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6 Radical Experiments in Social Housing Exhibited by the RIBA and V&A

11:00 - 15 November, 2018
6 Radical Experiments in Social Housing Exhibited by the RIBA and V&A, © Martin Charles RIBA Collections
© Martin Charles RIBA Collections

The RIBA and Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have joined forces to display six pioneering experiments in social housing from their archives. “A Home for All” features designs “from a tower block that up-ended the terraced street, to a DIY kit that encouraged residents to design their own homes.”

The six projects, all commissioned by public authorities, demonstrate both the crucial role played by the state in providing housing, and the role of the architect in creating high-quality housing through personal philosophy, new ideas, integration of best practice, and lessons from previous mistakes.

© Lasdun Archive RIBA Collections © RIBA Collections © Mary Duggan Architects © RIBA Collections + 8

Aarhus School of Architecture's Revolutionary Robotic Formwork Method Cuts Concrete Use by 70%

09:00 - 15 November, 2018
Aarhus School of Architecture's Revolutionary Robotic Formwork Method Cuts Concrete Use by 70%, Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics
Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics

The Aarhus School of Architecture working with Asbjørn Søndergaard of Odico Formwork Robotics, has unveiled a high-performance structure deployed using a revolutionary robotic manufacturing method. “Experiment R” seeks to disrupt current concrete manufacturing by cutting the cost of concrete formwork production by 50%.

The abrasive wire-cutting method can accelerate the production time of conventional formwork by a factor of 126, while reducing the amount of concrete used by up to 70%. Despite these impressive stats, the technology has been developed to preserve and enhance design freedom.

Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics Courtesy of Odico Formwork Robotics + 14

Clouds AO Unveils Floating Space Lab in Japan

05:00 - 15 November, 2018
Clouds AO Unveils Floating Space Lab in Japan, AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO
AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO

Clouds Architecture Office have revealed a new design for a space research lab that floats above a crater in Oita, Japan. Called AVATAR X LAB, the design was made for ANA Holdings Inc. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The lab aims to be part of ANA's AVATAR Vision, an endeavor to advance and pioneer real-world Avatar technologies, and JAXA's new research and development program J-SPARC. The lab was designed to advance understanding of space exploration and development.

AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB. Image Courtesy of Clouds AO AVATAR X LAB + 11

MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

13:00 - 14 November, 2018
MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow, RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.

RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 12

Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2018

11:00 - 14 November, 2018
Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2018, Intuit Marine Way Building / WRNS Studio + Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image © Jeremy Bittermann
Intuit Marine Way Building / WRNS Studio + Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image © Jeremy Bittermann

Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2018 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with 160 completed submissions calculated along three categories: business, sustainability, and design.

Topping the list this year was WRNS Studio, followed by Brooks + Scarpa, and William Rawn Associates. Below, we have republished the full list, along with links to their ArchDaily archive of work. Visit the official website here for more information on the methodology, details, and 2019 submission notes.

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10 Years Post-Recession, a Resilient Generation Makes Practice Work for Them

09:30 - 14 November, 2018
10 Years Post-Recession, a Resilient Generation Makes Practice Work for Them, Courtesy of Atelier Cho, via CommonEdge. ImageAtelier Cho Thompson designed the offices for Food Corps, a Portland, Oregon non-profit.
Courtesy of Atelier Cho, via CommonEdge. ImageAtelier Cho Thompson designed the offices for Food Corps, a Portland, Oregon non-profit.

This article was originally published on CommonEdge as "The Kids are Alright."

Economics and technology affect every profession. But since World War II perhaps no profession has experienced more technological change than architecture. These shifts occurred, paradoxically, within a well-established professional model of personal development: The guild structure of learning in the academy, then becoming professional via internship leading to licensure, has been the structure of practice for almost two centuries.

Once upon a time manual drafting with graphite or ink was applied by white males, and a single sheet master was reproduced with typed specifications added, and buildings were constructed.

That world no longer exists.  

Pavel Hnilicka Architekti to Transform Prague's Victory Square

09:00 - 14 November, 2018
Pavel Hnilicka Architekti to Transform Prague's Victory Square, © Pavel Hnilicka Architekti
© Pavel Hnilicka Architekti

Pavel Hnilicka Architekti is set to design Prague’s Victory Square, having been announced as winners of an international competition. Led by Pavel Hnilička, Eva Macáková, and Josef Filip, the winning scheme seeks to divert all existing traffic away from the square, transforming the space with a striking central monument.

