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Brazilian Architects Explore The Intersection Between Curitiba and Its Canalized Rivers

16:00 - 20 August, 2017
Brazilian Architects Explore The Intersection Between Curitiba and Its Canalized Rivers, Escritório curitibano propõe reabertura de alguns trechos dos rios Ivo e Belém para ajudar a transformar a cidade com mais espaços de lazer e descanso. Imagem: Solo Arquitetos/Expo 2017/Divulgação. Image Cortesia de Gazeta do Povo / Haus
Escritório curitibano propõe reabertura de alguns trechos dos rios Ivo e Belém para ajudar a transformar a cidade com mais espaços de lazer e descanso. Imagem: Solo Arquitetos/Expo 2017/Divulgação. Image Cortesia de Gazeta do Povo / Haus

In many cities, rivers play an integral part in the formation of a local landscape and urban identity, contributing to economics, transport, and recreation, amongst other things. Unearthing the city's rivers to create new leisure spaces is one urban solution that is widely adopted by several cities around the world, in order to capitalize on the existing waterscape. In five years, the capital of South Korea resurrected its main river, the Cheonggyecheon, which had been buried under express streets and viaducts, restoring a sense of peace, green space, and national history to the city. Milan followed the same path: not long ago, the mayor of the Italian city Giuseppe Sala proposed reopening the navigable canals of Navigli for the public to interact with. 

And now the Architectural Office in Curitiba Solo Arquitetos suggests that Curitiba join the movement, reopening channeled stretches of the Belem and Ivo rivers, in the center of the city. The project was envisioned for the 2017 Architecture Exhibition for Curitiba, which brings together various proposals to rethink the city.

5 Passive Cooling Alternatives Using Robotics and Smart Materials

14:00 - 20 August, 2017
5 Passive Cooling Alternatives Using Robotics and Smart Materials, Cortesía de IAAC
Cortesía de IAAC

The IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) has developed a series of advanced materials and systems for air conditioning and passive ventilation, allowing homes to reduce interior temperatures up to 5 degrees lower while saving the electricity consumption caused by the traditional air-conditioning. The systems are made from long-lifespan materials, which lower the costs of maintenance in the long-term and can be used as low-cost alternative building technologies. 

The projects highlighted are the Breathing Skin, Hydroceramics, Hydromembrane, Morphluid and Soft Robotics - all developed by students of the IAAC's Digital Matter Intelligent Constructions (conducted by Areti Markopoulou). The passive air-conditioning of spaces is investigated using a combination of new materials that mimic organic processes, adaptive structures and Robotics that help regulate temperature and create sustainable micro climates. 

Casa Concreto / Grupo MM

13:00 - 20 August, 2017
Casa Concreto / Grupo MM, © Iván Casillas
© Iván Casillas

© Iván Casillas © Iván Casillas © Iván Casillas © Iván Casillas +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad López Mateos, Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Venancio Torrijos
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Best Photos of the Week: The Beauty of Concrete

12:00 - 20 August, 2017

Due to its ability to be shaped into complex forms and the diversity of textures that it can offer, concrete is one of the favorite materials of many architects, who appreciate its capacity to help them realize their designs. For this reason, for this week's Photos of the Week we have selected 20 images that highlight the beauty and expressiveness of this material. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Brigida GonzálezBruno Candiotto, Élena Marini Silvestri, and Raphael Olivier.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Élena Marini Silvestri © Ivan Brodey © Fernando Stankuns +21

Step Into a Movie Dreamworld With "Accidental Wes Anderson" on Reddit

09:30 - 20 August, 2017
Lighthouse in Húsavík, Iceland. Image <a href='https://www.reddit.com/r/AccidentalWesAnderson/comments/6lg9c1/i_took_this_picture_of_a_lighthouse_in_h%C3%BAsav%C3%ADk/'>via Reddit user Milonade</a>
Lighthouse in Húsavík, Iceland. Image via Reddit user Milonade

If you ever have those moments where you take a step back from your life and feel like you’ve suddenly fallen into a scene from a movie, you may appreciate the subreddit /r/AccidentalWesAnderson. Director, producer, screenwriter, and actor Wes Anderson is well known for creating scenes in his films that blur the lines between the real and the unreal. His extreme symmetry and restricted color palettes can often give the impression of a surreal, self-contained world. The purpose of the Accidental Wes Anderson subreddit is for users to post photos of real-world architecture and scenes they’ve stumbled upon that look like they could be stills from one of Anderson’s movies, with Redditors finding Anderson-esque scenes around the globe in everything from bathrooms to staircases to city streets. Even a viewer unfamiliar with Anderson’s films can browse the collection of photos and easily understand his aesthetic. Below is just a small selection of some of the most evocative photos to be found on the subreddit.

