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Open Call: 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship

16:00 - 22 May, 2018

To architecture students worldwide, MAD encourages you to apply for the 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship. 

Ma Yansong, founding principal partner of MAD Architects, initiated MAD Travel Fellowship in 2009. During the past 8 years, the program has sponsored 45 students for their overseas architecture travels to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. MAD believes it is only through travel – the visceral experience of interacting with, and being influenced by, different spaces – that one can begin to understand ideas of context and gain a deeper insight into architecture.

ArkDes Launches New Instagram Uncovering Hidden Objects From Sweden’s National Architecture Collection

10:44 - 18 May, 2018
ArkDes Launches New Instagram Uncovering Hidden Objects From Sweden’s National Architecture Collection, Courtesy of ArkDes
Courtesy of ArkDes

ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, have launched a new Instagram account showcasing “surprising objects” and never-before-seen gems from Sweden’s national architecture collection. ArkDes Collections, which presents an eclectic mix of drawings, models, and photographs by architects including Ralph Erskine, Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz and Bernt Nyberg, has also highlighted significant work by lesser-known practitioners, such as Léonie Geisendorf and Mariana Manner.

With four million objects, the museum cares for one of the largest collections of architectural objects in Europe. Covering Swedish architecture from the mid-19th Century up to the present day, with an emphasis on the first half of the 20th Century, objects posted on the account are selected by curators, architects, designers, and thinkers.

Spotlight: Walter Gropius

07:30 - 18 May, 2018
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.

Now Live: Watch Balkrishna Doshi’s Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture Online

18:30 - 16 May, 2018

Update: Watch the lecture with the video above!

Balkrishna Doshi, the 90-year-old architect who became the first ever Indian winner of the architecture world's most prestigious award earlier this year, will present his Pritzker Prize Laureate Lecture entitled "Paths Uncharted" on Wednesday 16th May at 6:30 pm ET. The event is hosted by The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, at the school's new home in the Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent. The lecture will be one of the first events at the new building and marks the 40th anniversary of the Pritzker Prize. 2018 will also be the first year that the award is presented in Canada.

Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing

16:00 - 16 May, 2018
Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing, Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes
Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Chilean Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

At the centre of Sala dell’Isoloto stands a large-scale model of a building made of rammed earth. On closer examination, the sixty pieces that comprise the building’s oval shape appear less to be made of earth as carved in it. Layers of soil with slight variations in colour and texture recall that it is land what is at stake at the Chilean Pavilion. The layering of the pavilion’s pieces is the footprint of an artisanal process of production by which a fragile, discrete material—soil, bare earth—is transformed into a stable, monolithic object. Simultaneously heavy and fragile, these objects are in turn symbolic fragments of another transmutation: one by which slum dwellers were transformed into property owners in an event at Chile’s National Stadium, and one by which a city that grew unplanned becomes visible and fixed in a plan, that of a building able to narrate its own history.

Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes + 7

Egyptian Pavilion at Venice Biennale to Explore How Urban Markets Are Redefining the Concept of "Free Space"

04:00 - 15 May, 2018
Egyptian Pavilion at Venice Biennale to Explore How Urban Markets Are Redefining the Concept of "Free Space", Souq Aljuma by the Authors
Souq Aljuma by the Authors

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Egyptian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

The Egyptian pavilion curated by architects Islam El Mashtooly and Mouaz Abouzaid, and architecture professor Cristiano Luchetti proposes the theme of redevelopment and strategies of requalification of spontaneous commercial spaces across the entire country. The phenomenon of "free", unstructured, often abusive and illegal trading is predominant in many urban and suburban areas. The traditional souk is no longer confined to narrow streets and interstitial spaces of the historical fabric. Indeed, the space of commerce extends its tentacles seamlessly along the lines of urban streams without any apparent rule. The project for the pavilion focuses on these strategic spatialities but also on their content. The trading of Roba Becciah is a large portion of all market activities. Disused items produced and dismissed by consumerist societies are first collected, and then stacked in areas of such dimensions to create mono-functional enclaves for future trading purposes. The Roba Becciah represents for the curators an important metaphor of the anthropological-urban condition of the contemporary world.

Canada Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine Architecture & Restoration of the Canada Pavilion

16:00 - 14 May, 2018
Canada Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine Architecture & Restoration of the Canada Pavilion,  Canada Pavilion 1957 or 1958. Photo: NGC
Canada Pavilion 1957 or 1958. Photo: NGC

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Canada Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

After close to 60 years of exhibitions featuring the work of some of Canada’s most celebrated artists and architects, the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy is undergoing a major, $3-million restoration. The designated heritage building is an important architectural landmark in the Giardini di Castello, the traditional site of the International Art and Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia.

Will Alsop Dies at the Age of 70

18:20 - 13 May, 2018
Will Alsop Dies at the Age of 70, By Malcolm Crowther - Malcolm Crowther, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33576225">Link</a>
By Malcolm Crowther - Malcolm Crowther, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Will Alsop, the British architect known for his colorful and unconventional designs, has died at age 70. As reported by The Guardian, Alsop passed away on Saturday following a short illness, with his firm aLL Design confirming the news on Sunday.

Chinese Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Investigate "Building a Future Countryside"

04:00 - 11 May, 2018
Chinese Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Investigate "Building a Future Countryside", Ruralation Shenaoli Library / Zhang Lei. Image © Yao Li, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
Ruralation Shenaoli Library / Zhang Lei. Image © Yao Li, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Chinese Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

The motivation for this exhibition is more than just xiangchou, a Chinese term that refers to nostalgia for rural lands. We return to the countryside where Chinese culture originated to recover forgotten values and overlooked possibilities; from there, we will build a future countryside.
– Li Xiangning (Curator)

One of the major challenges facing contemporary built environments is the future of rural development. In China, the countryside has become a new frontier for experiments in this area, and the country is developing its countryside at a speed and scale unseen in the West. Drawn by the promise of boundless opportunity, architects, artists, developers—as well as capital flow—are converging in rural areas across the nation.