The scheme sees the removal of tram tracks through the square, which will instead be relocated to the west side and Evropská Street. While traffic will be removed from the square, a new traffic plan will, in fact, accommodate more cars than the existing layout, while the center of the existing roundabout will become a “functioning space for universal use.”

© Pavel Hnilicka Architekti © Pavel Hnilicka Architekti © Pavel Hnilicka Architekti © Pavel Hnilicka Architekti + 10

GRAFT's Masterplan for Georgian Railway Headquarters Mimics the Natural Curve of a Railway Junction

05:00 - 14 November, 2018
GRAFT's Masterplan for Georgian Railway Headquarters Mimics the Natural Curve of a Railway Junction, Courtesy of GRAFT
Courtesy of GRAFT

GRAFT has developed a master plan for the Didube Chughureti District in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. The master plan for the business district attempts to provide its inhabitants with a healthy working environment by balancing scenic landscaping with the necessary amenities.

The overall complex consists of a pair of complimentary towers: the main tower, in particular, will house the head offices for the Georgian Railway Company. Elements of the façade reflect the railway. The facades, themselves, appear to divide in a similar way to a railway junction. At the base of the tower, the descending curve of the façade plateaus, creating a roof for the new open-air museum, which features locomotives from the Georgian Railway Company.

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.

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

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

A Library of 100 Downloadable Photoshop Textures

07:45 - 13 November, 2018
A Library of 100 Downloadable Photoshop Textures

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.

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

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

Coal Drops Yard Photographed Through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu

13:00 - 12 November, 2018
Coal Drops Yard Photographed Through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu, Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has released new images of Heatherwick Studio’s Coal Drops Yard in London’s King's Cross. Unveiled to the public last month, the project includes two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s brought together as a new shopping district. The design extends the inner gabled roofs of Victorian coal drops to link the two viaducts together around shopping and public space.

Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Coal Drops Yard. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 26

Bjarke Ingels' Burning Man ORB Captured through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu

11:00 - 12 November, 2018
Bjarke Ingels' Burning Man ORB Captured through the Lens of Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

One of the star attractions of 2018’s Burning Man Festival was the ORB, designed and overseen by Bjarke Ingels, Iacob Lange & Laurent de Carniere. The 1/500,000 scale sphere of the Earth’s surface was designed to conceptually reference earth and human expression, intending to leave no trace following its deflation.

The designers wanted the giant sphere to act as a guiding landmark for festival-goers, and set up an Indiegogo campaign back in July to raise the remaining funding for the installation. In total, the team invested 30 tons of steel, 1,000 welding and sewing hours, and $300,000 of their own funds to make the ORB a reality.

A Series of Rejected Plans That Would Have Transformed London

09:00 - 12 November, 2018
A Series of Rejected Plans That Would Have Transformed London, Westminster City Airport. Image © <a href='https://www.barratthomes.co.uk/new-homes/london/advice-and-inspiration/interactive/in-pictures-the-london-that-could-have-been/'>Barratt Homes</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Westminster City Airport. Image © Barratt Homes licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

London is one of the world’s most iconic and beloved cities, with a diverse blend of architectural styles spanning the centuries. Every year, 20 million tourists flock to the city in search of iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square.

But London could have been so different. Through time, a host of ambitious, crazy, and revolutionary plans were drawn up around the city, only to be consigned to an unbuilt history. To demonstrate this, Barratt Homes has unearthed plans for “some of the capital’s most ambitious construction projects that never saw the light of day.”

New York City Pop-up Celebrates 40 Years of Zaha Hadid's Design Innovations

05:00 - 12 November, 2018
New York City Pop-up Celebrates 40 Years of Zaha Hadid's Design Innovations, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

From city master plans to pocket-sized products, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have explored architectural formalism through innovative digital design methods. In 2006, the collaboration with furniture-makers and fashion houses led to the creation of Zaha Hadid Design that served both as an iterative process for and a resultant of ongoing architectural design.

