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Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

04:30 - 8 May, 2019
Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron, VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra
VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra 1111 Lincoln Road. Image © Nelson Garrido, Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP. Parrish Art Museum. Image © Matthu Placek Messe Basel New Hall. Image © Messe Basel + 29

Escola Massana, Art and Design Center / Estudio Carme Pinós

06:00 - 4 February, 2019
Escola Massana, Art and Design Center / Estudio Carme Pinós, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaza Gardunya Nº 9, Barcelona, Spain
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Carme Pinós Desplat
  • Architects Director Project

    Samuel Arriola
  • Collaborating Architects

    Elsa Martí, Roberto Carlos García, Holger Hennefarth, Blanca Perote, Ana Isabel Rodríguez, Inés Senghour, Francisco Olivas
  • Area

    118510.65 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 9 September, 2018
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

11:00 - 11 August, 2018
Spotlight: Peter Eisenman, Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a>
Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © Flickr user OZinOH licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Whether built, written or drawn, the work of renowned architect, theorist and educator Peter Eisenman (born 11th August 1932) is characterized by Deconstructivism, with an interest in signs, symbols and the processes of making meaning always at the foreground. As such, Eisenman has been one of architecture's foremost theorists of recent decades; however he has also at times been a controversial figure in the architectural world, professing a disinterest in many of the more pragmatic concerns that other architects engage in.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/9617851018/'>Flickr user dalbera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> House II. Image <a href='https://www.an-onymous.com/peter-eisenman/'>via an-onymous.com</a> The City of Culture. Image © Duccio Malagamba The Wexner Center. Image © Brad Feinknopf + 12

CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra

04:00 - 7 November, 2017
CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Jesús Granada © Duccio Malagamba + 27

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition / Coop Himmelb(l)au

08:30 - 28 November, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wen Hua Da Lou, ShangBu, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner

    Markus Prossnigg
  • Design architects

    Quirin Krumbholz, Jörg Hugo, Mona Bayr
  • Project architects

    Angus Schoenberger, Veronika Janovska, Tyler Bornstein
  • Project coordination

    Xinyu Wan
  • Area

    80000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

08:00 - 8 November, 2016
40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

Due to its ability to mold and create different shapes, concrete is one of architecture's most popular materials. While one of its most common uses is as a humble foundation, its plasticity means that it is also used in almost all types of construction, from housing to museums, presenting a variety of details of work that deserves special attention.

Check out this collection of 40 projects that highlight the use of concrete. Impressive! 

General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

08:00 - 21 August, 2016
General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, © Duccio Malagamba
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When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It

09:30 - 29 February, 2016
When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It, Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler

In the face of global doomsday predictions, sustainability has become one of the most crucial aspects of the 21st century, now playing a huge role in everything from politics to the way you dispose of your trash. Fortunately, most architects understand sustainability implicitly, and have adopted it into their lives and work. Or have they? In this article, originally published on Common Edge as "Why Architects Don't Get It," green building expert Lance Hosey highlights the failures of the architecture community in reaching their stated sustainability goals, and argues for a new conception of architecture in which good design and sustainable design are integrated.

A few years ago, the American Institute of Architects, the self-declared “voice of the architecture profession,” announced that "AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education." Why? Because “sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention.” Hooray! If sustainability is “mainstream” now, and knowledge about it is no longer necessary “to maintain competency” and “to advance and improve the profession”—the purpose of continuing education, according to the AIA—then the profession must have met its environmental goals, and there’s nothing left to improve. Mission accomplished.

If only.

Torrent Market and Civic Center / Vázquez Consuegra

05:00 - 15 November, 2015
Torrent Market and Civic Center / Vázquez Consuegra, © Mariela Apollonio
© Mariela Apollonio

© Mariela Apollonio © Duccio Malagamba © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio + 14

Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra

05:00 - 18 June, 2015
Social Housing in Vallecas / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid, España
  • Category

  • Architect in charge

    Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Architectural technicians

    Marcos Vázquez Consuegra, Emilio Rodríguez
  • Area

    25.552 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

09:00 - 17 June, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Palacio de San Telmo, Avenida Roma, 21, 41013 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Area

    22080.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

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Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13

09:30 - 30 May, 2015
Unified Architectural Theory, Chapter 13, The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba
The City of Culture / Eisenman Architects. "Eisenman explains how he creates forms that make him feel high in his own mind, instead of considering the mundane needs of the user. Thus it comes as no surprise that he wants to express a stressed conception of life through his buildings’ twisted and unbalanced forms". Image © Duccio Malagamba

We will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. In Chapter 13, Salingaros begins to conclude his argument by discussing its counterpart, explaining how post-modern theorists such as Peter Eisenman came to eclipse the ideas of Christopher Alexander – and why Eisenman’s theoretical hegemony is not based upon sound architectural thinking. If you missed them, make sure to read the previous installments here.

Natural and Unnatural Form Languages

The concept of living structure, and the support for the theory offered by both direct experience and science, offers a basis for designing and understanding architecture. This platform is a sensible way of approaching design and building, because it is beholden neither to ideology, nor to individual agendas. Moreover, it should be contrasted to the irrationality of other schemes that currently appear in and seem to drive architectural discourse.

Machado de Castro National Museum Refurbishment / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

03:00 - 27 April, 2015
Machado de Castro National Museum Refurbishment / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos, © Duccio Malagamba
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El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

04:00 - 22 April, 2015
El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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The Robot Revolution: Coop Himmelb(l)au Founder Wolf D. Prix on the Future of Construction

09:30 - 3 March, 2015

With a recently released animation entitled “We Start the Future of Construction,” Coop Himmelb(l)au announced their intention to take digital fabrication to a radical new scale, demonstrating how technology is impacting almost every aspect of the architectural profession. The advent of building information modeling and other modeling software has transformed how architects and engineers navigate the construction process, allowing us to achieve increasingly complex forms that can be modeled with the aid of CNC machining and 3D Printing, but still there remains a wide gap between the technologies available to architects and those employed by builders. When it comes to a building’s actual construction we have been limited by the great costs associated with non-standard components and labor - but now, the automated practices that transformed manufacturing industries could revolutionize how we make buildings.

Last week, ArchDaily sat down with co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D. Prix for his thoughts on the future of construction and the role of the architect in an increasingly technological practice. Read on after the break to find out how robots could impact architectural design, construction, and the future of the profession.

Screenshot from Video. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au Screenshot from Video. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au Screenshot from Video. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au Screenshot from Video. Image Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au + 8

Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Musée des Confluences / Coop Himmelb(l)au, © Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
Seville Convention Center  / Vázquez Consuegra, © Duccio Malagamba
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