World Photo Day: ESTO by Weiss/Manfredi

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture . Here, Weiss/Manfredi writes on behalf of ESTO

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“Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at the DAZ Berlin

If you are in Berlin in August, make sure to check out the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi: Together” at The Deutsche Architecture Zentrum, dedicated to the legacy of the famed Italian-born Brazilian architect, and focusing on her “capacity to engage with every facet of culture and to see the potential in all manner of people.” More on the exhibition after the break.

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World Photo Day: José Hevia by Iñaki Ábalos

"INTERIOR" Spanish Pavilion at the . Image © José Hevia

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Iñaki Ábalos writes on behalf of José Hevia

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World Photo Day: Taisuke Ogawa by Chiaki Arai

Ofunato Civic Center and Library / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design. Image © Taisuke Ogawa

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture . Here, Chiaki Arai writes on behalf of Taisuke Ogawa. 

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The Solution To Pollution Is…The Rooftops?

, used to keep Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church a crisp white, is now being looked at for reduction at The University of California – Riverside. Image © Flickr User Rory MacLeod

The potential solution to smog and pollution may be hovering right over our heads, now that Students at the University of California – Riverside have designed a pollution reducing rooftop tile. According to their calculations, cladding one million rooftops with the tiles could remove 21 tons of nitrogen oxides — daily. Currently the Los Angeles area spits out 500 tons of nitrogen oxides a day, so the tiles are just one piece of the puzzle in reducing pollution – however the students are imagining their nitrogen-oxide-eating Titanium Dioxide compound in exterior paints, concrete and more. To see all the possibilities, read the full article here.

Under the Skin: Exploring BIG Through the Danish Maritime Museum

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With a voluminous portfolio and a bold, light-hearted persona, Bjarke Ingels is among the most respected young architects of the era. Now, as he enters his forties, this article from Icon looks at one of his longest-running projects: The Danish National Maritime Museum. Exploring the development of this project from competition winning proposal in 2006 to completion last year, it discusses some of BIG’s more daring decisions for the museum’s design, as well as Ingels’ development as an architect on the international stage.

Milan Expo 2015: Barn-Inspired Design Unveiled for US Pavilion

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New York-based firm Biber Architects has unveiled its design for the US pavilion – “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” – at the Milan Expo 2015. An airy, barn-inspired structure, the design represents the pavilion’s food-centric theme, focusing on a farm-to-table food model and sustainable production.

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Astudio Complete Youth Space in East London

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British practice Astudio have recently completed a large youth space in Poplar, East London, featuring a gym, recording studios and performance hall alongside multiple social and learning spaces. Designed with the input from other 1600 young people and stakeholders, the four year project has been part of a wider initiative to address the inadequate provision of existing youth facilities in the London borough of . As the team’s second youth space completed in the last year, Spotlight has recently been shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival Award.

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World Photo Day: Nelson Kon by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

Residence FS / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados. Image ©

Nelson Kon works with photography since 1985 and his passion can be appreciated through his images of contemporary buildings, heritage ensembles and urban scenes.

In celebration of World Photo Day (August 19th), we invited some architects to comment on the work of some of the best architectural of our time. After the break, Vinicius Andrade speaks on the behalf of his studio, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, about brazilian photographer Nelson Kon.

Nelson Kon is the photographer who has discovered us. Our very first work was registered by him. His photos, since the first essays we commissioned, were responsible for the unveiling of our work, strictly for private clients until then.

As a photographer he is very objective and precise, always surprising us with an eye that is at the same time simple and revealing. Those features were essential to strengthen our professional affinity – we somehow believe his vision of architecture is similar to our own vision (even admitting that his photos are much better).

More important than his essays on our work is the wide collection of images he has built on Brazilian modern and contemporary architecture and on our cities.

Besides his evident technical qualities, Nelson became a friend and a person we admire for his generosity.

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World Photo Day: Hertha Hurnaus by Ulla Hell

Paramount Alma / . Image © Hertha Hurnaus

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture . Here, Ulla Hell of Plasma Studio writes on behalf of Hertha Hurnaus.

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Gehry to Design Campus for Non-Profit in Los Angeles Neighborhood

Watts Tower. Image via Wikimedia

Frank Gehry, renowned for his often enormous public works projects, is turning his attention to something on a smaller scale: a campus for the non-profit organization CII (Children’s Institute Inc.) in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Perhaps best known for Watts tower, the architecture of Watts is shaped by limited income and the need to deter vandalism. according to the LA Times Gehry’s intervention will hopefully be a tipping point for a neighborhood desperate to change not just its aesthetic but its future. Read the full article about the project here.

Norman Foster Joins Hollywood Stars in Petition Against Venice Cruise Ships

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Over 50 Leading figures from architecture, art, film and fashion – Including Norman Foster, the director of London’s National Gallery Nicholas Penny, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation Richard Armstrong, and Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas, Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Rob Lowe – have signed a petition pleading Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini to keep large cruise ships out of Venice.

The petition, created by the UNESCO-backed Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, says is a reaction to both the aesthetic intrusion caused by the cruise liners, but also what it believes is a “probable risk of catastrophe” due to the possible effects that such large ships could have on the fragile Lagoon surrounding Venice.

More on the cruise ship controversy after the break

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Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil’s Acquario Ceará Aquarium

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The Brazilian coastal city of , one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world’s largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving “legs” which support the structure of “the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface”. Zahner’s President, William Zahner, believes that “this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas.”

See Zahner’s prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

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Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books

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This summer, ArchitectureBoston gives readers a reason to linger in their hammocks a little longer and drift away into the world of architecture and design. The new issue contains extensive and insightful suggestions for book lovers looking to build a personal library of new and important titles. Read on for more information.

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New Images Leaked of Zaha Hadid’s Luxury NYC Apartment Complex

New images have been leaked of the inside of Zaha Hadid’s New York City luxury apartment complex, set to be built alongside the second section of the High Line at 520 West 28th Street.

The renderings, first published by Curbed, show the layout of a typical kitchen and master bath in this 11-story sculpted glass and steel apartment. While the kitchen rendering features a curvy island and faucet in the middle, the bathroom appears to have textured walls.

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Why Should You Register A .archi Domain?

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The time has come for architects, across the globe, to register for their .archi domain names. This year has seen the launch of a entirely new range of which explicitly indicate the field of business a particular domain name points to; .archi, the new extension reserved exclusively for architectural bodies, is one such. Not only will it differentiate architects from other fields but, perhaps more importantly, will also help internet users find architects when browsing the web. The development of this domain extension, which has been supported by the International Union of Architects (UIA), will mean that only academically qualified architects and their affiliates will be able to use .archi.

Paul Andreu, designer of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the Taiyuan Archaeological Centre, alongside Corinne Vezzoni, have both pledged their support of the new domain name in an advertising campaign by the regulating body Starting Dot.

Click here to register a .archi domain name or find out more after the break…

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Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, “modernity” could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity“ set for the national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian  chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator’s take on the pavilion after the break

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New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image Courtesy of

New images have been released of Foster + Partners’ and Heller Manus Architects’ design for  “First and Mission,” a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development project in downtown San Francisco.

The project consists of a 605-foot condominium tower — the tallest residential project on the West Coast — and an 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower. Together the two towers will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

View more images and learn more about the design of the “First and Mission” project after the break…

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