A pop-up exhibition, located suitably on the ground floor of ZHA's renowned condominium along the High Line in New York City, features a scale model of the building itself on display. To honor and present the work produced by the firm in the last four decades, the Zaha Hadid Gallery showcases a series of projects in a wide range of mediums including the six 'Silver Models' that represent eight of the firm's key works.

© Luke Hayes Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Slamp © Kris Tamburello + 22

The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools

04:00 - 12 November, 2018
The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools, New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects
New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects

According to architect and academic Frank Locker, in architectural education, we keep repeating the same formula from the 20th-century: teachers transmitting a rigid and basic knowledge that gives students, no matter their motivation, interests, or abilities, little to no direction. In this way, says Locker, we are replicating, literally, prisons, with no room for an integral, flexible, and versatile education.

"What do you think of when you're in a space with closed doors and a hallway where you can't enter without permission or a bell that tells you when you can enter and leave?" asks Locker.

"March of the 100 thousand umbrellas," protest in the context of the student marches of 2011 in Chile. Image © Rafael Edwards [Flickr CC] Lucie Aubrac School / Laurens&Loustau Architectes. Image © Stéphane Chalmeau Kirkmichael Primary School / Holmes Miller. Image © Andrew Lee   Saunalahti School / VERSTAS Architects. Image © Tuomas Uusheimo + 9

Chicago Approves bKL Architecture’s Three-Tower Master Plan for Lakeshore East

08:00 - 11 November, 2018
Courtesy of bKL architecture
Courtesy of bKL architecture

Where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, a pivotal node in Chicago’s cityscape, bKL Architecture has designed three towers along the waterfront, which connect the natural elements of the landscape with the urban center and neighboring communities.

The urban development is located at a prominent junction utilized by both pedestrians and automobiles; the site’s new master plan separates the two, providing seamless integration between the active green space surrounding bLK’s three towers and the lakefront.

ZGF Reveals Google's New L.A. Office in Historic California Hangar

06:00 - 11 November, 2018
ZGF Reveals Google's New L.A. Office in Historic California Hangar, Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects
Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects

ZGF architects have completed Google's new L.A. office by transforming California's landmark Spruce Goose Hangar. Designed as a building-within-a-building, the project was built inside the seven-story, 750-foot-long historic wooden structure. The 450,000 SF, four-level design is sited between two existing Google properties, and the project aimed to unify the Playa Vista campus while bringing a new perspective to workplace through adaptive reuse.

Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects Google Spruce Goose Hangar. Image Courtesy of ZGF Architects + 5

Sara Göransson on Housing and the Future of Urban Infrastructure

12:00 - 10 November, 2018
Sara Göransson on Housing and the Future of Urban Infrastructure, Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau
Public park on top of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau

Swedish studio Urban Nouveau created a plan to save Stockholm's Gamla Lidingöbron bridge by transforming it into a linear park and housing. After launching a petition to save the bridge and re-purpose it, ArchDaily followed up with Sara Göransson, founding partner at Urban Nouveau, to ask her about her background and how the studio approaches social integration, housing and the future of urban infrastructure.

Connecting-Stockholm, a strategy for regional urban growth. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Sketch showing life inside the apartments of the Gamla Lidingöbron. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau Aerial photo of the Yerawada slum in Pune, India. Image Courtesy of Urban Nouveau + 7

This Week in Architecture: Master's Plans and Masterplans

07:00 - 10 November, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Master's Plans and Masterplans, Rendering of BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of BIG.
Rendering of BIG’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. Image Courtesy of BIG.

 

JP Morgan Chase announced this week that they had hired Foster + Partners to design their new global headquarters in New York. The project, located in midtown Manhattan, will replace the existing 1960s SOM design for the US investment bank.

This is not the first time Foster + Partners have been called in to handle a corporate headquarters project: the office is also responsible for the designs of the nearby Hearst Tower, Apple’s Campus in Silicon Valley, and the Stirling Prize-winning Bloomberg HQ in London.

ZHA's Design © Flying Architecture Philip Johnson on the cover of Time Magazine Bloomberg HQ. Image © Nigel Young Courtesy of Habitat Unit. Gruen designated highly specified uses of space in his plan for Tehran. + 7

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