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Design Needs a Social Conscience

09:30 - 17 June, 2015
Design Needs a Social Conscience, ELEMENTAL's Quinta Monroy Housing. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL
ELEMENTAL's Quinta Monroy Housing. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL

In recent years, the architecture world has seen a significant surge of interest in socially-conscious design; from sustainability to social housing, and from public space to disaster relief, architecture is beginning to take on some of the biggest humanitarian challenges of our era. But despite its popularity, public-interest design is still only a fringe activity in architecture, either bolted on to existing design or only practiced by a select group of people. In this short article originally published by Metropolis Magazine, Metropolis Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy makes the case that rather than working on the periphery, "the drive to improve living conditions for all life should be at the center of contemporary architecture and design."

On a bright April weekend, a group of committed, passionate, accomplished designers and their collaborators from the Americas and elsewhere gathered in downtown Detroit to speak about socially responsible design. It was the 15th annual Structures for Inclusion conference. The convener, Bryan Bell, is the architect behind the nonprofit organization Design Corps, and the spirit behind the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) rating program.

San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

09:00 - 17 June, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Palacio de San Telmo, Avenida Roma, 21, 41013 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Area

    22080.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +31

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

08:00 - 17 June, 2015
Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott +17

Charles Correa Dies at 84

07:25 - 17 June, 2015
Charles Correa Dies at 84, Charles Correa
Charles Correa

Charles Correa, widely considered to be one of India's greatest living architects, died yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 84. Correa, who was also a respected urban planner and renowned activist for the quality of cities, had been the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1984, the Praemium Imperiale in 1994, and the 7th Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998. His work had also been recognised with one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri, in 1972. In 2013 Correa donated over 6000 drawings and 150 models from his archives to the RIBA in London.

How Hector Vigliecca's São Paulo Housing Shows the Challenges of Social Architecture

06:00 - 17 June, 2015

São Paulo is the financial center and largest city of Brazil, and victim to a seemingly unending water crisis. The situation stems from over-populated neighborhoods lacking in a regulated infrastructure, with buildings that are uncoordinated in their development and maintenance leading to pollution in nearby water reservoirs. In 2009, the government of São Paulo sought to address this issue by expropriating the homes of 200 families, who were then moved back in 2012 to a new construction designed by Hector Vigliecca; the Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing.

In this video from The Architectural Review - which supports their full building study - Vigliecca and current residents of the complex reflect on what the valley of unregulated infrastructure used to be like, and how it has developed to the present day.

Living Staircase / Paul Cocksedge

05:00 - 17 June, 2015
Living Staircase / Paul Cocksedge, © Mark Cocksedge
© Mark Cocksedge

© Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge © Mark Cocksedge +12

99 Dom-Ino: How Le Corbusier Redefined Domestic Italian Architecture

04:00 - 17 June, 2015
99 Dom-Ino: How Le Corbusier Redefined Domestic Italian Architecture, Strada Statale 115, Gela, Caltanissetta, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar
Strada Statale 115, Gela, Caltanissetta, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar

Last year, for the centennial of the publication of Le Corbusier's design for the Maison Dom-Ino, Space Caviar traveled the length of the Italian peninsular in pursuit of ninety-nine reinforced concrete houses. Along the way they created ninety-nine short films. Their research, a survey of Italian domesticity and its relationship to the surrounding landscape over the past century, demonstrated that "few inventions have been as transformative of Italy as the concrete frame": simultaneously a symbol of wealth "generated by a building industry that rebuilt Italy from the rubble of the Second World War" and "the primary instrument of abusivismo," or the unregulated construction on the landscape. It is, as the team describe it, "the ultimate symbol of the architect’s extraordinary power — and enduring helplessness."

Indirizzo Riservato, Mondello, Palermo, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar Contrada Bordea, Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia. Image © Space Caviar Indirizzo Riservato, Bisaccia, Avellino, Campania. Image © Space Caviar Via del Mare, Vico Equense, Napoli, Campania. Image © Space Caviar +14

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
Bagritsky / Ruetemple, © Ruetemple
© Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Best Room Pavilion / EAST + Aff Architekten

02:00 - 17 June, 2015
Best Room Pavilion / EAST + Aff Architekten, © Sebastian F. Lippok
© Sebastian F. Lippok

© Sebastian F. Lippok © Sebastian F. Lippok © Sebastian F. Lippok © Sebastian F. Lippok +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Route de la Sorge, 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Baldy Candice, Béguin Antoine, Biétry Marlon, Bodevin Victoria, Caspary Félix, Chareton Gabriel, Claessens Yannick, Darbellay Léo, Di Rosa Sophie, Disner Gabriel, El Hayek Christopher, Evequoz Marc, Farra Sami, Gauchoux Léa, Jancu Juliette, Jenny Charles, Joly-Pottuz Chloé, Kadrijaj Gentian, Karpushov Alexander, Legrain Théophile, Liebiech Alexendra, Maloukotsi Afroditi, Pequignot Laure,, Rausis Justine, Rey Valentin, Reymond Marc, Richner David, Ruiz Margaux, Stierli Diane, Stoll Laura, Thiébaud Romain, Vertesi Marc, Vexina Wilkinson Teo, Worreth Kilian, Wyssbrod Marine, Ziörjen Ursina
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Welcome to Your Upgraded ArchDaily!

00:20 - 17 June, 2015

Dear Readers,

Over the last 7 years we have built and maintained a huge database of thousands of buildings to provide you with the inspiration and knowledge that you need for your next project - an important part of our mission.

However this tremendous database lacked the structure that would allow you to use it with that purpose. Sure, you could navigate by building type or by country, you could use the My ArchDaily section to bookmark your favorite projects for reference, or you could browse an endless photo gallery. But this lack of a proper structure prevented us from delivering what you needed, and what you were constantly asking us for via emails or our contact form: a way to easily find the projects that inspire you.

But because ArchDaily started out by using an open-source CMS, we were confined to its features, and all of our ideas to deliver a better ArchDaily to you had to deal with that. So a few years ago we started working on our own platform, designed with the architect in mind. Buildings became objects, typologies became facets, and our database started to take shape. These features have been available at ArchDaily México and ArchDaily Brasil for a while now, but we had to overcome several other issues before migrating ArchDaily.com to our platform. As you can understand, dealing with hundreds of thousands of visitors who view millions of pages every day is no easy task, especially when you move them to a new platform with many new features.

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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA

22:00 - 16 June, 2015
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, ulitsa Krymskiy Val, 9, Moskva, Russia, 119049
  • Partner in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas
  • Project Architect

    Ekaterina Golovatyuk
  • Area

    5400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects

20:00 - 16 June, 2015
CABANE de ZUCCa Daikanyama / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    11-1 Sarugakuchō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0033, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

House H / Studiobase Architects

19:00 - 16 June, 2015
House H / Studiobase Architects, © Yuan, Wei-Ming
© Yuan, Wei-Ming

© Yuan, Wei-Ming © Yuan, Wei-Ming © Yuan, Wei-Ming © Yuan, Wei-Ming +26

The New Kununurra Courthouse / TAG Architects + iredale pedersen hook architects

17:00 - 16 June, 2015
The New Kununurra Courthouse / TAG Architects + iredale pedersen hook architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +28

Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum

15:18 - 16 June, 2015
Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum, Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has been selected over MAD ArchitectsSteven HollGrimshaw and many others to design the Guangzhou Science Museum. 

Planned for the sprawling port city of Guangzhou (Canton), the new science museum will be realized on the south bank of the Pearl River, close to the Guangzhou Tower. It will form part of a new cultural hub, known as "Three Museums - One Square," which will include the future Guangzhou Museum, also won through a private-competition by gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.

Read on for a video and more information detailing the winning proposal.

La Rambla House / Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares

15:00 - 16 June, 2015
La Rambla House / Rosa Ma Ballester Espigares, © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez
© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez

© Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez © Ignacio Espigares Enríquez +16

The Studios / SOUP architects

13:00 - 16 June, 2015
The Studios / SOUP architects, © Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook +17

BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months

11:30 - 16 June, 2015
BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months, Courtesy of Broad Group
Courtesy of Broad Group

BBC News has published a profile on the new projects and ambitions of Broad Sustainable Building’s Zhang Yue. A few months ago, Yue became known as the man behind Mini Sky City, a 57-story building that went up in 19 days. Now, Yue wants to further his idea of modular construction to build Sky City, which will be the world’s tallest skyscraper, stretching ten meters taller than the 828 meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and take only seven months to complete. In addition to being constructed from prefabricated parts, Sky City will be sustainable and built from steel to help prevent earthquake damage. Construction is expected to begin on the skyscraper in early 2016. Read more about Yue, his company, and their projects in the BBC News article.