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Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Erick van Egeraat Designs Pedestrianized City Center in Saudi Arabia, Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV
Aerial View. Image © (designed by) Erick van Egeraat BV

Erick van Egeraat have released images of their design for the city center of Unayzah in Saudi Arabia. Thanks to a 4-lane ring road and an underground thoroughfare linking to underground parking, the 58 hectare site will be entirely pedestrianized at ground level, featuring 70,000 square meters of shopping areas, a gold market, apartments, and offices, all of which will join the city's existing central mosque.

More on the city center design after the break

Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Cristobal Valenzuela H, Angela Delorenzo A
  • Area

    593.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Silos 13 / vib architecture

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Silos 13 / vib architecture, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Daniel Moulinet © Daniel Moulinet © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +46

Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Courtyard House / NO ARCHITECTURE, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Michael Weber © Michael Weber © Iwan Baan © NOA +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Aurora, OR 97002, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Andrew Heid
  • Project Team

    Christopher Purpura, Jack Hogan, Noa Peer
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

UNStudio Revamps Hanwha Offices with Shimmering LED Facade

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Exterior View- Night. Image Courtesy of UNstudio
Exterior View- Night. Image Courtesy of UNstudio

With a glittering exterior that benefits both the interior and the exterior, UNStudio’s renovation proposal for Hanwha headquarters has recently won them first place in a competition to redesign the company’s office tower. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the tower is sited in the busy Cheonggyecheon district of the city. The new design will help to visually reestablish Hanwha as a leader in environmental technology, both in Korea and internationally.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute / Woods Bagot, © Trevor Mein
© Trevor Mein

© Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein © Trevor Mein +29

Reconstruction of the Square in Frydlant / Balda Jand'ourek architects

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Reconstruction of the Square in Frydlant / Balda Jand'ourek architects, © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek
© Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek

© Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek © Aleš Jungmann, Jiří Jiroutek +27

World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF

00:00 - 4 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fran Parente by Fernando Forte of FGMF, Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente
Casa 4 x 30 / CR2 Arquitectos + FGMF Arquitectos. Image © Fran Parente

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Fernando Forte of FGMF writes on behalf of Fran Parente

© Fran Parente HOT HOT Club / Estudio Guto Requena. Image © Fran Parente © Fran Parente Fidalga 727 / Sub Estudio. Image © Fran Parente +5

How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
How Do Mysterious "Memory" Materials Work?, Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial
Decker Yeadon's Homeostatic Facade System. Image Courtesy of Design Curial

Imagine a material that shifts and moves according to the temperature of the outside air - like a flower opening up for sunlight and closing its petals at night. New high-tech smart materials have allowed this idea to thrive and the possibilities are endless. Originally posted on Design Curial, the designer and smart material guru Chris Leferti answers a few questions behind these mysterious materials.

There are many materials that are defining the future: renewable resources, completely new materials such as graphene, but one of the biggest and most fascinating groups -- that continues to grow -- is smart materials.

Find out more about these amazing materials after the break

World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan, Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The architect and architectural photographer Fernanado Guerra the studio FG+SG with his brother Sérgio Guerra in Portugal co-founded 15 years ago. Nowadays they are responsible for most of the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary architecture.

Fernando's remarkable work is honored in our celebration of the World Photo Day through the words of renowed brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, from studiomk27.

Casa em Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Museu Mimesis / Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai + Jun Sung Kim. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Centro de Alto Rendimento de Remo do Pocinho / Álvaro Fernandes Andrade. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Parque Natural do Fogo / OTO. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +5

Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
Infrastructure, Data and Progress: Ireland's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Irish pavilion's response to the theme of the 2014 Venice Biennale captures the tumultuous history of the Ireland's past hundred years through ten infrastructural projects which highlight the country's progress. Ireland's relationship to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" was colored by their independence from the United Kingdom in the early 1920s, with modernism and infrastructure seen as the way to leave this past behind. The pavilion examines the outcomes of this approach, with Ireland treated as "a launch-pad and testing ground" for everything from concrete infrastructure to data centers. Read the curators' take on their pavilion after the break. 

World Photo Day: Tim Hursley by Andrew Freear of Rural Studio

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Tim Hursley by Andrew Freear of Rural Studio, Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley
Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked 15 architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Andrew Freear of Rural Studio writes on behalf of Tim Hursley.

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo. Image © Tim Hursley Mamilla Hotel / Safdie Architects. Image © Tim Hursley Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame / Trahan Architects. Image © Tim Hursley Newbern Town Hall / Auburn University Rural Studio. Image © Tim Hursley +5

World Photo Day: ESTO by Weiss/Manfredi

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
World Photo Day: ESTO by Weiss/Manfredi, Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto
Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Weiss/Manfredi writes on behalf of ESTO

Smith College Campus Center / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto Novartis Campus / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto Henderson-Hopkins School / Rogers Partners. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Albert Večerka / Esto +5

Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction, © Solène Veysseyre
© Solène Veysseyre

"Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro’s numerous favelas, as he showed me around his house. This is why a house is often built over several generations: a floor may be laid, columns erected (rebar protruding), and a thin tin roof placed, but this is just to mark where the next builder should finish the job. "Constructing a roof with tiles is not a sign of wealth here — rather, it means that there’s not enough money to continue constructing the house,” explains Manoe Ruhe, a Dutch urban planner who has lived in the favela for the last six months.

An architect who has always been fascinated by the way people live, I had come to do a residency at Barraco # 55, a cultural center in Complexo do Alemão, in order to learn how its citizens went about building their communities. I had many questions: are there rules of construction? What are the common characteristics of each house? Do they follow the same typology? How are the interiors of the homes? What construction techniques and what materials are used?

79 Building / Pedro Mendes Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
79 Building / Pedro Mendes Arquitectos, © Jorge Lopez Conde
© Jorge Lopez Conde

© Jorge Lopez Conde © André Martins © Jorge Lopez Conde © Jorge Lopez Conde +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Nossa Senhora Fátima 384, 4050-428 Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Diaz-Mauriño, Pedro Mendes
  • Design Team

    Patrícia Costa Horta, Pedro Marques Alves, Tiago Marcelino Cruz e Pablo Martín Palomeque
  • Area

    2855.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associates

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associates, © Shigeo Ogawa
© Shigeo Ogawa

© Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa © Shigeo Ogawa +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ota, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Hisaaki Yaita , Naoko Yaita
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Shigeo Ogawa, Courtesy of Yaita and Associates

3 of The New Yorker's Best Architecture Reads

00:00 - 3 August, 2014
3 of The New Yorker's Best Architecture Reads, The National September 11 Memorial Museum by Snøhetta in New York. Image © Joe Woolhead
The National September 11 Memorial Museum by Snøhetta in New York. Image © Joe Woolhead

If you like magazines, then you'll love this: the New Yorker, celebrating their recent redesign, have made their archive free for a limited period only. And, making up for their hiatus as they wait for a redesign of their own, Places Journal has gone to the effort of rounding up the best architecture reads from the last few years. Here are our top three:

M4 House / Architect Show

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
M4 House / Architect Show, © Toshihisa Ishii
© Toshihisa Ishii

© Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii © Toshihisa Ishii +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Higashisonogi District, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiko Sato
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Photographs