Mecanoo's Francesco Veenstra on "Sustainability as Social Responsibility"

00:00 - 2 January, 2014

Francesco Veenstra, one of six partners at the Dutch practice Mecanoo and Lead Architect on a number of major projects in the United Kingdom, recently spoke to Mies. UK about the practice's approach to design and their unique take on sustainability. Having recently completed a major public building in Birmingham (which was put to the vote and won the AJ's 2013 Building of the Year), and with more in the pipeline, the practice's international outlook is growing. How has the practice's design methodology and core ideas influenced this success? Read more after the break.

Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio , © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Landscape Architects

    Studio on Site
  • Collaborators

    Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
  • Area

    23320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +25

Hillside House / AR43 Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Hillside House / AR43 Architects, © Albert KS Lim
© Albert KS Lim
  • Architects

  • Location

    Caldecott Close, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Lim Cheng Kooi, Bima Ario Bagaskoro, Tracy Tan
  • C&S Engineer

    MSE Engineering & Management Consultants
  • M&E Engineer

    GIMS & Associates Pte Ltd
  • Quantity Surveyor

    RJ Consultants Pte Ltd
  • Builder

    Bestec Construction Pte Ltd
  • Landscaper

    Nature Landscape
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim © Albert KS Lim +16

How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process

00:00 - 2 January, 2014
How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process, A scheme to paint a whole favela in Rio de Janeiro, successfully funded via Kickstarter in October. Image Courtesy of Favela Painting’s Kickstarter Page
A scheme to paint a whole favela in Rio de Janeiro, successfully funded via Kickstarter in October. Image Courtesy of Favela Painting’s Kickstarter Page

In this interview with Grasp Magazine Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, explains his belief that in order to develop solutions to the complex problems found in cities, the only successful approach is from the bottom-up. In order to make this possible, he says, we need to democratize the design process by encouraging and empowering more people to engage in design, by operating with 'codes' rather than 'blueprints' which invite further contribution. Platforms like Kickstarter are one way that this process is already in motion. You can read the full article here.

Center for Interpretation of Jewish Culture Isaac Cardoso / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em linha

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Center for Interpretation of Jewish Culture Isaac Cardoso / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em linha, © FG + SG
© FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG +18

Case / Jun Igarashi Architects

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Case / Jun Igarashi Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +19

house BRZ / P8 architecten

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
house BRZ / P8 architecten, © Luc Roymans
© Luc Roymans

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans +28

Photographer Victor Enrich Reshapes an Existing Hotel, 88 Times

00:00 - 1 January, 2014

Architectural photographer Victor Enrich has shared with ArchDaily a series of 88 images — one for every key in the classical piano —  exploring the various formal possibilities of the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, Germany. "I found it beautiful," says Enrich, "to connect two distinct artistic disciplines such as photography and computer graphics with the piano." See further illustrations and read a full description of his thought process following the break.

New building for the University- and State-Library Fulda / ATELIER 30

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
New building for the University- and State-Library Fulda  / ATELIER 30, © Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +21

Advanced Engineering Building / Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +17

Grass Building / Ryo Matsui Architects

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
Grass Building / Ryo Matsui Architects, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +15

1.14 The Kite / C+S Architects

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
1.14 The Kite / C+S Architects, Courtesy of C+S Architects
Courtesy of C+S Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fontaniva Padua, Italy
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini
  • C+S Team

    Davide Testi, Alessandro Pizzolato. Fabrizio Maiorana
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C+S Architects

Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects Courtesy of C+S Architects +27

AD Interviews: Ben van Berkel, UNStudio on London's Canaletto Tower

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
Ben van Berkel. Image © Inga Powilleit
Ben van Berkel. Image © Inga Powilleit

ArchDaily recently spoke to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal architect at UNStudio, an international network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure based in the Netherlands. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK.

ArchDaily: What Happened in 2013, and What is Coming for 2014!

00:00 - 1 January, 2014
ArchDaily: What Happened in 2013, and What is Coming for 2014!

Dear readers,

The Ten Most Watched Interviews of 2013

00:00 - 31 December, 2013
The Ten Most Watched Interviews of 2013

Our mission is to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to face the urban growth of the next 40 years.

We understand that each of the thousand of projects that we feature every year can transfer knowledge from the firms to other architects around the world, through the photos, details, diagrams and their own descriptions.

But we feel that there is a very important structural layer in these projects that can only be understood by actually knowing the architects behind them. And that’s why we started our interview program when we launched ArchDaily in 2008.

During this year we have had the opportunity to interview an incredible group of architects, ranging from Toyo Ito -an exclusive interview the same day he was announced as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate-, Wolf D. Prix, Iñaki Ábalos and Reiner de Graaf, to young upcoming firms from all over the world. But we have also interviewed business men who influence cities, synthetic biologists who are thinking in the future of architecture, sociologists analyzing the future of the urban world, and curators of the most influential museums of the world.

Here you will find the list of the ten most watched (or read) interviews of 2013.

And be ready for 2014, as we have some great interviews lined up for next year!

Árborg House / PK Arkitektar

01:00 - 31 December, 2013
Árborg House / PK Arkitektar, © Rafael Pinho
© Rafael Pinho

© Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho © Rafael Pinho +18

Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

01:00 - 31 December, 2013
Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon  / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design, Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arya Samaj Road, Sector 44, Gurgaon, Haryana 122003, India
  • Design Team

    Mr. Wong Chiu Man, James Tan, Juan Andres, Michelle Salvador
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design

Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design Courtesy of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design +24

SM'1 House / SUN Architects & Engineers

01:00 - 31 December, 2013
SM'1 House / SUN Architects & Engineers , © Seunghoon Yum
© Seunghoon Yum

© Eunsoo Sun © Seunghoon Yum © Seunghoon Yum © Seunghoon Yum +27