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Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Seville Convention Center  / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba +28

Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Cedars-Sinai 360 Simulation Lab / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, © Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan +13

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Area

    23000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Westminster Academy / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, © Timothy Soar
© Timothy Soar

© Matt Chisnall © Matt Chisnall © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar +17

What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?, Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon
Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon

Contrary to popular belief, the most visible aspects of cities - new, shiny buildings and crowds of people - aren't really why people around the world are drawn to city life. Curious about the overwhelming trend toward global urbanization, design firm Sasaki surveyed 1,000 people in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Austin, San Francisco and Washington DC to discover the most beloved elements of cities. Finding differences across regions and between generations, this article on Fast Company explores the humble and often surprising reasons we adore city living. Read the full article for more.

Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties, © Kevin Pazik
© Kevin Pazik

Designed for a laneway inside the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, Flipping Properties tests the boundaries between architecture and furniture. The exhibition, created by Jiminez Lai and his team, Bureau Spectacular, unravels the traditional pentagonal shape of a house to create ‘super-furniture.’ Super-furniture is defined by Lai as “too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.” The large installation pieces are meant to encourage dialogue on unused urban spaces in Toronto, while creating a novel way to interact with those spaces. Despite their size, the pieces can be rearranged within the laneway, allowing for a variety of assemblages to be created.  Flipping Properties opened July 11th, and will be in place until September 14th in the laneway between Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street in Toronto. Admission is free to the public. See the full gallery of exhibition photos, after the break.

© Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik © Kevin Pazik +17

Infographic: What Do European Architects Actually Do?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Infographic: What Do European Architects Actually Do?, © OMA
© OMA

Though the professional practice of architecture can be broadly defined, we often just focus on the design work in relation to the completed building, leaving behind other areas in which architects find more opportunities. In this infographic created by OMA in preparation for the Monditalia exhibition at the Venice Biennale, we see how the professional activities are distributed among these sub-areas such as planning, landscape design, interior design and feasibility studies--a relationship which can also allow us to extrapolate the outcomes and products that emerge from these countries. 

Click the infographic to get a closer look and browse the projects we've published from the represented countries:

Light Cannon House / Carterwilliamson Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Light Cannon House  / Carterwilliamson Architects, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +13

SPIRAL / Be-Fun Design

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
SPIRAL / Be-Fun Design, © Hiroyuki Hirai
© Hiroyuki Hirai

© Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai © Hiroyuki Hirai +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Tsuyoshi Shindo
  • Area

    47.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Jeffry's House / Emily Mannion + Thomas O'Brien, Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien
Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien

Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien Courtesy of Emily Mannion + Thomas O Brien +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ards Forest Park, Ireland
  • Collaborators

    Ivor Kilpatrick, thatcher
  • Area

    18.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

First Job Hunt: Does Size Matter?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
Courtesy of Wikipedia User Mdd
Courtesy of Wikipedia User Mdd

Architecture students are constantly beset by questions concerning where they want to work, and for what type of firm - and these two questions often boil down to a decision concerning the size of the firm they want to work for. This article, originally posted on Arch Shortcuts thankfully makes this difficult choice a little easier. In it, blog Co-Founder Udit Goel reviews the pros and cons of big firms and small firms, including compensation, expected working hours, and responsibilities. Read the full article, after the break.

Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Brick Awards Shortlist Unveiled, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image © Dennis Gilbert

The Brick Development Association, representing the UK and Ireland, has unveiled its shortlist for the 2014 Brick Awards. The awards recognize excellence in design and construction using brick in 14 different categories.  Among the contenders are Zaha Hadid Architects' Serpentine Sackler Gallery , Universal Design Studio's Ace Hotel and Mecanoo's The Library of Birmingham. The winners will be announced on November 12.

See the full shortlist after the break:

Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo. Image © Christian Richters Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes 4 Views / AR Design Studio. Image Courtesy of AR Design Studio Ace Hotel London / Universal Design Studio. Image © Andrew Meredith +9

Puccio House / WMR Arquitectos

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Puccio House / WMR Arquitectos, © Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio, Courtesy of Borja García Studio
Courtesy of Borja García Studio

Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio Courtesy of Borja García Studio +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Catalans, 8, 46001 Valencia, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Borja García. Laura Ros
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Borja García Studio

Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International, Courtesy of Allied Architects International
Courtesy of Allied Architects International

Courtesy of Allied Architects International Courtesy of Allied Architects International Courtesy of Allied Architects International Courtesy of Allied Architects International +21

Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China'

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China' , Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai
Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai

When Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu arrived in Shanghai in 2000, working on a project for Michael Graves, they had no plans to stay. "Three months turned into six, then eight," said Neri of his first visit; fourteen years later, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office operates from Shanghai with more than 100 multi-disciplinary staff. The firm has developed a reputation for their original designs in a landscape dominated by duplicate architecture. In a recent article in The Star Online, Leong Siok Hui maps Neri & Hu's road to success, featuring their work on Design Collective and The Waterhouse at South Bund. Read more here

Office Off / heri&salli

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Office Off  / heri&salli, © Paul Ott
© Paul Ott

© Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott © Paul Ott +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgenland, Austria
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full"

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full", Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster

Wim Pijbes, director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, has declared in an open letter to the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that the Dutch capital is "dirty, filthy, and too full." Complaining primarily about the culture of short-stay accommodation, segways, scooters and canal cruisers in the historic heart of the city, he argues that "the charm and spirited character has long since faded." Amsterdam, an apparent magnet for those who enjoy an "anything-goes atmosphere," faces an uphill battle in order to remold a dwindling reputation.

BuildAChange Aims to Tackle Sanitation with Zero Project

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
BuildAChange Aims to Tackle Sanitation with Zero Project , Courtesy of BuildAChange
Courtesy of BuildAChange

Although the practice of architecture has historically done little to address the basic needs of those in the developing world, in recent years architects have gradually extended their reach into the realm of humanitarian work, as most notably exemplified by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. Despite these advances, one third of the world’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. This is astounding given the amount of resources and technology we have available to us in the 21st century, and it is a problem that architects have the opportunity to solve; some architects, including Julia King, have already begun to take on this challenge. It is also the focus of “Zero Project,” the first initiative of non-profit organization BuildAChange. Read about their proposal after the break.