How Do Mysterious “Memory” Materials Work?

Decker Yeadon’s Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Imagine a material that shifts and moves according to the temperature of the outside air - like a flower opening up for sunlight and closing its petals at night. New high-tech smart have allowed this idea to thrive and the possibilities are endless. Originally posted on Design Curial, the designer and smart material guru Chris Leferti answers a few questions behind these mysterious materials.

There are many materials that are defining the future: renewable resources, completely new materials such as graphene, but one of the biggest and most fascinating groups — that continues to grow — is .

Find out more about these amazing materials after the break

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3 of The New Yorker’s Best Architecture Reads

The National September 11 Memorial Museum by Snøhetta in New York. Image © Joe Woolhead

If you like magazines, then you’ll love this: the New Yorker, celebrating their recent redesign, have made their archive free for a limited period only. And, making up for their hiatus as they wait for a redesign of their own, Places Journal has gone to the effort of rounding up the best architecture reads from the last few years. Here are our top three:

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World Photo Day: Roland Halbe by Thom Mayne

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In honor of (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked 15 architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Thom Mayne writes on behalf of Roland Halbe

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Users Create the Color in this Super-Sized Kaleidoscope

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2013 KOBE Biennale visitors had the opportunity to experience the magic of a kaleidoscope in a whole new way thanks to Saya Miyazaki and Masakazu Shiranes’ award-winning installation. The psychedelic polyhedral installation was designed for the Art Container Contest, which challenged participants to create interesting environments within the confines of a single . As visitors meandered through the installation, they became active participants – rather than passive observers – in the kaleidoscope’s constantly changing appearance. For more images and information, continue after the break.

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World Photo Day: Miguel de Guzmán by Carlos Arroyo

OostCampus / Carlos Arroyo. Image © Miguel de Guzmán

In honor of (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, Carlos Arroyo writes on behalf of Miguel de Guzmán

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World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan

House P / - + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The architect and architectural photographer Fernanado Guerra the studio FG+SG with his brother Sérgio Guerra in Portugal co-founded 15 years ago. Nowadays they are responsible for most of the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary architecture.

Fernando’s remarkable work is honored in our celebration of the World Photo Day through the words of renowed brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, from studiomk27.

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Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The Irish ’s response to the theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale captures the tumultuous history of the Ireland‘s past hundred years through ten infrastructural projects which highlight the country’s progress. ’s relationship to the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” was colored by their independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s, with modernism and infrastructure seen as the way to leave this past behind. The pavilion examines the outcomes of this approach, with Ireland treated as “a launch-pad and testing ground” for everything from concrete infrastructure to data centers. Read the curators’ take on their pavilion after the break.

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World Photo Day: Scott Burrows by Shaun Lockyer

River Room / Shaun Lockyer Architects. Image © Scott Burrows

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, Shaun Lockyer writes on behalf of Scott Burrows

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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 Venice Biennale 2014. Image ©

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, 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 ©

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

Courtesy of Biber Architects

New York-based firm Biber Architects has unveiled its design for the US – “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

© Morley von Sternberg. Image Courtesy of Astudio

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 photographers 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 / Plasma Studio. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

In honor of (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, Ulla Hell of Plasma Studio writes on behalf of Hertha Hurnaus.

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