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This Architectural Installation Reconnects With the Senses Through Suspended Bricks

08:00 - 18 August, 2017
This Architectural Installation Reconnects With the Senses Through Suspended Bricks, © Amir Ali Ghafari
© Amir Ali Ghafari

A design by Ashari Architects for an architectural installation in Iran is a direct response to the need to reconnect with the senses. 

The project, a pavilion built from a cube that holds a suspended brick volume, shows the potential of the use of this material by creating distinct atmospheres. 

Restaurant ENIGMA Offers a Glimpse Into the Future of Gastronomy

08:00 - 16 August, 2017
Restaurant ENIGMA Offers a Glimpse Into the Future of Gastronomy, Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona
Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona

Neolith has unveiled their most ambitious project to date: the ENIGMA restaurant design in collaboration with RCR Arquitectes and P.Llimona. The conceptual restaurant space began with the vision of celebrated Catalan chef Albert Adrià, who wanted to create an "enigmatic” restaurant project reflecting his gastronomy and his career. Albert, together with his sibling Ferran Adrià have transformed the iconic El Bulli restaurant into a culinary research foundation and embarked on more projects since, including tapas bar Tickets and Bar 41 in Barcelona. ENIGMA, described as a “culinary amusement park” represents the new brainchild of the brothers’ dialogue exploring the intersection of food and design. 

Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona Courtesy of RCR Arquitectes/Pau Llimona +21

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

08:00 - 12 August, 2017
Spotlight: Jean Nouvel , One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks
One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © Georges Fessy One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture. Image © Filip Dujardin +13

A Sustainable Design School Aiming to Change the Culture of Education, Research, and Practice

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A Sustainable Design School Aiming to Change the Culture of Education, Research, and Practice, © SOS School of Sustainability
© SOS School of Sustainability

Based in Bologna, Italy, SOS—School of Sustainability—is an initiative by Mario Cucinella focused on training emerging professionals in the field of sustainability. The school is open to recent graduates and industry partners to develop innovative projects with a positive impact on society, the economy and the environment through a revolutionary model of integrated education, practice and research. It is a creative laboratory born in close collaboration with Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA), in which training is inspired by active projects and expertise in a professional practice setting.

Explore Le Corbusier's Only South American Project, the Casa Curutchet, With a Virtual Walkthrough

09:30 - 3 August, 2017
© ARQ+HIS
© ARQ+HIS

One of only two projects completed by Le Corbusier in the Americas—the other being the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts—Casa Curutchet is located in La Plata, Argentina. Commissioned by the surgeon Dr. Pedro Domingo Curutchet in 1948, the four-story residence includes a small medical office on the ground floor. The form of the building echoes traditional Latin American courtyard houses while also exemplifying Le Corbusier's five points of architecture.

Inviting the Outside In

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Inviting the Outside In

As a culture, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Architecture sustains our way of life; it supports our very being; it defines our life experience. But it also connects us to the world outside of our windows and doors. However, certain geographical locations provide challenges when it comes to designing spaces that foster interaction between inside and out. While some architects may work around these conditions, Peter Brachvogel, AIA, and Stella Carosso—principals of the Pacific Northwest architectural and urban design firm BC&J—have been known to utilize the local habitat within their design.

Experience Architecture from Around the World with Architectural Adventures

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Experience Architecture from Around the World with Architectural Adventures, Courtesy of the AIA
Courtesy of the AIA

Architectural Adventures, a travel program from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is the premier travel provider for architecture, art, and photography enthusiasts, as well as intellectually curious travelers. The program offers a variety of small-group tours specializing in the exploration and appreciation of some of the world’s most remarkable architecture, all while enjoying a destination’s culture, food, and traditions.

6 Must-See Architecture Documentaries and Series on Netflix

09:30 - 29 July, 2017
6 Must-See Architecture Documentaries and Series on Netflix, via Netflix
via Netflix

Netflix isn't just a great service for relaxing or procrastinating—it can also be a great learning tool for architecture and urbanism. That is why we have put together seven tips—including both series and documentaries—for architecture-related viewing that, in addition to being entertaining, can help broaden your knowledge.

SCI-Arc EDGE Students Approach the Final Phase of Inaugural Year

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SCI-Arc EDGE Students Approach the Final Phase of Inaugural Year, Design Theory and Pedagogy, Ryan Scavnicky
Design Theory and Pedagogy, Ryan Scavnicky

SCI-Arc EDGE, Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture, will be graduating its first students at the end of this summer. All four postgraduate programs are currently in the final semester of its three-semester sequence and students are busy wrapping up their final projects.

Do You Know How the Newly Released 2017 AIA Contract Documents Affect Your Projects?

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To keep up with industry trends and important court decisions, every 10 years the AIA core set of contracts are reviewed and updated. The newly revised set of AIA contracts and forms were released April 2017. Major changes include a single Sustainable Project Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable projects; document title changes; new agreements containing a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “termination fee” for terminations for convenience; and an added evaluation provision by the architect if the contractor proposes an alternative means and methods.

Custom Bamboo Skylight Illuminates the Interior of a Historic Building in China

06:00 - 21 July, 2017
Custom Bamboo Skylight Illuminates the Interior of a Historic Building in China, Cortesía de Atelier Archmixing
Cortesía de Atelier Archmixing

In response to the overwhelming growth of cities and neighborhoods in China, architects from Atelier Archmixing’s Shanghai office, have developed a series of proposals that seek to return value to sensitive interior spaces and improve the user’s quality of life through design.

The project consists of an interesting light fixture; a bamboo structure similar in shape to an umbrella, that lets natural light and fresh air into the building.

How Earthbags and Glass Bottles Can 'Build' a Community

06:00 - 20 July, 2017

A design by C-re-a.i.d. for a Maasai village in northern Tanzania, is a morphological response to the imposed need to settle, using sustainable, local and accessible materials to redefine its construction culture.

The project is built by a series of earthbags and glass bottles that in addition to generating private and comfortable spaces, allow a quick and easy construction.

Articulate and Amplify

01:00 - 18 July, 2017
Articulate and Amplify, Class of 2016 MA Ida Benedetto presenting at the Bloomberg Businessweek Design conference.
Class of 2016 MA Ida Benedetto presenting at the Bloomberg Businessweek Design conference.

Now a one-year program with student funding, the Design Research, Writing & Criticism MA program at NYC’s School of Visual Arts empowers professionals as researchers, writers and—above all—critical thinkers.

“Will I get a job with this degree?” It’s a question that would-be students around the world are having to engage with far more seriously these days. In a climate where graduates can often find themselves “under qualified” when entering a lopsided jobs market, the number of institutions and programs that can confidently point to proven track records are on the decline.

10 Contemporary Japanese Homes Pushing The Architectural Envelope

16:00 - 16 July, 2017

Contemporary Japanese homes are a balance between the country’s traditional values of organizing spaces and architectural innovation that is constantly on the move. They challenge the norms of how to occupy places, pushing the envelope for what it means to have a minimal, “micro-living”.  Through experiments small and smaller, residential projects in Japan shed new light on how we go about our daily routines and rituals at home and question urbanites on what we can do with the space we have.

For this reason, we’re inspired to go through our archives and bring out 10 projects that bring out new perspectives on Japanese architecture, be it aesthetic, functional or atmospheric. 

Check them out below:

Workshop in Italy Constructs Rammed Earth Structures to Rescue Constructive Traditions

14:00 - 16 July, 2017
Workshop in Italy Constructs Rammed Earth Structures to Rescue Constructive Traditions, © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international
© Elettra Melani, Building Trust international

In a 12-day workshop, Building Trust International and Terraepaglia joined the Ciuffelli Agricultural Technical Institute in Todi, Italy, with the aim of exploring a series of construction techniques with raw soil. In addition to producing earth bricks and rammed earth structures -in collaboration with experts such as Eliana Baglioni and Pouya Khazaeli-, a curved wall was erected with a wooden structure and a cane framework, on which a massive layer of earth and straw was spread.

The activity generated a series of internal spaces as a kind of laboratory, to show the construction methods and the materials in situ.

© Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international © Elettra Melani, Building Trust international +11

10 Interventions on Historic Buildings

12:00 - 16 July, 2017

The concept of heritage is often associated with something that has had value in its past and, for that reason, deserves to be preserved. In the case of architecture, we want our built environment to tell our history and to remain untouched in time, often without considering the real use and meaning of the building in the present. We ask ourselves: Does a building still have value if its use is obsolete?

Despite the fascination that we have with ruins, sometimes conversion or rehabilitation is a better, more contemporary alternative to conservation. By doing so, it is possible to introduce new innovative materials, which, rather than take away from the original structure, can actually add even more value to architectural works. It is also possible to convert spaces that were originally designed to accommodate certain functions into spaces that admit new uses relevant to the present.

To conserve a building without updating it or rethinking its functions can lead to wear and tear, freezing it in time and preventing it from adapting to an ever-changing society.

To illustrate this theme, we searched our archives and selected someof the best architectural interventions in historic buildings. Check them out below.

This Low-Cost System Creates Sleek Shelving from Simple Plasterboard Profiles

14:00 - 15 July, 2017
This Low-Cost System Creates Sleek Shelving from Simple Plasterboard Profiles, © Xavi Torrent
© Xavi Torrent

The premise for this design was to create an iconic space, with a concept adaptable to any property and versatile when exposing the product. It should also be a design that could be quickly built and at a moderate cost.

To reach this goal, DearDesign has designed an open store with a structure that, despite its rigid and orthogonal look, solves flexibility in terms of product display. The design of the store is based on a three-dimensional grid inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, which creates a variable rhythm in a permeable volume, ordering the space by generating niches to exhibit the product along its perimeter.

© Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent © Xavi Torrent +29

The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva's Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

12:00 - 15 July, 2017
The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva's Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

The strategic definition of a new cruise terminal had a double objective: improvement of the commercial efficiency and a better urban integration. In this photoset, Fernando Guerra captures the many sides of the Leixões Cruise Terminal, a project that won the 2017 Building of the Year Awards in the "Public Architecture" category.

Get to know all the facets of this building below.

Beyond Food: 10 Exquisite Restaurant Interiors

08:00 - 14 July, 2017

Like architecture, food has a way of making us feel a sense of time and place. The act of eating together is ingrained in our human rituals surrounding spaces and how we inhabit them. The space that shelters us during our meal can be bustling or intimate, but nevertheless contributes our memories there, and the experience of eating at a good restaurant goes far beyond the food served in it. For it to be truly immersive, everything is thought of - from the shade of timber to the shape of your knife when you sit down to eat. 

We’ve gathered 10 examples from our archive of beautiful restaurants worth a visit – check them out below: 

Navigating Homeowner Needs as a 21st-Century Architect

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What is “home?” And how has the changing concept of the home influenced architecture over the last 50 years?

118 Impressive Architecture Tattoo Designs

08:00 - 10 July, 2017
118 Impressive Architecture Tattoo Designs, stacy.hounsome. <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAmzuABpY2/'>Via Instagram</a>
stacy.hounsome. Via Instagram

Creative, expressive, visual, a little bit edgy – tattoos convey many of the same qualities we as architects strive to achieve both in designing buildings and crafting our own personal identities. Whether it’s a small geometric motif or a full-back masterpiece, a tattoo is an immediate statement of who you are and what interests you.

Luckily for architects, the subjects of our affections just so happen to also make great source material for tattoos, from your favorite Miesian plan to a simple city skyline to the elaborate facade of a gothic cathedral.

Here, we’ve rounded up 118 of the most impressive architectural tattoos from across the internet and from submissions by our own ArchDaily readers. Each tattoo has its own story to tell (one reader even shared that his tattoos were inspired by scars obtained through model making mishaps).

Feeling inspired for some ink? Check out the list below!

See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built

06:00 - 6 July, 2017
See How This Lightweight, Collapsible Aluminum Structure is Built, © Mrigank Sharma
© Mrigank Sharma

The geometric design of the 'Protostar Pavilion' for the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a morphological response associated with the iconic brand logo: a three-pointed star.

The project is a removable metal pavilion, made up of a series of folded aluminum plates that besides generating a light structure, allow for a quick and easy construction. 

© Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma © Mrigank Sharma +18

SCI-Arc Campus Plans Explore the Shape of Knowledge

03:00 - 28 June, 2017
SCI-Arc Campus Plans Explore the Shape of Knowledge

SCI-Arc< http://www.sciarc.edu/ >, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, is known for its mission to educate architects who will image and shape the future.

From Foundations to Roofs: 10 Detailed Wood Construction Solutions in 3D and 2D

08:00 - 27 June, 2017
From Foundations to Roofs: 10 Detailed Wood Construction Solutions in 3D and 2D, Cortesía de POLOMADERA
Cortesía de POLOMADERA

Developed by the POLOMADERA Program at the University of Concepción, the 3D Building Construction Solutions Catalog is a free tool that helps users design construction details for lightweight wooden structural systems.

Though created with the intention of meeting new standards soon to be implemented nationally in Chile (and therefore in Spanish), the catalog was developed jointly with international experts from the Wood Construction Institute at the Holzbau Institut in Germany, and thus incorporates best practices that are applicable around the world.

The catalog allows users to find and download different construction solutions in wood, with details categorized under Foundations, Mezzanines, Doors and Windows, Partitions, Roofs, and Terraces.

Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera +25