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MIT’s New Intelligent Material Writhes and Curls to Changes in Heat

12:00 - 12 March, 2017
MIT’s New Intelligent Material Writhes and Curls to Changes in Heat, Courtesy of Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Courtesy of Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have recently developed an adaptable material that reacts in response to changes in heat. Known as Heat-Active Auxetics, the material functions in a similar manner to the pores on human skin, tightening and loosening based on exposure to various temperatures.

Contrary to most common materials, which tend to thin out while being pulled or stretched, this technology expands in all directions instead and completely shrinks when compressed. This provides insulation in colder conditions and added airflow and ventilation when it is warmer, all depending on the material’s porosity.

Take a Virtual "Fly-Through" of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon With This 3D Model

09:30 - 12 March, 2017

The Star Wars universe contains some impressive buildings. However, in the original trilogy, it's actually the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's non-descript yet highly tuned ship, that provides the most important architectural setting for the story's events, acting as the de facto base for our heroes' scheming. While it's certainly not the largest or most complex floor plan in the universe, the interior of the Millennium Falcon is intriguing for the way it resolves the ship's circular shape.

With this model from Archilogic of the Millennium Falcon's main floor, Star Wars fans can get a sense of what it's like to tag along with Luke, Han, and the rest of the group—whether that's by hanging out in the living area, traversing the ship's curved corridors, or even sitting in the cockpit as an Imperial Star Destroyer approaches, the model has it all.

A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul

16:00 - 11 March, 2017
A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul, The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP
The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP

Rotterdam-based KCAP Architects and Planners have won an international competition to regenerate the ‘Sewoon District 4’ area in the South Korean capital of Seoul. KCAP’s proposal, chosen amongst eight finalists, will see the development of a sustainable mixed use scheme blending future adaptability with respect for cultural heritage.

Barnard College Releases SOM Design for New Milstein Center

14:00 - 11 March, 2017

New York City’s Barnard College has announced its newest project, the Cheryl and Philp Milstein Teaching and Learning Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Serving as a new academic hub at the heart of the Morningside Heights campus, the 128,000-square-foot building will house a “new kind of library that incorporates technologies and learning spaces in an interactive setting and creates an inviting environment that benefits from green spaces.”

Apeldoorn's Renowned Museum Paleis Het Loo to Be Expanded by KAAN Architecten

12:00 - 11 March, 2017
© KAAN Architecten
© KAAN Architecten

KAAN Architecten has been commissioned for the renovation and expansion of one of the Netherlands’ most renowned museums, the Paleis Het Loo. Responding to evolving purposes, the project scope involves the restoration and development of over 5,000 square meters of new space, including the House of Orange, the Junior Palace, and a temporary exhibition hall.

“The design, inspired by the layout and proportions of the Corps de Logis of Paleis Het Loo, incorporates all required facilities and spaces while expressing a grandeur fitting for one of the Netherlands’ most popular and visited museums,” announced the firm.

© KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten © KAAN Architecten +13

Openact Architecture Envisages Ecologically-Driven Research Park As Bandirma's Future Hub

08:00 - 11 March, 2017
Openact Architecture Envisages Ecologically-Driven Research Park As Bandirma's Future Hub, © Openact Architecture
© Openact Architecture

Emphasizing a diverse combination of ecological, infrastructural and urban programs in their envisioned design, Istanbul and Madrid-based design practice Openact Architecture has been named the winner of the Bandirma Park Competition, which invited ideas to “introduce Bandirma to the world."

Titled ‘A Path of the Fields’, the winning proposal presents a layered approach to the revitalisation of a former military and industrial brownfield in the industrial Turkish city of Bandirma.

The area is defined by Openact as both “an open, interactive, collective and productive focal point locally and regionally” and “an idea factory in the city of factories”, allowing for the exchange of ideas between the public and professionals. By centering the park around a Design and Research Institute, the intent is to create an environment that will strengthen Bandirma’s socio-economic standing, and offer a new hub for the city’s future, while seamlessly integrating into the natural ecological identity.

© Openact Architecture © Openact Architecture © Openact Architecture © Openact Architecture +16

Studio Gang to Design Toronto Mixed-Use Tower for First Canadian Project

16:25 - 10 March, 2017
Studio Gang to Design Toronto Mixed-Use Tower for First Canadian Project, A view of Yonge + St. Clair, with an 8-story mural by Phlegm. Image Courtesy of Slate Asset Management
A view of Yonge + St. Clair, with an 8-story mural by Phlegm. Image Courtesy of Slate Asset Management

Studio Gang has been commissioned to design their first project in Canada, a mixed-use tower that will be located in the Toronto neighborhood of Yonge + St. Clair. The project is one of several commissioned by Toronto’s Slate Asset Management as part of a larger effort to revitalize the district through the use of public art, world-class design and vibrant streetscapes and open spaces. The area’s first intervention, an 8-story mural by renowned artist Phlegm, was completed last summer.

