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18/03/2015 - Expo 2015, the plans of the Angola pavilions

An exhibition space of approximately 2.000 square metres, planned from the architect angles Paula Nascimento, winner of the special prize Women for Expo

The greatest pavilion than all the countries Africans participants to the Expo is that of Angola, with approximately 2.000 square metres of exposure, arranged on three plans and with terrace on the roof. Constructed with sustainable and recyclable materials, it could be remounted in Angola and used as recreational space.

Paula Nascimento is the planner (with to Antonio Gameiro), the coordinator and the artistic director of the pavilion, designated 6 past March winner of the special prize ArcVision Prize Women and Architecture dedicated to Expo 2015; the Milanese society Masterplanstudio instead has taken care of the phases of Preliminary Design and Detailed Design.

The pavilion draws its architectonic inspiration from the Imbondeiro that is the tree of Baobab, sacred in the culture of the Country and source of nutriment. The secular tree is the starting point of the exposure and, realized in wood to lamellare, it receives in correspondence of the log, the branches and of it yields, images of which retracted feminine figures in the role of women, mothers and protagonists in the preparation of the food.

A ramp covers the exhibition space longitudinally and affords to the visitors to follow the various thematic exhibitions put forward on the occupied central patio from the Imbondeiro. The exhibition develops to the topic of participation of Angola “Food and Culture, To educate in order To innovate” and leads the visitors to the discovery of the rich culinary tradition of the Country and the progresses of the continent African. It is focused on the agricultural evolution and the breeding of the cattle, the production processes and the natural resources, through the cultural traditions of the 18 provinces of the country. To educate means to increase the knowledge of the angolani in confronts of the food and of the nutriment, To innovate is instead synonymous of sustainability and good habits for the future, through integration of the new technologies with the practical premises, daughters of saperi ancients and traditions.

Covering the entire development of the lottery, along and strait, I build up it receives, others to the wide itinerant exhibition area, a central space of acceptance and distribution, you space dedicated to temporary painting exhibitions sculpture and handicraft, classrooms conferences, shop and merchandising, a restaurant and a bar, a stage of entertainment for shows and the angle of print and the operators. They frame the composition gardens with native plants and a panoramic green terrace to the third plan, organized like a didactic garden.

The construction intense activities, by the Milanese enterprise Mangiavacchi Pedercini, are completing. The factory body is realized with beams of steel, wood to lamellare and a system of long reticular beams in wood 30 meters and high 8,5 meters. The company Wood Beton, of the group Null, has supplied the entire system in wood and has moreover realized the wood to lamellare of the Tree of the Life which placed in front of the Italy pavilion to Expo 2015.

In raised the structure it is perceived as an overlap of wooden volumes and the external facade is enriched by a series of decorations, geometric reasons and which stylized figures.


17/03/2015 - Architecture in increase in Europe second ACE

The European Council of the Architects has realized a field study on the profession: the number of the architects is increased of 6% from 2012.

The study of field commissioned from ACE, the European Council of the Architects, is a biennial investigation that collects and analyzes the statistical, sociological and economic data on the European architects, the market of the architecture and the activities of architecture. Based on the answers supplied from 18.000 architects in 26 European Countries, the fourth edition of the study, realized in 2014, has become rich of new areas of search that decidedly return it the more complete study on the profession of architect in Europe and an essential reference for all the interested ones to the profession of architect and the constructed atmosphere.

The investigation confirmation that the architecture is a profession in increase in Europe, where the number of architects is increased of 6% from 2012. The increase is supported by the Countries of the European southern area. The profession becomes more equal: the women now represent 39% of the architects. It is come down however the number of young women (of inferior age to the 40 years) regarding the investigations precedence, probably because of persisting of the economic crisis. A more positive sign comes instead from the fact that, second the investigation of 2014, the rate unemployment in the field would be diminished regarding the peak of 2012. This year in Europe moreover the number of architects engaged full-time regarding 2012 is greater. Unemployment is come down also in the Countries that in 2012 meaningfully were hit some, although it continues to be a serious problem for a consisting minority of architects in various Countries of southern Europe.

The study of field of ACE for the 2014 exhibition that the question of architecture services still is attenuated, with a construction production in continuous fall in various important Countries. From most recent statistics available it turns out that in great part of the Eurozona variations are not recorded or at the best a contraction in the construction production is had, while the large one of the increase is circumscribed to the geographically peripheral Countries of Europe. On the whole, the construction production has remained flat in last the five years. The investigation beginning from indicates a reduction of the proportions estimated of the market of the architecture pairs to 5% 2012. The basin of customers of the studies of continuous architecture to depend mostly from the private sector and in particular from the planning of single houses. In the 2014 activity in the commercial field he has been inferior regarding 2012, while he has been advanced in the public sector. This year regarding the three precedence is encouraging to notice like the architects is more optimistic investigations: the architects are more numerous who preview an increase of their job in 2015 of those which they preview a decrease; it is the first turns in the history of the field study that records a positive balance in this type budgetary.

The architecture is a flexible profession because the architects can always decide to put themselves free lance if they are fired by larger studies of architecture or they do not succeed to find employment. The investigation of this year signals that the number of individual studies has grown of 22% approximately from 2012, while the number of activity of all the dimensions is come down. That of the architect is moreover a profession that resists: the yield and the profits of all the studies, made exception for those individual ones, are increased. The total profits are attested to levels very similar to those recorded in 2012; slightly inferior for associates and directors, more or less unchanged for holders only and freelance and slightly advanced for the employed salaried architects in the private studies and for those of the public sector.
The medium level of profits for Europe in 2014 is almost identical to that of 2012. The architects earn in average €29.070 to the gross one of the taxes. The rate decrease of the profits recorded between 2008 and 2010 is meaningfully improved between 2010 and 2012. Although the tendency has remained negative, note a slow down of the decrease rate. Based on the last data for 2014, it would seem that the profits have stabilized to the levels of 2012. For the first time, the investigation has analyzed to the training and the transboundary job demonstrating that the architecture is an international profession: 18% of the subjects have carried out an at least partial training in another Country, while 35% have taken in “serious consideration” the possibility to work last year in a various European Country, although only 5% effectively have moved.


16/03/2015 - Thematic Expo 2015, areas: the Future Food District

Revealed the details of the Future Food District, futuristic plan of Carlo Ratti for Expo 2015. A travel between greenhouses hydroponics and robot in a supermarket of the future

Officially it is introduced to the public the Future Food Discrict, one of the central pavilions of entire concept to the base of Expo 2015. the 6,500 square metres symbolically which placed in the heart of the exhibition site between Thistle and Decuman, in which it will be interrogated to us on what and as we will eat in future, and on which technologies they will be able to help us to face the alimentary challenges of tomorrow.

Been born from the collaboration between Coop, the Mit Senseable City Lab and the Carlo Ratti Associati study, the Future Food District will accommodate a real supermarket where the visitor will experience a experience of different purchase from the usual. There will be then an exhibition area in which innovative solutions for the food of tomorrow will be introduced.

Of the plan we had already supplied advances here. With the official presentation, however, they are profitable famous some important details is on the exhibition space that on the contents.

The idea to the base of the plan of Carlo Ratti is that of a place of encounter and exchange between producers and consumers in which the vertical barriers lascino the place to a horizontal landscape that favors the interactions, like in a callback to the markets of the origins. Subdivided internal in five ways dedicated to as many rows, the pavilion of Rats is grafted on an idea that Coop had already developed some year ago with the plan “GeoCoop”.

“What he will visit himself will not be therefore a ipertecnologizzato pavilion where the technology is of no use”, Marco Pedroni has explained, president Coop Italy. “If for example in the Exhibition Area the vision of the prototypes of the small farms of the sea makes to reflect on a planet in which the earth it will be infinitely more insufficient than today, in the Supermarket the ways of the rows will at a glance communicate information on the process of working of the produced ones: leaving from the fresh and fresh produced ones, gradually towards produced the more high rate than transformation. On this real grill the label increased thought from Carlo Ratti Associati is grafted”.

The experience is articulated around three levels of interaction. First it affords to obtain indications on the primary characteristics of the article, the second it supplies the increased label able to reveal the origin of the main raw materials that compose the produced one, and eventual presence of allergizzanti ingredients, the nutritional data for portion and equivalent the expressed environmental impact in co2, at last (third level) information in detail on the history and its characteristics. Substantially purchase of the great distribution applies itself to the 'Internet of Things “to the sale processes/.

