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Yokio Futagawa, Influential Architectural Photographer and Publisher, Dies at 80

Japanese architectural photographer and editor Yokio Futagawa (1932-2013) lost his battle to cancer on March 5 at the age of 80 in Tokyo, Japan. Futagawa was best known as the founder of the distinguished Global Architecture (GA) Publishing Group, which he established in 1970, and director of Global Architecture (GA) magazine. Throughout his 60-year-long career, Futagawa photographed modernist works from some of the world’s most famous architects and presented them in elegant magazine and book series. Two of his most important works include a ten-volume collection of "Japanese Traditional Houses" in the 1950s and a lavish twelve-volume collection that illustrates the complete works of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Films & Architecture: "Underground"

Underground is the condensed version of a 5-hour series (originally broadcast on Serbian television in the 90′s) which takes place in Yugoslavia, showing the country from the beginning of WWII through the Yugoslav Wars. This theatrical version, directed by  Emir Kusturica, considered one of the master filmmakers of our time, utilises symbolic elements that require a strong knowledge of story to fully understand, and ends with a memorable finale, with the characters dancing on a floating island that separates them from the continent. This is an extraordinary film that we invite you to enjoy and comment on.

Weatherboard House / FMD Architects

© Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Happy Birthday to Us: ArchDaily Turns 5!

"ArchDaily has fed the addiction of architecture to me. The first thing I do in the morning and before I go to sleep, is check from the most interesting and inspiring designs from around the world utilizing the most advanced and socially responsible techniques. Architecture and design choose the user, the user does not choose architecture and design. In this way ArchDaily has allowed the creativity to flow more rapidly throughout my veins and caus[ed] more creativity to flourish. Thank you ArchDaily for aiding in times of frustration and times of designer block. Thank you for the effort you put forth for the architecture and design community, and you are a vital resource." - Chris Siminski, ArchDaily reader and Facebook Fan

Five years ago, ArchDaily was a tiny 5-man operation, spearheaded by two Architecture grads with a very simple dream: to shake-up and democratize traditional architectural media. Fast-forward five years later, and we're the most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 280,000 daily readers and 70 million pageviews every month.

We're celebrating today with a doodle (see above) and lots of fantastic content - keep your eyes peeled for the 20 Most Visited Projects of All Time, the 5 Most Read Posts of All Time, and an ArchDaily original Infographic telling our story.

And of course, we'd like to use this occasion to thank you, ArchDaily readers. You've meant everything to us these past 5 years, and we'd love it if you could tell us what we've meant for you. So please share your thoughts in the comments below! And have a very happy ArchDaily birthday!

AD Interviews: Fernando Romero / FR-EE

Fernando Romero  is part of the new generation of young Mexican architects that have reshaped the profession in a country with a longstanding tradition.

Speirs Locks Student Campus Proposal / Stallan-Brand

The proposal for the Speirs Locks Student Campus masterplan by Stallan-Brand seeks to integrate existing structures of merit and to introduce new public spaces around them. The retention of an old glue factory as a gallery and historic walls capture the site’s industrial past. The retention of an existing ornate brick wall, once the ground floor of the City Council Cleansing Department, is used to define a new public space, creating a unique arrival and provide the adjacent studio spaces with an appropriate external display space. More images and architects' description after the break.

Nordic Wood Festival of Wooden Architecture

Between March 15th and March 27th 2013 the Central House of Architects will host the Nordic Wood festival of wooden architecture in Moscow where the most interesting examples of wooden architecture in Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Russia will be on display. The festival is being produced by the nationwide ARCHIWOOD project. The main event of the festival is the photographic exhibition. Works by recent winners and runners-up of prizes for wooden architecture from Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Russia will be on show, along with other works by architects building in wood from these countries. More images and information on the event after the break.

House Ef / Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos
  • Location: Nordelta, Tigre, Buenos, Argentina
  • Architect In Charge: Eric Fritz, Fernando Fritz
  • Project Team: Hernán Feldmann
  • Structure: José Zaldua
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Quiroga Carrafa

© Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa © Quiroga Carrafa

Giveaway: iOS and Androir Apps

Courtesy of The Mobile Engineer
Courtesy of The Mobile Engineer

Lats year, we asked our Facebook Fans to share with us their thought on the best smartphone apps for architects. The list was quite interesting and at number 9 we had [steel] an app for iOS and Android developed by our friends at The Mobile Engineer.

Prague Activators Proposal / Juras Lasovsky, Zuzana Masna, Koen Hezemans

Designed by the collaboration of Juras Lasovsky, Zuzana Masna, and Koen Hezemans, their project "Prague Activators" suggests the idea of pontoons floating on the river. The pontoons "activate" the Vltava riverbank as well as various parts of the city of Prague. The proposal was originally awarded at the Skanska Bridging Prague Competition and was later elaborated into the current project Prague Activators. The project aims to motivate people not only to pursue activities on the riverside, but also to inspire them to care for the public space and alter it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Boathouse / TreStykker 2012

  • Architects: TreStykker 2012
  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Architect In Charge: TreStykker 2012
  • Built: TreStykker 2012
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TreStykker 2012

Courtesy of TreStykker 2012 Courtesy of TreStykker 2012 Courtesy of TreStykker 2012 Courtesy of TreStykker 2012

Condomínio Quinta Vale Verde / Humberto Conde

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Location: Estoril, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

ANTIVJ Transforms Shigeru Ban's Centre Pompidou Metz with Digital Spectacular

Intrigued by the hexagonal plan and complex structure of Shigeru Ban’s Centre Pompidou Metz in France, ANTIVJ visual artists Simon Geilfus and Yannick Jacquet, and composer Thomas Vaquié transformed the building’s undulating facade into a digital spectacular with a light show that “abolishes notions of scale by contrasting micro-architecture with human construction”. The piece was loosely inspired by the research of deep-sea expert Peter A. Rona, whose work explores the fascinating marks left by unknown, hexagonal-shaped sea creature called Paleodictyon Nodosum, which Rona believes is designed to cultivate bacteria. 

Learn more and watch the making of after the break...

London Calling: London's Import/Export Culture

© Flickr User CC Hayes Davidson
© Flickr User CC Hayes Davidson

The following article is by Simon Henley of Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR). His column London Calling will look at London's every-day reality, its architectural culture, and its role as a global architectural hub.  

As a city, London is more than ever an architectural capital for propagating and consuming design culture. It has the highest concentration of architectural practices of any city in the world. Publications, exhibitions, events and a variety of pop-ups, pavilions and charrettes (not to mention the ever more popular pecha-kuchas) also attest to the fact. Schools like the Architectural Association (AA) in London’s Bedford Square have formed the minds of a number of world stage “star” architects.  

Then there’s the skyline itself - stuffed with transplanted talent. Renzo Piano'Shard, the city’s new spire that stands high above the rest.  Uruguayan Rafael Viñoly's controversial Walkie-Talkie, which swells by the day. Herzog & de Meuron'current work at The Tate Modern. John Nouvel’s shopping mall at St Paul’s, and the many 1980s American corporate buildings for commercial giants in The City of London by SOM, KPF and HOK.  

Reflecting on this state of affairs of ‘high end architectural culture’ versus ‘high end commissioning culture’, one cannot help but see a curious chasm in London. In some ways, we are still today very much like the Victorians. Great inventors who leave it to the rest of the world to move our inventions forward. 

Is London truly the world capital of architecture?  Or a metropolitan trading post, an exporter of architectural ideas?  Read more of Simon Henley's take, after the break...

Postgraduate Advanced Training Centre / Pitagoras Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
  • Location: Guimarães, Portugal
  • Architects: Fernando Seara De Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Vilhena Roque
  • Collaborators: Marlene Sousa, Mariana Paiva, Carla Guimarães, Francisco Oliveira, Hélio Pinto
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos