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World-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei recently unveiled a new version of his famous Forever Bicycles installation at the 14th Biennale of Architecture in Venice. On display until November 23 in the riverside courtyard at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti as a part of the Lisson Gallery’s Genius Loci—Spirit of Place exhibition, the installation consists of 1,179 steel bicycle stacked and connected together to form modular layers of geometric shapes.

Celebrating the Humble Home –  the Belgium pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

Curator Rem Koolhaas asked the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale to tackle ideas of ‘modernity’.

The Belgian Pavilion ’Interiors. Notes and Figures’ was rated as one of the 10 best pavilions by The Guardian. Sébastien Martinez Barat, Bernard Dubois, Sarah Levy and Judith Wielander visited 260 homes around the country, using their findings to produce a minimal recreation of common domestic architecture within their Venice biennale exhibition.

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 is on until 23rd of November. More info here.

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the golden lion for best national participation at the venice biennale of architecture 2014 goes to korea for the exhibition — crow’s eye view: the korean peninsula — curated by mass studies founder minsuk cho.

read more about the award here. read more about the exhibition here.

image credits (from top down):

minsuk cho accepts golden lion

ahn sekwon, cheonggye stream’s view of seoul lights, 2004 / © ahn sekwon

kim il-sung square, pyongyang, 2010; photo © philipp meuser

anonymous architect of the paektusan academy of architecture, silk co-operative, 2011; acrylic on paper
commissioned by nick bonner, courtesy of the nick bonner collection, beijing

architect unknown, kim il-sung university, pyongyang, 1946;
photo by charlie crane, kim il-sung university, 2006 © charlie crane

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Israeli artist Tsibi Geva has wrapped his country’s Venice pavilion in old car tyres and filled it with a mixture of found architectural and household objects to explore ideas about the home. 

Called Archaeology of the Present, Geva’s site-specific installation for the Venice Art Biennale 2015 includes walls covered in window shutters and a large-scale work consisting of found household objects, which are packed into a corner behind glass walls.

More: Tsibi Geva covers Israel’s Venice biennale pavilion in tyres

— d.n.

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I-City

The choice of curator’s Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov and Valeria Kashirina was to go digital, virtual and invisible, with “i-city” and “i-land.”

The i-city area is completely covered with QR codes from walls to floors to windows, with no exceptions. The visitors are provided with a special tablet with a camera that lights up the squares according to a specific rhythm. Then, the monitor unveils projects for Skolkovo, the so-called Russian Silicon Valley.

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