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Frank Gehry Wins 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Frank Gehry Wins 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, Guggenheim Bilbao (1997). Image © Peter Knaup
Guggenheim Bilbao (1997). Image © Peter Knaup

Frank Gehry has been bestowed with Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. The Canadian-American architect was chosen as the award's 34th laureate “for the relevance and impact of his creations in numerous countries, via which he has defined and furthered architecture in the past half century.”

“His buildings are characterized by a virtuoso play of complex shapes, the use of unusual materials, such as titanium, and their technological innovation, which has also had an impact on other arts,” stated the jury.  “An example of this open, playful and organic style of architecture is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which, in addition to its architectural and aesthetic excellence, has had an enormous economic, social and urban impact on its surroundings as a whole.”

More information about Gehry's selection, after the break...

Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center, © Flickr CC User Joseph A.
© Flickr CC User Joseph A.

Paul Rudolph’s threatened Orange County Government Center has new hope. According to a report by Architectural Record, New York City architect Gene Kaufman has offered to purchase the building and transform it into artist studios, though under one condition: Kaufman’s practice Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman must be commissioned to design the city’s new government building adjacent to the brutalist landmark. This news comes a week after an 18-3 vote secured plans to restore a portion of Rudolph’s building and return it to its former use. 

IBA Student Centre / Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
IBA Student Centre / Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative, Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative
Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Karachi, Pakistan
  • Architect in Charge

    Syed Zayd Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi, Sarah Najmi Bilgrami
  • Project Architect

    Shabih Haider
  • Area

    34000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative

House S / HPSA

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
House S / HPSA, © Dietmar Hammerschmid
© Dietmar Hammerschmid

© Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid © Dietmar Hammerschmid +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vorderweißenbach, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher
  • Structural Engineer

    Heintzel, Steinbichl & Partner
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +40

Seaweed, Salt, Potatoes, & More: Seven Unusual Materials with Architectural Applications

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Seaweed, Salt, Potatoes, & More: Seven Unusual Materials with Architectural Applications, The “Saltygloo” project is an igloo made of printed translucent modular salt panels. Image © Matthew Millman
The “Saltygloo” project is an igloo made of printed translucent modular salt panels. Image © Matthew Millman

The following article is presented by ArchDaily Materials. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine, Lara Kristin Herndon and Derrick Mead explore seven innovative architectural materials and the designers behind them. Some materials are byproducts, some will help buildings breathe and one is making the leap from 3D printing to 4D printing.

When Arthur C. Clarke said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, he was speaking from the spectator’s point of view, not the magician’s. As our list of smart materials shows, technology solves difficult problems, but getting there requires more than just a wave of the magic wand. Each of the following projects looks past easy answers. Whether it’s a new way of looking at old problems, a new material that maximizes the efficiency of an old technique, or a new method to tap the potential of an abundant or underutilized resource, here are seven innovators who take technology out of the realm of science fiction.

One Month to Go! Join ArchDaily's #CountdownVenice2014

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
One Month to Go! Join ArchDaily's #CountdownVenice2014, Courtesy of Shutterstock.com
Courtesy of Shutterstock.com

With the highly anticipated Venice Biennale just over a month away, ArchDaily is gearing up for what promises to be an impressive architectural display. All of the national pavilions will be organized under one theme: Absorbing Modernity. The event will also include Fundamentals, a look back at some of architecture’s most basic components as a means of examining the history of design in the evolution of societies. All in all, Koolhaas’ conception is for a Biennale that is more "a vehicle for research than an exhibition."

With live, on-the-scene coverage on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts, ArchDaily will be giving you complete access to this year’s biennale events. We will also be crowdsourcing for content, finding out what our readers want to know from this year’s participants and curators. To get things started we will be sharing fun facts about the different countries, artists, and curators participating in the event. Starting today, May 7th, we will be uploading one fun fact per day and will be sharing whatever great content you bring to us!

Stay tuned to the #countdownvenice2014 hashtag and give us feedback, ideas, and suggestions for our coverage of #fundamentals. Let the countdown to #Venice2014 begin!

Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Design Team

    Kevin Daly, principal-in-charge, Tom Perkins, Project Manager, Kody Kellogg, Jason Pytko, Gretchen Stoecker, RA, Jared Ward, RA
  • Area

    33225.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe, Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul
Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul

A study conducted by Emporis, the international provider of building data, has revealed that Moscow is set to retain its title as the skyscraper capital of Europe. Already home to 4 of Europe's top 5 - including the Mercury City Tower, Europe's current tallest at 338m - Moscow is also home to 6 of the 10 tallest European Buildings under construction. Three of these buildings will also surpass the height of the Mercury City Tower.

However, despite having the greatest concentration of supertall buildings, Moscow is set to lose its crown for the tallest building in Europe to St Petersburg, with the 463m Lakhta Center due for completion in 2018. Also making the top 10 list with 3 buildings being constructed over 250m is Istanbul. You can see the full top 10 list after the break.

Skyland Towers, Istanbul. Image © Eroglu ST Towers, Moscow. Image © SPEECH architectural office Eurasia Tower, Moscow. Image © Swanke Hayden Connell Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul +9

Venice Biennale 2014: Japan Pavilion to Examine Radical Experiments of the 1970s

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Japan Pavilion to Examine Radical Experiments of the 1970s, Japan Pavilion Installation Image. Image © Keigo KOBAYASHI
Japan Pavilion Installation Image. Image © Keigo KOBAYASHI

The influence of Western civilization and the birth of modernization following World War II lead Japan to become the world’s second largest economy by 1968. With this came a host of problems, namely environmental pollution and the oil crisis, which triggered the reexamination of modernism in Japanese architecture and a series of radical experiments by young architects that inevitably lead to a new vision of the city. 

Highlighting the work of these young architects, as well as historians, urban observers, artists and magazines of the 1970s, Japan’s participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will spotlight the “independent, fundamentally innovative responses” that “unfolded a new fertile field of architecture” and revealed the “essential power” our profession has in the real world.

Pre-primary School / Asa studio

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Pre-primary School / Asa studio, Courtesy of Asa studio
Courtesy of Asa studio

Courtesy of Asa studio Courtesy of Asa studio Courtesy of Asa studio Courtesy of Asa studio +19

Jacobs and Moses' Famous Feud to Be Dramatized in Opera

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
Jacobs and Moses' Famous Feud to Be Dramatized in Opera, Courtesy of Fast Co-Design
Courtesy of Fast Co-Design

Yes, you read right - the 1960s urban planning battle between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses will be the central story line for a new opera. Although the premiere is a long way off, its creators promise to bring New York City and the drama to life through song and an elaborate, animated, three-dimensional set. To find out more about the developing project, head on over to Fast Co-Design

Far Pond / Bates Masi Architects

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Far Pond / Bates Masi Architects, Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects
Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Southampton, NY, USA
  • Landscape Design

    Bates Masi Architects
  • Area

    3100.0 ft2
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Griffith University G11 Library / ThomsonAdsett

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
© Angus Martin
© Angus Martin
  • Architects

  • Location

    University Drive, Southport QLD 4215, Australia
  • Client

    Griffith University
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Angus Martin © Angus Martin © Angus Martin © Angus Martin +17

@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo, Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram
Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram

We recently went to Tokyo during the Sakura to visit the city's incredible architecture: from Metabolist towers and the work of Pritzker laureates to the buildings of the new generation of Japanese architects. See the 27 photos we snapped after the break.

Also, leave your suggestions for our next Instatour in the comments below, and be sure to follow @ArchDaily on Instagram to travel with us through the world of architecture! Next destination: #Venice.

House 7x37 / CR2 Arquitetura

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
House 7x37 / CR2 Arquitetura, © Rafaela Netto
© Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brasil
  • Authors

    Cecilia Reichstul e Clara Reynaldo
  • Area

    185.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Rafaela Netto

Office Building ForTop / Arnoud Olie

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Office Building ForTop / Arnoud Olie, © René de Wit
© René de Wit

© René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit © René de Wit +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Grote Kranerweerd 53, 8064 PE Zwartsluis, The Netherlands
  • Contracter

    Bouwbedrijf Bovenhuis
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Parking Garage / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Parking Garage / Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters Courtesy of Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten +12