Beach Walk House / SPG Architects

© Jimi Billingsley & Daniel Levin

Architects: SPG Architects
Location: Fire Island, New York, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jimi Billingsley & Daniel Levin

Future Practice: Conversation from the Edge of Architecture / Rory Hyde

Designers around the world are carving out opportunities for new kinds of engagement, new kinds of collaboration, new kinds of design outcomes, and new kinds of practice; overturning the inherited assumptions of the design professions. Seventeen conversations with practitioners from the fields of architecture, policy, activism, design, education, research, history, community engagement and more, each representing an emergent role for designers to occupy. Whether the “civic entrepreneur,” the “double agent,” or the “strategic designer,” this book offers a diverse spectrum of approaches to design, each offering a potential future for architectural practice.

Oakville Residence / Guido Costantino

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Architects: Guido Costantino
Location: ,
Designer: Guido Costantino
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Domenica Rodà

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale
Courtesy of Build Our Nation
Courtesy of Build Our Nation

Venice Biennale 2012: Taifa Letu Tujenge / Build Our Nation

The student led humanitarian initiative ‘Build Our Nation…’ has begun a two-week workshop as part of the Biennale Sessions 13th International Architecture Exhibition. Through workshops and events students are collaborating to explore and experiment with ideas, discuss and

Skate Park House / LEVEL Architects

© Kojima Junji

Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: -to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kojima Junji

National Maritime Museum / Dok Architecten

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Architect: Dok Architecten: Liesbeth van der Pol, Jan Jaap Roeten, Sonja Müller, Ellen Wolse, Christina Patz, Mirthe Kooy, Ieke Koning
Location: , The Netherlands
Programme: Museum, Library, Restaurant and Retail Facilities
Client:  Rijksgebouwendienst, Haarlem
Construction Costs:  €28.000.000 miljoen
Dome Design and Construction: Ney & Partners, Brussels (BE): , Eric Bodarwé, Kenny Verbeeck and others 
Start Design: 2005
Completion: 2011 

Azahar Headquarters / OAB

© Alejo Bagué

Architects: OAB
Location: Castellón,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Núria Ayala
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Alejo Bagué

Video: Aamu Song & Johan Olin, The Helsinki Series

After the raging success of the REDDRESS exhibit at The London Design Festival in 2011, Aamu Song and have spent the past year traveling through Russia and working on several new projects. This summer they’ve also given birth to Salaukkapa or ”Secret Shop’, a mini retail point near the Helsinki harbour selling some signature COMPANY items. Song and Olin swear by localism in design. From woven slippers to wooden puppets representing the varied Finnish fauna, all products are made by locals who continue to practice traditional techniques. And when they are not traveling through Russia or Europe, the design duo love to pick and cook mushrooms in the middle of the Finnish forests, a must for every visitor of ‘the land of one thousand lakes’.

Taking the Long Road

Construction at Milstein Hall

In an article published by the New York Times, Philip Nobel laments the time taken to construct architecture.  As architects, we have the passion to shape space and craft environments.  For most, that translates into physically constructing such visions, but the path from drawing board (or computer screen) to realization is often times a long and arduous path.

In the past few years, such difficult financial times have challenged architects to fight for their buildings; namely, asking the designer to find ways to make the buildings work – whether with a changed material palette, smaller footprint, or shortened height.  Yet, apart from finances, we’ve also reported dozens of projects which narrowly clear other obstacles, such as attaining community consent.  And, of course, we have seen scores of great awarded competition proposals that do not incur the same luck, and slowly dwindle to non-existence.

One of our favorite parts of ArchDaily is our InProgress section, where we keep track of the progression of the original architectural vision through actuality.  After the break, we share a few projects that haven’t had the most direct route through completion.  Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on which project you’ve been waiting to see complete.

Architects: Has the iPhone Changed Your Life?

Apple iPhone 4S

It’s official. The iPhone 5 will be unveiled on September 12th. While we all anxiously await to find out what it will be like (rumors include a longer screen, two tone color, and redesigned earbuds) - we at ArchDaily are wondering what it will mean for Architects around the world.

So let’s look back for a moment. Obviously, smartphone devices like the iPhone have completely changed the way we interact with our world as human beings. But what about as Architects? Has the iPhone changed the way you work? How you find inspiration, collect information, even sketch? Which Apps, non-existent a few years ago, have now become indispensable to your work?

Let us know how the iPhone has changed your Architectural life in the comments below. Next week, we’ll crowdsource your answers and assemble them in a Top 10 List: 10 Ways the iPhone Changed Our World.


Indimmo Roeselare Office / BURO II & Archi+I

© DSP Fotostudio

Architects: BURO II & Archi+I
Location: , Belgium
Design Team: Bart Decloedt, Katty Ghekiere
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: DSP Fotostudio

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Architecture Biennale Venice 2012: Questions without answers

Presentation of The EU City manifesto by The Why Factory

Text and photographs: Jaakko van ‘t Spijker

As opposed to what certain critics and commentators have suggested about the opening week, they actually were there, the exhibitors with sociopolitical engagement asking relevant questions, at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale opening. What was lacking, however, were outspoken conclusions; the risky and exciting part of taking position after having made interesting observations. Where were the architectural mavericks, the polemical daredevils and provocateurs, to stir up and the debate and bring it further? It was in the Japanese pavilion that questions were asked as well as answered.

Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

World Football Museum ‘Crystal Ball’ / AVP Arhitekti + Sangrad

Designed by AVP Arhitekti + Sangrad…, the intention for the World Football Museum ‘Crystal Ball’ is to reaffirm Qatar’s worldwide position through a landmark to become a symbol of future architectural design. As a standard within the sustainability and

Islamic Cemetery in Altach / Bernardo Bader

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Architects: Bernardo Bader
Location: , Vorarlberg,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 8,400 sqm
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter, Nikolaus Walter, Peter Allgäuer, Bernardo Bader

‘Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ Exhibition

’s Julian Rose House, Wahroonga, Sydney, 1949-50

Curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky, the ‘Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ travelling exhibition will be starting its world tour October 4 in Tallinn, Estonia and will then travel to 6 more places in Europe, North America, and Australia until mid-January 2015. Celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the first leading Australian architect to fully express Bauhaus principles of the twentieth century, the exhibition identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, with progressive artistic visionaries. For more information, including all dates and venues, please visit here.

T.S.R.Building / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

© Naoomi Kurozumi

Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Minatu-Ku ,
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

Courtesy of MBAD Arquitectos + X Architects
Courtesy of MBAD Arquitectos + X Architects

Axiom Town Headquarter Complex / MBAD Arquitectos + X Architects

The design for the Axiom Town Headquarter Complex by MBAD Arquitectos + X Architects… aims to have good urban quality, a young and smart-casual feel, an outstanding look, and an innovative solution to all functional and operational objectives. In order

Terunobu Fujimori Architect

The sophisticated designs by (1946) are fascinating: archaic, eccentric, poetic, and ecological, almost all of them are made of simple, traditional materials such as earth, stone, wood, coal, bark, and mortar. His architecture appeals to primordial instincts, promising warmth and protection. His structures serve as role models for a generation of young international architects who value a mode of building that is ecological, historically aware, and sustainable.