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Photographer Yueqi “Jazzy” Li Captures the Dynamism of Mexico City's UNAM Campus

05:00 - 15 January, 2019
© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li
© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li

Although the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), south of Mexico City, is home to the well-known O’Gorman murals, it is, in fact, the campus itself, that is quite intriguing. Walking through UNAM, individuals find themselves in an architectural display of modernist buildings that date back 70 years, along with open courtyards, hidden walkways, and pavilions. Uniquely, the campus buildings have a little bit of everything: bold geometry, openness, abstraction, humanistic design, permeability with nature, decaying masonry walls, local lava rocks used as walls, and pavers throughout the campus.

© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li + 29

Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 15 January, 2019
Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

As mentioned in our previous article on retail stores under 100 square meters, the spatial distribution of commercial spaces is a determinant for its success. Not only does it address adequate logistics and the circulation of customers, but the variations and innovations that will enable a more efficient and original space.

Below, we've selected projects from our site, with their plan and section, that can help inspire your next project.

Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It

05:00 - 14 January, 2019
Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It, Courtesy of Enscape
Courtesy of Enscape

Virtual reality offers benefits that, just years ago, were hardly even imaginable. Projects can be walked through before being built; the interiors fully visualized before all the details are decided. It allows architects and clients the ability to work as true collaborators in the design of a project.

11 Online Courses for Architects and Students

04:00 - 14 January, 2019
11 Online Courses for Architects and Students, <a href="https://www.Vecteezy.com">Vecteezy!</a>
Vecteezy!

Online courses have gained more and more recognition in the past couple of years. In addition to the flexibility and convenience of learning wherever and whenever you want, they provide access to content from well-respected professors and colleges. In the field of architecture and construction, online courses have grown exponentially. Last year, we compiled a list that focused mainly on constructive and material techniques. This time we selected 15 online courses covering a range of subjects. We hope this selection of courses can help you with your next project.

Brazilian Houses: 9 Examples of Residential Vernacular Architecture

12:00 - 13 January, 2019
Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin
Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin

The regional expressions of a country’s culture are vital in helping us understand the relation between context and specific conditions of social manifestations. These nuances and singularities inside the realm of construction are translated into what can be called vernacular architecture. Although it has always existed, this universe of local exemplars of architecture with their particular materials, techniques and regional constructive solutions came to be well studied in the second half of the twentieth century in Brazil, in a project that traced national architecture history, headed by Lucio Costa.

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Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil

07:00 - 13 January, 2019
Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil , Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo
Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo

In 2017, ArchDaily Brazil reported that Smart City Laguna would become the first “smart city” in Brazil. With its inauguration scheduled for that same year, the venture opened with 1,800 units in its first phase, and in its final phase, 7,065 units divided between residential, commercial and technological uses.

Located in the Croatá district of São Gonçalo do Amarante, the first Brazilian smart city occupies 815 acres directly connected to the federal highway BR-22, which crosses the states of Ceará, Piauí, and Maranhão, starting in Fortaleza towards Marabá, in Pará. Its location has economic reasons: the proximity to Pecém Harbor, in Fortaleza, the Pecém Steel Company (CSP) and the Transnordestina Railroad make Croatá a strategic hub that has been recently occupied by technological companies, becoming a “digital belt” a little over 50 kilometers from the state’s capital.

DAS Transform Qianmen's Urban Composition into a Lively Axonometric Mural

10:00 - 12 January, 2019
DAS Transform Qianmen's Urban Composition into a Lively Axonometric Mural, Courtesy of Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS)
Courtesy of Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS)

Artistic expression is often undisciplined. Sometimes, the riot of colors and explosion of lines and forms help unleash a 2D illustration out of its medium, which is precisely what Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS) managed to create in Ucommune’s new branch in Dajiang Hutong, Beijing.

