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Finding Love in the Sand: The Instinctive Architecture of the Pufferfish

09:30 - 23 April, 2017

How much effort are you willing to put in to attract that special someone? The humble Japanese pufferfish, just twelve centimeters long when un-puffed, almost certainly has you beat. To attract the best fish in the sea, male pufferfish spend at least seven 24-hour days completing an intricate mating ritual that involves swimming their bodies into and through the seafloor to form ridges and trenches in the sand. If they pause too early, the entire ordeal gets washed away by currents.

The Tallest Buildings in Each State of the USA

08:00 - 21 April, 2017
The Tallest Buildings in Each State of the USA

We all know that the skyscraper was born between Chicago and New York (depending on who you ask or what you consider a skyscraper, but that's for another discussion). But what about the rest of the US? How does each state stack up in the race towards the sky? This infographic by highrises.com gives us a scaled approximation of the "height" of each state--with New York coming out on top and Vermont, well... Vermont's tallest building is an 11-story public housing project built in the 70s. 

The infographic also breaks down the purposes of the surveyed buildings, revealing that nearly 2% of the tallest buildings in each state are churches! Another interesting factoid? Nearly 1/3 of these highrises are named after banks.  

Double Degree International Master’s Program - European Architecture

05:00 - 19 April, 2017
Double Degree International Master’s Program - European Architecture, International Masters Program European Architecture, Reiseuni_lab and: Logo©jp3_Christian Pieper
International Masters Program European Architecture, Reiseuni_lab and: Logo©jp3_Christian Pieper

The postgraduate programme is a unique and innovative approach to international architectural education: it combines the idea of the classical artist journey with the intensive, interdisciplinary and project-oriented workshop tradition and team-work, focusing on acute topics generating architectural knowledge and dialogue across greater Europe between cities as Tallinn, Lisbon, Helsinki, Berlin, Dessau, Ljubljana, Innsbruck and Haifa.

Easily Reproduced Disaster Relief Constructions in Bamboo

08:00 - 17 April, 2017
Easily Reproduced Disaster Relief Constructions in Bamboo, Cortesía de rOOtstudio
Cortesía de rOOtstudio

In 2015, after the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, Maria da Paz invited Joao Boto Caeiro from RootStudio to design and build a model house in Nepal. Using local and accessible materials, they built two prototype houses out of bamboo and partitions, via a collaboration between locals and volunteers that came to the region.

The prototypes respond to the need for housing that is able to be built quickly with the goal of providing independence and immediate shelter, while at the same time introducing basic building techniques using bamboo and bricks. In doing so, they're able to create a set of tools that allow for future construction that the community can make themselves.

Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio Cortesía de rOOtstudio +20

52 Types of Wood and the Trees They Come From

08:00 - 13 April, 2017

How much do you know about different kinds of wood that might be used in your architectural projects?  

Award-Winning Architects Attribute Success to Collaboration

05:00 - 12 April, 2017
Award-Winning Architects Attribute Success to Collaboration

Architectural projects are only as successful as an architecture firm’s ability to work together. Experience means nothing if projects aren’t rooted in creative collaboration.

For more than 30 years, residential architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker have produced a series of exquisitely designed and crafted homes in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Although known for their distinctly different personalities, this husband and wife duo has effectively created an environment where clients can be heard and understood. They know how to design together from start to finish, and that’s what makes their project results so remarkable.

Creating Brand Recognition With 3A Composites USA’s Corporate ID Programs

07:00 - 11 April, 2017
Creating Brand Recognition With 3A Composites USA’s Corporate ID Programs

Every company wants to establish a brand on a local, regional, national or even international level. A company strives for an image that is recognizable by potential customers no matter where they are in the world. In fact, the first face-to-face interaction with a customer might be at a company’s own location. This initial impression can make or break the customer’s willingness to spend their money. Maintaining a well-loved and respected brand appearance is imperative to a company’s success.

Wooden Living-Roof Built With Japanese Joinery Techniques Uses Zero Screws

08:00 - 7 April, 2017
Wooden Living-Roof Built With Japanese Joinery Techniques Uses Zero Screws, Cortesía de J.Roc Design
Cortesía de J.Roc Design

A multidisciplinary design study by J.Roc Design, based in Boston, has developed a proposal using wood to restore value to an underused rooftop at the southern end of the city. 

In order to accommodate a series of different activities, which required a wide variety of furniture, and therefore a considerable reduction of space, a subtle treatment was made to the flat surface of the roof creating distinct spaces that could be used for sitting, resting and entertaining. 

Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design +20

University of Luxembourg to Launch Master in Architecture on European Urbanization and Globalization

00:00 - 7 April, 2017
University of Luxembourg to Launch Master in Architecture on European Urbanization and Globalization

Starting in September 2017, the University of Luxembourg launches a two-year, English-taught Master program on Architecture, European Urbanization, and Globalization. The program is situated within an interdisciplinary environment, where the design studio as the core of the study program will be constantly fed by surrounding fields, such as geography and geospatial analysis, regional and urban development, circular economy, sustainable transport systems, energy performance of built environments, and other themes.

