Ham on Wheels / External Reference Architects

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Architects: External Reference Architects
Location: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, 8, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona,
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Lorenzo Patuzzo

The Architectural Lab: A History Of World Expos

The Universal Exposition of 1889. Image via Wikimedia Commons

have long been important in advancing architectural innovation and discourse. Many of our most beloved monuments were designed and constructed specifically for world’s fairs, only to remain as iconic fixtures in the that host them. But what is it about Expos that seem to create such lasting architectural landmarks, and is this still the case today? Throughout history, each new Expo offered architects an opportunity to present radical ideas and use these events as a creative laboratory for testing bold innovations in design and building technology. World’s fairs inevitably encourage competition, with every country striving to put their best foot forward at almost any cost. This carte blanche of sorts allows architects to eschew many of the programmatic constraints of everyday commissions and concentrate on expressing ideas in their purest form. Many masterworks such as Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion (better known as the Barcelona Pavilion) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition are so wholeheartedly devoted to their conceptual approach that they could only be possible in the context of an Exposition pavilion.

To celebrate the opening of Expo Milano 2015 tomorrow, we’ve rounded up a few of history’s most noteworthy World Expositions to take a closer look at their impact on architectural development.

Disfrutar Restaurant / El Equipo Creativo

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Architects: El Equipo Creativo
Location: Carrer de Villarroel, 163, 08036 Barcelona, Barcelona,
Project Area: 520.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

PIC Pavillion / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona,
Area: 90.0 sqm
Photographs: Sandra Pereznieto

2 Dwellings at Tamarit ST / Carles Enrich

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Architects: Carles Enrich
Location: Carrer de Tamarit, , , Spain
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Carles Enrich

Video: Rob Whitworth, Stunning Cities in Hyperlapse

Witness the urban life of five stunning metropolises through the lens of Rob Whitworth with these “Vimeo Staff Pick” hyperlapse . From the unexplored urban life of the North Korean capital Pyongyang to the towering skyline of Dubai, each video explores an incredible sequence of daily living in cities across the planet. See more, including video from Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, after the break.

Mynt Flagship Store / Dear Design

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Architects: Dear Design
Location: , ,
Art Director: Ignasi Llauradó
Design Team: Paulina Calcagno, Sebastián Pereyra
Client: Mynt
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Xavi Torrent

Apartment Refurbishment in Barcelona / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
Location: Nou Barris, , España
Architects In Charge: Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa, Xavier Morell
Area: 67.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Adrià Goula

P House / Artigas Arquitectes

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Architects: Artigas Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona, Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Albert Artigas, Ester Fortuny, Judit Onsès, Albert Ortiz
Area: 540.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Lluís Sans

Mountain Guest House / Dom Architecture

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Architects: Dom Architecture
Location: , ,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Serrano Elorduy
Interior Designer: Blanca Elorduy
Area: 65.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Dom Architecture

CP House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

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Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
Location: , ,
Project Architects: Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa y Xavier Morell
Project Area: 477.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid’s Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

Apartment Renovation in Eixample of Barcelona / Adrián Elizalde

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Architects: Adrián Elizalde
Location: Carrer de Provença, , , Spain
Construction: Forneas Guida
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Provença Apartment / NUG

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Architects: NUG
Ubicación: , ,
Architect In Charge: Amadeu Santacana, Umberto Viotto
Área: 143.0 m2
Año Proyecto: 2013
Fotografías: Andrés Flajszer

Office Dones del 36 / Zest Architecture

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Architects: Zest Architecture
Location: Plaça de les Dones del 36, 08012 Barcelona, Barcelona,
Design Team: Co Govers, Joana Ramalhete
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial

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Architects: Rafael Moneo, Antonio Puig, Josep Riu Architects, Lucho Marcial
Location: , ,
Architect In Charge: Roser Huguet (GCA), Josep Puig (GCA), Juan Velasco (GCA), Cristian Naudin
Photographs: Rafael Vargas

Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona / TBI Architecture & Engineering

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Architects: TBI Architecture & Engineering
Location: Ronda de Sant Pere, 32, 08010 , ,
Director Tbi: Miguel Jordá
Architecture: Stefan Richter
Design And Interior Design: Gregor Mertens
Area: 4600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Hevia Blach

Collective Housing in Baró Tower / MiAS Architectes

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Architects: MiAS Architectes
Location: , Spain
Project Area: 5000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula