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Happy New Year from ArchDaily!

00:00 - 1 January, 2015

Happy New Year to ArchDaily's readers all around the world: from the first people to celebrate in Kiribati, Samoa and New Zealand, to those in Hawaii and American Samoa - who at the time of publishing are still waiting to celebrate the new year - we wish you all the best in 2015. The past 12 months has been a fantastic year here at ArchDaily, and we can't wait to see what the next one will bring. In the meantime, make sure you've read all of our round-ups of 2014, after the break.

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series, © LEGO®
© LEGO®

LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Washington D.C. Lincoln Memorial and the New York City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015. 

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the United States, was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron. 

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex, © Alejandro Cartagena
© Alejandro Cartagena

© Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena © Alejandro Cartagena +56

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Project Team

    César Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, María Sevilla
  • Project Area

    110.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Apos2 / Apostrophy’s

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Apos2 / Apostrophy’s, © Ketsiree Wongwan
© Ketsiree Wongwan

© Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan © Ketsiree Wongwan +33

Forbes Profiles David Rockwell, Celebrates 30 Years of Design

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
Forbes Profiles David Rockwell, Celebrates 30 Years of Design, ockwell Group’s pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group
ockwell Group’s pop-up theater for TED. Image © Rockwell Group

In honor of Rockwell Group’s 30th year of design, Forbes has published a profile on its founder, American architect David Rockwell, detailing his life, work and thoughts on the power of theater. “My mother, Joanne, played a great role in forming my interest in design,” stated Rockwell. “She first introduced me to the excitement and spectacle of live theater, which has had a profound impact on my life and work. These productions really opened my eyes to the power of design to create emotional connections between people and their environment.” Read the complete article, here

Black Box / UTAA

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Black Box / UTAA, © Jin Hyo-suk
© Jin Hyo-suk

© Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk © Jin Hyo-suk +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pangyo-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Kim Chang Gyun
  • Design Team

    Choi Byung Yong, Jo Myeong Seon
  • Structure

    Reinforced concrete + Light-weight wood frame
  • Area

    183.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape

00:00 - 1 January, 2015
The Three-Dimensional City: How Drones Will Impact the Future Urban Landscape, Hawkins\Brown's ‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal for the site of Heathrow Airport features drones - but does the urban design of the proposal accommodate the role of drones in the urban sphere?. Image © Factory Fifteen
Hawkins\Brown's ‘Romance of the Sky’ proposal for the site of Heathrow Airport features drones - but does the urban design of the proposal accommodate the role of drones in the urban sphere?. Image © Factory Fifteen

Many have come to associate drones with the looming unmanned aircraft deployed in the defense industry, but as technology continues to improve drones have gotten smaller and progressively less expensive. Consumers can now purchase their very own drone for as little as $600 or less and the technology is already proving to be useful for a wide variety of purposes, including possible uses for architects in everything from site analysis to construction.

However, this technology could have much broader consequences on not only the airspace above our streets, but also in how we design for increasing civilian and commercial drone traffic. Just as other technologies such as cars and security surveillance have shaped our urban infrastructure, so too will an emerging network of infrastructure for pilotless technology. Particularly as drones become ever more precise and nimble, opportunities arise for their increased use in urban areas. If these devices can be programmed to learn from repeated maneuvers with the use of cameras and sensors, it is not unrealistic to say that they could soon learn how to navigate through increasingly complex vertical cities. But if drones become fixtures of our urban environment, what impact will they have on exterior spaces? And could they become as ubiquitous in our city’s skies as cars on our streets?

Compact Karst House / dekleva gregorič arhitekti

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Compact Karst House / dekleva gregorič arhitekti, © Janez Marolt
© Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    6221 Vrhovlje, Slovenia
  • Project Team

    Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Lea Kovič, u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel štud. arh.
  • Area

    83.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Lake's Restaurant / mass arquitetura e Norea De Vitto

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Lake's Restaurant / mass arquitetura e Norea De Vitto, © Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Arqº Gustavo Massimino / mass arquitetura e Arqª Nórea De Vitto / Galvez & De Vitto Interiores
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
2 En 1 : Intergenerational House / TICA architecture, Courtesy of TICA architecture
Courtesy of TICA architecture

Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture Courtesy of TICA architecture +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vaux-sur-Mer, France
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TICA architecture

Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
Central Park First Stage / Migdal Arquitectos, © Ian Lizaranzu
© Ian Lizaranzu

© Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu © Ian Lizaranzu +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Magna, Huixquilucan, MEX, Mexico
  • Project Architects

    Jaime Varon, Abraham Metta, Alex Metta (Migdal Arquitectos)
  • Project Area

    55842.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Quinlan Terry Among Four to Receive "New Year Honours" for Services in UK Architecture

00:00 - 31 December, 2014
Quinlan Terry Among Four to Receive "New Year Honours" for Services in UK Architecture, 30 St Mary Axe “The Gherkin” / Foster + Partners . Image © Flickr CC User Maciek Lulko
30 St Mary Axe “The Gherkin” / Foster + Partners . Image © Flickr CC User Maciek Lulko

John Quinlan Terry, one of Prince Charles' preferred architects, is being recognized on the UK’s 2015 New Year Honours list and awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services in classical architecture. The Queen’s annual awards will also be honoring architect Cecil Balmond, former deputy chairman of UK Arup, with the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Former City Planning Officer and professor Peter Wynne Rees, who oversaw the realization of the Gherkin and highly disputed Walkie Talkie, will also receive a CBE for his services. Katharine Heron, professor of Architecture University of Westminster, has been selected to receive a Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to architecture and higher education. 

The 14 Best Articles of 2014

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
The 14 Best Articles of 2014

At ArchDaily, we take great pride in bringing our readers the best selection of architectural projects and news stories around, but another big part of our editorial mission also involves giving architects access to the knowledge that will help them improve the lives of future urban dwellers. As the year draws to a close, each of the editors at ArchDaily has personally selected their favorite articles from the past year which complement this editorial mission. These articles may not be the ones that garnered the most attention or views, but we think they are vital nonetheless.

Our top 14 of 2014 includes coverage of crucial events, like the attention-grabbing competition that broke almost every record going, and an architectural model that redefined the idea of political protest; it features profiles of people who are redefining the profession, including both one of the world's most famous architects who had one of his greatest years yet, and a woman who spends most of her time working with sewage; and it includes insightful histories, such as how communist architecture developed in the mid-twentieth century, and how that period is now defining architecture in a modern-day communist superpower. Read on to find out which articles made our list as the best of the past year.

TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
TY / Yo Yamagata Architects + AND Associates, © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura
© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura

© Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura © Forward Stroke / Koji Okumura +25

MD House / Alric Galindez Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
MD House / Alric Galindez Arquitectos, Courtesy of Alric Galindez Arquitectos
Courtesy of Alric Galindez Arquitectos

© Albano García © Albano García Courtesy of Alric Galindez Arquitectos © Albano García +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province, Argentina
  • Project Architects

    Arq. Santiago Alric, Arq. Carlos Galindez, Arq. Federico Lloveras
  • Project Area

    476.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alric Galindez Arquitectos, Albano García

School of Education, University of Zaragoza / Javier Maya + Estela Arteche Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
© Jorge Allende
© Jorge Allende
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Maya, Estela Arteche
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende © Jorge Allende +32

Frank Gehry Presents Design for Venezuelan Music Center

00:00 - 31 December, 2014
Frank Gehry Presents Design for Venezuelan Music Center,  Frank Gehry presents the National Center for Social Action Through Music project
Frank Gehry presents the National Center for Social Action Through Music project

With Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in attendance, Frank Gehry presented the model for the future National Center for Social Action Through Music building in Lara state. The project is Gehry’s second in Latin America, following the recently inaugurated Biomuseo in Panamá

To be located in Barquisimeto, Venezuela’s fourth most populated city, the National Center for Social Action Through Music forms part of the National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, more commonly known as “El Sistema.” Founded in 1975 by orchestra director José Antonio Abreu, El Sistema is now funded by the government and provides musical training and education for children from impoverished backgrounds. The Adjkm-designed Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action is also part of El Sistema.

Learn more about the project after the break. 

A029 / Camarim Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
A029 / Camarim Arquitectos, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +16