VIDEO: In Boston, Reclaiming the Craft of Brick

00:00 - 9 April, 2014

Our friends at Mecanoo have shared a fascinating mini-documentary exploring the complex brickwork on display in their latest project in Boston's Dudley Square, the Dudley Municipal Center (nearing completion).

Called "Boston Bricks with a Dutch Touch," this documentary features interviews with everyone involved in the project - from construction workers to architects - and focuses on the difficulty of using brick in this elaborate manner. Enjoy the video above and check out some fantastic images after the break.

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Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
Six Essential Materials & The Architects That Love Them

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of our US product catalog, ArchDaily Materials, we've coupled six iconic architects with what we deem to be their favourite or most frequently used material. From Oscar Neimeyer's sinuous use of concrete to Kengo Kuma's innovative use of wood, which materials define some of the world's best known architects?

Bricks Grown From Bacteria

00:00 - 1 February, 2014
Bricks Grown From Bacteria, Courtesy of bioMason
Courtesy of bioMason

A unique biotechnology start-up company have developed a method of growing bricks from nothing more than bacteria and naturally abundant materials. Having recently won first place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation ChallengebioMason has developed a method of growing materials by employing microorganisms. Arguing that the four traditional building materials - concrete, glass, steel and wood - both contain a significant level of embodied energy and heavily rely on limited natural resources, their answer is in high strength natural biological cements (such as coral) that can be used "without negative impacts to the surrounding environment."

Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona, © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba
© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba

"Bricktopia", by the architects of the international collective Map13, is the winning project in the "Build-it" Eme3 International Architecture Festival, held on June 27-30 in Barcelona. The pavilion can be visited throughout the summer at the square of the former spinning mill Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district.

This intervention sets a new square which can house different activities, both under the pavilion and around it. Public spaces for bathrooms, sun, bar and stage for enjoying the summer 2013. It is a brick domed structure that employs the traditional construction system of a partitioned vault (or "Catalan vault") computed with new digital tools for the structural optimization of the geometry.

More information and images below.

© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba +31

Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick

00:00 - 2 March, 2013
Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick, National Assembly Building of Bangladesh
National Assembly Building of Bangladesh

UPDATE: Unfortunately this video is no longer available. 

"Even a brick wants to be something." - Louis Kahn

In this jaunty little clip, Louis Kahn stresses the importance of honoring your materials to a group of students at the University of  Pennsylvania. 

RC House / Esc Arquitectos

20:00 - 12 December, 2012
© Patrick López Jaimes
© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: Esc Arquitectos Location: MTZ, Veracruz, México Design And Construction: Rafael Ojeda Núñez Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

© Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes © Patrick López Jaimes +23

John W. Olver Transit Center / Charles Rose Architects

12:00 - 13 October, 2012
© Peter Vanderwarker
© Peter Vanderwarker

Architects: Charles Rose Architects Location: Greenfield, MA, USA Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 24,000 sqm Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

© Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker +21

Center for High Performance Athletics in Jamor / Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

14:00 - 4 October, 2012
Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos
Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Architects: Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Location: Lisbon, Portugal Architect In Charge: João Silva Vieira Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos

Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos Courtesy of Espaço Cidade Arquitectos +31

Refurbishment of the West Tower in Huesca City Hall / ACXT

02:00 - 4 October, 2012
© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

Architects: ACXT Location: Huesca, Spain Design Team: Ana Morón Hernandez, Raimundo Bambó Naya, Pedro Lafuente Lles Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera +29

Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre / AFO with Architecture for Humanity

20:00 - 1 September, 2012
© Killian Doherty
© Killian Doherty

Architects: Architectural Field Office with Architecture for Humanity Location: Kimisagara, Kigali, Rwanda Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 200.0 sqm Photographs: Killian Doherty

© Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty © Killian Doherty +22

Städel Museum / Schneider + Schumacher

22:00 - 29 August, 2012
© Christoph Bonke
© Christoph Bonke

Architects: Schneider + Schumacher Location: Frankfurt, Germany Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 24,726 sqm Photographs: Norbert Miguletz, Christoph Bonke, Kirsten Bucher

© Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke © Christoph Bonke +22

Hotel Gent / Tazu Rous

18:00 - 7 August, 2012
© Dirk Pauwels
© Dirk Pauwels

Architects: Tazu Rous Location: Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein, Gent, Belgium Photographs: Dirk Pauwels

© Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels © Dirk Pauwels +32

Plinthos / mab architecture

12:00 - 6 February, 2011
Courtesy Christos Drazos
Courtesy Christos Drazos

Greek architects, mab architecture, have shared with us their interactive, multi sensory pavilion, Plinthos. Additional images, multiple videos and a description of this visually striking project after the break.

AD Round Up: Brick Houses Part II

18:30 - 12 January, 2010

Great brick houses from Europe and Australia make  today’s Round Up. Don’t forget to check the first part of our brick houses selection!

The University of Helsinki City Campus Library / Anttinen Oiva arkkitehdit

14:00 - 8 November, 2009

Architects: Anttinen Oiva Architects Location: Helsinki, Finland Project Manager: Vesa Oiva Collaborators: Jussi Kalliopuska, Selina Anttinen, Antti Lehto Building services consultant: Aila Puusaari, DI, Pˆyry Building Services Oy Construction-engineering consultant: Sami Lampinen, DI, WSP Finland Oy Library consultants: Irma Pasanen, office chief, Library of Helsinki University of Technology / Risto Maijala, library amanuense, Library of Helsinki University of Technology Client: University of Helsinki Project Area: 32,000 sqm Design year: 2008-2010 Construction year: 2010-2012 Images: Courtesy Anttinen Oiva Architects

ORDOS 100 #47: JSª

14:00 - 26 October, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: JSª / Javier Sánchez Project team: Aisha Ballesteros, Juan I. Reyes, Gerardo Fonseca, Juan Manuel Soler, Juan Pablo Victal, Laura Ivanschitz, Jair Navarrete Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #30: LTL Architects

14:00 - 26 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: LTL Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Marc Tsurumaki, Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, Kate Snider, Deric Mizokami, Laura Cheung Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox

ORDOS 100 #28: F451 Arquitectura

13:00 - 19 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: F451 Arquitectura Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China F451 Team: Santi Ibarra, Toni Montes, Lluis Ortega, Xavier Osarte & Esther Segura Engineering Consultant: AKT Landscape: Jerónimo Hagerman Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox