Infographic: ArchDaily, The Past 5 Years

00:00 - 14 March, 2013

Dear readers,

Back in 2006, we saw that there was a very strong generation of young architects that weren't part of the traditional circle of printed publications. So, we had this crazy idea that we could create a platform to give those architects the exposure they deserved, spreading the knowledge and innovations they were producing to the rest of the world. At a time where Web 2.0 shifted how media was produced and consumed, we saw an opportunity to embrace the web for to achieve this goal.

Very soon we realized that we were on the right track: that we were making available to the world a whole new corpus of architecture knowledge, having a positive impact on the speed of innovation in our field, and generating a new, virtuous circle. 

Then in 2008, the world entered the urban era with more than 50% of its population living in cities, 3 billion people, a number that is expected to double by the year 2040. This growth is expected to happen particularly in parts of the world where architecture is required the most, and we understood that our global exchange of knowledge was part of that dynamic. 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them.

In the span of five years, we went from an idea to the world's most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 7 million monthly readers, and a staff of over 50 people working in 9 different countries. This is our story. 

The Fujimoto Experiment: Five Students, Five Days, One Model

00:00 - 14 March, 2013
© flickr - maxximuseo
© flickr - maxximuseo

Last week an online call was put out by Rome's MAXXI museum promising the first five architecture students to respond a chance to travel to Rome and build a model of Sou Fujimoto's latest project. The five selected entrants started on their work at MAXXI on Monday and their experience is being broadcast over the course of this week in a series of photos and videos detailing the ups, downs, opinions and thoughts of the students as they work.

Read more about the model and exhibition after the break...

Fresno House / Felix Raspall + Federico Papandrea

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla +30

Like a Houseboat / Shipley Architects

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Dan Shipley
  • Builder

    Rick Fontenot of Constructive General Contractors
  • Client

    Rick & Julie Fontenot
  • Area

    1490.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Charles Davis Smith

© Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith +34

House with Music Room / Beer Architektur Städtebau

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
© Daniel Mosch
© Daniel Mosch

© Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch © Daniel Mosch +15

SEED Evaluator 3.0 to Launch During PID Week

00:00 - 14 March, 2013
Courtesy of Public Interest Design
Courtesy of Public Interest Design

Design Corps – a partner of Public Interest Design Week – has announced that Version 3.0 of the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Evaluator, an evolving web-based tool, will officially launch next Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference at the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus. SFI participants will receive the first peek at this new, collaborative design tool. Thereafter, it will be available free of charge, online at SEEDNetwork.org.

Exhibition for Frank Gehry Prints and Sculpture

00:00 - 14 March, 2013
© Chris Santa Maria
© Chris Santa Maria

On view now until April 13, is the Stamberg Aferiat + Associates designed exhibition for Frank Gehry prints and a sculpture for the Los Angeles-based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl in New York City. The exhibition celebrates architecture, a more than ten-year collaboration with the renowned architect, and their one-year anniversary in a designed space by architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat. The exhibit features a newly editioned sculpture and an enlarging of Gehry's Marques de Riscal Winery image. More images and description of the exhibition after the break.

YAK01 / AA-D

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
© Piyawut Srisakul
© Piyawut Srisakul
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    Ayutt Mahasom
  • Interior Designer

    Ayutt Mahasom
  • Landscape Designer

    Ayutt Mahasom
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Piyawut Srisakul

© Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul © Piyawut Srisakul +21

House in Itu / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
© FG + SG
© FG + SG
  • Design Team

    Alexandra Kayat, Regiane Khristian, Renata Adoni
  • Leading Architect

    Arthur Casas
  • Area

    950 sqm
  • Ano do projeto

    2012
  • Fotografias

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG +17

AD Round Up: Religious Architecture in Latin America

00:00 - 13 March, 2013

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team

    Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
  • Supporting Team

    Chessa Adsit-Morris, Clayton Blackman, Loren Cavallin, Imu Chan, William Dahl, Jeremiah Deutscher, Jeff Doble, Robert Drew, Benjamin Engle-Folchert, Bob Greig, Rebecca Holt, Ivan Illic, Herman Kao, Teresa Miller, Sarah Moran, Angelique Pilon, Roselyn Rheaume, Max Richter, Sören Schou, Nathan Shuttleworth, Ray Sun, Kathy Wardle
  • Construction Manager

