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Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

06:00 - 16 October, 2017
Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

20 Amazing Images of Architecture as Seen from the Sky: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 24 September, 2017
20 Amazing Images of Architecture as Seen from the Sky: The Best Photos of the Week, © Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

This week we have prepared a special selection of 20 images of architecture as seen from the sky. This style of image, made possible by the emergence of drones, is increasingly used in architectural photography. It makes it possible to understand, in a single image, the totality of a project, and to see how the project interacts with the context in which it is immersed. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Hufton + Crow, Fernando Guerra, NAARO, and Jesús Granada.

© Takumi Ota © Steve Troes Fotodesign © Barbara Vetter, Vincent Heiland © Felipe Díaz Contardo + 20

20 Incredible Images of Architecture and Animals: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 10 September, 2017
20 Incredible Images of Architecture and Animals: The Best Photos of the Week, © BoysPlayNice
© BoysPlayNice

For the animal lovers among our audience, this week we have put together a special roundup of images of architecture alongside some marvelous critters. While not exactly a mainstay of architectural photography, proponents of the form like BoysPlayNice, Jesus Granada and Rafael Gamo have dared to include animal inhabitants in their architectural compositions. Read on to see a selection of 20 creative images where you will find horses, sheep, cows, goats, dogs, cats, and even elephants.

10 Projects That Feature Striking Steel Trusses

06:00 - 27 July, 2017
10 Projects That Feature Striking Steel Trusses

Understanding the structural aspects of architecture is an inherent task of the architect; sufficient structural knowledge allows designers to propose ideas such as large structural elements which offer an interesting response to a project's needs.

Steel trusses are an example of such a response, which demonstrate an ability to define spaces and structures that are truly complex and interesting.

Below is a list of 10 inspirational projects that use metal trusses as an essential element of design.

Los Sauces Public School / Gabriel Verd Arquitectos

09:00 - 17 June, 2017
© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 28

Proa House / GÓmez & GOrshkova

09:00 - 6 June, 2017
Proa House / GÓmez & GOrshkova, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 21

CID Center / NGNP arquitectos

05:00 - 3 May, 2017
CID Center / NGNP arquitectos, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ctra. Sevilla, 06810 Calamonte, Badajoz, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    José Antonio Plaza, Juan Carlos Herrera, Fernando Garrido
  • Area

    789.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Technical Architect

    Antonio Vallejo
  • Facility Design

    Estanislao Fernández
  • Structure

    María Luisa Lorenzo

13 Inspiring Architectural Projects for Bicycles

09:30 - 29 March, 2017

Nowadays bicycles are not only used for sports or as a recreational activity, as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their main means of transportation.

Architecture plays a fundamental role in promoting the use of bicycles, as a properly equipped city with safe bicycle lanes, plentiful bicycle parking spots, and open areas to ride freely will encourage people to use their cars much less.

Puma Energy Paraguay Headquarters / Ruiz Pardo – Nebreda

13:00 - 12 December, 2016
Puma Energy Paraguay Headquarters / Ruiz Pardo – Nebreda, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects

  • Location

    Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
  • Area

    1665.0 m2
  • Project Year


At 2016 Biennale Half-Point, We Celebrate Architects: "Spiral Travelers That Imagine Our Universe"

01:00 - 30 August, 2016

92 days into the 2016 Venice Biennale we have reached its exact midpoint, and the ArchDaily team, together with photographer Jesús Granada, bring you a video compilation from the opening days. With this video we want to thank the architects and talented teams that worked to produce invaluable exhibitions that were a joy to photograph and document. They showed patience, availability and attention to detail that made our job much easier. We also extend our thanks to architects in general—"viajeros en espiral que imaginan el universo" (spiral travelers that imagine our universe)—who inspire the work of all of us ArchDaily. 

PLAY-TIME apartments / SUMA

09:00 - 22 August, 2016
PLAY-TIME apartments / SUMA, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada Model + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle De Fernández Caro, 35, 28027 Madrid, España
  • Architects in Charge

    Elena Orte, Guillermo Sevillano
  • Architect Collaborators

    Bárbara Rodríguez, Luis Quintano, arquitecto
  • Internship

    Rita Álvarez-Tabío
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Video: Ascend the Ziggurat in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 27 June, 2016

In this film, Jesús Granada visits the Nordic Pavilion, “In Therapy”, at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The video presents a series of measured stills in 4K resolution which introduce the central installation of the exhibition—a stepped pyramid, or ziggurat—and its series of reflective "rooms without walls." The pavilion itself, which was completed in 1969, was designed by Sverre Fehn to partially reflect and concretize certain ideas about Nordic society and its architecture – including a sense of openness. This year, therefore, the pavilion has been orchestrated as an extension of the public space of the Giardini.

Video: Living with History in the Russian Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale

15:30 - 21 June, 2016

In his latest video, Jesús Granada visits the Russian Pavilion, “VDNh”, at the 2016 Venice Biennale. In the clip, viewers are introduced to the pavilion’s curator, Sergey Kuznetsov, who explains that “VDNh” is an acronym for a large area of Moscow known as Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva or Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy. Kuznetsov describes the territory as “[an] advertisement for the Soviet Union lifestyle…[meant] to meld lots of people and one nation."

Video: Take a Dip in the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 16 June, 2016

In his latest video, Jesús Granada visits ‘The Pool,’ inside Australia’s Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Curated by Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland & Michelle Tabet of Aileen Sage Architects, the exhibition explores the architectural typology of the swimming pool and its place in Australian culture.

Visitors to the pavilion can hear eight narrators tell stories about pools, considering topics such as fulfillment and accomplishment, segregation and inclusion, and learning from the past and reflecting for the future, all the while awash in the self-reflexive setting of a newly-built natatorium.

Video: Inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 14 June, 2016

In this video, Jesús Granada takes us inside the Austrian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition, titled Orte Für Menschen (Places for People), focuses on the creation of innovative housing solutions required to handle Austria’s current refugee crisis. The pavilion displays three projects currently underway in Vienna, where three architect teams have been paired with NGOs to convert abandoned buildings into temporary accommodation for asylum seekers, and later, into long-term residences.

Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarters / Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda

09:00 - 11 June, 2016
Puma Energy El Salvador Headquarters / Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Km. 9 ½, Carretera Panamericana, Santa Tecla, La Libertad, CP 1501, El Salvador
  • Arquitecto autor

    Marcelo Ruiz Pardo
  • Area

    1575.0 m2
  • Photography

From Chile to the World: Reporting From the Venice Biennale 2016

06:00 - 10 June, 2016
Grupo Talca. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Grupo Talca. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

In early March, at the Presidential Palace in Chile, a never before seen event took place for Chilean architecture. Architects, government officials as well as the media gathered for the first Venice Biennale press conference to be held in Spanish.

As the first South American selected to curate the Biennale, Alejandro Aravena was excited as he delivered the latest news on “Reporting from the Front,” the XV International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which opened its doors to the public on May 28:

“The Biennale, the invited architects, as well as the curators, did not intend to do anything other than open a debate in which architecture can be used to improve quality of life through the sharing of knowledge. This debate holds more significance since we are speaking at the Presidential Palace because it conveys the message that these issues are important. Thank you so much for the opportunity and the chance to be here.”

The President’s presence at an event like this is a symbol that consolidates a chapter of progress and achievements in Chilean architecture. In the last two decades, Chilean architecture has positioned itself in the world as a force to be recognized, and Chilean architects are now obtaining international recognition, which would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

Interview with the Curators of the Golden Lion Awarded Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:45 - 8 June, 2016

This video is part of a partnership between ArchDaily and the Spanish photographer Jesús Granada. Granada's stock images of the Biennale can be obtained on his website, here. ArchDaily’s complete coverage of the 2016 Biennale can be found, here; with coverage focused on the Spanish Pavilionhere.

In an interview conducted by Jesús Granada, the curators of this year’s Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns, discuss their reasoning and intentions for the Golden Lion awarded national pavilion’s design. Titled “Unfinished,” Quintáns describes the project’s influence as “the detection of reality that we show only through photography, of what happened (in Spain) after the housing bubble, first the real estate boom and then the crisis, and how we can offer solutions thanks to the many talented architects of the many projects which have been realized in Spain and have been partially obscured.” The pavilion answers Director Alejandro Aravena’s call for national pavilions that identify domestic responses to architectural dilemmas that could be the solutions for other places facing similar issues.