An Old-New House Recycling The Rural during the Celebration / Rural Urban Framework. Image © John Lin, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Xiaozuo Museum / Dong Yugan. Image © Dong Yugan, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / Hua Li. Image © Su Shengliang, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Beijing Cidi Memo iTown / Liu Yuyang. Image © Xiazhi, Courtesy Pavilion of China at the 16th Venice Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia + 11

Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork

11:35 - 8 May, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork, CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay
CEO of WeWork Alex Neumann with Bjarke Ingels. Image © Alexei Hay

WeWork has announced that Bjarke Ingels will be its new Chief Architect. Ingels, who has taken the architecture world by storm since founding BIG in 2005, will continue in his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director of his firm, however in his new role at WeWork he also "will offer his insights and ideas to extend and help us push the boundaries of architecture, real estate, technology, and design," explained WeWork today in a press statement.

gmp Wins Competition for Science Complex in Suzhou, China

16:00 - 4 May, 2018
gmp Wins Competition for Science Complex in Suzhou, China, Courtesy of gmp Atchain
Courtesy of gmp Atchain

By 2020, an innovation campus with offices and laboratories for young companies in the high-tech field will be developed in Suzhou, the eastern Chinese metropolis. The total of 330,000 square meters of gross floor area is provided in five building clusters of different sizes, which are arranged offset from each other around a park and lake landscape. In the spring of 2018, the design by Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) and WES landscape architects won first prize in the competition for the project. 

Exhibition hall, floor plan, level 1 Site plan Courtesy of gmp Atchain Courtesy of gmp Atchain + 15

Spotlight: Jane Jacobs

10:30 - 4 May, 2018
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.

Bjarke Ingels Features on Cover of Latest Issue of Surface Magazine

10:00 - 2 May, 2018
Bjarke Ingels Features on Cover of Latest Issue of Surface Magazine, © LEGO
© LEGO

In recent years, it seems like Bjarke Ingels has been everywhere you look; he has been profiled by The New Yorker, was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2016, has given TED Talks, and featured in countless other documentaries, videos, and articles (yes, including many on ArchDaily). But there is one place he hasn't yet appeared: on the cover of Surface Magazine. Today, with the launch of Surface's May/June issue, that changes.

"When The New Yorker published Ian Parker’s 11,000-word story on BIG’s rise in 2012, I knew Surface should put a pause on any major coverage, at least for several years, just to see how the firm’s story would evolve," says Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey to explain the magazine's apparent omission. "I think that inkling was right: BIG has grown to five hundred employees, twelve partners, and three offices, with twenty projects under construction and fifty in development. His clients include Google, WeWork, and Audemars Piguet. There’s so much to unpack now."

Courtesy of Google © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Rasmus Hjortshøj © BIG + 6

ArchDaily's 100 Favorite Wood Projects in the US

00:00 - 1 May, 2018
ArchDaily's 100 Favorite Wood Projects in the US, © Randal Connaughton
© Randal Connaughton

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. Accompanied by different techniques - crafted or prefabricated - wooden construction has remained relevant in the history and forefront of architecture and design, thanks to new technologies that have expanded its possibilities.

From temporary pavilions to single-family homes and vertical, large-scale institutions, wood has maintained 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 this material which has also been posible thanks to the new regulations that allow further exploring and diversity.

Here are 100 examples of wood structures in the United States that we have selected from our favorite ArchDaily projects.

7 Projects Inspired by Feng Shui Principles

12:30 - 29 April, 2018
7 Projects Inspired by Feng Shui Principles

Feng Shui (in Chinese thought) is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

We have selected seven projects that are based on the concepts of this Eastern wisdom to conceive their spaces.

Spotlight: Peter Zumthor

05:30 - 26 April, 2018
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

Is Architecture Synonymous with Stress?

06:00 - 17 April, 2018
Is Architecture Synonymous with Stress?, © Filipe Vasconcelos
© Filipe Vasconcelos

The idea of becoming an architect and working in the field can seem to go against notions of a good work-life balance. With long journeys, pressing deadlines and the need to make informed decisions quickly, combined with potentially low wages and a quagmire of tricky working relationships and red-tape, architecture is conceived to be one of the most stressful professions.

A survey by Architect's Journal in 2016 found that 25% of UK architecture students are seeking mental health related treatments. In an article by Jennifer Whelan, published in May 2014 about mental health of architectural students, the author discusses the results of research conducted by the University of Toronto Graduate Student of Architecture, Landscape and Design (GALDSU) where the majority of students admitted to regularly pulling all-nighters, skipping meals, forgoing extracurricular social activities, and rarely exercising in order to finish projects on time.

This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World's Largest Planetarium

08:00 - 16 April, 2018
This Wooden Geodesic Dome Contains the World's Largest Planetarium, © Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko
© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko

The project inscribed inside a gasholder in St. Petersburg, aims to transform an industrial area into an educational and scientific center with a large projection screen. The fun part? It is located in a large geodesic dome.

The geometric model is made up of mainly with wood and metal links for a light and resistant construction.

© Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko © Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko © Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko © Anastasia Ra, Daria Priroda, Olga Romanenko + 33