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25 Architects You Should Know

As an unavoidable art form, “architecture is one of humanity’s most visible and long-lasting forms of expression,” writes Complex Media. Within the past 150 years—the period of modern architecture—a distinct form of artistry has developed, significantly changing the way we look at the urban environments around us. To highlight some of the key figures in architecture over the past 150 years, Complex Media has created a list of “25 Architects You Should Know,” covering a range of icons including Zaha Hadid, Ieoh Ming Pei, Philip Johnson, Oscar Neimeyer, SOM, Daniel Libeskind, and more. Read the full list to learn more about each iconic architect, here.

Shelter Global Announces 2015 Dencity Competition Winners

International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has announced the winners of its 2015 Dencity Competition. Out of 300 entries from 50 different countries, three winners and six special mentions were selected.

The competition’s goal was “to foster new ideas on how to handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of the massive problem,” and jury members sought out project designs that empower communities and allow for self-sufficiency. Read about the three winners, after the break.

Campanario 2 / Axel Duhart Arquitectos

  • Architects: Axel Duhart Arquitectos
  • Location: El Campanario, Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Axel Duhart
  • Area: 1400.0 m2
  • Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jorge Silva, ADP

© Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP © Jorge Silva, ADP

KAMJZ Proposes Sustainable Ruichang Flower Market for China

KAMJZ have unveiled their proposal for the UIA’s MOLEWA (Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture) competition, which tasked participants with designing several cultural and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks in RuichangChina. Titled Ruichang Flower Market, KAMJZ's design contemplates a series of shopping streets with high-end, as well as more vernacular shopping spaces, in particular a specialty area carrying flowers grown in the neighboring Flower Theme Park, traditional crafts, and souvenirs.

AD Essentials: 3D Printing

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FL 4300 / Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos

  • Architects: Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos
  • Location: Rua Elvira Ferraz, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Luis Felipe Aflalo Herman, Roberto Aflalo Filho, Giancarlo Gasperini, Grazzieli Gomes Rocha, José Luiz Lemos
  • Design Team: Alfredo del Bianco(coordenador), Eduardo Mizuka, Reginaldo Okusako, André Navarro, André Vieira, Felipe Farah, Renata Conti , Marcela Valério, Marcelo Nagai e Raquel Rodorigo, Daniela Mungai
  • Area: 70683.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello

Alejandro Aravena Appointed Director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Today, in Venice, the Board of la Biennale di Venezia named Chilean architect and Pritzker jury member Alejandro Aravena as the Director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. Held bi-annually in the capital city of Italy's Veneto region, the 2016 edition of the Biennale will take place from May 28 - November 27, 2016.

Citing the increasing popularity and success of the previous Architecture Biennales, chairman Paolo Baratta confirmed, "after many years in which the Architecture Biennale has continued to grow, we may now consolidate the decision to make it last six months, given the steady increment in the attendance of architecture schools from all over the world who come to participate in the Biennale Sessions project, and have made the Architecture Biennale a pilgrimage destination for students and teachers from the universities of many countries, from the United States to China.”

Construction Underway on Aedas’ “Infinite” Design for New Sina Headquarters in Beijing

Aedas has begun construction on their winning entry to design the new Sina Headquarters in China. Located south of the Beijing Zhongguancun Software Park, the building program will include open office area, conference rooms, media rooms, library, entertainment rooms, a canteen and other supporting amenities.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

Medical Office Renovation in Entrambasaguas / Perez - Ruiz de Apodaca

  • Architects: Carmen Pérez Díaz y Ana Ruiz de Apodaca Johansson
  • Location: Barrio la Iglesia, 39716 Entrambasaguas, Cantabria, España
  • Project Area: 293.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Josema Cutillas

© Josema Cutillas  © Josema Cutillas  © Josema Cutillas  © Josema Cutillas

ENEL Pavilion / Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Location: Expo Gate, Via Luca Beltrami, 20121 Milano, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Francesco Fresa, Germàn Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Design Team: Gianni Mollo, Marco Dragoni, Davide Fascione, Enrico Pellegrini, Jenny Spagnolatti, Gianluca Iannotta, Alessandro Leanti, Santiago Trujillo, Anna Zauli
  • Area: 900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Andrea Martiradonna

© Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna © Andrea Martiradonna

House in Gandra / Raulino Silva Arquitecto

  • Architects: Raulino Silva Arquitecto
  • Location: Rua da Ribeira, 4740-288 Esposende, Portugal
  • Design Team: Hélder Silva, Daniela Amorim, Ismael Santos, Cátia Sampaio
  • Area: 379.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier

  • Architects: Allen Jack+Cottier
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Interiors: The Gentry’s Kelly Ross
  • Area: 1060.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Castle+Beatty

© Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty

Attic for an Architect / buro5

  • Architects: buro5
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Boris Denisyuk
  • Area: 49.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Luciano Spinelli

© Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli

Transgrid Headquarters / Bates Smart

  • Architects: Bates Smart
  • Location: 180 Thomas Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

History For Sale: Postmodern Vanna Venturi House on the Market

Robert Venturi's Vanna Venturi House is now for sale. According to reports on Curbed, the postmodern home could be yours for just $1.75 million! Said to be one of the top 10 buildings that "changed America," the house was originally designed and built by the Pritzker Prize laureate for his mother in 1964. The home's most recent owner, University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Thomas P. Hughes passed away February, leaving the historic residence to his daughter who is now selling the home. 

Morphosis Architects Releases Casablanca Finance City Tower Design

Mophosis Architects have just released their design for the Casablanca Finance City tower in Morocco. The building's iconic crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public space, creates an "inverted double-crown" that will serve as social symbol and meeting place. Following the model set in Paris' La Defense district, the project will anchor a new business district (Casablanca Finance City) and embody "Morocco’s vision for the future and setting precedents in building performance, scale, and style for a city that does not yet exist." Slated for completion in 2017, the 226,042 sq. ft building broke ground in December of 2014.

Read on to learn more about Morphosis' brise-soleil-wrapped tower. 

© Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects

The Boro Hotel / Grzywinski+Pons

  • Architects: Grzywinski+Pons
  • Location: Long Island City, 49-13 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
  • Area: 48000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Floto + Warner

© Floto + Warner © Floto + Warner © Floto + Warner © Floto + Warner

US Pavilion Summons Architects Interested in Participating at 2016 Venice Biennale

The US Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale has launched a call for submissions to all architects interested in participating in The Architectural Imagination. The exhibition will present speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world." Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will commission 12 US architects to "produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century." Each of the 12 projects will be exhibited in the pavilion and documented in an exhibition cataLog, a special issue of the journal Log.

The curators are looking for design excellence, innovative speculative thinking, and architectural expertise in built and/or unbuilt work. Read on to learn more.