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Architecture Takes Center Stage With Google Earth Relaunch

10:00 - 18 April, 2017

Google Earth is no longer a clunky, data-intensive desktop or mobile application. As of today, one of the tech-giant's flagship (and unrivalled) products has been relaunched as a widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. This means that anyone can now access the full Google Earth product, free of charge, without having to install software or download mobile applications.

2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 18 April, 2017
2017 American Architecture Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards
Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards

79 shortlisted buildings have been selected as winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards, which honor the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the United States and abroad, and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States.

The Awards, hosted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, were juried by a group of Greek architects, who chose from 300 buildings and urban planning projects.

The winners of the 2017 American Architecture Awards are:

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM; Los Angeles, California / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards UNIVERSITY OF IOWA VISUAL ARTS BUILDING; Iowa City, Iowa / Steven Holl Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards MICHIGAN LAKE HOUSE; Leelanau County, Michigan / Desai Chia Architecture. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards GEMMA OBSERVATORY; Southern New Hampshire / Anmahian Winton Architects. Image Courtesy of The American Architecture Awards +26

Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

06:00 - 18 April, 2017
Spotlight: Jan Kaplický, Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/bs0u10e0/6837495909'>Flickr user Bs0u10e0</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably-named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord's Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

Look Inside a Collection of Seoul-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Felix Nybergh

04:00 - 18 April, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Seoul-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin and Felix Nybergh, UnSangDong Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh
UnSangDong Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin, in cooperation with Felix Nybergh, has recently completed the fourth collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Seoul. Following Goodwin's unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki), his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, and his lens on a collection of Beijing-based studios, he and Nybergh have now turned their attention to the rich architectural scene of the South Korean capital.

Moonbalsso. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh Hyunjoon Yoo Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh IROJE architects & planners. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh designcamp moonpark dmp. Image © Marc Goodwin / Felix Nybergh +30

The Best Art & Architecture Installations of Coachella 2017

16:00 - 17 April, 2017

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Spring is finally here, which means over 100,000 people are making the trip to the California desert for the 2017 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In addition to the top-billed musicians, the event has become known as a showcase for some of the best up-and-coming artists, designers and architects to work on a large-scale, instagram-friendly scene.

With the first weekend now in the books, we’ve rounded up some of the best art/architecture installations from this year’s festival.

AIA Pushes for Elimination of “Intern” Title for Young Architects

14:10 - 17 April, 2017
AIA Pushes for Elimination of “Intern” Title for Young Architects, © Jim Richards
© Jim Richards

For recent architecture school graduates setting off on their careers for the first time, being referred to by the traditional title of “intern” can feel a little trivializing – as a full-time employee with a completed degree and real responsibilities, the title does little to capture a new hire’s true role within the firm.

Cognizant of this discrepancy, the AIA is now taking steps to eliminate the use of ‘intern,’ a term grandfathered in from the days of architectural apprenticeships and more linear paths through the architectural profession.

John Pawson and Hiroshi Senju Selected as Recipients of the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award

12:00 - 17 April, 2017
Interior Remodeling of St. Moritz Church / John Pawson. Image © Hufton+Crow
Interior Remodeling of St. Moritz Church / John Pawson. Image © Hufton+Crow

The Noguchi Museum has selected architect John Pawson and painter Hiroshi Senju as the recipients of the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award. Now in its fourth year, the annual award was established to honor individuals who “share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and commitment to East/West cultural exchange.”

The award is presented each year to one architect and one artist or designer, honoring the multi-faceted career of artist/architect Isamu Noguchi. Previous winners of the award have included Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman in 2016; architect Yoshio Taniguchi and industrial designer Jasper Morrison (2015); and winners of the inaugural award, Norman Foster and artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (2014).

This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines

06:00 - 17 April, 2017
This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines, Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

In celebration of the inaugural Melbourne Design Week, which took place in March 2017, Chilean design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) presented their Catenary Pottery Printer, aimed at exploring the boundaries between digital and analog machines. Throughout the design festival, local designers and students used the pottery printer to create their own custom works, with visitors welcomed to watch the craft in action.

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria +13

Study Determines That This is (Probably) What Andrea Palladio Looked Like

04:00 - 17 April, 2017
Study Determines That This is (Probably) What Andrea Palladio Looked Like, Left: seemingly accurate portrait of Palladio purchased at an antiques store in New Jersey, USA. Right: seemingly accurate portrait of Palladio in a private collection in Moscow, Russia. Image via The New York Times / Palladio Museum
Left: seemingly accurate portrait of Palladio purchased at an antiques store in New Jersey, USA. Right: seemingly accurate portrait of Palladio in a private collection in Moscow, Russia. Image via The New York Times / Palladio Museum

In today's culture of narcissism and celebrity it's an assumed expectation that faces can be put to names. Even in 16th Century Europe, the large majority of notable persons had a likeness made of themselves and displayed for posterity – save for architects, it seems. Take, for instance, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) – the Renaissance style-setter and author of the groundbreaking treatise The Four Books on Architecture, the seminal text of which inspired the likes of Thomas Jefferson. If challenged, could you easily put a face to Palladio's name? There is no accurate, agreed-upon "official" portrait of the architect – until now, that is.

