David Basulto

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

New Responsive Design for ArchDaily Mobile

Dear readers,

We have been working  hard since we launched our redesign, but most of our improvements have been under the hood. We understand that architects access not only when sitting at their offices, but at any time where inspiration and knowledge is required. Our creative minds don’t work on a fixed schedule, and it starts operating when we are commuting, walking down the street, traveling, visiting a building, or when looking out the window.

And it was in the mobile devices (phones and tablets), that accompany us all the time, where ArchDaily was falling short.

Today we are happy to announce that our new responsive design is live, replacing our outdated mobile version and eliminating all the issues our tablet visitors were having. This new layout will adjust to the screen of the device that you use to visit ArchDaily.

Our design and development team has worked hard on this version, and we know there are many things we can improve, but we wanted to get it out as soon as possible in order to get all your feedback.

So please, let us know what you think about this version, how it looks on your device, if something doesn’t work, etc. Our team will be reading the comments as always :)

best regards,

David and the ArchDaily team.

World Architecture Festival: Last Days to Register, Discount for ArchDaily Readers

The World Architecture Festival is only a few weeks away. The intense architecture event will take place between October 2nd and 4th in , a young, vibrant city where architecture is everywhere, as you can see on the above video

Hundreds of projects from 60 countries will be displayed WAF festival gallery, where 300 practices will be present. An international jury formed by 95 renowned architects will live critique the finalists, an enriching process that all visitors will be able to attend. And also, several instances for networking with people from the industry.

Speakers include Dietmar Eberle, Sou Fujimoto, Charles Jencks, and more.

ArchDaily readers can use code ‘ARCH’ for a special discount. Register now.

Tokyo to Host the 2020 Olympics!

© Zaha Hadid Architects

UPDATE: Minutes ago was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics. Zaha Hadid’s design to become the Olympic stadium.

Today the International Olympic Comitee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2020 Olympics, with Madrid, Tokyo and competing for the important event. The three cities just finished their presentations in Buenos Aires, Argentina, including presidents and royal members. As we await for the results, we present you the three stadiums designed to host the Olympics in each city.

More information and images:

World Architecture Festival Speakers: Sou Fujimoto, Dietmar Eberle, Charles Jencks, Jeanne Gang, and more!

The  World Architecture Festival is around the corner! On October 2nd-4th, hundreds of architects will gather in  for an intense dose of architecture, in the form of panels, lectures, live crits, and more. You can see all the shortlisted projects here.

The speakers and judges list includes a long list of world renowned architects: Charles Jencks, Dietmar Eberle, Sou Fujimoto, Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang), Murat Tabanlioglu (Tabanlioglu Architects), Odile Decq (ODBC), Kim Herforth Nielse (3XN), Colin Seah (Ministry of Design), Michel Rojkind (Rojkind Arquitectos), Fernando Menis (Menis Arquitectos), Lars Autrup (Realdania), among many others!

More information about the festival and how to participate here.

To whet your appetite, here is a video of all the architecture and urban sights you can visit in Singapore:

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m.poli by Miguel de Guzmán

Spanish architecture photographer has stepped into video, a new dimension of architectural representation, as we saw a few weeks ago with his video for the Espinar House

Miguel has shared with us another video, in a short-film format, with architecture as protagonist. The m.poli kiosks, designed by Brut Deluxe, were commissioned by the city of for temporary street fairs. More than 200 units sit in the outskirts of the city when unused, creating an abandoned suburbia-like landscape that serves as the stage for the short film.

Video: ImagenSubliminal. imagensubliminal.com
Directed by: Miguel de Guzmán
Assistant: Rocío Romero
Staring: Ismeni Espejel. ismeniespejel.com and Carlos Cañete
Music: “BatLoader” by Fran Prados

The Dwell Vision Award

The Dwell Vision Award celebrates design innovation and skill and will reward 1 winner for their excellence in modern design. Entries must consist of projects completed between 2012 and today that are technically and artistically ground breaking, and that show a new method, material or concept that is pushing modern design forward. Submit a project description or statement between 250-350 words that encapsulates your original design elements and methodology along with 3 or more images. Three finalists will be featured on .com and be flown to New York for an awards celebration where the winner will be announced.

Enter now through August 30, 2013. Read here for more information, including rules and how to enter.

