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Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the Idea of "Status Quo" Within Shared Holy Places

10:15 - 19 October, 2017
Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the Idea of "Status Quo" Within Shared Holy Places, Israeli Curatorial Team (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale). Image © Daniel Sheriff
Israeli Curatorial Team (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale). Image © Daniel Sheriff

The Israeli Ministry of Culture have revealed In Statu Quo: Architecture of Negotiation as the theme of the Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In the exhibition architects Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv, and curator Tania Coen-Uzzielli, will examine "the complex mechanism of the 'Status Quo' within shared holy places in Israel-Palestine, which functions as an informal—if controversial and fragile—system of coexistence between rivals."

Tiny House Design Competition Winners Revealed

06:00 - 19 October, 2017
Tiny House Design Competition Winners Revealed, Courtesy of Volume Zero
Courtesy of Volume Zero

A design for a portable, sustainable 250 square foot house is no tall order. But back in June, online design magazine, Volzero, put $3200 USD on the line for designers to honor this request through their Tiny House Design Competition.

Interior program requirements included: Living Area | Sleeping Area for 2 | Cooking and Dining Area | Toilet | Workspace.

Around the world, creatives worked to conquer the puzzle of maximum usable space with a minimum footprint. Tiny houses were born. The jury consisted of five principals of different design firms: Abraham Cota Parades, Andrew Patterson, Didier Ryan, Md.Rafiq Azam and Sameep Padora. In addition to filling the basic needs of the competition, winning projects display a strong concept, and unique personality.

Studio KO's Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech

04:00 - 19 October, 2017
Studio KO's Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech, musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech. Image © Nicolas Mathéus
musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech. Image © Nicolas Mathéus

A new museum dedicated to the life and work of French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent has opened in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO, the building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle – the home acquired by Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. With a large permanent exhibition space designed by scenographist Christophe Martin, showcasing the collections of it's namesake, the museum also features temporary exhibition spaces, a research library and archives, an auditorium, bookstore, and a terrace café.

musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech. Image © Nicolas Mathéus Scenography. Image © Christophe Martin Architectes musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (auditorium). Image © Nicolas Mathéus musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (Interior Visualization). Image © studio KO + 5

One of New York City’s Most Significant Early Skyscrapers to Undergo $50 Million Renovation

16:20 - 18 October, 2017
One of New York City’s Most Significant Early Skyscrapers to Undergo $50 Million Renovation, via Silverstein Properties
via Silverstein Properties

One of New York City’s original skyscrapers and the former largest office building in the world, the Equitable Building, is set to receive a $50 million renovation and restoration that will bring the historic structure up to 21st century standards.

Built in 1915 in New York’s Financial District by architect Ernest R. Graham, the 1.9-million-square-foot Equitable Building was a pioneer in the city’s skyscraper boom, spanning an entire Broadway block between Pine and Cedar Streets. A simple extrusion of the site footprint, the building was notorious for its overbearing relationship to the street – outcry over which eventually led to the creation of the city’s famous setback zoning laws.

via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties + 6

Ateliers Jean Nouvel-Designed Man-Made Lagoon Highrise in Miami Begins Construction

14:00 - 18 October, 2017
Courtesy of JDS Development
Courtesy of JDS Development

New renderings have been revealed of Jean Nouvel’s first Miami project, Monad Terrace, as construction begins on site. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in collaboration with Kobi Karp, the highrise project is set to rise on West Avenue in the premier South Beach district of Miami Beach, setting a new standard of building integrity and climate resilience for the city.

Courtesy of JDS Development Courtesy of JDS Development Courtesy of JDS Development Courtesy of JDS Development + 12

3 Pavilion Designs Shortlisted in Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition

12:00 - 18 October, 2017
3 Pavilion Designs Shortlisted in Hong Kong Young Architects and Designers Competition, Courtesy of WKCDA
Courtesy of WKCDA

Pavilion designs by three emerging architecture practices have been chosen as finalists in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition. Established by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), the competition is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, aimed at “showcasing the creativity and potential of local architects and designers still in the early stages of their careers.”

