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ArchDaily x LifeCycles: Stream the Panel Discussions

Our lives as architects and designers revolve around inventing new ways to change both the profession in which we practice, and the world for which we build. From the individual buildings, all the way to the urban planning strategies that we propose, the way that we consider a project's longevity and impact on the world play an immense part in how we think about design.

To further explore how we can design cities, environments, and buildings, we are excited to announce the lineup for ArchDaily x LifeCycles: The Future of our Cities; a three day (May 26-28) series of panel discussions featuring architects from around the world who will be sharing their ideas and experiences for how we can build a better future.

Spotlight: Walter Gropius

Bauhaus, 1925. Image ©  Thomas Lewandovski
Bauhaus, 1925. Image © Thomas Lewandovski

One of the most highly regarded architects of the 20th century, Walter Gropius (18 May 1883 – 5 July 1969) was one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and the founder of the Bauhaus, the German "School of Building" that embraced elements of art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography in its design, development and production.

Juha Leiviskä, Russell Foster and Henry Plummer receive The Daylight Award 2020

On the UNESCO International Day of Light, The Daylight Award announces its 2020 Laureates: Juhai Leiviskä for his architecture, Russell Foster for his research, and this year, exceptionally, The Daylight Award is also given to Henry Plummer for his lifetime achievement.

'While laureate Russell Foster studies the science behind the effect of light on human behaviour and physical and mental wellbeing, laureates Juha Leiviskä and Henry Plummer approach the effects and implications of daylight intuitively through architectural design, photographic expression and verbal mediation of these human responses. Whether elucidating the neural effects of light or invoking the poetic essence of light, the laureates of the 2020 Daylight Award demonstrate to us the power of natural light,' states the jury.

Free Webinars to Dive into Software, Materials & Architecture

If quarantine has brought something positive into the lives of many people around the world, it is the opportunity to change up our daily routines and dive into new activities that we did not have time or energy for beforehand. Learning and delving into topics that interest us or that are related to our work is one of them.

Spotlight: Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs, then chairperson of a civic group in Greenwich Village, at a press conference in 1961. Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jane_Jacobs.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a>, photograph by Phil Stanziola (Public Domain)
Jane Jacobs, then chairperson of a civic group in Greenwich Village, at a press conference in 1961. Image via Wikimedia, photograph by Phil Stanziola (Public Domain)

Throughout her career, social activist and urban writer Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) fought against corporate globalization and urged post-war urban planners and developers to remember the importance of community and the human scale. Despite having no formal training, she radically changed urban planning policy through the power of observation and personal experience. Her theories on how design can affect community and creativity continue to hold relevance today—influencing everything from the design of mega-cities to tiny office spaces.

ArchDaily and Strelka Mag Launch a Publishing Platform for Emerging Architects

ArchDaily and Strelka Mag have launched a jointly curated section that will host projects of emerging architects and offices that promote new design ideas and bring about positive transformations in their cities.

The platform welcomes projects from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The key criteria for selecting projects will be sustainability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency.

Spotlight: Peter Zumthor

The Therme Vals. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
The Therme Vals. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Known for his sensuous materiality and attention to place, 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor (born April 26, 1943) is one the most revered architects of the 21st century. Shooting to fame on the back of The Therme Vals and Kunsthaus Bregenz, completed just a year apart in 1996 and 1997, his work privileges the experiential qualities of individual buildings over the technological, cultural and theoretical focus often favored by his contemporaries.

Bruder Klaus Field Chapel. Image © Samuel Ludwig Steilneset Memorial. Image © Andrew Meredith Saint Benedict Chapel. Image © Felipe Camus Kunsthaus Bregenz. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/heyitschili/4163419615'>Flickr user heyitschili</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> + 16

125 Best Architecture Books

Architecture has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the surface of a structure. For practitioners, citizens interested, and students alike, books on architecture offer invaluable context to the profession, be it practical, inspirational, academic, or otherwise. So, for those of you looking to expand your bookshelf (or confirm your own tastes), ArchDaily has gathered a broad list of architectural books that we consider of interest to those in the field.

In compiling this list, we sought out titles from different backgrounds with the aim of revealing divergent cultural contexts. From essays to monographs, urban theory to graphic novels, each of the following either engage directly with or flirt on the edges of architecture.

The books on this list were chosen by our editors, and are categorized loosely by type. Read on to see the books we consider valuable to anyone interested in architecture | Last updated in December 2019.

