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B House / Domenack Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
© Juan Solano Ojasi
© Juan Solano Ojasi

© Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi +16

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains High

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows Confidence Remains High, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The results of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Future Trends Survey for April show that confidence among UK practices remains high at a Workload Index of +35, the same as in March. The positive figures came from across the board, with practices of all sizes and from all regions of the UK predicting increased workloads in the near future. However, after last months' survey showed Scotland as the region with the brightest outlook, the balance of power has shifted back to London, where architects reported the highest index of +45.

Classic Architecture with a Social Agenda (1960-Today)

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Classic Architecture with a Social Agenda (1960-Today), Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s designers focus all of their efforts on developing products and services for the richest 10% of the world’s customers.”  - Paul Polak, Design for the 90% [1]         

Rural Studio: Hale County Animal Shelter. Image © Timothy Hursley © Matteo Brancali © Adam Hopfner, Yale School of Architecture via webster.edu +25

The vast majority of contemporary architectural practice today is service industry based, where a fee-paying client commissions a firm for a defined scope of services. Master of self-effacing cynicism Philip Johnson wryly accepted this structure, calling architects “high-class whores.” The recent surge of interest in designing for traditionally underserved communities, from groups such as Architecture for Humanity, MASS Design, Project H and Public Architecture challenges the traditional firm model. The Prizker Prize jury’s recognition of Shigeru Ban’s humanitarian designs highlights that high design and a socially conscious practice are not mutually exclusive.

Believing that architecture can alleviate societal ills and improve the quality of life for all people is not a new concept. Two eras, the 1920s and 1960s-70s, brought a social agenda to the forefront of the discourse. Hindsight reveals flaws of each. Modernism’s utopian visions for public housing and urban renewal are blamed for the detrimental impact of Post-WWII urban housing projects; participatory design in the 1960s and 70s is criticized for ceding expertise in the name of consensus, ending with projects that were no better than the status quo. Despite this, there are lessons to be learned from those who emphasized the social and humanitarian role of architecture.

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre  / DIALOG, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osoyoos, BC V0H, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruce Haden
  • Project Architect

    Brady Dunlop
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Milan Expo 2015: Libeskind Reimagines the Chinese “Shitang” for Vanke, © Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
© Vingtsix; Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind has unveiled designs for Vanke’s first ever overseas pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalized tile, which was designed by Libeskind in collaboration with the Italian company Casalgrande Padan, the “red serpentine-like” structure reinterprets the traditional Chinese Shitang (dining hall). 

Reforma Offices / Paola Calzada Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Reforma Offices / Paola Calzada Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Federal District, Mexico
  • Project Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Jaime Navarro

Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Pantanal Arena / GCP Arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuiabá - Mato Grosso, Brasil
  • Project Area

    300000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Nelson Kon

Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship

17:56 - 22 May, 2014
Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship, Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA
Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Sheffield University School of Architecture student, Charles Palmer, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship for his proposal Cycling Megacities. Palmer will use his £6,000 scholarship to fund a study tour of four "megacities" in developing countries: Mexico City, Mexico; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Shenzhen, China. Focusing primarily on bicycle advocacy and urban design, the tour will examine the manner in which socio-political forces impact urban public space, and explore the bicycle as a means of transportation accessible to all social classes.

Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects + NSMH

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Santral Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Arts / Emre Arolat Architects + NSMH, © Emre Arolat Architects
© Emre Arolat Architects

© Emre Arolat Architects © Emre Arolat Architects © Emre Arolat Architects © Emre Arolat Architects +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design Team

    Kerem Piker, Natali Tombak, Gani Turunç, Sezer Bahtiyar, Ertuğrul Morçöl, Orhun Ülgen, Esin Erez, Murat Yavuzoğlu, Serdar Tercan, Ufuk Berberoğlu, Gözde Sazak, Gülseren Gerede Tecim, Hale Ikizler
  • Area

    6800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Federico Babina's Latest Archi-Illustrations: Classic National Architecture (With A Twist)

00:00 - 22 May, 2014
Federico Babina's Latest Archi-Illustrations: Classic National Architecture (With A Twist), Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Our very talented friend Federico Babina has been responsible for some of ArchDaily's most popular posts lately. The creativity behind his ARCHISET, ARCHIMACHINE, ARCHIPORTRAIT, ARCHIST, ARCHIBET and ARCHICINE have garnered thousands of shares on social media. Since we loved Babina's serialized architectural illustrations, we were thrilled when he saw his latest set: the ArchDaily logo imagined in and around the world's classic architecture. Read on for our interview with the architect and graphic designer. 

ArchDaily: Can you introduce yourself?
Federico Babina: My name is Federico Babina. I am an Italian architect and graphic designer (since 1994) that lives and works in Barcelona (since 2007). But mostly I've been a curious person (since forever).

AD: What's an interesting fact about you?
FB: Every day I try to rediscover a way to observe the world through the eyes of a child. Children are able to have a vision of things totally uninhibited and without the conditioning of the experience. Children's drawings are always amazing and beautiful in their spontaneous simplicity and clarity. I like trying to explain the world I see through different techniques of expression. I like the richness of the language and the diversity of its forms. I do not want to confine me in a prison of a style or shape.

AD: In what ways does your training as an architect affect your style as an illustrator?
FB: Any architect has to explain his projects through illustration and drawing. Design is the first way to give shape and body to a project. In this sense every architect should be a graphic designer. I was born with illustration. It’s been part of my life since I was a child. I started with book stories, I passed through the comics and then I arrived to architecture. Drawing and illustration and making architectural projects are, for me, one of the ways to recount and capture thoughts, feelings and emotions. Every project has a story and every project is a witness of a story. I 'm fascinated by the idea of being able to blend the world of architecture and illustration: transform the architecture in an illustration and illustrations in an architecture.

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina +11

John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome, Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners
Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

John McAslan + Partners has been selected to design a Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Dongguan, China. The scheme features a large gridshell biodome which engages with landscaped mounds both inside and outside the structure. Around the base of the roof structure, a ribbon of glass will provide views which connect these interior and exterior landscapes.

Read on for more detail on the design

Borregos Stadium / Arkylab + Mauricio Ruiz

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Borregos Stadium / Arkylab + Mauricio Ruiz, © Oscar Hernandez
© Oscar Hernandez

© Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez © Oscar Hernandez +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Luis Morán, Mauricio Ruiz
  • Project Management

    CB Richard Ellis
  • Collaborators

    Christian Mujica, Omar Padilla, Cynthia López, Hector Paredes, Elena González, Nancy Jiménez y Hugo Lamas
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

Itoman Gyomin Syokudo / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Itoman Gyomin Syokudo / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, © Nahoko Koide
© Nahoko Koide

© Nahoko Koide © Nahoko Koide © Nahoko Koide © Nahoko Koide +14

PortX / atelierSAD

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
PortX / atelierSAD , © Tomas Soucek
© Tomas Soucek

© Lukas Zentel © Michal Seba © Tomas Soucek © Lukas Zentel +21

Piazza Céramique / Jo Janssen Architecten

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Piazza Céramique / Jo Janssen Architecten, © Atelier Kim ZWarts
© Atelier Kim ZWarts

© Atelier Kim ZWarts © Atelier Kim ZWarts © Atelier Kim ZWarts © Atelier Kim ZWarts +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boschcour, 6221 Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Project Architects

    Jo Janssen, Wim van den Bergh, Jeroen van Haaren, Simon Zumstein
  • Project Developer

    Vesteda Project bv Maastricht
  • Area

    18970.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Venice Biennale 2014: 100 Architects to Discuss "Time Space Existence"

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: 100 Architects to Discuss "Time Space Existence", studio sc, studio mk27 - marcio kogan + suzana glogowski + diana radomysler, shooting space, 2011
studio sc, studio mk27 - marcio kogan + suzana glogowski + diana radomysler, shooting space, 2011

The Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation has summoned a diverse group of 100 architects from over 40 countries to participate in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Ricardo Bofill, Norman Foster and Eduardo Souto De Moura are among the many participating, showcasing ideas, research and aspirations that will add commentary about the current state of architecture as well as highlight philosophical questions and concepts regarding time, space and existence. 

A complete list of participants, after the break...

80 Viviendas De Protección Oficial En Salou / Toni Gironès

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
80 Viviendas De Protección Oficial En Salou / Toni Gironès, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia Courtesy of Toni Gironès © José Hevia +22

Have A Great Idea For An Urban Intervention? Apply To Canal 180's The Power of Storytelling Competition

00:00 - 22 May, 2014

Don't miss this exciting opportunity from our friends at Canal 180! The entry period for a competition to design an urban intervention for the city of Abrantes in Portugal has now opened. As a member of the jury, ArchDaily will have a hand in selecting winners that will travel to Abrantes in mid-July to see their design realized during 180 Creative Camp. The deadline for application is June 8th. Check it out and enter now!