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The Workplace Paradox: Join the IE School of Architecture and Design's Master Class

03:00 - 19 November, 2018
The Workplace Paradox: Join the IE School of Architecture and Design's Master Class

At IE School of Architecture and Design, we know that the world of work is changing so fast that we cannot always keep up. Industry disruptors, such as emerging technologies, are unsettling the setup of the traditional office. Workforce demands, the ongoing talent war, and the threat of job replacement by AI all contribute to a workforce under tremendous pressure, creating new dynamics at work.

The Cynical Optimism of Living Architecture

09:30 - 13 November, 2018
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale
Dune House / JVA. Image © Nils Petter Dale

Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

© Edmund Sumner. ImageBalancing Barn / MVRDV Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher A House for Essex / FAT & Grayson Perry. Image © Gilbert McCarragher Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor. Image Courtesy of Peter Zumthor, Living Architecture + 31

Erieta Attali's Poetic Archaeology of Light Shows Architecture in Extreme Terrains

01:30 - 6 November, 2018
Erieta Attali's Poetic Archaeology of Light Shows Architecture in Extreme Terrains, Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali
Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali

Erieta Attali has devoted two decades to exploring the relationship between architecture and the landscape at the edges of the world. Attali’s photography interrogates how extreme conditions and demanding terrains provoke humankind to re-orient and center itself through architectural responses. Her unrelenting and highly physical expedition has seen her traverse four continents, working in isolated and remote terrains from Iceland to the Indian Ocean.

BENFERRI Multifunctional Building / Rafael Landete + Emilio Cortes

01:00 - 5 November, 2018
BENFERRI Multifunctional Building / Rafael Landete + Emilio Cortes, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos + 16

10 Years of WAF's World Building of the Year

09:00 - 30 October, 2018
Courtesy of Grafton Architects. ImageUniversita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects  Save this picture! via Grafton Architects via Grafton Architects
Courtesy of Grafton Architects. ImageUniversita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects Save this picture! via Grafton Architects via Grafton Architects

 

A Selection of the World’s Best Architects

04:00 - 29 October, 2018
A Selection of the World’s Best Architects, © Ossip Van Duivenbode. ImageTianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute
© Ossip Van Duivenbode. ImageTianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute

To rank architects, or to even pretend that any list or selection would be exhaustive and/or apply to the individual tastes of every architecture lover, seems, on the surface, a pointless task. However, as we move away from looking for inspiration from merely the great masters or the handful of contemporary firms studied in academic programs, it is important to shine a light on the works that we, as ArchDaily editors, have found particularly valuable. Of the thousands of architects whose projects have been selected to be published on our site, we occasionally notice firms whose work stands out. Whether we’re drawn to their innovative approach to practice, the role they play in contributing to their local communities, or their generosity, we are eager to display their work as an example, so that others may be inspired to challenge the status quo.

100 Years of Change in New York's Skyline: 1920 - 2020

04:00 - 18 October, 2018
100 Years of Change in New York's Skyline: 1920 - 2020, via Liberty Cruises
via Liberty Cruises

Manhattan is known for its iconic skyline, brimming with skyscrapers, high rises, and some of the most impressive architecture in the world. But it wasn’t always that way; it took hundreds of years for New York City to become the structurally diverse, world-famous city that it is today.

Architecture Costumes For Halloween, Carnival and Office Parties

05:00 - 16 October, 2018
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko
The Original Whitney by Lina Bondarenko

This was originally posted on October 17, 2017.

When it's time to dress up for Halloween, Carnival or theme parties, people often choose costumes that resonate with their interests. This is especially true for architects, who are particularly well-suited to designing and building head-turning outfits. For students and young architects, the yearning to construct (and destruct) stems from the will to create elaborate headpieces and ingenious appendages.

Foster + Partners' Bloomberg HQ Wins 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's Best New Building

07:45 - 11 October, 2018
Foster + Partners' Bloomberg HQ Wins 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's Best New Building, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced Foster + Partner's Bloomberg HQ as the winner of the 2018 Stirling Prize. Seen as the UK's most prestigious architecture award, this award is given to the building " that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year." Selected from a list of six projects, the design highlights the collaboration between a civic-minded client and architect, as well as addressing the public realm.

© Nigel Young © James Newton © Nigel Young © Nigel Young + 37

The Best Architecture Documentaries

04:00 - 8 October, 2018
The Best Architecture Documentaries

Culled from our annual documentaries posts, these films feature architecture and architects in more informative and intimate ways. With more and more film festivals dedicated to architecture itself, you can likely catch these on the big screen in a city near you! 

World Architecture Day 2018: Our Editors Celebrate with their Favorite Stories and Projects

16:15 - 1 October, 2018
World Architecture Day 2018: Our Editors Celebrate with their Favorite Stories and Projects, 100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image © Martina Rubino
100 Classrooms for Refugee Children / Emergency Architecture & Human Rights. Image © Martina Rubino

Created by the Union International des Architects (UIA) in 2005, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October, aiming to highlight and remind the world of the architecture's collective responsibility in designing the world's future cities and settlements. To celebrate, ArchDaily's editors have chosen stories from the year so far that have interested, excited, or inspired them. Read on to see the stories.

116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students

09:30 - 11 September, 2018
116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students, © Leandro Fuenzalida | ArchDaily
© Leandro Fuenzalida | ArchDaily

Architecture, while a profession that is very visibly and tangibly realized, has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the surface of a structure. What urges architects to design the way they do? What are their motivations, their affiliations, their interests? For practitioners 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), we have gathered a broad list of 116 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 each of our editors, and are categorized loosely by type. Within their categorization, they are organized alphabetically. Read on to see the books we consider valuable to anyone interested in architecture. 

“the CITYisEVERYWHERE”: The Kosovo Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 7 September, 2018
“the CITYisEVERYWHERE”: The Kosovo Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Jetmir Idrizi
© Jetmir Idrizi

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Kosovo Pavilion. Below, curator Eliza Hoxha describes the exhibition in her own words.

The ‘90s in Kosovo under the Milošević regime are known as times of repression, a time when ethnic Albanians were expelled from all state-run institutions and thereby removed from public life. Funded by the 3 percent income tax mainly from Albanian Diaspora, Albanians created a parallel system of education, culture and healthcare in their private houses, which citizens offered for free. These private houses provided space for public life for almost ten years in Pristina, the capital and other cities in Kosovo. In the ‘90s, life that the city center provided for everyone ended for Albanians, and all activity was dislocated to the periphery. The entire Albanian community shrank into private houses. The house became a school, a restaurant, a promotional activity space, an office, an art gallery, a hospital and a home at the same time.

The Best Architecture Schools in the U.S. 2019

06:15 - 5 September, 2018
The Best Architecture Schools in the U.S. 2019, via Shutterstock.com
via Shutterstock.com

The results of DesignIntelligence's annual ranking of architecture schools in the USA are now being determined with a change in the survey question previously used to determine rankings. This year, instead of being asked "Which programs in the United States are best preparing students for a future in the profession?", architecture and interior design professionals responded to two new questions: "What schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture, and student preparation for the profession?" and "From which schools have you hired the greatest number of (undergraduate or graduate) students in the last five years?". 

The Best Structures of Burning Man 2018

14:00 - 3 September, 2018
The Best Structures of Burning Man 2018, Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels
Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels

As Burning Man 2018 comes to a close, snapshots and glimpses of the event have begun to emerge in the mediasphere. The most recognizable among these is, perhaps, BIG's Orb, a hovering sphere representing a scaled version of the earth itself.

100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US

04:00 - 30 August, 2018
100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US, © Jeremy Bitterman
© Jeremy Bitterman

Considered one of the noblest building materials - and also a favorite of many global architects - wood delivers aesthetic, structural, and practical value in the most versatile of ways. Through different techniques, such as crafted or prefabricated wood, wooden construction remains relevant not only in the history but also in the forefront of architecture and design (thanks to new technologies that have expanded its possibilities).

From temporary pavilions to single-family homes and multi-story, large-scale institutions, wood has shown its value at the same level as many other structural materials such as steel, brick, or even concrete. This is especially prominent in the United States, where renowned architects are using new techniques to advance the solutions that this material can provide. Also, new regulations are allowing architects to further explore the diversity and possibilities of building with wood.

With the help of ThinkWood, we’ve gathered 100 examples of the best wood structures in the United States.

Energy Harvesting: Charge Your Car in 3 Hours at This Solar Powered Electric Station

06:00 - 26 August, 2018
Energy Harvesting: Charge Your Car in 3 Hours at This Solar Powered Electric Station, Courtesy of MDT-Tex
Courtesy of MDT-Tex

In recent years, solar energy has become a very popular method to power electric vehicles. This emerging technology has motivated the development of new architectural typologies. An evident evolution of traditional gas stations, it could be foreseen that solar-powered charging stations will begin to significantly grow in numbers in our cities in both public and private spaces.

Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart & Creative Bookcase Designs

06:00 - 20 August, 2018
Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart & Creative Bookcase Designs, Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi

Sharing your shelf is, in a way, sharing yourself. Every element - from the titles you choose to the way you organize them - says something about your personality and your interests. 

Images of bookcases have become explosively popular online in recent years, tapping into trends around hygge and #architectureporn. Who wouldn't want to cozy up in a library filled with dusty books and lush plants? But these images typically present bookcases just as a decorative element, superfluous to the actual design of the space. 

Like many things, when architects take on the design of bookcases they can become so much more: recessed and hidden, cantilevered, patterned, embedded...the list goes on! We've rounded up some of the finest examples of bookcases that combine practicality with ingenuity. Read on for more: