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World Photo Day: Christian Richters by Francine Houben

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Christian Richters by Francine Houben, Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters
Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters

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, Francine Houben of Mecanoo writes on behalf of Christian Richters. 

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Christian Richters Cite du Design / LIN Architects. Image © Christian Richters Block 16 / René van Zuuk Architekten. Image © Christian Richters Roosendaal Pavillion / René van Zuuk Architekten. Image © Christian Richters +5

World Photo Day 2014

00:00 - 19 August, 2014

The role that photography plays in disseminating and even shaping architecture has long been under scrutiny, perhaps now more than ever as the effort required for anybody to snap a photo and share it worldwide has decreased to almost nothing.

With that in mind, we hoped to find out what it takes to create photos that really do justice to the architecture they depict. We asked architects to write a few words about the photographers they trust most to document their projects, and the response we got revealed not only architects' incredible gratitude toward their favorite photographers, but in many cases deep friendships and even collaborative relationships which drive both architect and photographer to greater heights.

Some of the photographers featured may be familiar to readers, such as Iwan Baan, Thomas Mayer or Roland Halbe; others may not. But what's certain is that without all of these talented photographers, architecture as we know it today - and this website - just wouldn't be the same. 

See all the World Photo Day Honorees here.

Al Jazeera's Rebel Architecture Series Premieres with Spain's "Guerrilla Architect"

01:00 - 19 August, 2014

Last night the first episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” was launched, featuring Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Based in Seville, Cirugeda reclaims abandoned urban spaces for the public, despite the fact that self-building is illegal in Spain. His buildings are often fast-build, mobile structures made from recycled materials, but the key is that they all serve a social function. In this 25-minute episode, Al Jazeera looks at his latest project: converting an abandoned cement factory into a vibrant cultural center. Will Cirugeda successfully complete his biggest challenge yet?

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and to learn more about the series and upcoming episodes...

World Photo Day: Iwan Baan by Steven Holl

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Iwan Baan by Steven Holl, Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao. Image © Iwan Baan
Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao. Image © Iwan Baan

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 15 architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Steven Holl writes on behalf of Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +5

World Photo Day: Sergio Pirrone by WMR Arquitectos

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Sergio Pirrone by WMR Arquitectos, Till House / WMR Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Pirrone
Till House / WMR Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Pirrone

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, WMR Arquitectos writes on behalf of Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +5

World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell, School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

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, Richard Hassell of WOHA writes on behalf of Patrick Bingham-Hall. 

48 North Canal Road / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Nest House / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall +5

World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer

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, Emre Arolat writes on behalf of Thomas Mayer

Zollverein School, Essen, Germany, SANAA 2006. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer +5

Sefaira Announces Real-Time Daylight Visualisation Tool for AutoDesk Revit

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
Sefaira Announces Real-Time Daylight Visualisation Tool for AutoDesk Revit, Daylight Visualisation alongside BIM. Image Courtesy of Sefaira
Daylight Visualisation alongside BIM. Image Courtesy of Sefaira

Sefaira, one of the leading software designers for high-performance building design, have recently announced a new real-time daylight analysis and visualisation tool which runs within Autodesk Revit, one of the most commonly used Building Information Modelling (BIM) enabled (Windows native) design packages. Sefaira for Revit allows for early stage analysis, leading to "more informed design decisions based on multiple daylighting metrics."

CEMEX Launches XXIII Building Award

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
CAP House / Estudio MMX. Image © Robert Les
CAP House / Estudio MMX. Image © Robert Les

As part of ArchDaily's commitment to providing our users with the best, most complete coverage of the most relevant information in the architecture world, we have formed partnerships with important organizations--such as the Pritzker Foundation--in order to promote the best practices in the architecture. Now, we would like to share with you CEMEX’s Building Award, an annual competition that recognizes the best in construction, highlighting innovative design, building and construction techniques, across nine different categories. 

Past winners have included the Tadao Ando's Roberto Garza Sada CenterEstudio MMX’s CAP House, DVA Arhitekta’s House on Krk Island, and Paredes Pedrosa’s Public Library in Ceuta. The contest calls for entries of projects that were completed the previous year in Mexico and in 10 other countries where CEMEX operates. This year’s winners will be announced in November.

Read after the break for more information and a complete list of the competition’s categories…

World Photo Day: Javier Callejas by Alberto Campo Baeza

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Javier Callejas by Alberto Campo Baeza, The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza. Image © Javier Callejas
The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza. Image © Javier Callejas

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, Alberto Campo Baeza writes on behalf of Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +5

Shukhov Radio Tower Saved by Moscow City Hall

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
Shukhov Radio Tower Saved by Moscow City Hall, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007
Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007

Moscow's Cultural Heritage Department has stepped in to save Vladimir Shukhov's historic 1922 Shabolovka Radio Tower, with a conservation order protecting its materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location. The news will be a relief to the many architects - including Tadao AndoElizabeth DillerRem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne  - who agreed with Norman Foster that the tower is "a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance", and signed a petition urging for the structure to be saved.

