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World Photo Day 2014

00:00 - 19 August, 2014

The role that photography plays in disseminating and even shaping architecture has long been under scrutiny, perhaps now more than ever as the effort required for anybody to snap a photo and share it worldwide has decreased to almost nothing.

With that in mind, we hoped to find out what it takes to create photos that really do justice to the architecture they depict. We asked architects to write a few words about the photographers they trust most to document their projects, and the response we got revealed not only architects' incredible gratitude toward their favorite photographers, but in many cases deep friendships and even collaborative relationships which drive both architect and photographer to greater heights.

Some of the photographers featured may be familiar to readers, such as Iwan Baan, Thomas Mayer or Roland Halbe; others may not. But what's certain is that without all of these talented photographers, architecture as we know it today - and this website - just wouldn't be the same. 

See all the World Photo Day Honorees here.

Al Jazeera's Rebel Architecture Series Premieres with Spain's "Guerrilla Architect"

01:00 - 19 August, 2014

Last night the first episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” was launched, featuring Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Based in Seville, Cirugeda reclaims abandoned urban spaces for the public, despite the fact that self-building is illegal in Spain. His buildings are often fast-build, mobile structures made from recycled materials, but the key is that they all serve a social function. In this 25-minute episode, Al Jazeera looks at his latest project: converting an abandoned cement factory into a vibrant cultural center. Will Cirugeda successfully complete his biggest challenge yet?

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and to learn more about the series and upcoming episodes...

World Photo Day: Iwan Baan by Steven Holl

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Iwan Baan by Steven Holl, Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao. Image © Iwan Baan
Museum of Ocean and Surf / Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabiao. Image © Iwan Baan

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked 15 architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Steven Holl writes on behalf of Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +5

World Photo Day: Sergio Pirrone by WMR Arquitectos

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Sergio Pirrone by WMR Arquitectos, Till House / WMR Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Pirrone
Till House / WMR Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Pirrone

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, WMR Arquitectos writes on behalf of Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +5

World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Patrick Bingham-Hall by Richard Hassell, School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
School of the Arts / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Richard Hassell of WOHA writes on behalf of Patrick Bingham-Hall. 

48 North Canal Road / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Nest House / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall +5

OZ House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
OZ House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Roque - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Arquitetos Responsáveis

    Andrade Morettin Arquitetos
  • Collaborators

    Ricardo Gusmão, Carlos Eduardo Miller, Fabio Ucella, Flora Fujii
  • Project Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
Florida Polytechnic Science, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava, © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava
© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava +6

World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Thomas Mayer by Emre Arolat, Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Emre Arolat writes on behalf of Thomas Mayer

Zollverein School, Essen, Germany, SANAA 2006. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Zorlu Center / Emre Arolat Architects + Tabanlıoğlu Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects. Image © Thomas Mayer +5

Blue Office Bochum / SSP SchürmannSpannel

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
Blue Office Bochum / SSP SchürmannSpannel, © Jörg Hempel Photodesign
© Jörg Hempel Photodesign

© Jörg Hempel Photodesign © Jörg Hempel Photodesign © Jörg Hempel Photodesign © Jörg Hempel Photodesign +9

Sefaira Announces Real-Time Daylight Visualisation Tool for AutoDesk Revit

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
Sefaira Announces Real-Time Daylight Visualisation Tool for AutoDesk Revit, Daylight Visualisation alongside BIM. Image Courtesy of Sefaira
Daylight Visualisation alongside BIM. Image Courtesy of Sefaira

Sefaira, one of the leading software designers for high-performance building design, have recently announced a new real-time daylight analysis and visualisation tool which runs within Autodesk Revit, one of the most commonly used Building Information Modelling (BIM) enabled (Windows native) design packages. Sefaira for Revit allows for early stage analysis, leading to "more informed design decisions based on multiple daylighting metrics."

Hotel Kazbeg / Goga Chxetia + Ia Chekheria + ROOMS

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
© Irakli Buishvili
© Irakli Buishvili
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stepantsminda, Georgia
  • Architect in Charge

    Goga Chxetia
  • Interior Design

    ROOMS - Nata Janberidze, Keti Toloraia (www.rooms.ge)
  • Area

    8200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Irakli Buishvili © Irakli Buishvili © Irakli Buishvili © Irakli Buishvili +22

CEMEX Launches XXIII Building Award

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
CAP House / Estudio MMX. Image © Robert Les
CAP House / Estudio MMX. Image © Robert Les

As part of ArchDaily's commitment to providing our users with the best, most complete coverage of the most relevant information in the architecture world, we have formed partnerships with important organizations--such as the Pritzker Foundation--in order to promote the best practices in the architecture. Now, we would like to share with you CEMEX’s Building Award, an annual competition that recognizes the best in construction, highlighting innovative design, building and construction techniques, across nine different categories. 

Past winners have included the Tadao Ando's Roberto Garza Sada CenterEstudio MMX’s CAP House, DVA Arhitekta’s House on Krk Island, and Paredes Pedrosa’s Public Library in Ceuta. The contest calls for entries of projects that were completed the previous year in Mexico and in 10 other countries where CEMEX operates. This year’s winners will be announced in November.

Read after the break for more information and a complete list of the competition’s categories…

Chovar House / Tidy Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
Chovar House / Tidy Arquitectos, © Marcelo Cáceres
© Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paul Harris 1409, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Albert Tidy , Ian Tidy
  • Project Area

    211.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photography

A New Architectural Style for the Age of the Individual

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
A New Architectural Style for the Age of the Individual, MVRDV's Silodam in Amsterdam. Image © Flickr CC User pnwbot
MVRDV's Silodam in Amsterdam. Image © Flickr CC User pnwbot

As modernist architects broke free from vernacular architecture and developed a homogenized international style, many created sterile spaces and places out of touch with the decorative warmth of historical forms of human inhabitation. Negative reactions to the brutality of Modernist spaces encouraged architectural movements such as post-modernism and deconstructivism, but these never managed to usurp the rational modernist box as a dominant architectural paradigm.

However, the intended machine-like precision of these buildings has often become unintentionally humanized over time, through the addition of curtains, coloring, or even through accidental breakage and imperfect repairs or alterations. I believe that building on the successes and failures of modernism has spawned a new and previously unclassified architectural style: Pixelism. Find out what this new phenomenon is after the break.

World Photo Day: Javier Callejas by Alberto Campo Baeza

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
World Photo Day: Javier Callejas by Alberto Campo Baeza, The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza. Image © Javier Callejas
The MA: Andalucia’s Museum of Memory / Alberto Campo Baeza. Image © Javier Callejas

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Alberto Campo Baeza writes on behalf of Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +5

Shukhov Radio Tower Saved by Moscow City Hall

00:00 - 19 August, 2014
Shukhov Radio Tower Saved by Moscow City Hall, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007
Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007

Moscow's Cultural Heritage Department has stepped in to save Vladimir Shukhov's historic 1922 Shabolovka Radio Tower, with a conservation order protecting its materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location. The news will be a relief to the many architects - including Tadao AndoElizabeth DillerRem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne  - who agreed with Norman Foster that the tower is "a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance", and signed a petition urging for the structure to be saved.

Thanks to the conservation order, the neglected building will have to be repaired, and Moscow City Hall now hopes to collaborate with Russia's national government to organize an open international competition the restoration and re-purposing of the 160m tower.

Read on after the break for more on the Shukhov Tower's proposed future

Tripoli Congress Center / Tabanlioglu Architects

01:00 - 19 August, 2014
Tripoli Congress Center / Tabanlioglu Architects, © Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden © Cemal Emden +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tripoli, Libya
  • Architectural Project Team

    Salih Yılgörür, Ali Çalışkan, Emre Özberk, Oktay Murat, Zeynep Eker, Merve Demirbaş, Elif Akçakaya, Salih Çıkman, Işıl Taşkın, Başak Uysal, Elif Selçuk, Zeynep Çorakçı
  • Architect in Charge

    Melkan Gürsel, Murat Tabanlıoğlu
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

House in Shatin Mid-Level / Millimeter Interior Design Limited

01:00 - 18 August, 2014
House in Shatin Mid-Level / Millimeter Interior Design Limited, Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited
Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited

Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Limited +22