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Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

10:30 - 27 February, 2017
Spotlight: Lúcio Costa, The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Limongi
The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Limongi

Brazilian planner, preservationist and modernist thinker Lúcio Costa  (27 Feburary 1902 - 13 June 1998) is best known for his 1957 plan of Brasília that shaped the Brazilian capital into a monument to utopian modernism. A resolute and often controversial figure in the Brazilian establishment, Costa’s contributions to Brazilian architecture helped to shape the distinctive modernism that was practically Brazil’s official style until the 1980s.

Farrells Unveils Design for High-Speed Railway Terminus in Singapore

08:00 - 27 February, 2017
Farrells Unveils Design for High-Speed Railway Terminus in Singapore, © Farrells
© Farrells

Architecture and urban design firm, Farrells, in collaboration with AECOM, have won the competitive tender to design the Singapore terminus of the new Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail.

Sited in Singapore’s “futuristic second Central Business District” of Jurong Lake, the design was conceived as a new civic landmark and a part of the district’s new master plan currently in development by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and a team of consultants led by KCAP Architects & Planners.

While the railway station’s platforms are located below ground, the design aims to create an above-ground focal point that will mark the station as a new international gateway to Singapore.

National Flower, Global Ambition - DeciBel Unveils the Hanoi Lotus Centre

16:00 - 26 February, 2017
National Flower, Global Ambition - DeciBel Unveils the Hanoi Lotus Centre, The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam's national flower. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab
The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam's national flower. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab

Australian firm deciBel(Architecture))) has released images of their proposed multi-purpose theater and cultural center in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. The Hanoi Lotus draws inspiration from Vietnam’s national flower, creating a city-defining piece of public architecture to place Hanoi and Vietnam on the global stage

The center emerges from a 19Ha stormwater lake. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The mixed-use center contains a 2000-seat auditorium. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The center emerges from a 19ha stormwater lake. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab The ceiling draws inspiration from the underside of a lotus leaf. Image Courtesy of Mike Durek / Shadowlab +14

Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced

14:00 - 26 February, 2017
Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality Competition Winners Announced, First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of its Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality competition, which asked participants to design a virtual exhibition gallery to showcase future Bee Breeders competition winners. In this virtual gallery, visitors would be able to “walk” around and explore the work of selected winners and guest contributors.

The three winners of Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality are:

First Prize: Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality / Boris Hilderal; France. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Third Prize: The Infinite Gallery / Paolo Antonio Zurk Castillo; Universidad de los Andes. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders Second Prize: On the Bottom of the Top / Alžbeta Krbylová and Juraj Horňák; Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders +44

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center

12:00 - 26 February, 2017
Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne Unveil Proposal for Denmark's Largest Exhibition Center, © Urban Agency
© Urban Agency

Urban Agency and Aarhus Arkitekterne have unveiled a proposal for the expansion of the MCH Messecenter in HerningDenmark’s largest exhibition center. According to the architects, the intent was “to create a strategy that will make the complex a more attractive and coherent structure with a new focal point.”

To achieve this, the design converges two circulation routes at the building’s new point of entry, further complimented by usable art displays and foliage, including green walls. The circular form of the roof defines the event square, with ramps serving as outdoor seating and shelter from inclement weather.

© Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency © Urban Agency +26

Designing the Year's Best Motion Pictures: 5 Floor Plans from Oscar-Nominated Films

09:30 - 26 February, 2017
Designing the Year's Best Motion Pictures: 5 Floor Plans from Oscar-Nominated Films, © Boryana Ilieva
© Boryana Ilieva

You’ve seen the floor plans from Hit TV Shows brought to you by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, Homes.com, and Drawbotics. Now, with the Academy Awards just around the corner, we're bringing you a series of floor plans from Oscar-nominated films, all painted in watercolor by Boryana Ilieva (who previously brought us the floor plans of Stranger Things). With movies such as La La Land, Fences, Elle, 20th Century Women and Toni Erdmann depicted in meticulous details, Ilieva’s watercolors not only provide us with a new perspective of the familiar spaces, but also highlight the important architectural features that help construct these captivating storylines.

Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016

16:00 - 25 February, 2017
Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot’s Shenzhen Hazens Longgang Longteng Mixed-Use project has been rated by the Shenzhen Government as one of the city’s most important projects of 2016. Located in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, the 393,000 square meter site will feature 1,500,000 square meters of gross floor area subdivided into office space, retail space, a shopping mall, residential communities and facilities, and over 90,000 square meters of green and public space.

As a part of the design, the development will rejuvenate a river park area running through the existing site, with the northern bank becoming a commercial and leisure focal point, and the southern bank featuring a community of residential towers connected by retail podiums and green spaces.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot +6

Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark

12:00 - 25 February, 2017
Arquitectonica’s Undulating Hotel Tower to Be Nashville’s Lastest Landmark, © Arquitectonica
© Arquitectonica

Nashville is set to receive its newest and tallest luxury landmark, in the form of the JW Marriott Hotel, designed by esteemed Miami firm Arquitectonica to be completed in 2018. Situated in the center of downtown, the 33-storey undulating tower will offer expansive views of the surrounding cityscape from a height of 386 feet; one of highest points in the city.

© Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica © Arquitectonica +4

WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus

08:00 - 25 February, 2017
WE Architecture’s Winning Proposal Combines Green Space with Social Housing in Aarhus, © WE Architecture
© WE Architecture

A competition for a new social housing complex in Aarhus, Denmark, has been won by WE Architecture, in collaboration with local practice JWH Arkitekter and commissioned by Ringgaarden, a Danish housing organization.

Titled “Saltholmsgade”, the winning proposal is a reinterpretation of Aarhus’ historical housing typologies along Hjortensgade, creating modern and green communal spaces. The complex consists of 38 individual apartments, offering tenants views of the city through the inclusion of rooftop gardens.

© WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture © WE Architecture +14

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video

16:10 - 24 February, 2017

Construction on Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum Dundee is well underway, with the structure’s inclined concrete walls already beginning to take shape. This new video produced by the V&A Museum shows the latest progress of the building, with commentary from several figures working on the project, including Kuma himself.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video © Ross Fraser McLean - Studio RoRo © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates +4

The Next Hyper-Efficient Data Centers May Be Located Underwater

14:10 - 24 February, 2017
The Next Hyper-Efficient Data Centers May Be Located Underwater, The Data Center being lowered into the water. A shot of the underwater data center. Screenshot via Microsoft
The Data Center being lowered into the water. A shot of the underwater data center. Screenshot via Microsoft

From giant squids to sunken treasure, the ocean has a way of hiding secrets better than any other place on Earth – so why not hide your personal information down there too?

That scenario may soon be our reality, as Microsoft has unveiled that, for the past year and a half, they have been testing a prototype data center that is completely submerged underwater. Devised by Microsoft engineer Sean James, the theory argues that placing the massive server farms underwater could dramatically reduce both construction and cooling costs, as well as provide a reliable source of renewable energy and even improve their performance.

SHoP Unveils Plans for Detroit’s Tallest Tower on Historic Downtown Site

11:20 - 24 February, 2017
© SHoP Architects PC
© SHoP Architects PC

For nearly 100 years, the JL Hudson's Department Store in downtown Detroit stood as a mecca of shopping – the 25-story structure at one point holding the record for world’s tallest retail building. Then in 1983, following a downturn of the Detroit economy, the department store was closed. Its implosion followed in 1998. In the years since, the important site has laid mainly vacant, save for an underground parking structure inserted into the store’s former underground retail levels. But now, plans have been revealed to return the site to its former glory.

Announced yesterday by Detroit-based development group Bedrock, the site is set to receive a brand new 1.2 million-square-foot development designed by SHoP Architects and consisting of a nine-story retail podium and a 52-story, 734-foot tower that would claim the title of Detroit’s tallest building.

© SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC © SHoP Architects PC +8

Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

08:30 - 24 February, 2017
Introducing GSAPP Conversations' Inaugural Episode: "Exhibition Models"

We are pleased to announce a new content partnership between ArchDaily and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.

Schauman & Nordgren Architects’ Winning Masterplan Envisages New Harbour Front Identity

06:00 - 24 February, 2017
Schauman & Nordgren Architects’ Winning Masterplan Envisages New Harbour Front Identity , © Schauman & Nordgren Architects
© Schauman & Nordgren Architects

Envisioning the harbor front as an extension of the city center, “Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape” designed by the young Danish practice Schauman & Nordgren Architects has been named the winning entry of a waterfront masterplan competition by the City of Pargas, Finland.

The proposal was selected for its “thorough analysis of the city, its history, structure, character, potentials and challenge”, in response to the area’s development as a new residential hub and functional harbor. The competition introduced the notion of maintaining Pargas’ dominant maritime identity, while simultaneously strengthening the city’s character with various urban elements, such as hotels, a beach, saunas, and offices.

© Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects © Schauman & Nordgren Architects +9

Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District

16:15 - 23 February, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron to Complete $2 Billion Development in Los Angeles' Arts District, View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

The Los Angeles Department of City planning has released a new study surrounding Herzog & de Meuron’s 6AM mixed-use development planned for LA’s Arts District. Originally revealed last fall, the estimated $2 billion complex would constitute the Swiss firm’s first project in the Southern California city, and could play a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.

Skyline view. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View from the street. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning View of one of the project's retail areas. Image Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning +12

Frank Gehry to Teach Online Course on Architecture & Design

12:00 - 23 February, 2017

Frank Gehry has been selected by online education platform MasterClass to lead an interactive architecture and design course on his creative process. The course will include 15 video lessons, and critique from the architect himself on select student work.

