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These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

08:00 - 10 May, 2017

Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it's commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller. 

But when it comes to defining which buildings are the tallest it can get complicated. Do antennas and other gadgets on top of the building count as extra meters? What happens if the last floor is uninhabitable? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed their own system for classifying tall buildings, measuring from the “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.” Using this system more than 3,400 buildings have been categorized as over 150 meters tall. 

Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets

06:00 - 10 May, 2017
Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets, via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.
via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran.

Cities have a wealth of experiences, landmarks and sights to offer the eager traveller, who despite their ambitions, may begin to feel overwhelmed under the weight of culture and geography that saturates their travels. It is easy to get lost not only during pilgrimages to iconic locations, but also in the number of places to go and things to see, guided on overpriced tours and by consumerist maps. But worry not, for a new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the Architectour Guide – a hardcover curated compendium of key spots that’s got you covered during your next urban crawl.

“The guide is made for the urban explorer, an individual who loves discovering cities in a different way,” explains Virginia Duran, the London-based architect and urban planner responsible for the campaign. “Architectour Guide collects the best spaces of a city inspiring travelers to craft their trips in a unique way, making it easier for us to visit, understand and photograph each of these places. As a consequence, we travelers will be helping to keep buildings alive.”

via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. Crowdfunded Architecture Tourbooks Help You Discover Cities' Best Kept Secrets via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. via Kickstarter. Courtesy of Virginia Duran. +8

Psychopedagogical Medical Center / Comas-Pont arquitectos

05:00 - 10 May, 2017
Psychopedagogical Medical Center  / Comas-Pont arquitectos, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Josep Maria Selva, 08500 Vic, Barcelona, España
  • Architect in Charge

    Comas-Pont arquitectos
  • Area

    1657.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

House Gele Lis / GAAGA

03:00 - 10 May, 2017
House Gele Lis / GAAGA, Courtesy of GAAGA
Courtesy of GAAGA

Courtesy of GAAGA Courtesy of GAAGA Courtesy of GAAGA Courtesy of GAAGA +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Hague,The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Esther Stevelink, Arie Bergsma
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Zagreb Airport / Kincl + Neidhardt + Institut IGH

02:00 - 10 May, 2017
Zagreb Airport / Kincl + Neidhardt + Institut IGH, © Josip Škof
© Josip Škof

© Studio HRG © Josip Škof © Josip Škof © Damir Fabijanić +31

  • Architectural Team

    Ivana Benković, Ana Breka, Mirta Dropuljić, Ivana Drviš, Almir Ibrahimović, Igor Janković, Zrinka Mustać, Mihovil Selak
  • Landscape design

    Robert Duić
  • Traffic design

    Viadukt
  • Structural Engineer

    Institut IGH
  • Services Engineer

    Connecto project
  • Fire protection

    CTP projekt

M. A. C. / Made in Earth

22:00 - 9 May, 2017
M. A. C. / Made in Earth, Courtesy of Made in Earth
Courtesy of Made in Earth

Courtesy of Made in Earth Courtesy of Made in Earth Courtesy of Made in Earth Courtesy of Made in Earth +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design Team

    Giancarlo Artese, Flavia Scognamillo, Alessandro Turchi
  • Donor

    Daniela Schmid
  • Beneficiary

    Terre des Hommes Core
  • Cost

    60000 €
  • Area

    1080.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Trail House / Zen Architects

20:00 - 9 May, 2017
Trail House / Zen Architects, © Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

© Emma Cross © Emma Cross © Emma Cross © Emma Cross +16

BCA International BIM Competition 2017

19:30 - 9 May, 2017
BCA International BIM Competition 2017, International BIM Competition 2017 - Computational Design, Analysis and Optimisation for DfMA
International BIM Competition 2017 - Computational Design, Analysis and Optimisation for DfMA

The competition is to develop a concept design of an academic building as a redevelopment project to replace the Block D & E-Canteen Block to support the expanding educational activities in BCA Academy. The new building block should be able to host a minimum 3,000 students’ capacity with a maximum 23,500sqm Gross Floor Area (GFA) including usable space, public circulation and service area.

The key aspect of the competition this year is to generate design options through computational approach for analysis and optimization that captures the design challenges and requirements mentioned above for the final optimized option.

Tropical Holiday Twin Houses / MM++ architects

19:00 - 9 May, 2017
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tra Vinh, Vietnam
  • Architect in Charge

    Mỹ An Phạm Thị
  • Collaborators

    Triết Lê Hữu, Michael Charruault
  • Area

    140.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

North Bondi / CplusC Architectural Workshop

17:00 - 9 May, 2017
North Bondi / CplusC Architectural Workshop, © Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks +30

Los Angeles Considers Constructing Gondola Lift to Hollywood Sign

16:00 - 9 May, 2017
Los Angeles Considers Constructing Gondola Lift to Hollywood Sign, © Flickr user adholmes. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
© Flickr user adholmes. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Los Angeles may soon be receiving a new attraction: a gondola-style cable car system that would transport visitors up to the iconic Hollywood Sign in the Santa Monica Mountains.

According to a recent interview with LA mayor Eric Garcetti, the city is considering several new options to open up access to the 45-foot-tall structure, one of which is a sky gondola that would pick up visitors at or near Universal Studios (located on the north side of the mountains in Studio City).

La Tallada House Refurbishment / ARQUITECTURA-G

15:00 - 9 May, 2017
La Tallada House Refurbishment  / ARQUITECTURA-G, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    17134 La Tallada d'Empordà, Girona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta)
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Jeanne Gang Honored with 2017 Louis Kahn Memorial Award

14:00 - 9 May, 2017
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang. Image © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park / Studio Gang. Image © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

Jeanne Gang has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Louis Kahn Memorial Award, an annual prize established by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design in 1983 to recognize “an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of architecture,” while honoring one of the city’s most influential architects.

Previous winners of the award include Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, Rafael Viñoly and César Pelli.

Bulgaria 533 / Dellekamp Arquitectos

13:00 - 9 May, 2017
© Sandra Pereznieto
© Sandra Pereznieto

© Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto © Sandra Pereznieto +29

Henning Larsen Wins Competition for Microclimate-Creating Civic Center in Toronto

12:15 - 9 May, 2017
Henning Larsen Wins Competition for Microclimate-Creating Civic Center in Toronto, Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

The team consisting of Henning Larsen Architects, Adamson Associates Architects and PMA Landscape Architects has been announced as the winners of a competition to design the new 500,000-square-foot (46,500-square-meter) Etobicoke Civic Centre, beating out proposals from three other top teams.

Located in Etobicoke Centre, one of four mixed-use districts marked by the City’s Official Plan as a “vital” community, the new Civic Centre will feature municipal offices, civic function and gathering space, a community recreation center, a branch of the Toronto Public Library, a child care center and an expansive outdoor plaza.

Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects . Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects +20

The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

11:00 - 9 May, 2017
The Bear Stand / Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux +15

Spotlight: Gordon Bunshaft

10:30 - 9 May, 2017
Lever House. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/gaf/15726775064'>Flickr user gaf</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Lever House. Image © Flickr user gaf licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As lead designer of the Lever House and many of America’s most historically prominent buildings, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Gordon Bunshaft (9 May 1909 – 6 August 1990) is credited with ushering in a new era of Modernist skyscraper design and corporate architecture. A stern figure and a loyal advocate of the International Style, Bunshaft spent the majority of his career as partner and lead designer for SOM, who have referred to him as “a titan of industry, a decisive army general, an architectural John Wayne.”

Hajj Terminal at King Abdulaziz Airport, Jeddah. Image © SOM - Jay Langlois | Owens-Corning Beinecke Rare Book Library. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/joevare/5524134719'>Flickr user joevare</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> Solow Buliding. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solow_Building_New_York_August_2012.jpg'>Wikimedia user King of Hearts</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> W.R. Grace Building. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:W._R._Grace_Building,_New_York,_NY_10018,_USA_-_Jan_2013.jpg'>Wikimedia user WestportWiki</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> +9

An Off-fur You Can't Refuse: Free Cut-Out Dogs and Cats

10:30 - 9 May, 2017
An Off-fur You Can't Refuse: Free Cut-Out Dogs and Cats, via Viz-people
via Viz-people

It's a well-known fact that everything is better with puppies. Your renders are no different. Fortunately, the website Viz-people is here to help, offering a free set of 6 cut-out cat and dog .PNGs. Pets aren't the only cut-outs on offer (just the cutest—sorry, cut-out kids); in addition, Viz-people has a whole raft of free stuff for 3D modeling and rendering, including 2D cutouts of people, textures, and skies, and 3D models of cars, trees, chairs and more.