ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwide

the world's most visited architecture website

Pearl River Beer Factory Landscape / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architect: Atelier cnS
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Lopez Island Cabin / Stuart Silk Architects

Courtesy of Stuart Silk Architects Courtesy of Stuart Silk Architects Courtesy of Stuart Silk Architects Courtesy of Stuart Silk Architects

New PBS Architecture Series Features 'Cool Spaces!'

In an age where almost every conceivable subject has spawned its own reality series - be it Dancing On Ice or Hillbilly-Hand-Fishing - PBS's new show, Cool Spaces!, aims to stimulate the public's curiosity by engaging us in the story behind some of North America's most interesting public buildings. The AIA sponsored show, which is hosted by Boston-based architect Stephen Chungdeparts from usual architecture-related television shows, which tend to focus on makeovers of private homes. Not only will this show look at public buildings, but it will also examine the people who's lives it has affected, the places that have shaped it, and the mind of the architect who brought all of these things together to design it.

Read more about the series and see a sneak preview after the break...

Private House in Viseu / Bau.Uau Arquitectura

  • Architects: Bau.Uau Arquitectura
  • Location: Viseu, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge: Cristina Emília Silva, Alberto Montoya
  • Contractor: ALP CONSTRUÇÕES
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio

© Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio © Ivo Tavares Studio

Video: Maracanã's Face Lift, Raising the Roof

Datacenter AM3 / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area: 17800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

The Indicator: Architecture’s 1979

The forthcoming Pacific Standard Time exhibition, A CONFEDERACY OF HERETICS: THE ARCHITECTURE GALLERY, VENICE, 1979, which runs from March 29 – July 7, 2013 at SCI-Arc, would like us to believe that there are “pivotal moments” in the architectural zeitgeist—that there are zeitgeists at all might even be worth questioning.

Pivotal moments are constructed after the fact. Zeitgeists are consumed by invested audiences and forced upon the non-cognoscenti as evidence. What we are talking about are discourses. Los Angeles, 1979 is one of architecture’s minor discourses, a pulse that warped the major discourse into something else, the anti-. By saying it is minor does not undermine its cultural significance.

MVRDV's Book Mountain Wins Prestigious Red Dot Design Award

MVRDV’s “mountain of books” in the center of Spijkenisse’s town market square has just been announced as winner of the internationally acclaimed red dot design award for “high quality design” in the Architecture and Urban Design category. The jury selected MVRDV’s Book Mountain from 4,662 entries submitted from 54 countries, lauding the project for its “highly refined detail”.

More information on the building after the break...

Lycée Régional René Goscinny / José Morales & Rémy Marciano

  • Architects: José Morales, Rémy Marciano
  • Location: Alpes, Maritimes
  • Architects in Charge: José Morales, Rémy Marciano
  • Assistant Architects: Mathieu Barbier-Bouvet, Jean-Luc Fugier
  • Area: 9200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault

'Richard Meier - Architecture and Design' Retrospective Exhibition

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Richard Meier’s architecture career, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, in collaboration with the Fondazione Bisazza from Italy, are presenting the first Richard Meier Retrospective in Europe, titled 'Richard Meier - Architecture and Design'. Taking place May 8-July 28, the new exhibition will be a retrospective of the American architect’s iconic work and the unveiling of a site-specific installation for the Foundation’s permanent collection. Meier’s oeuvre is a reflection of the continuous search and analysis of concepts perfected over more than half a century of constant work in the field of architecture and design. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Living on Kunstcampus Winning Proposal / Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten

Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten was recently announced as the first prize winner for their proposal in the Living on Kunstcampus competition. Situated in the heart of Berlin, on the estate of the Hamburger Bahnhof, a new quarter will be created there, including the dominant urban planning element called the “Kunstkubus”. A lengthy building with a faceted surface gives the residential area its own urban planning presence. All apartments radiate spaciousness, and can be freely partitioned and enter into a relationship with the city through large loggias, or so-called “green rooms”. More images and architects' description after the break.

Competence Centre Glastroesch / becker architekten

Courtesy of becker architekten Courtesy of becker architekten Courtesy of becker architekten Courtesy of becker architekten

Video: 75 Years of Mies van der Rohe and His Chicago School

When emigrating from Germany in 1938 to head Chicago’s Armour Institute, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was challenged with two tasks: first reform the schools curriculum to his “back-to-basics” approach and then develop plans for a newly expanded 120-acre campus for the creation of Illinois Institute of Technology, a product of the Armour Institute and Lewis Institute merger. Mies was able to exceed both challenges and the outcomes have had a lasting influence on Chicago and modernism for the past 75 years. In celebration of this legacy and Mies’ 127th birthday, IIT was complied this comprehensive video that features Mies’ contribution to the modern landscape of their campus and city. 

University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
  • Project team: Rob Goodwin, Design Principal, NYO; Tony Caputo, Project Designer, NYO;Gary Shaw, Managing Principal, BOS; Andy Goetze, Project Architect, BOS; Madaline Hale, Interior Designer,BOS.
  • Collaborators: BR+A, Mechanical Engineers; LeMessurier, Structural Engineers; Mik-Young Kim, Landscape Designers
  • Area: 133510.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

  • Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Location: 24 Kempton Rise, Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen BB1 1RT, UK
  • Architect in Charge: Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Contractor: Balfour Beatty
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
  • Structural Engineer: Ramboll
  • Services Engineer: Hoare Lea
  • Landscape Designer: Farrer Huxley Associates
  • Area: 8673.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andy Haslam

© Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam

Living Knot / Polymur

  • Architects: Polymur
  • Location: Gangneung, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Homin Kim, Chris YooHeekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Suki Kwon, Chawon Go
  • Design Team: Suki Kwon, Heekyung Mun, Sangki Lee, Wonil Kim, Chawon Go
  • Area: 16101.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin

UK's Young Architect of the Year Awards Invites European Entries

European architects can now compete in the UK’s prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA). Now in its 16th year, YAYA is the only prize that recognizes the UK’s most promising new architectural practice and is a crucial means of allowing new practices to emerge. 

AD Interviews: Ricky Burdett

"The architect has to continue doing what he or she has done for the last 5,000 years, which is to make objects of great beauty, which uplift the spirits of whoever commissions them or occupies them or sees them. But, increasingly, [the architect] has to take on two other things, which is: to make things in such a way that they are part of an environmental whole; but also to be much more conscious of what the social impacts are of the decisions the architect may make. [...] The architect, unless they want to wipe themselves out and become aesthetes, has to deal with these big issues." - Ricky Burdett

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, there lies an important question ahead of us. There can be no doubt that cities will grow, but how can we make sure that they grow sustainably and - what's more - equitably? 

To get to the bottom of these important questions, we spoke with Ricky Burdett, a professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics (where he directs the program LSE Cities), the author of The Endless Cityand one of the world's leading experts in urban planning. Not only was he the Chief Advisor of Architecture and Urbanism at the London 2012 Olympics, but he is also a founder of the Urban Age Project, an interdisciplinary investigation into the future of cities. We caught up with Burdett while he was in Chile, invited by CREO Antofagasta to advise on the development of Chile's sprawled-out city of Antofagasta. 

Burdett had so much to share about his varied experiences that we've decided to split this AD Interview into two. Part I (above) covers Burdett's conception of what architecture is/should be; the London Olympics; and his strong opinion on the state of architecture in England today. 

The second part of this interview, which you can see after the break, explores Burdett's work studying urban environments - including the Urban Age project; the secrets to sustainable, equitable growth (for more on Burdett's take on this, read Jared Green's article "The Rise of the Endless City"); and how architects and policy makers must work together if we are to design cities that serve the greater social and environmental good.