A total of 320 entries were received from Hong Kong residents who either have been practicing for fewer than 10 years or who are currently studying architecture at the university level. The competition asked designers to envision a temporary pavilion that will be built inside the Nursery Park at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

The American Architecture Prize Announces Winners for 2017

06:00 - 18 October, 2017
Courtesy of The American Architecture Prize
Courtesy of The American Architecture Prize

Three projects have been selected as the winners of The American Architecture Prize (AAP) 2017, which aims to recognize “creativity and innovation in architectural, interior and landscape design.”

An expert Jury judged thousands of entries from 68 countries and winners were selected from 41 categories. The jurors included Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale University; Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School, and many more.

It has been a privilege to receive such exceptional entries competing for the AAP this year. Every submission is outstanding in its own way. All these entries from accomplished architects and architecture firms give us the opportunity to not only promote amazing designs but also to marvel together at the evolution of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture across the globe - AAP President Hossein Farmani.

Courtesy of Aedas Limited Courtesy of Kossmann.dejong Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Anmahian Winton Architects + 20

Sou Fujimoto's Naoshima Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

04:00 - 18 October, 2017
Sou Fujimoto's Naoshima Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The Naoshima Pavilion by Sou Fujimoto is one of the more recent additions to the world-renowned "Art Island," and is located only meters away from Naoshima's boat terminal (designed by SANAA). The lightweight, highly-transparent mesh-like steel structure was conceived and constructed for the 2016 Setouchi Triennial. Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to the project which, in spite of its modest size, casts a striking silhouette on the island's coastline.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 46

Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront

17:01 - 17 October, 2017
Sidewalk Labs Announces Plans to Create Model Smart City on Toronto's Waterfront, Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs
Eastern Waterfront as it looks today. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto have revealed plans for a brand new community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront that will bring together “forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.”

Public Realm Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Sustainability Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Digital Infrastructure Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs Housing Vision. Image Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs + 12

Interactive Spy Museum Designed by Adjaye Associates to Open in New York City

12:10 - 17 October, 2017
Interactive Spy Museum Designed by Adjaye Associates to Open in New York City, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has unveiled designs for SPYSCAPE, a new museum and interactive experience that illuminates the world of espionage from historical secret intelligence to modern day hacking through a collection of rare artifacts, exhilarating storytelling and immersive personalized experiences.

Located a stone’s throw from Times Square in New York City, the 60,000-square-foot space will use architecture as a key element of the museum experience. Inspired by the spaces occupied by the world’s most significant spy organizations, the building interiors will resemble a small town, with a variety of spaces unfolding beneath a vaulted canopy. Circulation will lead visitors through a wide range of vantage points and perspectives, playing with perceptions and drawing you into the individual pavilions.

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 4

Architecture Costumes For Halloween, Carnival and Office Parties

07:30 - 17 October, 2017
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko

When it's time to dress up for Halloween, Carnival or theme parties, people often choose costumes that resonate with their interests. This is especially true for architects, who are particularly well-suited to designing and building head-turning outfits. For students and young architects, the yearning to construct (and destruct) stems from the will to create elaborate headpieces and ingenious appendages.

Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

06:00 - 17 October, 2017
Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA
Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Image © Satoru Mishima / FOA

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born October 17th 1963) is an internationally recognized architect and scholar, and founder of London, Zurich, and Princeton-based firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). First rising to prominence in the 1980s with his writings for publications such as El Croquis, Zaera-Polo has had a prolific career in both the academic and professional realms of architecture.

The Spectacular Stories Behind 7 Ancient Lost Landmarks

04:00 - 17 October, 2017

Architecture has been historically deployed as a tool to construct and concretize legacies. Whereas only a few built edifices have left a large enough impact on the world, or have been around long enough, to enter into the canon of architectural legend, the seven wonders of the ancient world have achieved both. With only one—the Great Pyramid of Giza—still standing, the others have all taken a unique position in the architectural imagination, with representations over the years of structures such as the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria changing according to the whims of artists of the time. Nevertheless, the spectacular stories behind each of these lost landmarks is worth revisiting – which is exactly what travel company Expedia has done in this series of illustrations.

Courtesy of Expedia "Lost Landmarks" Courtesy of Expedia "Lost Landmarks" Courtesy of Expedia "Lost Landmarks" Courtesy of Expedia "Lost Landmarks" + 9

Hariri Pontarini Architects Unveil Waterfront Skyscraper Development for Toronto

16:30 - 16 October, 2017
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Hariri Pontarini Architects and Pinnacle International have unveiled the design of three glassy skyscrapers that will make up a new development on the Toronto waterfront.

Known as One Yonge, the complex will consist of over 4 million square feet of mixed-use space spread across five new buildings and a total renovation of the existing Toronto Star building.

Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects + 19

8 Projects Win ARCHMARATHON Awards for Best Projects in the Americas

15:10 - 16 October, 2017
8 Projects Win ARCHMARATHON Awards for Best Projects in the Americas

ARCHMARATHON has announced the winners of their 2017 Awards Program as the event, which took place at Faena Forum in Miami from October 12-14, comes to a close. Now in its 4th edition, the Awards focus on architecture studios that have been actively practicing in USA, Canada, Central America and Latin America.

Winners were chosen by a jury consisting of Luca Molinari, Francisco Pardo, Sebastian Salvat, Alejandro Paredes Fontanals and ArchDaily’s David Basulto and David Assael in in 8 themed categories: MOVING, LIVING, DREAMING, WORKING, CHILLING OUT, CARING, VISIONING and RE-THINKING. This year’s overall winner was awarded to Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura + Alin V. Wallach for their community space, Common Unit.

See all the winners below:

Winners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced

12:30 - 16 October, 2017
Winners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced, Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards
Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards

The winners of the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards have been announced. Established by St. Gobain with the goal of “stimulating conversations about African architecture as it cements its place in a global continuum,” the event represents the first ever Pan-African awards program of its kind, with more than 300 projects from 32 African nations being considered by a steering panel led by Professor Lesley Lokko, ambassador Phill Mashabane, advisor Zahira Asmal, and architect David Adjaye. 

“The Africa Architecture Awards are very critical,” said Adjaye. “Now is the time to promote excellence and best practice on the continent. The Africa Architecture Awards are particularly important because this is the moment that a lot is happening on the continent in terms of development, in terms of the architecture that’s being produced.”

Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards Grand Prix winner: Umkhumbane Museum, South Africa / Choromanski Architects. Image Courtesy of Africa Architecture Awards Winners of First-Ever Africa Architecture Awards Announced + 14

This 3D Printer, Designed Specifically for Architects, Is Surprisingly Easy to Use

10:15 - 16 October, 2017

Have you ever spent hours calibrating the nozzle of a 3D printer or preparing a print-ready file – only to find that the model has failed because of a missed zero-thickness wall? With this in mind, the Platonics Arka 3D printer currently being developed in Helsinki, Finland—has one simple goal: to remove all unnecessary set-up and technical processes by means of intelligent automation and, as a result, almost entirely eliminate the wasted time that architects and designers spend calibrating printers, or working up print-ready files.

© Platonics © Platonics © Platonics © Platonics + 9

AOR Win Commission to Extend Public Art Galleries in Finnish City of Tampere

04:00 - 16 October, 2017
AOR Win Commission to Extend Public Art Galleries in Finnish City of Tampere, Exterior Rendering. Image © AOR
Exterior Rendering. Image © AOR

Designs by Helsinki-based practice AOR have been selected following an open competition for the extension of Tampere Art Museum, in Finland. The existing building which the museum currently occupies was formerly used as a granary, designed by C. L. Engel and completed in 1838. Most believe it to be the third oldest building in the country. AOR's winning proposal seeks to create "a landmark for the museum" by articulating the urban landscape between nearby Pyynikintori square and adjacent parkland, connecting to and with the existing gallery spaces.

Model. Image © AOR Site Model. Image © AOR Elevation. Image © AOR Model Drawing. Image © AOR + 11

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Adelaide Creative Community Hub Competition

16:00 - 15 October, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Adelaide Creative Community Hub Competition, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders announced the winners of the Adelaide Creative Community Hub competition, challenging designers to propose an innovative, vibrant public space for the city of Adelaide, Australia. Participants were required to design either a temporary pavilion or fixed landmark within the frequented public park. Competition submissions seemed to focus on one of three things: a flexible open program, half building/half landscape, or a temporary pavilion. Judges looked for a clear concept. Winning projects have the potential to do more than merely bring people together; they go a step further sparking innovation in creative communities.

18 Beautiful Barbecue Areas for Summer

14:00 - 15 October, 2017
18 Beautiful Barbecue Areas for Summer, Pabellón de Playa / PAR Arquitectos © Diego Elgueta
Pabellón de Playa / PAR Arquitectos © Diego Elgueta

Our readers in the southern hemisphere are getting ready to fire up their barbecue area for some warm weather fun.

For many, this space has converted into an important social space where family and friends get together to enjoy a meal. Due to its importance, architects include this enclosure as one of the fundamental parts of the functioning of the house.

Below we have compiled some of the best barbecue areas published in ArchDaily to inspire and tempt you, our readers.

Burnham Prize 2017 Winners Announced for 'Under the Dome' Competition

14:00 - 14 October, 2017
Burnham Prize 2017 Winners Announced for 'Under the Dome' Competition, Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club
Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

The Burnham Prize 2017 is a competition hosted by the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC), this year the title was ‘Under the Dome,' requiring participants to rethinking the radial form that has been a part of architecture for centuries.

Participants were asked to develop a speculative proposal for the abandoned St Stephen’s Church on its centennial anniversary, challenged with the task of injecting energy and life back into the desolated ruin. In reaction to the Chicago Architecture Biennale, the historical and typological construct of the dome was to be taken and reconsidered as a contemporary structure with an understanding of the historical context.

Projection Mapping Light Show Tells the Story of the Guggenheim Bilbao on Its 20th Anniversary

12:00 - 14 October, 2017

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, creative production studio 59 Productions has put on a 4-day projection mapping light show, transforming the museum’s iconic shimmering surfaces into a canvas for a dazzling light display.

From October 11-14th, the 20-minute-long multisensory production Reflections combined music, light and projection, creating a show on the building’s north-facing titanium facades that told the story of the museum’s genesis and design.

59 Productions transform Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Reflections, a spectacular projection-mapping event to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Photo by Justin Sutcliffe. 59 Productions transform Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Reflections, a spectacular projection-mapping event to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Courtesy 59 Productions 59 Productions transform Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Reflections, a spectacular projection-mapping event to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Photo by Justin Sutcliffe. 59 Productions transform Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Reflections, a spectacular projection-mapping event to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Photo by Justin Sutcliffe. + 20

US Postal Service Releases Stamp Commemorating Adjaye's Smithsonian Museum of African American History

16:00 - 13 October, 2017
US Postal Service Releases Stamp Commemorating Adjaye's Smithsonian Museum of African American History, Courtesy of US Postal Service
Courtesy of US Postal Service

The United States Postal Service has released their latest stamp, honoring one of the past year’s most significant architectural works: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup.

Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, the commemorative Forever stamp is based on a photograph taken by Alan Karchmer of the museum, which has welcomed nearly 3 million visitors since its debut in September 2016.

4 MIT Architecture Courses You Can Take Online (Video Lectures Included)

13:30 - 13 October, 2017
4 MIT Architecture Courses You Can Take Online (Video Lectures Included), Louis I. Kahn during the lecture at the ETH Zurich. Photographs by Peter Wenger. Image © Archives de la construction moderne – Acm, EPF Lausanne
Louis I. Kahn during the lecture at the ETH Zurich. Photographs by Peter Wenger. Image © Archives de la construction moderne – Acm, EPF Lausanne

Learning doesn't have to formal, or expensive. As education becomes increasingly commodified the world over, here are four courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) exploring architecture and landscape, urbanism, photography, and the production of space that are—significantly—free of charge and available to all.