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Morpholio's New Pen Automatically Adjusts Line Weights When You Change Scales

16:00 - 22 March, 2016

Capitalizing on the emergence of the touchscreen tablet and stylus as a drafting tool, Morpholio has released the brand new, patent-pending ScalePen, which provides a new way to draw on their popular iPad app, “Trace” (available in the App Store). The ScalePen simultaneously checks the drawing scale and iPad zoom level and offers an array of pens that respond as you move through the drawing. The result “brings precision and clarity to line weight, and gives architects the ability to make beautiful sketches at multiple scales, within a single drawing, set of layers, or layouts.”

RYB House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci

15:00 - 22 March, 2016
RYB House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci, © jankarol
© jankarol
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zielonki-Wieś, Poland
  • Design Team

    Magdalena Beczak, arch. Maciej Beczak, arch. Aleksandra Denis
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© jankarol © jankarol © jankarol © jankarol +27

120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2016 Competition "What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?"

14:00 - 22 March, 2016
120 Hours Announces Winners of Its 2016 Competition "What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?", Florilegium. Image via 120 Hours
Florilegium. Image via 120 Hours

The student architecture competition “120 Hours” has released the winners of its 2016 competition—“What Ever Happened to Architectural Space?”—which this year challenged entrants to imagine a space without program or site. In a time when the discourse of architecture is influenced more by program and environment than spatial quality, the brief was uniquely challenging in its simplicity. Entries were received from over 2863 students from 72 countries, with winners selected by a jury headed by Christian Kerez and including Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, Beate Hølmebakk, Neven Mikac Fuchs and Marina Montresor.

Originally devised by students in Oslo, the competition format is intended as a way of encouraging discourse among architecture students across the world, with competition briefs released just 120 hours (5 days) before the submission deadline. These unique restrictions have fostered a reputation for unconventional and challenging proposals and winning entries in the past have included giant scaffolds of hammocks and the use of robots to inhabit an abandoned town. Read on to see the top three award recipients for 2016.

Maritime Academic Center / EYP

13:00 - 22 March, 2016
Maritime Academic Center / EYP, © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bronx County, NY, USA
  • Area

    41000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto +23

Steven Holl Architects Wins Competition to Design Rubenstein Commons at Institute for Advanced Study

12:00 - 22 March, 2016
Steven Holl Architects Wins Competition to Design Rubenstein Commons at Institute for Advanced Study, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has been selected as the winner of an invited competition to design the Rubenstein Commons at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) located in Princeton, New Jersey. The new Rubenstein Commons will be situated at the center of the campus and serve as a new forum for scholars to interact and share ideas. The IAS, which was home to where Albert Einstein worked for 22 years until his death in 1955, received the project funding from David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group.

Multimedia Library l’Alpha / loci anima

11:00 - 22 March, 2016
Multimedia Library l’Alpha  / loci anima, © Philippe Le Roy
© Philippe Le Roy
  • Architects

  • Location

    Angoulême, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Françoise Raynaud
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Philippe Le Roy © Philippe Le Roy © Philippe Le Roy © Philippe Le Roy +27

The Top 100 Universities in the World for Architecture 2016

09:45 - 22 March, 2016
The Top 100 Universities in the World for Architecture 2016, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image © Wikimedia user Fcb981 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image © Wikimedia user Fcb981 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

QS has released its 2016 rankings of the top 100 schools for architecture in the world. The company has produced an annual survey of universities since 2011, now comparing including over 800 universities worldwide across 42 subjects, and rating the top universities based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. As they did last year, MIT came out top of the list in architecture. Read on for the full rankings list for architecture, and be sure to visit QS's site for the full rankings list which is sortable by subject, country or continent.

The Demolition of Plovdiv’s Tobacco Warehouse Demands a New Response from Citizens

09:30 - 22 March, 2016
The Demolition of Plovdiv’s Tobacco Warehouse Demands a New Response from Citizens, The Tobacco Warehouse before demolition. Image © Open Arts Foundation
The Tobacco Warehouse before demolition. Image © Open Arts Foundation

The public of Plovdiv, and of Bulgaria, woke up on Monday the 7th March—after their national holiday celebration—with a national cultural monument and a key piece of the city's identity on the ground in pieces. The building was one of the standout structures of “Tobacco Town”—a complex of former tobacco industry warehouses. The demolition by its owners began despite a promise made by Mayor Ivan Totev in September that the entire complex would be renovated as an urban art zone as part of the preparations for Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019.

Plovdiv, a city in the south of Bulgaria with its 7 hills, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. The Thracians, Romans, and Ottomans all employed its strategic location, and today it is Bulgaria’s second largest city. The title of cultural capital is well deserved, and perhaps even well overdue. With its arrival, there was hope that major parts of the city's history lying in disrepair may finally have a standing chance, and then this… another building, gone.

Everybody's heart is heavy. They are in disbelief. The questions are the same as the ones that have been asked many times before: “How did this happen?” “Who did this?”

Pachacamac Site Museum / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

09:00 - 22 March, 2016
Pachacamac Site Museum  / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos, © Juan Solano Ojasi
© Juan Solano Ojasi

© Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi © Juan Solano Ojasi +36

Infographic: 6 Exemplary Water Conservation Projects

08:00 - 22 March, 2016
Infographic: 6 Exemplary Water Conservation Projects, Courtesy of The Water Filter Men
Courtesy of The Water Filter Men

Today is World Water Day, established by the UN in 1993 to focus attention on global usage of freshwater and promote conservation of freshwater sources. To celebrate, check out this infographic created by The Water Filter Men. The infographic highlights everyday practices to conserve water and gives examples of architectural projects that have made water conservation a key imperative, including William McDonough's NASA Sustainability Base2011 ArchDaily Building of the Year winner Bilbao Arena by ACXT, and Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences, among others. Read on to see the infographic in full.

A Round-Up of Water-Based Projects for World Water Day 2016

06:00 - 22 March, 2016
A Round-Up of Water-Based Projects for World Water Day 2016

A year of controversies over water-related projects like Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge in London, or Frank Gehry’s LA River master plan in Los Angeles, can paint a fraught portrait of the relationship between design and one of our most precious resources. But in honor of World Water Day, we have rounded up some of the projects that represent the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O that have been featured on ArchDaily.

Architecture and water have a long history of intersection, from the aqueducts engineered by the Romans to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and the relationship holds new value in an age of climate change coupled with evolving modes of thinking about the relationship between humans and ecology. An ever-broadening understanding of the human need for water—from health and hygiene to recreation and wonder—has ensured that new ways to incorporate this classic element into vanguard designs has flourished. The following projects feature water in a variety of ways, from proximity to bodies of water, to designs literally shaped or formed by their relationship to moisture, to projects that are physically immersed in the liquid, and finally other projects which are only visions of a yet-unbuilt future.

Wineshop / Studio AAAN

05:00 - 22 March, 2016
Wineshop / Studio AAAN, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme

© Adriaan van der Ploeg © Adriaan van der Ploeg © Adriaan van der Ploeg © Sebastian van Damme +17

AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion at Expo '70 / Sverre Fehn

04:00 - 22 March, 2016
AD Classics: Nordic Pavilion at Expo '70 / Sverre Fehn, Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum
Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum

Though architectural history is replete with bricks, stones, and steel, there is no rule that states that architecture must be ‘solid’. Sverre Fehn, one of the most prominent architects of postwar Norway, regularly made use of heavy materials like concrete and stone masonry in his projects [1]. In this way, his proposal for the Nordic Pavilion at the Osaka World Expo in 1970 could be seen as an atypical exploration of a more delicate structure. Representing a very different aspect of ‘Modernity’ than his usual work, Fehn’s “breathing balloon” pavilion stands not only in contradiction to Fehn’s design canon, but to that of traditional architecture as a whole.

Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum Courtesy of Norwegian National Museum +10

Quiet House / ARTELABO architecture

03:00 - 22 March, 2016
Quiet House / ARTELABO architecture, © Marie-Caroline Lucat
© Marie-Caroline Lucat
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de Clermont L Hérault, 34725 Saint-André-de-Sangonis, France
  • Architect in Charge

    ARTELABO architecture
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat © Marie-Caroline Lucat +22

Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre / X Architects

02:00 - 22 March, 2016
Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre / X Architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sharjah - United Arab Emirates - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team

    Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Mirco Urban, Pariya Manafi, Dana Sheikh, Abdullah Bashir, Waleed Al Mezaini, Christian Geronimo, Brian Abarintos, Eyad Zarafeh, HaiderAl Kalamchi
  • Client

    EPAA, Environmental and Protected Area Authority
  • Area

    2534.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +18

8D House / DRTAN LM Architect

22:00 - 21 March, 2016
8D House / DRTAN LM Architect, © H.Lin Ho
© H.Lin Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© H.Lin Ho © H.Lin Ho © H.Lin Ho © H.Lin Ho +41

Shanghai Children's Art Theater Renovation / Wujie Rong

20:00 - 21 March, 2016
Shanghai Children's Art Theater Renovation / Wujie Rong, © Shao Feng
© Shao Feng
  • Architects

  • Location

    800 Miao Jiang Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng © Shao Feng +23

Bioclimatic and Biophilic Boarding House / Andyrahman Architect

19:00 - 21 March, 2016
Bioclimatic and Biophilic Boarding House / Andyrahman Architect, © Mansyur Hasan
© Mansyur Hasan

© Mansyur Hasan © Mansyur Hasan © Mansyur Hasan © Mansyur Hasan +23