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Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

03:05 - 20 February, 2018
Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

It's time to get your applications ready! Now in its 11th year, the World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from  November 28 to 30. Organizers expect nearly 500 architectural practices to compete for prizes in over 30 categories. The event moves to the historic Dutch city following two years in Berlin.

The Festival is the world's largest live architecture awards event--all shortlisted architecture projects are presented in person by the architects to an esteemed panel of judges. And this year, nearly half of the 120 judges are expected to be women. 

75 Valentines for Architects and (Architecture) Lovers

10:05 - 12 February, 2018

Spread the love! These 75 architecture valentines—handmade by ArchDaily readers from around the world—were chosen out of nearly 400 submissions. 

The message that we wrote last year is so important that we'll say it again: ArchDaily's mission is to improve the quality of life of the world's inhabitants by publishing content for architects, designers, and decision-makers. We also realize how important tolerance, acceptance, and love are to the process of building a better world. So, from us to you, and from your fellow readers to the world, may you feel a wealth of love on this Valentine's Day. <3

3D Printing Fuses Thai Craftsmanship to Create Habitable Concrete Structures

06:00 - 12 February, 2018
3D Printing Fuses Thai Craftsmanship to Create Habitable Concrete Structures, Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation
Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation

Siam Research and Innovation Company (SRI) is a Thailand-based cement manufacturer that has been developing innovations to push the limits of 3D printing in architecture. Their project 'Triple S' –developed in 2017– is based on traditional Thai craftsmanship to generate Surface, Structure, and Shelter in a single process; its specific artisanal form creating beautiful framework for structural purposes, easily building living spaces.

Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation + 22

Ateliereen Architecten Creates Playful, Permeable Structure Using Metal and Wood

15:00 - 10 February, 2018
Ateliereen Architecten Creates Playful, Permeable Structure Using Metal and Wood, © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven)
© Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven)

Ateliereen Architecten has proposed a metal and wood configuration for an observation tower in Peize, Netherlands. Their plan is to construct a resistant, permeable and playful structure.

The project is designed so that people climbing up the tower will have unique viewpoints. This tower is also easily assembled from screws and bolts. 

© Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) + 26

Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints

08:00 - 10 February, 2018
Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints, Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol
Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol

"Exoskeleton" is a pavilion that shows how Computer Aided Manufacturing can create rapid prototypes. This manufacturing process allows for real-scale construction and experimentation with limited resources. 

In this project, a system of modules, designed with different dimensions, is put together with simple joints without nails or screws. This allows for different surfaces to be formed and for the pieces to be rotated and assembled at various angles and heights.

Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol + 46

"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.

MVRDV Reveals Design For Dawn Bridge, A 80m-Long Dual Use Crossing in Shanghai

15:00 - 8 February, 2018
MVRDV Reveals Design For Dawn Bridge, A 80m-Long Dual Use Crossing in Shanghai, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

The 24-m wide crossing, located near the historical town of Zhujiajiao, will feature spaces for gatherings and scenic views. MVRDV's competition-winning design for a pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be completed by 2019. 

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.

Show Us Your Best Architectural Model Photos!

06:00 - 5 February, 2018
Show Us Your Best Architectural Model Photos!, A model of Peter Zumthor's Saint Benedict Chapel, built for Kenneth Frampton's "Studies in Tectonic Culture" class at Columbia GSAPP and <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/805658/these-intricate-architectural-models-will-change-how-you-see-their-famous-full-size-counterparts'>photographed by James Ewing for the exhibition "Stagecraft: Models and Photos"</a>. Image © James Ewing, Courtesy Columbia GSAPP
A model of Peter Zumthor's Saint Benedict Chapel, built for Kenneth Frampton's "Studies in Tectonic Culture" class at Columbia GSAPP and photographed by James Ewing for the exhibition "Stagecraft: Models and Photos". Image © James Ewing, Courtesy Columbia GSAPP

For a lot of architects, models hold a special place in our hearts. Whereas a building can take years to construct and usually can't be drastically altered as it nears completion, a model provides architects with the immediacy and flexibility we crave as designers while also allowing us to feel like we're really making something—a feeling that digital modeling software can rarely provide.

Models have even played decisive roles in the careers of many world-famous architects. Peter Zumthor, for example, is known to prefer the tactility of models over other forms of representation, while early in his career Steven Holl gained recognition for his visionary "Bridge of Houses" proposal for the Highline in New York, presented through a series of provocative models. And, physical models have even been key in some of the great advancements of the profession: In the 1990s, Frank Gehry's pioneering work in digital design involved tracing the forms of his digital models into CATIA software, whereas Frei Otto's models using soap films from the 1960s were key in his research into tensile structures.

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

12:00 - 3 February, 2018
© Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides." 

Traditionally, heyuans were large single-family homes, built to house multiple generations of descendants, thus the essential gathering place for micro-communities. Today, however, many heyuans in China are faced with the challenges of encroaching urban development. The national reforms of the 1950’s divided up many existing courtyards to be occupied by multiple families and groups, exhausting ancient sanitation systems nationwide. These practical circumstances together with market-driven conditions have sparked a renewed interest among architects, to upgrade the conditions of these ancient courtyards and explore the spatial and conceptual possibilities of the typology within their fast-changing urban fabric. Scroll down for a selection of projects that will refresh your understanding of Chinese courtyards.

© Mingming Zhang Courtesy of hyperSity Architects Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing © Weiqi Jin, Ning Wang + 17

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

2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

08:25 - 1 February, 2018
2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

2018 has been an unprecedented year for ArchDaily’s Building of the Year Awards.

But before we get to shortlisted nominees, we want to emphasize the values embodied by this awards process. As the world’s largest platform for architecture we are acutely aware of our responsibility to the profession, and to the advancement of architecture as a discipline. Since our mission is directly related to the architecture of the future—in inspiring and educating the global community of architects who will design the urban fabric of the future—the trust placed in us by our readers to reflect architectural trends from regions around the whole world creates challenges that we are eager to rise to. The democratically-voted, user-centered Building of the Year Awards is one of the key pillars of our response to these challenges, aiming to tear down established hierarchies and geographical barriers.

By participating in the process, the ArchDaily community decides what it means to push architecture forward. So without further ado, these are the most inspiring building, according to ArchDaily readers.

Urban Equipment for Public Spaces Helps to Build a Bike-Friendly City

06:00 - 30 January, 2018
Urban Equipment for Public Spaces Helps to Build a Bike-Friendly City, Bike Lockers | Reliance Foundry
Bike Lockers | Reliance Foundry

Designing public spaces without considering the circulation and parking of bicycles is no longer an option in today's world. Accessibility for the free traffic of cyclists must also be accompanied by adequate security conditions, incorporating these devices in the best possible way to parks, sidewalks, parking lots, and the streetscape as a whole. 

Are you designing an urban space, or do the exteriors of your project require a correct link with the circulation of bicycles? Check these support elements that can help you to generate a better city for the urban commuter on wheels.

This Once-Abandoned Chinese Cloth Factory Was Refurbished Into a Thriving Cultural Center by O-Office

00:00 - 30 January, 2018
This Once-Abandoned Chinese Cloth Factory Was Refurbished Into a Thriving Cultural Center by O-Office, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 21

The iD Town in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, is a project with many charms. The building itself has a distinctive history: in its prime, it used to be the Honghua Dyeing factory, but then was abandoned. Topographically, too, this building occupies a unique place, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by the mountains and the coast of the Southern Chinese Sea. 

With minimal interventions, O-OFFICE architects have managed to refurbish this 8-hectare factory in Shenzhen into a thriving cultural and community center. The original ground floor was converted to form a large open concrete pavilion. What was once a workshop for purifying rough cloth was turned into a reception center – the Z gallery – with 7 individual artist studios, exhibition and meeting rooms and a café. Rotating wall-doors and sliding glass doors help the gallery take on different expressions during different events or in different seasons.

AIA Responds to Actions Taken by 25 States to Reduce Architectural Licensure Requirements

16:15 - 26 January, 2018
AIA Responds to Actions Taken by 25 States to Reduce Architectural Licensure Requirements , Courtesy of AIA
Courtesy of AIA

With a growing number of states choosing to rollback professional architectural licensure requirements, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a “Where We Stand” statement calling for the reinforcement of the practice, which they believe stand to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and shield consumers from unqualified practitioners.”

According to the AIA, over the past 5 years, legislative or executive actions have been taken in at least 25 states to impose the “least restrictive regulations” for professional licensure, with several states recommending the elimination of all licenses in the state.

Neat and Tidy or Messy and Cluttered: Which Inspires More Creativity?

08:00 - 17 January, 2018
Neat and Tidy or Messy and Cluttered: Which Inspires More Creativity?, © ArchDaily | Eduardo Souza & Matheus Pereira
© ArchDaily | Eduardo Souza & Matheus Pereira

While architects are known for promoting sleek, clutter-free spaces, we have to ask: is this the best way to inspire creativity? Personal preference certainly plays a large part in how you respond to a stark table-tops with nary a stray pencil--maybe this is your nirvana. Or perhaps it’s theoretically preferable but once you have to sit down and work, you find yourself uninspired.

Author Tim Harford researched and compiled a number of examples for his book Messy in which “creativity, responsiveness, [and] resilience” were “integral to the disorder, confusion and disarray.” Do you agree? Or perhaps more importantly, what are you surrounded by when you’re in the zone and at your creative peak?

Fact Check: Which of These Architecture Rumors are Actually True?

09:30 - 15 January, 2018
Fact Check: Which of These Architecture Rumors are Actually True?

Fact-checking website Snopes (also known as the internet's first fact-checking website) has now been debunking Urban Legends and setting the record straight when it comes to "questionable" and/or fantastic stories for 23 years. In its two decades of operation, it has amassed not only thousands of well-researched explanations to perplexing myths but has also garnered the praise of news outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes. So what can Snopes tell us about our dear profession? Get your facts right with our list of dubious (and some not-so-dubious) claims about architecture, buildings, and city design.

Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process

16:00 - 4 January, 2018
Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process , Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Plans announced last month for Apple’s first global flagship store in the southern hemisphere have prompted outrage among Melbournites, who are criticizing the complete lack of public input in the project’s approval process.

The new three-story building, designed by Foster + Partners, would require the demolition of the existing Yarra Building, and would change the character of Federation Square, a popular public location for gatherings and events. But before being announced, the project was already fast-tracked through the first stage of planning approval, thanks to a partnership with the city.