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Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

00:00 - 26 September, 2014

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture - Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the "Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza" exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra's photographs after the break.

Mies. TV: Alternative Coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Mies. TV: Alternative Coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Mies. TV
Courtesy of Mies. TV

In June of this year seven architecture students came together to film the vernissage of the Venice Biennale. Undaunted by the unrelenting Venetian sun and the prospect of being faced by some of the world's greatest living architects and curators, the team - spanning four nationalities - spent three days feverishly talking to anyone and everyone (in between pasta and espresso breaks). Having built up a comprehensive picture of the opening days of the Biennale in a series of short, uninhibited filmed interviews, Mies. TV proudly presents their alternative, slightly shaky coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale.

Watch short interviews with the likes of Jacques Herzog (Herzog + de Meuron), Daniel Libeskind, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Sir Peter Cook (CRAB Studio), Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), Sam Jacob (FAT), and ArchDaily's very own Editor-in-Chief - David Basulto - after the break.

2014 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
2014 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners, Best Restaurant: Les Haras (France) / Jouin Manku
Best Restaurant: Les Haras (France) / Jouin Manku

The 2014 Restaurant & Bar Design Award winners have been announced! The award, now in its sixth cycle, is one of the most prestigious in hospitality. Projects from the UK to China and Australia have all been recognized as being some of the world's best designed restaurant and bars. See who was selected from 3000 international submissions, after the break.

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge, © Flickr CC User Andrew Zen
© Flickr CC User Andrew Zen

Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up - Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

"To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that," said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos, © Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
  • Project Area

    358.9 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

a+u 529: Recent Projects

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
a+u 529: Recent Projects, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

The October issue of a+u introduces 14 recent works from around the globe. In particular, the issue is focused on architecture that emerged from the relationship with the urban structures or the developmental history of the site. Over time, they influence and transform the surrounding environment. Architects employ diverse “tactics” in order to create such architecture: collaborating with the residents, relating to the neighboring buildings and open spaces, diversifying the building’s programs, and employing intricate construction details. In this issue, we focus our attention on the process of conceiving the projects driven by various tactics. We invite our readers to look beyond a single building and examine the works' possibilities to be used in a long span of time.

AR Issues: The Secret Lives of Buildings Beyond the Lure of Awards

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this post, we take a look at AR’s August 2014 issue, which examines the tension between the often idealised world of the architecture media and the messy complexity of real-world buildings. Here, AR Editor Catherine Slessor meditates on "the uneasy relationship between reductivist beauty contests and architecture’s nuanced narratives and complexities."

The recent announcement of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist has stoked up the usual feverish debate about what constitutes ‘good’ architecture and what should or shouldn’t win. But an awards scheme that can pit the Shard against the Everyman Theatre, thus perilously straddling an engorged spectrum of style, scale, client, context, user and urban contribution, is a fundamentally impossible proposition when you get down to it. One former editor of The Architects’ Journal despairingly remarked that judging the Stirling was like trying to compare a cookery book with a slim volume of poetry. Apart from both being printed on paper, they have nothing else in common. So do you plump for cookery or poetry?

Apartment in Rue de Lille / spamroom

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Apartment in Rue de Lille / spamroom, © Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo © Martin Argyroglo +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France
  • Collaborator

    LEAinvent
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture, © Justin Maconochie
© Justin Maconochie

© Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie +18

RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver. Image Courtesy of SFU
Downtown Vancouver. Image Courtesy of SFU

How will sea level rise affect Metro Vancouver and what can we do about it? Take a look at the #RISEIDEAS competition from SFU Public Square – an open ideas competition with a Grand Prize of $35,000 to find innovative ways to address sea level rise. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could take home the cash, rub shoulders with experts at the October 19 public exhibition day, and win free event tickets. The deadline for competition submissions is October 6, 2014. Check out the website for all the details.

Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Amunategui Building  / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos, Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos
Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Cortesía de Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos +31

Villa Kallioniemi / K2S Architects

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Villa Kallioniemi / K2S Architects, © Marko Huttunen
© Marko Huttunen

© Marko Huttunen © Marko Huttunen © Marko Huttunen © Marko Huttunen +9

"Tesseract" Explores Higher-Dimensional Geometry at Bordeaux's Semaine Digitale

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
© 1024 Architecture
© 1024 Architecture

As part of the Semaine Digitale, in October Bordaux will host 1024 Architecture's Tesseract, an installation inspired by the so called "four-dimensional cube." Created from no more than ordinary scaffolding, a translucent fabric skin and a series of electronically controlled lights, the installation plays with complex geometrical compositions, as the light beams rapidly create and deconstruct shapes within the outer 10 metre cubic frame.

More on the installation, and 1024 Architecture, after the break

© 1024 Architecture © 1024 Architecture © 1024 Architecture © 1024 Architecture +5

The Quota House / Pluskontoret Arkitekter

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
The Quota House / Pluskontoret Arkitekter, ©  Jesper Ray
© Jesper Ray
  • Architects

  • Location

    5800 Nyborg, Denmark
  • Developer

    Realdania Byg A/S
  • Engineer

    MOE
  • Contractor

    Murermestrene Thomas Hans
  • Anthropologist

    The Alexandra Institute
  • Knowledge partners

    Danish Building Research Institute (Aalborg University), Zense Technology
  • Area

    138.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Argul Weave / BINAA + Smart-Architecture

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

© Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer © Thomas Mayer +66

90 of Mankind’s Greatest Architectural Achievements

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
90 of Mankind’s Greatest Architectural Achievements, © Pop Chart Lab
© Pop Chart Lab

Hagia Sophia, Guggenheim Bilbao, and Burj Khalifa are amongst 90 structural feats in which Pop Chart Lab has deemed to be “mankind’s greatest architectural achievements since prehistory.” Each are hand-drafted and presented on this blueprint-style infographic to commemorate great architecture. 

Ernö Goldfinger's Balfron Tower to Open For Tours in October

00:00 - 25 September, 2014
Ernö Goldfinger's Balfron Tower to Open For Tours in October, © Flickr CC User Diamond Geezer
© Flickr CC User Diamond Geezer

The UK's National Trust has announced the 'pop-up' opening of a property in Ernö Goldfinger's famous Balfron Tower in London, offering public access to Flat 130 of the brutalist icon from the 1st to the 12th of October. Completed in 1967, the Balfron Tower was the first of Goldfinger's two distinctive London housing blocks (the other being Trellick Tower), and in 1968 Goldfinger himself lived for two months in Flat 130, to demonstrate the desirability of high-rise living.

More on the tours after the break

Leyva 506 / APT arquitectura para todos

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
Leyva 506 / APT arquitectura para todos, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Lilian Rebollo Uribe, Edgar Saúl Bahena Cruz
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs