We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

Gelb House / Bruce Norelius Studio

  • Architects: Bruce Norelius Studio
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Builder: Glynn Design Build
  • Kitchen Cabinet Pulls: Tom KundigCollection : Earless Cabinet Pull
  • Lighting: Birchwood Kelsey LED
  • Area: 1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio Courtesy of Bruce Norelius Studio

Shortlist Announced for LSE Global Centre for Social Sciences

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled five shortlisted proposals for the new £90 million Global Centre for Social Sciences (GCSS) in London's Aldwych. The competition, which has attracted designs from the likes of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and OMA, will be the school's "biggest ever building project" and is set to "transform" the world-leading institution. Other entrants include Hopkins Architects, Grafton Architects, and Henegham Peng Architects. See the anonymous proposals after the break...

Urban Villa / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg

House in Buchupureo / Alvaro Ramírez + Clarisa Elton

  • Architects: Alvaro Ramirez, Clarisa Elton
  • Location: Buchupureo, Cobquecura, Biobío Region, Chile
  • Project Area: 55.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photography: Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton

Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton Courtesy of Ferrer + Ramírez + Elton

Mirador Pocuro Building / SEARLE PUGA arquitectos

  • Architects: SEARLE PUGA arquitectos
  • Location: Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Marcela Puga W., Juan Francisco Ossa B., Rodrigo Searle G.
  • Project Area: 3,518 sqm
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

Nectar Restaurant / R79

© David Cervera
© David Cervera
  • Architects: R79
  • Location: Calle 32 334, Montes de Ame, 97115
  • Architect in Charge: Roberto Ramirez Pizarro
  • Design Team: Daniela Álvarez, Cristina Madera, Gerardo Trejo, Eduardo Vadillo
  • Area: 208.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Cervera

© David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera © David Cervera

Proar Clinic / Rafael Iglesia

  • Architects: Rafael Iglesia
  • Location: Avenida Italia, Rosario, Argentina
  • Team: Arq. Pedro aybar, Arq. Pablo temporini, Arq.Guillermina iglesia, Franco comba
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photography: Gustavo Frittegotto

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto

Unified Architectural Theory: Chapter 2A

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theoryin a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. The following chapter, part one of Chapter Two, outlines the scientific approach to architectural theory. If you missed them, make sure to read the introduction and Chapter One first.

In order to discuss any supposed contributions to architectural theory, it is necessary to define what architectural theory is. A theory in any discipline is a general framework that:

(1) explains observed phenomena; 

(2) predicts effects that appear under specific circumstances; and 

(3) enables one to create new situations that perform in a way predicted by the theory. 

In architecture, a theoretical framework ought to explain why buildings affect human beings in certain ways, and why some buildings are more successful than others, both in practical as well as in psychological and aesthetic terms. 

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos

  • Architects: Ventura Virzi arquitectos
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Team: Daniel Ventura, Andrés Virzi, Juan Pablo Callegari
  • Project Area: 90.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Federico Kulekdjian, Courtesy of Ventura Vizi

Courtesy of Ventura Vizi Courtesy of Ventura Vizi Courtesy of Ventura Vizi © Federico Kulekdjian

Keep Talking Kanye: An Architect's Defense of Kanye West

I may be in the minority among my peers, but I want Kanye West to keep talking. Despite the many who despise, disparage or dismiss him—unwilling or unable to properly digest what he’s saying, consuming bite-sized quotes and late-night parodies instead of engaging him in intellectual discourse—I want him to keep talking.

As a black man and an architect (one of about 2,000 in this country who can claim membership to both those groups), I am particularly cognizant of the Truman Show wall that exists between architects and recognition, and between black architects and acceptance. West's recent interview with Zane Lowe administered reflections on design, architecture and the creative process in a dosage too high for most to swallow. I am tripping over myself with fear and excitement at the prospect of having such a powerful mouthpiece for a generation of black architects and designers who share his frustration and connect with his message.

Why? Because when Kanye West talks, people listen.

Young Architect of the Year Award Shortlist Announced

This week the shortlist for this year's Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) was announced. The YAYA, organized by BD and now in its 15th year, has become a high-profile springboard for many practices led by architects under 40.

For the first time, this year the award is open to architects from outside the UK, allowing any practice based in the EU a chance to apply. The shortlist reflects this new opportunity, featuring practices from Belgium and Spain among the list of five.

The 2013 YAYA Shortlist includes:

Carrera's farmhouse barn / Arnau Vergés Tejero

Courtesy of Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura Courtesy of Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura Courtesy of Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura Courtesy of Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura

La Pedrera Block House / G + Gualano Arquitectos

Courtesy of Marcelo Gualano Courtesy of Marcelo Gualano Courtesy of Marcelo Gualano Courtesy of Marcelo Gualano

Think Space announces 2013/14 Cycle Theme: MONEY / First Competition on the Cycle: TERRITORIES

After two successful cycles, Zagreb Society of Architects organized the 3rd edition of the international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled 'Think Space'. So far, the program hosted a number of established architects and curators and it continues to re-think space in the 2013|2014 season.

The new theme Think SpaceMONEY [The Echo of Nothing] was devised by Ethel Baraona Pohl and César Reyes Nájera of dpr-barcelona; architects, writers, editors, publishers, bloggers and guest curators of the third cycle.

Throughout the new season of competitions and papers, Think Space will be looking for pioneering works at the intersection of architecture, sociology, economics, programming and marketing that radically challenge the fundamental spatial, social and urban relation based on capitalism. The competitions and Call for Papers will focus on territories, environment, culture and society through MONEY lenses, as observed by architects and other visual artists and professionals.

More information on the first of competitions, Territories, after the break.

Barbecue in the woods / Santiago Viale, Daniella Beviglia

  • Architects: Santiago Viale, Daniella Beviglia
  • Location: Córdoba, Córdoba Province, Argentina
  • Collaborators: Marcelo Beviglia, Edgar Ermoli, Margarita Cornejo, Clara Delfino. Damian Durando y Cecilia Gaisan
  • Project Area: 95.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photography: Lescano + Beviglia

© Lescano + Beviglia © Lescano + Beviglia © Lescano + Beviglia © Lescano + Beviglia