Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio

Inspired by a reaction to the tsunami, the proposal for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center is symbolically and practically rising above the streams. Designed by CRAB…, the studio of Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, the building

Cemetery and Wake Room / Schneider & Lengauer

© Kurt Hoerbst

Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: Hopfgarten in Defereggen, East Tyrol,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst

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data retrieved from - Courtesy of Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli

Wood Dimensional Changes / Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli

Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli… developed an interdisciplinary work between wooden architecture and information design through their research on wood dimensional changes. Known by many, especially in the field of architecture, construction, and design, most of the challenges of utilizing

Escaravox / Andres Jaque Architects

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Architects: Andres Jaque Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Ruggero Agnolutto, Fernando Arocha, Ángela Bailén, Almudena Basabe, Elisa Bua, Álvaro Carrillo, Catalina Corredor, Roberto González García, Michal Just, Jorge López Conde, Marco Marcelletti, Paola Pardo, Khristian Serena, Patrycja Stal, Dagmar Stéeova, Silvie Talackova
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

House of Water / Molter-Linnemann Architects

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Architects: Molter-Linnemann Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of Molter-Linnemann Architekten, Michael Heinrich, Christian Koehler

Louis Kahn retrospective premiers tomorrow in Rotterdam

Indian Institute of Management /  © Dave Morris

Architecture Institute (NAI) will host the exhibition Louis Kahn, The Power of Architecture from September 8 to January 6, 2012. Louis Kahn is known to be one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and has inspired generations with his masterful use of space, light and material.

Among Kahn’s major works are the Salk Institute (California), the Kimbell Art Museum (Texas), the Indian Institute of Management (India), and the Assembly Buildings for the Bangladeshi Parliament (Bangladesh). He designed these projects in the 1950s and 1960s at a time when the conviction of architects that their mission was to improve society was enormous. Kahn’s influence can be seen in the work of important architects such as Aldo Rossi, Robert Venturi, James Stirling, Mario Botta and Tadao Ando.

The exhibition will feature drawings, sketches, photographs, watercolors, film material and scale models by Kahn in an effort to show a broad public how important architecture can be for society. Fine more information on the exhibition here.

Beach Walk House / SPG Architects

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Architects: SPG Architects
Location: Fire Island, New York, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jimi Billingsley & Daniel Levin

Future Practice: Conversation from the Edge of Architecture / Rory Hyde

Designers around the world are carving out opportunities for new kinds of engagement, new kinds of collaboration, new kinds of design outcomes, and new kinds of practice; overturning the inherited assumptions of the design professions. Seventeen conversations with practitioners from the fields of architecture, policy, activism, design, education, research, history, community engagement and more, each representing an emergent role for designers to occupy. Whether the “civic entrepreneur,” the “double agent,” or the “strategic designer,” this book offers a diverse spectrum of approaches to design, each offering a potential future for architectural practice.

Oakville Residence / Guido Costantino

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Architects: Guido Costantino
Location: , Canada
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Domenica Rodà

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Courtesy of Build Our Nation
Courtesy of Build Our Nation

Venice Biennale 2012: Taifa Letu Tujenge / Build Our Nation

The student led humanitarian initiative ‘Build Our Nation…’ has begun a two-week workshop as part of the Biennale Sessions 13th International Architecture Exhibition. Through workshops and events students are collaborating to explore and experiment with ideas, discuss and

Skate Park House / LEVEL Architects

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Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: -to, Shibuya-ku, Sendagaya, Japan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kojima Junji

National Maritime Museum / Dok Architecten

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Architect: Dok Architecten: Liesbeth van der Pol, Jan Jaap Roeten, Sonja Müller, Ellen Wolse, Christina Patz, Mirthe Kooy, Ieke Koning
Location: , The Netherlands
Programme: Museum, Library, Restaurant and Retail Facilities
Client:  Rijksgebouwendienst, Haarlem
Construction Costs:  €28.000.000 miljoen
Dome Design and Construction: Ney & Partners, Brussels (BE): , Eric Bodarwé, Kenny Verbeeck and others 
Start Design: 2005
Completion: 2011 

Azahar Headquarters / OAB

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Architects: OAB
Location: Castellón,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Núria Ayala
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Alejo Bagué

Video: Aamu Song & Johan Olin, The Helsinki Series

After the raging success of the REDDRESS exhibit at The London Design Festival in 2011, Aamu Song and have spent the past year traveling through Russia and working on several new projects. This summer they’ve also given birth to Salaukkapa or ”Secret Shop’, a mini retail point near the Helsinki harbour selling some signature COMPANY items. Song and Olin swear by localism in design. From woven slippers to wooden puppets representing the varied Finnish fauna, all products are made by locals who continue to practice traditional techniques. And when they are not traveling through Russia or Europe, the design duo love to pick and cook mushrooms in the middle of the Finnish forests, a must for every visitor of ‘the land of one thousand lakes’.

Taking the Long Road

Construction at Milstein Hall

In an article published by the New York Times, Philip Nobel laments the time taken to construct architecture.  As architects, we have the passion to shape space and craft environments.  For most, that translates into physically constructing such visions, but the path from drawing board (or computer screen) to realization is often times a long and arduous path.

In the past few years, such difficult financial times have challenged architects to fight for their buildings; namely, asking the designer to find ways to make the buildings work – whether with a changed material palette, smaller footprint, or shortened height.  Yet, apart from finances, we’ve also reported dozens of projects which narrowly clear other obstacles, such as attaining community consent.  And, of course, we have seen scores of great awarded competition proposals that do not incur the same luck, and slowly dwindle to non-existence.

One of our favorite parts of ArchDaily is our InProgress section, where we keep track of the progression of the original architectural vision through actuality.  After the break, we share a few projects that haven’t had the most direct route through completion.  Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on which project you’ve been waiting to see complete.

Architects: Has the iPhone Changed Your Life?

Apple iPhone 4S

It’s official. The iPhone 5 will be unveiled on September 12th. While we all anxiously await to find out what it will be like (rumors include a longer screen, two tone color, and redesigned earbuds) - we at ArchDaily are wondering what it will mean for Architects around the world.

So let’s look back for a moment. Obviously, smartphone devices like the iPhone have completely changed the way we interact with our world as human beings. But what about as Architects? Has the iPhone changed the way you work? How you find inspiration, collect information, even sketch? Which Apps, non-existent a few years ago, have now become indispensable to your work?

Let us know how the iPhone has changed your Architectural life in the comments below. Next week, we’ll crowdsource your answers and assemble them in a Top 10 List: 10 Ways the iPhone Changed Our World.


Indimmo Roeselare Office / BURO II & Archi+I

© DSP Fotostudio

Architects: BURO II & Archi+I
Location: Roeselare,
Design Team: Bart Decloedt, Katty Ghekiere
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: DSP Fotostudio

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Architecture Biennale Venice 2012: Questions without answers

Presentation of The EU City manifesto by The Why Factory

Text and photographs: Jaakko van ‘t Spijker

As opposed to what certain critics and commentators have suggested about the opening week, they actually were there, the exhibitors with sociopolitical engagement asking relevant questions, at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale opening. What was lacking, however, were outspoken conclusions; the risky and exciting part of taking position after having made interesting observations. Where were the architectural mavericks, the polemical daredevils and provocateurs, to stir up and the debate and bring it further? It was in the Japanese pavilion that questions were asked as well as answered.