    Heatherbrae Construction
  • Structural Engineer

    Fast + Epp
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Stantec
  • Civil Engineer

    Core Group Consultants
  • Area

    5675.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler +19

C+S Architects: 'Feeling Contexts' Exhibition

00:00 - 13 March, 2013
Courtesy of C+S Architects
Courtesy of C+S Architects

Summarizing the philosophy and methodology of C+S Architects, the Keller Gallery at MIT Department of Architecture will serve as a new context for the work of C+S Architects. As if lifted from their Treviso, Italy studio and planted directly within MIT, a working table of models and drawings will compose the central space of the gallery, juxtaposed with the firm’s recent built works. Taking place March 14-April 10, C+S re-writes the contexts as a map of the potentialities, where to graft interferences which react with the physical, economic, social and political spheres. These interferences are frames in search for the beauty of the ordinary, open to the flowing of time, energy, people. For more information, please visit here.

OBRA Architects: Castro & O'Brien Lecture

00:00 - 13 March, 2013
Courtesy of Sapienza, Università di Roma's School of Architecture
Courtesy of Sapienza, Università di Roma's School of Architecture

Taking place this Thursday, March 14th at the Sapienza, Università di Roma's School of Architecture, OBRA Architects' Pablo Castro and William O'Brien will be delivering the lecture where these two Rome Prize Fellows at the American Academy in Rome will discuss their research with Francesco Garofalo and Antonino Saggio. Pablo Castro's design direction at OBRA Architects has produced a body of award-winning projects: four AIANY Design Awards, 2008 ID Annual Design Review Award, and two 2004 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow.The lecture begins at 6:00pm. For more information, please visit here.

Envision 2040: Green Works Orlando Design Competition

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
Courtesy of Green Works Orlando
Courtesy of Green Works Orlando

The City of Orlando's Mayor, Buddy Dyer, has challenged the community to develop a plan that would transform Orlando, within a generation, into one of the most environmentally-friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation. In an effort to do so, the city is introducing the Envision 2040 competition, which aims to illustrate what the city will look like in the future. Participants are being called to visualize what Orlando, the most sustainable city in the southeast, will look like in 2040. If all the goals and objectives of the plan were implemented today, what would our city look like in the future? The deadline for registration is March 18 and the deadline for submissions is April 15. For more information, please visit here.

House in Sanbonmatsu / Hironaka Ogawa

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +32

Living Landscape: The Great Fen Visiting Center Proposal / Atelier CMJN

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
Courtesy of Atelier CMJN
Courtesy of Atelier CMJN

Atelier CMJN shared with us their proposal for the Great Fen Visiting Center which aims at reconnecting humans with nature. In terms of sustainable development, or in the broader term ecology, is the reconnection of humans with their environment by restoring links between the users and the fen. By maximizing one’s chances to connect to this raw and simply beautiful environment, the project intends to not just restore a piece of anthropogenic nature, but reconnect mankind with its deepest self, nature. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Yardmaster’s Building / McBride Charles Ryan

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
© John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team

    Rob McBride, Debbie Ryan, Drew Williamson, Andrew Hayne, Fang Cheah, Michelle James, Scott Crowe, Johanna Brunner, Angela Woda, David Fraser
  • Area

    1350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +17

The Indicator: On Disappearance, Part 2

00:00 - 13 March, 2013
Factory Worker Dormitory, Dongguan, Guangdong Province, 2005. Photograph, Edward Burtynsky
Factory Worker Dormitory, Dongguan, Guangdong Province, 2005. Photograph, Edward Burtynsky

As Mr. Betsky asserts, “Robots, connected computers, miniaturization, and etherization are taking the work out of both the social and the physical sphere.” But isn’t this just a fantasy because this has not yet happened on a large enough scale to produce a true paradigm shift? Or, if the shift has happened, then where is everybody rushing off to on the Monday morning commute? And what are all those buildings jammed in-between the roads for? Most of them seem to be for work as opposed to play.  

We may all float in and out of working networks as we move around, untethered to carpeted cubicles, telecommuting, flex-timing, logging in at all hours, but we are still and will primarily be working in places designed by architects—often without access to sunlight, fresh air, or nature of any sort.