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A Library of 100 Downloadable Photoshop Textures

07:45 - 13 November, 2018

Among the dozens of software programs exploited by architects today, Photoshop is one of the most universal, enduring, and valuable. The go-to tool for students and architects for image-based editing, collages, and rendering, the popularity of Photoshop has given rise to countless online tutorials, tips, and resources.

One of the most frustrating and time-consuming exercises in using Photoshop is the endless search for high-quality material textures. This demand has led to the creation of many dispersed online libraries, allowing users to download royalty-free, high-resolution textures for almost any material. One such site is Texture Palace, offering an extensive, Flickr-based library with high-quality concrete, timber, steel, and many other textures.

Below, we have collated some of the best textures from Texture Palace, creating an easy go-to resource as you create your next masterpiece. The site is steadily updated with new textures, so be sure to visit the official site here, and their Flickr page here. To access the full range of resolutions for each texture below, simply follow the link in the image caption.

Red Wall Café / B336 Design Group

21:00 - 13 November, 2018
© Eric Zhang
© Eric Zhang

© Eric Zhang © Eric Zhang © Eric Zhang © Eric Zhang + 39

Blinco Street House / Philip Stejskal Architecture

20:00 - 13 November, 2018
© Bo Wong
© Bo Wong

© Bo Wong © Bo Wong © Bo Wong © Bo Wong + 60

Shangjia Maker Space II / HUA Architects

19:00 - 13 November, 2018
Lobby. Image © Haiting Sun
Lobby. Image © Haiting Sun
  • Interiors Designers

    HUA Architects
  • Location

    No.1 Changkong Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Patent of Movable Multifunctional partition

    HUA Architects
  • Area

    2441.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Tailored Home / Lloyd Hartley Architects

17:00 - 13 November, 2018
The Tailored Home / Lloyd Hartley Architects, © David Straight
© David Straight

© David Straight © David Straight © David Straight © David Straight + 16

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Thai's Apartment / INÁ Arquitetura

16:00 - 13 November, 2018
Thai's Apartment / INÁ Arquitetura, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    9 de Julho, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Authors

    Júlio Beraldo, Marcos Mendes, Karen Evangelisti
  • Architect in Charge

    Júlio Beraldo
  • Team

    Júlio Beraldo, Marcos Mendes, Karen Evangelisti, Roberta Zatz, Ricardo Froes
  • Area

    90.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Sackett Hill House / Deborah Berke Partners

14:00 - 13 November, 2018
Sackett Hill House / Deborah Berke Partners, © Catherine Tighe
© Catherine Tighe

© Catherine Tighe © Michael Granacki © Michael Granacki © Catherine Tighe + 22

Amazon Selects Both New York City and Arlington for HQ2

13:00 - 13 November, 2018
Amazon Selects Both New York City and Arlington for HQ2, Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Amazon Seattle HQ. Image © Flickr user Joe Behr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Amazon has selected New York City and Arlington for it's next headquarters, set to become two of the biggest economic development projects in the United States. Instead of choosing one site, Amazon will spread over $5 billion in construction and investments across the two locations. The tech giant will house at least 25,000 employees in each city, and could receive more than $2 billion in tax incentives. The new announcement ends a 14-month competition among cities across the country.

espacioSOLO / estudio Herreros

12:00 - 13 November, 2018
espacioSOLO / estudio Herreros, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza de la Independencia, 5, 28001 Madrid, Spain
  • Author Architects

    estudio Herreros, Juan Herreros - Jens Richter
  • Area

    1300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The First "Maidan Tent" is Built to Aid Refugees in Greece

11:00 - 13 November, 2018
The First "Maidan Tent" is Built to Aid Refugees in Greece, © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

In an effort to aid the plight of refugees around the world fleeing war and persecution, two young architects in 2016 embarked on a project designed to improve the mental health of refugees in camps. Led by Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone and Leo Bettini Oberkalmsteiner, and supported by the UN International Organization for Migration, “Maidan Tent” allows refugees to benefit from indoor public space – a communal area to counteract the psychological trauma induced by war, persecution, and forced migration.

Two years on, the first tent has been installed at the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece, currently hosting more than 800 refugees. The camp which now hosts the inaugural Maidan Tent was also the subject site where the design team made eight visits to throughout the past two years.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti + 19

Sesc Avenida Paulista / Königsberger Vannucchi Arquitetos Associados

10:00 - 13 November, 2018
Sesc Avenida Paulista / Königsberger Vannucchi Arquitetos Associados, © Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi + 68

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Paulista, 119 - Paraíso, São Paulo - SP, 01311-903, Brazil
  • Author

    Gianfranco Vannucchi
  • Collaborators

    Vera L. Tusco, Karina Kohutek, Albert Sugai, Sandra Dellarole, Daniel Port, Isadora Citrin
  • Area

    128761.9 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Cynical Optimism of Living Architecture

09:30 - 13 November, 2018
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

© Edmund Sumner. ImageBalancing Barn / MVRDV Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher A House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragher Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture + 31

MAD Architects Begin Construction on Floating Kindergarten above Historic Beijing Courtyard

09:00 - 13 November, 2018
MAD Architects Begin Construction on Floating Kindergarten above Historic Beijing Courtyard, © SAN
© SAN

Construction has begun on MAD Architect’s “Courtyard Kindergarten” in Beijing. Located on the site of a traditional siheyuan courtyard dating from 1725, MAD’s proposal sees a new building inserted to protect the surroundings, and reinvigorate the existing buildings into use.

The courtyard will be surrounded by a “dynamic floating roof” offering a “multi-layered urban narrative, where old and new co-exist.” The rooftop element is envisioned as a “place full of magic – a playful escape for the children that is a symbol of freedom and endless imagination.”

© SAN © SAN © SAN © SAN + 27

Crematorium Siesegem / KAAN Architecten

08:17 - 13 November, 2018
Crematorium Siesegem / KAAN Architecten, © Sebastian van Damme
© Sebastian van Damme

© Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Sebastian van Damme © Simone Bossi + 64

In World's First 3-D Printed Home Community, Houses will be Built in a Day for $4000

07:30 - 13 November, 2018
In World's First 3-D Printed Home Community, Houses will be Built in a Day for $4000, Courtesy of ICON and New Story
Courtesy of ICON and New Story

Editor's Note: This story was originally published 27 March 2018. It was recently announced that ICON, the construction company leading the project, has successfully raised $9 million in seed funding for the project. A new video of the project is included below. 

Tech gets a bad rap for serving developed economies in the interest of money-making. It often takes a few cycles for the technologies that are truly helpful to reach the developing world, hence the unfortunate, slow-draining term called the “trickle effect.”

Courtesy of ICON and New Story Courtesy of ICON and New Story Courtesy of ICON and New Story Courtesy of ICON and New Story + 28

Vieira de Almeida & Associados Offices / PMC Arquitectos + Openbook Arquitectura

06:00 - 13 November, 2018
Vieira de Almeida & Associados Offices / PMC Arquitectos + Openbook Arquitectura, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 20

NLÉ Architects' MFS IIIx3 Prototype Launched in China Explores Ecological Intelligence

05:00 - 13 November, 2018
NLÉ Architects' MFS IIIx3 Prototype Launched in China Explores Ecological Intelligence , Courtesy of NLÉ Architects
Courtesy of NLÉ Architects

As part of a collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, the Cosmopolis #1.5: 'Enlarged Intelligence' exhibition features the developments of NLÉ Architects' Makoko Floating School. The Minjiang Floating System (MFS IIIx3), the fourth prototype and the third iteration of the prefabricated self-built system for water, investigates methods to counter the challenges posed by urbanization and climate change.

Earlier prototypes of the Makoko Floating School include the Waterfront Atlas (MFS II) launched in Venice, Italy and the Minne Floating School (MFS III) in Bruges, Belgium. The project, initially developed for the water in Lagos, is now usable in all these sites including the Jincheng Lake in Chengdu.

Courtesy of NLÉ Architects Courtesy of NLÉ Architects Courtesy of NLÉ Architects Courtesy of NLÉ Architects + 6

Europe's Largest Wooden Construction Revealed by Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC and OXO

03:30 - 13 November, 2018
Europe's Largest Wooden Construction Revealed by Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC and OXO, ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon
ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon

Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC Architectes, and OXO Architects reveal a design for Europe's largest wooden construction in Arcueil, France. Called Ecotone, the project is sited in the Coteau Area of southern Paris as a multi-use space set to link city and landscape. The design takes the form of two hybrid hills with trees and a large staircase containing several terraces and patios. Ecotone aims to rethink the future of sustainable cities and timber construction.

ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon ECOTONE. Image Courtesy of Triptyque, Duncan Lewis, PARC, OXO. Rendering by Luxigon + 13

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