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"Unbuilding Walls": German Pavilion at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale to Probe Architecture of Division and Integration

07:00 - 9 February, 2018
"Unbuilding Walls": German Pavilion at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale to Probe Architecture of Division and Integration, Checkpoint Charlie, photo: Friedhelm Denkeler
Checkpoint Charlie, photo: Friedhelm Denkeler

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the proposal for the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition 2018 La Biennale di Venezia. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. 

For 28 years, Germany has been united – exactly as long as the Berlin Wall existed (1961–1989). On the occasion of this parallel, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler are curating the exhibition “Unbuilding Walls” at the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

1 in 7 Women in Architecture Have Experienced Sexual Harassment in Past 12 Months, Reports AJ

12:00 - 8 February, 2018
Courtesy of The Architects' Journal
Courtesy of The Architects' Journal

Around 1 in 7 women in UK architecture practices has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past year alone, according to the results of the annual Women in Architecture survey conducted by The Architects' Journal. The poll of nearly 1,500 architects also found that more than half of women have experienced some form of discrimination ranging from bullying to workplace rules that leave them disadvantaged in the same period. The AJ's survey, which in previous years has largely focused on issues such as pay disparity between men and women, focuses this year more broadly on gender discrimination and sexual harassment—a response to the global shift in awareness organized around movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo Selected to Design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

08:30 - 8 February, 2018
Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo Selected to Design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, Interior render. Image © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera
Interior render. Image © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera

London's Serpentine Gallery has announced Mexican architect Frida Escobedo as the designer for the 2018 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park. Escobedo, known for her work in activating public spaces, will be the youngest architect to have participated in the Serpentine Pavilion program since it began in 2000. Her design features an enclosed courtyard created by two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. With its interplay of light and water, the design is intended to evoke the sensation of Mexican domestic architecture, while using British materials and containing references to its London context.

Cable Connections Fail on Bridge in Dallas After City Officials Ignored Santiago Calatrava's Requests for Proper Testing

06:00 - 8 February, 2018

The office of Santiago Calatrava, known for their incredible feats of architecture and engineering, has come under scrutiny for the failures of three cable connectors on their Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, Texas, which has been delayed in opening due to the failures that occurred in Spring of 2016. However, while the office has taken heat for the malfunction, as the Dallas Observer reported, a newly released set of documents show that Calatrava’s team tried to insist on testing the strength of the cables, even going so far as offering to loan money for these tests, but these offers were declined by the city.

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

Frank Gehry to Design New London Headquarters for Facebook, Sources Say

14:00 - 7 February, 2018
Frank Gehry to Design New London Headquarters for Facebook, Sources Say, © Flickr user <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattkieffer/8856379186'>mattkieffer</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0<a href='http://'>undefined</a>© Flickr user mattkieffer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageGranary Square in King's Cross Central
© Flickr user mattkieffer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0undefined© Flickr user mattkieffer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageGranary Square in King's Cross Central

Facebook is closing in on a deal to create a new London headquarters, and will be bringing along the design talents of Frank Gehry, according to reports from The Times and Architects’ Journal.

Described as a “growth space” that will allow the company to expand their European presence, the new headquarters would span four buildings in King’s Cross Central – the same part of the city where Google is building its own 11-story “groundscraper” campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios.

Asif Khan Unveils 'Darkest Building on Earth' For Winter Olympics Pavilion

09:34 - 7 February, 2018
Asif Khan Unveils 'Darkest Building on Earth' For Winter Olympics Pavilion, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.

The Olympic pavilion is coated with Vantablack VBx2 carbon nanotubes and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth.

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes + 11

Teddy Cruz Wins 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture

06:00 - 7 February, 2018
Teddy Cruz Wins 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture, Courtesy of The Vilcek Foundation
Courtesy of The Vilcek Foundation

Each year the Vilcek Foundation selects American immigrant champions of the arts and sciences. This year the 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture was awarded to Guatemala-born, and now San Diego-based, professor and architect Teddy Cruz. Cruz uses his past experiences, living in Guatemala during its civil war, to focus his academic and professional career on shaping political and socioeconomic forces.

Laser Technology Uncovers the Surprising Size and Density of Hidden Mayan Cities

10:00 - 6 February, 2018

A new National Geographic documentary is set to reveal a newly discovered Mayan "Megalopolis" in what is being called a “major breakthrough” in Mayan history. Over 60,000 homes, infrastructure systems, and man-made features that were once hidden underneath the dense jungles of Guatemala are now being revealed to the world, painting a picture of ancient cities that were both much larger and much denser than previously thought.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge

08:00 - 6 February, 2018
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge, First Prize
First Prize

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge. The purpose of the competition was to allow architects, design students, engineers, and artists from all over the world to "generate design ideas for iconic high rise buildings in cities around the globe."

Third Prize First Prize Green Award Second Prize + 21

Morpholio's Latest Trace App Update Streamlines Construction Administration Design Changes

07:00 - 6 February, 2018
Morpholio's Latest Trace App Update Streamlines Construction Administration Design Changes, Courtesy of Morpholio
Courtesy of Morpholio

Have you ever been on the construction site and had a problem arise that needed immediate attention? The answer to that question is almost guaranteed to be yes. The Construction Administration phase is not intended to be a time for big design decisions, but with unforeseen field conditions, contractor errors and never-ending client changes, your team can keep designing and problem-solving throughout CA. Morpholio's new update to their Trace app for iPhoneTracePro, aims to transform site visits by "importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase."

Courtesy of Morpholio Courtesy of Morpholio Courtesy of Morpholio Courtesy of Morpholio + 12

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Complete Redesign of London's Hayward Gallery

06:00 - 6 February, 2018
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Complete Redesign of London's Hayward Gallery, © Morley Von Sternberg
© Morley Von Sternberg

England-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have completed their redesign of the Hayward Gallery which transforms the iconic cultural venue into a modern space which allows Southbank Centre to continue to provide “more access, to more arts, for more people.”

© Morley Von Sternberg © Morley Von Sternberg © Morley Von Sternberg © Morley Von Sternberg + 30

The United States' Largest Timber Office Building to Be Constructed in Newark

14:10 - 5 February, 2018
The United States' Largest Timber Office Building to Be Constructed in Newark, © Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group
© Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group

Plans for the United States’ largest mass timber office building in Newark, New Jersey have been revealed by developer Lotus Equity Group and Michael Green Architecture.

A part of the Riverfront Square redevelopment project – which will feature 11.8 acres of mixed-use buildings by TEN Arquitectos, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and Michael Green Architecture and parkland designed by James Corner Field Operations – the Riverfront Square office building will contain up to 500,000 square feet of Class A office space within its cutting-edge timber-framed structural system.

© Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group © Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group © Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group © Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group + 6

The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn

12:00 - 5 February, 2018
The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn, © Williams New York
© Williams New York

A new infinity pool offering unparalleled views of New York City is to be constructed atop KPF’s upcoming Brooklyn Point tower. At 680 feet above grade – nearly 100 feet higher than the iconic infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore – when completed the pool will become the “highest residential infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere."

ArchDaily X MINI Clubman Refurbishment Initiative

08:30 - 5 February, 2018
ArchDaily X MINI Clubman Refurbishment Initiative, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

"The Greenest Building is the one that is already built." (Carl Elefante, FAIA)

The world’s urban population will double by 2050, and cities need to come up with sustainable ways to accommodate this mass movement. We often see projects being built as quickly as possible to support growth, but these buildings end up lacking character, and they make the city look altogether generic. A smarter and more sustainable solution is to increase the density of existing centers, as well as to recover existing structures through refurbishment and repurposing.

To turn what is old into something new is a challenging process. It requires a bold vision and a rigorous commitment to design.

Novorésumé Offers 50% off their Premium Résumé Builder, Ensuring Your CV is On Point

08:00 - 5 February, 2018
Novorésumé Offers 50% off their Premium Résumé Builder, Ensuring Your CV is On Point, Home Page. Image Courtesy of Novorésumé
Home Page. Image Courtesy of Novorésumé

The job application process can be an exhausting one, endless cover letters, constant updating of your curriculum vitae, not to mention ensuring your instagram is #onpoint and squeaky clean. And chances are, recruiters and employers will spend all but a few seconds looking at your content. Novorésumé, an online résumé builder, is there to help speed up the process and provide all the tools you need for an employer friendly, well-designed CV.

Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia

16:00 - 4 February, 2018
Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Art Jameel
Courtesy of Art Jameel

Thanks to Art Jameel, a Middle Eastern non-profit arts organization, a new arts district is taking shape in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since the crowning of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has shifted focus from oil to arts and technology. The new multidisciplinary art center, named Hayy, is a 17,000 square meter step in the right direction.

