David Basulto

Graduate Architect. Co Founder and Executive Editor of ArchDaily.com. Architecture geek.

Winners of the 2014 Building of the Year Awards

We are happy to present the winners of the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, a peer-based, crowdsourced, architecture award where the collective intelligence of 60,000 architects filter and recognize the best architecture featured on during the past year.

This group of buildings is unique in several aspects, in their spatial qualities and , yes, but also in terms of what they represent for the communities they serve. Each of these projects, in their own special way, solve unique social/environmental/economic challenges, and in so doing impart knowledge and inspiration to architects around the world. This is exactly our mission. So thank you, thanks for being a part of this amazing process, where the global voices of architects unite into one, strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.

The practices with the most votes, and therefore the winners of the HP Designjet T520 ePrinter are Auburn University Rural Studio and Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. The winners of the iPad Minis are Alexander Munn and Kirsten Martins.

Plumber: Is This Not A Pipe? – Launch of Volume 37

Launch of Volume #37: “Is this not a pipe?”.

With the participation of Benedict Clouette (C-Lab), Jeffrey Inaba (C-Lab), Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Mahadev Raman (ARUP), Hilary Sample (MOS).

“Pipes are the physical remainder of life in buildings.” With contributions by Juan Herreros, Neil Denari, Andrés Jaque, Matthias Schuler, and many others, Volume 37: Is This Not A Pipe poses the age-old question: Tube or not Tube?

The issue will be available for purchase at the discounted rate of $10.

We cannot beat Banham, but we can update you on what happened since 1972, when Rayner Banham published his seminal The Architecture of the Well Tempered EnvironmentC-Lab did extensive new research on the relation between installations, buildings and architecture…

“Architecture relies on machines. They make the structures of our cities liveable.”

Life in buildings is supported by pipes. Ducts, conduits, water mains, and cables support biological and social life in spaces that are today held together by air-conditioning, electricity, and telecommunications as much as by form and . But while pipes and the machines they connect are part of buildings, they are often left out of architecture.

It’s fascinating to see how architects dealt with pipes in history and what challenges they face today. How did Mies van der Rohe solve this issue, what was Norman Foster’s approach and what does someone like Bjarke Ingels have to say on this? They’ve come up with all sort of strategies, from deceitfully transparent buildings seemingly without any mechanical installation, to faux ‘oil refineries’ showcasing the machinery that makes the mechanism tick. The latest strategy is trying to do away with installations altogether and make the building itself perform without mechanical support: smart ‘downgrading’.

This issue of Volume presents C-lab’s research – which will also be a part of next year’s Venice Biennale in Rem Koolhaas’ Fundamentals show – and includes contributions by Mark Wigley, Kiel Moe, David Gissen, An Te Lui, Phil Bernstein, Filip Tejchman, John Hejduk and James Stamp. Also interviews with Matthias Schuler, Neil Denari, Christian Kerez, Bjarke Ingels, Tom Wiscombe, Andrès Jaque, MOS, Juan Herreros, Philippe Rahm, Mahadev Raman, Florian Idenburg and Lothar Schwedt.

Volume #37: Is This Not a Pipe?
160 pages
Binding: Soft-cover
ISBN 978 90 77966 372
Price: € 19.50
Release: November 2013
Editor-in-chief: Arjen Oosterman
Contributing editors: Ole Bouman, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley
This issue’s editor: Jeffrey Inaba
Design: Irma Boom and Sonja Haller
Publisher: Stichting Archis

2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

After an intense week of nominations, the collective intelligence of has evaluated over 3,500 projects and narrowed down the list to 5 finalists per category.

We were very happy to see the level of participation from our readers – over 15,000 individuals expressed what architecture means to them through the buildings they chose. 

And we have to congratulate you, as the finalists are outstanding. From all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, ranging from community-built projects to large scale complex programs, these buildings all have one thing in common: excellent architecture that can improve people’s lives.

You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until January 30th, 2014 (read the complete rules).

Remember that the two projects with the most votes will receive an HP Designjet T520 ePrinter, and that we are going to give away two iPad Minis to our readers during the final voting stage. 

The winners of the two iPad Minis from the nomination stage are: Shelby Nease and Kristen Johnson (you’ll receive an email shorty). 

Make your voice heard – vote for your favorite projects for the 2014 Building of the Year Awards!

2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Make Out City, BKK Collective (Architect Kidd, Chat Architects, Studio Make, Things Matter)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

On display until February 23rd, the Hong Kong Biennale is curated by Colin Fournier, together with Executive Curators Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS.

The Biennale is “informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.” You can read the complete curatorial statement here.

Photos and more about the individual exhibits after the break:

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov / Moscow Urban Forum

Last month we had the chance to attend to the III Moscow Urban Forum, an instance where urbanists, architects, city mayors, the real estate industry and the citizens of Moscow had an open dialogue related to the future of the city under the theme “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”. The forum was organized by the Government of Moscow, who invited global urban planning gurus with experience in developing suburbs, to discuss how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, how make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens. 

During the forum we had the opportunity to talk and interview with some of these city makers, which will be published in the next days.

To better understand where is Moscow going and why its new periphery is an important object of study, we talked with Yuri Grigoryan and

Yuri is the cofounder of the renowned Russian firm Project Meganom and the Director of Education at Strelka, who guided the team that prepared the research project “Archeology of the Periphery”, a central part of the forum. 

Alexei Komissarov is the Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, a department that oversees the conversion of old industrial zones into creative and technological cluster. 

Announcing the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

Dear readers,

For the 5th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Building of the Year Awards.

During the past year our network of architectural knowledge has grown intensely. Not only did we reach over 300,000 daily visitors; almost 70 million page views per month; 160,000 followers on Twitter; 105,000 followers on Instagram; and more than a million fans on Facebook, but, moreover, our local versions – ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura – have grown exponentially as well.

This means that is now reaching every corner of the globe – and in many different formats. From the many lectures and events we attended this year to the launch of our new mobile version (which puts ArchDaily in pockets everywhere), we’re doing everything possible to spread our content – and our mission – around the world.

Which is why the Awards continue to be so important for us. As our audience has grown, so has your collective voice.The Awards are our chance to hear it. This is when you – whether you’re from the smallest town in Africa or the largest city in China – get to identify and recognize the most impactful/meaningful/inspiring project that was published on ArchDaily during the past year. This is an opportunity to tap into our global readership’s collective intelligence; an opportunity for you to judge over 3,500 projects from around the world, according to criteria and priorities that are important to you.

Click here to nominate your favorite projects

Full rules, including how your vote could win you an iPad Mini, after the break:

AD Interviews: Francine Houben / Mecanoo

Francine Houben (@FrancineHouben on Twitter) is one of the founders and the current Creative Director of acclaimed Dutch firm Mecanoo.

The firm was founded in 1984 after Francine and a group of fellow students at the Delft University of Technology won a competition for a social housing complex. Since then the firm has developed a unique language with a special focus on the expression of , a strong relation with context, technical expertise, and the precise resolution of details, as can be seen in the TU Delft Library, the La Llotja Theatre and Congress Centre, the Montevideo Building, and the recently opened Birmingham Library, currently the largest library in Europe.

The firm’s logo, a falling diver ”represents a free spirit and unlimited creativity” according to @Mecanoo__.

In this interview Francine explains the challenges of designing a library, a program currently undergoing quick and constant evolution, and shares her experience running the practice.

Currently, the firm is directed by Francine and technical director Aart Fransen,  joined by partners Francesco Veenstra (watch Mies.UK interview), Ellen van der Wal, Paul Ketelaars and Dick van Gameren. has projects under construction all around the world, including the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts in Kaohsiung (Taiwan, see watch construction video), the Dudley Municipal Center in Boston (USA) and the Shenzhen Cultural Center (China). 

Projects by Mecanoo at ArchDaily:

ArchDaily: What Happened in 2013, and What is Coming for 2014!

Dear readers,

In the last hours of 2013 we wanted to share with you some of the best things that have happened during this year, our fifth, at ArchDaily:

We are now reaching more than 300,000 readers every day, creating a gigantic network of architectural knowledge accessible to the whole world, including our local versions at ArchDaily BrasilArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura.

We are very proud of our editorial content during this year, raising important issues for our profession and opening the debate and exchange of ideas with professionals around the world, connected via Facebook and Twitter. Here you can check the most read articles of the year, and also the selection made by our editors.

During 2013 we have done lectures and covered events around the world, documenting our intense trips on Instagram. Some of our destinations: New York, Beijing, Shenzhen, , Hong Kong, Istanbul, Singapore, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, among others.

During this year we launched our new mobile version, to deliver our content properly to your phone and few weeks ago we launched ArchDaily Materials, a section to help you find the right materials and products for your next project.

And what’s next for 2014? 

We will be announcing a new ArchDaily local edition during the first quarter, and a brand new MyArchDaily to help you organize and collect information. We already have a great lineup of interviews and events to cover around the world. In a few days we will announce the 2014 Awards, an instance where you will have the chance to recognize the best buildings featured during the year.

Thanks for helping us make ArchDaily the valuable resource that we all deserve as architects, and rest assured that every decision taken in 2014 will strictly follow our mission:

To improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them.

