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Happy National Donut Day! Here's 3 Donut-Shaped Buildings as Seen From Above

14:00 - 2 June, 2017

Each year, on the first Friday in June, people in the US celebrate National Donut Day. The origins of this commemoration go back 100 years: soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, the Protestant Christian church and international charitable organization The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. It was during that mission that volunteering women began serving free donuts to soldiers on the front lines with the aim to boost the troops’ morale. These women, dubbed “Donut Lassies,” are often credited with making donuts widely popular in the United States when troops returned home from war.

School with an Open Space / Beijing Institute of Architectural Design 6th Division

20:00 - 28 February, 2016
School with an Open Space / Beijing Institute of Architectural Design 6th Division, © XIA Zhi
© XIA Zhi

© XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi + 40

Museum of the Fangshang Geopark / BIAD

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fangshan, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Yinong Li,Yaolei Sun
  • Design Institute

    Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, 6A8 Studio
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang + 25

In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD, Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte
Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte + 14

AD Architecture School Guide: Birmingham City University’s BIAD

00:00 - 15 February, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Birmingham City University’s BIAD , Hayes Bridge, image courtesy Kevin Singh
Hayes Bridge, image courtesy Kevin Singh

What are Live Projects? A UK term, it refers to collaborations between architecture schools and real clients on real projects. In the US, for example, these are merely referred to as industry collaborations. Clients are widely variant, from municipal governments and youth organizations,  as well as galleries and community-based gardens. 

There are many iterations of this teaching model in the UK so the issue is, how to determine a good fit for prospective students? One issue that is increasingly at the fore of students’ minds is how to balance idealism with practical skills. At Birmingham City University’sBIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), the program is structured precisely to help students achieve that balance.  

Wangfujing Mixed-Use Center / Latitude Studio with BIAD

12:00 - 21 June, 2011
Courtesy of Latitude Studio
Courtesy of Latitude Studio

The Wangfujing Center in Beijing, China is a mixed-use space designed by Latitude Studio. The intention of the proposal is to design an architectural solution that provides a container for an endless possibility of experiences. To achieve this, Latitude Studio considered the role of the atrium in Roman architecture, which injects the space with light and air.

Read on for more on this project after the break.