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Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Wins 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award

16:20 - 12 December, 2016
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Wins 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects. Image © Tim Griffith
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects. Image © Tim Griffith

San Franisco-based Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award.

“Their passion for addressing some of the profession’s thorniest issues including regenerative design, universal access, social equity and housing for the most disadvantaged has been consistent and impressive,” wrote Bob Berkebile, FAIA Emeritus, in a recommendation letter.

Leo Villareal + Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Wins London's Illuminated River Competition

12:15 - 12 December, 2016
Leo Villareal + Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Wins London's Illuminated River Competition, Current / Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Current / Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace. Image © Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

The team led by light artist Leo Villareal and architects and urban planners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has been announced as the winner of the Illuminated River International Design Competition.

Selected from a six-strong shortlist of internationally acclaimed architects and designers, the winning design was lauded by Illuminated River Foundation Chair Hannah Rothschild as “beautiful, ambitious and realisable but always considerate to the environment, lighting levels and energy conservation.”

"The Arrogance of Space": Mapping The Unfair Distribution of Public Space at Urban Intersections

08:00 - 12 December, 2016
"The Arrogance of Space": Mapping The Unfair Distribution of Public Space at Urban Intersections, © Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

Unequal distribution of public space when it comes to pedestrians, cyclists and people driving cars is an issue that urban mobility specialist Mikael Colville-Andersen calls "The Arrogance of Space." 

The urban planner and founder of Copenhagenize believe that this term can be applied to streets that are dominated by traffic engineers from last century where streets were made primarily for cars. 

To illustrate his position, Mikael analyzed the amount of space allocated to each of these groups, in addition to "dead space” and space for buildings, in the streets of Calgary, Paris, and Tokyo by comparing each sector using different colors. 

Take a look at the findings below. 

Ricky Gui Documents Over 600 Hidden Doors Around Singapore

06:00 - 12 December, 2016
Ricky Gui Documents Over 600 Hidden Doors Around Singapore, Courtesy of Ricky Gui
Courtesy of Ricky Gui

Ricky Gui showcases a stunning series of "Hidden Doors" located behind shophouses in Singapore. Working for over a year, Gui highlighted over 600 "Hidden Doors"in his documentation. These doors are usually looked over as they hide behind shophouses and alleyways where people are unlikely to venture into. 

Courtesy of Ricky Gui Courtesy of Ricky Gui Courtesy of Ricky Gui Courtesy of Ricky Gui +19

Finishing Touches Applied to Foster + Partners' Apple Campus 2

17:15 - 11 December, 2016

Following an unofficial update in August 2016, Apple's Campus 2 is entering the final stages of construction. A new drone video, captured by aerial videographer Matthew Roberts earlier this month, shows the 'Research and Development' facility nearing full completion and capped by a vast roof plant, the 'tantau roof' on the security kiosk in place, and an epic effort in landscaping taking place both within the "spaceship's" courtyard and across the company's enormous property. Only one crane now remains on site and the solar installations appear to be around 60% complete, suggesting that the scheduled 2017 move-in date remains on track.

© Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration © Apple. Image via MacGeneration +15

NSK Ltd's "Sense of Motion" Exhibit Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

16:00 - 11 December, 2016
NSK Ltd's "Sense of Motion" Exhibit Celebrates its 100th Anniversary, © Daisuke Shima
© Daisuke Shima

"Sense of Motion," NSK Ltd's stunning new exhibition at the Omotesando Spiral, celebrates the prominent manufacturers' 100th anniversary — with lots of color. Designer Emmanuelle Moureaux uses "color mixing" to illustrate the movements of colors.  

© Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima © Daisuke Shima +14

UC Irvine Announces Plan for Sustainable Active Learning Building in the Heart of Campus

14:00 - 11 December, 2016
UC Irvine Announces Plan for Sustainable Active Learning Building in the Heart of Campus, Courtesy of LMN Architects
Courtesy of LMN Architects

The University of California, Irvine has selected LMN Architects and Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction to design and build a new $46 million classroom and office building project. In the campus’s central greenspace, the new 70,000-square-foot building will promote diversity, group learning, and social interaction. 

LMN’s creative approach of unlocking the site and rearranging the program led to a bold design solution that enhances the overall experience for both students and faculty, said UCI Campus Architect Brian Pratt, LEED AP. We are delighted with the results.

Dean & Deluca's STAGE by Ole Scheeren Debuts at Design Miami 2016

12:00 - 11 December, 2016
Dean & Deluca's STAGE by Ole Scheeren Debuts at Design Miami 2016, Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca
Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca

STAGE, a protoype for a new chef-led fast food concept, has debuted last week at Design Miami. Designed by internationally renowned architect Ole Scheeren for New York-based gourmet market and food supplier Dean & DeLuca, STAGE highlights interactive preparation, presentation, and consumption of food as a dynamic cultural and social experience. The new service format will become part of Dean & DeLuca’s expansion throughout key north American cities in 2017.

Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca Courtesy of Dean & DeLuca +26

Film "The Architect" Satirizes the Profession with Egocentric Protagonist

08:00 - 11 December, 2016
Film "The Architect" Satirizes the Profession with Egocentric Protagonist

"The Architect", directed by Jonathan Parker, is a film that moves between drama and comedy. It features a humorous (and some would say believable) satire of architects. In the film an egocentric, and grandiose architect named Miles Moss, played by actor James Frain, works with a couple who wants to build their dream home. 

Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea

16:00 - 10 December, 2016
Office OU Designs New National Museum Complex Master Plan in South Korea, Courtesy of  Office OU
Courtesy of Office OU

Chosen from 81 entries, Toronto-based design firm Office OU has been announced as the winner of South Korea's International Competition for the National Museum Complex Master Plan of the New Administrative City (Sejong City). As a proposed self-sustaining city of 500,000 people, Sejong City will serve as South Korea's administrative city, transferring multiple national government functions from Seoul. The Museum Gardens will amplify the cultural landscape of South Korea's new metropolis. 

Courtesy of  Office OU Courtesy of  Office OU Courtesy of  Office OU Courtesy of  Office OU +15

Is Arch has Unveiled the Winners of its ISArch Awards for Architecture Students

14:00 - 10 December, 2016
Is Arch has Unveiled the Winners of its ISArch Awards for Architecture Students, Courtesy of Is Arch
Courtesy of Is Arch

Is ARCH has announced the winners of the seventh edition of the ISArch Awards, an international award competition for students of architecture. In an effort to provide students with a “gateway to the professional and corporate world,” the competition calls for students to engage in dialogue and debate within the framework of their university studies. 

The three winners of the seventh IsArch Awards are:

PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System

12:00 - 10 December, 2016
PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System, Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter
Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter

PLH Arkitekter has been announced as one of two winners in the international design competition for Rail Baltica, organized by The European Railroad Lines, Ltd. As a part of the European transport network, Rail Baltica will be a multi-modal public transport hub in the Latvian capital of Riga, with a railway bridge crossing the Daugava River. 

The focal point of the project will be a train station building “that creates a strong visual identity in the cityscape, strengthening the sense of Riga as a metropolis.” Inspired by the archetypal form of the arch and the Art Nouveau period, the building will feature canopies that resemble arched fern leaves. On the north side of the building, the canopy shape allows for a unique view over the historic city, ideal for travelers entering or leaving the city to create a strong sense of place.

Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter +11

Spotlight: Adolf Loos

04:00 - 10 December, 2016
Spotlight: Adolf Loos, Goldman & Salatsch Building. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Looshaus_Michaelerplatz.JPG'>Wikimedia user Thomas Ledl</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Goldman & Salatsch Building. Image © Wikimedia user Thomas Ledl licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Adolf Loos (December 10, 1870 – August 23, 1933) was one of the most influential European architects of the late 19th century and is often noted for his literary discourse that foreshadowed the foundations of the entire modernist movement. As an architect, his influence is primarily limited to major works in what is now Austria and the Czech Republic, but as a writer he had a major impact on the development of 20th century architecture, producing a series of controversial essays that elaborated on his own architectural style by decrying ornament and a range of social ills. Adolf Loos’s minimalist attitudes are reflected in the works of Le CorbusierMies van der Rohe, and many other modernists and led to a fundamental shift in the way architects perceived ornamentation.

Studio Gang Designs Tiered Mixed-Use Tower on Forest Park in St. Louis

14:45 - 9 December, 2016
Studio Gang Designs Tiered Mixed-Use Tower on Forest Park in St. Louis, Courtesy of Studio Gang
Courtesy of Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed their design for One Hundred, a mixed-use tower to be located on Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Studio Gang’s first project in the city, the tower will rise over 350 feet and include retail, amenities, parking and residential apartments featuring views of the park and the Gateway Arch.

Steven Holl Architects Designs Library and Campus Masterplan in Malawi, Africa

13:25 - 9 December, 2016
Steven Holl Architects Designs Library and Campus Masterplan in Malawi, Africa, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have revealed plans for a new library and campus design in Malawi, coinciding with the project’s approval by The Miracle for Africa Foundation. To be constructed of local stone, bamboo and concrete, the library will provide 66,000 square feet (6,132 square meters) of study and gathering space to the community.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +18

Asymptote’s Designs for Moscow Contemporary Hermitage Museum Revealed

12:00 - 9 December, 2016
Asymptote’s Designs for Moscow Contemporary Hermitage Museum Revealed, Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture
Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture

Update: We've amended the post with new images from Asymptote Architecture and new quotes from Asymptote Co-founder and Design Partner Hani Rashid.