Online Masterclass: Learning from Everything

IE School of Architecture and Design and ArchDaily would like to invite you to join this outstanding online masterclass by Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

13 Design Solutions to Organize your Workout at Home

© Toshiyuki Yano © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Toshiyuki Yano © Adrien Williams + 17

As cities keep growing and daily realities quickly shift, people turn to new and ever-changing ways to maintain their well-being. While the promotion of active lifestyles has been the focus of many Planners and Architects (Pedestrian/ bike-friendly cities, parks or fitness/ sports centers) aiming to support Human comfort and health, recent times have shown that these publicly coveted facilities might not always be accessible.   

The solution is as clear as day. In fact, if you’re not engaging in it nowadays, you’re probably witnessing those around you working out from home or even offices.  Workplaces have been also adapting their interior spaces, having designated areas and equipment available for those eager to take a break from work. 

Call for Entries: Food Academy Logo

CODE - COmpetitions for DEsigners - and the Municipality of Castelfranco Emilia launch FOOD ACADEMY LOGO, a call for ideas to design the logo for a high-level hub for food culture in the enchanting Villa Sorra. The winners will be selected by a jury made of renowned professionals with the likes of Ale Giorgini, Armando Milani, Alberto Moreu, Tanino Liberatore, Giovanni Avosani. A total cash prize of € 2,000 will be awarded to the winning projects.

"City Details" : Worldwide Trends and Best Design Solutions for Megacities Exhibition

“A city is a unity of dissimilar elements,” said Aristotle, and his words still ring true. Today, millions of people live in megacities with different, often conflicting interests, and the task of urban planners is to make cities convenient for everyone, taking into account the characteristics of their inhabitants. 

Grafton Architects: Get to Know 2020 Pritzker Winners’ Built Work

University of Limerick Medical School / Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis Gilbert Urban Institute of Ireland / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh Waterloo Lane Mews / Grafton Architects. Image © Ros Kavanagh Kingston University Town House / Grafton Architects. Image © Ed Reeve + 16

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara founded Grafton Architects in 1978, after they met each other at the School of Architecture at University College Dublin. The practice, named after the street where the duo's first office was located, has been awarded this year’s prestigious 2020 Pritzker Award. Grafton's built work reflects the continued search of architectural excellence, in buildings ranging from small scale housing to large public volumes.

Tokyo City Guide: 25 Iconic Buildings to Visit in Japan's Capital City

Similar to Berlin, Tokyo’s architecture is overwhelming modern due to its destruction during the 20th Century. Its minimalistic yet experimental architecture has drawn the world's attention, attracting a considerable number of tourists to the Japanese capital every year. New technologies and old traditions are assembled together to build this city, providing it with uniqueness in its architecture and design along with the richness from the way they build with concrete, wood, and glass.

The following list showcases 25 iconic and contemporary buildings that will provide a good starting point for your first visit to Japan's largest city, including works from renowned architects such as Nikken Sekkei, Herzog & De Meuron, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, Kenzo Tange, OMA and Kazuyo Sejima.

Online Masterclass: Tech Trends and the New Digital Workplace Ecosystem

IE School of Architecture and Design and ArchDaily would like to invite you to join this outstanding online masterclass by Xiaolin Gu, currently Ideation Workplaces Strategist at Haworth.

A systematic concept of workplace strategy advances with the times. It’s closely related to the evolvement of technology and the work patterns of the new generation workforce.

Ananda House / IBUKU

© Stephen Johnson © Shaan Hurley © Stephen Johnson © Stephen Johnson + 20

Abiansemal, Indonesia
  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Who Should Win the 2020 Pritzker Prize?

Once The Hyatt Foundation has revealed the announcement date of the Pritzker Prize 2020 Winner, the speculation has begun to swirl around which architect will be named next laureate of the trophy. What used to be a somewhat predictable award has become less so in recent years, and if you look at the list of people who have won before, you will realize that anything is possible.

Masterclass: Disruptive Design to Transform Business

IE School of Architecture and Design and ArchDaily, would like to invite you to join this outstanding face to face masterclass by Elvira Muñoz, Director of the Master in Strategic Design of Spaces at IE School of Architecture & Design and Principal of Interior Design for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at AECOM.

Join us at COSENTINO´s offices in New York or Miami to discover how to implement innovative design changes that impact behavior and align with an organization’s goals — whatever they may be. Elvira will explain how investing in physical and digital spaces has a myriad of benefits for a company allowing them to enhance functionality, brand strengthening and boosting productivity and satisfaction, while also providing sustainable solutions.