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Construction Begins on World's Tallest Religious Building

12:00 - 6 December, 2016
Construction Begins on World's Tallest Religious Building, Courtesy of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, InGenious Studio
Courtesy of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, InGenious Studio

Construction is underway on a 700 foot (213 meter) tall Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh, India that, upon completion, will be the world’s tallest religious building. Designed by Indian firm InGenious Studio, the structure (named “Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir”) will surpass the Ulm Minster in Germany, the current tallest church at 530 feet (162 meters).

Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards Recognize 28 Projects from Around the Globe

09:30 - 6 December, 2016
Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards Recognize 28 Projects from Around the Globe

Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) reward the best religious architecture, design and art for religious spaces. In their 2016 awards, the jury recognized 28 projects across 10 categories, with almost half of the winners designed for sites outside of North America. Aside from this diversity of location, another trend in the awards was a tendency toward material honesty and simplicity. "Several jurors were impressed with how designers used an economy of means with simple, elegant materials to meet the needs of congregations," said Michael J Crosbie, editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, adding that "a reverence for natural materials was seen in many submissions, and in winning projects." Read on to see all 28 winners.

© Nathan Kirkman © Peter Moloney © Lucas Boyd and Chad Greenlee © Sadao Hotta +29

The Planners' Guide to Trees in the Urban Landscape

08:00 - 6 December, 2016
The Planners' Guide to Trees in the Urban Landscape, via www.tdag.org.uk
via www.tdag.org.uk

Tree and Design Action Group is a group that “shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations through better collaboration in the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces.”

“Trees make places look and feel better, as well as playing a role in climate proofing our neighborhoods and supporting human health and environmental well-being, trees can also help to create conditions for economic success.” The Trees in the Townscape guide presents a modern approach to urban forestry, providing officials and professionals with the principles and references needed to realize the potential of vegetation in urban areas.

This is an approach that keeps pace with and responds to the challenges of our times. “Trees in the Townscape offers a comprehensive set of 12 action-oriented principles which can be adapted to the unique context of [any] own town or city.” 

New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture

06:00 - 6 December, 2016
New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture, © Aedas
© Aedas

Novotown is China’s latest cultural and creative incubator, designed by Aedas as an iconic destination on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. Located just five minutes from Macau, the 120,000-square meter cultural and entertainment complex aims to straddle the roles of tourist destination and local icon. 

© Aedas © Aedas © Aedas © Aedas +5

The World's Most Instagrammed Cities and Architecture of 2016

16:00 - 5 December, 2016
The World's Most Instagrammed Cities and Architecture of 2016

In 2016, Instagram grew from popular picture viewing app to essential social media tool with over 300 million active users and 95 million photos and videos per day. A digital journal of sorts, the platform is now the best way to let your friends and followers know where you are, what you’re doing or what inspires you.

Our own instagram page, curated by our founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto, is a travel feed of fantastic architecture from around the world. But which places and buildings were Instagram users’ favorites this year? Check out the list of most geotagged cities, locations, museums and hotels below!

Call for Submissions: 2016 Holiday Card Challenge

14:00 - 5 December, 2016

It's that time of year again! At ArchDaily we clearly appreciate holiday cards with an architectural spin, and we want to see your card designs. Whether that involves a Paul Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, an ornament detail or even a gingerbread Villa Savoye, here's a chance to submit your own architectural holiday card to be hung above ArchDaily's digital mantle.

Wendell Burnette Architects Designs “Mirage” Hotel for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO Site

12:00 - 5 December, 2016
Wendell Burnette Architects Designs “Mirage” Hotel for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO Site, Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects
Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects

Wendell Burnette Architects has released images of their design for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO World Heritage Site, the MADA’IN SALEH or HEGRA south of Petra; which has recently been approved by The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage.

model images by Bill Timmerman Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects +21

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

06:00 - 5 December, 2016
Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi, Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok
Sesc Pompéia. Image © Pedro Kok

Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914 – March 20, 1992) was one of the most important and expressive architects of 20th century Brazilian architecture. Born in Italy as Lina Achillina Bo, she studied architecture at the University of Rome, moving to Milan after graduation. In Milan, Bo Bardi collaborated with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus. With her office destroyed in World War II Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

02:30 - 5 December, 2016
Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill, The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill
The Factory. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill (born 5 December 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved across decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

Death Masks From MIT Capture Your Dying Breath

16:00 - 4 December, 2016
Death Masks From MIT Capture Your Dying Breath, Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
Courtesy of MIT Media Lab

In the ancient world, traditional death masks were believed to strengthen and protect the soul of the dead as they progressed to the afterlife. It was this mythical notion of transition from death to new life that inspired Vespers, a collection of death masks from Neri Oxman and her team at MIT’s Mediated Matter Group

Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab Courtesy of MIT Media Lab +40

Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey

14:00 - 4 December, 2016
Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey , Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects
Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects

Ziya Imren Architects has released its plans for Re-Naturing the Kizilirmak in Turkey, a new eight-kilometer-long urban design project around the Kizilirmak River. As the longest inland river in Turkey, the Kizilirmak, also known as the Red River, “has been regarded as a hard edge to the city due to access and safety concerns.” After recent municipal advancements, many areas around the river have been opened to a design competition with the goal of integrating the riverfront into the existing city fabric.

Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects +28

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway

12:00 - 4 December, 2016
MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway, Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak
Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak have collaborated to create a feasibility study for Visjon Dokken, an idea for a 25-hectare urban development dock that could become a new center for “residential, business park, commute, and energy sufficient systems.”

Located in Bergen Harbor in Norway, the project would be the second largest development in the country and could house 3,500 dwellings and 8,000 workspaces, 37,000 square meters of public parks, as well as a connected walkway system and bicycle paths.

Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak +9

M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong

16:00 - 3 December, 2016
M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong, Courtesy of M CO Design
Courtesy of M CO Design

M CO Design has released its designs for “Dragon’s Link,” a new dragon-inspired, mixed-use infrastructure on the south side of Hong Kong Island “that will serve a large part of the community and will enhance a local historic monument,” the Tai Tam Dam, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming February. 

Drawing inspiration from local traditions and the natural topography of Hong Kong, the project will create new connections within an existing network of roads and hiking trails in Tai Tam Country Park in “a juxtaposition of old and new,” in order to improve user experience and infrastructure.

Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design +17

AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots

14:00 - 3 December, 2016
AL_A Creates Stackable Soccer Pitches for Unused Urban Lots , © AL_A
© AL_A

Architectural firm AL_A has unveiled its design for Pitch/Pitch, a series of 5-a-side soccer pitches designed for unused or temporarily vacant lots across London, as well as in other cities internationally. 

Created as a response to shortage of sport space in inner cities, the project is meant to be fast and easy to construct, “meaning it could be set up for a fortnight to coincide with a World Cup tournament, or last for a year, bringing use to vacant sites that might otherwise lie dormant.”

After working with Arup, the practice developed a modular system that utilizes a lightweight carbon-fiber structure, a material generally associated with the aerospace industry, but that is emerging architecturally at larger scales.

The Actual History Behind Yugoslavia's "Spomenik" Monuments

16:30 - 2 December, 2016
The Actual History Behind Yugoslavia's "Spomenik" Monuments, © Jonk
© Jonk

For many years, Yugoslavia’s futuristic “Spomenik” monuments were hidden from the majority of the world, shielded from the public eye by their remote locations within the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe. That is, until the late 2000s, when Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers began capturing the abstract sculptures and pavilions and posting his photographs to the internet. Not long after, the series had become a viral hit, enchanting the public with their otherworldly beauty. The photographs were shared by the gamut of media outlets (including ArchDaily), often attached to a brief, recycled intro describing the structures as monuments to World War II commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s.

This accepted narrative, however, may not be entirely accurate, as Owen Hatherley writes in this piece for the Calvert Journal. In the article, Hatherley explains the true origins of the spomenik, and how this misconception has affected the way we view the structures and the legacies of the events they memorialize.

Read the full piece at Calvert Journal, here.

Google Timelapse Shows the Rapid Expansion of the World’s Cities over 32 Years

12:00 - 2 December, 2016

Google Earth has released an update to its Timelapse feature, giving viewers a better look at the rapid expansion of the world’s urban areas between 1984 and 2016.

Originally released in 2013 in partnership with TIME and NASA, the update adds in four more years of data, as well as petabytes of imagery data from two new satellites, Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2, to provide clearer views of new developments and the recent effects of climate change on our natural environments.

These Sketching Tutorials Will Make You Want to Bust Out Your Moleskine Right Now

08:00 - 2 December, 2016

Even as architecture moves deeper into the digital realm, drafting and rendering by hand remains quintessential to the craft. The George Architect channel on YouTube—managed by Reza Asgaripour and Avdieienko Heorhii—aims to inspire both practitioners and fans of architecture by demonstrating new ways of depicting the built environment with impeccable style. Tune in to see how you can improve your own sketches. 

New Oslo Installation Reflects Norwegian Landscape in Miniature

06:00 - 2 December, 2016
© Frédéric Boudin
© Frédéric Boudin

In collaboration with Kistefos Museum, photographer Frédéric Boudin has captured Jeppe Hein's installation "Path of Silence," now permanently located in Jevnaker near Oslo. The sculpture is inspired by the topography of the Kistefos Sculpture Park, creating a conversation between the installation and its site by adapting the park's stepped slope and terraces to a freeform profile.

© Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin © Frédéric Boudin +35

Zaha Hadid-Designed Statuettes for BRIT Awards 2017 Unveiled

16:00 - 1 December, 2016

The designs of the Zaha Hadid-created statuettes to be handed out at this year’s BRIT Awards have been unveiled. One of Hadid’s final commissions before her death this March, the design consists of a family of 5 interrelated trophies take the form of abstracted female figures representing diversity. One of those family members, meant to represent Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, will be awarded to musicians for their victories in the BRIT Awards ceremony this February.

© Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Luke Hayes. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects +5

Open Call: Chief Curator for 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

13:57 - 1 December, 2016
Open Call: Chief Curator for 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale seeks a Chief Curator or Curatorial Team for its fifth international edition, to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from October to December 2019.

Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council

11:10 - 1 December, 2016
Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Abandoned After Rejection by City Council, © Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim
© Moreau Kusunoki Architectes / Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is abandoning plans for a museum in the Finnish capital after a proposal for funding was rejected by the Helsinki City Council, 53-32.

“We are disappointed that the Helsinki City Council has decided not to allocate funds for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum, in effect bringing this project to a close,” Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, told the Helsinki Times.

Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys: A Collaboration Between Humans and Rocks

09:30 - 1 December, 2016
Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys: A Collaboration Between Humans and Rocks,  © <a href='http://www.robwhitworth.co.uk/'> Rob Whitworth </a>
© Rob Whitworth

Fairy chimneys, also known as hoodoos or tent rocks, are spooky looking spires of rock that range from the height of an average person to over 40 meters. While recently on assignment creating one of his time-lapse videos for Turkish Airlines, photographer and filmmaker Rob Whitworth captured the fairy chimneys found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey in all their eerie charm.

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

08:00 - 1 December, 2016
6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease.

As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. 

Here we have six examples, some have already been completed, while a few are still under construction. To the surprise of some, most of the projects are in the US, which reflects that American designers are looking into further studying European transport policies. 

RIBA Announces 2016 House of the Year Finalists

06:00 - 1 December, 2016
RIBA Announces 2016 House of the Year Finalists, Antsy Plum / Coppin Dockray. Image © Katie Lock
Antsy Plum / Coppin Dockray. Image © Katie Lock

Last week, RIBA announced the first two homes shortlisted for this year's House of the Year Award: Antsy Plum by Coppin Dockray and Outhouse by Loyn & Co Architects. Antsy Plum is a 1960s modernist house located in Antsy, Wiltshire, renovated to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent; Outhouse, located in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, is a partly subterranean concrete structure on a sloped site.