M-House / TOFU

© Stirling Elmendorf

Architects: TOFU
Location: Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Site Area: 95.98sqm
Area: 158.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stirling Elmendorf

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Humorous Short Stories About Austin’s Madcap Growth

Award-winning architect, writer, and professor David Heymann has just released his first work of fiction: My Beautiful City Austin. Composed of seven humorous tales, the stories document the misadventures of a young architect in Austin and his accidental involvement in the slow decimation of his city’s charms. Unable to deter his clients from their poor choices, the well-intentioned designer finds himself complicit. Using fiction, Heymann paints a sharply dynamic picture of the architectural consequences of Austin’s rapid growth and “rediscovered allure.” Check out the book, here.

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

© Christopher Frederick-Jones

Architects: John Wardle Architects, Wilson Architects
Location: University of Queensland Press, 250 Commercial Street, , NH 03101, USA
Area: 5590.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick-Jones

AR Vinhos / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

© Ana Tavares

Architects: Paulo Martins Arq&Design
Location: Aveiro, Portugal
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ana Tavares

November ABI Continues to Drop

November ABI. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

While the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has remained positive for seven consecutive months, the score continues to slowly drop and is now teetering on the edge of falling into the red. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) says, any score above 50 reflects an increase in design services. However, November’s ABI score was 50.9, down from the mark of 53.7 in October, revealing a drop in demand. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.

“Demand for design services has slowed somewhat from the torrid pace of the summer, but all project sectors are seeing at least modest growth,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Architecture firms are expecting solid mid-single digit gains in revenue for 2014, but heading into 2015, they are concerned with finding quality contractors for projects, coping with volatile construction costs and with finding qualified architecture staff for their firms.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

© Dale Lang

Architects: Stettler Design
Location: , WA, USA
Collaborators: Paul Michael Davis Design
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dale Lang

Watch Now: World Premiere of ‘Archiculture’

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Now, after 130 private screenings in 26 countries, you can watch the official world premiere of Archiculture here on ArchDaily. The 25-minute documentary captures a rare glimpse into studio-based design education, trailing five architecture students throughout their final thesis semester at Brooklyn’s .

Directed and produced by architect-turned-filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries, the film features exclusive interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators, such as Ken Frampton, Shigeru Ban and Thom Mayne. Since  completion, a number of schools, institutes and film festivals have hosted screenings of the film in an effort to shed light on the critical issues facing architectural education today.

We invite you to watch the film above, read our exclusive interview with film director Ian Harris, and share your thoughts in the comment section below. You can also join an ongoing online conversation regarding Archiculture on the #Archichat here.

How Cutting Edge Technology Helped Recreate the Stella Tower’s Concrete Crown

Screenshot from video by JDS Development Group

In some projects, preservation isn’t just about retaining what’s there, but also about putting back an element that has been forgotten to history (not always, though). This was the case at the Stella Tower in Manhattan, where as part of the building’s recently completed condo conversion, JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group, along with architects CetraRuddy have reinstated the dramatic Art Deco crown of Ralph Walker’s 1927 design.

Engineering School and Auditorium University Campus / Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández

© Gustavo Frittegotto

Architects: Gerardo Caballero, Maite Fernández
Location: Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Area: 3008.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

Valode & Pistre Set to Break Ground on Africa’s Tallest Tower

© Valode & Pistre / iceberg.fr

Valode & Pistre is set to break ground on ’s tallest tower next June. More than doubling the height of Johannesburg’s 223-meter Carlton Center, which has been the continent’s tallest building since 1973, the Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light) will most likely rise 540-meters on a 25-hectare site in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. 

It’s program will center around business, providing accommodations with a 200-suite luxury hotel, a trading platform, conference hall and large art gallery, as well as an astonishing 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.  

ArchDaily’s 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced

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After receiving close to 150 holiday card submissions – including a “Bjarke, the Herald Ingels” singing, and several angry Gehry-Clauses – we’ve selected three winners! Take a look at the winning submissions as well as some of our favorite cards after the break, and get ready to celebrate the holidays the architect’s way.

’s 2014 Holiday Card Contest has been generously sponsored by Mosa.

Steirereck / PPAG architects

© Helmut Pierer

Architects: PPAG architects
Location: Stadtpark, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Project Leader: Manfred Karl Botz
Planning Team: Roland Basista, Jakub Dvorak, Patrick Hammer, Annika Hillebrand, Philipp Müllner, Lucie Najvarova, Adrian Trifu, Felix Zankel
Area: 1950.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Helmut Pierer, Courtesy of

2014 AR Emerging Architecture Awards Winners Announced

Masuda + Otsubo’s “Boundary Window”. Image Courtesy of Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects

The Architectural Review has selected the winners of the 2014 AR Emerging Architecture Awards. Now in their 16th year, they are one of the most prestigious awards for young architects and emerging practices. Past winners have included Sou Fujimoto, Thomas Heatherwick, Sean Godsell, Jurgen Mayer H. and Li Xiaodong.

Given to completed projects, entries can include buildings, interiors, landscaping, refurbishment, urban projects, temporary installations, furniture and product designs. This year the jury was comprised of Catherine Slessor, Hilde Daem, Li Xiaodong, Steven Holl and Will Alsop.

Read on after the break for this year’s Emerging Architecture Award winners.

Biomes and Biodiversity Feature in Azerbaijan’s Pavilion for Milan 2015

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Azerbaijan has recently unveiled the design of “Treasure of Biodiversity,” its dedicated pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, marking the first time the country has participated at a Universal Exposition. Designed by Italian firm Simmetrico Network, the pavilion aims to reflect the unique cultures and landscapes of Azerbaijan while acting as a model of sustainable design. Complete with biospheres and undulating walls, the pavilion’s unique form takes cues from the central Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and hopes to engage visitors with the values of protected biodiversity.

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

Architects: Konior Studio
Location: , Poland
Architect In Charge: Tomasz Konior
Design Team: Magdalena Tokarska, Adam Skrzypczyk, Dominik Koroś, Andrzej Witkowski, Zbigniew Gierczak, Anna Jabłońska-Lisińska, Marcin Sikora, Piotr Zowada, Marcin Jurkiewicz, Maciej Niewiadomski, Dominik Czajkowski, Łukasz Bonar, Szymon Jawor, Bartłomiej Pochopień, Michał Lipiec, Marcin Piotrowski, Paweł Barczyk, Katarzyna Leśniok, Paweł Gruszka, Przemysław Tabor, Ewa Nowacka, Jakub Świerzawski, Henryk Struski, Anna Jaszkaniec, Mariusz Wronowski
Area: 7874.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre, Daniel Rumiancew

The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For “Poisonous” Air

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps “inside Beijing’s apocalypse”: the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to “simulate a normal environment.” The dangers were made clear when ”this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres.” Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse.

Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda

Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés
Location: 13 Rue des Bonnes Gens, 67000 ,
Architects In Charge: Dominique Coulon, Benjamin Rocchi, Architects Sarah Brebbia, Olivier Nicollas, Delphine George, Guillaume Wittmann, Architects assistants.
Area: 8731.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Romero-Uzeda

Villa Pruhonice / Jestico + Whiles

© Ales Jungmann

Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Area: 560.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ales Jungmann