At a cost of $90, the lessons will cover Gehry’s career and architectural philosophy, illustrated with sketches and models from Gehry’s private model archive. Each lesson will offer a downloadable workbook with notes and assignments for the week. Students will then be able to upload videos for the opportunity to get feedback from the class and Frank himself.

Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza

06:00 - 23 February, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza, Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook
Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook

The 2017 Portuguese Commemorative Coins were unveiled this week in the Casa da Moeda, where the themes, authors and designs for the commemorative, chain and collector's coins to be issued throughout the year were shown. 

Among the novelties, a new series dedicated to Portuguese Architecture stands out, which includes a coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura, two great names in Portuguese architecture.

Mecanoo's Bruce C. Bolling Building Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal

16:05 - 22 February, 2017
Mecanoo's Bruce C. Bolling Building Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced Mecanoo as the winners of the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal for their design of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Awarded each year by the BSA and the City of Boston, the prestigious award honors “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area over the past 10 years.

David Chipperfield's West Village Apartment Complex Finally Given Greenlight

14:10 - 22 February, 2017
David Chipperfield's West Village Apartment Complex Finally Given Greenlight, Rendering of the latest proposal. Image via LPC Review Materials
Rendering of the latest proposal. Image via LPC Review Materials

David Chipperfield’s West Village Apartment Building in New York City is finally getting off the ground. Following three rejected planning applications, originally submitted in July 2016, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has finally given the six-story building the go-ahead. Located at 11-19 Jane Street, the site sits within the Greenwich Village Historic District, designated as a historic preservation district by the LPC in 1969.

2.8 Million-square-foot Apple Campus to Open in April... And It Looks Incredible

10:30 - 22 February, 2017

Apple today announced that Apple Park (also referred to as Apple Campus 2) will be ready to occupy beginning in April. Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a “center for creativity and collaboration,” the 175-acre campus will serve as a new home for more than 12,000 employees, who will be moved-in over a six month period. Construction on outer buildings and park spaces will continue through the summer.

© Apple © Apple © Apple © Apple via screenshot from video +6

Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017 - Winners Announced

08:00 - 22 February, 2017
Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017 - Winners Announced, Fellows will be based at the Grade II listed Wimbledon House designed by Richard Rogers. Image Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design
Fellows will be based at the Grade II listed Wimbledon House designed by Richard Rogers. Image Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Massachusetts has announced the winners of the Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017. Launched in October 2016, the Fellowship seeks to act as an international platform assembling experts and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, using the built environment to positively impact on the quality of human life. The six inaugural Fellows, selected from 200 applicants worldwide, will undertake three months of research at the Wimbledon House, a Grade II listed residence in London gifted to the School by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers.

Paper Models of the Most Controversial Buildings Erected Behind the Iron Curtain

07:50 - 22 February, 2017
Paper Models of the Most Controversial Buildings Erected Behind the Iron Curtain, Brutal East. Image Courtesy of Zupagrafika
Brutal East. Image Courtesy of Zupagrafika

Zupagrafika, creators of make-your-own-paper-model sets of "brut-iful" architecture in London, Paris, Warsaw, and Katowice, have released their newest set, Brutal East

The creators' selection captures the "certainly brutal" charm of the "functionalist panelák estates and otherworldly concrete grand designs" of the Eastern Bloc. With Brutal East you can build your own...

IKEA Lab Releases Open-Source Plans for DIY Spherical Garden

16:20 - 21 February, 2017
IKEA Lab Releases Open-Source Plans for DIY Spherical Garden, The Growroom exhibited at Copenhagen Opera House. Image © Alona Vibe. Via Space10
The Growroom exhibited at Copenhagen Opera House. Image © Alona Vibe. Via Space10

Fresh off winning the “Design of the Year” for their refugee housing solution, the “Better Shelter,” IKEA is again making waves for a pioneering, flat pack solution to societal needs. Developed by the IKEA innovation lab Space10 alongside architects sine lindholm and mads-ulrik husum, the spherical “Growroom” is a DIY garden structure intended to help people “grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.” And now, plans for the structure have been made available online for free via Space10’s open source platform, giving anyone the opportunity to build their own 3-dimensional garden.

Growroom designers Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm. Image © Niklas Vindelev. Via Space10 The original Growroom exhibited at CHART ART FAIR (with Bjarke Ingels). Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj. Via Space 10 © Niklas Vindelev. Via Space10 IKEA Lab Releases Open-Source Plans for DIY Spherical Garden +5

World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession

14:15 - 21 February, 2017
World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession, 2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski
2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski

The World Architecture Festival has announced the launch of the 10th edition of the event referred to as the “Oscars of architecture” by launching the “WAF Manifesto,” which identifies key challenges the profession will face over the next ten years. Aimed at generated funding for architectural research, the manifesto outlines a range of topics where architects can use their influence to affect society as a whole.