ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Comisaría Provincial De Albacete / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Comisaría Provincial De Albacete  / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

© Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Albacete, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño
  • Area

    5265.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

It's Time to Quit Architectural Competitions

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
It's Time to Quit Architectural Competitions, Brown is critical of OMA's entry for 425 Park Avenue, believing that the pressure of the competition meant it was lacking in OMA's usual sophistication. Image Courtesy of OMA
Brown is critical of OMA's entry for 425 Park Avenue, believing that the pressure of the competition meant it was lacking in OMA's usual sophistication. Image Courtesy of OMA

In an interesting article for the Architects' Newspaper, Marshall Brown explains why competitions are bad for architecture (both the business and design) and challenges his fellow architects to kick the habit. While competitions used to drive architectural innovation, he says they have become little more than "fantastic and relatively affordable publicity" for the developers who commission them, with competition masters such as BIG driving "an arms race of gigantic object-scape." You can read the full article here.

Boucicaut / MG-AU

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Boucicaut / MG-AU, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura +26

Holston River House / Sanders Pace Architecture

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Holston River House / Sanders Pace Architecture, © Bruce Cole Photography
© Bruce Cole Photography

© Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography © Bruce Cole Photography +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mascot, TN, United States
  • Design Team

    Brandon F. Pace, AIA LEED AP (Principal in Charge), Michael A. Davis LEED AP, Daniel A. Jones
  • Area

    3470.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

House in Palm Springs / o2 Architecture

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
House in Palm Springs / o2 Architecture, © Lance Gerber
© Lance Gerber

© Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber © Lance Gerber +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Jacinto, CA, United States
  • Builder

    D.W. Johnston Construction
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Latest Details Released on Koolhaas' Venice Biennale 2014 "Fundamentals"

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Latest Details Released on Koolhaas' Venice Biennale 2014 "Fundamentals", Elements of Architecture Stair - Models at the Friedrich Mielke Institute of Scalology. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Elements of Architecture Stair - Models at the Friedrich Mielke Institute of Scalology. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

UPDATE: In a press conference on Monday, Venice Biennale director Paolo Baratta and curator Rem Koolhaas expressed their commitment to using the event to highlight “things that architects can’t ignore.” These “Fundamentals” get back to the basic inventions of modernity, thus individual exhibitions will look to the “elementary particles of architecture.” Paying special attention to the developments of the past century, Baratta and Koolhaas hope that the event will serve as “a reference point and source of inspiration for architecture."

The Biennale website has posted new images and an expanded description of the Biennale and its events:

Fundamentals consists of three interlocking exhibitions – Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014Elements of Architectureand Monditalia – that together illuminate the past, present and future of our discipline. After several architecture Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will look at histories, attempt to reconstruct how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculate on its future."

Read on to learn more about architecture's most celebrated exhibition.

Monditalia – Corderie – Talks. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Monditalia – Corderie – Stages Axo. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Elements of Architecture Central Pavilion, Model in progress. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia Elements of Architecture Roof - Yingzhao Fashi recreation. © Rem Koolhaas. Image Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia +17

New Shelter in Ruavieja / Sergio Rojo

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
New Shelter in Ruavieja  / Sergio Rojo, © José Manuel Cutillas
© José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Ruavieja, 42, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain
  • Project Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    José Manuel Cutillas

Cobogó House / Ney Lima

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Cobogó House / Ney Lima, © Edgard Cesar
© Edgard Cesar

© Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Project Area

    120 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Venus Bay Beach House / MRTN Architects

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
Venus Bay Beach House  / MRTN Architects, © Nic Granleese
© Nic Granleese

© Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese © Nic Granleese +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Venus Bay VIC 3956, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Antony Martin
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

INFOGRAPHIC: Materials in Architecture (A History)

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: Materials in Architecture (A History)

In case you missed it, we're re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate AD Materials turning two three (months that is), we decided to dig a bit deeper into the materials we know and love. What's their history? When did they first come to use - and where? How? If you want to know more about the lives - past and present - of concrete, glass, steel, and more, check out our fantastic new infographic after the break!

Francisco Ramírez 43 / Alter Arquitectura

01:00 - 12 March, 2014
© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Onnis Luque © Luis Gordoa © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque +27

AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act, Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis
Image via "5 Things to Keep in Mind After Graduation by Nicholas Kreitler" (Click image to read). Image © Caro Wallis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA

Exhibition: Porto Poetic

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Exhibition: Porto Poetic

Porto Poetic, an exhibition covering the career and work of notable portuguese architects, started March 6 and will keep on going until April 13. The exhibition, which includes the work of Pritzker Prize winners Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, will show sketches, plans, models and photographs of their most important work. 

Winners of the 2014 Civic Trust Awards Announced

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Winners of the 2014 Civic Trust Awards Announced, Aalborg Waterfront / C.F. Møller Architects. Image © Jørgen True
Aalborg Waterfront / C.F. Møller Architects. Image © Jørgen True

The Civic Trust Award scheme, established in 1959 to recognise "outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment", has revealed their 2014 recipients. The thirty one projects, ranging from urban masterplans on the former London 2012 Olympics site to a waterfront landscaping project in Aalborg, have all been recognised for their "positive contribution to the local communities that they serve." See all of the recipients of the 2014 award here.

International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia

Cities in Asia HKG-SHA-SIN is a four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture. Taught with daily learning activities by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, this course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia's most vibrant contexts.

Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Nordic Pavilion to Study Architecture’s Role in East African Independence, FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones
FORMS OF FREEDOM. Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya. 1966–1973. Architect: Karl Henrik Nøstvik.. Image © David Keith Jones

The National Museum in Norway has been chosen to curate the Nordic Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, and architectural firm Space Group. The exhibition, “FORMS OF FREEDOM: African Independence and Nordic Models” will study modern Nordic architecture’s role in the liberation of East Africa during the 1960s and 70s. 

gmp Wins First Prize to Design Swiss Children's Hospital

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
gmp Wins First Prize to Design Swiss Children's Hospital, © JB Ferrari & Associés SA
© JB Ferrari & Associés SA

Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), with partners JB Ferrari, have won first prize in an international competition to design a new children’s emergency unit at the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland. The 85-bed hospital will feature a terraced inner courtyard with conservatory, which will serve as a protected outside play area, that offers ample natural light and space for plant-life. 

RAIC Honors Peter Busby with Gold Medal

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
RAIC Honors Peter Busby with Gold Medal, VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre / Perkins+Will
VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre / Perkins+Will

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has named Peter Busby the 2014 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the organization. Since founding his Vancouver practice in 1984, Busby has built a reputation for being a “powerful catalyst in the growth of the green architecture movement,” a pioneer in sustainability. In 2004, Busby merged his firm with Perkins+Will. He now serves as the Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office. More information on Busby and the award, here