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8 Short Architectural Texts You Need To Know

09:30 - 14 November, 2016
© Sharon Lam, using an image by <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adolfloos.2.jpg'>Wikimedia user Martin H.</a> licensed under Public Domain
© Sharon Lam, using an image by Wikimedia user Martin H. licensed under Public Domain

Update: We've added links to help you find these books for purchase and, in 5 of 8 cases, tracked down a way you can read them online for free!

Quality over quantity, so the saying goes. With so many concepts floating around the architectural profession, it can be difficult to keep up with all the ideas which you're expected to know. But in architecture and elsewhere, the most memorable ideas are often the ones that can be condensed textually: “form follows function,” “less is more,” “less is a bore.” Though slightly longer than three words, the following lists a selection of texts that don’t take too long to read, but impart long-lasting lessons, offering you the opportunity to fill gaps in your knowledge quickly and efficiently. Covering everything from loos to Adolf Loos, the public to the domestic, and color to phenomenology, read on for eight texts to place on your reading list:

Adaptable Bamboo Geodesic Domes Win the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Student Category 2016

09:30 - 13 November, 2016
Adaptable Bamboo Geodesic Domes Win the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Student Category 2016, Courtesy of CHHAT
Courtesy of CHHAT

Launched in 2007, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge has quickly gained a reputation for being what Metropolis Magazine once called “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” This year, for the first time, a Student Category was reviewed separately from the general applications, however still based upon the same criteria: comprehensiveness, feasibility, replicability, ecological responsibility, and how verifiable and anticipatory the project is. Students from the Centre for Human Habitat and Alternative Technology (CHHAT) claimed the prize with their adaptable and lightweight modular domes, made from natural, local or recycled materials.

Courtesy of CHHAT Courtesy of CHHAT Courtesy of CHHAT Courtesy of CHHAT +12

Project of the Month: Casino and Hotel Ovalle

00:00 - 13 November, 2016
Project of the Month: Casino and Hotel Ovalle, Courtesy of Turner Arquitectos
Courtesy of Turner Arquitectos

Geography and climate are two important conditions that determine how people can live in a certain environment. When we add to this the cultural characteristics of a region, what appears, as Carl Sauer would say, is a "cultural landscape," a result of humankind’s settlement and adaptation to the territory. When architecture adopts a sensitivity to these conditions, and concerns itself with what the environment offers, living conditions take on a quality of lasting comfort.

For October’s Project of the Month we want to highlight the Casino and Hotel Ovalle by Turner Arquitectos, which adopts an aesthetic pertinent to the geography and cultural landscape of its location. ArchDaily en Español spoke with the project’s architects to find out more about their design.

#donotsettle Shows Us 6 Ways Visiting Buildings is Different to Viewing Them in the Media

09:30 - 12 November, 2016

New from the Belgian-Indonesian vlogging architect duo #donotsettle comes “6 Things You Don't See From Architecture Media (Until You Visit Them).” Known for their user-oriented architecture videos, in this video they present something slightly different to the usual, using a quick tour across several international cities to visit buildings by the likes of Herzog & de Meuron, Unstudio and OMA to demonstrate to viewers all of the experiential aspects of architecture that are often lacking in architecture media.

This New Drawing App Shows How Digital Software Will Save Sketching, Not Destroy It

09:30 - 11 November, 2016

Mental Canvas is not the first software that attempts to save the act of sketching--we have seen 3D "sketching" tools such as SketchUp, as well as applications that simply simulate sketching on paper, such as Morpholio's popular range of sketching apps. But what makes Mental Canvas revolutionary is that you have the ability to sketch freely in a three-dimensional space without the constraints of traditional CAD modelling; it’s what Julie Dorsey, founder of Mental Canvas, calls a "graphical media"; not fully flat but not fully 3D. The software will be released later this year on Microsoft Surface devices, including the recently announced Surface Studio, working with the hardware of the Surface computers and the Surface Dial to provide a natural sketching experience on a virtual canvas.

Courtesy of Mental Canvas Courtesy of Mental Canvas Courtesy of Mental Canvas Courtesy of Mental Canvas +10

The Next Great Public Spaces Will Be Indoors. Are Architects Prepared?

09:30 - 10 November, 2016
The Next Great Public Spaces Will Be Indoors. Are Architects Prepared?, Oslo Opera House by Snøhetta. Image © Snøhetta
Oslo Opera House by Snøhetta. Image © Snøhetta

This article by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, the cofounder of Snøhetta, was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Opinion: The Next Great Public Spaces Will Be Indoors."

Maybe with the sole exception of railway stations, public space is generally understood as outdoor space. Whether in the United States or in Europe, especially now with heightened concerns around security, there seems to be this determined way of privatizing everything that is indoors, even as we are increasingly aiming to improve access to public space outdoors. But in the layered systems of our cities of the future, we will need to focus on the public spaces that are found inside buildings—and make them accessible.

BIG Joins Kuma, Perrault and EMBT in Designing Stations for the Grand Paris Express Metro

12:30 - 9 November, 2016
BIG Joins Kuma, Perrault and EMBT in Designing Stations for the Grand Paris Express Metro, © BIG - Silvio d'Ascia - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Pont de Bondy, (line 15 East) par BIG et Silvio d'Ascia
© BIG - Silvio d'Ascia - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Pont de Bondy, (line 15 East) par BIG et Silvio d'Ascia

BIG and French studio Silvio d'Ascia have been selected to design the new Pont de Bondy metro station in Paris. The station is the latest design to be announced as part of the Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, which is seeking to modernize the existing transport network through the addition of nearly 200 kilometers of rail lines and a series of architect-designed stations throughout the city.

Of a total of 68 new stations, nine have been labeled as “emblematic,” meaning that they are expected to serve as significant neighborhood nodes within the larger masterplan. The Pont de Bondy station will constitute one of these emblematic projects, joining designs from Kengo Kuma & Associates, Dominique Perrault, Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro, Agence Duthilleul, and Elizabeth de Portzamparc.

© Agence Miralles Tagliabue EMBT - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Clichy-Montfermeil (line 16) by Agence Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with Bordas + Peiro Architecte © Kengo Kuma & Associates - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Saint-Denis Pleyel (lines 15, 16 and 17) by Kengo Kuma & Associates © Jean-Marie Duthilleul - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Noisy - Champs (line 15 South) by Agence Duthilleul and Arep © Dominique Perrault Architecture - Société du Grand Paris / Station Villejuif Institut Gustave-Roussy (lines 14 and 15 South) by Dominique Perrault Architecture +7

10 Models Which Show the Power of Point Cloud Scans, As Selected by Sketchfab

09:30 - 9 November, 2016
10 Models Which Show the Power of Point Cloud Scans, As Selected by Sketchfab, via Sketchfab
via Sketchfab

Traditional 3D models made up of surfaces have for a long time aided us in visualizing buildings and spaces, but they often come at a cost: large models require a lot of storage and processing power, and can become incredibly complex to the point where they are difficult to navigate. As a part of our Selected by Sketchfab series, Sketchfab has their eye on a more efficient, increasingly common method of capturing architectural spaces; namely, point clouds. Point clouds are made up of a set of points located in a three-dimensional coordinate system, that when put together merely give an impression of the surface of an object, or the façade of a building.

Steven Holl on Combining Heritage and Modern Healthcare Design at His Maggie's Centre Barts

09:30 - 8 November, 2016
Steven Holl on Combining Heritage and Modern Healthcare Design at His Maggie's Centre Barts, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Steven Holl."

For twenty years, Maggie's Centres have been providing cancer treatment to patients within thoughtful, beautiful spaces designed by renowned architects like Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid. Steven Holl's Maggie's Center Barts, located adjacent to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London, is slated to open at the end of this year. While the design has been somewhat controversial in the UK due to its contemporary nature, the cancer care facility incorporates innovative lighting, sustainable materials, and a compact structure in a way that is—according to the architect—entirely complementary to its historical neighbors. We spoke with the renowned architect to learn more about the project and what it has meant to him over the past four years.

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

08:00 - 8 November, 2016
40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

Due to its ability to mold and create different shapes, concrete is one of architecture's most popular materials. While one of its most common uses is as a humble foundation, its plasticity means that it is also used in almost all types of construction, from housing to museums, presenting a variety of details of work that deserves special attention.

Check out this collection of 40 projects that highlight the use of concrete. Impressive! 

21 Careers You Can Pursue With A Degree in Architecture

08:30 - 7 November, 2016
21 Careers You Can Pursue With A Degree in Architecture, © Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

Completing a degree in architecture can be a long and arduous process, but also wonderfully rewarding. Despite this, many freshly graduated architects find themselves unsure about where to begin, or deciding that they actually don’t want to be architects at all. Here is a list of 21 careers you can pursue with a degree in architecture, which may help some overcome the daunting task of beginning to think about and plan for the professional life that awaits.

© Ariana Zilliacus © Ariana Zilliacus © Ariana Zilliacus © Ariana Zilliacus +9

From Buffy to Breaking Bad, Sherlock to Stranger Things, Here are 8 Floor Plans from Cult TV Shows

09:30 - 6 November, 2016
Courtesy of homes.com
Courtesy of homes.com

Floor plans of favourite television shows tell an interesting story, offering the viewer an extra dimension of a world they are already familiar with. A new series of poster-ready plans from Homes.com continues this with some of the most followed television shows both old and new—featuring Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Mr Robot, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sherlock and Stranger Things, there's something in this set for TV viewers of all tastes.

Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Photographed by Iwan Baan

09:30 - 5 November, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg Photographed by Iwan Baan, Exterior. Image © Iwan Baan
Exterior. Image © Iwan Baan

The Plaza of Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie has opened to the public. The concert hall’s observation deck, located 37 meters (121 feet) above ground level, is designed around a public square concept and is accessed via a 82 meter (269 foot) long, curving escalator, providing visitors to panoramic views of the city and harbor.

To mark the event, the Elbphilharmonie has released a new set of photographs by Iwan Baan, showing off the newly completed interior spaces. The full building is set to officially open to the public on January 11 and 12, 2017.

Rooftop. Image © Iwan Baan Grand Hall. Image © Iwan Baan Plaza. Image © Iwan Baan Plaza. Image © Iwan Baan +21

Gensler's Shanghai Tower Named CTBUH's Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2016

15:00 - 4 November, 2016
Gensler's Shanghai Tower Named CTBUH's Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2016, © Connie Zhou
© Connie Zhou

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Gensler’s Shanghai Tower as the 2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide, citing its “innovative design scheme in traditional Shanghainese architectural traditions.” The building was selected from among four regional winners, which included BIG’s VIA 57 West (Americas), Jean Nouvel’s The White Walls (Europe) and Orange Architects’ The Cube (Africa).

Why a City's Mayor Has To Be Its Chief Architect

09:30 - 4 November, 2016
Why a City's Mayor Has To Be Its Chief Architect, © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Miami_from_above.jpg'>Ron Reiring via Wikimedia</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Ron Reiring via Wikimedia licensed under CC BY 2.0

Elected in 2001, over eight years in office Miami's former mayor Manny Diaz oversaw one of the most dramatic urban transformations in the United States' history. Diaz was therefore invited to offer the opening remarks to the second day of the 2016 Design Matters Conference, presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations, which is currently taking place in the city. In his speech delivered at the Miami Center for Art and Design, Diaz explains how he developed the "Miami 21" zoning code to leverage the power of architecture and urban planning, ultimately turning Miami from a subject of jokes into one of the United States' most successful and admired cities. Below is an edited version of this speech.

Ron asked me to explain how a lawyer with no experience in elective office and with no training whatsoever in architecture, urban planning or city design ends up with land use and Miami 21 as the signature project of his administration.

Jeanne Gang: “Without an Intellectual Construct Life is Boring”

09:30 - 3 November, 2016
Jeanne Gang: “Without an Intellectual Construct Life is Boring”, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2014. Image © Hedrich Blessing. Photographer Steve Hall
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2014. Image © Hedrich Blessing. Photographer Steve Hall

Jeanne Gang, the founder of Studio Gang Architects, has made a name for herself as a designer who can design both show-stopping skyscrapers and sensitive small-scale buildings. From her breakout 2009 Aqua Tower project, to the hypothetical “Polis Station” proposal presented at last year's Chicago Architecture Biennial, Gang has established herself as perhaps Chicago's leading architect.

Gang is also included as part of Vladimir Belogolovsky's ongoing City of Ideas exhibition tour, representing Chicago among 9 other significant architects, each from a different global city. With the exhibition currently in Gang's home city at the Chicago Design Museum until February 25th, here as part of his City of Ideas column on ArchDaily Belogolovsky presents a shortened version of the interview featured in the exhibition.

Aqua Tower, Chicago, 2009. Image © Hedrich Blessing. Photographer Steve Hall Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2014. Image © Iwan Baan Writers Theater, Glencoe, Illinois, 2016. Image © Hedrich Blessing. Photographer Steve Hall WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Chicago, 2013. Image © Hedrich Blessing. Photographer Steve Hall +55

Why BIG's Fearless Architecture Should Be Awarded and Celebrated

15:53 - 2 November, 2016
Why BIG's Fearless Architecture Should Be Awarded and Celebrated, © Kirsten Bucher
© Kirsten Bucher

Today, at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Bjarke Ingels and BIG were presented with the International Highrise Award for Via 57 West, their "courtscraper" building in Manhattan. The following speech, which has been translated from the original German by Clara Jaschke, was delivered by architecture critic and curator Bart Lootsma at the event.

I was truly delighted when Peter Cachola Schmal called me to ask whether I would deliver the citation for Bjarke Ingels and BIG at this year’s edition of the International Highrise Award.

Just the weekend before I had been thinking that I should write something about BIG. For weeks, one spectacular and interesting project after another had been popping up on Bjarke’s, Kai-Uwe Bergmann’s and a couple of others’ Facebook pages.

The Long(ish) Read: "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos

04:00 - 2 November, 2016
The Long(ish) Read: "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos, Villa Müller (1930), Czech Republic / Adolf Loos
Villa Müller (1930), Czech Republic / Adolf Loos

Welcome to the fourth installment of The Long(ish) Read: an AD feature which presents texts written by notable essayists that resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. Ornament and Crime began as a lecture delivered by Adolf Loos in 1910 in response to a time (the late 19th and early 20th Centuries) and a place (Vienna), in which Art Nouveau was the status quo.

Loos used the essay as a vehicle to explain his distain of "ornament" in favour of "smooth and previous surfaces," partly because the former, to him, caused objects and buildings to become unfashionable sooner, and therefore obsolete. This—the effort wasted in designing and creating superfluous ornament, that is—he saw as nothing short of a "crime." The ideas embodied in this essay were forerunners to the Modern movement, including practices that would eventually be at core of the Bauhaus in Weimar.