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Chicago Announces Controversial Plans to Replace Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center with 115-Story Skyscraper

14:00 - 26 January, 2017
Chicago Announces Controversial Plans to Replace Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center with 115-Story Skyscraper , 115 story skyscraper that could replace the Thompson Center. Image © Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture. Via Crain's
115 story skyscraper that could replace the Thompson Center. Image © Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture. Via Crain's

Chicago may be about to receive a new supertall skyscraper in the heart of the Loop – but it would require the demolition of one of the city’s most polarizing buildings, the James R. Thompson Center, designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn.

Owned by the state, the postmodernist Thompson Center and its colorful glass atrium have been the subject of both criticism and adoration since its opening in 1985. But wear on the building throughout the years has led to an estimated maintenance bill of $326 million, prompting the state government to find ways to rid itself of the potentially crippling costs.

Helmut Jahn's Alternative Proposal. Image © JAHN. Via Crain's 115 story skyscraper that could replace the Thompson Center. Image © Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture. Via Crain's Thompson Center interior. Image © wikimedia user Tripp. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 Thompson Center from the street. Image © wikimedia user Primeromundo. Image released to public domain +5

Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016

12:00 - 26 January, 2017
Alvar Aalto Foundation Breaks All-Time Record for Number of Visitors in 2016, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Last year saw the Alvar Aalto Foundation experience a record-breaking number of visitors at each of its four sites – a total of 42,755 as opposed to the 36,744 people that toured the sites in 2015.

Of those numbers, The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Muuratsalo Experimental House in Jyväskylä received a total of 20,005 visitors combined, half of which had arrived from outside of Finland to explore the Museum, while also continuing the recent trend of an increasing number of visits over the past five years.

Want to Understand the Inner Workings of China's iPhone City? Start Here

08:00 - 26 January, 2017
Want to Understand the Inner Workings of China's iPhone City? Start Here, Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The New York Times has published an in-depth article entitled ‘How China Built iPhone City With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partners’, revealing a treasure chest of public benefits for the world’s biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China. In a city of six million inhabitants in an impoverished region of China, the local government has contributed $1.5 billion to Foxconn, Apple’s supplier of iPhones. The money is used, in part, to improve local infrastructure, reduce Foxconn's export costs, and build housing for the factory’s 350,000-strong workforce (five times the number of people employed directly by Apple in the United States).

Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zhengzhou Convention Centre © Flickr user josechugijon. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Foxconn manufactures the iPhone © Flickr user prachatai. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 iPhone City, Zhengzhou at night © Flickr user damien_thorne. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 +5

As Phyllis Lambert Turns 90, Exhibition Examining Her Impact and Influence Opens in Montréal

10:00 - 25 January, 2017
As Phyllis Lambert Turns 90, Exhibition Examining Her Impact and Influence Opens in Montréal, Phyllis Lambert, David Sharpe, Myron Goldsmith, Jin Hwan Kim, and an unidentified student at a Master Class Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology (1961). Image © Fonds Phyllis Lambert (CCA)
Phyllis Lambert, David Sharpe, Myron Goldsmith, Jin Hwan Kim, and an unidentified student at a Master Class Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology (1961). Image © Fonds Phyllis Lambert (CCA)

This week Phyllis Lambert, widely considered to be among the most influential figures in architecture, turned 90. Known primarily for founding the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in her hometown of Montrèal in 1979, she also acted as Director of Planning for the world-renowned Seagram Building in Manhattan (a tower commissioned by her family). The project is often cited as one of Mies van der Rohe's most important built works. As a practising architect, Lambert designed the Saidye Bronfman Centre (1967) – a performing arts center named after her mother.

Exterior of Saidye Bronfman Centre at night (1968). Courtesy of the Richard Nickel Committee, Chicago, Illinois. Image © Richard Nickel Composite photograph of Phyllis Lambert and David Fix in their Chicago studio (1970). Courtesy of the CCA. . Image © Pier Associates Seagram Building: view from northwest at dusk. Courtesy of the CCA. . Image © Ezra Stoller / Esto Phyllis Lambert and Gene Summers (1976). Courtesy of the CCA. . Image © Pier Associates +7

Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction

06:00 - 25 January, 2017
Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction, Waterfront. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects
Waterfront. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects

ADEPT Architects has won the commission to design a new masterplan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, a project that will become the largest singular urban development in the city for nearly 30 years. Based on a distorted grid structure, the design will reference both historic and modern parts of the city, and will encompass 54 hectares of mixed-use space.

Located on the [‘Buda’] bank of the Danube River, the Budapart masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighborhood rather than just another new modern development. The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighborhood an epicenter of its own, described the architects in a recent press release. 

The Distorted Grid. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Shifting Streets. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Overview. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Central Buda Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects +12

Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park

16:30 - 24 January, 2017
Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park, Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates
Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has named the winners of an international competition to redesign the city’s the Maharashtra Nature Park and the pedestrian/cyclist Bridge over the Mithi River. From 30 multi-discplinary teams from around the world, the expert jury selected a longlist of 8 teams, a 4-team shortlist, 2 finalists, and finally, an overall competition winner.

The winning team will now work with the MMRDA to develop their master plan to meet the environmental guidelines and construction regulations required to allow the project to be executed following approval from local authorities.

Morphosis Architects' U.S. Embassy in Beirut Gets 2023 Completion Date

14:20 - 24 January, 2017
Morphosis Architects' U.S. Embassy in Beirut Gets 2023 Completion Date, View of Beirut overlooking Bernard Khoury Architects'  B 018 . Image © Bernard Khoury Architects
View of Beirut overlooking Bernard Khoury Architects' B 018 . Image © Bernard Khoury Architects

The U.S. State Department is moving forward with plans for a new Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. After awarding the commission to California architects Morphosis in 2013, the government has now granted the construction contract to to B.L. Harbert of Birmingham, Alabama, willing allow the project to get underway.

SOM, LMN Architects Among Winners of AIA Urban Design Honor Awards

12:20 - 24 January, 2017
SOM, LMN Architects Among Winners of AIA Urban Design Honor Awards

In addition to the 18 architectural projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have also named 5 projects as winners of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design.

Architecture Students: Then Vs Now

08:00 - 24 January, 2017
Courtesy of The Leewardists
Courtesy of The Leewardists

To be certain, architecture students are required to perform a wide variety of skills to complete a project. But thanks to some guys named Gates and Jobs (among many others), we are now able to execute nearly all of our tasks on one magical machine: the computer. While things like sketching and model making will always be fundamental parts of our profession, the laborious task of hand drafting has already become the "walk to school uphill both ways" of architecture – that is, something most of us are happy to have moved on from.

Check out more of then vs. now below:

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

Ryugyong Hotel. Image © José Tomás Franco Robot Building. Image © José Tomás Franco CCTV Headquarters. Image © José Tomás Franco Cayan Tower. Image © José Tomás Franco +21

9 Visions for Lunar Colonies Selected as Winners in Moontopia Competition

16:15 - 23 January, 2017
9 Visions for Lunar Colonies Selected as Winners in Moontopia Competition, Moontopia Competition Winner - TEST LAB. Image Courtesy of Eleven-Magazine.com
Moontopia Competition Winner - TEST LAB. Image Courtesy of Eleven-Magazine.com

Eleven Magazine has announced the winners of the international design competition “Moontopia,” which asked architects to imagine a self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching and space tourism.

From a pool of proposals from hundreds of applicants worldwide, 9 schemes were selected by an expert jury including space-architects, academics and NASA designers as the winners of the competition. Check out the winning projects below.

New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus

14:00 - 23 January, 2017
New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

In this latest photoseries, architectural photographer Danica O. Kus takes her lens inside New York City’s SeaGlass Carousel, designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design with artist George Tsypin. Completed in summer 2015, the 2,575 square foot nautilus-shaped pavilion has become a new attraction within a Piet Oudolf-designed landscape in Battery Park, drawing in visitors with an immersive LED and audio experience inspired by bioluminescent organisms found deep within the ocean.

© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus +15

ArchDaily's 2017 Building of the Year Awards are Now Open for Nominations

08:55 - 23 January, 2017

2016 was a defining year for ArchDaily. The change and uncertainty around the globe which emerged during the past year allowed us to double down on our mission to provide information, knowledge, and tools to architects, leveling the access to architectural knowledge and enabling a more diverse, equitable profession. As part of this, we now have a renewed focus on data-driven decisions and crowdsourcing architecture's understanding of its own work. The flagship of this crowdsourcing effort has always been our annual Building of the Year awards.

Now, for the 8th consecutive year, we are tasking our readers with the responsibility of recognizing and rewarding the projects that are making an impact in the profession, with ArchDaily's 2017 Building of the Year Awards. By voting, you are part of an unbiased, distributed network of jurors and peers that has elevated the most relevant projects over the past seven years. Over the next two weeks, your collective intelligence will filter over 3,000 projects down to just 16 stand-outs—the best in each category on ArchDaily.

This is your chance to reward the architecture you love by nominating your favorite for the 2017 Building of the Year Awards!

Full rules after the break.

Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto

16:00 - 22 January, 2017
Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto, OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.
OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has selected firms Morphosis Architects, Teeple Architects, and Two Row Architect to manage the design and execution of the university’s new Creative City Campus (CCC) expansion project.

The project aims to extend and reinvigorate the campus core along McCaul Street in downtown Toronto and will include approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction, in addition to the renovation of 95,000 square feet of existing campus space.

Belsize Architects Creates Pavilion Residences for Oxford University Students

14:00 - 22 January, 2017
Belsize Architects Creates Pavilion Residences for Oxford University Students , Courtesy of Belsize Architects
Courtesy of Belsize Architects

Belsize Architects has released the plans for 6 Pavilions, a new student accommodation project that will form a part of the University College’s larger masterplan in north Oxford.  

To be built on the site of a Victorian residential home, the project will feature 30 units arranged within six pavilions around a central courtyard. Communal areas of the pavilions will be connected at the ground level.

Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects Courtesy of Belsize Architects +13

Ateliers 2/3/4/ Unveils Paris Garden Tower

12:00 - 22 January, 2017
Ateliers 2/3/4/ Unveils Paris Garden Tower, Courtesy of Ateliers 2/3/4/
Courtesy of Ateliers 2/3/4/

Ateliers 2/3/4/ has unveiled its design for Jardins de l’Arche Tower, a 200-meter-tall building in Nanterre La défense, Paris.

An effort to “extend the great historical axis of Paris,” the 65,000-square-meter tower will feature a series of hanging gardens around superimposed volumes.

Courtesy of Ateliers 2/3/4/ Courtesy of Ateliers 2/3/4/ Courtesy of Ateliers 2/3/4/ Ateliers 2/3/4/ Unveils Paris Garden Tower +10

CAAT Studio Transforms Bridge into Museum in Iran

16:00 - 21 January, 2017
CAAT Studio Transforms Bridge into Museum in Iran, Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO
Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO

CAAT STUDIO has unveiled Organizing the Forgotten Urban Spaces, a design that revitalizes the Mirdamad Bridge in Tehran, Iran through the creation of an open anthropology museum.

Developed by studying the existing 7-meter-high and 14.1-meter-wide bridge, the design focuses on improving the pedestrian nature of the space. For example, in order to address issues of noise under the bridge, the project utilizes an arch- and dome-like geometry to create “an acoustic mode in the roof […] and body,” along with covered pillars.

Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO Courtesy of CAAT STUDIO +10

Rafael Viñoly Adds to Miami's Luxury Residential Boom with New Tower Design

14:00 - 21 January, 2017
Rafael Viñoly Adds to Miami's Luxury Residential Boom with New Tower Design, Side View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties
Side View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties

Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, 'One River Point' is set to be the latest addition to Miami’s ever-growing luxury real estate market. Comprised of two 65-story-tall towers, the project is a mixed-use residential development situated along the Miami River, in the city’s downtown core. 

Front View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties Eagle Eye View. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties View from Waterfront. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties View of Palm Court and Waterfall. Image Courtesy of KAR Properties +14

Harvard Announces Free Online Architecture Course

11:00 - 21 January, 2017
Harvard Announces Free Online Architecture Course, The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office
The Trays at Harvard GSD. Image © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced a new, free online course entitled "The Architectural Imagination." Taught by the school's Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory K. Michael Hays alongside Professor of Architectural History Erika Naginski and G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology Antoine Picon, the course is advertised as "introductory" level and described as teaching "how to 'read' architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement." It will be delivered through edX, a platform for high-quality massive open online courses (MOOCs) which was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.

UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair

14:00 - 20 January, 2017
UNStudio Erects Pearlescent Structure at World's Leading Architectural Trade Fair, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Employing the latest in aluminum and metals innovation, Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have erected the ALPOLIC fair stand at BAU 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Emphasizing the inherent strength of the ultra-light material, the parametric design utilizes geometric principles to create a self-supporting semi-private stand for gathering and the display of products.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +16

Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line

12:00 - 20 January, 2017
Elizabeth Diller to Produce Opera for the High Line, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Continuing in her firm’s tradition of blurring the lines between architecture, art and environment, Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is producing an opera for the High Line. Dubbed the “Mile Long Opera,” the production will be set along New York’s new favorite attraction, which was designed by DS+R with James Corner and Piet Oudolf and opened to the public in 2009.

Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City

06:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dublin Rotating Bridge Proposal Aims to Catalyze the City, Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)
Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH)

A team composed of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) has won Director’s Choice Award in the AC-CA competition to design a contemporary footbridge in Dublin, Ireland. Entitled The Catalyst, the team’s proposal aims to become “a dynamic link which stimulates diverse urban activities and facilitates a spectacular cityscape.”

Designed around the idea of enhancing the surrounding Dockland neighborhood and Dublin as a whole, The Catalyst acts as both a physical link, as well as a new vantage point, encouraging passers-by to pause and reflect on the city.

Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) Courtesy of Feng Xue, Helen Chan, and Oscar Reyes (FOH) +12

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin +24

This Interactive Map Shows the World's Recent Migration Patterns

16:15 - 19 January, 2017

In our global society, the movement of humans from one country to another has had extraordinary impact, changing our perceptions through the the exchange of ideas and introduction of new cultures. This can be seen in the adoption of traditional architectural techniques in contemporary architecture, as well as in the dissemination of contrasting architectural philosophies such as the International Style and Critical Regionalism.

Now, in this new interactive map produced by Max Galka of Metrocosm, these movements have been tracked in a eye-catching, easy-to-read infographic.