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Niall Patrick Walsh

Hailing from Ireland, Niall is the News Editor at ArchDaily having joined in 2017 as an editorial intern. He is currently based in Belfast.

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Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company's New Test Tunnel under Los Angeles

07:30 - 19 December, 2018
Elon Musk Unveils the Boring Company's New Test Tunnel under Los Angeles, © Twitter / The Boring Company
© Twitter / The Boring Company

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has unveiled the latest component of their visionary plans for a network of tunnels under Los Angeles. The new “Hawthorne” test tunnel, built at the corner of SpaceX’s parking lot, forms part of Musk’s mission to reduce traffic in cities through a dual system of boring tunnels, and fully electric, autonomous transport to operate within them.

The Los Angeles project ultimately seeks to develop a large, multi-layered network with a loop of highway tunnels seeing cars traveling at 150 miles per hour. While cars will use the superhighways for a small fee, the company will also have a fleet of Teslas operating as public transport.

Renzo Piano Designs New Genoa Bridge after Disaster

05:30 - 19 December, 2018
Renzo Piano Designs New Genoa Bridge after Disaster, Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop

One of the most tragic events in Europe in 2018 was the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 14th, claiming 43 lives. In the aftermath of the disaster, Genoa-born architect Renzo Piano offered to donate the design of a bridge to replace the old one, having been deeply affected by the tragedy.

In a positive development before the year ends, Genoa’s mayor has announced that Piano will lead a 200-million-euro ($230 million) project for the bridge’s replacement, inspired by Genoa’s historic maritime prominence.

Foster + Partners Design a "Glittering" Stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup

11:00 - 18 December, 2018
Foster + Partners Design a "Glittering" Stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup, © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
© Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

The organizers behind the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup have released new images of the Foster + Partners-designed Lusail Stadium. Merging contemporary and historical influences, the “sleek, bold shape” of the arena is inspired by the bowls and vessels used in the Middle East across centuries.

Foster + Partners were chosen for the scheme’s design in 2015, ahead of David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects. Located in Lusail City, 15 kilometers north of Doha, the 80,000-seat stadium will host the opening ceremony and final match of one of the world’s biggest sporting occasions.

© Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy + 11

Zaha Hadid Architects "Champagne Flute" Brisbane Towers Cancelled

09:00 - 18 December, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects "Champagne Flute" Brisbane Towers Cancelled, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Plans for a set of skyscrapers for Brisbane, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, have been scrapped following a long-running controversy. The "Grace on Coronation" scheme, lodged for application in 2014, consisted of three sculptural residential towers and sought to reinvigorate a historic site in Toowong, four kilometers west of Brisbane’s Central Business District.

However, the scheme has been criticized for a perceived lack of sensitivity to the surrounding area, with its proposed 27 stories breaching the city plan limit of 15 stories. In May 2018, a sole resident won an appeal against the development due to the height violation.

UNStudio Begins Construction on Visionary Financial Forum in Georgia

11:00 - 17 December, 2018
UNStudio Begins Construction on Visionary Financial Forum in Georgia, via UNStudio
via UNStudio

UNStudio has broken ground on their TBC Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, exploring a “new open, flexible and interactive approach to financial institutions.” Departing from the traditional closed, introverted typology of historic banking structures, the TBC Forum is founded on the design principles of flexibility, and transparency.

Situated in the natural surroundings of the Lisi Lake resort, the TBC Forum is strategically placed to form a contemporary yet respectful interpretation of the historic highland stone-and-mortar village of Shatili.  

via UNStudio via UNStudio via UNStudio via UNStudio + 13

15 Reasons why 2018 was a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

09:00 - 17 December, 2018
15 Reasons why 2018 was a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

The CTBUH has released its Year in Review, charting the year’s tall building developments around the world. 2018 saw a record-breaking 18 supertall buildings (over 300 meters tall) built across the world, and 143 buildings of over 200 meters in height completed.

To quantify the extent to which architecture reached to the sky throughout the year, the CTBUH estimate that if each tall building completed in 2018 was laid end to end, it would exceed the entire length of the island of Manhattan; some 13 miles (21.6 kilometers).

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's First U.S. Project Breaks Ground in Detroit

11:00 - 14 December, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen's First U.S. Project Breaks Ground in Detroit, © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has broken ground on its first U.S. project, a mixed-use tower and associated masterplan in Detroit, Michigan. “Monroe Blocks” will stitch together the heart of one of America’s most storied cities with a mix of modern office space, residential units, restaurants, retail, and outdoor public areas.

The 12,500-square-meter site in Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, vacant for a generation, will be activated by 4,800 square meters of outdoor space, with the design team drawing on historical influences for the form and materiality of the new masterplan.

© Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects © Hayes Davidson © Forbes Massie Studio © Hayes Davidson + 10

Petition Calls for Equal Recognition for Doriana Fuksas in Lifetime Achievement Award

09:00 - 14 December, 2018
Petition Calls for Equal Recognition for Doriana Fuksas in Lifetime Achievement Award, © Gianmarco Chieregato
© Gianmarco Chieregato

Italian activists RebelArchitette and VOW Architects, led by Louise Braverman, Caroline James, Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Francesca Perani, have launched a petition seeking equal recognition for Doriana Fuksas in the Lifetime Achievement Award recently given to her fellow partner and Director of Studio Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas.

The petition, signed by over 80 supporters on the first day of the launch, includes an open letter to INARCH (Istituto Nazionale di Architettura) in Rome, Italy, and has attracted the support of notable names such as Massimiliano Fuksas, Denise Scott Brown, Rem Koolhaas, Bjarke Ingels, Paola Antonelli, Beatriz Colomina, Gisue Hariri, and Toshiko Mori.

Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition

09:00 - 13 December, 2018
Laka Reveals Winners of the 2018 "Architecture that Reacts" Competition, First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka
First Prize: Tidal Terrains / Mary Denam. Image via Laka

Laka has published the results of the 2018 edition of their annual Architecture that Reacts competition, focusing on “architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.” This year saw 200 participants from more than 30 countries submit 130 designs, following an interdisciplinary approach reaching beyond typical building solutions.

This year’s winners hailed from the USA and Austria, confronting issues such as climate change, ubiquitous computation, and new ways of perceiving space in a machine-driven future. Below, we have rounded up the winners, special recognitions, and honorable mentions from the 2018 edition. For more information on the competition, and previous results, visit the official website here.

Second Prize: Embodied Homeostasis / David Stieler	. Image via Laka Third Prize: Platform of Motion / Nusrat Jahan Mim, Arman Salemi. Image via Laka Surftopia / Eduardo Camarena Estébanez, María Urigoitia Villanueva. Image via Laka Platinum City / Sean Thomas Allen. Image via Laka + 21

KPF Proposes a New "Participatory Urbanism" with Shanghai Towers

11:00 - 12 December, 2018
KPF Proposes a New "Participatory Urbanism" with Shanghai Towers, Courtesy of Plompmozes
Courtesy of Plompmozes

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has unveiled details of Huamu Lot 10 in Shanghai. The three-tower scheme, totaling 279,000 square meters, is dedicated to commercial offices and a future museum, positioned around a central grand plaza.

Described as a “new form of participatory urbanism,” the scheme has been designed to accommodate large-scale artwork in a public setting, thus activating the central plaza as a cultural hub.

Courtesy of Plompmozes Courtesy of Plompmozes Courtesy of Plompmozes Courtesy of Plompmozes + 17

Zaha Hadid’s “Project Correl” Exhibition Allows Visitors to Build a Virtual Structure Over Time

09:00 - 12 December, 2018
Zaha Hadid’s “Project Correl” Exhibition Allows Visitors to Build a Virtual Structure Over Time, © Zaha Hadid Architects
© Zaha Hadid Architects

The Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group has published details of Project Correl, a collaborative experiment to test the potential of virtual reality as a tool for design. The experiment is currently on display in the University Contemporary Art Museum (MUAC) in Mexico City, where it forms part of Zaha Hadid Architects’ “Design As Second Nature” exhibition.

In the exhibition, visitors have the chance to engage with Project Correl in real time, transported to a virtual environment to collaborate with each other on an ever-evolving structure. The design will be periodically captured and exhibited in the gallery as scaled 3D printed models to further demonstrate the design process encouraged by Correl.

© Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects + 8

Stefano Boeri: "Cities have the potential to become protagonists of a radical change"

11:00 - 11 December, 2018
Stefano Boeri: "Cities have the potential to become protagonists of a radical change", © Stefano Boeri Architetti
© Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri has used his guest speech at the New York Times Cities of Tomorrow forum to focus on the role that green and urban forests can have in improving the quality of life and air in cities around the world. Speaking at the event in New Orleans, the acclaimed architect highlighted the impact of carbon emissions produced by buildings, while also stressing the potential for architects to use the built environment as a vehicle for positive social and environmental change.

Drawing from experiences such as the Tirana 2030 masterplan and the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Boeri suggested that “cities have the resources and the potential to become protagonists of a radical change aimed at countering the dramatic effects [of carbon emissions] becoming greener, healthier, and more integrated.”

