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Hélène Binet Captures Kashef Chowdhury's Aga-Khan-Winning Friendship Centre in Bangladesh

09:30 - 11 November, 2017
Hélène Binet Captures Kashef Chowdhury's Aga-Khan-Winning Friendship Centre in Bangladesh, © Hélène Binet
© Hélène Binet

Simplicity is the intent, monastic is the feel.
– Kashef Chowdhury

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/URBANA’s Friendship Centre in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, seems like a project that is not so much built up in the landscape, but carved out of it. A labyrinth of arches, courtyards, pavilions, and pools, all carefully crafted from handmade bricks, define the space of a facility for a charitable organization—Friendship NGO—who work with remote communities with limited opportunities.

© Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet © Hélène Binet + 26

2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners Announced

16:00 - 2 October, 2016
2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winners Announced, 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients
2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients

Six exemplary projects have been announced as winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Presented once every three years, the award was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to “identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence.” To be considered for the award, projects must exhibit not only architectural excellence, but also the ability to improve users overall quality of life.

Selected from a shortlist of 19 candidates, the five winning projects will receive a $1 million dollar prize as they join an acclaimed list of previous winners, which includes buildings from Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Charles Correa, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Hassan Fathy.

To Live Is To Be Slowly Born: Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA's Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 4 July, 2016
To Live Is To Be Slowly Born: Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA's Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

The title relates to the processes of architecture, which can be slow to come to fruition and therefore one also refers to architecture and patience, and to the meaningful sustained existence of buildings in their fragile environments.

The installation is a glass labyrinth, which one crosses to reach an internal landscape. The glass is clear – therefore it is an alternate take on the architectural manifestation of the 'labyrinth': an age-old space of intrigue and discovery. It refers to the idea that although one is sure of one’s intentions - has a clear vision - the path to achieving that may not be straightforward but rather quite 'labyrinthine', in the economies and climatic zones that the architect operates in. That is, one can see clearly but cannot progress easily.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 14

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / SmithGroup

01:00 - 17 June, 2016
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  / SmithGroup, © Liam Fredrick
© Liam Fredrick

© Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick © Liam Fredrick + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Urbana, IL, USA
  • Owner

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Architecture and Design

    SmithGroupJJR
  • User

    Department of Electrical Computer Engineering Department
  • Area

    230000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Complexity Via Simplicity: Urbana's Parking Structure Facade

00:00 - 3 September, 2014

Asked to design an interactive facade for an existing parking structure at the new Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Urbana principle Rob Ley had a conundrum to deal with: "With Indianapolis’ really extreme weather patterns, we gave a lot of thought to: how can we make something that’s interactive but won’t be broken in a year?” he told the Architect's Newspaper. “Unfortunately, the history of kinetic facades teaches us that that they can become a maintenance nightmare."

His solution came from turning the question on its head - how could they design and fabricate a static facade that appears to change when the viewer moves? The resulting design appears highly complex, while in fact using aluminum fins bent at just three different angles. Find out more about the challenges of fabricating this facade, and inserting it into an existing structure, through the video above or at the Architect's Newspaper Fabrikator blog.

AirMaster Gallery / Urbana

00:00 - 12 December, 2010
AirMaster Gallery / Urbana, Courtesy of Urbana
Courtesy of Urbana

Courtesy of Urbana Courtesy of Urbana Courtesy of Urbana Courtesy of Urbana + 45

  • Architects

    Urbana, CSP
  • Location

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Design Team

    José Fernando Vázquez Pérez, AIA, Rafael Castro Montes de Oca, AIA, Yalmary Tirado López, Carlos Cruz Ortiz, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Carol Lora
  • Structure

    José Miguel Ortiz
  • Ilumination

    Gianluca Picardi
  • Signage

    Sign Engineering
  • Electrical

    Carlos Requena, PE
  • Graphic Design

    Sofía Saéz
  • Contractor

    Hambleton Group

San Pablo / URBANA

00:00 - 3 April, 2009
San Pablo / URBANA

San Pablo / URBANA San Pablo / URBANA San Pablo / URBANA San Pablo / URBANA + 33

  • Architects

    URBANA - José Fernando Vázquez-Pérez & Rafael Castro Montes de Oca
  • Location

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Project Team

    Carlos Cruz-Ortiz, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Yalmari Tirado-López, Miguel Moreno
  • Electrical Engineering

    Carlos Requena, PE, Requena & Asociados
  • Structural Engineering

    Carlos Lázaro-León, PE, Lázaro & Gandía Consultores
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Francisco Maté, PE, Maté & Asociados
  • Contractor

    Sharp Construction, S.E.
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Alhambra House / URBANA

01:00 - 13 January, 2009
Alhambra House / URBANA

Alhambra House / URBANA Alhambra House / URBANA Alhambra House / URBANA Alhambra House / URBANA + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • Architects

    José Fernando Vázquez-Pérez & Rafael Castro Montes de Oca
  • Project Team

    Carlos Cruz-Ortiz, Marcelo López-Dinardi, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Alex Hernández
  • Electrical Engineering

    Gisela Pérez
  • Structural Engineering

    José M. Green
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Raúl Torres
  • Contractor

    Pascual Ribas
  • Constructed Area

    253 sqm
  • Area

    1120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006