Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, "modernity" could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" set for the national pavilions at this year's Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator's take on the pavilion after the break

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Hamersley Road Residence / Studio53

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Hamersley Road Residence  / Studio53, © Christian Sprogoe
© Christian Sprogoe

© Chris Maher © Christian Sprogoe © Christian Sprogoe © Christian Sprogoe +18

PLASMA Studio Breaks Ground on Chinese Eco-Restaurant

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
PLASMA Studio Breaks Ground on Chinese Eco-Restaurant, Courtesy of PLASMA Studio
Courtesy of PLASMA Studio

PLASMA Studio's latest project in Xixian City's Eco-Park isn't just a restaurant – it's also a greenhouse, hydroponic garden, and indoor playground. The project, which broke ground this past July, will twist and fold across the green landscape. Future dinners will enjoy meals featuring local ingredients and in-house produce (which they will also have the opportunity to pick themselves), echoing the sustainable approach taken by the rest of the park. Keep reading after the break to learn more about the interrelated, mixed-use program.

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Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books, Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects

This summer, ArchitectureBoston gives readers a reason to linger in their hammocks a little longer and drift away into the world of architecture and design. The new issue contains extensive and insightful suggestions for book lovers looking to build a personal library of new and important titles. Read on for more information.

New Beach Huts / Pedder & Scampton

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
New Beach Huts / Pedder & Scampton, © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy
  • Architects

  • Location

    East Beach Park, Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9SG, UK
  • Architect in Charge

    Helen Pedder & Gillian Scampton
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Simon Kennedy, Courtesy of Pedder & Scampton

© Simon Kennedy © Simon Kennedy Courtesy of Pedder & Scampton © Simon Kennedy +22

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen, © David Matthiessen
© David Matthiessen

© David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen +17

The New York Times Asks: Are “Starchitects” Ruining City Skylines?

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
The New York Times Asks: Are “Starchitects” Ruining City Skylines?, Hudson Yards, New York by Related Properties. Image Courtesy of Visualhouse
Hudson Yards, New York by Related Properties. Image Courtesy of Visualhouse

The idea of “star architects” or “starchitects” is, if nothing else, polemic. Frank Gehry has expressed his hatred for being labeled with the term, and in 2013 we received a letter from a reader urging us to ban the phrase as it “undermines serious discourse regarding architecture and urbanism.” Now, the “starchitect” debate has reached the opinion section of the New York Times.

Following recent comments by Witold Rybczynski that “starchitects” -- often unfamiliar with the cities they are designing for -- are designing buildings that don’t fit into their surroundings, the NYT has posed the question: Are superstar architects ruining city skylines? Weighing in on the topic are Allison Arieff, an architecture and design writer for the NYT, Vishaan Chakrabarti, an associate professor at Columbia and a partner at SHoP Architects, Angel Borrego Cubero, a Madrid-based architect, and the director and producer of "The Competition," a documentary about architectural competitions, and Beverly Willis of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

World Photo Day: Adam Mørk by Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
World Photo Day: Adam Mørk by Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN, KPMG Headquarters / 3XN Architects. Image © Adam Mørk
KPMG Headquarters / 3XN Architects. Image © Adam Mørk

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN writes on behalf of Adam Mørk

UN City / 3XN. Image © Adam Mørk New Maritime Museum and Exploratorium / COBE Architects + Transform Architects. Image © Adam Mørk Green Lighthouse / Christensen & Co Architects. Image © Adam Mørk DTU Compute / Christensen & Co Architects. Image © Adam Mørk +5

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects, © Dimitris Kleanthis
© Dimitris Kleanthis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis +18

Country House Renovation / 2260mm Arquitectes

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Country House Renovation / 2260mm Arquitectes, © Lluís Bernat
© Lluís Bernat
  • Architects

  • Location

    39764 Vidular, Cantabria, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Manel Casellas, Mar Puig de la Bellacasa
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Lluís Bernat © Lluís Bernat © Lluís Bernat © Lluís Bernat +22

