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30-Hectare–Olive Grove Converted to Eco-Friendly Public Housing Development

06:00 - 30 December, 2016
30-Hectare–Olive Grove Converted to Eco-Friendly Public Housing Development, Courtesy of v2com
Courtesy of v2com

Philippe Barrière Collective (PB+Co) has created the urban plan for a new semi-rural/semi-urban development in Manouba, Tunisia. Utilizing an existing olive grove estate, the environmentally driven project includes collective housing pavilions among its ecological design composed of 4,475 salvaged olive trees, newly planted taller trees, and a wild botanical garden that fosters local biodiversity.

Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com +4

World's Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Southwest China

14:00 - 29 December, 2016
World's Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Southwest China, Image <a href='http://www.indialivetoday.com/beipanjiang-worlds-highest-bridge-inaugurated-in-china/87276.html'>via India Live Today</a>
Image via India Live Today

Today China inaugurated the world's highest bridge, opening the new crossing to traffic after the structure was completed in September, reports China Central Television (CCTV). Crossing the Nizhu river canyon at 565 meters above water level the Beipanjiang bridge spans 1,341 meters to connect the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in the Southwest of the country. The 4-lane bridge is part of a network of new highways around Yunnan and Guizhou that allow access across rugged terrain that was previously largely inaccessible.

New York Times Names Alejandro Aravena Among 28 "Creative Geniuses" of 2016

14:00 - 28 December, 2016
New York Times Names Alejandro Aravena Among 28 "Creative Geniuses" of 2016, Alejandro Aravena at TEDGlobal 2014. Image © TED Conference (Flickr) licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Alejandro Aravena at TEDGlobal 2014. Image © TED Conference (Flickr) licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Chilean architect Alejandro has been selected as one of "28 creative geniuses who defined culture in 2016" by the New York Times, in a list that includes personalities such as First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, singer Lady Gaga, photographer William Eggleston and designer Junya Watanabe.

Aravena achieved spectacular success this year, being awarded the Pritzker Prize in January and acting as director of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale which opened in May. Through his work, he directed a discussion about the role of architects and their impact on society.

Architecture on Instagram: The Best Shots of 2016

06:00 - 28 December, 2016

Instagram and architecture go together like milk and cookies—an irresistible combination in which one brings out the best of the other. As Instagram continues to add features to its globally appealing platform, we take a look back on the year's most-liked photos posted to our ArchDaily account.

We posted 235 'grams that racked up over 2 million likes. Thank you for following. :) 

5 Monuments to Progress

04:00 - 28 December, 2016
5 Monuments to Progress, Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)
Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)

Buildings, perhaps unlike any other art form or edifice, have a capacity to influence or become part of a place's cultural identity and history. Defining an architectural monument is, however, an ambiguous exercise – most of their ilk only reach this status years after completion. AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. Here we've assembled five structures and buildings which, often aside from original intentions, embody that most ephemeral feeling: a sense of progress.

The Design Progress Through the Years

08:00 - 27 December, 2016
Courtesy of Leewardists
Courtesy of Leewardists

At its best, architecture can be a dream come true: the physical manifestation of the creative architect's most exquisite design fantasies. Nowhere is this kind of creative liberty more pervasive than in architecture school—with few practical concerns for cost, policy, or even structural integrity, architecture students are free to execute the purest and most complex proposals their imaginations will allow. And indeed, as their representation and spatial skills progress, students gain the ability to realize more advanced interventions over time. In the real world, though...not so much.

14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes

07:00 - 27 December, 2016
14 Short Stories About Architects, Attitudes and Odd Architectural Anecdotes, Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Álvaro Siza photographed by Fernando Guerra. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

A new collection of five minute-long On Design stories—developed by the team behind Section DMonocle 24's 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft—profile a person, survey a place, or unpack an idea that’s changing or shaping design and architecture today. We've selected fourteen of our favorites from the ongoing series, examining issues as wide as Postmodernism and the architectural competition, to five-minute profiles of Alvaro Siza, Josef Hoffman, Kengo Kuma and Superstudio.

Free Online Architecture Courses From World-Class Universitites

06:00 - 27 December, 2016
Free Online Architecture Courses From World-Class Universitites

Thinking of continuing your studies but don't want to start a master's or a doctorate just yet? Around the world, short-term courses taken remotely are increasingly popular alternatives, and platforms such as edX, created by Harvard and MIT Universities make it even easier to dive deeper into the most diverse topics. 

Of course, for long-term and undergraduate courses, the face-to-face experience cannot be replaced by online classes. However, being able to follow lessons and participate in discussions with people from around the world online is definitely an important advantage offered by the internet.

