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Lilly Cao

ArchDaily's 2019 Summer Content Intern, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture at Columbia University

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Day-VII Architecture: How the Architecture of Polish Churches Developed in a Secular Socialist State

06:00 - 17 August, 2019
Day-VII Architecture: How the Architecture of Polish Churches Developed in a Secular Socialist State, Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland in Świdnica. Architect: Marian Tunikowski. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image
Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland in Świdnica. Architect: Marian Tunikowski. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image

Church of St Eugene de Mazenod in Kędzierzyn-Koźle. Architect: Alfons Kupka. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image Church of the Holy Spirit in Wrocław. Architects: Waldemar Wawrzyniak, Jerzy Wojnarowicz, Wojciech Święcicki, Tadeusz Zipser. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Kraków. Architects: Przemysław Gawor, Małgorzata Grabacka, Jan Grabacki. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image Church of St Maximilian Kolbe in Kicznia. Architect: Eugeniusz Baziak. Photo: Igor Snopek. Image + 46

In the mid-to-late 20th century, a secular, socialist Poland served as the backdrop for the construction of thousands of Catholic churches. In their book Day-VII Architecture, Izabela Cichonska, Karolina Popera, and Kuba Snopek analyze the paradoxical facets of this architecture born at the intersection of secularity and religion, charting how its development was influenced by liturgical reform, political movements, and the growth of postmodernism. In the excerpted introduction below, the authors unfold this history, touching on the Second Vatican Council, Solidarity, the Iron Curtain, and more in relation to the development of Day-VII Architecture's ultimately unique postmodern style. The publication has collected photographs of 100 Polish churches built after the year 1945, accompanied by interviews with their architects. To read more about the authors' original Day-VII documentation project, which served as the groundwork for this book, be sure to visit the original article "These Churches Are the Unrecognized Architecture of Poland's Anti-Communist 'Solidarity' Movement."

What are Kinetic Facades in Architecture?

07:00 - 14 August, 2019
What are Kinetic Facades in Architecture?, Illuminated facade of Galleria Centercity. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan
Illuminated facade of Galleria Centercity. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Kim Jong-Kwan

For most of the history of architecture, interesting facades were achieved through materiality or ornamentation. From the elaborately painted friezes of the Parthenon to the glass exteriors of modern skyscrapers, architecture was primarily static, only ‘changing’ as the environment would change and affect the material of the façade in differing ways, be it rain, light, rust, etc.

Al Bahar Towers facade panels. Image © Aedas Galleria Centercity facade. Image © UNStudio. Photographed by Christian Richters Shading panels of the Kiefer Technic Showroom. Image Courtesy of Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner Kinetic facade of Brisbane Domestic Terminal Carpark . Image Courtesy of Urban Art Projects + 18

‘T’ Space’s New Exhibit Celebrates the Overlooked History of an Influential Female Architect and Educator

06:00 - 10 August, 2019
‘T’ Space’s New Exhibit Celebrates the Overlooked History of an Influential Female Architect and Educator, © Susan Wides via Metropolis Magazine
© Susan Wides via Metropolis Magazine

Architect and educator Astra Zarina wasn’t just the teacher of Tom Kundig, Ed Weinstein, and Steven Holl (who designed ‘T’ Space); she was also an advocator for public spaces, cohesive urbanity, and the communities that these attributes fostered. ‘T’ Space’s newest exhibit Rome and the Teacher, Astra Zarina celebrates Zarina’s life and teachings in the context of recognizing overlooked pedagogical figures, particularly women. A recent article by Metropolis Magazine describes this exhibit in detail and with it, Zarina’s own life story.

SURGE Combines High Aesthetics with Environmentally Oriented Technology

04:00 - 3 August, 2019
SURGE Combines High Aesthetics with Environmentally Oriented Technology, Courtesy of Mingfei Sun
Courtesy of Mingfei Sun

Chinese architect Mingfei Sun has designed an environmentally oriented urban hub for Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Titled SURGE, its natural aesthetics and technological forwardness are intended to communicate a J.M.W. Turner-esque awe for the power of nature, making it an oasis of high aesthetic and ecological value.

Christophe Benichou Architecture Designs Minimalist Desert Residence

08:00 - 28 July, 2019
Christophe Benichou Architecture Designs Minimalist Desert Residence, Courtesy of Christophe Benichou Architecture
Courtesy of Christophe Benichou Architecture

Christophe Benichou Architecture's recent project Sesame is solitary and monolithic. Located in a desert, its facades are split open and fragmented, leaving parts of the walls slightly ajar. In each of these cavities sit icons of domesticity, including a bed, table, bathtub, sink, and toilet. 

Open More Doors: Groupwork + Amin Taha

04:30 - 26 July, 2019

Open More Doors is a section by ArchDaily and the MINI Clubman that takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most innovative offices through exciting video interviews and an exclusive photo gallery featuring each studio’s workspace.

NextOffice's Artist Forum to be a Cultural Hub for Sadra, Iran

08:00 - 21 July, 2019
NextOffice's Artist Forum to be a Cultural Hub for Sadra, Iran, Courtesy of NextOffice
Courtesy of NextOffice

Courtesy of NextOffice Courtesy of NextOffice Brick Model Study. Image Courtesy of NextOffice Model. Image Courtesy of NextOffice + 15

NextOffice’s Sadra Artists Forum is a public cultural center to be located in the arid suburban town of Sadra. Consisting entirely of low-lying or subterranean building levels, the project's unique structure contrasts the surrounding urban area and uniquely shapes the relationship between interior and exterior spaces.

Stéphane Beel on Architecture and Technology

21:00 - 20 July, 2019
Stéphane Beel on Architecture and Technology, Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects
Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects

Past, Present, Future is an interview project by Itinerant Office, asking acclaimed architects to share their perspectives on the constantly evolving world of architecture. Each interview is split into three video segments: Past, Present, and Future, in which interviewees discuss their thoughts and experiences of architecture through each of those lenses. The first episode of the project featured 11 architects from Italy and the Netherlands and Episode II is comprised of interviews with 13 architects from Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium.

The goal of the series is to research these successful firms and attempt to understand their methods and approaches. By hopefully gaining a clearer picture of what it means to be an architect in the 21st century, the videos can also serve as inspiration for the next generation of up-and-coming architects and students as they enter the field.

Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects Courtesy of Stéphane Beel Architects + 28

Hayri Atak's Conceptual Hotel Hangs Precariously from a Cliff

08:00 - 20 July, 2019
Hayri Atak's Conceptual Hotel Hangs Precariously from a Cliff, Courtesy of Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio
Courtesy of Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio

Hayri Atak’s Cliff Concept Hotel is designed to be built into Norway’s famous cliff Preikestolen. With its entrance on its rooftop, as well as a stretched terrace and hanging glass pool on its bottom floor, the design and user experience of the hotel are unconventional and unique.

Yasaman Esmaili’s Architectural Work Engages with Communities Around the World

07:00 - 17 July, 2019
Yasaman Esmaili’s Architectural Work Engages with Communities Around the World, Hikma Religious and Secular Complex. Image © James Wang via Metropolis Magazine
Hikma Religious and Secular Complex. Image © James Wang via Metropolis Magazine

Though born in Tehran and remaining deeply inspired by her native Iran, architect Yasaman Esmaili has worked on projects all around the world. These primarily include humanitarian and crisis intervention works that deeply engage the local communities in which they are situated. A recent article by Metropolis Magazine discusses these projects in depth, as well as Esmaili’s story and inspirations.

ONZ Repurpose Abandoned Stadium into Urban Park with Cultural Hub

06:00 - 14 July, 2019
ONZ Repurpose Abandoned Stadium into Urban Park with Cultural Hub, © ONZ Architects
© ONZ Architects

Aerial View | Night View. Image © ONZ Architects © ONZ Architects © ONZ Architects © ONZ Architects + 14

Antakya Atatürk Stadium of Hatay, Turkey, was originally built in 1950 but closed recently due to its inability to meet growing demand. In a new public project titled Green Wings, ONZ Architects aim to transform this former urban center into a new park with a cultural hub.

Olson Kundig's Innovative Office Renovation and Expansion

10:00 - 13 July, 2019
Olson Kundig's Innovative Office Renovation and Expansion, Olson Kundig's Pioneer Building office blends historical detailing with modern accents. Image © Andrew Pogue via Metropolis Magazine
Olson Kundig's Pioneer Building office blends historical detailing with modern accents. Image © Andrew Pogue via Metropolis Magazine

Olson Kundig is one of the quintessential Seattle-based architectural practices, with a focus on creativity, experimentation, and craftsmanship that has allowed them to expand on a global scale over the past few decades. This expansion has necessitated office improvements and renovations throughout the years, the most recent of which occurred in 2018. As explored in a recent article by Metropolis Magazine, this 2018 expansion reflected key values of collaboration and flexibility, expressed through the firm's unique visual and kinetic language.

"New Parisian Stories" Project Transforms Water Reservoir into New Cultural Hub

08:00 - 13 July, 2019
"New Parisian Stories" Project Transforms Water Reservoir into New Cultural Hub, "Stairway to Heaven" . Image © Thomas Jensen
"Stairway to Heaven" . Image © Thomas Jensen

"Grey Day" . Image © Thomas Jensen "Under Rock" . Image © Thomas Jensen "Studio Life". Image © Thomas Jensen "Stairway to Heaven" . Image © Thomas Jensen + 26

In their recently completed thesis project, Sebastian Siggard, Neemat Azizullah, and Thomas Ron propose the revitalization of a 19th century Parisian water reservoir into a new cultural hub. Addressing growing social issues and inequality across Europe, the project, titled “New Parisian Stories,” promotes social interaction in an effort to create a more integrated and cohesive society. Two primary questions motivate their design: With the 2024 Olympics games coming to Paris, what role can architecture play in capturing the opportunities and potential of such events? And how can architecture better the lives of those lowest in society while also creating social and sympathetic spaces for people of all languages, cultures and ages?