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Refresh Yourself with ArchDaily's 15 Most Popular Pools on Pinterest

We present to you 15 of ArchDaily's most re-pinned pools on Pinterest; designs which resonate with the profound power of the aquatic. As Lao Tzu reminds us, "nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it," not even architecture. Now come on in; the water's fine.

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman + 33

ArchDaily Editors Select: Our Favorite Projects in the USA

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate the USA's Independence Day, our editors have selected their favorite projects located in the USA, from architecture classics to extraordinary newcomers. Enjoy them all, after the break!

North Lake Wenatchee House / DeForest Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider + 13

Chelan County, United States
  • Architects: DeForest Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2890.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

Courtyard House / DeForest Architects

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider + 19

Seattle, United States
  • Architects: DeForest Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4600.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

The 20 Best Articles of 2013


The following 20 articles are what we at ArchDaily consider the Best of 2013. They may not have received the most traffic, but they posed fascinating theories about the state of architecture and urbanism today, they gave us insight into the creative processes of innovative architects (from Bjarke Ingels to Peter Zumthor) and, most of all, they provoked us to question: What does architecture mean? For us architects, and for the world?

Toward a Fit Nation: 18 Projects that Promote Healthy Lifestyles

From Atlanta's Beltline to Los Angeles' Spring Street "Parklets," architecture and design is increasingly more relevant in the fight against obesity and chronic disease, conditions which have reached epidemic levels in the United States. In the article, "Toward a Fit Nation," the AIA and FitNation identify 18 projects from around the country, ranging from large complexes to temporal installations, that encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The AIA National Headquarters will be curating the FitNation exhibit till January 31, 3014. Read the article here.

Federal Center South Building 1202 / ZGF Architects

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  • Architects: ZGF Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 209000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Why Cycle Cities Are the Future

The 2010 launch of the “Boris Bike” - London’s cycle hire scheme, named after mayor Boris Johnson – was the clearest indication to date that cycling was no longer just for a minority of fanatics but a healthy, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that city planners wanted in their armoury. There are now more than 8,000 Boris Bikes and 550+ docking stations in Central London. And the trend’s not anomalous to London: Wikipedia reports that there are 535 cycle-share schemes in 49 countries, employing more than half a million bikes worldwide.

However, the real question is: will cycling actually change the city? Will it result in new urban forms or, as the title of Australian academic Dr Steven Fleming’s new book predicts, a “Cycle Space”? Like Fleming, I believe so. I believe that cycling might just be the catalyst for a 21st Century urban renaissance.

Read how, after the break...

West Campus Student Housing / Mahlum

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider + 21

Seattle, United States
  • Architects: Mahlum ; Landscape architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 668800.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

The 8 Things Domestic Violence Shelters Can Teach Us About Secure School Design

Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
Flexibility within communal spaces stimulates and encourages a variety of uses. Project Name: Truman High School, a Federal Way Public School. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.

In our last Editorial, "Post-Traumatic Design: How to Design Schools that Heal Past Wounds and Prevent Future Violence," we discussed how architects must conceptualize school design in the wake of the tragic shootings that have affected our nation. Rather than leaning towards overly secure, prison-like structures, the Editorial suggested a different model, one better suited to dealing with student needs (particularly for those who have experienced trauma): domestic violence shelters.

While the comparison may seem bizarre at first, shelter design is all about implementing un-invasive security measures that could easily make schools safer, healthier spaces for students. To further elaborate this unlikely connection, we spoke with an Associate at Mahlum Architecture, Corrie Rosen, who for the last 6 years has worked with the The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence [WSCADV] on the Building Dignity project, which provides Domestic Violence Shelters advice to design shelters that empower and heal.

Find out Corrie Rosen's 8 strategies for designing schools that can improve security and student well-being, after the break...

Shadowboxx / Olson Kundig Architects

© Tim Bies
© Tim Bies
San Juan, United States
  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

©  Michael Burns ©  Michael Burns ©  Benjamin Benschneider © Kevin Scott + 15

Shaw House / Patkau Architects

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol + 30

Vancouver, Canada
  • Architects: Patkau Architects

Roundy Residence / Miller Hull Partnership

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San Juan, United States

Vancouver Community Library / The Miller Hull Partnership

©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider + 7

Vancouver, United States
  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 80000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Mosler Lofts / Mithun-Solomon

©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider + 18

Seattle, United States
  • Architects: Mithun
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 242800.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2007

Chuckanut Drive Residence / Miller Hull Partnership

Chuckanut Drive Residence / Miller Hull Partnership Chuckanut Drive Residence / Miller Hull Partnership Chuckanut Drive Residence / Miller Hull Partnership Chuckanut Drive Residence / Miller Hull Partnership + 6

Center for Urban Waters / Perkins+Will

©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider ©  Benjamin Benschneider + 14

  • Architects: Perkins + Will
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 51000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010