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Ella Thorns

As a writer for ArchDaily, I am particularly intrigued by the sensitivity of architecture towards nature and people, as well as discovering the new and evolving technologies and materials that enrich our spatial experience. After only studying architecture for two years so far at the University of Bath, I find myself in the fortunate situation of being surrounded by many inspiring architectural minds and look to further expand both my knowledge and experience of architecture and the built environment.

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How Schools in Africa Can Benefit From Clever Design and Mango Trees

06:00 - 5 March, 2018
How Schools in Africa Can Benefit From Clever Design and Mango Trees, Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation
Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation

Many children in Africa are forced to bear the brunt of attending schools with poor ventilation that can easily overheat under the African sun. WAYAiR’s proposal for a new school in Ulyankulu tackles the climate issue and provide an “educational village” respecting the local heritage and identity of the town. WAYAiR is a group of like-minded educators that for the last 25 years have developed their unique school program in Poznan, Poland using an art based educational program and now wish to share their expertise worldwide.

Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation Courtesy of WAYAiR Foundation + 16

Winning Design Seeks to Increase Public Power Corporation Headquarter's Environmental Awareness

12:00 - 3 March, 2018
Winning Design Seeks to Increase Public Power Corporation Headquarter's Environmental Awareness, Courtesy of Micromega
Courtesy of Micromega

Micromega’s winning proposal for the new Public Power Corporation HQ in Athens seeks to define the company’s public character in creating an integrated urban park around and under the structure. The site which held the steam-powered station is to become a contemporary landmark for the city whilst establishing a dialogue with the historical complex and the existing old electricity factory.

Through Micromega’s design, PPC’s commitment to sustainable forms of energy will be established by three main “topoi” (spaces) that educate and express the company’s renewable sources – sun, wind, and water. In the creation of the new urban park, the architects hope to activate environmental awareness, reminding the public of the alternative clean sources available.

Safdie Architects Selected to Design the Main Library and Cultural Center in Boise

06:00 - 27 February, 2018
Safdie Architects Selected to Design the Main Library and Cultural Center in Boise, <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/david-lyon/6696935065'>Flickr user David Lyon</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Flickr user David Lyon licensed under CC BY 2.0

Last week, Boise City Council unanimously approved world-renowned Safdie Architects to lead the local design team for the new cultural and civic center in downtown Boise. The center will expand the main library and bring it into the 21st century as well as becoming the new home for Boise Department of Arts & History that will house a performing arts venue for 400 capacity, gallery, and retail space.

NYC's High Line Wins the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

14:00 - 24 February, 2018
NYC's High Line Wins the 2017 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design , © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Eight long and prosperous years have passed since the first part of the New York High Line opened in 2009. As a prominent piece New York's architectural and urban identity, it is no wonder that it has been awarded the Harvard GSD Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, recognising the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the High Line for their adaptivity to the changing context of the park and their support from the beginning for design excellence.

The jury was particularly inspired by the multidisciplinary project between James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf, spanning the public and private domains as a model of collaborative design. It was also commented on the social and political relevance of the High Line in saving a piece of American history from ruin and interacting through community outreach programs and a wider dissemination program for cities across the US.

How the Urban Tower Retro67 Will Celebrate the Vulnerable Heritage of Lebanon

07:00 - 21 February, 2018
How the Urban Tower Retro67 Will Celebrate the Vulnerable Heritage of Lebanon, Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA
Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA

Beirut has seen an influx of wealth into the area ever since the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990. Large-scale developments and designer architecture from Herzog & de Meuron, Snøhetta and David Adjaye have been popping up throughout the capital, much like its Middle Eastern neighbors. Retro67 by Andrea Vattovani Architecture, together with local architects Plan Bee Architecture, will celebrate the appearance of the old town of Beirut and reinterpret the traditional stylistic elements with the modern flair that is becoming the city’s favored style.

Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA Courtesy of IDDQD Studio & AVA + 23

Futuristic Illustrations Show What Architecture and Construction Will Look Like in 2030

08:00 - 18 February, 2018
Futuristic Illustrations Show What Architecture and Construction Will Look Like in 2030, via MIT Technology Review
via MIT Technology Review

In a world where technology is at the forefront of our lives, it’s hard to imagine that many of the jobs that are available now did not exist 10 years ago; uber drivers, social media managers, app developers and even the job of an ArchDaily writer would have seemed an abstract concept! As technology advances further, even more job positions will be created and others left behind, leaving it open to speculation as to what will come next.

It is almost impossible to predict the future, but digital agency AKQA and Mish Global have attempted the impossible and envisioned several potential jobs in the design and construction industry in 2030 following inspiration from several panels they attended at the World Economic Forum. With the speed of changes over the last decade, they don’t seem too far from reality either.

This E-Paper Tile Facade Is Inspired by the WW1 Military Optical Illusion "Razzle Dazzle"

14:00 - 17 February, 2018

San Diego Airport has unveiled their permanent interactive artwork DAZZLE on the Airport’s Rental Car Centre commissioned by San Diegos County Regional Airport Authority, that features the debut of E Ink's revolutionary prism technology on a large architectural scale. The installation has been designed to manipulate the form of the façade using inspiration from the World War I military technique “razzle dazzle” that camouflaged the outlines of ships. This phenomenon of visually scrambling the shapes to hide from being spotted can be witnessed in nature too, as the stripes on a zebra equally become an optical illusion to disrupt the predator’s perception.

Courtesy of E Ink Courtesy of E Ink Courtesy of E Ink Courtesy of E Ink + 35

FaulknerBrowns' Plans for a New Indoor Snow Slope is Inspired by Railway Architecture

08:00 - 16 February, 2018
FaulknerBrowns' Plans for a New Indoor Snow Slope is Inspired by Railway Architecture, Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects
Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

FaulknerBrowns Architects have recently submitted a planning application for a new major indoor snow and leisure center in Swindon, marked as a priority by Swindon Borough Council. The scheme is set the help regenerate the previously industrial area into a vibrant shopping district, located opposite the existing Oasis Leisure Centre. Russ Davenport, Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, said:

It is fantastic to be able to bring our experience and expertise in indoor snow and leisure destinations to Swindon for this exciting development. The complex—our fifth indoor snow scheme—will bring a neglected site back into use and provide visitors with a memorable experience, both on and off the slopes.

'Tuscanyness' Film Explores the Detachment of Modern Italian Architecture and the Fight to Restore Faith in Design

06:00 - 16 February, 2018

Following the evolution of architecture in Tuscany, this documentary maps out the decline of the region in the shadow of Brunelleschi and Alberti. From the 14th century onwards, Italy underwent a cultural rebirth that changed the entire world, bearing the architectural mastery of the Renaissance. However now, there appears to be a detachment within modern architecture and little work for the many architects who are being forced to emigrate.

World's Tallest Timber Tower to Be Built in Norway—Thanks to New Rules on What Defines a "Timber Building"

07:00 - 15 February, 2018
Courtesy of Moelven Limtre
Courtesy of Moelven Limtre

Over the last few months, we have seen a surge in large timber structures being constructed across the globe claiming to be the biggest, the tallest, or the first of their kind—for example, plans for the Dutch Mountains, the world’s largest wooden building, have recently been revealed. Contractors Moelven Limtre are one of the key drivers of this change as the perception of timber as a load-bearing material becomes more common. Their director Rune Abrahamsen is responsible for one of the current claimants of the world record for the tallest timber building, “Treet” in Bergen, at 51 meters tall. However, the contractor’s latest project Mjøstårnet is set to reach an even taller height of 81 meters.

Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre + 11

HASSELL + MVRDV's Proposal to Improve the Bay Area's Resilience in the Event of a Disaster

08:00 - 9 February, 2018
HASSELL + MVRDV's Proposal to Improve the Bay Area's Resilience in the Event of a Disaster, Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+
Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+

Following recent natural disasters including the Northern California wildfires, the HASSELL + team have been inspired to reimagine the San Francisco Bay Area as a vibrant community hub, equipped to provide temporary facilities in an emergency. As part of the competition Resilient by Design, the ten teams were asked to provide solutions for the waterfront through site-specific conceptual design and collaborative research projects.

Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ + 13

These Office Interiors are Inspired by Well-Known Fonts

08:00 - 8 February, 2018
These Office Interiors are Inspired by Well-Known Fonts, Courtesy of HomeAdvisor
Courtesy of HomeAdvisor

As many architects know, fonts have their own personality - so to use them as inspiration for office decors isn’t as crazy as you might think. Typography has the ability to instantly tell a narrative to the reader before needing to read the words, hence why we can take the decision-making behind which font to use in a project or scheme very seriously. They can hold the utmost importance in graphic design and architecture, as we often find ourselves displeased if the font is inefficient or disproportionate (take comic sans for example).

Seven unique, iconic fonts have been used as a base for each of the interior design projects below. Using their heritage, connotations, and style of the typography, HomeAdvisor have stylised each of the rooms to embody their identities and make us question their character.

The Minimalist 3D Wooden Maps Currently Crushing It on Kickstarter

09:30 - 4 February, 2018
The Minimalist 3D Wooden Maps Currently Crushing It on Kickstarter, Courtesy of CityWood
Courtesy of CityWood

There is something incredibly satisfying about 3D maps that make you want to follow the streets and rivers with your fingers, navigating your way through the urban landscape. Almost like contours, the CityWood’s minimalist maps are built up through plywood layers, laser cut with precision to one-hundredth of a millimeter and hand assembled for high-quality craftsmanship.

Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood Courtesy of CityWood + 8

What Does it Take to Design a Super Bowl Stadium?

09:30 - 1 February, 2018
© Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

On the 4th of February, Minneapolis will host the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles for the 52nd Super Bowl. With over 100 million people expected to watch the game this Sunday, all eyes will be on the city of Minneapolis—a city known for not allowing the harsh climate get in the way of their celebrations—and the brand new US Bank Stadium, where a huge permanent roof will ensure that, come rain, shine, or snow, Minneapolitans will have a space to gather and enjoy themselves.

HKS Architects took on the challenge of designing the stadium to replace the Minnesota Viking’s previous home, the Metrodome, which was known as "Minneapolis’s living room" for the strong relationship it had with the population as both a civic hub and a stadium. Unlike past stadiums the Dallas-based architects have designed, the US Bank Stadium required a different outlook, with a focus on designing a catalyst for public infrastructure and a communal space that provokes interaction with the community. So how did they achieve a structure that can both host the Super Bowl yet remain a prominent part of the city for years to come? We spoke to the lead architect on the US Bank Stadium, Lance Evans, about how to design and construct the centerpiece for one of the biggest sports events of the year.

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 59

The 13 Types of Student You Encounter During an All-Nighter

09:30 - 29 January, 2018
© Andrea Vasquez
© Andrea Vasquez

Days (or rather, nights) before the deadline, the studio becomes a haven for all those students madly rendering, photoshopping, and printing the last pieces of their presentation, using the adrenaline of the deadline for motivation. While it's common for people to disagree even on the true definition of an all-nighter—is it classed as working until the sun rises, being awake for a period of over 24 hours, or even working right through to bedtime the following evening?—students often unhealthily boast about how many they have survived.

People’s true personalities begin to blossom in the early hours of the morning, and you get to experience the person they truly are. Although many of us have probably experienced such nights, it is luckily a culture that we grow out of throughout architecture school, or at least something we get wise to and begin to reassess our priorities. But the memories of those who suffered through with us will never be forgotten.

Competition Winning Proposal for Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University Campus in Turkey Will Support the Local Industry

16:00 - 21 January, 2018
Competition Winning Proposal for Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University Campus in Turkey Will Support the Local Industry, Courtesy of Beoffice
Courtesy of Beoffice

Beoffice and HSY Architects’ competition-winning proposal for Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University Campus in Turkey represents a generation of knowledge that will flourish and support Bandırma’s innovation in industry and economy. The university will take an integrated approach to the region, blurring the boundary between campus and city with interactive spaces that can open up for flexible use.

Courtesy of Beoffice Courtesy of Beoffice Courtesy of Beoffice Courtesy of Beoffice + 61

Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care

14:00 - 21 January, 2018
Living Architecture 'Astrocyte' Questions Whether Buildings Can Think and Care, © Philip Beesley
© Philip Beesley

'Astrocyte' is a living piece of architecture that could easily be mistaken for a piece of science fiction. Engaging with the senses for an immersive experience, artist and architect Philip Beesley’s aerial structure combines chemistry, artificial intelligence, and a responsive soundscape. ‘Astrocyte’, translates from Greek to the literal meaning of star and cell, appropriate for such a complex structure that can react with the viewers' movements with patterns of light, vibrations and surround sound.

© Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley © Philip Beesley + 9

Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture

14:00 - 20 January, 2018
Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture, Courtesy of Luckey Climbers
Courtesy of Luckey Climbers

Having trained at Yale School of Architecture, Spencer Luckey decided to pursue a slightly alternate career designing vertical climbing structures to let children’s imaginations run free. Luckey Climbers are part jungle gym, part work of art that rise up off the ground with undulating platforms sprouting out, creating an abstract space to inspire creativity and intellectual development.