Vertical Village - SOM Leads Design of Major Mixed-Use District in Bangkok

16:00 - 16 April, 2017
Vertical Village - SOM Leads Design of Major Mixed-Use District in Bangkok, One Bangkok will provide retail, hotels, offices, as well as homes for 60,000 people. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain
One Bangkok will provide retail, hotels, offices, as well as homes for 60,000 people. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain

Chicago-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for One Bangkok, a new 16Ha mixed-use development in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Working in collaboration with architects, engineers, sustainability experts and landscape architects, both local and international, SOM seeks to create the single largest private-sector development in Thailand to date - a vertical village providing homes and places of work for an estimated 60,000 people. Through One Bangkok, SOM challenged themselves to translate the vibrancy and energy of Bangkok's neighborhoods into a vertical environment, whilst promoting a 'sense of place' and district-level sustainability. 

One Bangkok will provide retail, hotels, offices, as well as homes for 60,000 people. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain Situated adjacent to Lumphini Park, the scheme offers 8Ha of public space. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain Streetscapes, public plazas and greenspaces all contribute to a welcoming sense of place. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain A variety of towers will feature individual identities such as green terraces and sky gardens. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain +4

Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House

14:00 - 16 April, 2017
Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House, © Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua

© Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua +7

The Eames are mainly known for their furniture and their house in Pacific Palisades, which they also used as an office. Few people are aware of the Max and Esther De Pree House, a rare venture into residential architecture by the Eames.

First House Designed by Gaudí to Open as Museum

08:00 - 16 April, 2017
First House Designed by Gaudí to Open as Museum, Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

It has been confirmed that the museum opening date for the Casa Vicens in Barcelona has been rescheduled for the second half of 2017. Originally scheduled for the second half of 2016, the reopening of Gaudi's first house was not able to be completed due to the complicated and labor intensive renovations. This will be the first time the house, declared World Heritage site, will be open to the public without it being a residential or private space.

The Casa Vicens, located on 24 Carolines Street, was the first house ever designed by Antoni Gaudí. In 1883 Manel Vicens, promoter of the project, commissioned the architect to build what would be his summer home. At that time Gràcia, now a cosmopolitan neighborhood, was a separate town. Therefore, the project did not contemplate the possibility of other buildings being built around it, and so to this day, it remains a completely freestanding building in a neighborhood characterized by its compact character, narrow streets, and high density of population.

Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 +5

SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation

16:00 - 15 April, 2017
SUTD Professors Bring Parametric Design To Light in Illuminated 3D Printed Installation, © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon
© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon

A luminous tetrahedral mesh spanning 10 meters, (Ultra) Light Network is the latest 3D printed innovation achieved by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Professors Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon, who were also behind this mesh pavilion last year. Displayed at this year’s iLight Marina Bay in Singapore, the interactive light sculpture is an exploration of how full-scale 3D printed components can create a system to “address not only structural requirements but also power transmission, and information communication within a seamless and continuous aesthetic.” 

Suspended over its visitors, the display engages the public through responses to their movements below, controlled by over 50,000 distinct LED pixels and their parent algorithm. This is made possible through five Teensy microcontrollers, working in conjunction with three ultrasonic sensors at the base of the structure, resulting in a lively and illuminating experience. 

© SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon © SUTD: Felix Raspall and Carlos Banon +18

NO ARCHITECTURE Emphasizes Urban Sustainability and Interaction with Alternative Residential Towers in China

14:00 - 15 April, 2017
NO ARCHITECTURE Emphasizes Urban Sustainability and Interaction with Alternative Residential Towers in China, © NO ARCHITECTURE
© NO ARCHITECTURE

One of the great ironies of modern urban life is the underlying disconnect that exists amongst us global citizens, despite living and functioning within such dense and close proximities. In order to address this issue in the context of China’s urban landscape, New York firm NO ARCHITECTURE has proposed two alternatives to the typical high-rise – two vertical residential typologies that feature a combination of courtyards, terraces, and gardens, and could be located in a wide variety of cities.

“Conceived around a series of cascading shared walls, ventilated courtyards, stepped terraces, and wind towers, these new vertical organizations re-connect urban living to nature, suggesting how we can live in close proximity today and can continue to do so sustainably for generations to come,” explained the architects.

© NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE © NO ARCHITECTURE +7

Speculative Project Seeks to Take Advantage of NYC Air Rights for Affordable Housing

12:00 - 15 April, 2017
Speculative Project Seeks to Take Advantage of NYC Air Rights for Affordable Housing, Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee
Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee

Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee of Atelier L have unveiled their speculative project, Instant City: Living Air-Right, which proposes that affordable housing and public programs be built in the air rights of existing buildings in New York City. 

As a response to the lack of home ownership in the city, the project aims to provide living space, as well as to foster community in an overlooked space.

Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee Courtesy of Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee +8

Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

08:00 - 15 April, 2017
Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award , © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric Pelletier architectes, the library is situated in the city’s Saint-Laurent district, and received the distinction as an example of “buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.”

"The library offers a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces throughout, maximizing daylight and views and the use of natural elements, such as wood, to create an environment that contributes to health and wellbeing,” said the jury. “Their approach to high-performance building through whole systems design and strategy has resulted in an impressive achievement.”

© Doublespace Photography © YienChaoHR © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +10

Hyperloop One Releases Map of 11 Proposed US Systems

14:00 - 14 April, 2017
Hyperloop One Releases Map of 11 Proposed US Systems, Courtesy of Hyperloop One
Courtesy of Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One has revealed the results of the second round of the Hyperloop Global Challenge, which is seeking proposals for future routes for their vacuum-powered transportation system. The semifinalists include 11 different routes connecting various major American cities. Check them out below.

Shortlist Announced for 2017 RIBA London Awards

11:30 - 14 April, 2017
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

A total of 85 buildings from the British capital have been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA London Awards, including projects from Wilkinson Eyre, AHMM, Allies and Morrison, Herzog & de Meuron, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All 85  buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, before the regional winners are selected in June of this year. Winning projects will continue on to compete for the RIBA Stirling Prize - the UK's highest honor for architecture.

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich

08:00 - 14 April, 2017
Hollwich Kushner Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Business District in Munich, Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien
Hollwich Kushner design . Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien

Renderings have been released for Hollwich Kushner’s first European project – Die Macherei, a new mixed-use business district based in Munich. Designed by the New York firm in collaboration with local practices msm meyer schmitz-morkramer and OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten of Frankfurt/Cologne and Munich respectively, the financial hub will feature 64,000 square meters of rental space, bringing together offices, shops, dining experiences, a hotel and a gym.

“I could not be more excited to realize our first European project in my hometown. Designed not just as a series of buildings but as an exploration of the spaces between the buildings, Die Macherei is an innovative design for a 
new way of working and interacting, integrating social activity and behaviors to promote a sense of community,” expressed Matthias Holwich, principal at HWKN.

msm meyer schmitzmorkramer design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Hollwich Kushner design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten design. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Art-Invest Real Estate and Accumulata Immobilien +9

Six of the Best Spatial Installations at Salone del Mobile 2017

07:30 - 14 April, 2017
Six of the Best Spatial Installations at Salone del Mobile 2017, nendo. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
nendo. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

With the 2017 Salone del Mobile now behind us, photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has shared a collection of photographs from Milan Design Week. From housing prototypes to immersive "digital installations", the annual design show—which is often touted to be the fourth largest of any kind in the world—this year brought together a wide range of practitioners and design companies. In Milan, unusual collaborations are the order of the day.

SO-IL. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu COS × Studio Swine. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu SO-IL. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu DS+R. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +58

Spotlight: Peter Behrens

06:00 - 14 April, 2017
Spotlight: Peter Behrens, The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin_AEG_Turbinenfabrik.jpg'>Wikimedia user Doris Antony</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
The AEG Turbine Factory. Image © Wikimedia user Doris Antony licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

If asked to name buildings by German architect and designer Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 – 27 February 1940), few people would be able to answer with anything other than his AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin. His style was not one that lends itself easily to canonization; indeed, even the Turbine Factory itself is difficult to appreciate without an understanding of its historical context. Despite this, Behrens' achievements are not to be underestimated, and his importance to the development of architecture might best be understood by looking at three young architects who worked in his studio around 1910: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals List of 6 Community Anchor Sites to Encourage City Exploration

16:00 - 13 April, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals List of 6 Community Anchor Sites to Encourage City Exploration, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced partnerships with six Chicago museums and institutions that will serve as “community anchor” sites during the event’s run from September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018. This selection of sites will play host to events, exhibitions and other programming surrounding the festival, in hopes of encouraging Biennial attendees to explore other parts of the city and experience a few of Chicago’s historic museums.

Easter Eggs for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)

14:00 - 13 April, 2017
Easter Eggs for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)

Year after year we are never disappointed by the witty, creative, and inspiring designs of ArchDaily readers from across the globe. From over 700 submissions, here are the most egg-celent!

AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017

13:15 - 13 April, 2017
AIA Names the Best Housing Projects of 2017, Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg
Pennsylvania Farmhouse; Lakewood, Pennsylvania / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © David Sundberg

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the fourteen projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Housing Awards. Now in its 17th year, the AIA’s Housing Awards program was established to recognize "the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life." Projects are awarded in four categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. 

The 2017 AIA Housing Award recipients include: