Typology: Rome, New York, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires. Review No. 2 / Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein

Typology, volume 2 of the new series Christ & Gantenbein Review, presents more than 150 buildings located in Rome, New York, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires that have been analyzed by the chair of Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. This selective and subjective inventory of metropolitan and essentially anonymous 20th century building production provides a basis for urban project creation.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists

First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3

The winners of d3′s annual Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition for 2012 have been revealed!  With three top prizes and ten special mentions, the results of the competition includes a variety of proposals in response to the prompt which promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies.  The competitions invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to explore the potential of nature-based analysis and documentation in architectural and design applications in urbanism, architecture, interiors and designed objects.  The jury included a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable  practices and computational explorations.

Join us after the break to view the winning projects.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Switzerland Pavilion

© Nico Saieh

After being nominated to represent at the 2012 architecture biennale in Venice, architect and university professor Miroslav Šik decided to join forces with two other swiss firms -Knapkiewicz + Fickert from Zurich and Miller & Maranta from Basel- with whom he has been working together for many years. They have created what they call “an ensemble and atmosphere approach to urban architecture”, and decided to illustrate these concepts by putting together images of their own buildings and projects to create a collage-style exhibition.

See more pictures and read the architect’s description of the pavilion after the break: 

Win Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from LEGO® Architecture

® Architecture Series: Villa Savoye

Last night, ArchDaily indulged in building our very own LEGO® Architecture Villa Savoye. As one of the most influential buildings in the International style of architecture, it is no surprise that architecture and LEGO fanatics rejoiced last month when LEGO® announced ’s Villa Savoye as the newest addition to their architecture series. Now, thanks to LEGO® Architecture, five of our readers will win their very own.

We want to know what building should be the next in the LEGO® Architecture series and why. All you have to do is become a registered user at ArchDaily and leave us your answer in the comments below by Sunday, September 23rd! (More information on LEGO® Architecture’s Villa Savoye, designed by architectural artist Michael Hepp, can be found here.)

Official rules:

The five winners will be chosen at random from entries received between Monday, September 17th and Sunday, September 23rd 11:59 EST. You must leave a comment as a registered user at ArchDaily. Open to anyone in the world. One entry per person. ArchDaily will enforce verification and remove duplicated ones before choosing the winner.

Good luck!

UPDATE: And, the winners are….

  • Seth Ellsworth
  • Wonyeop Seok
  • Daniel Bollard
  • Makoto Shibuya
  • Mark Kitchens

Congrats! You can expect an email from us shortly.

Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum / C.F. Møller Architects

© Oddleiv Apneseth

Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: Førde,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marit Bendtz, Oddleiv Apneseth, Stein Sandemose Baardsen, Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects

Novartis Research Complex / Cannon Design (Maya and Toshiko)

© Toshiko Mori Architect

Cannon Design recently announced that they are teaming up with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori, FAIA to design a new, innovative research campus for Novartis, a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry. The new $600 million laboratory and office complex will serve as the centerpiece of the company’s worldwide research operations based in Cambridge, and change the way Novartis conducts research. Doing so will help in promoting increased collaboration, idea-sharing, and teamwork. The entire project is slated for completion in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The 10 Best Apps for Architects

UPDATE: We have updated this list to be a more complete guide. You can find the updated list here.

In the frenzy leading up to the iphone 5′s anticipated release last week, we asked our Facebook Fans the best thing about their smartphone (when it comes to their professional lives at least).

The answer was overwhelmingly in favor of one key feature: the camera. From snapping shots on-site to taking photos for inspiration (or just to remember later), the ease of having a camera in your phone has made your lives that much easier (and Apple fans rejoice, as the new iPhone 5′s stand-out new feature is its souped-up camera, now with low-light and panorama modes). Many also mentioned the handiness of having email, maps, and a compass always at hand.

But apart from these standard features, we also got tipped to some really useful that are changing the way you work. We’ve (not very scientifically, we’ll admit) compiled them into a top 10 list…check after the break to see which made the cut!

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Venice Biennale 2012: New Forms in Wood / Finland, Alvar Aalto Pavilion

© Nico Saieh

To celebrate the reopening of the newly restored Alvar Aalto Pavilion, they are highlighting the work of young Finnish architects who have made use of wood in their recent works.

ALA Architects have created an undulating overhang made of massive oak to welcome the visitor to Kilden, their Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, . Avanto Architects project their public sauna to be constructed out of wood in order to create an easy-going undulating building that is more part of the future coastal park than a conventional building.

The Indicator: A Meditation on the Photographs of Ray K. Metzker

© . Valencia, 1961. Gelatin silver print. 14.3 x 22.9 cm

I have been looking at these photographs for over a month now. I’m not certain why but they draw me in and I keep coming back to them. They hold me. And by hold I’m thinking of what Roland Barthes may have been suggesting when, talking about another photograph, he says, “Bob Wilson holds me, but I cannot say why…” (1) That’s the exact feeling I get when I’m looking at these images Ray K. Metzker.

Inkjet reproductions rest on my bedside table. I have not known what to say about them or what exactly they might be saying to me. Something about extremes. Something about sidewalks and saturated shadows. Something about walking in, toward, and around. Something about fracturing, dancing apart, even. But there is also something about play, something wonderfully naïve about them, as if they were taken with the eye of a child. But there is more. After the child grows up he discovers the long-forgotten roll of film and develops it. But now, with more life behind him, the process of developing them results in something darker, heavier.

Continue reading after the break

Josep Ferrando being interviewed at the ArchDaily office.
Josep Ferrando being interviewed at the ArchDaily office.

The Recessionary Interviews: Spain’s Josep Ferrando

“Spain used to be a sexy, fit and energetic country. Envy, inferiority complexes, greed, arrogance and pride soaked it in fat. It is currently suffering from moral obesity.” That was Architect Manuel Ocaña’s incendiary take on the current state of his…

Mare de Déu de Montserrat / Mestura Arquitectes

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Mestura Arquitectes
Location: Castellví de Rosanes, Barcelona,
Design Team: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Courtesy of International New Town Insitute
Courtesy of International New Town Insitute

‘New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning’ Conference

The International New Town Institute is organizing the ‘New Towns New Territories: New Players in Urban Planning’ conference taking place September 27th from 9am-7pm. The event, which will be held at the NAi in Rotterdam, will explore the latest innovations…

Mittlerer Ring / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

© Christian Richters

Architects: Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten
Location: , Germany
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 12,250 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

KISS Pop-Up Chapel / Z-A Studio

© Chiara Tiberti

Built to enable 24 couples to be married free of charge in July 2011 in celebration of the Marriage Equality Act of New York, the KISS Pop-Up Chapel by Z-A Studio won the Architizer + Pop Up Chapel . As a literal gesture, the structure is composed of two separate parts, made of the same DNA, but layered differently. Essentially, two unique individuals that when joined together create a stable entity that is more than the sum of its parts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

© Bob Gundu

Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: Scott Library, York University, ,
Architect In Charge: Brock James
Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

Henning Larsen awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture

Courtesy of

The Japan Art Association has named Danish architect Henning Larsen the 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureate for architecture.

Created in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Japan Art Association and to honor the late Prince Takamatsu, the prestigious awards recognize outstanding, lifetime achievements in the arts categories not covered by the Nobel Prizes: architecture, painting, sculpture, music and theatre/film.

The 2012 Praemium Imperiale laureates:

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Helene Binet

If for some reason you missed ArchDaily’s featured projects last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. You can’t miss Zaha Hadid’s Pierres Vives or Kid’s University in Gandía by Paredes Pedrosa. Check out the Movement Cafe design by Morag Myerscough and L’Atoll Angers by Antonio Virga Architecte + AAVP Architecture. Finally, revisit the amazing National September 11 Memorial by Handel Architects with Peter Walker.

tur(i)ntogreen: Student Competition focuses on the future of megalopolises

tur(i)ntogreen: Student Competition focuses on the future of megalopolises

The Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries (CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) has launched an international Student Design Competition tur(i)ntogreen… – Farms in A Town. Sponsored by the UN-HABITAT within the “I’m