This is the M.A.Di., or Modulo Abitativo Dispiegabile, a new model of housing that is actually a folding and transportable house that can be put together in only six hours with only three people. Renato Vidal designed this model, which was built with safe and high-quality materials, including wood veneer lined exterior walls (the required standard in Italy) anti-siesmic certificate. There are some customizable models for you to choose from, with some of the most basic models coming with toilets, fully furnished kitchens, and technical installations like water and electrical systems.
Late last week, it was reported by the Italian media that Leonardo Benevolo, one of the foremost architects, critics, and historians in Italy, passed away at his home on January 5th, 2017 in Brescia following a long illness. Benevolo was considered to be an extremely influential figure in architectural history, as he aimed to continuously examine the problems within our cities and the possibilities on how to solve them. Continue reading Influential Italian Architect and Historian Leonardo Benevolo Passes Away at 93→
Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) near-560-foot-tall Generali Tower has topped out at 44 stories in Milan, Italy. The building, along with two other towers, forms the centerpiece for the CityLife masterplan, developed to revitalize the former site of Milan’s International Fair, which shuttered in 2005. The redeveloped site, which began the process in 2004, will be open to year-round public use, and will include new civic spaces, public parks, residential buildings, shopping areas, corporate offices, with direct transport connections to line 5 of the Tre Torri station of the city’s metro system. Continue reading Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower Tops Out in Milan→
It’s been a while since I’ve made references to “Blade Runner” in my architecture stories, so — ladies and gentlemen — here’s that follow-up you’ve been waiting for! This is a conceptual design for Vietnam’s Pavilion for the Expo 2015 in Milan, and it focuses on creating a space that mixes settlement and agriculture. Designed by H&P Architects, the building is steel-framed with large modules connected via simple joins and/or overlapping (the longest module is at least 23 feet long).
What do you think of when you hear the name Andrea Palladio? No who understands architectural history can answer. OK, you can answer; better yet, I’ll answer. Palladio — himself influenced by Roman and Greek architecture– was an Italian architect who is often widely regarded as the father of Western architecture. His style, design influence, and teachings are summarized in his architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, which gained him wide recognition. Palladio’s impact reached beyond typical locations, as this exhibit — “Genealogies” by photographer Max Belcher — points out at the newly-renovated Palladio Museum. Some examples of the Italian architect’s encroaching influence includes the homes built by freed American slaves upon returning to Africa. Continue reading Find Palladio’s Influence On Freed American Slaves’ Homes→
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!