be also a big occasion for theorists. They will be able to access examples, works, and efforts from most diverse regions and cultures of the world and will have the chance to get in touch with practice at a global scale.

All members will be able to submit links, articles, projects (even unrealized or projects under construction can be submitted) to this completely free international portal. Contributions from all members will have equitable chances to be represented, promoted, reviewed and criticized at this international arena.

You can read more about the story and philosophy of WA here


The WA Community initiative has over 150 Honorary Members who have accepted the invitation to collaborate. Complete list of Honorary Members include important architects and scholars like Joseph Rykwert, Eric Owen Moss, Bart Prince, Fumihiko Maki, Udo Kultermann, Dennis Sharp, Farshid Moussavi, William Lim, Hans Hollein, Michael Sorkin, Arata Isozaki, Mario Botta, Kenneth Yeang, and Renata Holod among many others...

For the complete list of Honorary Members click Honorary Members

"The potential of this forum could be enormous, and your concept has that hallmark of all truly great ideas, which is to say something that seems so brilliantly simple that only after it becomes a reality does one wonder how it could not have always existed? There is so much good that can be done if certain ideas in our field of experience could only be shared more easily, and though the technology to do this has been available for quite some time now, it clearly has not been used to anything approaching its full potential, which your initiative promises to expand." Martin Filler, Editor, House&Garden, USA.

For more comments please follow the link What Did Honorary Members Say About WA?
Submit, discuss, post, edit, revise, update, share, comment, rate, vote, evaluate, relate,
review… To enrich architectural thought by multicultural diversity!

thanks to Céline Duprét for info


Thursday, March 20, 2008
posted by dag at 7:32 AM

03.19.08 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 7pm
Benjamin Ball + Gaston Nogues: Spaces Between the Hammer and the Mouse
Alumni-sponsored lecture
Partners, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles

Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice that creates experimental built environments to enhance and celebrate the potential for social interaction through sensation, spectacle and physical engagement while striving to infuse the matter of the built environment with a downstream purpose. To achieve these results, the firm works with unusual materials, develops new digital tools and applies architectural techniques in unorthodox ways. Sharing an enthusiasm for the fabrication process, Ball-Nogues Studio relates to the built object both physically and poetically, letting the material's properties, limitations, and economic scenarios guide the structure’s ultimate form while also developing methods to extend the intertwined boundaries of a material’s aesthetics, physical potential and lifecycle.
Their design process is a carefully orchestrated collaboration, mixing digital development with hands-on fabrication research. This is an essential approach given the rapid evolution of computer modeling techniques, CNC fabrication capabilities and exciting material discoveries. Instead of creating distance via digital tools, the firm studies technique in order to adapt to the built environment and move beyond and into the realm of creating atmosphere.

\\Ball+Nogues website
\\ from sci_ARC
Thursday, March 13, 2008
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 9:59 PM

"On March 27th, London Heathrow Terminal 5 will welcome the first British Airways passengers through its doors. It’s the culmination of an amazing project that began with one thought – to make connecting the world simple and pleasurable again. The result is a seamless and upgraded airport experience unlike any other in the world, and one that’s exclusively for British Airways passengers."

British Airways has done and is doing, to make Terminal 5 an exciting new landmark in aviation and design history.

It has been designed and realized by Richard Rogers Consultant with astonishing results, and make possible to position T5 as one of the most brilliant and efficient buildings in the world.

Main site:


youtube video:


thanks to Claudio Branno::: BA Terminal5 Insider


posted by dag at 9:03 AM

03.12.08 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 7pm
Robert Hodgin: Embrace Your One-Trick Pony

Robert Hodgin has recently switched coasts and now lives in San Francisco. He is a founding partner of the Barbarian Group and heads up its west coast office. He got his start with Flash but doesn't like to talk about it. What he does like to talk about is his love for Processing and audio-visual experimentation which he showcases at These experiments in no way reflect his schooling. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in sculpture in 1998. He paid off his last school loan a few months ago. Things are looking up.

Solar, with lyrics. from flight404 on Vimeo
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 11:53 AM

The blog collects information and the work of COMPOSIZIONE ARCHITETTONICA E URBANA at the 1 st year degree program in architecture, faculty of architecture 2 of the Politecnico di Torino held by cesare griffa with antonio ravarino davide del giudice.


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Friday, March 07, 2008
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 10:51 AM

I post this project from our swedish friends:

Kjellgren Kaminksy Architecture

Client: Emrahus
Object: prefabricated villas
Size: 150-200 sqrm
Stage: preliminary design
Team: Joakim Kaminsky, Fredrik Kjellgren, Oscar Arnklitt, Daniel Andersson

Fyra unika passivhus folder

KKA and Emrahus presents Sweden's first series of prefabricated passive houses at the Hem & Villa housing fair in Malmö from 6/3 to 9/3.

Passive houses are extremely well-insulated buildings that are largely heated by the energy already present in the building - people and our household equipment generate a lot of energy.

More info at

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posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 10:24 AM

La Galleria di Architettura «come se», venerdì 14 marzo alle ore 19.30, inaugurerà i propri spazi con la mostra «Quindici studi romani. Nuove sfide per la città di domani».

L’esposizione, organizzata in occasione del Convegno Internazionale «Le Città del Futuro» e presentata in anteprima nel foyer dell’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma (1 marzo 2008), è promossa da RomaEnergia e dall’Assessorato all’Urbanistica del Comune di Roma.

