Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

South of North: video of the Mouthful of Meetings event in Venice

South of North: Mouthful of Meetings at the Venice Biennale. Photo: Anna Autio.

South of North, Network of Nordic Architects working in developing enviroments, organised a Mouthful of Meetings discussion at the Venice Biennale in September 2014. The idea was to invite contemporary African and Nordic architects to a cross­cultural dialogue on socially engaged architecture. The participants included the founder of South­African Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, Zimbabwean architect Maxwell Mutanda (CA’ASI, Young Architects in Africa exhibition) and one …

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Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture – What Next?

Photo: Coen Ruys.

Museum of Finnish Architecture and Architecture Information Centre Finland invite you to join the open discussion Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture – What’s Next? at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 at 13:00–14:00. Re-Creation brings the art of making back to the forefront. It shows how, despite and within the robust tendencies towards abstraction …

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South of North: images from the Teurastamo exhibition

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South of North network exhibits their mission and projects  at Teurastamo, Helsinki. The simple but clever pavilion is built of plastic potato crates reusable after the exhibition. The Meet & Greet event with the designers is on Saturday 6 September 2014 between 15:00–17:00 at the pavilion, address: Teurastamo, Työpajankatu 2, Helsinki. The exhibition is open during the Helsinki Design Week in …

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Glimpses of Venice

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We have some delightful photos to share from the opening of the Venice Biennale 2014 in June 2014. The photos are by Coen Ruys by courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture. Enjoy!  

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Venice Biennale 2014 Preview

Architect Alvar Aalto and the Alvar Aalto Pavilion in 1956. Re-Creation is presented in the context of the wooden biennale pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in the golden age of Finnish modernism in 1956. In this context it gains a new interpretation, completing the dialogue between tradition and modernism through the act of its re-creation. © MFA

Venice Biennale 2014 and its 14th International Architecture Exhibition entitled Fundamentals returns to the timeless basics of architecture. Curator Rem Koolhaas, the renowned Dutch architect and theorist, calls for re-establishing the artistic basis of architecture. “In three complementary manifestations – taking place in the Central Pavilion, the Arsenale, and the National Pavilions – this retrospective will generate a fresh understanding of the richness …

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Found in Translation: Re-Creation in Shenzhen, China

Re-Creation. Installation by Lassila & Hirvilammi Architects at Shenzhen biennale, 2014. Photo: Pekka Turunen / MFA.

In the comedy-drama Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003), the main characters meet in Tokyo, but despite their apparent mutual attraction, the couple face intrinsic loneliness as they become to realise an irreconcilable difference between their life situations. The translatability of meanings seems to work more agreeably in architecture than in relationships. Museum of Finnish Architecture has taken an intriguing …

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