Johnson County Justice Annex / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , KS, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Area: 48000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Vienna to Build World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

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Rüdiger Lainer and Partner plans to construct the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper next year in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area. 76 percent of the 84-meter tower is expected to be made from wood rather than concrete, saving approximately 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to driving a car 25 miles a day for 1,300 years). 

“I think it is important everyone now in 2014 thinks in different ways. We have , which is a perfect construction material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now,” says Kerbler project developer Caroline Palfy, commenting on the architects’ decision to use wood due to its environmental benefits.

An interior loft view and more details, after the break. 

Guillén Lafuerza School Dining Hall / Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo

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Architects: Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo
Location: Calle Jacintos, 33010 , Asturias,
Project Area: 226.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcos Morilla

Embed Your 3D Sketchfab Models on Facebook

Already one of the simplest ways to share 3-D models around the web, Sketchfab has recently announced a new development that will make it even easier for architecture firms to share their latest work with their fans and students to spread their ideas among their friends: Facebook embed functionality. Simply by pasting the link to your work in a Facebook post, your model is instantly accessible to your friends and fans, and easy to share.

Yacht Club House / Estudio Ramos

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Architects: Estudio Ramos
Location: Avenida Nordelta, Buenos Aires,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Daniela Mac Adden

Brick Award 2016: Call for Entries!

The Wienerberger Award is a biannual architectural award that is presented to outstanding examples of modern and innovative architecture. In 2016, Wienerberger will present this internationally established award for the seventh time, and the award is now open for submissions. Architecture critics, journalists and for the first time also architects themselves can submit projects online until March 31, 2015. The official Brick Award ceremony will take place in in spring 2016.

The Award acknowledges innovative brick buildings of international quality that show the varied and diverse ways brick can be used in contemporary architecture. At the same time, the award, and in particular the accompanying architectural book, gives people with an interest in architecture, as well as experts, an overview of current developments and trends in international brick architecture with its remarkable range of applications.

AR Issues: Architects Don’t Invent, They Transform

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ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s February 2015 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor reflects on Álvaro Siza‘s ouevre, from his early work in Évora to his latest effort in China. Though the latter is admittedly elegant, Slessor concludes that in comparison to his older transformative designs the recent incarnation of “brand Siza” is a “predictable triumph of style over content.”

The great Portuguese Modernist Fernando Távora once remarked “Style is not of importance; what counts is the relation between the work and life, style is only the consequence of it.” His friend and protégé Álvaro Siza echoed this sentiment when he said: “Architecture does not have a pre-established language nor does it establish a language. It is a response to a concrete problem, a situation in transformation, in which I participate. In architecture, we have already passed the phase during which we thought that the unity of language would resolve everything. A pre-established language, pure, beautiful, does not interest me.”

Brillhart House / Brillhart Architecture

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Architects: Brillhart Architecture
Location: River, , FL, USA
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 5 – the Varied Textures of Porto

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, , doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fourth episode on Porto’s natural environment, and now we present Episode 5 – Textures. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Blackbird / Onix Architects

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Architects: Onix Architects
Location: 5831 ,
Architect In Charge: Haiko Meijer
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Maarten Laupman

Mecanoo’s New Delft Station Hall Opens To The Public

Six years after the original announcement of the project, the first phase of Mecanoo’s new Train Station and City Hall complex in Delft, The Netherlands, has been opened to the public. Within the new station hall an undulating ‘vault’, which has been designed to evoke an “unforgettable arrival experience”, features a scaled 1877 map of the Dutch city rendered in blue and white. Columns wrapped in a mosaic of -blue titles, also reminiscent of the colours of Delftware, one of the city’s most famous global exports. The station platforms below ground have been designed by Benthem Crouwel, the Dutch practice behind Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Royal Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena / Hernández Arquitectos

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Architects: Hernández Arquitectos
Location: , Valencia,
Architect In Charge: Pedro Hernández López
Technical Architect: Francisco Sánchez de Lara
Area: 4725.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: German Cabo

An Old Breton Barn Converted into an Artist Studio / Modal Architecture

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Architects: Modal Architecture
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monique Bastos & Gwendal Hervé

Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS

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Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
Location: 174 Bansong-dong, , Gyeonggi-do, South
Area: 246.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hwang hyochel

Archiculture Interviews: Ted Landsmark

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“…In many of our architecture schools [...] we’re finding that the students themselves are asking for a more socially-conscious and a more environmentally-conscious kind of architecture, a kind of architecture that really serves human needs.” In the latest Arbuckle IndustriesArchiculture interview, former Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark discusses his experience in the industry. He delves into the demographic trends that make up the field of architecture today, and the influence these have on the work that is being done. He also touches on the “privileged” ideology associated with architecture, and how the shifting global demands and client preferences are abandoning this mentality.

Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse / Christian Kerez

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Architects: Christian Kerez
Location: Zurich,
Year: 2003
Photographs: Courtesy of Christian Kerez

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

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One of ARCHITECT Magazine’s six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio‘s 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces.

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and Himma Studio describe as “an immediate urban context.” Learn more about the project and the architects’ response to these considerations after the break.

How Should Cities Prepare for an Aging Boomer Population?

CannonDesign’s plan for Jaypee Sports City features a continuous 10-mile park woven through a dense urban fabric of high- and low-rise developments. This entirely walkable parkland links all the city’s neighborhoods and social amenities. Image Courtesy of CannonDesign

Since the end of the Second World War, one of the biggest agents for social change has been the “Boomer” generation, those born in the postwar years who thanks to a spike in birth rates in those years represent a disproportionate amount of the population. But as this group ages, what will their effect on our cities be? In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “How Boomers Will Shape the Future of Our Cities,” principle at CannonDesign Peter Ellis outlines what his generation will need from the places they live as they get older.

I am an architect, and a designer of cities. I am also among the Boomer generation, the 65-year-plus demographic that, due to our increasing numbers, is creating a giant bubble at the upper end of the population charts.

We are not, however, aging like the generations that preceded us. “We will be able to give many people an extra decade of good health, based on what we are able to do in the lab now,” says Brian Kennedy, President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. The primary triggers for most disease can be controlled, enabling people to remain productive well into their eighties, nineties, and beyond.

How will this “revolution” in human longevity impact our cities? Unlike our parents, Boomers have not moved to retirement communities, preferring, rather, to stay as long as they are able in their urban neighborhoods—where they can continue to lead active lives.