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Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

04:30 - 12 August, 2019
Spotlight: Jean Nouvel , © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © Georges Fessy One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture. Image © Filip Dujardin + 15

This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton

07:00 - 23 July, 2019
This Brick Arch Installation Dissolves in the Rain to Leave a Mortar Skeleton, © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj
© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj

Sometimes known as the “Island of the Gods,” Jeju Island in South Korea is characterized by its volcanic rock, stunning waterfalls, and warm, tropical climate. Here, life is integrated with nature and the architecture is in harmony with the landscape. Dissolving Arch, a weather-specific installation by stpmj, responds to the island’s tropical environment. The structure began life as a solid brick vault, which then slowly dissolved in the hot and rainy periods of Jeju to produce a light, porous skeleton made of the remaining mortar which connects people with nature.

© EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj © EH(Kyoungtae Kim) + stpmj + 20

10 Projects in Which BIM was Essential

04:00 - 16 July, 2019
10 Projects in Which BIM was Essential , Axonometric Design of Metal Structure - Casa Piedra Blanca / Pablo Lobos Pedrals, Angelo Petrucelli
Axonometric Design of Metal Structure - Casa Piedra Blanca / Pablo Lobos Pedrals, Angelo Petrucelli

Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology allows the design process to be organized in a structured and disciplined manner by keeping the design, model, and documentation of each project in the same file. Whether through ArchiCAD or Revit, offices increasingly migrate to this type of tool for the assistance they provide to architects. Here, we selected ten works, of different scales, that were made through BIM software.

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Architecture and Education: 15 Schools Designed by Brazilian Architects

08:00 - 8 June, 2019
Architecture and Education: 15 Schools Designed by Brazilian Architects, Beacon School / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos + GOAA - Gusmão Otero Arquitetos Associados © Nelson Kon
Beacon School / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos + GOAA - Gusmão Otero Arquitetos Associados © Nelson Kon

© Mateus Sá © Fernando Stankuns © Nelson Kon © Ana Mello + 31

The key to a good education lies not only in good books and the teacher's didactics. The learning environment which students attend also has a great influence on their education since the requirements for acoustic, thermal and luminous comforts, or even landscaping, directly influence the behavior and attention of the students. In Brazil, school projects can vary widely from the private sector to the public sector, yet in both cases, it is possible to find high-quality solutions.

Before and After: How Graphic Design Interventions Enhance Built Architecture

04:00 - 27 May, 2019

The perception of space and the way a building is perceived within its surroundings are always primary concerns when designing an architectural project. In order to meet these interests, a graphic intervention project can become a great ally to an architect, turning the building into a landmark which allows passers-by to interpret it more clearly.

This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi

04:00 - 14 May, 2019
This Innovative Cooling Installation Fights Soaring Temperatures in New Delhi, © S. Anirudh
© S. Anirudh

This installation is a bespoke attempt to simplify and reinterpret the concept of air-conditioning, understanding that standardized solutions may not be universally applicable given the constraints of cost and surrounding environment. Using computational technologies, the team at Ant Studio has reinterpreted traditional evaporative cooling techniques to build a prototype of cylindrical clay cones, each with a custom design and size.

© S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh © S. Anirudh + 17

10 Exemplary Ways to Represent Architectonic Construction Details

07:00 - 8 May, 2019
10 Exemplary Ways to Represent Architectonic Construction Details, Project: Altos de San Antonio Club House / Dutari Viale Arquitectos. Image via © Dutari Viale Arquitectos
Project: Altos de San Antonio Club House / Dutari Viale Arquitectos. Image via © Dutari Viale Arquitectos

The visual presentation of a project, which architects are responsible for, must effectively communicate and analyze the organization of the project's material elements. This essential creative process allows those involved to effectively identify and even modify key aspects and components of the building during all phases of its conception.

Because of the inherent challenges of material selection and other practical issues, the development of what exactly will be built tends to be relegated to the end of the design process. But a true understanding of minor yet invaluable details is among the most interesting and important aspects of the best architectural projects.

In our search for the most outstanding recent examples of construction detail representations, we've collected a series of ten drawings that celebrate different styles and approaches.

*Editor's note: the following article was written by an editor of ArchDaily in Spanish. Some project descriptions mentioned have not yet been translated into English, but we are actively working to make this information available to our global readers. 

Spotlight: Jane Jacobs

04:30 - 4 May, 2019
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.

10 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models

07:00 - 25 April, 2019
10 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models, Solo House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Solo House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Physical models have, for centuries, been a highly-effective way of explaining an architectural idea, allowing the audience to experience a concept in a plan, section, elevation and perspective all at once. However, a model can communicate so much more if you deviate from traditional cardboard materiality. If you want to express the monolithic massing of your latest scheme, or its expressive texture, then a model of plaster or cement may capture so much more than a digital rendering ever could.

Creating a concrete model is profoundly engaging, as it forces us to follow a methodology similar to that of large-scale construction: make a mold / formwork, mix the cement or plaster with water, and then pour. When done correctly, the resulting model could stand as an architectural sculpture in its own right. 

Below, we have rounded up concrete models from the ArchDaily archives, giving you the inspiration to set your concrete model ideas in stone. 

The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners

05:00 - 27 February, 2019
The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Sketches are the first inkling into the design process of an architect, a way of observing and investigating a project’s development or even representing solutions for it. Through an architect’s sketches, one can better understand how a specific design move mirrors echoes throughout an entire work. Here, we have compiled sketches by Pritzker Prize winners - designers who have been awarded the highest recognization in the field of architecture - offering diverse techniques that can certainly inspire your next freehand experiment.

Architecture and Embroidery: Discover the Art of Elin Petronella and Charles Henry

06:00 - 23 February, 2019
Architecture and Embroidery: Discover the Art of Elin Petronella and Charles Henry, © <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgql5NcFyKB/'>Instagram @petronella.art</a>
© Instagram @petronella.art

Elin Petronella and Charles Henry record the architecture and urban landscapes of European cities on vibrant, colorful, and even monochromatic embroideries. Classical Danish buildings, the bohemian streets of Paris, Lisbon's cable cars, and even the iconic Casa Batlló de Gaudí in Barcelona are some of the locations illustrated in the duo's work. See more of the textile artists/couple's work on Instagram: @petronella.art and @_charleshenry_.

Solve Complex Architectural Details With This 'Contour Duplicator Gauge'

05:00 - 19 February, 2019

Most of the materials that we use in the construction of our projects have shapes and dimensions that seek to facilitate their storage, transfer, and installation, being constituted in its majority by orthogonal modulations. These straight angles don't always fit with the irregularity of our designs, nor do they coincide exactly when encountering more organic materials or other specific elements such as ducts, pillars, or furniture.

This simple tool allows you to copy, duplicate, and measure complex contours so that the materials adapt perfectly to other elements. Its mobile 'teeth' must be pressed against the profile to obtain a mold of its shape, generating templates that will allow cutting and adjusting the original material with precision. Thus, the tool could even be useful for replicating or repairing unique details in restorations or refurbishments.

From Digital to Built: Six Experimentations With Brick

16:30 - 18 February, 2019
From Digital to Built: Six Experimentations With Brick, © TEM 2015
© TEM 2015

Argentine firm Estudio Arzubialde and Chilean architect Verónica Arcos led a Material Experimentation Workshop in Rosario, Argentina, during which six different groups of students designed and built projects using a variety of brick laying techniques.

Each project used different brick patterns based on simple rules, resulting in a structure with a certain degree of geometric complexity. 

© TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 © TEM 2015 + 38

This is How a Complex Brick Wall is Built Using Augmented Reality

05:00 - 25 January, 2019
This is How a Complex Brick Wall is Built Using Augmented Reality, Cortesía de Fologram
Cortesía de Fologram

Fusing augmented reality with the physical space, Fologram seeks to facilitate the construction of complex designs (for example, parametric designs that require a series of measurements, verification, and specific care) through digital instructions that are virtually superimposed into the workspace, directing a step-by-step guide for bricklayers during the construction process.

'Research institutions and large companies are working with industrial robots to automate these challenging construction tasks. However, robots aren’t well-suited for unpredictable construction environments, and even the most sophisticated computer vision algorithms cannot match the intuition and skill of a trained bricklayer,' stated their creators.

Cortesía de Fologram Cortesía de Fologram Cortesía de Fologram Cortesía de Fologram + 9

121 Definitions of Architecture

08:00 - 12 January, 2019
121 Definitions of Architecture

There are at least as many definitions of architecture as there are architects or people who comment on the practice of it. While some embrace it as art, others defend architecture’s seminal social responsibility as its most definitive attribute. To begin a sentence with “Architecture is” is a bold step into treacherous territory. And yet, many of us have uttered — or at least thought— “Architecture is…” while we’ve toiled away on an important project, or reflected on why we’ve chosen this professional path.

Most days, architecture is a tough practice; on others, it is wonderfully satisfying. Perhaps, though, most importantly, architecture is accommodating and inherently open to possibility.

This collection of statements illustrates the changing breadth of architecture’s significance; we may define it differently when talking among peers, or adjust our statements for outsiders.

Iconic American Buildings Re-Envisioned in the Gothic Revival Style

04:00 - 12 December, 2018
Iconic American Buildings Re-Envisioned in the Gothic Revival Style , Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image Courtesy of Angie's List
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image Courtesy of Angie's List

With its intricate ornamentation and complex ribbed vaulting, Gothic architecture introduced a slenderness and exuberance that was not seen before in medieval Europe. Epitomized by pointed arches, flying buttresses, and tall spires, Gothic structures were easily identifiable as they reached new heights not previously achievable, creating enigmatic interior atmospheres.

Several centuries later, a new appreciation for Victorian-era architecture was reborn in the United States with the Gothic Revival movement most famously depicted by Chicago's Tribune Tower. A series of computer-graphics (CG) renderings done by Angie's List reinterpret some of America's iconic architecture from the 20th century to mirror buildings from the Middle Ages. View the republished content from Angie's List complete with each building's informative descriptions below.

Courtesy of Angie's List Courtesy of Angie's List Courtesy of Angie's List Courtesy of Angie's List + 10

Brazilian Architects Honor Paulo Mendes da Rocha on his 90th Birthday

15:00 - 25 October, 2018
Brazilian Architects Honor Paulo Mendes da Rocha on his 90th Birthday, © Romullo Baratto
© Romullo Baratto

Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Paulo Mendes da Rocha. With a unique integrity in his thinking and design, his career has already been celebrated with the highest awards an architect can receive, from the Pritzker Prize in 2006 to the 2018 Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale and the Praemium Imperiale in 2016. Here, instead of presenting his impressive projects, we have asked architects to share some of their stories, talk about his practice and how his thinking has influenced them.

The Noun Project: Over a Million Downloadable Icons for Your Architectural Diagrams

08:00 - 30 September, 2018
The Noun Project: Over a Million Downloadable Icons for Your Architectural Diagrams, Via <a href='https://www.lingoapp.com/a/35DA42F0-2F9E-40CE-8B80-471E96F9A40B/-hBqKYpN8igf9ZqDEbERBoARlyPBSOrKBgWR9zj1dI8/?k=6A90F478-575D-4F32-8019-F27331DA7A09&sect=96DCC6E5-06AF-42BA-8A8A-616F0A8AA561&s=6&v=0&tkn=PnvqFdbbGRkcjfZbs9EIaBoNYdYQNVCFn8gwuZSUsrE'>The Noun Project</a>
Via The Noun Project

The title says it all: if you've spent hours browsing the web for simple design icons for diagrams and architectural representation - a relevant tool to optimize organization, analysis, and communication - then this universal online library from The Noun Project will be very useful.

Lost America: The Reconstruction of 7 Great US Buildings

08:00 - 23 September, 2018
Lost America: The Reconstruction of 7 Great US Buildings

From the original Penn Station to Midway Gardens, our "lost" buildings reflect our (sometimes misguided) desire to move forward. This article, originally published on HomeAdvisor, shows how the some of the US's most recognizable streetscapes might look if history had taken a different turn.

116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students

09:30 - 11 September, 2018
116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students, © Leandro Fuenzalida | ArchDaily
© Leandro Fuenzalida | ArchDaily

Architecture, while a profession that is very visibly and tangibly realized, has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the surface of a structure. What urges architects to design the way they do? What are their motivations, their affiliations, their interests? For practitioners and students alike, books on architecture offer invaluable context to the profession, be it practical, inspirational, academic, or otherwise. So, for those of you looking to expand your bookshelf (or confirm your own tastes), we have gathered a broad list of 116 architectural books that we consider of interest to those in the field. 

In compiling this list, we sought out titles from different backgrounds with the aim of revealing divergent cultural contexts. From essays to monographs, urban theory to graphic novels, each of the following either engage directly with or flirt on the edges of architecture.

The books on this list were chosen by each of our editors, and are categorized loosely by type. Within their categorization, they are organized alphabetically. Read on to see the books we consider valuable to anyone interested in architecture. 

13 Instagram Accounts That Showcase the Diversity of Facades Around the World

09:30 - 5 September, 2018
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut
Instagram user @serjios (Serge Najjar). ImageZaha Hadid in Beirut

In recent years, social media (especially Instagram) has become an extremely important tool in the field of architecture. Instagram has become the go-to visual platform for showcasing a wide variety of architectural typologies and styles, city views, and stunning edifices that often go unnoticed. While these buildings may seem ordinary to the everyday passerby, they become objects of art for not only architects but those who stop to take notice of their design.

Below we have selected 13 Instagram accounts dedicated to highlighting facades and walls from around the world, showcasing the diversity of our cities.

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