“Classic Japan” Episode 3: Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall / Kenzo Tange

This installment of Vincent Hecht‘s “Classic ” series takes you through Kenzo Tange’s 1958 Kagawa Prefectural Government Hall. Emulating traditional Japanese wood construction, the reinforced concrete structure forms an L-shape around a central courtyard with a connecting eight-story administrative office tower and low-rise assembly hall.

Video: Jørn Utzon’s Nature-Inspired Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House recently created a exploring how Jørn Utzon was inspired by the form and function of nature. While Jørn Utzon may not have seen himself as a pioneer of sustainable techniques, was inherent in his design philosophy. Watch the video above to learn more. 

Archiculture Interviews: Sway Calloway

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“I think what you see visually in terms of how you live can definitely make a difference on how you view life.”

Radio host and TV personality Sway Calloway sits down with Arbuckle Industries in this Archiculture extras interview, speaking about the changing environment of his childhood when he moved to the projects and the accompanying psychological impacts of its architecture, both immediate and long-term. He discusses the importance of well-designed public housing projects and the mental effects of living in a cramped space. He also speculates on why architecture doesn’t receive as much public attention as music or sports.

VIDEO: The Making of Zaha Hadid’s Loa and Vesu Vases

Crafted from pure silver and standing at 40-centimeters-tall, the Loa and Vesu vases by Zaha Hadid Architects are as bold and dynamic as the firm’s architecture. In this fascinating , watch Austrian silversmiths Wiener Silber Manufactur handcraft the ornamental vases in their Viennese studio using a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Designed by Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, and a team of four designers, the vases reference “the volcanic forces of expansion and compression, subtle fluctuations and distortions of ripples”, and are both as functional as they are sculptural. 

Video: RNT Architects’ “New Gateway” to San Diego City College

Watch RNT Architects discuss The Quad, their new Business, Arts & Humanities building for San Diego City College in this short from Breadtruck Films. The result of seven years of “doing the drawings…watching the construction… building the volumes and the spaces,” The Quad brings together two faculties that are “different in purpose and function differently” to create a “place for learning and social interaction.”

In this video Principal Ralph Roesling and Associate and project architect Jeremy Joyce discuss materiality and character, and their deliberate creation of a building “intended to last.”

“Inspiration is a complex thing,” said Joyce, “It’s difficult to define how to create an inspirational space. Every corner you turn you’re going to be inspired and hopefully come up with a great idea.”

Video: Sou Fujimoto’s Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in Japan

Tokyo-based French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has captured the opening of Sou Fujimoto’s polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan. The inhabitable, seven-meter, white stainless steel structure is part of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Watch the video above for a closer look.

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Video: Olympiapark München / Frei Otto

Pritzker laureate Frei Otto was best known for his tensile structures. A prime example Otto’s ingenuity, the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich was a collaborative work with Gunther Behnisch that connected the park’s main programs – the natatorium, gymnasium and main stadium – with a whimsical, lightweight canopy structure that mimicked the “rhythmic protrusions” of the Swiss Alps. Watch the Spirit of Space short film above to see the project in its current state and learn more about the pioneering structure, here.

Video: A Fascinating Tour Through Brasilia with Reggie Watts

“An alternately factual presented by nameless hosts Reggie Watts and Carolina Ravassa Brasilia takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the famed capital of Brazil. In topics ranging from architecture, religious ceremonial practices, and spiritual conscious alignment, Reggie and Carolina traverse some of the world’s most impossibly futuristic human landscapes, extolling earnest advice about the culture, practices, and habits of the Brasilienese people. With a synthesizer soundtrack from the late 60/early 70s, Brasilia exposes the unknown truths of this exotic utopian city nestled in the cradle of South America.” – Film description courtesy of Reggie Watts via Indiewire.

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Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

“In this film, we hear various viewpoints about how ABW impacts the work environment at GLG,” explains Spirit of Space’s Adam Goss. “How technology enables the user, the psychology behind seating choice, how this new style of working helps achieve the company goals, and how, above all, the architectural design fosters all of this in an efficient and choreographed manner.”

Archiculture Interviews: Bill McDonough

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“What I’m trying to look at is how do we make humans supportive of a natural world, in the way that the natural world is supportive of us?” In the latest installment of Arbuckle Industries’ Archiculture , architect, educator, environmentalist, and author discusses some of the challenges and themes he has seen in our built environment. He focuses on environmentalism in architecture through the lens of carbon neutrality and the problems with that principle. He goes on to address some of his solutions, including a Cradle to Cradle design approach which changes the way environmental problems are tackled.

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 9 – Walking the Streets of Porto

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is composed of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and .

Last week we featured the series’ eighth episode about ’s skylights, and now we present Episode 9 – Pavements. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

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Frank Gehry Discusses Project Costs on Never-Before-Seen “The Competition” Teaser

The wait is over; premiere dates for the highly anticipated film The Competition have been released. The first ever to focus on the tense process of architectural competitions, The Competition captures a fascinating account on how five world renowned architects – Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – “toil, struggle and strategize to beat the competition.” The premise is based on a nearly forgotten, 2008 competition for a new National Museum of Art of Andorra, a small Pyrenees country nestled between Spain and France, which has yet to be realized.

Above is a never-before-seen clip of discussing project economics with the competition jury. Watch the official trailer and see if The Competition is premiering in a city near you, after the break.

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Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 8 – The Skylights of Porto

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is composed of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ seventh episode about Porto’s windows, and now we present Episode 8 – Skylights. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

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Rare Interview with Buckminster Fuller on the Geodesic Life

“I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper,” says Buckminster Fuller in this rare interview on the Geodesic Life with Studs Terkel (recorded in 1965 and 1970). Animated by Jennifer Yoo and produced by Blank and Blank, this interview has been brought to life as the first of “The Experimenters” mini-series that features rare with Bucky, Jane Goodall, and Richard Feynman focusing on science, technology and innovation.

In Residence: Joseph Dirand

NOWNESS‘ latest In Residence series takes us into the Parisian home French architect . Adorned with an eclectic mix of vintage relics backdropped by a simple pallet of raw materials, the apartment reveals Dirand’s taste for minimalism. “I always want to get inspired by different things and I realize there is no end to learning,” says Dirand.

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 7 – Peeking Through the Windows of Porto

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is composed of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ sixth episode about Porto’s doors, and now we present Episode 7 – Windows. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

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Video: Frei Otto Experimenting with Soap Bubbles

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“The computer can only calculate what is already conceptually inside of it; you can only find what you look for in computers. Nevertheless, you can find what you haven’t searched for with free experimentation.” – From A Conversation with Frei Otto, by Juan Maria Songel

For Frei Otto, experimentation with models and maquettes was a fundamental part of his work as an architect. In 1961, he began to conduct a series of experiments with soap bubbles (featured in the above). His experiments centered on suspending soap film and dropping a looped string into it to form a perfect circle. By then trying to pull the string out a minimal surface was created. It was these created surfaces that Otto experimented with.

Through these types of experimentation he was able to build forms and structures that were previously believed to be impossible. “Now it can be calculated, but for more than 40 years it was impossible to calculate it. I have not waited for it to be calculated in order to build it.”

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Archiculture Interviews: Joe Brown

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“We know that buildings are destroying the environment as well as building the environment.” In the latest Archiculture extras interview from Arbuckle Industries, architect and CIO of AECOM Joe Brown talks about the changes and challenges he has witnessed in the architecture industry. He discusses the dynamics of being part of a multinational firm and the effects it has on design, as well as the political notions embedded in the field. Additionally, Brown touches on the problems associated with the built environment and how they are inspiring change in the next generation of designers.