Strelka Institute Education Programme 2013/14: Urban Routines

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design opened its doors three years ago. 110 students, 30 teachers and over 200 international experts took part in developing a radically new intellectual and physical space in Moscow. This collective effort resulted in a unique research, educational and public center, looking at the complex problems of a Russian city. studied urban environment and the nature of its transformation, as well as changed the world around us.

Within three years of its existence, Strelka’s educational programme developed several broad themes. In their projects students researched “Public Space”, “Design”, “Preservation”, “Thinning”, “Urban Culture”, “Hinterland”, “Megacity”, “Information”, “Education”. Student projects and research, while remaining inherently student work, made a significant impact on the evolution of public discussion in Moscow, helped introduce the notion of public space into the Russian context and focus public attention on the theme of urban development.

In 2013-14 Strelka will select the theme of its research & design studios differently. We are radically shifting perspective and in the framework of intensive three month research studios are focusing on very concrete, real and seemingly familiar matters.

Applications for this program are open until July 26th. Read more about the program:

Winners of the Innovation Challenge!

At we recognize that design can not only improve the quality of life in the workplace (in essence, one’s home away from home), but it can also do so much more. Design can induce creative collisions, give workers the space they need to combine their resources and energies, can increase production, and make innovation –and even fun—a part of our daily routine. That’s why we have partnered with HP to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries of workplace design, creating remarkable spaces for work, and to foster experimentation among students and encourage them to think about the workplace of the future.

We received close to 150 entries by professionals and students from around the world. The jury of HP Experts chose their favorites, and our readers also had the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. All of the winners will receive HP printers and cash prizes, courtesy of our partner HP.

See the winners of the Innovation Challenge Page

AD Interviews: Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros is one of the most influential Spanish architects practicing today. Executing a delicate balance between his role defining the practice of architecture with work in the academy, he has not only overseen the construction of significant built projects, but also teaches at School of Architecture of Madrid and is a Full Professor at GSAPP Columbia University in New York. It was recently announced that his winning proposal for the Munch Museum/Deichman Library competition was given the green light. The museum will house the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch artworks and is scheduled to open in 2018. 

Herreros strives to highlight architecture’s multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary nature by revealing the complex relationships that lie behind individual projects—undergirded by what Herreros identifies as a “technical culture” (see the exhibition Dialogue Architecture that he curated at the last Venice Biennale).

Together with Iñaki Abalos he founded Abalos&Herreros in 1984. In 1992 they founded the International Multimedia League (LMI), an organization that contributes to the simplification and intensification of artistic practice. Since 2006 he practices with the firm Herreros Arquitectos a collaborative office that has won numerous competitions and commissions. His projects can be found around the world and range from schemes for public spaces to designs for houses.

“Something unique about [our] studio is that, given the difficulties of doing research in architecture today and the usefulness of the “research applied to architecture” concept, we maintain two open, integrated lines of work: one line maintains small projects, very quick, very immediate; and the other is related to the large projects, generally the result of international competitions around the world.”

Check out a full transcript of our interview with Herreros after the break…

Innovation Challenge: Meet the contestants and support your favorites!

We spend roughly 40 hours a week at the workplace—and, who are we kidding?…often far more! That’s about 25% of all of our weeks spent in the office – essentially a quarter of the year—and, assuming you’ll live about 80 years, a little less than a third of our working lives.

At we recognize that design can not only improve the quality of life in the workplace (in essence, one’s home away from home), but it can also do so much more. Design can induce creative collisions, give workers the space they need to combine their resources and energies, can increase production, and make innovation –and even fun—a part of our daily routine. That’s why we have partnered with HP to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries of workplace design, creating remarkable spaces for work, and to foster experimentation among students and encourage them to think about the workplace of the future.

We are very excited to publish the nearly 150 entries for the Innovation Challenge. Both professionals and students shared their ideas on how a transformation of the workplace can foster innovation. Architects presented already-built projects that are currently pushing boundaries and generating these better workspaces, while students used their freedom to propose more radical approaches within a generic office floor. The solutions and proposals ranged from the conventional to the experimental and showed thinking on a wide variety of scales.

Now, a panel of expert judges (which includesRojkind Arquitectos, Theatre Consultants, Matias del Campo and Enric Ruiz Geli) will evaluate the entries and choose the most innovative workplaces of today and tomorrow. But you, the ArchDaily reader, will also have the opportunity to evaluate the projects, cast your vote and support your favorite entries for the People’s Choice Award! All winners will be announced on July 10th and will receive great prizes from HP.

AA Visiting Schools 2013: Athens & Istanbul

A few weeks ago, the AA Visiting School academic program was held in and Athens. The program combines theory and practice, in an intensive workshop using computational tools as well as digital fabrication machines in a fully contextualised architectural problematic.

In a period of 20 days, the program bring together people of different levels of architectural experience –from 2nds year students to PhD candidates from various places of the globe. Every workshop runs as a highly-focused unit-based educational system with shared agendas which promotes collaborative design, research and performance. They are run by a tutoring team of full-time professionals who have experience working in internationally renowned architectural firms.

Among other challenges, both the participants and the tutors faced the challenge of short-timed project proposal using computational tools as well as with the use of digital fabrication machines in a fully contextualised architectural problematic. The objective is to achieve interesting design solutions through the use of the latest technological developments and on its’ consecutive year this was accomplished in a very successful way. The final results were presented not as merely attractive images on the screen but as digital prototypes filled with elaborate information that made the digital fabrication possible.

AD Interviews: Wolf D. Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Highly regarded as both an academic and practitioner, Wolf Prix is an architect’s architect. He’s also a Guinness World Record holder. (The Busan Cinema Center boasts the world’s longest cantilever roof). We sat down with the Austrian architect and learned that not only does he welcome the unforeseeable results of rule-breaking, but he also borrows models of strategy and organization from soccer:

“Of course nowadays the architect as a single genius is over. I think we have to learn how to communicate and work in a team. Therefore, I just rearranged the organization of our office along the idea of the football team, FC Barcelona. Barcelona plays a beautiful game, very clever and very intelligent—they always play in a triangle system and then Messi or Xavi breaks the rules and plays street football with unforeseeable rules. This is the way we work in our office and this is the way that we design.”

He founded COOP HIMMELB(L)AU in 1968 (with Helmut Swiczinsky) and in 1980 the office published “Architecture Must Burn!” a manifesto which extolled the virtues of an architecture “that bleeds, exhausts, that turns and even breaks.” From its inception the office has pushed the boundaries of practice through its use of complex forms, communicated using a variety of media and materials. Their projects represent an embrace of imbalance, disquiet, distortion, fragmentation and chaos.

The title of one of his latest lectures (“In two days tomorrow will be yesterday”) aptly encapsulates Prix’s approach to time and space.

He gained international recognition when his firm’s work was featured in the 1988 MoMA show “Deconstructivist Architecture.” The show marked what curator Philip Johnson described as the “pleasures of unease” and highlighted the work of six other architects in addition to COOP HIMMELB(L)AU— Zaha HadidRem KoolhaasFrank GehryPeter EisenmannBernard Tschumi and Daniel Libeskind. The curators brought together this diverse group of architects to showcase the commonalities between projects that harnessed previously unexplored potentials of the modern movement.

“We always wanted to get through with our radical ideas. No compromising on one hand; on the other hand, if you build large projects you have to think in real terms as well.”

Prix’s architecture has employed advances in technology to create public spaces that challenge tradition and convention. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s more recent projects include The Busan Cinema CenterMusée des ConfluencesBMW Welt, and Dalian International Conference Center. He has taught at the Universität für angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Art) in Vienna, Harvard University, the , Columbia University and other prominent schools of architecture.

AD Interviews: Advice for Young Architects

Since started, we have interviewed close to two hundred architects to understand the diversity of our profession, and to give you insights from the most successful practices in the world.

Here is a round up with excerpts from some of these interviews, focusing on advice for the young architects.

Watch Bjarke Ingels, Charles Renfro, Einar Jarmund, Ma Yansong, Sam Jacob, Jim Eyre, and Andrew Maynard share their advice with the ArchDaily community!

2013 Pritzker Prize Ceremony, Toyo Ito

Thomas Pritzker, , Lord Palumbo, Martha Thorn

Last night we attended the Pritkzer Prize ceremony, where the 2013 laureate Toyo Ito accepted the prestigious award at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.