“Yonge + St. Clair is on its way back,” says Brandon Donnelly, Vice President of Development at Slate Asset Management. “Having occasion to bring Studio Gang’s first project in Toronto to the neighbourhood signals to the rest of the city that we would like to create something special here.”

Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin

12:15 - 10 March, 2017
Frank Gehry Discusses the Design Behind his Recently Completed Concert Hall in Berlin, © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal
© Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal

“If it hadn’t been for Frank Gehry, we would have made a simple, straightforward concert hall where students play concerts. But if the space is there, and somebody so gifted, like him, is prepared to do that, then of course you have to do that” - Daniel Barenboim, Founder, Pierre Boulez Saal.

In this Facebook video, Frank Gehry discusses the circumstances of his most recently-completed project, the Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall in Berlin, and the significance of contributing a new venue to Berlin’s historic musical scene.

© Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal © Volker Kreidler. Courtesy of Pierre Boulez Saal +17

6 Reasons Cities Are Located Where They Are

08:00 - 10 March, 2017
 6 Reasons Cities Are Located Where They Are, New York Skyline © Flickr user nehle. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
New York Skyline © Flickr user nehle. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Frank Lloyd Wright once described cities as both ‘our glory and our menace’. With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, architects are becoming increasingly interested in their origins. Many fields of historical, geographical, and spatial research are devoted to exploring the evolution of cities, revealing a set of similarities across the globe. In a recent video, Wendover Productions described a common set of characteristics linking some of our largest cities, six of which we have outlined below. 

Taking the six factors below into account, where is the perfect ‘world city’? Watch the video after the break:

Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards

06:00 - 10 March, 2017
Hadid and O’Donnell + Tuomey Among City of Westminster's Shortlist for People's Choice Awards, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes

The City of Westminster, England has announced the shortlist for its first People’s Choice Award for the city’s best building from the past decade.

In an effort to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building, the Westminster City Council asked a panel of architects, developers, councilors, and planners to shortlist 12 designs to be voted on by people who live and work in the city, as well as by visitors. Buildings for the shortlist were chosen based on its use of materials, purpose, and impact on the surrounding space.

"Brilliant architectural design should be recognized for all the fantastic benefits it can have in terms of health and wellbeing, sustainability, and the simple pleasure we all take from having such striking buildings lining our routes home, to shop and to work," said Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council. "The best people to ask about the impact these buildings have are those who see them day in, day out, and so I am delighted that we have been able to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence."

The 12 shortlisted projects for the Westminster People’s Choice Awards are:

10 Hills Place / Amanda Levete Architects. Image © Gidon Fuehrer LSE Saw Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects. Image © Alex Bland South Molton Street Building / DSDHA. Image Courtesy of DSDHA St. James’s Market Development / Make Architects. Image Courtesy of Make Architects +7

Dubai Frame Approaches Completion Amid Allegations of Stolen Intellectual Property

16:20 - 9 March, 2017
Dubai Frame Approaches Completion Amid Allegations of Stolen Intellectual Property, The Dubai Frame is scheduled to open later this year. Image via Instagram user bachir_photo_phactory
The Dubai Frame is scheduled to open later this year. Image via Instagram user bachir_photo_phactory

Dubai’s newest mega-attraction, a 150-meter-high, 93-meter-wide picture frame structure dubbed the “Dubai Frame” is approaching completion after a nearly two-year delay, and is set for opening in the second half of this year. At a cost of $43.60 million, the new building will stand as a symbol of the city’s rapid rise from modest settlement to gleaming metropolis, giving visitors a panoramic view of the boundary-pushing skyscrapers from the coast of the Persian Gulf.

It also may stand as a symbol of something far less idyllic: intellectual property theft.

Full-Sized Hyperloop One Test Track Nears Completion

14:05 - 9 March, 2017
Full-Sized Hyperloop One Test Track Nears Completion, © Hyperloop One
© Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One has revealed images of its full-scale test track, called the DevLoop, for the first time as it prepares for its first public trial later this year. The 500-meter-long (1,640 feet) DevLoop is located in the flat terrain of the Nevada desert, just 30 minutes from Las Vegas. In its final form, the track will extend two miles between launching and receiving points.

© Hyperloop One © Hyperloop One Hyperloop One's concept for a transportation system in the UAE. Image © Hyperloop One Hyperloop One's concept for a transportation system in the UAE. Image © Hyperloop One +11

14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards

12:10 - 9 March, 2017
14 Architects Selected as Recipients of 2017 AIA Young Architects Awards, Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair
Farmers Park / Hufft Projects. Image © Mike Sinclair

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Now in its 24th year, the award was founded to honor young architects - licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age - who have “shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.”

9 Drawings to Celebrate Our 9th Birthday

09:30 - 9 March, 2017

9 years ago today, ArchDaily launched with a challenging mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects tasked with designing for the 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years. Over these 9 years, as we have developed innovative approaches to help architects tackle the urban challenges facing our world, our work has brought us into contact with some of the most creative and respected architects in the world. To help us celebrate our 9th birthday, we asked 9 architects who are renowned for their creative and imaginative abilities to create drawings inspired by our logo, to show the world what ArchDaily means to them.

Spotlight: Luis Barragán

08:00 - 9 March, 2017
Spotlight: Luis Barragán, Casa Gilardi. Imagevia <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Casa_Giraldi_Luis_Barragan.JPG'>Wikimedia user Ulises00</a> (public domain)
Casa Gilardi. Imagevia Wikimedia user Ulises00 (public domain)

One of Mexico's greatest architects, Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín (March 9, 1902 – November 22, 1988) revolutionized modern architecture in the country with his use of bright colors reminiscent of the traditional architecture of Mexico, and with works such as his Casa Barragán, the Chapel of the Capuchinas, the Torres de Satélite, "Los Clubes" (Cuadra San Cristobal and Fuente de los Amantes), and the Casa Gilardi, among many others.

Floating Sleeping Capsules to Provide Overnight Transport to Dutch-Themed Japanese Amusement Park

16:20 - 8 March, 2017
Floating Sleeping Capsules to Provide Overnight Transport to Dutch-Themed Japanese Amusement Park , The capsules will slowly float 3.75 miles to the island overnight
The capsules will slowly float 3.75 miles to the island overnight

It’s an age old question: How do you transport visitors to your Dutch-themed Amusement Park located four miles off the coast of Japan while also providing them with a place to sleep under the night sky?

Okay, age-old it isn’t – but it was the scenario facing the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Japan, who recently acquired a 420,000 square-foot-island off the coast of the Nagasaki Prefecture. Their proposed solution? A fleet of floating capsules capped with a glass-roofed sleeping chamber that will slowly float overnight to the island housing new adventure-type attractions.

BIG's LEGO House Tops Out, Gets September Opening Date

14:25 - 8 March, 2017
BIG's LEGO House Tops Out, Gets September Opening Date, Courtesy of LEGO
Courtesy of LEGO

The BIG-designed LEGO House has topped out and is headed toward completion ahead of its just-announced grand opening date on September 28. Located near LEGO’s corporate campus, in the heart of Billund, Denmark, the LEGO experience center will provide an estimated 250,000 yearly guests with a variety of LEGO-themed activities within its 12,000 square meters, inviting visitors of all ages to play and unleash their creativity.

Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO Courtesy of LEGO +12

35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards

12:20 - 8 March, 2017
35 Exemplary Projects Win 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan
Grand Prize Winner: Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image © Iwan Baan

AIA New York has announced the winners of their 2017 AIA New York Design Awards, highlighting the best new projects located in the Empire State or completed by AIA NY registered architects across categories of architecture, projects, interior design and urban planning.

Within the four categories, winning projects have been granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” distinction. Each project has been chosen for its “design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.” The winners scale in scale from temporary exhibitions to large-scale urban interventions.

This year 22 of the 35 winners were New York City-located projects, including the grand prize winner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s striking Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University’s medical campus. Continue reading to see the full list of winners.

These Images of Abandoned Insane Asylums Show Architecture That Was Designed to Heal

09:30 - 8 March, 2017
These Images of Abandoned Insane Asylums Show Architecture That Was Designed to Heal, Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde
Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde

With cracked paint, overgrown vines, rust, and decay, abandoned buildings have carved out a photographic genre that plays to our complex fascination with the perverse remnants of our past. While intellectual interest in ruins has been recorded for centuries, the popularity and controversy of contemporary "ruin porn" can be traced back to somewhere around 2009, when photographer James Griffioen’s feral houses series sparked a conversation about the potential harm in the aesthetic appropriation of urban collapse.

A favorite subject within this field is the American insane asylum, whose tragic remains carry echoes of the unsavory history of mental illness treatment in the United States. These state-funded asylums were intensely overcrowded and often housed patients in nightmarish conditions in the 20th century. Beginning in 1955, with the introduction of the antipsychotic drug Thorazine, these institutions were closed in large numbers, never to be reopened [1]. Now, these closed but un-demolished asylums that dot the country are the subject of "ruin porn" that neglects an equally important piece of the buildings’ narrative: the beginning. In his recent photobook Abandoned Asylums, Photographer Matt Van der Velde depicts this earlier period of asylum architecture, when the institutions were built in the belief that the built environment has the power to cure.

Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde Courtesy of Matt Van der Velde +61

The Top 200 Universities in the World for Architecture 2017

19:01 - 7 March, 2017
The Top 200 Universities in the World for Architecture 2017, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl Architects. Image © Flickr user infanticida. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl Architects. Image © Flickr user infanticida. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Global higher education analysis firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released in 2017 rankings of the world’s top universities for the study of Architecture & Built Environment. This year, for the seventh edition of the survey, QS has expanded the ranking to list the world’s top 200 schools, including institutions across all six inhabited continents.

For the third year in a row, MIT has topped the list, finishing ahead of the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Read on for the full rankings.

Chicago Architecture Biennial to Exhibit 16 Tribune Tower Redesigns

16:30 - 7 March, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial to Exhibit 16 Tribune Tower Redesigns, Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by (left to right) Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer; Max Taut; Adolf Loos; and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz. Image via skyscraper.org
Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by (left to right) Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer; Max Taut; Adolf Loos; and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz. Image via skyscraper.org

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the first exhibit that will on display during the event’s second edition from September 16 to January 7, 2018 – a contemporary reboot of one of architecture’s most well-known competitions, the Chicago Tribune tower design contest. Sixteen young architects from around the world will contribute new versions of the iconic skyscraper that will be displayed as a series of 16-foot-tall architectural models in the Chicago Cultural Center, the Biennial’s main venue.

20 Photos Selected as Winners of EyeEm's Minimalist Architecture Photography Mission

14:15 - 7 March, 2017
20 Photos Selected as Winners of EyeEm's Minimalist Architecture Photography Mission, Courtesy of EyeEm
Courtesy of EyeEm

Global photography community and marketplace EyeEm has announced the winners of their Minimalist Architecture Photography Mission to find photos that best highlight “the beauty of minimalism in architecture.” Organized alongside art and design blog We and the Color, the competition saw photographers from across the globe submit over 45,000 images focusing on the color, lines, shapes, and compositions of contemporary, minimalist architecture.

From the entries, 20 images were selected as winners with a top 3 was chosen by German minimalist photographer Matthias Heiderich. Read on to see the full list of winners.

Photo by EyeEm user Giovi G. Image Courtesy of EyeEm Photo by EyeEm user Jeremy Walter. Image Courtesy of EyeEm Photo by EyeEm user Arthur Ruiz. Image Courtesy of EyeEm Photo by EyeEm user Arno. Image Courtesy of EyeEm +21

Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough

12:00 - 7 March, 2017

Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Barcelona Pavilion is one of the most well-loved structures in the history of architecture, a de facto pilgrimage site for architects and architecture lovers around the world. Now, even those unable to make the trip have the opportunity to get a tour of the beautiful structure, thanks to a new virtual walkthrough produced by The Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Winning Projects Reimagine the Tourist Experience of Machu Picchu

06:00 - 7 March, 2017
Winning Projects Reimagine the Tourist Experience of Machu Picchu, Courtesy of VISTA PREVIA & LLONAZAMORA
Courtesy of VISTA PREVIA & LLONAZAMORA

Historical preservation and integration with nature, two crucial themes in the development of the Peruvian structure whose territory is a synthesis of historical landscapes. The winning project of the “Ideas de Arquitectura” contest in Machu Picchu National Archaeological Park (Cusco) not only achieves both themes but also weaves and customizes them. The project mimics the architectural tradition of the place while bringing its own contemporary language. It creates bridges of new relations while respecting the preexisting ones, in continuation with the nature of the place, harmony between nature and history. And of course, it invites visitors to be part of this experience. 

Learn more details about this project and its approach to what has been the development of landscape of its masterplan that was made for the Archaeological Park.

Courtesy of VISTA PREVIA & LLONAZAMORA Courtesy of LLONAZAMORA Personal archive Courtesy of LLONAZAMORA Personal archive Courtesy of VISTA PREVIA & LLONAZAMORA +22