We have compiled a few courses in areas ranging from video game design to bio-cellular engineering, and from the history of Japanese architecture to courses in architectural imagination. See our list below:

Wolfgang Buttress’ UK Expo Pavilion, "The Hive," Wins 2016 Landscape Institute Award

16:00 - 26 December, 2016
Wolfgang Buttress’ UK Expo Pavilion, "The Hive," Wins 2016 Landscape Institute Award, © Nick Caville BDP. Courtesy of the Landscape Institute
© Nick Caville BDP. Courtesy of the Landscape Institute

BDP and Wolfgang Buttress’ pavilion, The Hive, has been awarded the 2016 Landscape Institute Award for Best Design for a Temporary Landscape as part of their 2016 awards program.

Judges for the award noted the project’s ability to interact with its site, remarking that they were ‘impressed by the quality and simplicity of the design and execution, in particular the way in which the design works with a sensitive landscape to provide a beautiful and functional temporary setting for the installation, and a longer-term facility for events and education.”

World’s First Solar Panel Road Debuts in France

14:00 - 26 December, 2016
World’s First Solar Panel Road Debuts in France

The world’s first solar panel road has officially opened in a small village in Normandy, France.

Built in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche, the 1 kilometer route, dubbed the “Wattway,” is covered in 2,800 square meters of photovoltaic panels. It is designed to be used by up to 2,000 motorists per day, while providing an average of 767 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per day, enough energy to power all of the street lighting in the 3,400-resident village.

Eero Saarinen-Designed US Embassy in Oslo to Be Preserved After Sale by Government

12:00 - 26 December, 2016
Eero Saarinen-Designed US Embassy in Oslo to Be Preserved After Sale by Government, US Embassy in Oslo. Designed by Eero Saarinen. Image © Flickr user A.Curell. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
US Embassy in Oslo. Designed by Eero Saarinen. Image © Flickr user A.Curell. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Eero Saarinen-designed US Embassy in Oslo is set to be placed under historic preservation orders following the building’s sale by the US government.

The US embassy to Norway since 1959, the building will change hands once staff are moved into the new US embassy building at Huseby, which is expected to complete in early 2017.

Translucent Wood and Light Installation Brightens Children’s Hospital in Australia

08:00 - 26 December, 2016

For children especially, hospitals can be anxiety-inducing and overwhelming space. New media studio ENESS aims to change that experience with their installation LUMES, a light-emitting wood piece, the first of which is now on display at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Australia.

Courtesy of ENESS Courtesy of ENESS Courtesy of ENESS Courtesy of ENESS +15

d3 Announces Winners of 2016 Natural Systems Competition

06:00 - 26 December, 2016
d3 Announces Winners of 2016 Natural Systems Competition, Courtesy of d3
Courtesy of d3

Awarding the top ecological projects of the year, d3 has announced this year’s winners of its Natural Systems competition. Established in 2009, the annual competition has grown into one of the most notable awards in speculative, performance-based design. The brief challenges architects, designers, engineers, and students to develop ideas for sustainable living by exploring natural processes. This year’s program was co-directed by Ji Young Kim of Shigeru Ban Architects and Gregory Marinic of the Syracuse University School of Design.

Read on to find out about the jury’s picks for the top three projects and seven special mentions.

Built by Associative Data Architects to Design Mixed-Use Project in Lebanon

16:00 - 25 December, 2016
Built by Associative Data Architects to Design Mixed-Use Project in Lebanon, Courtesy of BAD Architects
Courtesy of BAD Architects

Built by Associative Data, showcase their acclaimed data analysis with K1299, a new mixed-use project in Lebanon. The site was addressed through various different lenses: traffic noise, view perspectives, solar radiation, and market potential.

New Documentary to Dive into the Life and Works of Eero Saarinen

14:00 - 25 December, 2016
New Documentary to Dive into the Life and Works of Eero Saarinen, © <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>
© Flickr user jeffnps licensed under CC BY 2.0

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen will be the focus of the Season 30 Finale of American Masters, the PBS documentary program that highlights the preeminent cultural icons of United States’ history.

Co-produced by Saarinen’s son, Eric, the documentary will dig into the life and work of the visionary architect, covering seminal projects including St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, the General Motors Technical Center, New York's TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and Virginia's Dulles Airport.

Hello Wood Creates Reusable Christmas Tree From Lightboxes in Budapest

12:00 - 25 December, 2016
Hello Wood Creates Reusable Christmas Tree From Lightboxes in Budapest, © Balazs Turos
© Balazs Turos

Hello Wood has continued its tradition of building socially responsive Christmas trees in European cities though its latest addition, the Tree of Arts, built in front of Budapest’s largest concert hall, Müpa, also known as the Palace of Arts.

Based on the idea that the spirit of Christmas should live beyond the holiday season and continue to symbolize community-building and sustainability into the New Year, the 11-meter tall tree made from lightboxes will be recycled into display units for the inside of the cultural venue in 2017.

Lightboxes in the installation feature the names of performances that will be visiting Budapest in the coming year, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, John McLaughlin, and Cameron Carpenter.

© Balazs Turos © Balazs Turos © Balazs Turos © Balazs Turos +10

How Ecologically Detrimental is Concrete?