Inside a tower in Pisa, Italy. Image <a href='http://i.imgur.com/m2b3P4d.jpg'>via Reddit user LaTalpa123</a> Homes in Vietnam. Image <a href='https://www.reddit.com/r/AccidentalWesAnderson/comments/6lqh6q/homes_in_vietnam/'>via Reddit user temporality</a> Tin Mal Mosque, Morocco. Image <a href='https://i.imgur.com/BeNYBsu.jpg'>via Reddit user that-there</a> Swimming Hall in Gotha, Germany. Image <a href='https://www.reddit.com/r/AccidentalWesAnderson/comments/6sswkz/swimminghall_in_gotha_germany/'>via Reddit user Teillu</a> +12

Bell Pavilion / Peso Von Ellrichshausen

09:00 - 20 August, 2017
Bell Pavilion  / Peso Von Ellrichshausen, © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen +19

Spotlight: Eliel Saarinen

08:00 - 20 August, 2017
Spotlight: Eliel Saarinen, Helsinki Central Railway Station. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helsinki_Railway_Station_20050604.jpg'>Wikimedia user Revontuli</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
Helsinki Central Railway Station. Image © Wikimedia user Revontuli licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Though some may now know him only as the father of Eero SaarinenEliel Saarinen (August 20, 1873 – July 1, 1950) was an accomplished and style-defining architect in his own right. His pioneering form of stripped down, vernacular Art Nouveau coincided with stirring Finnish nationalism and a corresponding appetite for a romantic national style and consciousness; his Helsinki Central Station became part of the Finnish identity along with Finnish language theaters and literature. Later moving to America, his city planning and Art Deco designs resonated through western cities in the first half of the 20th century.

Detail from Helsinki Central Station. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/2771369126/'>Flickr user dalbera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> The unbuilt plan for the Tribune Tower. Image via Wikimedia (public domain) Finnish Pavillion at the 1900 World's Fair. Image via Wikimedia (public domain) National Museum of Finland. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helsinki_Kansallismuseo_2006.jpg'>Wikimedia user Alessio Damato</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> +10

Spotlight: Eero Saarinen

06:00 - 20 August, 2017
Spotlight: Eero Saarinen, TWA Terminal. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/samsebeskazal/10283256224/'>Flickr user samsebeskazal</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
TWA Terminal. Image © Flickr user samsebeskazal licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Son of pioneering Finnish architect Eliel SaarinenEero Saarinen (August 20, 1910 – September 1, 1961) was not only born on the same day, but carried his father's later rational Art Deco into a neofuturist internationalism, regularly using sweeping curves and abundant glass. Saarinen's simple design motifs allowed him to be incredibly adaptable, turning his talent to furniture design with Charles Eames and producing radically different buildings for different clients. Despite his short career as a result of his young death, Saarinen gained incredible success and plaudits, winning some of the most sought-after commissions of the mid-twentieth century.

North Christian Church, Columbus. Image © Hassan Bagheri TWA Terminal. Image © Cameron Blaylock St Louis Gateway Arch. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnps/5263761913'>Flickr user jeffnps</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> David S. Ingalls Skating Rink. Image via Wikimedia (public domain) +15

FLOW Hostel / PRTZN Architecture

05:00 - 20 August, 2017
FLOW Hostel / PRTZN Architecture, © Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Gönczy Pál u., 1093 Hungary
  • Lead Architects

    Gergely Hory, Zoltán Major, Péter Müllner
  • Area

    660.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Detached House / MIDE architetti

02:00 - 20 August, 2017
Detached House / MIDE architetti , © Alessanda Bello
© Alessanda Bello

© Alessanda Bello © Alessanda Bello © Alessanda Bello © Alessanda Bello +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fiesso d'Artico, Italy
  • Architects in Charge

    Fabrizio Michielon, Sergio de Gioia
  • Area

    950.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Gwynne St Studio / Biasol

20:00 - 19 August, 2017
Gwynne St Studio / Biasol, © Ari Hatzis
© Ari Hatzis

© Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis © Ari Hatzis +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    10/12 Gwynne St, Cremorne VIC 3121, Australia
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

International Antarctic Center Design Winner Announced

16:00 - 19 August, 2017
International Antarctic Center Design Winner Announced, Cortesía de Equipo Primer Lugar
Cortesía de Equipo Primer Lugar

A team led by Alberto Moletto, Cristóbal Tirado, Sebastián Hernández and Danilo Lagos has been selected as the winners of the Punta Arenas International Antarctic Center (CAI) design competition. 