- David Assael, David Basulto and the Global ArchDaily Team

The Ten Most Watched Interviews of 2013

Our mission is to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to face the urban growth of the next 40 years.

We understand that each of the thousand of projects that we feature every year can transfer knowledge from the firms to other architects around the world, through the photos, details, diagrams and their own descriptions.

But we feel that there is a very important structural layer in these projects that can only be understood by actually knowing the architects behind them. And that’s why we started our interview program when we launched in 2008.

During this year we have had the opportunity to interview an incredible group of architects, ranging from Toyo Ito -an exclusive interview the same day he was announced as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate-, Wolf D. Prix, Iñaki Ábalos and Reiner de Graaf, to young upcoming firms from all over the world. But we have also interviewed business men who influence cities, synthetic biologists who are thinking in the future of architecture, sociologists analyzing the future of the urban world, and curators of the most influential museums of the world.

Here you will find the list of the ten most watched (or read) interviews of 2013.

And be ready for 2014, as we have some great interviews lined up for next year!

Seasons Greetings from the Architects!

Zaha Hadid Architects

Every year architects from around the world share their holiday greetings with us, applying their architectural creativity to an e-card format. Here we share some of our favorites from this year.

Happy holidays from all of us at to you!

Shenzhen Biennale: The Value Factory and the Urban Border

Entrance pavilion at the Value Factory ©

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics. 

A few days ago we had the chance to attend the opening of the Shenzhen Biennale, curated by Creative Director Ole Bouman together with Academic Directors Li Xiangning and Jeffrey Johnson. The Biennale, focused on “Urban Borders,” is split between two venues that will be open until Feb 28th, 2014. 

Toll Stations and Canopies at the AP-7 South La Jonquera - Salou, Catalonia

Right next to the Shenzhen Ferry Terminal, where thousands of people commute every day between , Macau and Chinese cities along the Pearl River Delta, the Border Warehouse  displays a series of projects -including the national pavilions- that deal with border issues, from projects that mediate Shenzhen and ; the 3,154km long border between Mexico and the US, to transit stations and border checkpoints designed by contemporary architects. Participating include Enrique Walker, Juerguen Mayer, Aterlier Bow Wow, Joseph Grima, Teddy Cruz, Abalos + Sienkiewicz, MAD, among many others.

“Cities are filled with numerous – and at first sight invisible – borders. Between rich and poor, between ethnic groups, between high and low, between dense and sprawl, in short, between center and periphery. But who and what define these borders?” – Ole Bouman

But perhaps the most interesting part of the Biennale takes place at the main venue: The Value Factory. 

More information about the Value Factory and a complete photo report after the break:

Introducing our Latest Innovation: ArchDaily Materials

Dear Readers,

continually strives to be the ultimate source of inspiration, knowledge, and tools for architects around the world. Every potential initiative that we conjure up, we launch only if it aligns with our mission. 

Which is why we’re so excited to introduce to you a fantastic new resource: ArchDaily Materials

We know that many of you already browse our site for inspiration for your work – whether at the very beginnings of a project, when the design is still forming in your mind, or later on, as source references for details, facades, , etc. 

However, once you’ve found the material that inspired you, you’re left to your own devices to procure it (maybe you even settle for something else along the way). 

Well, no longer. With ArchDaily Materials, when you find the feature you’re looking for, you’ll be instantly connected to its maker. It’s Inspiration, Materialized (and effortlessly, we may add).

We’re still in the early stages and so will be fleshing out ArchDaily Materials with even more products and materials over the next few months; however, we invite you to explore this inspirational new resource and start integrating it into your everyday practice today. Enjoy!

Sincerely, 

The ArchDaily Team

ArchDaily at the University of Arizona

will lecture on Dec 2nd at College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, as part of their Critical Practice lecture series.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and begins at 6pm. AIA CES credit is available. The lecture will be held in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Building, Room 202s, at the northeast corner of Speedway and Mountain. Public parking is available in the Highland Garage, northest of AME on Helen Street.

See you in Tucson!

Title: ArchDaily at the University of Arizona
Website: http://architecture.arizona.edu/lecture-series
Organizers: University of Arizona CALA
From: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:00
Until: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:00
Venue: University or Arizona Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Building, Room 202s
Address: 1130 North Mountain Avenue, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

III Moscow Urban Forum – “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”

is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. The Forum has been held annually in Moscow since 2011 with the support of the Moscow Government, and with the Urban Land Institute as international partner. Moscow Urban Forum is a platform for an exchange of ideas where the heads of the largest cities in Russia and the world have an opportunity to discuss topics and projects of concern with the representatives of the international expert community. 

“Megacities: Development Beyond the Centre” is the topic of the III Moscow Urban Forum. The topic is up-to-date and relevant not only for the capital and most Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people, but also for megacities all over the world.

 Global urban planning gurus experienced in developing suburbs are ready to share their ideas – on how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, and make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens. They include Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York; the expert on suburban redevelopment Ellen Dunham-Jones, the founder of the charity “Architecture for Humanity” Cameron Sinclair, among others

The Forum will also server as the occasion for the City Festival, a unique opportunity to showcase ideas for the city of Moscow and connect with its citizens. More details: 

2013 Hong Kong Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. The Biennale is co-organized by  and Hong Kong, two of the most intensely urban cities in the world, where political and economical contexts have shaped unique urban dynamics.

The Hong Kong Biennale is led by Chief Curator Prof. Colin Fournier along with Joshua Lau and Allen Poon of TETRA and Travis Bunt and Tat Lam of URBANUS. As reported earlier, the Shenzhen edition will be curated by Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson.

As Asia’s leading architecture, design and planning event, it will exhibit work by leading international and local design professionals and engage in a three month cultural dialogue that will include satellite exhibitions, performances, fi lm screenings, forums, workshops, guided tours and lectures.

The Biennale “will be informed by the singularity of Hong Kong but it will not be primarily about Hong Kong, just as the Venice Biennale is not about Venice: it will be about the cities of the world, making use of the unique bi-city setting of the Biennale as a platform to address global issues in a visionary and critical way.”

will be present at the opening of the Shenzhen edition to bring you all the insights of the event.

Curatorial statement below:

ArchiLab, Naturalizing Architecture: The Architects

After taking a hiatus while the new FRAC Centre was being built, ArchiLab has returned for its ninth edition. The lab started as an opportunity to question the practice of the architect, the diversification of the field, and the new urban challenges of our changing, globalized world. Founded by Marie-Ange Brayer (Director of the FRAC) & Frédéric Migayrou (Deputy Director of the MNAM-Centre Pompidou), it has shaped the architectural debate and served as a launch platform for many architects.

Under the subject of “Naturalizing Architecture,” this edition of focuses on the discussion of how architecture now “[...] overlaps with the sources of molecular biology, even in processes of replication, transcription and translation of genetic material. In this way, architects can introduce complex models based on processes involving the self-generation of matter and incorporating programmatic, social, material and environmental variables. Control of these processes turns hybridization into a new architectural order.” 

We interviewed some of the practices showcased at ArchiLab to understand how they see architecture today, and how their projects are related to the subject of the exhibit.

Interviewed practices: [Ay]A Studio (Jorge Ayala), B+U (Herwig Baumgartner & Scott Uriu), Biothing (Alisa Andrasek), Bloom Games (Alisa Andrasek & Jose Sanchez), EZCT (Philippe Morel), Faulders Studio (Thom Faulders), Kokkugia (Roland Snooks & Robert Stuart-Smith), Matsys (Andrew Kudless), Prof. Achim Menges / ICD Universität Stuttgart (Oliver David Krieg), Minimaforms (Stephen Spyropoulos & Theodore Spyropoulos), Jenny Sabin, soma (Kristina Schinneger), and Xuberance (Steven Ma).

ArchiLab will be open to the public until February 2nd, 2014 at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France.

AD Interviews: Jakob + MacFarlane / FRAC Centre

During the opening of the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, France, we had the chance to interview architect Brendan MacFarlane, one of the founders of the Paris-based firm Jakob + MacFarlane (the architects behind the building).

In this interview Brendan tells us more about Les Turbulences, a project that emerged from the frame of an old military building and now houses one of the most impressive collections of contemporary art and experimental architecture from the 1950s to today, including some 15,000 architectural drawings and 800 models. You can explore all the details of this project in our previous feature.

ArchDaily’s Google Glass Experiment

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When Google Glass launched, we wondered how this wearable augmented reality device could add a whole other dimension to the consumption of architectural publications, by bringing the experience of space, matter, and light to our screens.

In our field, the experience is very important, and it is a dimension that hasn’t been able to be reproduced in its entirety through traditional media (plans, 2D or even 3D models). Attempts to make immersive panoramas or to embrace video have expanded the potential for representation, but not in a significant way. And this is why travel is a vital asset for the architect.

Imagine finally experiencing the approach to the Parthenon like Le Corbusier did almost a century ago. Imagine a tour broadcast by the architects of a project themselves, with the possibility for instant reader feedback in order to discuss a particular moment inside the building. 

Google is about to release a new version of their device, and we had the chance to use it while walking around the PUC Design School by Sebastian Irarrazaval. Here’s a short video of what we recorded with the device; just imagine how this very same video would be when overlays the physical, built world you’re experiencing with virtual information from around the web. 

And stay tuned for more videos!!