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These Are the World's Oldest Cities

14:00 - 14 June, 2016
These Are the World's Oldest Cities, Jericho, Palestinian Territories, 9,000 BC. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User: Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel licensed under CC BY 3.0
Jericho, Palestinian Territories, 9,000 BC. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User: Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel licensed under CC BY 3.0

Have you ever wondered which are humanity's oldest cities? Matador Network has compiled a list of the world's ancient metropolises, and perhaps unsurprisingly, nearly all of them are within or adjacent to the Fertile Crescent, a moon-shaped region running from the Persian Gulf through what is today the south of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Nile River Delta in Egypt. With settings that range from hamlets on the road less traveled, like Susa, Iran, and Sidon, Lebanon, to cities that hold international renown as trade and migratory crossroads, like Beirut and Damascus, these places share an ability to endure through the highs and lows of fortune and conflict. This factor of longevity is all the more remarkable considering that the youngest locales date from 3,000 BC and others extend back another 6,000 years.

Find the complete list of cities on Matador Network, here.

Farmhouse Extension / HPSA

13:00 - 14 June, 2016
Farmhouse Extension  / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brunnwald 3, 4190 Brunnwald, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    HPSA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Winners of London Internet Museum Competition Announced

12:00 - 14 June, 2016
Winners of London Internet Museum Competition Announced, Courtesy of Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions
Courtesy of Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions

Architecture competition organizers Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the London Internet Museum competition. This speculative project challenged architects to design a museum for “something historically profound and typologically unprecedented — the internet.” Given a site at the former Great Eastern Railway terminal station building, designers were tasked with creating a location that would “connect visitors to both the history of the internet and open them to the possibilities of the future.” Submissions took a wide variety of approaches, and prizes were awarded to projects that rejected the typical associations and precedents that the internet calls to mind.

Continue reading to see the winning entries with brief descriptions.

Davis-Harrington Welcome Center / Dake | Wells Architecture

11:00 - 14 June, 2016
Davis-Harrington Welcome Center  / Dake | Wells Architecture, Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture
Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture

Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Springfield, MO, USA
  • Area

    13000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Dake Wells Architecture

Aravena's "Reporting From The Front" Is Nothing Like Koolhaas' 2014 Biennale—But It's Equally as Good

09:30 - 14 June, 2016
Aravena's "Reporting From The Front" Is Nothing Like Koolhaas' 2014 Biennale—But It's Equally as Good, The "Reporting From the Front" exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
The "Reporting From the Front" exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, Alejandro Aravena has sought to shift the very grounds of architecture. Rather than an inward-looking interrogation of the profession's shortcomings, as Rem Koolhaas undertook in 2014, the Chilean Pritzker Prize-winner asks us to gaze in the opposite direction—to the vast swathes of the built horizon that traditionally lay beyond the profession's purview: urban slums, denatured megacities, conflict zones, environmentally compromised ports, rural villages far off the grid.

"We believe that the advancement of architecture is not a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life," states Aravena in his introduction to event. In other words, his biennale does not ask what architecture ought, yet often fails, to be, but rather what it could, yet often forgets, to do.

The "Reporting From the Front" exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Gabinete de Arquitectura's contribution to the "Reporting From the Front" exhibition. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Vo Trong Nghia's contribution to the "Reporting From the Front" exhibition. Image © Francesco Galli The Spanish Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +13

Liuxiang Garden Life Experience Pavilion / gad

09:00 - 14 June, 2016
Liuxiang Garden Life Experience Pavilion  / gad, © gad
© gad

© gad © gad © gad © gad +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Construction unit

    Hangzhou Anjing Real Estate Co., Ltd.
  • Design team

  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Kevin Roche

08:00 - 14 June, 2016
Spotlight: Kevin Roche, College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA
College Life Insurance Company Headquarters. Image © KRJDA

Known for his progressive aesthetics and vast body of work, 1982 Pritzker Prize laureate Kevin Roche (born June 14, 1922) has headed numerous projects of varying program and scale as the design principal of his firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. In 1980, his firm was described by critic C. Ray Smith in 1980 as "the most aesthetically daring and innovative American firm of architects now working."

Sunset Strip Billboard Competition Finalists Include Zaha Hadid and Gensler

06:00 - 14 June, 2016
Sunset Strip Billboard Competition Finalists Include Zaha Hadid and Gensler , Orange Barrel Media with Tom Wiscombe Architecture and MoCA – West Hollywood Belltower. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood
Orange Barrel Media with Tom Wiscombe Architecture and MoCA – West Hollywood Belltower. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood

The visual identity of West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip has been synonymous with billboard advertising since the 1960s. Over time, different eras have been displayed through the advertising; from the rock bands and cigarette brands of the 60s and 70s, to the highly commercialised signage of today. As part of an initiative to probe the value of this signage as both an identifier and a valuable public asset, The City of West Hollywood (WeHo) launched The Sunset Strip Spectacular Pilot Creative Off-Site Advertising Sign Competition.

The competition sought a multi-dimensional, kinetic billboard “spectacular,” and attracted firms from advertising, marketing, design, architecture and engineering backgrounds. A pool of nine entrants has been narrowed down to four finalists: JCDecaux/Zaha Hadid Project Management Limited; Orange Barrel Media/Tom Wiscombe Architecture/MoC; Outfront Media/Gensler/MAK; and TAIT Towers Inc. Following public presentations in May, the proposals are now visible to the public before the jury make their recommendation later this month.

Orange Barrel Media with Tom Wiscombe Architecture and MoCA – West Hollywood Belltower. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood JCDecaux with Zaha Hadid Design – The Prism. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood Outfront Media with Gensler and Mak Center – Now Playing Sunset. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood Tait Towers – The Vortex. Image Courtesy of City of West Hollywood +4

House AB Extension / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates

05:00 - 14 June, 2016
House AB Extension  / D’HOUNDT+BAJART Architects & Associates, © Pierre Rogeaux
© Pierre Rogeaux

© Pierre Rogeaux © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo +22

Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 14 June, 2016
Home Economics: Inside the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Britain is suffering from a terrible housing crisis – one that is an incredibly predictable outcome of decades of neoliberal economic policy. The Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has become well-known for building “half a house” – only completing core infrastructure in social housing, then encouraging residents to finish the other half with their own money over time. In effect, the first generation get a significantly cheaper home, but once the house has been doubled it could be sold at market rate. The discount, and profit, only applies to the original owners.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +19

TGZ Würzburg / KSG Architekten

03:00 - 14 June, 2016
TGZ Würzburg  / KSG Architekten, © Yohan Zerdoun
© Yohan Zerdoun

© Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun © Yohan Zerdoun +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Magdalene-Schoch-Straße, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
  • Client

    Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Würzburg, Würzburg
  • Responsible partner

    Prof. Johannes Kister
  • Area

    5143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Escherpark / E2A

02:00 - 14 June, 2016
Escherpark / E2A , © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman
© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman

© Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman © Rasmus Norlander ; Jon Naiman +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architect in Charge

    E2A
  • Design Team

    Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert mit Mireya Sánchez Gómez und Sabine Ameling, Marta Devesa, Kaori Hirasawa, Martin Janser, Ilja Maksimov, Judith Mampe, Tânia Roque, Valentino Sandri, Alexander Struck, Renate Wal- ter, Rafal Wójcik
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

J.Y. Living Experiment Studio / HAO Design

22:00 - 13 June, 2016
J.Y. Living Experiment Studio   / HAO Design , © Hey!Cheese
© Hey!Cheese

© Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese © Hey!Cheese +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    HAO Design
  • Area

    137.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Tenhachi House / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design

20:00 - 13 June, 2016
 Tenhachi House  / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design  , © Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

© Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima © Akihide Mishima +16

Siglap Plain / Aamer Architects

19:00 - 13 June, 2016
Siglap Plain / Aamer Architects, © Sanjay Kewlani
© Sanjay Kewlani

© Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani © Sanjay Kewlani +15

136 Moorhouse Ave / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism

17:00 - 13 June, 2016
136 Moorhouse Ave  / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism, © Hazel Redmond Photography
© Hazel Redmond Photography

© Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography +15

Project of the Month: San Bernardo Chapel

17:00 - 13 June, 2016

Stereotomic architecture is characterized by two strong themes: the continuity of the forces of gravity to the ground, into the soil; and the search for natural light, which drills through the massive, solid walls to illuminate and allow habitation by the human being. It’s from these themes that this project takes its power.

Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico
Courtesy of Nicolás Campodónico

Today we present to you May’s Project of the Month, the San Bernardo Chapel, which in its search to transform ecclesiastic symbolism uses nature as a way of ritual expression. The client required a place in a remote location that accommodated religious acts and rituals, in a context in which time is reflected by the use of recycled materials—materials that have been a part of the place for more than 100 years. This established construction criteria based on ancient masonry techniques. However, the project also involved the use of new materials in the interior of the work, creating an interesting play of textures.

Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard

16:00 - 13 June, 2016
Zechner & Zechner Place New Office Building into Vienna Barracks Courtyard, Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner
Courtesy of Zechner & Zechner

Viennese firm Zechner & Zechner have been awarded first prize in a competition to design a new office building in the courtyard of the historic Rossau Barracks building in downtown Vienna. The firm’s entry, called “Floating Double-X,” takes inspiration from the symmetry of its context to place a minimally invasive office block into the existing courtyard space.