© Christopher Frederick Jones Photography
© Christopher Frederick Jones Photography

Brisbane Indesign Installation / BVN Architecture

In collaboration with Space Furniture, BVN Architecture …designed this unique installation for the 2012 Bisbane Indesign. ‘The Project’ was inspired by the theme, Exploring the Common Thread, and resulted in a spectrum of color expressed through cotton yarn poised in

2012 Olympic Cauldron / Thomas Heatherwick

One of the “best-kept secrets” of the opening ceremony was the Thomas Heatherwick-designed 2012 Olympic cauldron that dazzled viewers world-wide last night as it was ignited by seven young British athletes in a very unique lighting ceremony.

Representing each nation competing in the , 204 “very small humble” copper petals were carried out alongside national flags and competitors – each inscribed with the name of the country and the words “XX Olympiad London 2012”. The petals were then attached to long, stainless steel stems that formed ten rings that appeared as an open flower. Once ignited, the flames quickly spread to each petal and then gently rose up to unite as a single flame.

Continue after the break for more on the design.

Video: Genre de Vie – A documentary film about bicycles, cities and personal awareness

Produced by Jorrit Spoelstra and Sven Prince, Genre de Vie is a documentary film about bicycles, cities and personal awareness. Shown in the video above, they document urban life empowered by the simplicity of the bicycle by looking at desired spaces and our own impact to the process of it. At a time when we are facing environmental issues more than ever before, this film creatively explores how the bicycle contributes to the future livability of cities and brings more awareness to the public.

© Adam Chinitz
© Adam Chinitz

The Media Room / Luca Andrisani

Architects: Luca Andrisani
Location: New York, NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Luca Andrisani
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 400.0 sqft
Photographs: Adam Chinitz…

Courtesy of Leo A Daly
Courtesy of Leo A Daly

SAC Federal Credit Union New Corporate Headquarters / Leo A Daly

Leo A Daly…, the well-known international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm, was chosen by the SAC Federal Credit Union, Nebraska’s largest credit union, to provide design and engineering services for its new corporate headquarters campus in

Pennington Road Footbridge / Softroom

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Architects: Softroom
Location: , UK
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joseph Burns

Extension and Remodeling of Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Manresa / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

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Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura, SCP.
Location: Carrer del Doctor Joan Soler, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Jaume Espinal Farré, Joan Ribera Mestres
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 39928.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ute Bages Sanitària

Courtesy of Studio Kalamar
Courtesy of Studio Kalamar

National and University Library / Studio Kalamar

Designed by Studio Kalamar…, the proposal for the National and University Library in Ljubljana, Slovenia connects itself to the urban fabric of the square in a clear, but quiet fashion. As the dynamic volume mimics the dynamic surrounding environment,

Led-LS Offices / Amunátegui Valdés Architects

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Architects: Amunátegui Valdés Architects
Location: La Concepción 141, Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amunátegui Valdés Architects

2G Magazine #62 / Stefano Boeri

The latest issue of has just arrived to ArchDaily from our friends from . This new publication is edited in Spanish and English and comprises a series of monographs from renowned architects like Sou Fujimoto, Lacaton & Vassal and Eduardo Arroyo, among others. It also includes the writings from masterminds such as Mies van der Rohe and Lina Bo Bardi. The current issue, N.62, features the works of Stefano Boeri, known by projects like the Vertical Forest in Milan and La Maddalena Arsenal.

More information + full index after the break.

Zaha Hadid denies Aquatics Centre “design flaws”

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Although Olympic officials have been forced to offer ticket refunds to seats with obscured views in the London Aquatics Centre, Architects denies that this issue is a result of bad design. During last few days, critics have been accusing Zaha’s curvaceous roof as a design blunder that has blocked many of the top rows from viewing the 10m diving board – the highest diving board that will host eight events and Beijing Olympics hero Tom Daley.

As reported on bdonline, a spokesman for Zaha Hadid has insisted this is the result of a ticking issue, as the ticket holders were not informed about the restricted views upon purchase. He stated, “The brief for the building from Locog was to provide 5,000 spectator seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m diving platform events.”

“The centre actually provides over 8,000 seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m platform events. This is more than 3,000 additional seats than the brief required.”

He further explained, “Locog approved the sightline studies and seating layouts over two years ago.”

Continue after the break for more images and a revealing cross section.

Bloomberg / Jump Studios

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Architects: Jump Studios
Location: St Luke’s, Finsbury Square (EC2) (Stand G), Borough of Islington, EC2A, UK
Project Year:
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Jump Studios

North Mediterranean Health Center / Ferrer Arquitectos

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Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Av del Mediterráneo, ,
Architect In Charge: José Ángel Ferrer
Design Team: Javier de Simón, Antonio Palenzuela, Manuel Alonso
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: David Frutos

Tadao Ando: New Japan National Stadium International Design Competition

The current Kasumigaoka National Stadium.

Japanese architect and the Sport Council (JSC) has launched the an international design competition for the new National Stadium of Japan. The stadium will become the new symbol of Japan and feature world-class events with the world’s largest spectator capacity and the world’s finest hospitality.

The new venue is slated for competition in 2018 and is already committed to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It will also be offered to host the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, concerts by world-renowned entertainers, and a wide range of other significant cultural and artistic events. And, if Japan is selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, it will be used as the primary venue.

Continue reading for more details and a video message from Tadao Ando.

In Progress: B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Hennekijnstraat 50, 3012 Deelgemeente Centrum,
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
Collaborators: Kam Bava, David Luque, Marie Morin, Deniza Radulova, Sash Reading, Jasper Stevens, Michal Switalski, Cindy Wouters, Aynav Ziv
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Infographic: Iconic Olympic Buildings

The 2012 Olympics start today, and once again architecture is on the spotlight. With a big focus on reusable and adaptable structures, the lineup includes renowned architecture firms such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Hopkins Architects, Populous and Zaha Hadid Architects.

On this we introduce you the iconic buildings of the Olympics since 776 B.C. until today! Follow our London 2012 Olympics coverage in its dedicated page.

London 2012: Thinking Past Day 17

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In just a few hours, the world will be watching the opening ceremony of ’s third Summer Olympic Games. For 17 high intensity days, more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will battle for the most prestigious awards in the athletic world.   However, what will remain hidden in the shadows during the excitement and energy of the opening ceremony will be the story behind the Games – the larger implications of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, and its stresses at the financial, societal, and environmental level.  This story – which lasts long beyond the 17 days – remains unwritten as the after effects of hosting the London Games will not be felt for years to come.

In this three-part series, we will delve into the effects of hosting the Olympic Games.  Our first segment will share background about London’s hope for “legacy” during and after the Games, plus, a look into the financial challenges incurred from hosting such massive festitivies.

Stay tuned for our second and third segments which will address London’s Games with regard to social issues and sustainability.

More after the break.

Mac OSX Mountain Lion and Software Compatibility for Architects

Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

has released the latest version of their operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Over 200 new features have been integrated into Lion with the intent to streamline your work and life. Some of the highlighted features include the built in iCloud that keeps all your content updated and in-sync with your Apple products, a unified notification center to help you stay updated on everything, and ready-to-go dictation that makes typing optional.

Although this all sounds great, what about software we architects use on a daily basis?

A word of advice before you upgrade: