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Exhibition: Drawn to the Future

Head-spinning funfair rides are part of the attraction of Drawn To The Future, an exhibition of new approaches to architectural visualisations at The Building Centre in London.

World Photo Day 2015: The 10 Most-Saved Images in My ArchDaily

"Every picture tells a story" - at least, that's according to that great philosopher of our time, Rod Stewart. But what about the stories behind the pictures themselves? At ArchDaily we know that a great image requires not only great architecture but also a skilled photographer, so to celebrate World Photo Day we decided to find out more about the most popular images on ArchDaily. We've taken the ten most bookmarked images in My ArchDaily, and contacted some of the photographers to find out more about their images - read on to see the top ten, and to find out the stories behind six of them.

Slovenian Book Center In Trieste / SoNo Arhitekti

  • Architects: SoNo Arhitekti
  • Location: Trieste, Italy
  • Authors: Edvard Blažko , Marko Volk , Nejc Batistič, Aleš Plesničar , Igor Spetič
  • Area: 177.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Žiga Lovšin

© Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin © Žiga Lovšin

The Mayor Who Used Small Steps to Transform Bogotá for the Better

In a recent article for The New York Times Antanas Mockus, the former Mayor of Bogotá who served two terms in office between 1995 and 2003, discusses what he learnt to be "the art of changing a city." Mockus, a professor of philosophy by vocation, was at times pressured to wear a bullet-proof vest — which he wore with a heart-shaped hole cut over his chest as a "symbol of confidence, or defiance, for nine months." His article discusses how his government tackled Bogotá's "chaotic and dangerous" traffic through a thumbs-up, thumbs-down card system performed by mimes, how they dealt with water shortages, and how they persuaded 63,000 households to voluntarily pay 10% more tax.

The Big Horn / Mezzo Atelier

  • Architects: Mezzo Atelier
  • Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Area: 125.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Milton Pereira, Rui Soares, Sara Pinheiro, Courtesy of Mezzo Atelier

© Rui Soares © Sara Pinheiro © Milton Pereira Courtesy of Mezzo Atelier

SAVA / Original Vision

  • Architects: Original Vision
  • Location: Phang-nga, Thailand
  • Project Architect: Adrian McCarroll, Stephen Gorton, Jamie Jamieson
  • Area: 8960.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Andrew Loiterton

© Andrew Loiterton © Andrew Loiterton © Andrew Loiterton © Andrew Loiterton

Oryza Nakanoshima Spinning / Naoya Matsumoto Design

© Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano © Takeshi Asano

Moscow Urban Forum: "Moscow as a Dynamic Megacity: Flexible Management Practices"

"Moscow as a dynamic megacity: flexible management practices" is the working name of the Moscow Urban Forum which will be held on 16-17 October 2015 in Manege Central Exhibition Hall.  

House 339 / Kiến Trúc O

  • Architects: Kiến Trúc O
  • Location: District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Area: 169.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Quang Trần, Hiroyuki Oki

© Hiroyuki Oki © Quang Trần © Quang Trần © Quang Trần

Walt Disney to Bring Star Wars to Life

Walt Disney has unveiled the company's largest single theme land expansion ever: Star Wars Land. An extraterrestrial land of humanoids, aliens, and droids, the 14-acre development is expected to be built at Orlando, Florida's Disney World and Anaheim, California's Disneyland by 2020.

Nearby in Los Angeles, rumors are saying Star Wars director George Lucas may consider building his self-titled museum there, rather than in Chicago where Lucas is facing fierce opposition over his MAD museum design (more on that here). 

Read on to see more images of Star Wars Land and to watch the unveiling of the project. 

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Namibia / Sofia Granjo Arquitetos

© A Caixa Negra © A Caixa Negra © A Caixa Negra © A Caixa Negra

Images Emerge of Souto de Moura's First US Project

Images of Souto Moura Arquitectos' first US project has emerged. Aimed to replace a former gas station at 2715 Pennsylvanian Avenue NW in Washington DC, the five-story red brick and concrete building will feature a ground floor restaurant and eight 2,000-square-foot apartment units with balconies, a gym and penthouse terrace.  

As BizJournals reports, the proposal is being pitched by EastBanc Inc. as the new "entrance to Georgetown." The Portuguese architect chose red brick "because it seems to be the most appropriate for this part of the city."

House in Lapa / Brasil Arquitetura

  • Architects: Brasil Arquitetura
  • Location: Lapa, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz
  • Collaborator: Anne Dieterich
  • Architecture Team: Anselmo Turazzi, Beatriz Marques, Cícero Ferraz, Fabiana Paiva, Felipe Zene, Fred Meyer, Gabriel Grinspum, Luciana Dornellas, Pedro Del Guerra, Victor Gurgel
  • Project Area: 360.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Compare Your Salary with the AIA Compensation Calculator

Alongside the release of the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) annual Compensation Report comes a new (free!) Salary Calculator Tool that allows you to compare your income with 17 architectural staff positions - from CEO to Intern 1. You can use the tool to see the overall mean and median salaries throughout the US or by region, and even by firm size (organized by annual firm revenue). Compare your salary here. 

PUCV School of Biochemical Engineering Building / Juan Pavez Aguilar + José Requesens Aldea + Fernando Miranda Monreal

  • Architects: Juan Pavez Aguilar, José Requesens Aldea, Fernando Miranda Monreal
  • Location: Av. Brasil 2085, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Project Area: 4830.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres

Excerpt: Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity

CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault
CCTV Headquarters in Beijing by OMA. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault

No matter what you think of it, these days there is no denying that a celebrity culture has a significant effect on the architecture world, with a small percentage of architects taking a large portion of the spotlight. Questioning this status quo, Vladimir Belogolovsky's new book "Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity" interrogates some of these famous architects to find out what they think of the culture which has elevated them to such heights. In this excerpt from the book's foreword, Belogolovsky asks how we got into this celebrity-loving architectural culture, and what it means for the buildings produced.

Not to be confused with other kinds of stars, the most popular of architects are identified as “starchitects.”* Is this a good thing? The notion of starchitecture is hated wholeheartedly by most of the leading architectural critics. They run away from addressing the issue because they think it has nothing to do with professional criticism. But what do the architects think? One of the architectural megastars, Rem Koolhaas, was astonishingly self-effacing in an interview for Hanno Rauterberg’s 2008 book Talking Architecture:

“I think what we are experiencing is the global triumph of eccentricity. Lots of extravagant buildings are being built, buildings that have no meaning, no functionality. It’s rather about spectacular shapes and, of course, the architects’ egos.”