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Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England

13:00 - 15 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have released images of their proposed Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield, now submitted for planning permission. Intended as a “world-class automotive museum in the heart of the British countryside” the scheme will rehabilitate a disused airfield to support a growing community of classic automobile collectors.

Designed as a collection of buildings arranged in a crescent, the museum draws inspiration from the concept of a rural estate, with a journey through a carefully-considered landscape towards a main focal building. As well as reflecting on the history of the automobile industry over the last century, the scheme will house an open-ended collection charting the future of mobility.  

FAAB Designs New Prison Museum Project in Warsaw

11:00 - 15 January, 2019
FAAB Designs New Prison Museum Project in Warsaw, Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura
Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura

Polish practice FAAB Architektura have created a new building for the Pawiak Prison Museum in Warsaw. Formed with a multi-level vertical park, the project is designed on the historic site of the former "Serbia" prison. FAAB's plan utilizes landscape architecture strategies to integrate and mark the layout of the complex within the city. The new structure was made to challenge the consciousness of visitors as they confront history itself.

Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura Pawiak Prison Museum of Warsaw. Image Courtesy of FAAB Architektura + 20

Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar

09:00 - 15 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic Bar, Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Carlo Ratti Associati has teamed up with Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartending systems, to design a driverless robotic bar which “aims to propose new on-demand ways to enjoy leisure in cities.” GUIDO (Italian for “I drive”) features two mechanical arms with the ability to precisely prepare and serve drinks in seconds, mounted atop an autonomous vehicular platform.

Self-driving technology allows GUIDO to weave through the built environment, responding to bookings from a customer app. As orders are placed through the app, GUIDO sources the cocktail’s components from bottles stored on the counter, and prepares the drink on site. GUIDO’s system also performs ID age verification and supports paying via mobile phone.

Seven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen's Amager Nature Park

07:00 - 15 January, 2019
Seven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen's Amager Nature Park, Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg
Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg

A team of Danish designers and architects have won the competition to design seven new landmarks for Amager Nature Park near Copenhagen City Centre. ADEPT, Møller & Grønborg, SNC-Lavalin Atkins and BARK Rådgivning submitted a proposal for a series of structures featuring wooden roof forms around outdoor activities and experiences. The new landmarks are designed to create a holistic experience of the urban nature reserve and contribute to the park’s future growth.

Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg + 16

Photographer Yueqi “Jazzy” Li Captures the Dynamism of Mexico City's UNAM Campus

05:00 - 15 January, 2019
© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li
© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li

Although the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), south of Mexico City, is home to the well-known O’Gorman murals, it is, in fact, the campus itself, that is quite intriguing. Walking through UNAM, individuals find themselves in an architectural display of modernist buildings that date back 70 years, along with open courtyards, hidden walkways, and pavilions. Uniquely, the campus buildings have a little bit of everything: bold geometry, openness, abstraction, humanistic design, permeability with nature, decaying masonry walls, local lava rocks used as walls, and pavers throughout the campus.

© Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li + 29

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Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 15 January, 2019
Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

As mentioned in our previous article on retail stores under 100 square meters, the spatial distribution of commercial spaces is a determinant for its success. Not only does it address adequate logistics and the circulation of customers, but the variations and innovations that will enable a more efficient and original space.

Below, we've selected projects from our site, with their plan and section, that can help inspire your next project.

All Eight Border Wall Prototypes Fail Breach Tests

13:00 - 14 January, 2019
All Eight Border Wall Prototypes Fail Breach Tests, Border Wall Prototype. Image via NBCNews
Border Wall Prototype. Image via NBCNews

The viability of the Trump administration's border wall has come under fire as all eight prototype structures have failed at least one breach test. The eight border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, California were assembled in early 2017 after an executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to build the border wall. The news comes as the administration prepares to potentially declare a national emergency to jumpstart construction of the wall along the U.S.’s southern border.

Boston City Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Prepares for Major Renovation

11:00 - 14 January, 2019
Boston City Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Prepares for Major Renovation, Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand
Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Boston City Hall in 1969, the brutalist icon is set to receive a major renovation by Utile Architecture + Planning and Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture has already begun a series of small changes and updates to the building with the hope of bringing new life to the commanding structure.

Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand Boston City Hall. Image © Felix Mizioznikov, Shutterstock Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand + 7

"I Believe in Questions that are Eternal": Dong Gong of Vector Architects

07:00 - 14 January, 2019
Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Su Shengliang
Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Su Shengliang

It is now expected of architects to turn away from designing iconic buildings/objects and focus instead on creating engaging built environments; from imagining idealistic, form-driven projects driven by the artistic pursuit to focusing on downright pragmatic solutions. China, of course, holds a large mirror to these tendencies, as so many Chinese architects quickly produced exactly the kind of projects that critics favor – modest in scale, straightforward in their expressions, reliant on indigenous construction techniques, and with inventive use of traditional materials. The results, however appealing, seem to lack both variety and risk-taking. There must be another way, not so formulaic.

Courtyard Hybrid / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects Courtyard Hybrid / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects Captain’s House / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects Seashore Chapel / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Chen Hao + 47

Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It

05:00 - 14 January, 2019
Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It, Courtesy of Enscape
Courtesy of Enscape

Virtual reality offers benefits that, just years ago, were hardly even imaginable. Projects can be walked through before being built; the interiors fully visualized before all the details are decided. It allows architects and clients the ability to work as true collaborators in the design of a project.

11 Online Courses for Architects and Students

04:00 - 14 January, 2019
11 Online Courses for Architects and Students, <a href="https://www.Vecteezy.com">Vecteezy!</a>
Vecteezy!

Online courses have gained more and more recognition in the past couple of years. In addition to the flexibility and convenience of learning wherever and whenever you want, they provide access to content from well-respected professors and colleges. In the field of architecture and construction, online courses have grown exponentially. Last year, we compiled a list that focused mainly on constructive and material techniques. This time we selected 15 online courses covering a range of subjects. We hope this selection of courses can help you with your next project.

Brazilian Houses: 9 Examples of Residential Vernacular Architecture

12:00 - 13 January, 2019
Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin
Wattle and daub house. Image © Pedro Levorin

The regional expressions of a country’s culture are vital in helping us understand the relation between context and specific conditions of social manifestations. These nuances and singularities inside the realm of construction are translated into what can be called vernacular architecture. Although it has always existed, this universe of local exemplars of architecture with their particular materials, techniques and regional constructive solutions came to be well studied in the second half of the twentieth century in Brazil, in a project that traced national architecture history, headed by Lucio Costa.

Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London Receives AIA 25 Year Award

11:00 - 13 January, 2019
Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery London Receives AIA 25 Year Award, © Valentino Danilo Matteis
© Valentino Danilo Matteis

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Venturi Scott Brown's Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery of London as the recipient of the 2019 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown in an international competition, AIA commended the project for its ability to “...make its context better than it found it” - a citation borrowed from Venturi himself.

The award is presented annually to a project that has "stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years."

Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil

07:00 - 13 January, 2019
Manufactured Cities: A Case Study of the First Smart City in Brazil , Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo
Aerial view of Smart City Laguna. Image by TecMundo

In 2017, ArchDaily Brazil reported that Smart City Laguna would become the first “smart city” in Brazil. With its inauguration scheduled for that same year, the venture opened with 1,800 units in its first phase, and in its final phase, 7,065 units divided between residential, commercial and technological uses.

Located in the Croatá district of São Gonçalo do Amarante, the first Brazilian smart city occupies 815 acres directly connected to the federal highway BR-22, which crosses the states of Ceará, Piauí, and Maranhão, starting in Fortaleza towards Marabá, in Pará. Its location has economic reasons: the proximity to Pecém Harbor, in Fortaleza, the Pecém Steel Company (CSP) and the Transnordestina Railroad make Croatá a strategic hub that has been recently occupied by technological companies, becoming a “digital belt” a little over 50 kilometers from the state’s capital.

Berlin in Miniature: Tilt-Shift Video Transforms Perspective on the German Capital

13:00 - 12 January, 2019

MiniLook Berlin from Okapi on Vimeo.

When we get wrapped up in everyday life, it can be easy to take the place we live for granted. In the MiniLook Berlin video, Okapi Creative Studio takes a step back to show the beauty of daily life in the city of Berlin via a stop-motion, tilt-shift technique that makes the city appear as if in miniature. The video highlights everyday street scenes and picturesque shots of nature, while some famous buildings make appearances as well.

DAS Transform Qianmen's Urban Composition into a Lively Axonometric Mural

10:00 - 12 January, 2019
DAS Transform Qianmen's Urban Composition into a Lively Axonometric Mural, Courtesy of Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS)
Courtesy of Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS)

Artistic expression is often undisciplined. Sometimes, the riot of colors and explosion of lines and forms help unleash a 2D illustration out of its medium, which is precisely what Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS) managed to create in Ucommune’s new branch in Dajiang Hutong, Beijing.

In late 2018, Li Han, co-founder of Drawing Architecture Studio, won the 2018 Drawing Prize for her digital drawing of The Samsara of Building No.42 on Dirty Street, which also illustrates a visual narrative of the city of Beijing and its residential chronology throughout the 21st century. This year, DAS took Qianmen area, co-working brand Ucommune’s location as a subject, transforming its road network, architecture, and urban composition into a dynamic, meticulously detailed panorama titled Under the Zhengyangmen.

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.

Holographic Pyramid Coming to the Garage Museum in Moscow

13:00 - 11 January, 2019
Holographic Pyramid Coming to the Garage Museum in Moscow, Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects
Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects

A holographic pyramid by SYNDICATE Architects has been selected as the winner of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art's Summer Cinema Pavilion competition. The project was selected from six shortlisted competitors, and the competition offered up-and-coming Russian architects the opportunity to design a multi-functional temporary pavilion that would be accessible and meet the museum’s standards of environmental responsibility.

Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects + 4

White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo

11:00 - 11 January, 2019
White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo , Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has unveiled its design for a mother and baby unit for the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Scandinavian firm developed a new facility to be built onto the existing hospital, designed to improve the wellbeing for mothers and children. The project was highly commended at WAF 2018 in the Health-Future Project category.

The Panzi Hospital, set up following 20 years of war and devastation, has expanded its focus to treating survivors of sexual violence and serves over 400,000 people. The new unit will replace the overcrowded facilities at Panzi Hospital, which deals with up to 3500 births per year, and aims to reduce the maternal and post-natal mortality rate while providing more positive birth experiences.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter + 11

Zaha Hadid Design Collection to be Exhibited at Maison et Objet Paris

09:00 - 11 January, 2019
Zaha Hadid Design Collection to be Exhibited at Maison et Objet Paris, Braid vases candleholders. Image © Zaha Hadid Design
Braid vases candleholders. Image © Zaha Hadid Design

Zaha Hadid Design has released images of its latest collection set to be featured at the Maison et Objet 2019 in Paris later this month. The collection, embodying Zaha Hadid’s inventive process, features a Swirl bowl in crystal glass, and a monochromatic marble collection from the Cell range.

The Maison et Objet festival is described as the international authority for home décor, interior design, architecture, and lifestyle culture, with its bi-annual Paris trade fair taking place from January 18th to 22nd 2019.

Table setting. Image © Zaha Hadid Design Cell marble. Image © Zaha Hadid Design Cell marble. Image © Zaha Hadid Design Hew glassware. Image © Zaha Hadid Design + 17

The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

07:30 - 11 January, 2019
The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry, © © Universal Favourite
© © Universal Favourite

3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill to Design China's Tallest Skyscraper

05:00 - 11 January, 2019
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill to Design China's Tallest Skyscraper, Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture have won the competition to design the Shimao Longgang Master Plan that includes a 700-meter tall skyscraper called the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Set to become the tallest skyscraper in China, the project will be set between the foothills of Longcheng Park and Dayun National Park. The supertall is designed to be a new sculptural icon for the Shenzhen skyline.

Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center. Image Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture + 5

Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

04:00 - 11 January, 2019
Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture
© Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture

Clément Blanchet Architecture in collaboration with Etienne Tricaud (AREP) have been shortlisted for the French pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The winner will be announced in February. The proposal is intended to enhance both the virtual world and the real to support human communication, cultures and interactions. The pavilion will be built around the themes of Light and Mobility to create a hidden oasis with two vertical gardens facing one another.

OPEN Architecture Designs a Village for Learning in Shanghai

13:00 - 10 January, 2019
OPEN Architecture Designs a Village for Learning in Shanghai, Qingpu Pinghe School. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Qingpu Pinghe School. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture has designed a 58,000 square meter campus for the Qingpu Pinghe School in Shanghai. Currently under construction, the educational project's thirteen buildings have largely topped out. The second primary and secondary school project to be completed by OPEN after the acclaimed Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, the School as a Village concept was made as a creative exploration of contemporary urban design. The project was designed as a model for new educational buildings and campuses in Shanghai and beyond.

Qingpu Pinghe School. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Qingpu Pinghe School. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Qingpu Pinghe School. Image © WU Qingshan Qingpu Pinghe School. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture + 25

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