Curata dal prof. Antonino Saggio, vede la partecipazione di studi romani protagonisti della ricerca, della sperimentazione e della realizzazione di nuove architetture in Italia e all’estero, tra innovazione, ecologia e tecnologia.

La mostra offre, dunque, ad una nuova generazione di architetti protagonisti del dibattito architettonico a Roma in questi anni, l’opportunità di presentare quei temi di architettura, urbanistica e design che coinvolgono l'innovazione tecnologica e la ricerca di soluzioni adeguate all'insieme delle problematiche ambientali. Sfondo la città di domani, in un contesto in cui le sfide da affrontare coinvolgono una dimensione sempre più globale delle scelte. La mostra presenta un campo vasto di sperimentazioni e di realizzazioni che hanno interessato sia la città di Roma, sia altre aree metropolitane e indicano una serie di strade innovative e stimolanti da seguire sempre più intensamente nei prossimi anni.

Studi Invitati:
AeV Architetti | Architecture and Vision | Centola & associati | Delogu Architetti associati | Giovanni D'Ambrosio | Bioprojectgroup | King Roselli Architetti | Giammetta & Giammetta | IaN + | Labics | Ma0 | Nemesi | n! Studio | JM Schivo & associati | T studio |

E’ possibile scaricare il file pdf dell'invito direttamente dal sito:


Wednesday, March 05, 2008
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 10:32 AM

Last weekend I visited DRL ten exhibition at the Architectural Association, London.

See my flickr set.

If you want more photos send me a request mail.


Monday, March 03, 2008
posted by dag at 6:04 AM

«In Italy everything takes so long, I have dozens of building sites opened and we cannot finish anything. I would like to sell my work and not only on paper». Zaha Hadid is upset with Italy. Fifty-eight years old, Iraqi, undisputed queen of worldwide architecture and the first woman to win the Pritzker prize (the equivalent of the "Nobel" for architecture) is in Innsbruck to inaugurate her latest wonder: the Nordkettenbahn, the cable railway station created, planned and built in less than two years.Ms. Hadid, here in Innsbruck this is your second important work created in only four years: here they could not even find an agreement on the Citylife project to upgrade the former Fair of Milan. From North to South there are dozens of projects from your office in Italy, or perhaps we should say building sites, eternally opened? Here everything is a lot slower and we must be very patient. Every project has its own personal stalemate situation. I believe it depends on the fact that nothing has happened for such a long time, for years there have only been commercial operations, architecture had nothing to do with matters of public interest. Instead now there is a revival and the fact that it is coming from above is positive but we must consider this slow and difficult run-in.Do you believe in this change? I don't know. I see a lot of enthusiasm but going from intentions to facts is a very long passage. Architects must do a double job. It is as if in Italy people are afraid of anything new, they avoid any kind of change and keep it away.It is also true that you work in two very delicate sectors for Italy, the contemporary sector and the infrastructures: the Maxxi in Rome and the High Speed Line station in Afragola, in Naples, these are projects with a strong symbolic meaning…Those who administer culture and modernity do not want to destroy the past; they are only trying to open towards something new. Is this so difficult to understand? Tradition as a limit is an alibi, indeed for us architects it is wonderful to work in your country because there is a great balance between what is given and what is received. As for the Maxxi, next year it should finally open but we have had so many problems, the project has been ready for some time now, but we were blocked at phase one. The whole thing is there but unfortunately we must still make do with fragments.What about the Citylife project in Milan? In that case private figures must really make it become something important: our work on the former Fair is the result of mediation and willpower that have little to do with us. There is no doubt that the old structure was truly horrible.Do you think it is coincidental that, after the arrival of architectural stars like yourself, Rem Koolhas and the two Swiss Herzog and de Meuron, all involved in important projects like your Betile Museum of Cagliari, an Architect Festival like Festarch was created?I believe that the reason for big architectural projects is actually to create movement, a stir. In any case this should be true anywhere.Do you believe that in general this is a good moment for architecture? Yes, today things are definitely going better. Look around: 80% of the buildings created after the war are ugly. They used to build for the sake of building, because the population was increasing and there was a need for structures, or for money, interests, speculation. There were no projects for the city and little attention was given to urban harmony. Nobody thought about it.Which is the country where it is best to work? Germany is a fantastic country because there is a system of public works that really runs smoothly, as in Austria. France has been an excellent country to work in but it is now experiencing a phase of immobilism. Then there is Spain that is experiencing a very lively phase.By now your work is at 360 degrees and goes from engineering to a design collection: Zaha Hadid is no longer only a studio of architecture, but is becoming a brand. The idea always comes from the same source, creation changes according to the focus, the technique, the project. Linking architecture to art and design is not a new idea; they were even more connected previously.In a while the Miami/Basel Fair will start, the art fair in which a number of your works will appear. What do you think of this new so-called art design market? I don't think that is art. It is a way to make money, organize fairs, actually a way to create commercial value. Of course it is true that people are a lot more interested in art today and they invest a lot more. The arrival of the art gallery owner Larry Gagosian in Rome in this period is not incidental.But it is a field in which you too "play": for example with your latest work, Dune Formations, ordered by the David Gill Galleries in London… That is not an art gallery, it is a financial gallery. I appreciate what Ambra Medda managed to create at Miami/Basel very much. However we must not confuse business with artistic creation.
Source: Luxury Sole24ore
Translation in Italian here
Watch the Video here
Sunday, March 02, 2008
posted by dag at 12:47 AM