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Digital Scaling Ruler Works as a Perfect Architect’s Tool

Unproductive meetings attempting to work with drawings that have been printed at the wrong scale, not dimensioned, or in a unit of measurement you’re not comfortable with is a frustration we can all relate to. These frustrations are what inspired one designer to create the Smart Scale Ruler, a physical, digitalized ruler that changes to suit your chosen unit of measurement or even work to a scale that doesn’t exist.

MAD Architects' Harbin Opera House Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo, a self-taught photographer from Spain, captures the poetry and theatricality of MAD Architects' Harbin Opera House in a series of photos which display the building's undulating interiors and the sense of ethereal calm it takes on through the night—and through the snowstorm that took place between Gallardo's two photoshoots.

A winner of ArchDaily's Building of the Year Awards in 2016, the Harbin Opera House is inspired by the frozen wilderness of its surrounds and is saturated in local identity, culture, and art. The sculpted forms seem to grow and emerge from the snow, leading one into its poetic stillness within. Gallardo's photo series highlights the beauty in its stillness, as if the serpentine forms of the architecture have been frozen in time and are waiting to move once more.

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New Architectural Addition to Must-See Landmarks on Norway's Scenic Tourist Trails

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is opening a new landmark, Ureddplassen, along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten. Consisting of seating benches, a toilet facility and viewing terrace facing the open sea, Ureddplassen evokes a sense of poetic solitude as it complements the natural landscape of Norway.

Construction of the Tallest Statue in the World Continues in India

The Statue of Unity, to be the world’s tallest statue when completed, has made significant headway with its construction. Designed by Michael Graves Architecture & Design, the Statue of Unity will be 182-meters tall and depict Vallabhbhai “Sardar” Patel, the first deputy Prime Minister of India. Standing at almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity project will also consist of a hotel, memorial garden, visitor’s center and miles of roadways and bridges to connect the statue to the town of Kevadia, India.

Courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design Construction Progress. Courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design Construction Progress. Courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design Construction of Micro-Panel. Courtesy of Michael Graves Architecture & Design + 7

Four Finalists Announced for Harvard's 2018 Wheelwright Prize

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has announced the four finalists for the 2018 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 travel research-based grant available to early-career architects worldwide.

Selected from over 125 applications from nearly 40 countries worldwide, the four finalists are from Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. This year’s jury includes 2014 Wheelwright Prize Winner Jose Ahedo, Edward Eigen, Frida Escobedo, K. Michael Hays, Mark Lee, Mohsen Mostafavi, and Michelle Wilkinson. A winner will be named in April.

Read more about the four finalists below: 

John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot Deliver Sydney Metro Upgrade

John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot are the architectural partners delivering the Sydney Metro upgrade to Central Station, a key component of Australia’s largest public transport project. The multi-disciplinary, international design team have revealed a design that will preserve heritage qualities of the 112-year-old station while adding contemporary and innovative touches to create wider civic and commercial renewal within the space.

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New Tower Typology Uses Steel Cables to Wrap Itself Together

Courtesy of RB Systems
Courtesy of RB Systems

A speculative project, the “New York Super Slender” created by RB Systems, is a futuristic skyscraper that presents a potential new tower typology. With ever-diminishing land space in major cities and a vastly growing population, the project rises to the challenge of optimizing occupancy in a constrained and dense city center.

"Halo" Entrance Canopy. Image Courtesy of RB Systems Courtesy of RB Systems Entrance Lobby and Observation Deck. Image Courtesy of RB Systems Ergonomic Furniture. Image Courtesy of RB Systems + 12

New Plan for LA River Revitalizes and Connects Community

In recent years, many ambitious proposals have been brought forward to revitalize and improve the area around the Los Angeles River. The Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan (LLARP), proposed by Perkins + Will Architects in conjunction with various community groups and public institutions, aims to connect residents to the river and improve the environment surrounding it.

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Landscape and Building Merge in New Czech Forestry Commission Centre

A design team under the direction of Chybik + Kristof has won the international competition to design a new administrative center for the Czech Forestry Commission in Hradec Králové. The project focuses on a symbiotic relationship between the building and the adjacent forest, where the natural landscape outside begins to mingle with the office spaces within.

Exterior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Exterior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Nature Trail. Image Courtesy of Chybik + Kristof Office Spaces. Image Courtesy of Chybik + Kristof + 12

Moshe Safdie’s Chongqing Project Sets World Record With Highest “Horizontal Skyscraper”

Exterior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand
Exterior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand

Currently under construction in Chongqing, China, Moshe Safdie's Raffles City Chongqing features an extraordinary engineering feat of erecting a 300 meter long “horizontal skyscraper” above four 250 meter high towers. An extensive urban district set at the meeting point between the Yangtze and Jialing rivers once constructed Raffles City Chongqing will hold the world record of the highest sky bridge linking the towers.

Exterior Visualisation. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand Inside the Conservatory. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand Exterior View of the Conservatory. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand Project Under Construction. Image Courtesy of CapitaLand + 4

The Future of Housing: Drones, Automation and Co-Habitation

Humphreys and Partners, a Dallas-based architecture firm, presented a vision of future residential living at the 2018 International Builders’ Show earlier this year. Tackling current issues of affordable housing, sustainable design and how technology is changing the way we live, their futuristic vision Pier 2: Apartment of the Future consists of two soaring skyscrapers on the Manhattan waterfront.

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High School and Community Centre Project Tests the Limits of Timber Log Construction

AOR Architects, a young practice based in Helsinki, have won the commission to design Monio High School and Community Centre in Tuusula, Finland. The project explores an innovative use of timber log building and will be the largest timber log school building in the world after its completion. Consisting of a high school, music institute, and community college, AOR’s proposal combines these different programs in a multi-functional learning and community environment.

Facade. Courtesy of AOR Exterior Render. Courtesy of AOR Elevations. Courtesy of AOR Model. Courtesy of AOR + 11

Modular Eco-Housing Pushing Boundaries With Cardboard

Designed and developed by Fiction Factory, a company of creative makers from Amsterdam, Wikkelhouse loosely translates to ‘wrapped house.' This sustainable modular house is uniquely created with cardboard as its main building material and is customizable in its size and function.

Wikkelhouse Dordrech. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte Close-up Construction. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte Layers of Cardboard. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte Wikkelhouse Interior. Photo Courtesy of Yvonne Witte + 12

Young Architects Win First Prize for Museum of Forest Finn Culture in Norway

An international team of young architects based in Copenhagen have won first prize for their proposal ‘Finnskogens Hus’ in a competition for a new Museum of Forest Finn Culture in Svullrya, Norway.

The fourth largest architectural competition in Norway, the new museum aims to inform and educate visitors about the Forest Finns, Finnish migrants who settled in Swedish and Norwegian forests in the late 16th to 17th centuries.

Inside the Museum. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson View from Outside. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson Hide and Seek. Image Courtesy of Lipinsky Lasovsky Johansson Site Plan + 7

Chapman Taylor’s Ecopark Masterplan Receives Vietnamese Government Approval

The Vietnamese government has approved Chapman Taylor's Mui Dinh Ecopark for the east coast of Vietnam. Covering 1.4 million square meters, the extensive site contains 6 resort hotels and a boutique hotel, 500 ocean-facing villas, a theme park, casino, beach club and mountain clubhouse.

Boutique Hotel Image Courtesy of Chapman Taylo Mountain Villas Image Courtesy of Chapman Taylo Boutique Hotel / Image Courtesy of Chapman Taylor Masterplan / Image Courtesy of Chapman Taylor + 9

20 Finalists Announced in International Housing Competition for Russia

20 finalists have been announced for the Open International Competition for Standard Housing in Russia. With the plan to provide 30 million Russian residents with new homes by 2025, the competition aims to discover new innovative solutions to improve residential design and planning for the new developments. The competition was organized by the Government of Russian Federation, the National Institute for Housing Development Foundation, and the Russian Ministry of Construction working together to create a new standard for affordable housing.

PPA Arquitetura Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB LLC Escher Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DNK Architectural group Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB DA Project Entry. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB + 40

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Transforms Warehouse into Dynamic Medical Facility

An adaptive reuse project by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S is currently under construction in North Hollywood, California. The project transforms an existing warehouse into a dynamic medical campus with Urgent Care, Elderly Daycare, Surgical Centre, Physical Therapy, Imaging Centre, Medical offices, café and a small shop.

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How To Be a Tech-Savvy Architect

Architecture is a collaborative discipline, where a day’s work often involves sharing files, emails, and information in the process of completing a project. Whether you are entering competitions, applying for jobs or getting your work published, being tech-savvy when sharing files is a crucial skill to have—while failing to be tech-savvy can lead to frustrated colleagues, wasted time, and even missed career opportunities.

To help you ensure you're not making any mistakes, we’ve put together a few pointers you can use to share work online more efficiently and effectively.