"Architecture of the Portrait": Illustrations by Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa

06:00 - 3 April, 2017
"Architecture of the Portrait": Illustrations by Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa, Óscar Niemeyer. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa
Óscar Niemeyer. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa

Chilean architect and illustrator Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa created "Architecture of the Portrait": a series of illustrations of renowned architects drawn with the precision and accuracy of a fineliner. In order to choose the protagonists of her geometrical analyses, the architect states a preference for strong character and the presence of imperfections, which imparts a certain richness to the representation.

The architectural construction of the face is done using lines to create a hatch effect. Next, she adds color that pays tribute to the traditional default CAD shades: yellow, cyan and magenta.

Tadao Ando. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa Zaha Hadid. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa Teodoro Fernández. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa Mies Van Der Rohe. Image © Francisca Álvarez Ainzúa +6

Stoves, Sinks, and Refrigerators: Downloadable CAD Blocks for Kitchen Designs

08:00 - 30 March, 2017
Stoves, Sinks, and Refrigerators: Downloadable CAD Blocks for Kitchen Designs, Courtesy of Teka
Courtesy of Teka

In order to support the design work of our readers, the company Teka has shared with us a series of .DWG files of its various kitchen products. The files include both 2D and 3D drawings and can be downloaded directly from this article.

Download the objects below, which have been separated into the following categories: drop-in sinks, built-in sinks, undermount sinks, built-in ovens, faucets, stoves, extractor hoods, and refrigerators.

These Photographs Capture the Opulent Beauty of Empty Moscow Metro Stations

12:15 - 29 March, 2017

Known as one of the world’s grandest subway systems, the Moscow Metro is filled with materials more commonly associated with palaces or museums – marble and granite walls, bronze columns, and lavish chandeliers are just a few of the opulent textures you’ll find beneath the streets of Russia’s largest city.

Despite their renown, the Moscow government almost never allows professional photographers to capture the beauty of the stations. But in 2014, photographer David Burdney was finally given that opportunity. Visiting the system late at night after the metro had closed, Burdney was able to capture each station in its best light, and completely devoid of people.

20 Things Your Non-Architect Friends Secretly Think About You

09:30 - 27 March, 2017
20 Things Your Non-Architect Friends Secretly Think About You, © Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

Maybe it's a result of long studio hours, the fact that architectural thinking tends to seep into every aspect of life, or a combination of other factors—but it's certain that architects have a culture all their own. Weird obsessions feel so commonplace in our closed social circles that it's easy to forget how bizarre some of our little quirks can appear to people on the outside. If you're an architect with a friend whose architectural knowledge pretty much stops at the Franks (Gehry and Lloyd Wright), here are some secret thoughts about you that they might be harboring. 

This Rope Reinforcement System is an Innovation in the Structure of Adobe Buildings

08:00 - 26 February, 2017
This Rope Reinforcement System is an Innovation in the Structure of Adobe Buildings, © Camilo Giribas
© Camilo Giribas

In the city of Belén, Chile, as a part of the second phase of a Training Program for the Restoration of Facades in Belén, two historically important structures were recently completely restored. The project was financed by the Regional Government of Arica and Parinacota and SUBDERE (Undersecretariat of Regional and Administrative Development), in partnership with the Altiplano Foundation. 

In both houses, the foundations and, where necessary, the walls were reinforced, and the traditional Andean roof and existing carpentry was restored. Notably, the structural reinforcement of the adobe walls used a rope mesh system, which was first seen in Chile in 2014 as part of the restoration of a church in San Pedro de Atacama. 

© Camilo Giribas © Camilo Giribas © Camilo Giribas © Camilo Giribas +9

Design by Data Advanced Master in Paris is Breaking Boundaries Between Architecture and Engineering

14:48 - 24 February, 2017
Design by Data Advanced Master in Paris is Breaking Boundaries Between Architecture and Engineering, Projet Synapses Credits : WAO architecture
Projet Synapses Credits : WAO architecture

The Design by Data Advanced Master® in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies provides attendees with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design and a comprehensive knowledge of cutting-edge technologies in the fields of parametric architecture, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing for the construction industry.

Sinks, Toilets, Shower Heads and Faucets: Downloadable Bathroom CAD Blocks

08:00 - 24 February, 2017
Sinks, Toilets, Shower Heads and Faucets: Downloadable Bathroom CAD Blocks , Courtesy of Porcelanosa Grupo
Courtesy of Porcelanosa Grupo

In order to support the design work of our readers, the company Porcelanosa Grupo has shared with us a series of .DWG files of its various bathroom products. The files include both 2D and 3D drawings and can be downloaded directly from this article.

Download the objects below, which have been separated into the following categories: Shower Heads, Toilets, Sinks, Faucets and Tubs.

Two Romanian Students Have Won the Troldtekt Award

07:00 - 24 February, 2017
Two Romanian Students Have Won the Troldtekt Award, Courtesy of Troldtekt Award
Courtesy of Troldtekt Award

The jury panel has selected two students from the ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in Bucharest as winners of the Troldtekt Award and a EUR 5,000 prize. Both the runners-up prize and the special prize go to students from Iran.

15 Metal Fittings for Connecting Laminated Wooden Structures

08:00 - 23 February, 2017
15 Metal Fittings for Connecting Laminated Wooden Structures , Courtesy of Arauco
Courtesy of Arauco

When designing wooden structures, it’s very important to consider joints and reinforcements that will allow them to stay together and upright. These connectors not only allow for adhering wood to wood but also let you anchor wood elements to brick and concrete walls. 

With such a variety of pieces needing to be connected together (beam-beam / beam-pillar / beam-strut / beam-wall / base-frames), working with hardware requires the advice of a calculating engineer or a professional with knowledge and experience. To guide you in this process, we have selected 15 metal fittings specially designed by Arauco to connect wood pieces. 

M90 for 90 mm pillars Beam Strut V Joint Beam to Slope Joint Support Plate +16

Free Resume Templates for Architects

16:00 - 16 February, 2017
Free Resume Templates for Architects

What's a better way to follow up on one of our most popular posts (of all time) than by providing a key design tool: the mighty template. Many of you enjoyed seeing the examples of CVs and resumes submitted by ArchDaily readers, but you also asked for a simple, fast way to jump start inspiration for your own creations. 

Here are five hand-picked, well-organized, easy-to-use templates that have been downloaded and tested by our team of editors. 

Winning a Next Generation Prize Kick-Started my Career

15:42 - 15 February, 2017
Winning a Next Generation Prize Kick-Started my Career, Courtesy of LafargeHolcim
Courtesy of LafargeHolcim

The following three video testimonials explain why you should participate in the International LafargeHolcim Awards. 

Modular Units Create a Raised Garden Screen in this Structure in Spain

06:00 - 15 February, 2017
Modular Units Create a Raised Garden Screen in this Structure in Spain, © Marcos Morilla
© Marcos Morilla

This project, by Spanish architects Longo + Roldán, turned out to be a great solution for an unused space that was unexpectedly getting a lot of attention in the interior of a quarry. 

Instead of building new buildings or remodeling existing cabins they designed an intricate metal lattice structure that forms a web of planters of different depths, containing various species of plants. This solution not only revitalizes the space but also protects existing buildings from the sun, improving their thermal conditions.

© Marcos Morilla © Marcos Morilla © Marcos Morilla © Marcos Morilla +43

14 Shades of Red: Projects to Fall in Love With on Valentine's Day

14:00 - 14 February, 2017
14 Shades of Red: Projects to Fall in Love With on Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

We've affectionately rounded up 14 projects that use the power of the color most associated to love, passion, joy, sexuality and intensity: red

These Watercolors Capture the Unsung Architecture of Tokyo's Eclectic Storefronts

14:30 - 13 February, 2017
© Mateusz Urbanowicz
© Mateusz Urbanowicz

A renowned symbol of the modern world, Tokyo is a city commonly associated with bright lights, innovative technology and sleek buildings. So when Polish artist Mateusz Urbanowicz first moved to Tokyo, he was taken aback by the number of old, architecturally eclectic storefronts that continued to flourish within the city.

“When I moved to Tokyo, more than 3 years ago I was really surprised that upon my walks I encountered so many shops still in business in really old buildings,” Urbanowicz explains. “Differently to Kobe, where the earthquake wiped out a lot of these old downtown houses and shops, in Tokyo they still survive.”

Inspired by the buildings’ resilience and their unique architectural features, Urbanowicz set out to document the storefronts in a series of watercolor illustrations, capturing the process through making-of videos.

Kobayashi hair salon from Sanbanchyo district. Image © Mateusz Urbanowicz Chinese food restaurant from around the Takadanobaba district and Miyake bicycle shop based on shops from Kagurazaka and Kichijyouji. Image © Mateusz Urbanowicz Noike sushi restaurant from Yanaka district. Image © Mateusz Urbanowicz Nakashimaya Japanese sake shop from Mejiro district and Kitchen Kuku restaurant from Kichijyouji district. Image © Mateusz Urbanowicz +7

If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

09:30 - 13 February, 2017
If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

The connection here is plain and simple: bad coworkers, bad architecture, perfect pair. It's not uncommon for architects to take inspiration from the human body, but consider these eight pairings to be what would happen if your least favorite coworkers were reincarnated in building form.