Félix Candela’s Concrete Shells Through Photographs, Architectural Models and Plans

14:00 - 4 February, 2018
Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt
Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt

Spanish and Mexican architect Félix Candela is widely recognized as one of the most prominent figures in 20th century architecture. His innovative experiments with reinforced concrete produced iconic buildings deemed cascarones, or 'shell structures', such as the Pavilion of Cosmic Rays at UNAM, Mexico City (1951); the Chapel Lomas de Cuernavaca, Cuernavaca (1958); Los Manantiales Restaurant, Xochimilco (1958); and the Palace of Sports for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. 

Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt Courtesy of Alexander Eisenschmidt + 18

The Minimalist 3D Wooden Maps Currently Crushing It on Kickstarter

09:30 - 4 February, 2018
The Minimalist 3D Wooden Maps Currently Crushing It on Kickstarter, Courtesy of CityWood
Courtesy of CityWood

There is something incredibly satisfying about 3D maps that make you want to follow the streets and rivers with your fingers, navigating your way through the urban landscape. Almost like contours, the CityWood’s minimalist maps are built up through plywood layers, laser cut with precision to one-hundredth of a millimeter and hand assembled for high-quality craftsmanship.

Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood + 8

Top Global Destinations On The Rise According to TripAdvisor

08:00 - 4 February, 2018
Top Global Destinations On The Rise According to TripAdvisor, © <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/coral-reefs-island-ishigaki-island-1381740/'> Pixabay user auntmasako </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en'>CC0</a>
© Pixabay user auntmasako licensed under CC0

TripAdvisor announced the World’s Top Destinations “on the rise” according to the 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards. According to TripAdvisor, the winning cities are based on millions of comments posted on the site each year. They also look for cities with an increase in search traffic and user interest to make reservations. 

This years list includes ten cities. Keep reading to find out which ten cities were chosen by TripAdvisor world travelers:

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Announces Recipients of 2018 Honorary Fellowships

14:00 - 3 February, 2018
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Announces Recipients of 2018 Honorary Fellowships, Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected four architects from around the globe to receive 2018 Honorary Fellowships. This year’s Honorary Fellows inductees demonstrate the diverse ways in which architects contribute exemplary designs to the profession that have a positive impact on society.

The architects receiving the honor are French architect Odile Decq, Burkina Faso native, Diébédo Francis Kéré, and American architects William J. Stanley III and John Sorrenti.

More about the Honorary Fellows after the break.

The 2018 Winter Olympics Stadium That Cost $100 Million to Build, Will Only Be Used 4 Times, and Is Roofless

10:48 - 3 February, 2018
The 2018 Winter Olympics Stadium That Cost $100 Million to Build, Will Only Be Used 4 Times, and Is Roofless, via instagram user donghyun_droneguy
via instagram user donghyun_droneguy

Traditionally, Winter Olympics stadiums have stuck to a design that obscures the sky and protects against the elements in order to keep the guests warm. This year, the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizing team wanted to try something different. Guests will watch the three-hour opening ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Main Stadium – and it will be roofless. 

Pyeongchang, located not too far from the border of North Korea, is notorious for one of the worst winters in the country. Temperatures in PyeongChang are forecast to reach minus 14 deg C (about 7 deg F), partly due to the powerful, biting winds that barrel down from Siberia and the Manchurian plain. This may be the coldest Olympics since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. And because of the curious roofless architecture, the roughly 35,000 spectators will be completely exposed. 

Getty Assembles Experts for Conservation of Le Corbusier's Only Three Museums

08:00 - 3 February, 2018
Getty Assembles Experts for Conservation of Le Corbusier's Only Three Museums, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Image © National Museum of Western Art
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Image © National Museum of Western Art

The Getty Conservation Institute has announced a workshop to address the care and conservation of three museums designed by Le Corbusier. The three museums are the only museums designed by the prolific architect. The workshop will be held in India, where two of the three museums are, with municipal corporations from Ahmedabad and Chandigarh serving as hosts for the event. The Foundation Le Corbusier, located in Paris, will also be assisting with the workshop.

Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

06:00 - 3 February, 2018
Spotlight: Alvar Aalto, Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro
Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © Fernanda Castro

As one of the key figures of midcentury Modernism and perhaps Finland's most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. For his characteristically Finnish take on architecture, Aalto has become a key reference point for architecture in the Nordic countries, and his commitment to creating a total work of art left many examples of his design genius not only in buildings but also in their interior features, including furniture, lamps, and glassware design.

MIT Baker House Dormitory. Image © <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Baker_House,_MIT,_Cambridge,_Massachusetts.JPG'>Wikimedia user Daderot</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Muuratsalo Experimental House. Image © Nico Saieh Riola Parish Church. Image © Franco Di Capua Säynätsalo Town Hall. Image © <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SaynatsaloTownHall.jpg'>Wikimedia user Zache</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 20