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REX Proposes Retractable Facade for 'Equator Tower' in Malaysia

REX has been selected as one of five finalists for a 173,000 square meter proposal located near the equator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dubbed as the "Equator Tower," the concept wraps a retractable, PTFE-coated, glass fiber-reinforced sun shade around a slender 80-story tower, blocking direct sun exposure from all four sides. 

Jane Drew Prize Goes to Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014)

Kathryn Findlay, educator and co-founder of Ushida Findlay Architects, has been named winner of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize. This announcement comes shortly after the news of Findlay’s death, which was unknown at the time of the jury’s decision. Known as “one of the most talented people in British architecture,” Findlay will be remembered for her “outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.”

Archibet: An Illustrated Alphabet of Architecture

Barcelona-based architect and graphic artist Federico Babina is at it again, this time creating an imaginary “Archibet City” guided by the language of architecture. From Alvar Aalto’s Riolo Parish Church to Zaha Hadid's Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, the collection reimagines 26 famous works of architecture into a set of letters that, as Babina describes, expresses the “heterogeneity of forms and styles” that make up our profession. Each letter is drawn according to the interpretation of an architect’s style, forming part of the cityscape that Babina refers to as “Archibet”.

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1700 Nilo / Lucas Obino, Carolina Souza Pinto e Jean Grivot

  • Architects: Carolina Souza Pinto, Jean Grivot, Lucas Obino (autores); Bianca Antunes (colaboradora)
  • Location: Avenida Doutor Nilo Peçanha, 1700 - Boa Vista, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, 91330-000, Brasil
  • Project Area: 1075.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

D-Edge / Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos

  • Architects : Muti Randolph , Marcelo Pontes, Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos
  • Localização: Barra Funda, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design: Muti Randolph
  • Architecture: Marcelo Pontes
  • Interior Architecture and Stage Development: Zemel + Chalabi arquitetos - Paula Zemel e Eduardo Chalabi
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba

The WAYRA - IE Master in Work Space Design Challenge

IE School of Architecture and Design has reached an agreement with WAYRA TELEFÓNICA to organize a Design Challenge with the students of the Master in Work Space Design.

The challenge will consist in looking for ideas to re-design their astonishing 12.000 square foot premises located in the 8th floor of the historic building of Telefónica in Gran Vía, the heart of Madrid.

WAYRA is a start-up accelerator belonging to IT giant TELEFÓNICA, with presence in more than twelve countries through their network of WAYRA Academies, where they host and mentor young startups for a year.

Aquitanis Community Housing / Marjan Hessamfar & Joe Vérons Architectes

© Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin © Arthur Pequin

Cisura House / Manuel Cucurell + Sebastián Virasoro

  • Architects: Manuel Cucurell, Sebastián Virasoro
  • Location: Roldán, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Project Team: Guillermina Borgognone, Ciro Rádice, Florencia Rinaldi, Germán Rodriguez.
  • Construction: Gustavo Farias
  • Exterior Furniture: Silvestre Borgatello-Estudio Loess
  • Project Area: 139.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Gustavo Frittegotto, Manuel Cucurell

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

Washington DC Metro Awarded AIA 25 Year Award

The AIA has given the 25 year award - for architectural projects which have stood the test of time - to the Washington DC Metro System. Designed by Harry Weese and opened in 1976, the metro system has been praised for its application of a sense of civic dignity to the function of transportation, as well as the consistency of the design across its 86 stations. You can read an accompanying article about the design of the Metro System here.

Villarica House 2 / Mobil Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects: Mobil Arquitectos
  • Location: Villarrica, Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Project Area: 201.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photography: Nico Saieh, Cristián Dominguez

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Cristián Dominguez

Royal Wolf / Room11

  • Architects: Room11
  • Location: Sunshine VIC 3020, Australia
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking

Norman Foster on Meeting Niemeyer

In this interview, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Q&A: Norman Foster on Niemeyer, Nature and Cities", Paul Clemence talks with Lord Foster about his respect for Niemeyer, their meeting shortly before the great master's death, and how Niemeyer's work has influenced his own.

Last December, in the midst of a hectic schedule of events that have come to define Art Basel/Design Miami, I found myself attending a luncheon presentation of the plans for the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, by Foster + Partners. While chatting with Lord Foster, I mentioned my Brazilian background and quickly the conversation turned to Oscar Niemeyer. Foster mentioned the talk he and Niemeyer had shortly before the Brazilian’s passing (coincidentally that same week in December marked the first anniversary of Niemeyer’s death). Curious to know more about the meeting and their chat, I asked Foster about that legendary encounter and some of the guiding ideas behind his design for the Norton.

Read on for the interview

52 Public Dwellings / Màrius Quintana Creus

  • Architects: Màrius Quintana Creus
  • Location: Olot, Girona, Spain
  • Project Architect: Màrius Quintana Creus
  • Collaborators: Serena Casas, Bernúz-Fernández Arquitectes, Joan González Gou.
  • Project Area: 4495.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

ArchDaily's Content Now on "Field Trip"

You can now use ArchDaily's content on Field Trip, an app which notifies you when you get close to something architecturally interesting. With ArchDaily's daily feed now embedded within the app, when you approach a building we've covered your phone will alert you and provide you with photos, facts and information. More info, after the break...

Yongjiang Tennis Club / Zhang Jingang

  • Architects: Zhang Jingang
  • Location: Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team: WangCun, ,FangWei,Wang Yunhai, WangJun, Hu Yingjian
  • Area: 15843.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Zhang Jingang

© Zhang Jingang © Zhang Jingang © Zhang Jingang © Zhang Jingang

John McAslan: Community Design, From Haiti to Tottenham

John McAslan + Partners, already known for their involvement in humanitarian issues thanks to their work in Haiti, are now turning their attention to Tottenham in London, as reported by The Guardian. The practice hopes that by opening a new office on the high street of Tottenham, the area notorious as the crucible of the riots that spread across the UK in August 2011, and by engaging with the community, they can help to make a change. Read the full story here.