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Multi-Purpose Education Centre / Atelier Phileas

  • Architects: Atelier Phileas
  • Location: 19 Rue de Presles, 93300 Aubervilliers, France
  • Project manager : Marie-Sophie Rollet
  • Area: 5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Stephane Chalmeau

© Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau © Stephane Chalmeau

Alejandro Aravena on a "Time of Shifting Paradigms"

Writing for Guardian Cities Alejandro Aravena, director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, discusses what he perceives as the social reality of contemporary architects, the power of design in mobilising people to act, and "how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain" in the face of ever greedier and evermore powerful development companies the world over. 

Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality. Any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world. [...] It's time to rethink the entire role and language of architecture.

Un Dernier Voyage / Spray Architecture + Gabrielle Vella-Boucaud

  • Architects: Spray Architecture, Gabrielle Vella-Boucaud
  • Location: Meuse, 70280 Saint-Bresson, France
  • Illustrator: Thibaut Rassat
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jelena Stajic

© Jelena Stajic © Jelena Stajic © Jelena Stajic © Jelena Stajic

Stealth House / Teeland Architects

  • Architects: Teeland Architects
  • Location: Sunshine Coast QLD, Australia
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jared Fowler

© Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler © Jared Fowler

STOCK Share Office / OgataYoshiki+SALT / WataseIkuma+Dugout

© Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda © Yoshiro Masuda

Cacamatzin 34 / DEA Diseño Exterior y Arquitectura

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque

Yellow Earth / TANDEM design studio

  • Architects: TANDEM design studio
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Director : Tim Hill, James Murray
  • Architect : Ken Nguyen
  • Graduate Architect: Kirilly Barnett
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese

AD Interviews: Francis Kéré / Chicago Architecture Biennial

Kéré Architecture’s “Place for Gathering” exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial creates a meeting place at the entrance to the Chicago Cultural Center. Made from a locally sourced material (wood), the exhibition emits a fresh, natural smell, and creates a place for people to meet, connect and share “differing cultural narratives, traditions and aspirations," writes Kéré in the official Chicago Biennale Guidebook. 

Selected by ArchDaily Editors as one of their favorite exhibitions at the Biennial, “Place for Gathering” is based on two themes that are central to the work of Francis Kéré: “maximizing local resources and facilitating the exchange of ideas and knowledge." Listen to Kéré explain the inspiration and philosophy behind the exhibition in the video above. 

House in Falcoeiras / RVdM Arquitectos

  • Architects: RVdM Arquitectos
  • Location: Aveiro, Portugal
  • Design Team: Ricardo Senos, Damião Santos, Nuno Marques
  • Specialties: D’Avinci Lda + Protega Lda
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of RVdM

Courtesy of RVdM Courtesy of RVdM Courtesy of RVdM Courtesy of RVdM

KSP Jürgen Engel Wins Competition for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten has won an international competition for the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library. Selected over schemes by Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OMA, and others, the winning project takes the shape as three "elements" - an art museum, library and archive, and new "Culture Plaza" - united by a "stone podium." 

"The main concept behind the design was to create a space that brings together art, culture, and an urban environment – a space where people and culture are encouraged to interact," says the architects.

Casa De Uco Hotel / Alberto Tonconogy + Gustavo Arditi

  • Architects: Alberto Tonconogy, Gustavo Arditi
  • Location: Tunuyán, Mendoza Province, Argentina
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daniela Mc Adden, Courtesy of Alberto Tonconogy

© Daniela Mc Adden © Daniela Mc Adden Courtesy of Alberto Tonconogy Courtesy of Alberto Tonconogy

Feast Your Eyes On These Stunning Kitchens

As many of our U.S. readers prepare for their Thanksgiving feast, we’ve decided to share with you one of the things we are most thankful for: stunning kitchens and the architects behind them. Continue reading after the break to view a compilation of kitchens we wouldn’t mind spending our day cooking (and eating) in. 

Pit House / UID Architects © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion / Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Architect © Maxwell MacKenzie The Shadow House / Liddicoat & Goldhill © Keith Collie Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes © Juane Sepulveda

Ribeiro do Matadouro Park / Oh!Land studio

© Victor Esteves © Victor Esteves © Victor Esteves © Victor Esteves

6 Designs By And For Architects that Made TIME's 25 Inventions of the Year

In this day and age, innovation is occurring at a faster rate than ever before. And while a majority of ideas may make a small impact before fading away, some inventions are able to slip through the cracks and become a real game changer in their field. Our field, of course, is architecture, and this year there have been no shortage of inventions that may change the way we live and work forever. In TIME magazine’s annual release of inventions of the year, at least 6 may have an impact on the world of architecture, encompassing inventions within the field of architecture itself and developments that could change how we design and experience space. Read on for those projects and what they might mean for our future.

Canstruction Timelapse: Architects Build Transportation-Inspired Sculptures at the National Building Museum

Twenty-four teams from Washington, DC-based architecture and design firms participated in CanstructionDC 2015 at the National Building Museum, building transportation-themed sculptures out of canned food. At the end of the display, the sculptures will be dismantled and the food will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Watch the sculptures come together, including a Mayflower bean soup ship and a full-scale smart car, in the timelapse video above. Learn more on the National Building Museum website.

Open Call: Transform an Abandoned Lighthouse into a Tourist Facility

Young Architects Competitions (YAC) has launched their latest competition, asking international designers to imagine a new future for an abandoned Italian lighthouse by transforming it into a tourism facility. There is 15.000€ cash prizes for the winning proposals, and awarded proposals will be published on architectural magazines /websites / will be internationally exhibited.