“Every producing, in fact, has in the past a precise story”, it explains Rats. “Today these information arrive to the consumer in fragmented and partial way. In a next future, instead, the same produced ones could be able to tell their history to us”.

In space 250 sqm the Exhibition Area will more far away show the possible directions of a future anchor in terms of food, modality of chosen and purchase, productive technologies.

Between the proposals, there will be a species of spaceship in which the visitors for effect of a panoramic screen they will drop inside a space where the most adulterated technical than control and analysis they are operating as the searches on the viruses, the control of the origin and the authenticity of food and the new frontiers offered from the applications online.

An other scene introduces the visitor in a planet where the hectares of coltivabile earth will drop against an increase of the population with consequent increase of demand for adapted alimentary productions. The solution could be the “small farms of the sea” that is floating structures in a position to producing alimony.

The two examples proposed here. First it is born from the Research center on the environmental Sustainability and on the protection of the coralline reef Mahre Center of the University of Milan Hut and it is based on the technology called “floating system” already used for the production of vegetables: the technology is based on the cultivation directed in containing benches a light substrate and proceeds locally, the ulterior challenge will be that to use them like marine platform.

The second is a floating modular greenhouse, Jellyfish Barge, in a position to reproducing the natural phenomenon of solar so to generate daily 150 liters of acquasalata or beginning from salty fresh water and cleaned desalination. A plan been born to the University of Florence whose working prototype is found in the Navicelli channel between Pisa and Livorno

Between the ulterior proposals introduced in the Exhibition Area, at last, a reflection on the role that the bugs will be able to have in a future in which the alimentary resources they will be more and more insufficient and a series of packaging sustainable (realized from biodegradable Bio), polyesters also in water obtained through the natural fermentation of bacteria fed from refuse and by-products of the sour-industry without to remove farmland to alimentary scopes like the flesh of the beets after to have extracted the sugar or the fat people animals of refuse and without the chemical solvent employment.


16/03/2015 - Oxygen Echo di Progetto CMR wins the “People's Choice Award”

Oxygen Echo, the residential tower devised from Plan CMR and thought for being an icon of the made in Italy in the world, is between the winners of the Mipim Awards 2015; 12 March, during the Awards Ceremony held to Grand the Auditorium of Palais DES Festival, has received the “People's Choice Award”.

Oxygen Echo is born from the concept of a flower that grows towards the high, an organic geometry that, through a refined architectonic design, is transformed in an only plan on the plan of the experience: the man and the atmosphere in symbiosis, an alive space, in transformation, an able building to develop themselves in height and to accompany the well-being of the man in harmony with the nature. The plan has taken part of the exhibition to the Italian Pavilion, promoted and organized from ICE and REEDS.

A constellation of disposed vertical villas on 75 plans (for a height total of 277 m), one residential tower of 125.800 sqm (of which 61.000 sqm of gardens), green, poured them and of luxury, planned in order to realize the dreams and to satisfy it must of the people who will live to us. The 161 villas, each with private garden and swimming pool, anticipate in 4 different inhabited types, whose repetition in specchiata sequence and creates a vibrating and amazing effect, Oxygen integral Echo in the residence concept all the characteristics and the services of an inhabited heart dedicated to elegance, wellness and technology: area well-being, spa, VIP lounge, cigar-bar, stores, restaurants, library, kindergarten, mediastore and other support activities for high comfort.

This plan represents a vehicle for the promotion of the sustainable design. Every progettuale choice is guided by technologies echo-friendly, that they return Oxygen Echo a building green, thanks to technical solutions that afford a strong synergy with the atmosphere using renewable sources. Fotovoltaici panels will be installed on the cover to the last one slowly for the electric power self-handler; a geothermal system will control the system of heating and cooling, having eliminated the emissions of co2; a system of cetralized ventilation will filter the external air, guaranteeing a corrected temperature in natural way; remarkable energetic saving will be given by the regenerative and intelligent use of energy employed for the operation of lifts; they will be, moreover, installed of the bathtubs of collection of rainwater, in order to preserve the waterbearing stratums. But the true innovative knot of the plan is given by the synergy and the collaboration between Italian truths leader of own field to total and recognized level in the world for the elevated added value, the style and the quality of own produced ones.