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6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

09:30 - 27 February, 2017
6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

The "architectural pilgrimage" is much more than just everyday tourism. Studying and admiring a building through text and images often creates a hunger in architects, thanks to the space between the limitations of 2D representation and the true experience of the building. Seeing a building in person that one has long loved from a distance can become something of a spiritual experience, and architects often plan vacations around favorite or important spaces. But too often, architects become transfixed by a need to visit the same dozen European cities that have come to make up the traveling architect's bucket list.

Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza

06:00 - 23 February, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza, Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook
Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook

The 2017 Portuguese Commemorative Coins were unveiled this week in the Casa da Moeda, where the themes, authors and designs for the commemorative, chain and collector's coins to be issued throughout the year were shown. 

This Video of Spaceworkers' Casa Cabo de Vila Was Inspired by "The Shining"

06:00 - 14 February, 2017
This Video of Spaceworkers' Casa Cabo de Vila Was Inspired by "The Shining", © Building Pictures
© Building Pictures

This is a story about a girl..... her red tricycle, and of a beautiful house. Inspired by “The Shining” from Stanley Kubrick.

Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon

18:00 - 12 February, 2017
Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon, via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus
via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus

Público published a report today that Chilean architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate Alejandro Aravena has been invited to design a project for the EDP (Energias de Portugal), complementing the Aires Mateus-designed Sede da EDP (EDP Headquarters) in Lisbon.

Watch AL_A’s MAAT Museum in Lisbon Shimmer in this 4K Timelapse Video

14:00 - 7 February, 2017
Watch AL_A’s MAAT Museum in Lisbon Shimmer in this 4K Timelapse Video, © Alejandro Villanueva
© Alejandro Villanueva

Located along banks of the Tagus in the Lisbon neighborhood of Belém, AL_A's recently completed Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) has brightened up the Lisbon waterfront with its sleek form and glimmering materiality since its opening last October. These qualities have now been captured in a 4K timelapse video by photographer and filmmaker Alejandro Villanueva. The video shows how the building’s presence transforms throughout the day, as the sun reflects off of its unique ceramic facade.

Learn How This Portuguese Project Was Inspired by Strong Winds and a Striking Landscape

12:00 - 29 January, 2017
Learn How This Portuguese Project Was Inspired by Strong Winds and a Striking Landscape, © Damião Santos
© Damião Santos

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

Interview with Álvaro Siza: “Beauty Is the Peak of Functionality!”

09:30 - 11 January, 2017
Interview  with Álvaro Siza: “Beauty Is the Peak of Functionality!”, Fundação Iberê Camargo. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Fundação Iberê Camargo. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Throughout the 60-year career of Álvaro Siza, his work has continuously defied categorization--having variously been described as “critical regionalism” and “poetic modernism,” with neither quite capturing the true essence of Siza's intuitive architecture. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” series, Siza discusses those attempts to categorize his work, his design approach and the role of beauty in his designs.

Material Focus: Expansion Inspired by Portuguese Tiles by João Tiago Aguiar

14:00 - 17 December, 2016
Material Focus: Expansion Inspired by Portuguese Tiles by João Tiago Aguiar, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

Orizzontale Activates the Street with Wooden Intervention in the Azores Islands

16:00 - 13 November, 2016
Orizzontale Activates the Street with Wooden Intervention in the Azores Islands, © Rui Soares
© Rui Soares

Orrizontale has constructed “Casa do Quarteirão,” a permanent wooden installation developed for Walk&Talk 2016, an annual arts festival in the Azores islands, that reclaims the physical space of the street for “convivial and collaborative use.”

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