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10 Fashion Collections Inspired by Mexican Architect Luis Barragán

08:00 - 26 October, 2016

Wall thickness, color, scale, solar dynamic, spaces built with a subtle metaphor immersed around the meaning of life, seem to be elements immersed in all of Luis Barragán's architecture. Elements of an enduring legacy, away from the ephemeral world of fashion, textiles and haute couture; however, it’s the search for the heightening of the senses, present in the architecture of Barragán, that inspired designers to put the name of the architect on catwalks and the world of apparel. 

Transcending his architecture to a particular line of design, major firms in the textile industry have used the mystical language of Barragán. A language in which fashion manages to live a furtive beauty in geometry, color, texture, but especially a totally emotional search. 

Check out 10 labels whose collections have been partially inspired by Barragán's work and ideas .

Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building

06:00 - 26 October, 2016
Danish Firms Unveil New University of Bergen Energy and Technology Building, Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus
Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus

Danish firm Arkitema Architects, in collaboration with Arkitektgruppen Cubus, has won the competition to design a new Life Science building—called EnTek—at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway. As an Energy and Technology building, the project is designed to ensure collaboration between UiB’s faculty and the energy and technology industry. 

The 17,500-square-meter building will become a southern gateway to the university, connecting the school to the city via a new street that will also become a central meeting point for both researchers and citizens.

Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus Courtesy of Arkitema Architects & Arkitektgruppen Cubus +17

CEMEX Building Award Finalists 2016 International Edition

17:30 - 25 October, 2016
CEMEX Building Award Finalists 2016 International Edition

For the International Edition of the CEMEX Building Award 2016, 62 finalists from 20 different countries in North America, South America, Asia and Africa will compete in 5 main categories and and 4 special prize categories. The award, given by CEMEX— the Mexican multinational building materials company—recognizes the best architecture and construction projects that highlight innovation aesthetic and constructive uses of concrete. 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil's Golden Lion

16:00 - 25 October, 2016
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil's Golden Lion, © Romullo Baratto
© Romullo Baratto

- Do you know who I'm presenting the conference with this afternoon?
- Of course I do. Paulo, one of the best architects in Brazil.
- For me, the best worldwide.

I heard by chance this conversation between Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker Prize, and Joanna Helm, our Content Director from ArchDaily Brazil, in the gardens of Ibirapuera Park, as I waited to enter the auditorium for the activities of X Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (X BIAU). In that same afternoon, a small crowd occupied all the seats to watch and hear Souto de Moura and Paulo Mendes da Rocha sharing the stage.

Two Buildings by Renzo Piano Near Completion at Columbia University's New Manhattanville Campus

15:01 - 25 October, 2016
Two Buildings by Renzo Piano Near Completion at Columbia University's New Manhattanville Campus, Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman
Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman

The first stage of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus, consisting of two buildings by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is nearly complete, with a move-in and grand opening slated for spring 2017.

The Piano-designed Jerome L Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts are the first two buildings to be completed within the larger campus masterplan, conceived by Piano in collaboration with SOM, that will eventually encompass nearly 19-acres between 125th and 133rd streets in northwestern Manhattan.

Jerome L. Greene Science Center, seen from the southeast. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center, seen from the 125th Street #1 train subway platform. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center: Collabora- tive meeting spaces and open-air staircases that connect two  oors. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center: Double-height meeting and interactive spaces. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman +13

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

13:59 - 25 October, 2016
Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence
Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as "Paulista Brutalism" that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

JDS Architects’ Maison Stéphane Hessel Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

12:00 - 25 October, 2016
JDS Architects’ Maison Stéphane Hessel Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

In this latest photoset, photographer Laurian Ghinitiou turns his lens toward JDS Architects’ Maison Stéphane Hessel, a recently-completed, competition-winning mixed-use building in Lille, France. Containing space for a 70-cradle nursery, a 200-bed youth hostel and an office for socioeconomic innovation, the expressively playful building has been designed to respond to the three stages of human growth, from birth, through adolescence and into adulthood. The building volume lifts at its entrances to create public space and invite the entire community to use the building as a retreat from the bustling city, while inside, carved spaces with built-in, soft-edged furniture provide the ideal setting for learning and development.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +34

Heathrow Illustrations Envision the Future of Sustainable Airports

08:00 - 25 October, 2016

Alongside designer Paul Tinker and developer Esteban Almiron, UK-based illustrator Sam Chivers has created a series of animations visualizing the sustainable development of airports for a recent Guardian piece. The animations, which describe the topics of transport, alternative energy, noise reduction, airport terminal design, biodiversity, and fuel efficiency, capture the passage of time from morning to evening in Heathrow Airport in London.

Courtesy of Sam Chivers Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of Unknown +11

Architecture Research Office Selected to Renovate Philip Johnson-Designed Rothko Chapel

16:00 - 24 October, 2016
© Chad Kleitsch
© Chad Kleitsch

New York’s Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to lead in the renovation and master planning of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. The project aims to modernize and improve the renowned structure, which houses 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko in an interior space designed to meet the artist’s precise specifications, and its surrounding plaza and reflecting pool. The original building was largely designed by Rothko himself, with consult from a trio of architects including Philip Johnson.

Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design

14:00 - 24 October, 2016
Tom Wiscombe Architecture's Sculptural Belltower Wins Competition for Sunset Strip Billboard Design, Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture

The team led by Tom Wiscombe Architecture has been selected as the winner of the Sunset Spectacular Billboard Competition, which tasked firms to design a multi-dimensional, kinetic billboard to “bring creativity and originality back to the Sunset Strip.”

Triumphing over finalist proposals from Gensler, TAIT Towers Inc. and Zaha Hadid Architects, the winning design, titled “West Hollywood Belltower,” draws from West Hollywood’s unique history and relationship with the billboard, and builds on its evolution from 2-dimensional sign to 3-dimensional icon-object.

Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture Courtesy of Tom Wiscombe Architecture +13

"Vertical Walking" Prototype Aims to Replace the Stair

12:00 - 24 October, 2016
"Vertical Walking" Prototype Aims to Replace the Stair, Vertical Walking movement. Image © Rombout Frieling Lab
Vertical Walking movement. Image © Rombout Frieling Lab

Vertical Walking, an experimental prototype by Rombout Frieling Lab designed "to move ourselves between floors in a building," exploits the potential of the human body, materials and intelligent design to require less than 10% of the effort required by taking a flight of stairs – and without the need for any sort of ancillary power supply. The ultimate aim of the designers is to allow people to "move harmoniously through our vertical habitats of the future."

OMA's Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen Slated to Open in 2017

10:15 - 24 October, 2016
OMA's Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen Slated to Open in 2017, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

The official opening date for Caen's new public library, designed by Rotterdam-based practice OMA, has been slated for January 13, 2017. The Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville will serve as the main library for the metropolitan region of Caen la Mer (in Normandy, France), with 12,000sqm of freely accessible multimedia space. Positioned on the tip of a peninsula that extends from the city to the English Channel, the site is part of a larger area of redevelopment. The ambition is for the library to become "a new civic center" for the city.

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault Axonometric +10

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Oasis-Inspired Cultural Center in Saudi Arabia

09:35 - 24 October, 2016

Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition for the design of the Urban Heritage Museum Administration Centre in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The center will serve as the head office of the Heritage Museum, an educational institution established to preserve the historic UNESCO world heritage sites of Diriyah and the surrounding Wadi Hanifah valley.

© Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Methanoia. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects +5

Half A House Builds A Whole Community: Elemental’s Controversial Social Housing

07:00 - 24 October, 2016
Half A House Builds A Whole Community: Elemental’s Controversial Social Housing, Villa Verde in Constitución, Chile by Elemental. Image via 99 Percent Invisible
Villa Verde in Constitución, Chile by Elemental. Image via 99 Percent Invisible

In Chile, a middle-class family may inhabit a house of around 80 square meters, whereas a low-income family might be lucky enough to inhabit 40 square meters. They can’t afford a large “good” house, and are henceforth often left with smaller homes or building blocks; but why not give them half a “good” house, instead of a finished small house? In the 1970s a professor by the name John F.C. Turner, teaching at a new masters program at MIT called “Urban Settlement Design In Developing Countries”, developed an idea surrounding the concept that people can build for themselves. 99% Invisible has covered a story, produced by Sam Greenspan, on how this idea has evolved, and what it has turned into: Half A House.  

Villa Verde expansion under construction. Image via 99 Percent Invisible Quinta Monroy project in Iquique, Chile by Elemental. Image via 99 Percent Invisible Villa Verde build-out in progress. Image via 99 Percent Invisible Dronve view of Villa Verde in Constitución, Chile by Elemental. Image via 99 Percent Invisible +5

AA Summer DLAB Program Applies Computational Design to Concrete

06:00 - 24 October, 2016

Update: We've added a video of the process to the article!

This year's Architectural Association (AA) Summer DLAB program culminated in Weave.X, the final working prototype of three-dimensionally interwoven concrete structures. Designed and fabricated by 21 participants from 11 countries in July and August, the prototype explores computational design, geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic fabrication as applied to concrete and robotic rod-bending techniques. The result is a network of self-supporting concrete branches that envelop an amorphous enclosure.

© Architectural Association © Architectural Association © Architectural Association © Architectural Association +12

UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016

16:00 - 23 October, 2016
UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

Three new sessions have been announced for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF), held from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany. Adding to the impressive list of speakers at the event will be Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, who will lecture on “Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive”; Carlos Zedillo of Infonavit discussing “Architect as instigator”; and Qutub Mandviwala, MQA, who will present on “Housing and cultural difference.”

Said Ben van Berkel about the event: “It is essential to understand that ‘housing for everyone’ is not simply a matter of providing homes for all, it is also a question of what the home of the future should be; how we can meet the demands of all future residents and provide housing that fulfils their varied and changing needs.”

Sin City Embellishment: Expressive or Kitsch?

12:00 - 23 October, 2016
Sin City Embellishment: Expressive or Kitsch?, Randy’s Donuts shop and sign (a “decorated shed”) by Extra Medium (CC BY 2.0). Image via 99 Percent Invisible
Randy’s Donuts shop and sign (a “decorated shed”) by Extra Medium (CC BY 2.0). Image via 99 Percent Invisible

Though the Las Vegas Strip may be garish to some, with its borderline intrusive décor and “pseudo-historical” architecture, some professional architects, most notably Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown, have become captivated by the “ornamental-symbolic elements” the buildings present. The two architects developed the curious design distinction between a “duck” and a “decorated shed”, depending on the building’s decorative form. In his essay for 99% Invisible, Lessons from Sin City: The Architecture of “Ducks” versus “Decorated Sheds”, Kurt Kohlstedt explores how the architects implemented their knowledge of ornamentation in their own works and began an architectural debate still ongoing today.  

Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi featuring playful and non-structural ornamentation. Image via 99 Percent Invisible Longaberger Basket Building image by Barry Haynes (CC BY-SA 3.0). Image via 99 Percent Invisible Guild House by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Image via 99 Percent Invisible “Duck” versus “decorated shed, with Big Duck in Long Island (upper right). Image via 99 Percent Invisible +5

Spotlight: Paul Rudolph

08:00 - 23 October, 2016
Spotlight: Paul Rudolph, University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth. Image Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth

One of the United States' leading architects of the Modernist era, Paul Marvin Rudolph (October 23, 1918 – August 8, 1997) was known for his contributions to modernism throughout the latter half of the 20th century. He served as the Chair of Yale University’s School of Architecture for six years and famously designed the Yale Art and Architecture Building, one of the earliest examples of Brutalist architecture in the United States.

CITIC Pacific High-Rise Development in Shanghai Beautifully Combines Natural With The Artificial

16:00 - 22 October, 2016
CITIC Pacific High-Rise Development in Shanghai Beautifully Combines Natural With The Artificial , Courtesy of EID
Courtesy of EID

EID Architecture looks to the traditional side of Shanghai when designing CITIC Pacific's high-rise residential neighborhood. The Shanghai downtown area will see six new residential towers and amenities through the development.

Designs for the building encourage social interactions through its amenities, which include leisure facilities, a spa, meeting and conference spaces, and roof gardens overhead. Undulating terraces on the top of each building promote a sense of community in addition to responding to the site's preservation of sunlight.

Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID +32

Montreal's Oldest and Most Important Square to be Redesigned by Nippaysage

14:00 - 22 October, 2016
Montreal's Oldest and Most Important Square to be Redesigned by Nippaysage , Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE
Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE

Viger Square, Montreal's first large square, is getting a makeover. The redevelopment project is being led by landscape architects NIPPAYSAGE, which will begin the first phase of redesign in 2017. 

Historically, the 30,000 square foot center has always contributed to the liveliness of the city, and it was the largest square in Canada in the 19th century. Now coinciding with the adjacent redevelopment of retail and office spaces at the Viger Hotel, the city hopes for a major revitalization of the area. 

Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE Courtesy of NIPPAYSAGE +33

White Arkitekter A/S Designs Sea-Based WWII Memorial with Moving "Tides"

12:00 - 22 October, 2016
White Arkitekter A/S Designs Sea-Based WWII Memorial with Moving "Tides", Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S
Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S

White Arkitekter A/S has revealed its plans for Arven fra Havet, or Legacy of the Sea, a World War II memorial to be built at the Mindelunden site in Ryvangen, Denmark. Arven fa Havet will honor the 2,000 Danish sailors and more than 800 Danes who died in merchant ships serving the Allies, and in Operation Overlord, respectively. 

Currently, the Mindelunden site is a graveyard bound on one side with dense bushes and trees. With the new memorial, the site will be better framed by creating a symmetrical boundary, mimicking the proportions of the low tombs, but at a larger scale to represent the common grave of all sailors, the sea.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S Courtesy of White Arkitekter A/S +10

This New Code Ensures Buildings Designs are Internet Optimized

09:30 - 22 October, 2016
This New Code Ensures Buildings Designs are Internet Optimized, Wired Certified Platinum - Willis Tower, Chicago, US
Wired Certified Platinum - Willis Tower, Chicago, US

When looking at a building, how good its internet is, is probably not one’s first thought. But for the tenants and companies inside it, it’s a key building service that they rely on daily.

As Arie Barendrecht explains, “it’s vital to tenants of buildings and critical to attracting and maintaining new tenants – it’s a non-negotiable design component."

Barendrecht is the co-founder and CEO of WiredScore, a company that ranks commercial buildings on their connectivity. Beginning in New York, the company has provided wired certification to over 300 buildings in the city, with further operations across several other US cities as well as London and Manchester in the UK. The company’s work is instrumental in showing architects how their designs need to prepare for the 21st century and acknowledging those that already do.

Spotlight: Peter Cook

08:00 - 22 October, 2016
Spotlight: Peter Cook, Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook
Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook

As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde neo-futurist architecture group of the 1960s, the British architect, professor, and writer Sir Peter Cook (born 22 October 1936) has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today.

Adjaye Associates Selected for San Francisco Shipyard Redesign

16:00 - 21 October, 2016
Adjaye Associates Selected for San Francisco Shipyard Redesign, San Francisco Shipyard. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
San Francisco Shipyard. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has been announced as the firm that will serve as masterplan architect and creative director for the second phase of revitalization of the San Francisco Shipyard, the waterfront neighborhood located at Hunter’s Point along the San Francisco Bay.

The project, developed by FivePoint Holdings, is envisioned as a state-of-the-art commercial district containing offices, labs, research facilities and housing, and will feature a mix of reclaimed heritage buildings and new constructions. The plan will center around acres of public spaces and sports grounds.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with FivePoint to explore ways to reinvigorate this site’s unique infrastructure for the 21st Century,” said David Adjaye, firm principal. “This is a project with incredible transformative potential; to be given the opportunity to contribute to San Francisco’s urban fabric in such a significant way is a true honor.”