Family house Dlhé Diely I / Plusminusarchitects

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Family house Dlhé Diely I / Plusminusarchitects, © Maroš Fečík
© Maroš Fečík
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dlhé diely, 841 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Architect in Charge

    Maroš Fečík
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Maroš Fečík © Maroš Fečík © Maroš Fečík © Maroš Fečík +41

The Dogtrot House / Dunn & Hillam Architects

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
The Dogtrot House / Dunn & Hillam Architects, © Kilian O’Sullivan
© Kilian O’Sullivan

© Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan © Kilian O’Sullivan +17

When Architects Try Their Hand at Industrial Design

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla
Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Mies van der Rohe, many architects have dabbled in designing smaller-scale items. While some argue that industrial design is not an architect's place, many would beg to differ. The following article, originally published on Design Curial, describes various architects involved with industrial design today.

Architects who take a break from the built environment and turn their attention to designing smaller items are most often driven – initially at least – by what they see as necessity. They struggle to find the right furniture, signage or lighting for their interiors, and convince their client that they are the perfect people to design them.

Those architects quickly get a taste for the smaller scale then hunt down opportunities to design other items, in the hope that some may go into mass production. This is further fueled by those 'big names' who are approached by manufacturers to use their signature to brand the product. While there is a logic to this sequence of events, it still begs the question: why would anyone who can get commissioned to design a building bother with anything smaller?

The Empowerment of Aesthetics: Denmark's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 29 July, 2014
The Empowerment of Aesthetics: Denmark's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Denmark's exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale focuses on the country's history as a pioneer in the development of a welfare state, and the role that architecture, in connection with art, literature and science had in creating an aesthetic manifestation of this 'better life for all'. By exploring the output of a range of fields in connection to a wider social movement, Empowerment of Aesthetics comes to a fuller understanding of how modernity affected architecture in Denmark.

AD Interviews: Andrew Maynard / Andrew Maynard Architects

01:00 - 29 July, 2014

At the World Architecture Festival, we sat down with Andrew Maynard, co-director of Australian architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects.

BIG Unveils Design For "Zootopia" In Denmark

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
BIG Unveils Design For "Zootopia" In Denmark, © BIG
© BIG

Danish architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) have just released ambitious designs for a zoo in Givskud, Denmark. It's a project that provides an intriguing opportunity for, as BIG explains, the creation of a space with "the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors." The firm has been working for the past two years to make Zootopia what the Danish press is calling "the world's most advanced zoo." According to Givskud Zoo's director Richard Østerballe, the park's transformation will benefit greatly from BIG's fresh approach to design--one that has been characterized by the integration of nature and natural elements into cutting-edge, innovative architecture. 

The project will attempt to "integrate and hide buildings" within the landscape. Upon entering the zoo, visitors can either enter a large central square or climb the "building-landscape," allowing them to get a general overview of the layout of the park. From this central element, visitors can access different areas of the zoo. A 4km hiking trail connects the different areas (which represent the continents of Africa, America and Asia). 

 The first phase is expected to be completed in 2019 to coincide with the park's 50th anniversary. 

Read on for more images and BIG's project statement. 

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Grupo Precisión Building / Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Grupo Precisión Building  / Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali
  • Architects

  • Location

    El Salto 4291, Huechuraba, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Guillermo Acuña
  • Associate Architect

    Alberto Andrioli
  • Project Area

    5700 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali +13

World Photo Day: Fernando Alda by Felipe Assadi

00:00 - 29 July, 2014
World Photo Day: Fernando Alda by Felipe Assadi, Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer H. Image © Fernando Alda 
Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer H. Image © Fernando Alda 

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Felipe Assadi writes on behalf of Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  Plaza de la Pescadería / Mariñas Arquitectos Asociados. Image © Fernando Alda  +5