D.S Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus

Architects: HIBINOSEKKEI, Youji no Shiro
Location: Ibaraki,
Area: 1464.0 sqm
Photographs: Studio Bauhaus

Bistrobar / SpectaculArch + DWA

© Francesca Perani

Architects: SpectaculArch , DWA
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francesca Perani

Architecture for the Dead

Funeral Parlor / Muñoz Miranda Architects © Javier Callejas Sevilla

There are many moments in life in which architecture helps people confront death. In honor of All Hallows’ Day, we present to you the top 10 images from our “Architecture for the DeadPinterest board for viewing. Pay your respects, after the break.

MORA Residential Building / ADN Birou de Arhitectura

© Cosmin Dragomir

Architects: ADN Birou de Arhitectura
Location: Strada Doctor Grigore Mora, , Romania
Design Team: Adrian Untaru, Andrei Șerbescu, Bogdan Brădăţeanu, Marius Dumitrașcu, Ruxandra Bardaș, Carmen Petrea
Area: 2020.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir

The earliest known photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin House, taken during construction in the winter of 1911. Image © Wisconsin Historical Society via Wikipedia
The earliest known photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin House, taken during construction in the winter of 1911. Image © Wisconsin Historical Society via Wikipedia

Six Keys to Designing Architecture that Terrorizes

Scaring people is an art, a lucrative art if done right; the haunted house industry makes $300 million a year in the US. Fast Company recently interviewed the designers behind some of the nation’s most notorious haunted houses to learn just how to design architecture that truly terrorizes. A hint: Set the stage; reclaim an existing, preferably already “haunted”, historic building, add fog, and always “scare people forward.” With this in mind, what famous building would you choose to transform into a terrifying haunted house? Let us know in the comment section below and read all of FastCo’s design tips, here.

Centro Cultural Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Estúdio Objetivo

Architects: Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: – State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Area: 9501.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Estúdio Objetivo

Norman Foster’s Interview with The European: “Architecture is the Expression of Values”

Apple Campus 2 / Foster + Partners. Image © City of Cupertino

Berlin-based editor for The European Magazine has shared with us his interview with Norman Foster on the role of architecture in today’s society. 

The European: Lord Foster, architects design buildings that will characterize for decades or even centuries to come. How difficult is it to design buildings for an unknown future?

Foster: Flexibility is a key consideration. We design with an awareness that circumstances will change – that a building’s context will evolve; it may be used in different ways and will need to incorporate new technologies that we cannot yet predict.

The complete interview, after the break. 

Glen Lochen / Tyre Studio Architects

© Anthony Crisafulli

Architects: Tyre Studio Architects
Location: Glastonbury, CT, USA
Collaborators: Edward Stanley Engineers, Silva Engineering, Tall Construction Company
Area: 66000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anthony Crisafulli

Towards a New Urbanism (Or Three)

Tokyo. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

If you read a lot of articles about cities and urbanism, you’re probably familiar with the words “half of the world’s population now lives in .” For a number of years, these words have been frequently used in the opening sentences of articles, hoping to convince readers in just a few seconds of the importance of the subject at hand. In fact, according to the World Health Organization these words are no longer even true: in 2014 the urban portion of the world’s population has already reached 54%. In other words, every nine months the world adds enough new urbanites to fill a city the size of Tokyo, with an increase of nearly 300 million new urban dwellers since we reached the tipping-point in 2008.

The rise of cities has been so dramatic that UN Habitat has declared today, October 31st 2014, as the first annual World Cities Day.

Of course, all of this means that there has never been a better time to be an urbanist than right now. Or does it?

playLAND / LIKEarchitects

© Dinis Sottomayor

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: 4940 Paredes de Coura,
Architect In Charge: Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, Teresa Otto and João Salgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dinis Sottomayor photography

Foster + Partners Reveals Cardiff Central Square Masterplan

Millennium Walkway. Image Courtesy of City Council

The City of Cardiff has unveiled plans by Foster + Partners to redesign the city’s Central Square, close to the Millennium Stadium, adding over a million square feet of office, retail and residential buildings organized around a new civic square. Explaining that it is “the key gateway to Cardiff” for many visitors, City Council leader Phil Bale said that Central Square’s ”role in providing a positive image for Cardiff and Wales cannot be underestimated,” adding that ’ design is “reflective of the City’s ambition to be amongst the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world.”

More on the plan after the break

Pixelmator for iPad: Sophisticated Photo Editing On The Go

Pixelmator, an app which has been familiar to Mac users since 2011, have released a version of their powerful photo editing for iPad. Although the App Store is awash with photo editing and manipulation packages, ’s clean interface and collection of the most used features iPad users require, makes it a good substitute for desktop based packages when on the move. Alongside allowing image enhancement, a “painting engine, precise colour correction, and live histograms” (allowing you to gauge real-time colour values as you edit), the app also takes step into providing “layers, non-destructive layer styles and a collection of professional-grade selection tools.”

Paris- Quai de l’Oise / Agence VEA – Architects

© Sergio Grazia

Architects: Agence VEA – Architects
Location: 19th arrondissement, ,
Architect In Charge: Julien FORTIER-DURAND
Design Team: Antoine CASANOVA, Pauline CHASLES and Bertrand EMGOUE
Technical Design Office: CTH
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

© Wojtek Gurak
© Wojtek Gurak

Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

Since winning the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the first woman and Muslim to do so, Hadid’s career has been on an exponential trajectory. Before the prize, Hadid was better known for her extraordinary sketch-paintings of unbuilt works; particularly, her competition-winning entries for “The Peak” in 1982 and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in 1994. Zaha’s “flying” forms were so revolutionary, that some questioned if they could even be made reality – hence why the Opera House was ultimately rejected, for supposed ”uncertainties.” Indeed, before 1994, the only built project she could boast was the complex, deconstructivist Vitra Fire Station.

KaiF / FORM

© Andrey Bezuglov

Architects: FORM
Location: Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine
Architects In Charge: Victoriia Shkliar, Olga Antontseva
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Bezuglov

ArchDaily Celebrates World Cities Day: 23 Unmissable Articles on Cities and Urbanism

Last year the UN General Assembly issued a resolution to “designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Day.” A legacy of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, the first World Cities day is being hosted today in Shanghai, with the aim of focusing on global urbanization and encouraging cooperation among countries to solve and promote sustainable urban development worldwide.

“In a world where already over half the population lives in urban areas, the human future is largely an urban future, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the importance of World Cities Day. “We must get urbanization right, which means reducing greenhouse emissions, strengthening resilience, ensuring basic services such as water and sanitation and designing safe public streets and spaces for all to share.  Liveable cities are crucial not only for city-dwellers but also for providing solutions to some of the key aspects of sustainable development.”

To celebrate World Cities day, we’ve rounded up 23 articles that you can’t miss on critical issues relating to our cities, ranging from sustainability to addressing equality and creative solutions for integrating cycling into our cities.

Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comments below.

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio

© Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: PALATIUM Studio
Location: Budapest, Tétényi Way,
Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
Area: 6180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Roomroom / Takeshi Hosaka

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.

Architects: Takeshi Hosaka
Location: Itabashi, Tokyo,
Structural Engineers : Nobuo Sakane
Area: 72.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.