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When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups
When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups
by Claus Käpplinger | 13 September 2010

Like its sister event, the Architecture Biennial has long since expanded beyond its traditional grounds in the Giardini. There are a great number of intriguing country pavilions not only in the halls of the Venice's Arsenale, but also scattered around the city. So we resolved to take a walk past the contributions by Portugal, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iran, Singapore, Hong Kong and several other exhibitions.

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Disillusion, Illusion, Solution
Disillusion, Illusion, Solution
by Dirk Meyhöfer | 12 September 2010

In Russian Pavilion a serious attempt is being made at the dialectical triple jump from the past into the future. It presented three emotional states en route to ideas to reanimate the Russian industrial city of Vyshny Volochok.

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The digitally cleansed city
The digitally cleansed city
11 September 2010

In the framework of the Audi Urban Future Award 2010 curated by Stylepark, six internationally active architecture offices participated in a process in the course of which they developed their own particular visions of how mobility, architecture and the city will in future interact. Five of them are currently presenting their ideas in an exhibition at Venice. The competition was won by Berlin-based Jürgen Mayer H.

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Stylepark celebrates its tenth birthday!
Stylepark celebrates its tenth birthday!
10 September 2010

Stylepark held a lavish celebration in Venice to mark the occasion of its 10th anniversary. Several hundred well-wishers traveled to the lagoon city to celebrate. Pictures of a most wonderful party...

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Pfister enters new territory
Pfister enters new territory
by Andrea Eschbach | 09 September 2010

In mid-August, the Swiss Pfister furniture store launched the Atelier Pfister Collection. Thirteen design studios, curated by Alfredo Häberli, designed more than 120 pieces of furniture and accessories for the Collection. The goal has been clearly defined: High quality based on sound craftsmanship and timeless design.

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Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art
Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art
by Carsten Krohn | 08 September 2010

Never before was an architecture biennial so similar to an art biennial. Indeed, the latest rivalry among star architects to devise ever more eccentric shapes spawned objects that were commissioned if only for their "sculptural" qualities. At the first architecture biennial since the Big Crash the focus is closer to art again - against the background of the skepticism towards the once booming "signature architecture".

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Protest in the City
Protest in the City
by Silke Gehrmann-Becker | 08 September 2010

Museum Folkwang's "Hacking the City" exhibition features interventions in urban and communicative spaces. Artists, Web designers, street artists and musicians address types of public action and practiced forms of resistance. A courageous approach by the museum in Essen that definitely bears continuing - let's hope the exhibition and events series takes things to an even more intensive point.

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Well done!
Well done!
by Annette Tietenberg | 06 September 2010

The British Pavilion has opened its doors to a School of Seeing. Given the wealth of models, photographs, maps, drawings, notes, film and exhibits from various ages that comment on one another here, indeed seem to generate one another, all the media manifestations, differences in genres and lines dividing the epochs seem to have little validity. At "Villa Frankenstein", where architecture, art and historiography bid you good night, order gets upended.

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On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies
On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies
by Sandra Hofmeister | 04 September 2010

The solution need not always be a new building. And in the French Pavilion Dominique Perrault therefore asks how empty spaces in a city are handled and how we can rejuvenate our metropolitan peripheries. The Dutch Pavilion also focuses on how the existing can best be used. Here, Rietveld Landscape addresses the use of government-owned vacant buildings.

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High architecture in the country
High architecture in the country
by Daniel von Bernstorff | 03 September 2010

The recently opened extension building for the Nya Nordiska textiles editeur designed by Staab Architekten in Dannenberg in Lower Saxony, is a minor sensation and a prime example for the successful integration of commercial architecture into an urban context.

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High Noon in the Red Salon
High Noon in the Red Salon
by Dirk Meyhöfer | 02 September 2010

The word "Sehnsucht" (desire) is written above the gold-colored drapes decorat-ing the entrance to the German Pavilion at the Venice Giardini. Inside, a burgundy red salon awaits the visitor, featuring more than 180 representatives of the trade - who each inform us about the depths and shallows of their souls on a single sheet of paper.

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On amazement and a cat in the arsenals
On amazement and a cat in the arsenals
by Oliver Elser | 01 September 2010

Kazuyo Sejima, the Director of the 12th Venice Architecture Biennial, has pulled something special out of the bag with the central exhibition "People meet in Architecture". She has managed to create an atmosphere of light-heartedness in which the opportunities afforded by contemporary architecture as well as the latter's limits are on show without glossing over the weighty issues.


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The activist
The activist
by Nina Reetzke | 28 August 2010

In the 1930s, Charlotte Perriand was convinced that it was necessary to fight for a better future. Not only did she strive for new forms in design, but she also sought to improve social conditions through design and architecture. She employed large photo collages on which she had applied layers of writing to communicate her political and social messages. The Museum of Design in Zurich is now holding an exhibition dedicated to these works.

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Tea’s traces
Tea’s traces
by Claudia Beckmann | 26 August 2010

Antonia Henschel's new magazine is about tea, nothing but tea and bags. "Tea-total" that is, not "teetotal". Abstinence is certainly not on the agenda here.

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When everyday life becomes a discovery
When everyday life becomes a discovery
by Sandra Hofmeister | 24 August 2010

"Hidden Heroes: the Genius of Everyday Things" is the title of a new exhibition at Vitra Design Museum. Not only can you familiarize yourself with these simple heroes of everyday life in the masterfully designed exhibition in the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus in Weil, but you can explore them online too.


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A traveling house
A traveling house
by Nina Reetzke | 23 August 2010

One area on which Jean Prouvé focused in his work was prefabricated houses, construction elements and façades. The now legendary Maison Tropicale was one product of this. The prototypes stood in West Africa for almost 50 years and are now on show in a series of exhibitions in Europe and the USA.

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The train is not a means of transport
The train is not a means of transport
by Thomas Wagner | 21 August 2010

The future of mobility lies in a combination of various transport systems that dove-tail with one another. Train, streetcar and underground play an important role. Transport policy in this country, however, has not yet recognized the advantages of a customer-friendly train.

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The drapes and the Porsche
The drapes and the Porsche
by Thomas Wagner | 19 August 2010

Anyone who expects to find a book about cars between the covers of "The Porsche Book" will be wrong. The focus here is instead on the stagings by photo designer Frank M. Orel. The cars tend to play only a secondary role.

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