16:00 - 24 December, 2016
How Ecologically Detrimental is Concrete?, Tricorn Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, 1965. Credit: RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Tricorn Shopping Centre, Portsmouth, 1965. Credit: RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Concrete has long been considered particularly harmful to the environment. However, Architect Magazine recently published an article on Nature Geoscience, which may offer some concrete (pun intended) findings regarding the issue.

Winners Announced For Norwegian Competition to Convert Grain Silo into Art Museum

14:00 - 24 December, 2016
Winners Announced For Norwegian Competition to Convert Grain Silo into Art Museum, Winning proposal by MESTRES WÅGE ARQUITECTES and MX_SI ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO. Image Courtesy of Kunstsilo
Winning proposal by MESTRES WÅGE ARQUITECTES and MX_SI ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO. Image Courtesy of Kunstsilo

The winners of the Kunstsilo (Art Silo) competition to convert a 1935 harbor-side grain silo into an art museum in Kristiansand, Norway have been announced, with one overall winner and five runners up. MESTRES WÅGE ARQUITECTES and MX_SI ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO, a team from Barcelona, have won the competition, out of 101 proposals, with their concept, SILOSAMLINGEN (“The Silo Collection”), which, according to the jury, “demonstrates a crystal-clear combination of architectural self-assurance and humble respect for the silo building and its newly assigned task.”

Courtesy of X + I ARCHITECTURE Courtesy of Galmstrup LTD Courtesy of NA TO WA Architects and Austigard Arkitektur AS Winning proposal by MESTRES WÅGE ARQUITECTES and MX_SI ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO. Image Courtesy of Kunstsilo +8

Matthijs Ia Roi Wins Belgian Monument Competition with Museum of Hospitality

12:00 - 24 December, 2016
Matthijs Ia Roi Wins Belgian Monument Competition with Museum of Hospitality, Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi
Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi

London-based Dutch architect Matthijs Ia Roi has won the Belgian Monument Competition with his proposal, Museum of Hospitality, which will be built in Amersfoort, Netherlands

The museum will serve as a symbol of hospitality for refugees in the Netherlands and will compliment the neighboring World War I monument, which was a gift from Belgium in recognition of the Netherlands hosting Belgian soldiers during the war.

Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi Courtesy of Matthijs Ia Roi +9

Happy Holidays from the Architects (2016 Edition)

09:30 - 24 December, 2016

'Tis the season for offices from around the world to send us a bit of holiday cheer! See our favorites below (or check out our reader-submitted cards).

Here’s to a wonderful, architecture-filled 2017!

Happy Holidays from the ArchDaily team! 

Fairy Tales and Architecture: Places Journal Explores the Narrative of the Fantastical

07:00 - 24 December, 2016
Fairy Tales and Architecture: Places Journal Explores the Narrative of the Fantastical, Courtesy of Places Journal
Courtesy of Places Journal

Narrative has a powerful place in architecture, and some of the most enduring narratives come in the form of fairy tales. A recent series by Places Journal brings the two directly together, exploring “the intimate relationship between the domestic structures of fairy tales and the imaginative realm of architecture.” The curation team reflects this duality, with the diverse collection put together by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer. Read on for a quick look at four new additions to the series released by Places Journal this week.

Best Submissions to 2016 Architecture Holiday Card Challenge

10:05 - 23 December, 2016

Architects and students of architecture stereotypically never stop making, and their creative talents continue to flow irrespective of the holiday season. Our annual challenge is an unashamed way to channel the inventiveness, originality and artistry of our readers from around the world into that most humble of gifts: the holiday card. Out of the 200 submissions, these are 43 of our favorites.  

Featured gif by Rebecca Lou

Conceptual Monument Reveals Truth of Denmark's National Identity

06:00 - 23 December, 2016
Conceptual Monument Reveals Truth of Denmark's National Identity, Courtesy of Søjlerne
Courtesy of Søjlerne

The Pillars is a new monument in the heart of Copenhagen dedicated to informing the public through a combination of national data and artistic beauty. Inspired by other nationally recognized works such as the 10,000 Year Clock in Texas; Mount Rushmore in South Dakota; and the Fühlometer (Feel-o-Meter) in Lindau, Germany, The Pillars encourages both citizens and leaders to understand the facts of their national development. 

Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne Courtesy of Søjlerne +4

RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos

05:30 - 23 December, 2016
RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon Reveal a Monumental Tribute to the Dutch Delta Works in Waterloopbos, © RAAAF
© RAAAF

Amsterdam-based Rietveld-Architecture-Art-Affordances (RAAAF) and Atelier de Lyon have revealed designs to reimagine one of The Netherland's monumental "tribute[s] to the majesty, and seemingly indestructible power, of the Dutch Delta Works." The works themselves—a network of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees and storm surge barriers in South Holland—have collectively been described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Deltawerk 1:1 is an intervention examining the practice of the preservation of cultural heritage by inserting a new structure within Waterloopbos, the former Dutch Hydrodynamics Laboratory.

© RAAAF © RAAAF © RAAAF © RAAAF +7