David Basulto

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

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 :

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, Moscow, 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 and events to cover around the world. In a few days we will announce the 2014 Building of the Year 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) 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”

Urban Forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. The Forum has been held annually in since 2011 with the support of the Government, and with the Urban Land Institute as international partner. 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 Shenzhen and , 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 ArchiLab 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. 

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!! 

AD Interviews: Francisco Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus - founded by brothers and partners, Manuel and – is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture. We recently had the chance to interview one of the partners: Francisco Aires Mateus.

Francisco Aires Mateus has been a professor in Portugal and Norway. Currently, he teaches at the University of Lugano and has given lectures and seminars in Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Japan, and many other countries.

Aires Mateus has been awarded with the FAD Award on several occasions, and has also been a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Projects by Aires Mateus on :

Alcácer do Sal Residences 

Cabanas no Rio

Santo Tirso Call Center

Sines Center for the Arts

Casa na Areia

House in Leiria

House in Aroeira

Building in Lagoa das Furnas

Thanks to the FAD Universidad Finis Terrae for making this interview possible.

AA DLAB 2013: Light Forest

Light Forest installation, AA DLAB: Blue, London / Hooke Park, July – August 2013 (photo: Elif Erdine)

Light Forest is the final working prototype of the (AA) DLAB Visiting School, which took place in AA London and AA Hooke Park, a 350-acre working forest in Dorset, south west England, where the AA has a small educational facility centred on a woodworking workshop.

9th ArchiLab: Naturalizing Architecture Symposiums

ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion 2011 / ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart, part of the ArchiLab 2013 exhibit

Currently on view at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, ArchiLab 2013 introduces the latest progress in terms of research in digital architecture and its interaction with the sciences, permitted by the simulation of growth phenomena in the living world.

The problematics of ArchiLab 2013, involving digital architecture and the sciences, will be broached at an international symposium which will bring together ten exhibited architects. They will present their latest research, dealing with changes occurring in the very concept of nature and ecology. 

The symposium will take place on October 24th-25th, and will be broadcasted live at (starting at 9:30AM CET, 3:30AM EDT) . More details can be found here.

ArchDaily 3D Printing Challenge: The Winners

3D Printing has opened up a whole new world for architecture. Technology that was once restricted to fabrication labs is now available to the end user – and at an affordable price. Of course, this new technology has also created the necessity to easily share 3D data over the web.

With this in mind, we partnered with Gigabot – the biggest, most affordable 3D printer (it can print models up to 60x60x60cm) – and with Sketchfab, a new platform that is bridging the gap between the 3D models on your desktop and on the web.

We invited our readers to model their favorite architectural classic, and today we are announcing the two winners who will  recive a real-life physical model, printed with the .

The Gigabot team chose the Villa Savoye modeled by by Luiza Lense as their pick, and our readers also voted this model as the most popular. According to the rules, the People’s Choice goes to the second most voted model: the Lotus Temple by Elijah Wood. We will document the printing process to show you how they go from bits to atoms!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their 3D Models. You can see all the submissions in our 3D Printing Challenge page.

The #ModernismProject Challenge: #ModernismAcrossTheGlobe

The #ModernismProject is back this year with new themes, new judges, and more chances to win tickets to Modernism Week! For those of you who are new around here, it’s a mobile initiative encouraging the Modernism Week community to get involved and capture modernism in everyday life through the photo lens. Starting in October through January, participants will have the opportunity every few weeks to win tickets to Modernism Week events or prizes by simply snapping a photo and showing their own personal perspective on modernism.

We have partnered with Modernism Week to jury this week’s challenge: #modernismacrosstheglobe.

WInner of last year’s #architecture challenge: @yutsai

For us, modernism was a utopian movement that emerged at a point when the world was at a crossroads; modernist architects took up the call to action, optimistically applying universal solutions in their works that they hoped would improve society as a whole. Show us in your photos how you see modernism across the globe.

All the details on how to enter can be found here.

Follow @Modernism_Week and @ArchDaily on and start capturing modernism!

Robots, Cars and Architecture

Ville Savoye (photo by Tim Brown), its floorplan and the Voiture Minimum, the car designed by .

Since the dawn of the modern era, there has been a strong relationship between architecture and the car, especially in the works of Le Corbusier.

Le Corbusier was fascinated by his car (the Voisin C7 Lumineuse); the aesthetics of this functional, mass produced machine deeply influenced his designs. Its focus on function translated into his concept that houses should be “machines for living” and inspired a series of experiments of mass produced, pre-fab houses (such as the Maison Citrohan). Most of these concepts were later materialized in the iconic Villa Savoye, whose floorplan was even designed to accommodate the car’s turning radius. 

ArchDaily 3D Printing Challenge: Vote For Your Favorites!

As becomes more accessible, and a whole lot cheaper, it will open up a whole new world for architecture. There’s just one problem: how to share all that 3D data easily over the web. With this in mind, we’ve partnered with Gigabot - the biggest, most affordable 3D printer (printing models up to 60x60x60cm) – and Sketchfab - a new platform bridging the gap between the 3D models on your desktop and the web – to launch a new, exciting competition.

We asked our readers to model their favorite architectural classics from the AD Classics section, upload it to Sketchfab, and share it with the ArchDaily community. The submitted models are now available in our gallery, and it will be up to our readers to vote for their favorites – giving the authors the chance to have their model printed and delivered straight to his or her doorstep!

Voting is open until October 17th 11:59PM EST. On October 18th we’ll reveal the People’s Choice winner and the Gigabot Selection.

Browse and vote for your favorite model now!