The ambitious state-owned project sought to create a "distinctive and iconic infrastructure that is necessary to consolidate the position of Chile as an Antarctic country and Punta Arenas as the main gateway city to West Antarctica."

Take an in-depth look at the winning proposal, described by its authors as a hybrid building, organized "formally and programmatically from strata or superimposed layers, materially varied to host diverse program elements, each with its own character." Here, the architects tell their story.

Art Installation Links Contemporary Culture and the Historical and Archaeological Heritage of Athens

14:00 - 19 August, 2017

NEON is a nonprofit organization that works to bring contemporary culture closer to everyone. 

The Theater of Disappearance is a site specific, outdoor and indoor installation by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas in Greece, at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), located on the archaeological site of the Hill of the Nymphs. Built in 1846, the National Observatory is the first scientific research institution in Greece and consolidates nearly two centuries of astronomy since Greek independence in 1832. This is a project curated by Elina Kountouri, that forms part of NEON’s work to establish a link between contemporary culture and the historical and archaeological heritage of Athens.

© Panos Kokkinias, Courtesy NEON © Panos Kokkinias, Courtesy NEON © Panos Kokkinias, Courtesy NEON © Panos Kokkinias, Courtesy NEON +23

Modern Art Museum of Medellín Extension / Ctrl G + 51-1

13:00 - 19 August, 2017
Modern Art Museum of Medellín Extension / Ctrl G + 51-1, © Federico Cairoli
© Federico Cairoli

© Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli © Federico Cairoli +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architects Ctrl G

    Catalina Patiño, Viviana Peña
  • Architects 51-1

    César Becerra, Manuel de Rivero, Fernando Puente Arnao
  • Design Team

    Sebastián Monsalve, Jorge Gómez, Eduardo Peláez
  • Area

    7500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Ascend, Descend: 10 Staircases Made From Beautiful Materials

12:00 - 19 August, 2017

Stairs do more than take you up a floor; they represent a journey the architect wants you to travel. The act of ascending and descending extends beyond planning. Projects like Herzog and De Meuron’s expressive staircases in VitraHaus, Sou Fujimoto’s inhabited stairs in Musashino’s Library and even MVRDV’s giant urban staircase allowed individuals to achieve entirely new perspectives of their surroundings or even city. Staircases hold their own as elements of architectural expression. Some blend in; others puncture a space with their unique shape and materials. 

Courtesy of Embaixada arquitectura © Rafaela Netto © Pietro Savorelli © Nelson Kon +11

Why Henning Larsen Architects Believe that VR Is "a Gift for the Future of Architecture"

09:30 - 19 August, 2017

Currently, virtual reality and 360-degree video are somewhat niche tools, but they are rapidly gaining in popularity. These immersive technologies give architects a means to better decipher a client’s expectations—everything from a building’s natural lighting to the choice of tile backsplash can be actively assessed at any point in the design and construction process. This transformative technology has already been fully incorporated into some practices. ArchDaily interviewed Henning Larsen’s Chief Engineer of Sustainability Jakob Strømann-Andersen to better understand the current and future applications of virtual immersion in architecture.

Telheiras Apartment / Miguel Marcelino

09:00 - 19 August, 2017
Telheiras Apartment / Miguel Marcelino, Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino
Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino

Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino Courtesy of Miguel Marcelino +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Area

    115.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

World Photo Day 2017: Our Readers’ 100 Most-Bookmarked Architectural Photographs

08:00 - 19 August, 2017

This August 19th is World Photo Day, which celebrates photography on the anniversary of the day on which France bought the patent for the daguerreotype, one of the earliest photographic processes, and released it to the world for free in 1839. At ArchDaily, we understand the importance of photography in architecture—not only as a tool for recording designs, but also as a discipline that many of us enjoy. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to reveal the most popular images ever published on ArchDaily, as selected by you, our readers. Using data gathered from My ArchDaily, we have ranked the 100 most-saved images from our database; read on to see them.