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The Illuminated River will Transform London's Thames with Light

14:00 - 2 December, 2018
The Illuminated River will Transform London's Thames with Light, Courtesy of Leo Villareal Studio
Courtesy of Leo Villareal Studio

Artist Leo Villareal and the London-based architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands are working together to design and install the first phase of The Illuminated River Foundation's public art commission that will illuminate architectural elements of the existing bridges, redefining the riverscape.

This installation marks the initial stage of the project that was announced nearly two years ago. All stages are intended to be completed by 2022. In its entirety, it will include 15 central London bridges - creating a unified artwork connected across the flowing river from Albert Bridge in West London to Tower Bridge in the center of the city.

MVRDV Co-Founder Winy Maas Named Domus' 2019 Editor-In-Chief

14:00 - 1 December, 2018
via MVRDV
via MVRDV

MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas has been named Domus’ 2019 10x10x10 Editor-In-Chief. The publication began the Domus 10x10x10 in 2018 as an initiative to bring new ideas and alternative editorial styles to the magazine. The 10-year initiative leads to Domus' 100th anniversary in 2028.

As much an architect as a researcher, Maas will provide an original editorial strategy founded on intellectual exploration and catalyzing creative ways of thinking about contemporary and future design efforts. In a manifesto titled “Everything is Urbanism,” Maas describes his primary goals for Domus 2019, a series of 10 publications over 10 months that explore contemporary design questions and theoretical problems, spark dialogue, and examine ongoing architectural research.

Norwegian Architect Reiulf Ramstad Shares What 'Designing for a Landscape' Really Means

12:00 - 1 December, 2018

In Louisiana Channel's latest video, an interview featuring Norwegian architect Reiulf Ramstad takes place in the city of Molde as part of the Utzon Center exhibition 'In the World of an Architect – Reiulf Ramstad Architects.' An interdisciplinary collaboration of architecture, landscape, and design, the firm has done several large-scale civic works to smaller projects along tourist routes amongst other commercial and recreational buildings.

Trollstigen Visitor Center / RRA Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter + 12

RIBA’s Nationwide Architecture Program Exposes Young Students to Thinking Like an Architect

08:00 - 1 December, 2018
RIBA’s Nationwide Architecture Program Exposes Young Students to Thinking Like an Architect, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

This November, RIBA launched a national school program devoted to providing children between the ages of 4-18 access to architecture programs. This will be the UK’s first nationwide architecture program. The instructors, formally known as Architecture Ambassadors, are volunteer architecture professionals donating their time to partnering schools at which students participate free of charge.

Before launching the nationwide program, RIBA conducted a pilot version - gaging interest and success from students, school administrators, and ambassadors. The pilot phase visited over 200 schools in England and 18,000 students. Each school’s architectural workshop was highly individualized to the community and location, adding a personal aspect to the student’s introduction to the vast field of architecture. These tangible projects investigated local areas, assessing their needs, issues that affect the community, and their hopes for the future.

How to Design Semi-Permanent Structures

06:00 - 1 December, 2018
How to Design Semi-Permanent Structures, Proyecto Chacras / Natura Futura Arquitectura + Colectivo Cronopios. Image Cortesía de Eduardo Cruz y Natura Futura
Proyecto Chacras / Natura Futura Arquitectura + Colectivo Cronopios. Image Cortesía de Eduardo Cruz y Natura Futura

Natural disasters continue to leave thousands of people homeless every year, forcing them to seek refuge without any alternatives. On many occasions, cities cannot cope with refugees, limiting their resources. In addition to this, the difficulties to sustain refugees in a dignified way, becomes increasingly complex, leading to the collapse of conventional strategies.

It is at this moment when innovation and creativity play an important role in construction practices, ultimately creating a quicker and more efficient construction model that can be replicated after natural disasters.

Undoubtedly, there are some principles that should be taken into account when designing a semi-permanent structure. Thus, we have gathered some tips and examples that you may find useful. 

Arquitectura de Transición. Un refugio para Piura, Perú. Image Cortesía de Carlos Pastor santa Maria / Soledad Maldonado Ayus Bio-Reconstruye México . Image Cortesía de Osiris Luciano Proyecto Chacras / Natura Futura Arquitectura + Colectivo Cronopios. Image Cortesía de Eduardo Cruz y Natura Futura Proyecto de reconstrucción post-sismo en Guangming . Image Cortesía de World Architecture Festival + 8

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Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum Tops Out in Hong Kong

13:00 - 30 November, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum Tops Out in Hong Kong, M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum of visual culture has topped out in Hong Kong ahead of its scheduled opening in 2020. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be the centerpiece of the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia.

M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron + 13

The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb

11:00 - 30 November, 2018
The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb, Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode
Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode

As 2018 draws to a close, accommodation website Airbnb has dived into their data to reveal the most creative cities and countries from the year. Based on the percentage of hosts who are in the creative industries, the list builds on a previous survey by Airbnb which found that one in 10 Airbnb hosts and one in three Experience hosts identify as members of the creative community.

Read on below for the list of top creative countries and cities according to the new Airbnb study. For architects already planning a New Year’s getaway, check out an article we published of ten projects previously featured by ArchDaily, now available for booking through Airbnb.

Rem Koolhaas: Live Lecture Stream from the World Architecture Festival

09:23 - 30 November, 2018
Rem Koolhaas: Live Lecture Stream from the World Architecture Festival, © Italo Rondinella
© Italo Rondinella

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will give the final keynote lecture today at the World Architecture Festival. ArchDaily will be streaming this keynote from our Facebook page.

Carla Juaçaba Studio Wins the AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2018

08:15 - 30 November, 2018
Carla Juaçaba Studio Wins the AR Emerging Architecture Awards 2018, Carla Juaçaba/Casa Santa Teresa. Image © Federico Cairoli
Carla Juaçaba/Casa Santa Teresa. Image © Federico Cairoli

Brazil-based Carla Juaçaba Studio has been announced as the winner of the AR’s Emerging Architecture Awards 2018 in Amsterdam. The firm will receive a £10,000 prize in recognition of exemplary projects such as their chapel for the Pavilion of the Holy See at the 2018 Venice Biennale, and the Casa Santa Teresa in Rio de Janiero.

The practice was chosen from a shortlist of 14 by a judging panel featuring Spanish architect Ángela García de Paredes of Paredes Pedrosa, finalists of the inaugural 1999 AR Emerging Architecture awards; Indian architect Gurjit Singh Matharoo commended in the 2009 edition; and Ronald Rietveld of Dutch practice RAAAF, winners in 2013.

Carla Juaçaba/Casa Santa Teresa. Image © Federico Cairoli Carla Juaçaba/Casa Santa Teresa. Image © Federico Cairoli Tipperne Bird Sanctuary / Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter. Image © Rasmus Norlander Agri Chapel / Yu Momoeda Architecture Office. Image © Yousuke Harigane + 6

The World Architecture Festival Announces Day Two Winners

13:42 - 29 November, 2018
The World Architecture Festival Announces Day Two Winners, WOHA Architects - Kampung Admirality . Image © Patrick Bingham Hall
WOHA Architects - Kampung Admirality . Image © Patrick Bingham Hall

The 2018 World Architecture Festival has announced the second-day winners of this year’s edition, featuring works from such diverse firms as SeARCH, Sordo Madaleno, NextOffice, and Grimshaw.

The second day’s judging categories spanned a wide area, from future masterplanning visions to completed religious structures. The festival, held this year in Amsterdam, will culminate Friday 30 November with the World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year Awards. These awards, selected from the festival’s list of category winners, will be selected by the festival’s “super jury”: Nathalie de Vries, Frederick Cooper Llosa, Lesley Lokko,Li Xiaodong, and Manuelle Gautrand. 

Team V Architectuur - HAUT . Image The Student Hotel Experience Design Team - TSH Campus Barcelona. Image © Luis Beltran  Spheron Architects - Belarusian Memorial Chapel. Image © Joakim Boren Nikken Sekkei - Shanghai Greenland Center. Image © Yang Min + 12

Aires Mateus Reveals Design for the Toulouse Fine Art Museum

13:00 - 29 November, 2018
Aires Mateus Reveals Design for the Toulouse Fine Art Museum, Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus

Portuguese architectural practice Aires Mateus have designed a new addition and entrance to the Museum of Augustins in Toulouse, France. Bringing together the museum and the Convent of Augustins, the proposal was made to clearly open to the city. The design aims to respect the spatial values of the convent and museum while standing out from its context and historical reference.

Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus Musée des Augustins à Toulouse. Image Courtesy of Aires Mateus + 9

IKEA and Tom Dixon Collaborate to Design Products for Urban Farming

11:00 - 29 November, 2018
IKEA and Tom Dixon Collaborate to Design Products for Urban Farming, © IKEA
© IKEA

IKEA and Tom Dixon have collaborated to investigate the future of urban farming, “making homes the new farmland.” In an upcoming entry to the Chelsea Flower Show, the UK’s most popular landscape event, the team will share their first ideas on how “affordable, forward-thinking solutions can be used to grow plants and vegetables at home and beyond.”

The ethos behind the collaboration is to celebrate food as a crucial part of everyday life, and inspiring a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Identifying the potential savings in transport miles, water usage, and food waste, the team will use IKEA’s democratic design principles to “develop affordable, sustainable food farming and consumption within our homes and urban communities.”

WAF Day 2 Streaming: Live Lectures from David Adjaye, Francine Houben and Nathalie de Vries

09:30 - 29 November, 2018
WAF Day 2 Streaming: Live Lectures from David Adjaye, Francine Houben and Nathalie de Vries

Make sure to tune in to our Facebook live streams of today’s selection of lectures. We’ll also be streaming the winners at 19:15 CET. To see the previous day’s streams, click here.

World Architecture Festival Unveils WAFX 2018 Prize Winners

09:00 - 29 November, 2018
World Architecture Festival Unveils WAFX 2018 Prize Winners, NIKKEN SEKKEI - W350Project. Image © Nikken Sekkei
NIKKEN SEKKEI - W350Project. Image © Nikken Sekkei

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the ten winners of the WAFX prizes, awarded to “future projects that identify key ecological and societal challenges which architects are actively seeking to address over the next ten years.”

This year, participants tackled issues such as climate change, water waste, and aging populations, with winning proposals including river parks in Colombia, a transformed coal plant in the United States, and solar panel fields in the Netherlands.

We’ve rounded up the winners below, along with further information about the upcoming 2018 World Architecture Festival taking place in Amsterdam this November. Tickets for the festival are available online now, with a 20% discount available for ArchDaily readers who enter the code ARCHDAILY20 at checkout. Our site will also have news coverage and live-streams of festival events.

Carlo Ratti to Curate Biennale for the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cities

09:00 - 29 November, 2018
Carlo Ratti to Curate Biennale for the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cities, Roboat. Image © MIT and AMS_www roboat org
Roboat. Image © MIT and AMS_www roboat org

Carlo Ratti has been announced as Chief Curator for the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. He will join Academic Curators Politecnico di Torino and South China University to critically explore the impact of artificial intelligence on communities and urban space.

The team will investigate “how our relationship with the city might change when buildings become able to respond to our presence.” Ratti’s expertise in the area of future technology and artificial intelligence is reflected in his role within the MIT Senseable City Lab, whose experiments propagate future scenarios for the built environment.

Haysom Ward Miller's Lochside House Named RIBA House of the Year 2018

05:00 - 29 November, 2018
Haysom Ward Miller's Lochside House Named RIBA House of the Year 2018, Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser
Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser

Haysom Ward Miller's Lochside House in the West Highlands has been named RIBA House of the Year 2018. The annual accolade is given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the UK’s best new architect-designed house. Lochside House was revealed as the winner in the final episode of a special Channel 4 series Grand Designs: House of the Year. The award-winning project was designed as a modest, sustainable home for a ceramic artist on the edge of a Scottish lake.

Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser Lochside House. Image © Richard Fraser + 9

The 2018 World Architecture Festival Announces the Day One Winners

15:00 - 28 November, 2018
The 2018 World Architecture Festival Announces the Day One Winners, Heatherwick Studio - Zeitz MOCAA © Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan
Heatherwick Studio - Zeitz MOCAA © Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

Following an extensive day of presentations, panels, critiques, and talks The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the Day 1 category winners in their 2018 programming. Winners are recognized in over 35 categories over the first two days of the conference, which culminates with the announcement of the World Building of the Year 2018 on the third and final day of the conference.

While still early days, the world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards is poised for its biggest year yet, with a total of 535 shortlisted projects from 57 countries across the world.

BIG, Gensler, and Field Operations Reveal Design for Oakland Athletics Baseball Stadium

13:00 - 28 November, 2018
BIG, Gensler, and Field Operations Reveal Design for Oakland Athletics Baseball Stadium, Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group
Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group, James Corner Field Operations, and Gensler have released new renderings of the new Oakland Athletics baseball stadium and surrounding development. The new stadium will replace the Oakland A’s existing 51-year-old Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which the A’s share with the Oakland Raiders football team. The mega-ballpark includes a waterfront “jewel box” stadium at Howard Terminal and would turn the current Coliseum site into a tech and housing hub.

Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group Oakland Baseball Stadium. Image Courtesy of Oakland Athletics / Bjarke Ingels Group + 5

A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress

10:20 - 28 November, 2018
A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress, Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

The design of the USA Pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai has been revealed, designed by Curtis W. Fentress and Fentress Architects. Destined to represent more than 325million Americans, the pavilion seeks to “provide a unique platform for [the United States] to come together to showcase the very best of [their] cultural and commercial achievements.”

The pavilion is to be circular in form, with “slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion.” The pavilion’s interior will showcase American innovation and technology, including the premiere of the Virgin Hyperloop One ride experience.

Courtesy of Fentress Architects Courtesy of Fentress Architects Courtesy of Fentress Architects Courtesy of Fentress Architects + 12

Intricate Illustrations of Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities'

09:00 - 28 November, 2018
Intricate Illustrations of Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', Ipazia. Image © Karina Puente
Ipazia. Image © Karina Puente

Lima-based architect Karina Puente has created a new series in her personal project: to illustrate each and every "invisible" city from Italo Calvino's 1972 novel. Her collection, which ArchDaily published in 2016, and again in 2017, consists of mixed media collages, drawn mainly using ink on paper, brings together a sequence of imagined places – each referencing a city imagined in the book.

Invisible Cities, which imagines fictional conversations between the (real-life) Venetian explorer Marco Polo and the aged Mongol ruler Kublai Khan, has been instrumental in framing approaches to urban discourse and the form of the city. According to Puente, "each illustration has a conceptual process, some of which take more time than others." Usually "I research, think, and ideate over each city for three weeks before making sketches." The final drawings and cut-outs take around a week to produce.

Puente’s work is set to go on display in the San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on the 2nd February 2019. You can learn more about the project from Puente’s official website here.

Sofronia. Image © Karina Puente Sofronia. Image © Karina Puente Oliiva. Image © Karina Puente Armilla. Image © Karina Puente + 11

Live From WAF: Reinier de Graaf, Jeanne Gang, Li Xiaodong, Peter Cook

06:21 - 28 November, 2018

We are pleased to partner with the World Architecture Festival to bring you live streaming of each day's keynote addresses. On Wednesday, tune in for lectures from Peter Cook, Li Xioadong and an impressive group of speakers. Follow us on Instagram at @archdaily to see more updates from our team on the ground.

Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020

13:00 - 27 November, 2018
Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020, Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski
Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski

Architect Gabriel Kozlowski has partnered with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff, and Tripper Arquitetura to design a structure of floating tree branches for the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion is inspired by one of the greatest technological achievements of Brazil: the improvement of the Direct Planting System over straw. The design conceptually mimics this scheme through its layered arrangement - soil, an entanglement of protection, productivity - presenting itself as both a building and a symbolic image.

Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski + 11

UNESCO and UIA to begin Designating Cities as "World Capitals of Architecture"

11:00 - 27 November, 2018
UNESCO and UIA to begin Designating Cities as "World Capitals of Architecture", © Shutterstock
© Shutterstock

UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) have announced the launch of a “World Capitals of Architecture” initiative, seeking to create a “synergy between culture and architecture in an increasingly urbanized world.”

Cities designated as World Capitals of Architecture will become a global forum for discussion on the world’s most pressing challenges “through the prism of culture, heritage, urban planning, and architecture.” UNESCO and UIA will collaborate with local city organizations to organize activities and events promoting buildings, architects, planners, and related sectors.

Frank Gehry's Jagged Aluminum Luma Arles Takes Shape in France

07:45 - 27 November, 2018
Frank Gehry's Jagged Aluminum Luma Arles Takes Shape in France, © Hervé Hôte
© Hervé Hôte

New photography by Hervé Hôte has been released, showcasing the Frank Gehry-designed Luma Arles complex as construction continues in the French town of Arles. The arts center, situated on a former SNCF rail yard, will offer exhibition, research, education, and archive space within a 46-meter-tall, aluminum tile-clad tower.

Constructed from a concrete core and steel frame, the scheme emerges from a circular glass atrium echoing the town’s Roman amphitheater. The distinctive jagged form above the atrium echoes the region’s rugged mountain ranges, with glass boxes extruding from reflective aluminum panels.

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