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BIG and Heatherwick's Google HQ to be Built with Robots

14:39 - 5 May, 2015
BIG and Heatherwick's Google HQ to be Built with Robots, © Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio
© Google / BIG / Heatherwick Studio

Google's proposed California headquarters will be built with robots, according to the most recent planning documents received by the City of Mountain View Council. As the Architects' Journal reported first, the documents detail BIG and Heatherwick Studio's plan to construct the canopy-like structure's interiors with a team of robotic-crane hybrids known as "crabots."

These crabots would, in theory, establish a "'hackable' system for the building of the interior structures," says the documents, that would allow for limitless, easy, and affordable reconfiguration of space throughout the building's life. 

S House / Romo Arquitectos

14:00 - 5 May, 2015
S House / Romo Arquitectos, © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía
© Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía

© Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía © Renzo Rebagliati Fotografía +29

Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase

13:09 - 5 May, 2015
Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan's second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a "Creative Community" that will serve as a "thriving cultural epicenter" within d3, and an "incubator" for emerging designers an artists. 

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai’s design scene to flourish from within," says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners. 

China Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc

12:00 - 5 May, 2015
China Pavilion - Milan Expo 2015 / Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ingresso EXpo, Via Giorgio Stephenson, 107, 20157 Milano, Italy
  • Architect

  • Chief Architect

    Yichen Lu (Tsinghua University + Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Manager

    Kenneth Namkung, Qinwen Cai (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Team

    Alban Denic, Shuning Fan, Mario Bastianelli, Ching-Tsung Huang, Hyunjoo Lee, Dongyul Kim, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Wei Huang, Zachary Grzybowski, Elvira Hoxha, Aymar Mariño- Maza, Zoe Zhou (Studio Link-Arc)
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond

10:30 - 5 May, 2015
The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond, Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Designs for Truro Cathedral, 1878 Artist: William Burges. Image Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In the architecture world, there are a handful of persistent debates that arise time and time again: the challenges of being a woman in the field of architecture is one of them, for example; the problems of a culture of long hours and hard work is another. But one of the most enduring arguments in architecture - especially in the academic sphere - is the battle between hand drawing and computer aided design. Both schools have their famous proponents: Michael Graves, for example, was known as a huge talent with a pencil and paper, and came to the defense of drawing in articles for the New York Times, among others. Patrik Schumacher, on the other hand, is famous for his commitment to the capabilities of the computer.

To advance this heated conversation, two weeks ago we reached out to our readers to provide their thoughts on this topic in an attempt to get a broad cross-section of opinions from architects from all walks of life. Read some of the best responses after the break.

House in Front of a Stream / 05 AM Arquitectura

10:00 - 5 May, 2015
House in Front of a Stream / 05 AM Arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    17244 Cassà de la Selva, Girona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Carme Muñoz, Joan Arnau
  • Photographs

Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition

09:00 - 5 May, 2015
Kullegaard Takes First Place in Holbæk HavneBy Design Competition, © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard
© Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard

A team of architects from the Danish design firm Kullegaard have been awarded first place in a competition for the seaport municipality of Holbæk in Denmark. Seeking to form a connection with the surrounding architecture, their proposal for a mixed-use complex, entitled "Holbæk HavneBy," derives its form from the distinction of public and private spaces.

Read more on the $22 million proposal after the break.

© Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Northwest birdseye view. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Rooftop gardens. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard Waterfront. Image © Dimension Design, courtesy of Kullegaard +13

Book Excerpt: Safdie / Moshe Safdie

06:00 - 5 May, 2015
Book Excerpt: Safdie / Moshe Safdie, Courtesy of Images Publishing Group
Courtesy of Images Publishing Group

The prolific body of work produced over the last half century by Moshe Safdie and his firm is somewhat anomalous in the pantheon of high-profile living architects. It is unique in both formal and philosophical terms, nostalgically guided by the ethical precepts of bygone modernist theory while working in architectural languages significantly evolved from midcentury standards. In the course of a comprehensive review of his projects, it is perhaps the very lack of an isomorphic personal signature that makes his celebrity so unique. The Safdie “look” is chameleonic, deliberately adapting to culture and context without suffering from the burden of personal branding, unified by theory and a geometric playfulness that transcends architectural language and affect.

Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum (Jerusalem). Image © Timothy Hursley Library Square (Vancouver, British Columbia). Image © Timothy Hursley Class of 1959 Chapel, Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Image © Steve Rosenthal Exploration Place (Wichita, Kansas). Image © Timothy Hursley +11

Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

06:00 - 5 May, 2015
Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +31

Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?

05:00 - 5 May, 2015
Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?, St. Peter's Square through the lens of a camera. ImagePapal Conclave 2013, Vatican City
St. Peter's Square through the lens of a camera. ImagePapal Conclave 2013, Vatican City

In an article for the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott argues that "technology has scrambled the lines between public and private." He questions whether, in an age of "radical individualism" spurred on by our fascination with solitary communication, our collective understanding and appreciation for the public, civic space has been diminished. Kennitott foreshadows that "one thing is certain: We will live in more crowded spaces, and we will increasingly live indoors, cocooned in climate-controlled zones with a few billion of our closest friends" as rapid urbanisation merges with the changing climate.

Atelier Albert Oehlen / Abalos + Sentkiewicz + Enguita&Lasso de la Vega

04:00 - 5 May, 2015
Atelier Albert Oehlen / Abalos + Sentkiewicz + Enguita&Lasso de la Vega, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +12

Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar

03:00 - 5 May, 2015
Camera Chiara / Annabel Karim Kassar, © Nicoló Lanfranchi
© Nicoló Lanfranchi

© Nicoló Lanfranchi © Nicoló Lanfranchi © Interni © Interni +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Milan, Italy
  • Architects and Interiors

    Annabel Karim Kassar architect, creative director/ Rabih Zeidan architect, project manager / Violaine Jeantet interior architect / 
Christophe Hascoet lighting designer / Caï light lighting designer / Alain Pin lighting designer terra cruda
  • Project

    Sergio Sabbadini architect
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Jelly Button Games and Hamutzim Studio / Roy David Studio

23:00 - 4 May, 2015
Jelly Button Games and Hamutzim Studio / Roy David Studio, © Yoav Gurin
© Yoav Gurin

© Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin © Yoav Gurin +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Schocken Street 27, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Utopia Villa / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

21:00 - 4 May, 2015
Utopia Villa / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos , © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +28

City in the City / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

20:00 - 4 May, 2015
City in the City / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +23

Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston's Greenway

18:30 - 4 May, 2015
Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston's Greenway, © Peter Vanderwarker
© Peter Vanderwarker

Janet Echelman's latest aerial sculpture has been suspended 365 feet above Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. On view through October 2015, the monumental installation spans 600 feet, occupying a void where an elevated highway once divided the city's downtown from its waterfront. 

"The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location," describes Echelman. "The three voids recall the 'Tri-Mountain' which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life."

© Peter Vanderwarker © Melissa Henry © Melissa Henry © Melissa Henry +14

House to See the Sky / Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos

18:00 - 4 May, 2015
House to See the Sky / Abraham Cota Paredes Arquitectos, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +28

Car Talk Deems Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car a Complete Failure

17:00 - 4 May, 2015
Car Talk Deems Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car a Complete Failure , via ArchDaily
via ArchDaily

Car Talk has written a scathing review on Buckminster Fuller's three-wheeled Dymaxion Car, 81 years after its unveiling. The famed architect and inventor, known best for his geodesic dome, hoped to revolutionize the car industry with a three-wheeled, 20 foot-long, "highly aerodynamic" reinvention of the car.