Santa Rosa de Constitución School and Memorial / LAND Architects

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Architects: LAND Architects
Location: , , Maule Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Javier Lorenzo
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 7 – Peeking Through the Windows of Porto

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do Porto,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is composed of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and .

Last week we featured the series’ sixth episode about Porto’s doors, and now we present Episode 7 – Windows. Read the producers’ description of the latest episode after the break.

Hostel Wadi / Studio Bernardo Secchi & Paola Viganò

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Architects: Studio Bernardo Secchi & Paola Viganò
Location: Molenstraat 62, 2460 ,
Design Team: Uberto degli Uberti, Tommaso Fait, Steven Geeraert, Emmanuel Giannotti, Stefano Peluso, Günter Pusch
Area: 952.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frederik Buyckx

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards

Shortlisted: The Whitworth, Manchester / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 15 projects have been shortlisted for  2015 Awards, featuring buildings by John McAslan + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, MUMA and Carmody Groake. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize. The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize was won by Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a project which was shortlisted by this branch of the RIBA. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios‘ Manchester School of Art also made it to the national finals.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Summer House in Dalarna / Leo Qvarsebo

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Architects: Leo Qvarsebo
Location: Västerbyn, 770 70 Långshyttan,
Developer: Leo Qvarsebo, Mattias Granwald, Robobygg AB
Area: 90.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Leo Qvarsebo

Trinity Long Room Hub / Mccullough Mulvin Architects

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Architects: Mccullough Mulvin Architects
Location: Trinity College , College Green, 2, Co. , Ireland
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Mccullough Mulvin Architects

Al Shaheed Park / Ricardo Camacho

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Location: Shuhada Park, , Kuwait
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

SHR House / Sun Tan architects Studio

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Architects: Sun Tan architects Studio
Location: Hachioji, Tokyo,
Collaborators: Munehiro Minakawa
Area: 340.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kenji Masunaga, Courtesy of

Arquitetas Invisíveis Presents 48 Women in Architecture: Part 7, Sustainable Architecture

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked the Brazilian non-profit group Arquitetas Invisíveis to share with us a part of their work, which identifies women in architecture and urbanism. They kindly shared with us a list of 48 important women architects, divided into seven categories: pioneers, “in the shadows,” architectureurbanism, social architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable architecture. We will be sharing this list over the course of the week.

Today, in the last post of the series, we present the female architects who put an emphasis on sustainability.

Open Call: Inside 2015

Open Call: Inside 2015

Inside 2015 invites students and young professionals to submit a collection of their “inside” work comprised of up to three digital images. By submitting your work, we invite you to share your voice with the collective intelligence of a community of visual thinkers. The competition is open to all design disciplines including architects, interior designers, furniture designers, digital fabricators, graphic designers, lighting designers, product designers or any other creative field that creates for the inside. The competition is free to all entrants. Learn more, here

Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower

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Envisioned with a height of 130-meters and comprising a combined total of 41 floors and 63,800-square-meters, the bipartite Mennica Legacy Tower project in Warsaw has been slated for construction, to commence in the last quarter of 2015. Featuring two adjacent towers designed by Chicago-based international firm Goettsch Partners, the project is located at the site of the former headquarters of the Mint of Poland.

On completion, Mennica Legacy Tower will function predominantly as an office complex, integrating secondary retail and commercial functions. View selected images and learn more about the project after the break.

Family House In Palanga / UAB Architektu biuras

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Architects: UAB Architektu biuras
Location: Vanagupės gatvė, Palanga,
Architect In Charge: Gintautas Natkevičius, Adomas Rimšelis, Sigita Kundrotaitė
Area: 253.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonas Garbačauskas

Egypt Unveils Plans for “New Cairo”

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In an effort to combat the economic conditions that have plunged one-fourth of its population into poverty, Egypt’s ambitious development plan for a massive new capital city is soon to be underway. Roughly the size of New Cairo, the privately-funded city hopes to become the new administrative center, as well as a bustling metropolis of shopping, housing, and tourist destinations to generate economic activity. Plans were solidified at a foreign investment conference where the official project details were unveiled on March 13 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Read on after the break for more on the $45 billion plan.

Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing

Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of

is one of the most persistent challenges faced by the construction industry, and over the course of decades certain trends rise and fall, as entrepreneurial providers carve out new niches to provide for expanding populations and changing demographics. Originally published by BuzzBuzzHome as “The Rise and Fall of The Mail-Order House,” this article explores the craze of so-called “catalogue homes” – flat-packed houses that were delivered by mail – which became popular in North America in the first decades of the 20th century.

The testimonials make it sound effortless: building your own house is no sweat.

In the front pages of a 1921 Sears Roebuck catalogue for mail-order homes, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan identified only by the pseudonym “I Did Not Hire Any Help” wrote to the company: “I am very well pleased with my Already Cut House bought off you. All the material went together nicely. In fact, I wish I had another house to put up this summer. I really enjoyed working on such a building, and I do not follow the carpenter trade either.” It’s estimated that more than 100,000 mail-order homes were built in the United States between 1908 and 1940. It was the IKEA of housing, but instead of spending an afternoon putting together a bookshelf, buyers would take on the formidable task of building a house. Or, more commonly, get a contractor to do it. Homebuyers would pick a design of their choice out of a mail-order catalogue and the materials – from the lumber frame boards to the paint to the nails and screws – would be shipped out to the closest railway station for pickup and construction.

Casa Na Mouraria / José Andrade Rocha

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Location: Rua Mouraria, 1100-341 , Portugal
Area: 64.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

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Video: Frei Otto Experimenting with Soap Bubbles

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“The computer can only calculate what is already conceptually inside of it; you can only find what you look for in computers. Nevertheless, you can find what you haven’t searched for with free experimentation.” – From A Conversation with Frei Otto, by Juan Maria Songel

For Frei Otto, experimentation with and maquettes was a fundamental part of his work as an architect. In 1961, he began to conduct a series of experiments with soap bubbles (featured in the video above). His experiments centered on suspending soap film and dropping a looped string into it to form a perfect circle. By then trying to pull the string out a minimal surface was created. It was these created surfaces that Otto experimented with.

Through these types of experimentation he was able to build forms and structures that were previously believed to be impossible. “Now it can be calculated, but for more than 40 years it was impossible to calculate it. I have not waited for it to be calculated in order to build it.”

SHIFT Restaurant / Lama Arhitectura

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Architects: Lama Arhitectura
Location: , Romania
Architect In Charge: Dan Enache,CalinRadu
Design Team: AliceIonita, Ioana Stan
Landscape Architect: Alexandru Gheorghe-Poteca Studio
Area: 165.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: RaduMalasincu

TAC-SEV New Campus / Erginoğlu&Çalışlar

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Architects: Erginoğlu&Çalışlar
Location: /Mersin,
Design Team: İ. Kerem Erginoğlu,Hasan C. Çalışlar, Arın Tanrıkulu, Onat Över, Ayça Taylan, Sezen Bilge, Zeynep Şankaynağı, Yasemin Hacıkura, Işık Süngü, Emre Cestel
Area: 9399.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cemal Emden