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Communication Linge Ferry Terminal / Knut Hjeltnes

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
© Jiri Havran
© Jiri Havran

© Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran © Jiri Havran +10

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten, © Karl Heinz Putz
© Karl Heinz Putz

© Karl Heinz Putz © Karl Heinz Putz © Karl Heinz Putz © Christian Schellander +30

Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +21

amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition, Courtesy of amphibianArc
Courtesy of amphibianArc

amphibianArc has been announced as winner of the Ningbo Yinzhou Southern CBD Portal Planning competition. Commissioned by the same developers of the Ningbo Museum designed by Wang Shu, the "transit-oriented" proposal aims to become the "driving force" of urban life in the masterplan's fourth and final phase.

The Steel Age Is Over. Has The Next Age Begun?

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
The Steel Age Is Over. Has The Next Age Begun?, As of now, carbon fiber has only been applied to small scale applications, such as the Textile Room by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Image © Monica Nouwens
As of now, carbon fiber has only been applied to small scale applications, such as the Textile Room by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Image © Monica Nouwens

Andrew Carnegie once said, “Aim for the highest.” He followed his own advice. The powerful 19th century steel magnate had the foresight to build a bridge spanning the Mississippi river, a total of 6442 feet. In 1874, the primary structural material was iron — steel was the new kid on the block. People were wary of steel, scared of it even. It was an unproven alloy.

Nevertheless, after the completion of Eads Bridge in St. Louis, Andrew Carnegie generated a publicity stunt to prove steel was in fact a viable building material. A popular superstition of the day stated that an elephant would not cross an unstable bridge. On opening day, a confident Carnegie, the people of St. Louis and a four-ton elephant proceeded to cross the bridge. The elephant was met on the other side with pompous fanfare. What ensued was the greatest vertical building boom in American history, with Chicago and New York pioneering the cause. That’s right people; you can thank an adrenaline-junkie elephant for changing American opinion on the safety of steel construction.

So if steel replaced iron - as iron replaced bronze and bronze, copper -  what will replace steel? Carbon Fiber.

Where You Work: The Offices of ArchDaily Readers

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Where You Work: The Offices of ArchDaily Readers, Courtesy of Bark Architects
Courtesy of Bark Architects

In 2009 we wanted to find out where our readers work and create. We asked, you responded, and the results gave us a fascinating insight into your daily lives. And so, a few weeks ago, we once again asked our readers to send us pictures of their workspaces. We received submissions from all over the world – from beachside desks to a stark warehouse space to a stunning gallery.  

Take a look at these creative spaces - you may even recognize your own workplace, or one quite like it - and keep following and participating by using the #wherewework hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for your help!

Courtesy of Atelier rzlbd Courtesy of Aparicio Arquitectos Courtesy of Equipoeme Estudio Courtesy of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects +30

Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence Entension / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence Entension / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +51

  • Architects

  • Location

    29 Avenue Robert Schuman, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Project Leader

    José Luis Fuentes, Peter Mitterer
  • Planning Team

    Ralitsa Kafova, Sabine Kopp, Zuzana Janouskova , Katja Pargger, Stephan Schwarz, Arne Speiser
  • Area

    9160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Elderly Care Campus / Areal Architecten

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Elderly Care Campus  / Areal Architecten, © Tim Van De Velde
© Tim Van De Velde

© Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde +32

Heatherwick Tapped to Design “Sunken Oasis” in Abu Dhabi

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Heatherwick Tapped to Design “Sunken Oasis” in Abu Dhabi, Fractured Desert . Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Fractured Desert . Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to transform a 125,000 square meter park in the heart of Abu Dhabi into a multifunctional “sunken oasis.” Inspired by “fractured desert crust,” the park is designed as a series of fragmented canopies that rise to form a three-dimensional landscape across the site. Beneath the cracked surface will be a series of interconnected public spaces cooled by lush vegetation that provide organic produce to local restaurants and space for community gardens.

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago, © ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within Santiago, Chile that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city's many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal - named "Metropolitan Promenade" - seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city's public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect's description, after the break.

© ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © Guy Wenborne. Image © ELEMENTAL +12

Paz House / Arturo Franco, Fabrice van Teslaar

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Paz House / Arturo Franco, Fabrice van Teslaar, © Carlos Fernández Piñar
© Carlos Fernández Piñar

© Carlos Fernández Piñar © Carlos Fernández Piñar © Carlos Fernández Piñar © Carlos Fernández Piñar +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    28294 Robledo de Chavela, España
  • Project Area

    363.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photography

    Carlos Fernández Piñar

Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Historical Archive of the Basque Country / ACXT, © Aitor Ortiz
© Aitor Ortiz

© Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz © Aitor Ortiz +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle de María Díaz de Haro, 3, 48013 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Project Architect

    Gonzalo Carro
  • Project Director

    Gonzalo Carro
  • Area

    8550.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Mölle by the Sea / Elding Oscarson

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Mölle by the Sea  / Elding Oscarson, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +24

A Seductive Abstraction: Architecture & Photography's Tacit Pact

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily has partnered with The Architectural Review to bring you short thematic introductions to the magazine's monthly editions.  Up now: AR's April 2014 issue, which examines the complexities of architecture photography. Editor Catherine Slessor asks "what happens when controlled views of buildings are redefined by and adapted to new technologies?"

Roland Barthes once observed that there is no such thing as a photograph. ‘Whatever it grants to vision and whatever its manner, a photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see’, he wrote in Camera Lucida. What we do see is the scrutinising gaze of the photographer, which can beguile or unsettle, but should always evoke some kind of response.

As a scientific and ‘truthful’ medium, photography has served architecture well, especially in the Modernist era when the evolving medium synthesised perfectly with a new approach to design. Yet the relationship between architecture and photography is an inherently compromised one. Unlike art practice, architectural photography lends itself less to searching critical enquiry, being essentially an unspoken pact between architect, photographer and publisher to render buildings in a way that discreetly flatters architectural ambition and sells copies of books or magazines.

U.S. ABI Declines Sharply in March

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
U.S. ABI Declines Sharply in March, March ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com
March ABI. Image via CalculatedRiskBlog.com

It seems the U.S. Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has yet to recover from 2013’s end of the year decline. Though 2014 started with a “modest uptick,” the March ABI has reveals a share decrease in design services. As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the March ABI score was 48.8, down from a mark of 50.7 in February. Despite this, the new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.

“This protracted softening in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market the last year and a half,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Hopefully, some of this can be attributed to severe weather conditions over this past winter. We will have a better sense if there is a reason for more serious concern over the next couple of months.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break...

McMansions: The Ultimate Symbol of American Inequality

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
McMansions: The Ultimate Symbol of American Inequality, © Flickr CC User Doug Downen
© Flickr CC User Doug Downen

In this fascinating post for Salon, Thomas Frank holds nothing back on the topic of so-called "McMansions". Charting their history from the 1980s to today, he reveals the economics and government policies which made them possible, concluding that they are not just a symptom of the inequality in modern US society, but the very cause of it: "Everything we do seems designed to make this thing possible... This stupendous, staring banality is the final outcome for which we have sacrificed everything else." You can read the full article here.

DEN-EN office / AUAU

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toyota, Aichi, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Akitoshi Ukai
  • Area

    228.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura © Masaya Yoshimura +17

Alcoutins House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Alcoutins House  / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves Courtesy of Ricardo Oliveira Alves +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    José Guedes Cruz, Cesar Marques, Marco Martínez Marinho
  • Area

    656.0 sqm