In late 2018, Li Han, co-founder of Drawing Architecture Studio, won the 2018 Drawing Prize for her digital drawing of The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, which also illustrates a visual narrative of the city of Beijing and its residential chronology throughout the 21st century. This year, DAS took Qianmen area, co-working brand Ucommune’s location as a subject, transforming its road network, architecture, and urban composition into a dynamic, meticulously detailed panorama titled Under the Zhengyangmen.

The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

07:30 - 11 January, 2019
The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry, © © Universal Favourite
© © Universal Favourite

3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!

Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

04:00 - 11 January, 2019
Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture
© Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture

Clément Blanchet Architecture in collaboration with Etienne Tricaud (AREP) have been shortlisted for the French pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The winner will be announced in February. The proposal is intended to enhance both the virtual world and the real to support human communication, cultures and interactions. The pavilion will be built around the themes of Light and Mobility to create a hidden oasis with two vertical gardens facing one another.

Copper Projects: Architecture’s Original Bling

05:00 - 10 January, 2019
© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Thomas Ott © David Foessel © Joan Bracco & Cécile Septet © Adam Mørk + 18

Since its discovery in 8700 B.C., copper has been one of the most used metals in the history of humankind. It has a variety of uses from coins and weapons to statues and even architecture. One of its first architectural uses was in Ancient Egypt for the massive doors of the temple to Amen-Re at Karnak in 300 B.C.

The versatility of the material continues in architecture to this day, allowing for a variety of unique designs and uses. The innovative, efficient, and lightweight material is versatile in its use, ranging from facades to roofs, interior applications, and high tech solutions. Sustainable in its natural form, the material is 100% recycled. As the state of architecture becomes more focused on sustainability, copper becomes the ideal material for the buildings of today.

Below, we’ve selected 7 projects that use architecture's original bling.

Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings

04:00 - 10 January, 2019
Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings, Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá
Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá

To live in a residence designed by a renowned architect is a dream for many, however, a dream that will most likely never come true. But, there is an alternative. Many architecture enthusiasts have rented or even bought apartments in iconic buildings designed by their favorite architects. 

In regards to the work of Oscar Niemeyer, fluidity and flexibility may best express his plans and typologies.

Below, we've selected four apartments in buildings designed by Neimeyer that reinterpret his original plans.

Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 9 January, 2019
Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
© Fabián Dejtiar

Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.

Why Do Architects Still Struggle with Disability Requirements?

07:00 - 8 January, 2019
Why Do Architects Still Struggle with Disability Requirements? , © Hufton + Crow. ImageStaircases such as this one, in ZHA's Dominion Office Building, are beautiful design elements but can pose challenges to those with limited mobility.
© Hufton + Crow. ImageStaircases such as this one, in ZHA's Dominion Office Building, are beautiful design elements but can pose challenges to those with limited mobility.

This article was originally published on Common Edge as " Why Architects Still Struggle With Disability Requirements 28 Years After Passage of the ADA".

The recent death of President George H.W. Bush occasioned assessments of his administration’s legislative achievements, one of which was the far-ranging Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights act signed into law in 1990. The law included accommodations for people with disabilities in buildings. In the ensuing decades the ADA has had a significant impact on the design and construction of the built environment in the U.S. To gauge the impact of ADA, how it has evolved, common misconceptions about ADA, and its role in promoting social equity in architecture, I spoke with Peter Stratton, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Accessibility Services at Steven Winter Associates, who works with architects and others in the construction industry on the application of the ADA design standards. (I worked at the Connecticut-based Winter firm between 1996 and 2006; Stratton was a colleague.)

How to Survive Your Very First Critique in Architecture School

07:00 - 8 January, 2019
How to Survive Your Very First Critique in Architecture School, Courtesy of Andrea Vasquez
Courtesy of Andrea Vasquez

For the fresh architecture student, the “jury,” “review,” or “crit” is far from glorious—sounding more like a death knell than a customary critique session. The concept, as Kathryn Anthony explores in Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio, goes as far back as the 1980s when the Ecole Nationale et Speciale des Beaux-Arts in Paris became the first art and architecture school to experiment with a format that would soon be adopted by architectural schools across the world. While some schools have taken steps to loosen traditional hierarchies, others continuing to reinforce them, much to the terror of fledgling first-year students who aren’t used to being “tried.”

So what can one really do to ease into this rather uncomfortable aspect of architectural education? Below is a fairly simple list of dos and don’ts that could go a long way in helping you out.

How to Design Smart Homes: 8 Tips for Incorporating Domotics Into Architecture

04:00 - 8 January, 2019
How to Design Smart Homes: 8 Tips for Incorporating Domotics Into Architecture, Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA. Image © Juergen Eheim
Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA. Image © Juergen Eheim

Home automation has long been associated with high costs, a burdening assembly time, and a cumbersome process that impelled us to discard the idea of automating projects. However, these days are long gone. 

With lower costs and easier assembly, today, developing a new project without home automation seems somewhat absurd. Below, with the help of AVE Chile, we've compiled a series of tips to help you incorporate domotics into your next project.

'Vista Santiago' Project, Santiago de Chile. Image © AVE Chile © AVE Chile © AVE Chile 'Vista Santiago' Project, Santiago de Chile. Image © AVE Chile + 19

The Most Anticipated Projects of 2019

07:00 - 7 January, 2019
The Most Anticipated Projects of 2019, National Museum of Qatar / Ateliers Jean Nouvel . Image © Iwan Baan
National Museum of Qatar / Ateliers Jean Nouvel . Image © Iwan Baan

As 2018 winds to a close, we've started to look ahead to the projects we're most looking forward to in 2019. Many of the projects listed here have been in the works for years, having experienced the frustrating false starts and lulls that come in a profession dependent on long-term and significant capital investment, not to mention changing politics. 

Taipei Performing Arts Centre / OMA. Image © OMA Under / Snohetta. Image © Snohetta and MIR © MIR . ImageLeeza SOHO / Zaha Hadid Architects Ruby City Linda Pace Foundation / Adjaye Associates. Image Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 61

"Architecture Will Change Completely in the Next Ten Years": Fran Silvestre of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

07:00 - 7 January, 2019
"Architecture Will Change Completely in the Next Ten Years": Fran Silvestre of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Diego Opazo
House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Diego Opazo

Spanish architect Fran Silvestre is well known for his portfolio of nuanced, clean, and decidedly modern works. Each project is as stunning as the next, the type of home that shows up in Bond films and populates the Pinterest boards of aspiring homeowners.

 Hofmann House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG  Hofmann House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Breeze House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Diego Opazo Office Building 1905 / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Image © Diego Opazo + 18

Faith & Form's 2018 Program Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

11:00 - 6 January, 2019
Faith & Form's 2018 Program Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art, Shoraku-ji, Toru Kashihara Architects, Photo Takumi Ota
Shoraku-ji, Toru Kashihara Architects, Photo Takumi Ota

Religious architecture has long been one of the most exciting typologies, one has long paved the way for various design and structural innovations. Faith & Form magazine and Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) annually recognize the continued creativity defining the field.

This year's winners include 35 projects that span a variety of religious denominations, sizes, and location. Additionally, the award has recognized two trends defining contemporary religious architecture: "the preference for natural materials in worship environments, and inventive design solutions to address tight budgets."

Rural Chapel, Midland Architecture, Photo Liz Dutton Saint Mary’s Student Chapel, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, Photo Henrik Kam Bahá’í Temple of South America, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Photo Sebastian Wilson Leon A Silent Space, Lafina Eptaminitaki + 35

Architecture's "Dark Products": What Do Architects Claim Ownership of in the Design Process?

08:00 - 6 January, 2019
Architecture's "Dark Products": What Do Architects Claim Ownership of in the Design Process?, Courtesy of Curtis Roth
Courtesy of Curtis Roth

Why do we build? How do we build? Who do we ultimately build for? These have been questions that have dominated the worlds of both practice and pedagogy since the early ages of architecture. On a basic level, those questions can be answered almost reflexively, with a formulaic response. But is it time to look beyond just the simple why, how, and who?

In a world where the physical processes of architecture are becoming increasingly less important and digital processes proliferate through all phases of architectural ideas and documentation, we should perhaps be looking to understand the ways in which architects work, and examine how we can claim the processes—not just the products—of our labors.

The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018

04:00 - 6 January, 2019
The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018, © The Open Workshop
© The Open Workshop

With the mission of providing tools and inspiration to architects all around the world, ArchDaily’s curators are constantly searching for new projects, ideas and forms of expression. For the past three years, ArchDaily has showcased the best discoveries of each year, and in keeping with tradition, we would like to share the best architecture drawings published throughout 2018.

What is the role of contemporary drawing in architecture? We approach the definition of drawing as design itself. Drawings are used to explain principles, to deliver ideas, to construct new architecture, and to document creative processes.
Below you will see the selection of drawings arranged under six categories: Context, Architectural Drawings, Sketches & Hand-drawn, Digital Collages, Conceptual Drawings & Diagrams and Animated Gifs. Each chosen drawing strengthens the proposed construction or enhances the built work.

We also invite you to review collections from previous years here or other drawing-related posts selected by our editors in the following link.

Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology

12:30 - 5 January, 2019
Safdie Architects' Changi Airport Finds Beauty in a Challenging Typology , © Safdie Architects
© Safdie Architects

Airport architecture is a complex typology in which to innovate. Restrictive technical, security, and circulatory requirements force designs along limited (and precedented) paths; little budget is left over to create space for respite, let alone beauty.

Which makes the central space of Safdie Architect's design for Singapore's Changi Airport all the more unusual. Jewel Changi Airport reinvents the public concourse not just as an in-between space for travelers, but as a major public attraction. Public transit form the city passes through the city and the large garden and shopping space within the central dome establishes it as a node for public gathering. In the future, an event space on the north side of the park will host public events for up to 1000 people.

© Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects © Safdie Architects + 6

Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi

09:30 - 5 January, 2019
Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi, Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.
Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.

Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi is one of the most important figures of Brazilian design. Her ability to blend architecture, politics and popular culture made her an icon throughout the country and world, while her relentlessness to break from traditionalisms made Brazil the ideal location for her work.

Bo Bardi's architecture incorporates both materiality and culture. In addition to the concrete and solidified elements, she designed pieces based on cultural factors and intense political discussions. She wished to break the barriers between intellectuals and everyday people.

Best Houses of 2018

04:00 - 5 January, 2019
© PvE
© PvE

With more than 4000 different projects published during the year, our editors want to close an exciting year for architecture with a selection in a typology near and dear to us all: houses.

From remote landscapes to urban infills; vernacular design to high-tech automation, this selection of 80 houses highlights 2018's most exciting moments for architectural design, material and construction innovation, challenging topography, and client desires - all in the home. See the best houses from around the world here.

© Fernando Alda © Edmund Sumner © JAG Studio © Damir Fabijanić + 83

Allied Works' New Museum in Columbus is Designed for the History of The Future

09:30 - 4 January, 2019
Allied Works' New Museum in Columbus is Designed for the History of The Future, © Aerial Impact Solutions, via Autodesk Redshift
© Aerial Impact Solutions, via Autodesk Redshift

This article was originally published by Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Design and History Join Forces at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum."

In the years before his death, the late Marine, astronaut, and US Senator John Glenn had a vision to create a place of gathering and remembrance for veterans of all conflicts. It would not be a traditional war memorial or military museum, but a place that would honor veterans and promote civic discourse, sharing stories of service through interactive exhibits, oral histories, images, and personal artifacts.

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