Asymptote Architecture has revealed renderings of their design for a new Contemporary branch of the Hermitage Museum, to be located adjacent to a new residential district in the area of the former ZIL automotive plant in Moscow. Presented at the V Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum by Asymptote Co-founder and Design Partner Hani Rashid, the museum will house a collection of contemporary art from 20th and 21st centuries.

Spotlight: Steven Holl

06:00 - 9 December, 2016
Spotlight: Steven Holl, Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan
Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan

As the founder of Steven Holl ArchitectsSteven Holl is recognized as one of the world's leading architects, having received prestigious awards for his contributions to design over the course of nearly forty years in practice, including the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal in 1998, the AIA Gold Medal in in 2012, and the 2014 Praemium Imperiale. In 1991, Time Magazine named Holl America's Best Architect. He is revered for his ability to harness light to create structures with remarkable sensitivity to their locations, while his written works have been published in many preeminent volumes, sometimes collaborating with world-renowned architectural thinkers such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

SOM's "Alternative Christmas Tree" Rises at Utzon Center in Denmark

16:00 - 8 December, 2016
SOM's "Alternative Christmas Tree" Rises at Utzon Center in Denmark, © 2016 Allan Toft
© 2016 Allan Toft

An “alternative Christmas tree” designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has been erected in the courtyard of the Utzon Center, coinciding with SOM’s current exhibition, ‘Sky’s the Limit’. Located on the waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark, the Utzon Center was the last project to be designed by the center’s namesake, renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

© 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft © 2016 Allan Toft +18

Foster + Partners' Plans for 50 Hudson Yards in New York Unveiled

14:00 - 8 December, 2016
Foster + Partners' Plans for 50 Hudson Yards in New York Unveiled, Courtesy of Related-Oxford
Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Foster + Partners’ designs for the latest tower to be located within New York’s Hudson Yards megaproject have been revealed. Named 50 Hudson Yards, the building will rise 985 feet (300 meters) into the sky in becoming New York City’s fourth largest commercial office tower with 2.9 million gross square feet and the new home of leading investment firm BlackRock.

50 Hudson Yards with 30 Hudson Yards and the No. 7 Subway. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford 50 Hudson Yards and 10th Avenue. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford Courtesy of Related-Oxford Hudson Yards Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Related-Oxford +8

This Cement Generates Light

12:00 - 8 December, 2016
This Cement Generates Light, Courtesy of Sinembargo.com
Courtesy of Sinembargo.com

Over the past ten years the development of intelligent construction models, closely tied to energy efficiency, has introduced new materials that have one or more properties modified, in a controlled and partial way, by external stimuli such as radiation, temperature, pH, humidity, wind, and other environmental factors. 

As a response to new construction models, Dr. José Carlos Rubio Ávalos of the UMSNH of Morelia, has developed a cement with the capacity to absorb and irradiate light energy, in order to provide greater functionality and versatility to concrete in regards to energy efficiency. 

Monocle 24 Explores Architectural White Elephants

10:00 - 8 December, 2016

Cities across the world are full of white elephants – something which ArchDaily has recently explored. In the latest episode of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team examine similar cases from the unfinished Palestinian Parliament to redundant projects in Belgrade. This edition also looks at the RIBA's new International Prize, which was awarded this year to Grafton Architects for their University of Engineering and Technology building in Lima.

Courtesy of Monocle 24
Courtesy of Monocle 24

Presents for Architects: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

08:00 - 8 December, 2016
Presents for Architects: Holiday Gift Guide 2016, ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016
ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

It's that time of year again to find the perfect gift for that special architect in your life. We're all aware of architects' peculiar habits and discerning tastes – meaning a last minute trip to store probably won't cut it for finding the right present. But not to worry, ArchDaily is here to help you out with a list of great items any architects would love to receive.  Read on to see ArchDaily’s top gifts for architects! 

Material Focus: Hacienda Niop by AS Arquitectua and R79

06:00 - 8 December, 2016
Material Focus: Hacienda Niop by AS Arquitectua and R79 , © David Cervera
© David Cervera

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

Niop Hacienda from AS Arquitectura and R79 is part architectural regeneration project part historical building involving the transformation of an abandoned industrial space into high-end tourist complex in the southeast region of Mexico. A desire to maintain the original feel of the place influenced the selection of the new materials (like steel, stone, chukum, wood and glass) in order to create new spaces for public and private use that meld with the existing structure. In this interview, we talked with Roberto Ramirez from R79 who explains more about how the material choice of the project contributed to the design and construction process. 

© David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera +18

Paul Revere Williams Wins 2017 AIA Gold Medal

16:45 - 7 December, 2016
Paul Revere Williams Wins 2017 AIA Gold Medal, LAX Theme Building, 1961. Image © Flickr user thomashawk. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
LAX Theme Building, 1961. Image © Flickr user thomashawk. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Paul Revere Williams, FAIA as the posthumous winner of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal. With a portfolio of nearly 3,000 buildings over five decades, Williams’ career was notable for breaking boundaries within the profession as the first black member of the AIA.