On his acceptance speech, Toyo Ito recognised the team that has worked with him during his 42 years of practice, including engineers and architects who attended the ceremony, including a very special former employee: Kazuyo Sejima, who worked with him for 7 years before establishing her practice, and also a Pritzker laureate (2010). As Ito said “Making architecture is not something one does alone; one must be blessed with many good collaborators to make it happen”.

And then, Ito continued his wonderful speech on how modern architecture and nature have been in a constant clash, how he has approached this relation and what he hopes for the future, appealing to JFK’s famous quote ”ask not what America will do for you” to propose the question “What can we ourselves do for the freedom of man?”.

The full speech is reproduced below, so you can understand how Ito’s passion for architecture and critic view of the state of world turns into a message of union for architects:

AD Interviews: Charles Renfro

DS+R (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) is one of the most acclaimed architecture practices of these days. The firm was started by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio back in 1979, and they were later joined by as a partner in 2004.

In the past years the firm has been involved in several cultural projects, including the Blur Building at the Swiss Expo 2002, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Julliard School, the Alice Tully Hall and the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center in New York and the Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. They are also currently working on the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Image & Audio in Rio de Janeiro, the Columbia Medical Building and Business School in New York… and the list just keeps growing.

But for sure one of their most important projects has been The Highline, together with James Corner / Field Operations. This urban regeneration project has not only changed Manhattan, but also inspired cities around the world to understand their hidden value. This project is currently on its third stage, which includes a multi-use venue designed by DS+R, the Culture Shed.

In all these projects, there is a common denominator between private/public space relationships, as discussed with Charles Renfro in this interview. In this conversation you will also learn about a very important aspect of the firm’s work, one that is very hard to transmit in traditional architecture media or even on the web: the experience. The art and performance projects that the firm has been doing since its beginning has added a particular layer to their built work. After you see their installations (and the effect they create in people), and then go back to their built projects, you start to see them as a series of situations where users are not static, but part of this performance.

Take for example the sunken auditorium at the Highline, a place that is meant to be seen by the cars driving below, who get a glimpse of the active urban life above. Or the hanging media center at the ICA, that uses the sea as a facade. Or The Art of Scent exhibit at the MAD Museum, where they exhibit the intangible. Or at the Blur Building, where you enter into a cloud.

DS+R’s work is very clear and bold at first glance, but with many underlaying moments and situations that reflect the careful design of each project.

Thanks to UNIACC Architecture School for making this interview possible. Projects by DS+R at ArchDaily:

World Architecture Festival 2013: Submit your works!

Once again we have partnered with the World Architecture Festival, the world’s largest festival (with live awards) for the global architecture community, to be held in October in .

The format of the event is unique as the professionals of the participating firms present to, and receive live feedback and commendation from, the WAF’s jury, which this year includes architects such as such as William Alsop, Sir Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto, Dietmar Eberle, Jeanne Gang, Marcio Kogan, and Ole Scheeren, among many others. It will be a live architecture performance, where you will debate, learn and be inspired.

The World Architecture Festival also includes a seminar and keynotes with renowned international architects  (full list TBA). In these and other activities, you will be able to exchange ideas with over 2000 architects representing more than 65 countries, as well as broaden your horizons and your contacts.

Another interesting aspect of the WAF is the location. Held in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands, the WAF positions itself in the center of the Southeast Asia, a region with unprecedented growth, where opportunities are constantly opening for architects.

Please note that the deadline for entries has been extended until June 10th. You can find more info about the award categories and how to enter here.

Remember to use code ‘ARCH’ for a 10% discount in your entry.

Architectural Association DLAB, Blue

The announces the 2013 edition of the DLAB, the intensive computation and fabrication oriented workshop. The workshop continues the experimentation of last year’s edition, which resulted on the Fallen Star installation.

DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic and generative design methodologies as well as with large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda DLAB will immerse in blue for its 2013 cycle as a way to investigate natural growth processes in relation to innovative concepts of architectural tectonics and fabrication. Blue will become the inspiration for diving into the depths of emergence, differentiation and complexity which are found at various scales in nature. We will carefully interweave these concepts with interaction and participatory design in order to create full-scale working prototypes. The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants will benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase will shift to AA Hooke Park campus and revolve around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which will unify the design goals of DLAB.

Some of the most prominent features which the participants will be exposed to during DLAB include: