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Top 300 US Architecture Firms

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
Top 300 US Architecture Firms, This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler
This project from top-ranked firm Gensler (in collaboration with the HGMY Consortium) will double the size of Korea's Incheon Airport. The project broke ground in 2013. Image Courtesy of Gensler

Architectural Record has released its annual list of the “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States, based on architectural revenue from 2013. Gensler was the number one firm earning $883 million, with recent projects including Terminal 2 of Korea’s Incheon International Airport and the Shanghai Tower, which is set to be the world’s second tallest skyscraper.  CH2M Hill and AECOM Technology Corp came in second and third, respectively, switching places from the previous year.

See the top 50 firms after the break...

Okinawa Nursing Training Center / IIDA Archiship Studio

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Okinawa Nursing Training Center / IIDA Archiship Studio, © Kenichi Suzuki
© Kenichi Suzuki

© Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki © Kenichi Suzuki +19

Villa Noi Phang Nga / Duangrit Bunnag Architects

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Villa Noi Phang Nga / Duangrit Bunnag Architects, Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects
Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Phang-nga, Thailand
  • Area

    1880.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects

Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects Courtesy of Duangrit Bunnag Architects +25

Shelf Life: 33 Book Recommendations From Architects & Designers

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Shelf Life: 33 Book Recommendations From Architects & Designers, Three Love Problems from George Eliot's Middlemarch, by Stephen Doyle. ​Photo: Stephen Doyle
Three Love Problems from George Eliot's Middlemarch, by Stephen Doyle. ​Photo: Stephen Doyle

Architects often don’t make time to read. Students and professionals alike will admit that the unread books on their shelves outnumber the ones they've read - which is unfortunate because literary contributions to the field of architecture, from Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, have shaped the way we build and use buildings for centuries. With this in mind, ArchitectureBoston polled their readers, asking them to share their favorite architecture and design titles, to compile a list of important architecture books you should set aside some time for. The list covers a wide range of subjects, from historical theory to the practicalities of starting a firm. See all thirty-three titles, after the break.

Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristobal Valenzuela H, Angela Delorenzo A
  • Area

    593.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +21

Vale dos Cristais Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Vale dos Cristais Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos, © Jomar Bragança
© Jomar Bragança
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Collaborators

    Tomás Anastasia Rebelo Horta, Johanna Lanna Anastasia Cardoso
  • Area

    690.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança +42

Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia, Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV
Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV

Erick van Egeraat have released images of their design for the city center of Unayzah in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to a 4-lane ring road and an underground thoroughfare linking to underground parking, the 58 hectare site will be entirely pedestrianized at ground level, featuring 70,000 square meters of shopping areas, a gold market, apartments, and offices, all of which will join the city's existing central mosque.

More on the city center design after the break

Russet Residence / Splyce Design

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Russet Residence / Splyce Design, © Ivan Hunter
© Ivan Hunter
  • Architects

  • Location

    West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Build

    Powers Construction
  • Area

    4600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter © Ivan Hunter +23

World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF, Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente
Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente

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, Fernando Forte of FGMF writes on behalf of Fran Parente

© Fran Parente HOT HOT Club / Estudio Guto Requena. Image © Fran Parente © Fran Parente Fidalga 727 / Sub Estudio. Image © Fran Parente +5

Silos 13 / vib architecture

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Silos 13 / vib architecture, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Daniel Moulinet © Daniel Moulinet © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +46

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute / Woods Bagot, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +29

Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Aurora, OR 97002, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Andrew Heid
  • Project Team

    Christopher Purpura, Jack Hogan, Noa Peer
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Michael Weber © Michael Weber © Iwan Baan © NOA +21

UNStudio Revamps Hanwha Offices with Shimmering LED Facade

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Exterior View- Night. Image Courtesy of UNstudio
Exterior View- Night. Image Courtesy of UNstudio

With a glittering exterior that benefits both the interior and the exterior, UNStudio’s renovation proposal for Hanwha headquarters has recently won them first place in a competition to redesign the company’s office tower. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the tower is sited in the busy Cheonggyecheon district of the city. The new design will help to visually reestablish Hanwha as a leader in environmental technology, both in Korea and internationally.

Reconstruction of the Square in Frydlant / Balda Jand'ourek architects

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Reconstruction of the Square in Frydlant / Balda Jand'ourek architects, © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek
© Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek

© Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek +27

How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?, Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Imagine a material that shifts and moves according to the temperature of the outside air - like a flower opening up for sunlight and closing its petals at night. New high-tech smart materials have allowed this idea to thrive and the possibilities are endless. Originally posted on Design Curial, the designer and smart material guru Chris Leferti answers a few questions behind these mysterious materials.

There are many materials that are defining the future: renewable resources, completely new materials such as graphene, but one of the biggest and most fascinating groups -- that continues to grow -- is smart materials.

Find out more about these amazing materials after the break

World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan, Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The architect and architectural photographer Fernanado Guerra the studio FG+SG with his brother Sérgio Guerra in Portugal co-founded 15 years ago. Nowadays they are responsible for most of the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary architecture.

Fernando's remarkable work is honored in our celebration of the World Photo Day through the words of renowed brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, from studiomk27.

Casa em Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Museu Mimesis / Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai + Jun Sung Kim. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Centro de Alto Rendimento de Remo do Pocinho / Álvaro Fernandes Andrade. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Parque Natural do Fogo / OTO. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +5

Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Irish pavilion's response to the theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale captures the tumultuous history of the Ireland's past hundred years through ten infrastructural projects which highlight the country's progress. Ireland's relationship to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" was colored by their independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s, with modernism and infrastructure seen as the way to leave this past behind. The pavilion examines the outcomes of this approach, with Ireland treated as "a launch-pad and testing ground" for everything from concrete infrastructure to data centers. Read the curators' take on their pavilion after the break. 

World Photo Day: Tim Hursley by Andrew Freear of Rural Studio

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Tim Hursley by Andrew Freear of Rural Studio, Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley
Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley

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 15 architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Andrew Freear of Rural Studio writes on behalf of Tim Hursley.

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo. Image © Tim Hursley Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects. Image © Tim Hursley Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects. Image © Tim Hursley Newbern Town Hall / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley +5