Harbin Cultural Island

An atoll for culture. Surrounded by wetlands of the Songhua River, Harbin Cultural Island is the leading container buildings of the Grand Theatre and the Recreation Center Harbin, artificial plan which endorses natural geography mimicking the natural shape of the coast of the river located off the island.

Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape

Essay: Phyllis Lambert Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape Seagram building plaza panorama, looking south from the first setback of 399 Park Avenue, 2010. [Photo © Richard Pare, courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal] What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly…

The Shard: A Skyscraper For Our Post-9/11 World?

  The Shard, by Renzo Piano, towers over the London skyline. When the Twin Towers came down 11 years ago (almost to the day), the world was struck numb. Even New Yorkers, who felt the trauma rumble through their veins, couldn’t get past the initial disbelief: how can this be happening? How can something so big, so invincible,actually be so vulnerable?…

Venice Law Court

Solving the dynamics of the contemporary activity in a device of the historic fabric. Located opposite the Piazzale Roma, the contact point of the island with the territory, the Venice Court occupies the building of the former Manifattura Tabacchi, built in the nineteenth century. The design of the architects Carlo Maria Alessandra Segantini Cappai and…

Visualizing Venice

Visualizing Venice, new technologies for urban history is the first exhibition entirely devoted to history to be mounted in the Gino Valle exhibition space at the Università Iuav di Venezia. The exhibition offers, on the one hand, a cross-section of the research of Visualizing Venice* focused on a new way of “making” history through the…

Park of La Villette: Architecture of the Signifier

In 1982 was held a contest for the urban renewal area of the Villette in the northeast corner of Paris. The winning design by Bernard Tschumi away of all design conventions of public spaces previously developed, breaking the rooted tradition the Parisian garden. To 40 years to its gestation the complex project is considered the…

Brazil’s vision of an eco city: Curitiba

Architects are leading protagonists in the social and cultural life of a city. With an ambitious aim and with a pragmatism that was unique in Brazil, Curitiba, the capital city of Paraná, started to develop a vision of an eco city. This vision was to become a blueprint for sustainable development in other Latin American…

Carpi and the Prince

Carpi: the prince and the city – Analysis of the urban structure and the interaction among Pio’s family and the city during XIVth and XVIth century This time, after previous articles you can find here, I want to talk about the city of Carpi, that has been the subject of an analysis for the class…

The New Cabildo of Alejandro De La Sota

In the 90’s of the last century the municipality of Las Palmas decided to refurbish the old Cabildo Insular, aiming to renovate that part of the city that lost its importance year after year; then the administration chose the design of Alejandro De La Sota, a Galician architect. This enlargement is in the course of…

Potsdamer Platz, Sony Center – 17/17

17th and last article on the series “on day, one article – Potsdamer Platz”. The Sony Center is one of the most interessant new buildings of Berlin. It takes place between the Potsdamer Platz and the Bellevuestrasse. In spite of the Daimler-Chrysler lot, designed by different architects, the Sony Center is a transparent construction in…

Potsdamer Platz, Delbrueck Haus – 16/17

The construction for offices, residences and commercial activities on the Potsdamer Platz, on the corner of the Elbertstrasse, designed by architect Hans Kollhoff between 2000 and 2003, creates together with other buildings of the Potsdamer Platz a urban square. The geometry of the plan comes from the overlap of the shape of the building and…

Potsdamer Platz, Building for various uses – 12/17

The three buildings for commercial activities, residences and offices take place along the Linkstrasse; having e futuristic aspect. The architect, Sir Richard Rogers, is known especially for the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 1971-1977), designed with Renzo Piano. Both architects, after having ultimate the museum building, have developed their careers separately and have meet again just for…

Potsdamer Platz, Cinema Imax – 7/17

Also the cinema Imax on Potsdamer Platz was designed by the partnership Piano-Kohlbecker between 1993 and 1998. Going out from the shape of the half of a circle, the building of the cinema develops itself along the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, remarkable by its long

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin – 1/17

In the 1990’s, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Potsdamer Platz was a symbol of construction and harmonious growth of both sides of Berlin. There was at the time a long debate about the different possibilities for the future of the Potsdamer Platz. The three skyscrapers of today, in a very interesting…

Put all of Venice in your smartphone

Its name is “Visualizing Venice”: The IUAV (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia – School of Architecture of Venice), in collaboration with the prestigious Duke University (North Carolina), announces at the VIU / Venice International University an ambitious project, which aims to leverage new technologies for the humanities, for cultural heritage, and for the conservation…

The defense as raison d’être of Neuf-Brisach

Sebastien le Prestre Marquis de Vauban is certainly the most famous French military architect in the world. Born in Bazoches, France, in 1633 in a poor family, Vauban became soon very respected. When he was young, Vauban showed his big courage and his ingeniousness.

Common places

Sidewalks, squares, streets, roads, pedestrian areas, crosses, paths, green spaces, courtyards, pedestrian ways, markets, train stations, bus stops, commemorative or symbolic places, spaces for disabled persons, industrial areas, benches, schools, bridges, libraries, gardens, museums, meeting places, walls, collective transports, fountains, bicycle paths, expositive areas, outdoor theatres, residual spaces, monuments, cemeteries, highways, shopping malls,… The urban…