Paddington Crossrail / Weston Williamson Architects

view down Departures Road towards Praed Street

Undergoing the most significant change since the historic station was completed to Brunel’s design, the new Paddington Station, designed by Weston Williamson Architects, will provide a major new gateway for . Serving local, national and international passengers, the Crossrail Station balances many design issues including heritage, conservation, transport integration, way-finding, orientation, servicing and security to create a world-class pedestrian space alongside the existing Network Rail buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

ArchDaily v2.5: Less is More, our new design

Dear readers,

ArchDaily is done by architects, for architects. This means that there are architects taking decisions on every level, from the daily curation of projects, to the coding and design of our website.

ArchDaily’s design has stayed practically the same since we started in May 2008, and today we are happy to announce our long due redesign: ArchDaily version 2.5 code name Less is More.

In this version we are presenting a less cluttered, easy to read and more intuitive interface. We have done a tremendous effort to reduce the amount of paths and decisions, as the Less is Moreconcept mastered by Mies van der Rohe has taught us. A tremendous challenge, that made us understand the essence of what we do and what is important to you.

But why v2.5 and no v3.0? While Less is More looks like a very different interface, the structure of the data and gallery browsing are practically the same. And those are the fundamental parts that are currently being developed by our team of engineers and architects, which we expect to release during Q4 2012. This will mean that projects will be available with rich meta data that will allow you to find that wood cabin in front of a lake you have been trying to find, in just a few clicks. And that the image galleries will be blazing fast and adapt to your screen, and your device (hint: tablet and mobile!). On this release we are also exposing our global network: at the top you’ll find a flag to jump to ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily Mexico and Plataforma Arquitectura (ArchDaily en Español), a network with more than 7 million visitors per month.

We are in front of a big challenge, and we wanted to put out this revised version after our experience with ArchDaily Brasil and ArchDaily Mexico, as we know that your feedback during these months will help us deliver the best v3.0 possible, making ArchDaily a better tool for you, aligned with our mission:

To improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them. 

Please leave your feedback in the comments section below or through our contact form.

Thanks!

David Assael, David Basulto and the whole team at ArchDaily

Rest Villa Funabori / Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

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Architects: Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates
Location: Edogawa-Ku ,
Architect In Charge: Jun’ichi Ito, Naoko Ito
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Naoomi Kurozumi

Stockholm City Station / 3XN Architects

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Marking the entrance to ’s inner city center, the City Station. Designed by 3XN Architects, integrates the station, a hotel, conference center, and apartments. The main idea behind the design was to create a building that gently adjusts to the area’s existing building in scale and expression, and which reinterprets a number of local Swedish design traditions. Containing a number of public and private functions, the building will contribute positively to creating life in the surrounding neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New wing of the Charleroi Museum of Photography / L’Escaut Architectures

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Architects: L’Escaut Architectures
Location: Mont-sur-Marchienne,
Project Architects: Olivier Bastin, Eloisa Astudillo, Nele Stragier, Florence Hoffmann
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 8,230 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of L’Escaut Architectures, Gilbert Fastenaekens

Town Hall and Health Center / Henning Larsen Architects

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Spearheading the development of the new district in , Demark, the town hall and health center will be the uniting center of the new Municipality of the city as one of the first buildings in the new planned urban area around Station. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, their proposal won the highest score for all criteria in the competition to get the first prize. The health center will become an active part of the town hall, while at the same time offering citizens the opportunity to use the area outside town hall opening hours. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House in Kentucky / arquitecta Mariel Suárez

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Architects: arquitecta Mariel Suárez
Location: ,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 143 sqm
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto, Walter Salcedo

Residential and Nursing Home Simmering / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner

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Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner 
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Mark Steinmetz, Benno Wutzl
Photographs: Paul Ott, Mark Steinmetz, Armin Plankensteiner

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: Elbphilharmonie / Herzog & de Meuron

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Herzog & de Meuron’s exhibition at the Biennale is focused on the architecture of a symbolic project, with a complex history: The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on top of a former industry in Hamburg, which also includes a 250 room five-star hotel, and 47 apartments. The project, in a very advanced stateremains halted since last year due to legal issues with the contractor.

In the exhibition, the history of the project is documented with three-dimensional representations of the complex building services; camera shots panning through the construction site; and large-scale models, whose spatial and physical presence represent what the architects wished and still wish to foreground: architecture.

Challenge: Superhero Landmark

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DesignByMany’s latest challenge: Superhero Landmark sponsored by Autodesk and media partners ArchDaily. With the rise of superhero movies dominating the movie screens, we need a permanent place of celebration to honor these great characters and their awesomeness. DesignByMany suggests building a Superhero Theme Park! Designing an entire theme park is way too big of a task to tackle for this scope, but luckily every park has an element that embodies the ethos of the park.

This challenge is to design the central landmark of your Superhero Theme Park. The landmark will serve as the iconic image of the park and the primary means of orientation for the park. It can be inspired by a single character, a group of characters, or event your own imaginary character! The more creative the better!

Visitors Center, Atapuerca / a3gm + Mata y asociados

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Architects: a3gm + Mata y asociados
Location: Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain
Architect In Charge: Salvador Mata Pérez
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Mata y asociados

Primary School In O Revel / Cendón – Vázquez Arquitectos

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Architects: Cendón – Vázquez Arquitectos
Location: Pontevedra,
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Manuel G. Vicente

Naples Event: An Architectural and Political Response to the Crisis

Naples Event: An Architectural and Political Response to the Crisis

In the context of the ongoing financial crisis, cities and citizens are going through profound and as yet uncharted transformations. Tomorrow in Naples, Italy, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum will bring together mayors, international organizations, governments and civil- society organizations to…

‘Carabineros’ Fort / EDU Medellín

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Architects: EDU Medellín
Location: Medellín,
Design Team: Juan MejiaGustavo Adolfo Restrepo, John Octavio Ortiz, Alejandra Gomez, Maria Elena Arango, Adolfo Emilio Arboleda, Julian Yepes, Isabel Mejia, Alba Milena Garcia, Diego Alberto Serna, Victor Hugo Garcia, Jerónimo Franco, Jose Puentes, Andres Montoya, Gustavo Ramirez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU Medellín

Greenland Migrating / Henning Larsen Architects

Greenland Migrating / Illustration Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

We’ve already introduced you to the Danish Pavilion exhibition Possible Greenland, on display at the , featuring possibilities that lay in store for Greenland in light of geographic changes caused by the increased rate of ice and snow melt. Henning Larsen Architects has now shared with us their portion of the exhibit, Greenland Migrating, a project developed in collaboration with David Garcia Studio and KITAA Architects.  Curating the exhibit are Danish-Greenlandic Professor in geology Minik Rosing and Copenhagen-based NORD Architects.

Join us after the break for a closer look at the project.

Dojo / UMWELT + Lucía Cavecedo García

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Architects: UMWELT + Lucía Cavecedo García
Location: Colina,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lucía Cavecedo García

AD Architecture School Guide: Forensic Architecture at University of London

Analysis of white phosphorus munition behavior in urban environments (www.forensic-architecture.org)

When people think architecture school they think of training that teaches them how to make things: build spaces or develop sites for, primarily, human use. Over the years, this concept has expanded to encompass social activism. In the States, for example, there are programs like Architecture for Humanity, Project Row Houses, and Make It Right that address issues of poverty, displacement, and housing. Human Rights, however, extends beyond creating spaces for the economically disadvantages or impoverished. In fact, the term Human Rights often conjures up people’s rights within the context of conflict. Most people, however, do not think of architecture as encompassing the lack or destruction of structures.

Read about the program at the U. of after the break

Michael Graves: In Defense of Drawing

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In his Op-Ed for The New York Times, called “Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing,” American architecture legend Michael Graves laments the loss of in our computer-dependent age. While Graves realizes the usefulness of computer technology to present a final product, he maintains that the act of sketching (particularly those first, fleeting “referential sketches”) is vital to the process of design:

“Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes and hands. This last statement is absolutely crucial to the difference between those who draw to conceptualize architecture and those who use the computer.”

Do you think the art of drawing is actually lost? Is drawing vital to the work you do? Or has technology become so sophisticated that it has “rendered” sketching unnecessary?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Story via The New York Times