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Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction

00:00 - 7 August, 2014
Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction, Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography
Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography

After nearly eight years of design and construction, what will soon be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest building has entered into its final phase of construction. Designed by Gensler, the 632-meter (2,073 feet) spiraling Shanghai Tower is now set to be completed in 2015, becoming the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district.

In light of the tower reaching its final phase of construction, Marshall Strabala, the Chief Architect of the building, has unveiled new photos of the construction process. Enjoy these photos as well as a video interview with Strabala on the construction process after the break…

From Derelict Structure to Urban Cinema

01:00 - 6 August, 2014
From Derelict Structure to Urban Cinema, Courtesy of Assemble
Courtesy of Assemble

The Cineroleum, a self-initiated project built in 2010 by London based practice Assemble Studio, transformed a derelict petrol station into a "hand-built" cinema on one of capital's busiest roads. Aimed at raising awareness to the wider potential for reusing the 4,000 empty petrol stations across the UK for public use, the adapted structure on Clerkenwell Road was "enclosed by an ornate curtain" strung from the "roof of the petrol station's forecourt. Described as an "improvisation of the decadent interiors that greeted audiences during cinema’s golden age," classic infusions of cinematic iconography were integrated into a space built from only cheap, reclaimed or donated materials.

Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble Courtesy of Assemble +20

Atkins Designs Striking Office Complex in Guangzhou

00:00 - 6 August, 2014
Atkins Designs Striking Office Complex in Guangzhou, Courtesy of Atkins
Courtesy of Atkins

Design and engineering firm Atkins has been commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to design a series of new office buildings in Guanzhou. Their proposed design takes the form of three independent buildings, two of which form large, window-like structures. With a working title “Window of Guangzhou,” these buildings will commemorate the city’s history as the first Chinese port city opened to international trade along China’s legendary Silk Road.

Paris' Grande Arche to get €200 million Revamp

00:00 - 6 August, 2014
Paris' Grande Arche to get €200 million Revamp, © Pete Sieger
© Pete Sieger

The French government has announced that it is committing €200 million towards restoring the Grande Arche de la Défense, the 110m tall hollow cube which marks the Western end of Paris' Axe Historique. The arch was completed in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, however in its 25-year lifespan it has not fared well: an elevator scare in 2010 forced the rooftop facilities to close, and the area around the North tower has been closed to the public due to the risk of falling marble tiles. Studies conducted between 2004 and 2010 concluded that one in six of the facade tiles had been severely damaged by rain.

The €200 million investment will focus on the arch's Southern tower, where workers for the French ecology and housing ministries who occupy the space have complained of a lack of natural light and poor working conditions.

More on the Grande Arche's future after the break

How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller

00:00 - 6 August, 2014
How New Elevator Technology Will Allow Our Cities to Grow Even Taller, KONE UltraRope Elevator Shaft. Image Courtesy of Kone/Splash/Corbis
KONE UltraRope Elevator Shaft. Image Courtesy of Kone/Splash/Corbis

The sky is not always the limit when it comes to building vertically - rather, elevator technology is often the restricting factor when it comes to skyscraper height. With current technology, a single elevator can travel approximately 500m before the weight of the rope becomes unsupportable. This means that ascending a mile-high (1.6km) tower would require changing elevators up to 10 times. However, UltraRope, a recently unveiled technology by Finnish elevator manufacturer KONE, may change the heights of our cities. A new hoisting technology that will enable elevators to travel up to one kilometer, UltraRope doubles the distance that is currently possible.

Mies Foundation Website Features Full Exhibition Materials from "Made In Europe"

01:00 - 6 August, 2014
Mies Foundation Website Features Full Exhibition Materials from "Made In Europe" , © Italo Rondinella
© Italo Rondinella

If you didn't get to see "Made in Europe" -- the incredible exhibition presented by The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe -- during this year's Venice Biennale, you're in luck. Though the show officially closed on August 4th, the projects featured in exhibition can now be viewed online.

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives, NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski
NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

Each summer, the French cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte host Le Festival Des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture). These twin festivals seek to raise awareness about architecture among the public, and to give needed exposure to the work of up-and-coming designers. In the process, they also draw attention to previously unknown places in the two cities—in Montpellier, many of the private courtyards in the city are opened to the public specifically for the festival. In La Grande Motte, the exhibition weaves its way through the city center, a site designated as “Heritage of the 20th Century” due to the prevalence of works designed by architect Jean Balladur. This year’s festivals featured a total of 18 temporary installations. Read more about the festivals, and view photos, after the break.

Marion Moustey and Alex Arcens Onde Sensuelle- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Lea Corba and Nicolas Baudru's Sensualite Invisible- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Fakir's Sens Dessous Sen Dessous- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski +33

AD Interviews: Leong Leong, designers of US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
AD Interviews: Leong Leong, designers of US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

We sat down with Leong Leong Architecture, designers of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale to discuss their concept for OfficeUS. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture, Leong Leong was tasked with designing a temporary and multi-functional space for architectural practice and exhibition. The minimal, airy US Pavilion features over 1000 projects designed by American architects abroad, set amongst a functional office space.

IE School of Architecture and Design Announces SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

00:00 - 5 August, 2014
IE School of Architecture and Design Announces SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize

IE School of Architecture and Design announces IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION Prize for young architects and designers worldwide, seeking to attract top architecture and design talents to invite them to take part in the IE Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments starting next February 2015. 

Damien Hirst Receives Planning Permission for "Hirst-on-Sea"

00:00 - 5 August, 2014
Damien Hirst Receives Planning Permission for "Hirst-on-Sea", Proposed Rendering. Image Courtesy of NextCity
Proposed Rendering. Image Courtesy of NextCity

According to Will Doig of NextCity, world renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst has received planning permission to build a town from scratch on the British coastline. Working alongside Rundell Associates the project, which has been dubbed "Hirst-on-Sea" near the town of Ilfracombe, will consist of 75 affordable homes built over the next ten to fifteen years. Most famous for his 2007 diamond-studded skull entitled For the Love of God and, more ubiquitously, glass cases containing sharks and cows preserved in formaldehyde, Doig wonders that, "given Hirst’s history, it’s hard to imagine he’s not trying to make some sort of statement." Time will tell as to what that might be.

New Images Released of Krumbach, Austria's Famous Bus Stops

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
New Images Released of Krumbach, Austria's Famous Bus Stops, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

What happens when seven internationally acclaimed architects are invited to design sculptural bus stops for a tiny Austrian village of 1000 inhabitants? Collaborating with local architects and utilizing local materials to design the pavilions, Alexander Brodsky, Rintala Eggertsson, Ensamble Studio, Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Smiljan Radic, Sou Fujimoto, and Wang Shu's Amateur Architecture Studio worked with Austria's Verein Kultur Krumbach to carry out the BUS:STOP project and usher in a unique new facet of culture to Krumbach. We brought you images of the design proposals earlier, and now we have photos of the incredible results: Hufton + Crow has just released a stunning new set of images showcasing the completed bus stops. 

Hufton + Crow's brilliant photography captures the inimitable originality and sensational quality of the uniquely crafted pavilions embedded within the Austrian landscape. Immerse yourself in Krumbach and check out the latest images after the break.

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +31

Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance'

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance', © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Set in the bucolic fields of Csórompuszta in the Hungarian countryside, the annual Hello Wood camp was recently back for its fifth year. Every year, students have one week to create wooden installations under the instruction of specially selected tutors, each of whom provide an outline idea of a project in response to a theme. This time around the challenge from the organizers was to "play with balance," which generated ideas that investigated the balance between opposing concepts - but also generated a whole lot of play, too. See all 14 of the weird and wonderful results after the break.

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +41

AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
AIA Announces Winners of National Healthcare Design Awards, Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp
Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower / Perkins+Will. Image © James Steinkamp

The AIA has announced 8 projects as winners of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards, rewarding the best in medical architecture from built projects to research excellence. The 8 projects were selected in four categories: built (less than $25 million); built (more than $25 million); Unbuilt; and Innovations in Planning and Design Research.

The awarded projects come from locations throughout the US, as well as one project constructed for Haiti. Read on after the break to see all the winners.

Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine / SOM. Image ©  Eduard Huebrer | Archphoto GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) / MASS Design Group. Image © AIA Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute / Ballinger. Image © Peter Aaron / ESTO Legacy ER – Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO +16

WAF Unveils 2014 Festival Program

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
WAF Unveils 2014 Festival Program

With the World Architecture Festival (WAF) just around the corner, the festival's full program has been unveiled, featuring three days of fascinating talks, an impressive list of key-note speakers and networking opportunities. 

"Architects and the City" is the overarching theme for this year’s main conference sessions, and the talks will focus on the contributions architects can make to cities and how they affect – and are affected by – politics, infrastructure, planning communities and technology. Conference talks include “Greening the urban landscape: strategies for environmental urbanism,” “Question time- is ‘iconic’ architecture out of control?" and “Connecting the city; regenerating communities.”

The festival also features an impressive line-up of key note speakers, including Rocco Yim of Rocco Design Associates who will speak on his involvement in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and Richard Rogers who will speak candidly about his life as one of the most influential global figures in architecture and his future agenda. Moshe Safdie will close the Festival, looking back over his extensive career to talk exclusively about the defining moments that shaped its path.

More WAF program highlights after the break...

Top 300 US Architecture Firms

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
Top 300 US Architecture Firms, This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler
This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler

Architectural Record has released its annual list of the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States, based on architectural revenue from 2013. Gensler was the number one firm earning $883 million, with recent projects including Terminal 2 of Korea’s Incheon International Airport and the Shanghai Tower, which is set to be the world’s second tallest skyscraper.  CH2M Hill and AECOM Technology Corp came in second and third, respectively, switching places from the previous year.

See the top 50 firms after the break...

World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF, Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente
Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Fernando Forte of FGMF writes on behalf of Fran Parente

© Fran Parente HOT HOT Club / Estudio Guto Requena. Image © Fran Parente © Fran Parente Fidalga 727 / Sub Estudio. Image © Fran Parente +5

How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?, Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Imagine a material that shifts and moves according to the temperature of the outside air - like a flower opening up for sunlight and closing its petals at night. New high-tech smart materials have allowed this idea to thrive and the possibilities are endless. Originally posted on Design Curial, the designer and smart material guru Chris Leferti answers a few questions behind these mysterious materials.

There are many materials that are defining the future: renewable resources, completely new materials such as graphene, but one of the biggest and most fascinating groups -- that continues to grow -- is smart materials.

Find out more about these amazing materials after the break

World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan, Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The architect and architectural photographer Fernanado Guerra the studio FG+SG with his brother Sérgio Guerra in Portugal co-founded 15 years ago. Nowadays they are responsible for most of the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary architecture.

Fernando's remarkable work is honored in our celebration of the World Photo Day through the words of renowed brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, from studiomk27.

Casa em Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Museu Mimesis / Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai + Jun Sung Kim. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Centro de Alto Rendimento de Remo do Pocinho / Álvaro Fernandes Andrade. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Parque Natural do Fogo / OTO. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +5