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A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

Journalists, officials, and curious locals gathered last week at Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, to celebrate the opening of a quiet new visitors’ center and convent designed by Renzo Piano—a project that incited fierce debate when it was first announced in 2008.

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Estamos a lunes, y, como ya se volvió una tradición, Archivoles presenta una nueva selección de proyectos publicados años anteriores en Plataforma Arquitectura. Esta vez se trata de edificios que utilizan los colores como elemento característico del diseño, entregando sensación de calidez, y de edificios lúdicos, entre los cuales podemos encontrar Guarderías, Bodegas, Conjuntos de Vivienda, Oficinas, etc. La fotografía de portada corresponde alInstituto Internacional de Administración Kolkata,deAbin Design Studio, donde la fachada está inspirada en los variados estados y colores cambiantes del cielo, siendo uno de los elementos más dinámicos de la naturaleza.

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A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

Journalists, officials, and curious locals gathered last week at Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, to celebrate the opening of a quiet new visitors’ center and convent designed by Renzo Piano—a project that incited fierce debate when it was first announced in 2008.

The Shard opens up to share its high, wide and handsome view

Heavenly voices accompany viewers to the top of Renzo Piano's glass skyscraper in LondonReading on mobile? Click here to view videoThe Shard, thrusting splinters of glass 300 metres (984 ft) above London Bridge station, has already earned a place in popular imagination: it is a Mordor totem of wealthy elites, a monument to Qatari investment , or a "spike through the heart of historic London," in the words of English Heritage.Personally, I'm a fan. Renzo Piano's Shard is a more elegant addition to a choked skyline of mediocre stumps.

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

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As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different approach, however, focusing his efforts on a compact, yet super-efficient wind turbine that anyone can erect in their backyard. Called the “Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine” the two-blade design mimics the delicate dragonfly’s ability to float on the slightest of breezes. Based on the physics of dragonfly flight, Piano’s mini-turbine can harvest energy from winds that blow as slow as four miles an hour.

Considering a city's nostalgia - An architecture report from Valletta by Lyanne Mifsud

Renzo Piano's series of interventions in the "City of Marvels" — and the outrage they generated — prove that nostalgia remains one of the greatest challenges for an architect to overcome.

RPBW: Fragments

Mark your calendars for what promises to be a must-see show at the Gagosian Gallery on West 21st Street in New York City. The opening reception for Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments is Thursday, June 27, from 6-8pm.

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A snippet from the Gagosian Gallery press release:
Knowing how to do things not just with the head, but with the hands as well: this might seem a programmatic and ideological goal. It is not. It is a way of safeguarding creative freedom.
—Renzo Piano

In collaboration with Fondazione Renzo Piano, Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present “Fragments,” an exhibition of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Renzo Piano joins Rogers Stirk Harbour and Wilkinson Eyre for Sydney harbour overhaul

Renzo Piano has become the latest architect to contribute a design to the major redevelopment of Sydney's Barangaroo South waterfront (+ movie). (more…)

Piano at Oslo gallery opening: 'The white cube approach is wrong'

Renzo Piano has dismissed the ‘white cube’ approach to gallery design in a wide ranging talk to mark the opening of his £65million Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo

Renzo Piano Named Senator for Life in Italy

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Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano has just been named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. The title—one of Italy’s highest honors—provides the creative mind behind The Shard in London and Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou with all privileges and honors associated with being a lawmaker for the rest of his life, as well as voting rights in the Parliament’s Upper House.