Thanks to the conservation order, the neglected building will have to be repaired, and Moscow City Hall now hopes to collaborate with Russia's national government to organize an open international competition the restoration and re-purposing of the 160m tower.

Read on after the break for more on the Shukhov Tower's proposed future

Career Insights from IE School of Architecture & Design

00:00 - 18 August, 2014

New levels of competitiveness have arisen in the labor market in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), where the development of soft-skills and formal business training is essential. Traditionally, education models in the field of architecture focus on developing technical and artistic skills, leaving a gap in business skills that prove to be key amid challenging economic times. Since 2011, IE School of Architecture & Design’s Master in Architectural Management & Design has trained professionals that wish to develop their business skills and apply them to the AEC field. The program’s alumni work around the globe from Azerbaijan to Switzerland, in diverse companies such as Arup, Foster & Partners, OMA and Gensler. To learn more about their professional outlook, click here to access the Career Report from IE’s Master in Architectural Management & Design.

Meet this year’s graduates in the video above. 

AD App Guide: Morpholio Board 2.0.

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
AD App Guide: Morpholio Board 2.0., Courtesy of the Morpholio Project
Courtesy of the Morpholio Project

Consistently ranked as among some of the best digital tools available for architects and designers, the team behind the Morpholio Project today release Board 2.0., the second version of their moodboard and layout app for iOS. The app has been made possible by a number of collaborations with high profile interior designers in order to develop a 'gallery' of "significant design objects", with contributions from the likes of DysonHerman Miller, and Knoll. For the past year Morpholio have "assembled research groups and canvased design leaders worldwide" in order to better understand the power and potential of the 'board'. The general consensus was that getting style, products, and sketching onto a single platform could "change the way designers access, build, and share ideas."

Courtesy of the Morpholio Project Courtesy of the Morpholio Project Courtesy of the Morpholio Project Courtesy of the Morpholio Project +13

State of Exception: Spacelab’s Weekend Monditalia Special

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
State of Exception: Spacelab’s Weekend Monditalia Special  , Courtesy of Spacelab
Courtesy of Spacelab

From August 23-24, Italian architecture firm Spacelab’s State of Exception curatorial project will be featured at the Monditalia section of the 2014 Venice Biennale. State of Exception will involve 12 intellectuals, designers and bloggers in a two-day round table discussion on the themes of the project: conservation and the state of exception, looking both within and outside Italy. The innovative event also seeks to generate involvement and discussion beyond the walls of the Arsenale, and will feature an open call for images representing the event's core themes via Instagram and Twitter.

As one of the countries with the most significant historic and natural heritage in the world, Italy implemented bodies and strict regulations for its preservation over a century ago. “But conservation for conservation spawned two paradoxes: on the one hand the unruly entropic drift for anything that is not covered by the rules of preservation. On the other hand, autistic immobility within the enclaves of conservation, which don’t allow the freshness and openness to the differences that have always marked the history of Italian architecture,” Spacelab writes in a project description. Through State of Exception, Spacelab seeks “to promote ‘ad absurdum’ arguments regarding Italy's problematic relationship with its context and its historical legacy,” bringing attention to these issues both inside and outside Italy.

For more details on State of Exception and to find out how you can contribute images, read on after the break...

St. Petersburg Calls for New Pier Design Submissions

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
St. Petersburg Calls for New Pier Design Submissions, St Petersburg's pier as it is today. Image © Flickr CC User Robert Neff
St Petersburg's pier as it is today. Image © Flickr CC User Robert Neff

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida is once more seeking candidates for the design of its new pier. The call comes two years after a pier design by Michael Maltzan Architecture was selected over rival schemes by BIG and West 8, but was eventually turned down after significant public criticism. To avoid a repeat of that incident, the current selection process for candidates and their subsequent proposals will incorporate more community input.

More on the competition after the break

Influential Scottish Architect Andy MacMillan Dies Aged 85

00:00 - 18 August, 2014
Influential Scottish Architect Andy MacMillan Dies Aged 85, © RIAS
© RIAS

Professor Andy MacMillan, one of Scotland's most important post-war architects, died suddenly this weekend during this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Awards visits. Macmillan was a professor at the Glasgow School of Art from 1973 to 1994, and a partner at Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in 1966. More on MacMillan's legacy after the break.

Drawings from Famous Architects' Formative Stages to be Exhibited in St. Louis

00:00 - 17 August, 2014
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum
Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum

As a student of architecture, the formative years of study are a period of wild experimentation, bizarre use of materials, and most importantly, a time to make mistakes. Work from this period in the life of an architect rarely floats to the surface - unless you're Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, that is. A treasure trove of early architectural drawings from the world's leading architects has recently been unearthed from the private collection of former Architectural Association Chairman Alvin Boyarsky. The collection is slated to be shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, as a part of the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association from September 12th to January 4th, 2015. 

Take a look at the complete set of architects and drawings for the exhibition after the break.

Bernard Tschumi, #4 K Series, 1985. Study for La Case Vide: La Villette, Folio VIII, 1985. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Lebbeus Woods, Center for New Technology, Montage 1, 1985. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Alex Wall, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), The Pleasure of Architecture, 1983. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum Coop Himmelblau, Super Spaces, c. 1969. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum +10

34 Football Fields of Museums: Rem Koolhaas Talks at the Galeries Lafayette

00:00 - 17 August, 2014

"I feel a misfit in my own time," says Rem Koolhaas, setting the tone. Seated in soon-to-be renovated Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Koolhaas bares all intellectually through the course of his lecture. As founder of Rotterdam-based OMA with a worldwide practice, candid conversations with Koolhaas are rare. The discussion provides a glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's leading architects and current Curator of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Koolhaas confides in the audience from the outset, admitting his discomfort with current architecture. "From the inside of my current condition, I feel profoundly out of step with the contemporary situation," says Koolhaas, adding "I'm very annoyed by the contemporary belief in comfort as the ultimate virtue."

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London?

00:00 - 16 August, 2014

London is the world’s most expensive city to build in, but the reasons may surprise you. The city is well known for its high cost of living despite being far less crowded than cities such as Tokyo and New York. In fact, commercial real estate in London’s West End costs nearly twice as much as similarly sized spaces on New York’s Madison Avenue.

McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
McDowell + Benedetti's Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni, Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti
Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti

London based firm McDowell+Benedetti has recently announced that their design for a new 180 metre footbridge and improved rail station in Terni, Italy, has begun work on the site. A future landmark for the town, the £3.5 million (€4.4 million) project promises to provide an expanded commuter hub for the area with connections to fast trains to Rome. Learn more about this project after the break.

Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti Courtesy of McDowell+Benedetti +12

GPA&A Designs Floating Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte

00:00 - 15 August, 2014
GPA&A Designs Floating Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte, Courtesy of Gustavo Penna
Courtesy of Gustavo Penna

Brazilian Firm GPA&A was unanimously chosen by a panel of judges to design the new Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte – the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The judging commission selected the firm’s proposal because of its attention to accessibility, sustainability, and the quality of architectural and landscaping features. The transparent building features a bikeway leading to the top floor and is integrated with the metro and bus rapid transit systems. For more information and images, continue after the break.

Courtesy of Gustavo Penna Courtesy of Gustavo Penna Courtesy of Gustavo Penna Courtesy of Gustavo Penna +8

London Science Museum Selects Wilkinson Eyre to Design Medical Galleries

01:00 - 15 August, 2014
London Science Museum Selects Wilkinson Eyre to Design Medical Galleries, © Wilkinson Eyre
© Wilkinson Eyre

London's Science Museum has announced Wilkinson Eyre as the winner of its competition to design new medical galleries. Winning the project over a shortlist of six other architects - including Caruso St John, Amanda Levete Architects and Haworth Tompkins - Wilkinson Eyre's £24 million galleries will occupy 3,000 square metres on the museum's first floor, almost doubling the size of the museum's existing galleries. 

More on the Science Museum's transformation after the break

Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?

00:00 - 15 August, 2014
Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?, Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence
Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence

China may be at a turning point in urban design: a recent article in Australian Financial Review points out that over 50 million apartments in Chinese cities (about 22.5 percent) are unoccupied. This problem springs from the ongoing Chinese construction boom, prompted by developers looking to stimulate urban economic growth as quickly as possible. However, Ma Yansong of MAD Architects believes these empty apartments are a sign that buyers find them unsuited to their needs, and that China should begin to enforce good design principles on these rapidly-constructed complexes. Read the full article here.

Ryo Yamada's Installation Connects Garden Goers to the Sky

00:00 - 15 August, 2014
Ryo Yamada's Installation Connects Garden Goers to the Sky, Courtesy of Ryo Yamada
Courtesy of Ryo Yamada

Ryo Yamada's "Air Garden" installation is a passage, but not in the traditional sense of the word. It's not a passage that connects one point to another, since the walkway does not lead to a tangible destination, but rather a passage that connects an enclosed garden to the vastness of the open sky. The artist believes everyone shares a common desire for the sky, which represents freedom and equality. Read on after the break for more information, images and a video.

Courtesy of Ryo Yamada Courtesy of Ryo Yamada Courtesy of Ryo Yamada Courtesy of Ryo Yamada +12