The Dutch Pavilion for Expo 2020 Creates a Temporary Biotope in the Desert

09:30 - 9 December, 2018
The Dutch Pavilion for Expo 2020 Creates a Temporary Biotope in the Desert, via V8 Architects
via V8 Architects

The Dutch pavilion for Dubai EXPO 2020 has been unveiled, designed by a consortium, made up of Expomobilia, Kossmann.dejong, V8 Architects and Witteveen+Bos. The scheme has been designed “as a closed-loop climate system in which private and business visitors will enjoy an intense sensorial experience.”

Based on the Netherland’s chosen theme of “uniting water, energy, and food” the pavilion will be built using a construction method prioritizing closed-loop circularity, local materials, and a post-use recyclable agenda.

via V8 Architects via V8 Architects via V8 Architects via V8 Architects + 6

Canada's Best Architecture of 2018 Recognized by Canadian Architect Magazine

11:00 - 7 December, 2018
Canada's Best Architecture of 2018 Recognized by Canadian Architect Magazine, Idea Exchange Old Post Office / RDH Architects. Image via Canadian Architect Magazine
Idea Exchange Old Post Office / RDH Architects. Image via Canadian Architect Magazine

Canadian Architect has announced the winners of its annual Awards of Excellence program. Now in its 51st year, the awards are “the highest recognition for excellence in the design stage in the Canadian architectural sector.” Celebrating unbuilt and student work, the awards place emphasis on design ambition, innovation, and social and environmental sustainability.

This year, fourteen entries were recognized from a pool of 190 professional and student submissions. The winners, featured below, were divided into Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Student Awards of Excellence, and the inaugural Photo Award of Excellence.

What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like

09:00 - 7 December, 2018
What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like, Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam
Unbuilt London. Image © QuickQuid / Neomam

A historic hotbed of architectural styles and a current architectural capital of the world, cities in the United Kingdom are awash with iconic buildings from the Georgian, Neoclassical, and contemporary era. Such buildings, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to the Southbank in London, have come to define the cities in which they stand, drawing the eyes of tourists and designers alike from around the world.

It is therefore an interesting exercise to examine what these cities would look like if such structures didn’t exist. To this end, Neomam Studios has partnered with QuickQuid to produce a series of images demonstrating what six British cities could have looked like, resurrecting some of Britain’s most surprising unbuilt structures.

UNStudio Designs Transparent Stacked Theater for Hong Kong Cultural Quarter

11:00 - 6 December, 2018
UNStudio Designs Transparent Stacked Theater for Hong Kong Cultural Quarter, © DBOX
© DBOX

UNStudio has released images of their proposed Lyric Theatre complex in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. Intended as a “celebration of the world of theater,” the mixed-use scheme will house three theaters, rehearsal room, and dining, retail, and entertainment functions.

Designed to be open, inclusive, and welcoming, the compact scheme is comprised of a series of stacked transparent elements making the arts accessible to the general public. Open displays draw visitors inside from a series of reactivated plazas surrounding the scheme, supported by “an additional programme for the public to enjoy that is independent of performance timetable.”

© DBOX © DBOX © DBOX © DBOX + 28

Richard Rogers Wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal

09:00 - 6 December, 2018
Richard Rogers Wins the 2019 AIA Gold Medal, Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Rogers + Renzo Piano. Image © Flickr user dalbera licensed under CC BY 2.0
Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Rogers + Renzo Piano. Image © Flickr user dalbera licensed under CC BY 2.0

Richard Rogers has been awarded the 2019 AIA Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects. The world-renowned architect and founding principal of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been recognized “for his influence on the built environment [that] has redefined an architect’s responsibilities to society.”

Honoring “an individual or pair of architects whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture,” the AIA Gold Medal is often considered the highest honor awarded in the United States for architecture.

NEO Bankside. Image © Edmund Sumner 3 World Trade Center. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners The Leadenhall Building. Image © Richard Bryant – Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties Y-Cube. Image © Grant Smith + 7

These Crafted Bookends are Inspired by the Alleyways of Tokyo

11:00 - 4 December, 2018
These Crafted Bookends are Inspired by the Alleyways of Tokyo, © <a href='https://twitter.com/monde55212068'>Twitter user mode</a>
© Twitter user mode

Tokyo-based designer monde has created a series of bookends inspired by the narrow back alleys of Tokyo. As described by My Modern Met, the bookends convey the “dizzying feeling of wandering the city’s back alleys” through a mixture of laser-cut wood and lighting.

The results of the two-year project were debuted at the Design Festa arts and crafts event, where they caught the eye of outlets across Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.