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Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí

01:00 - 25 June, 2018
Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada  Família
La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) graduated from the Barcelona Architecture School in 1878, the director of the school Elies Rogent reportedly declared: "Gentlemen, we are here today either in the presence of a genius or a madman!" [1] Well over a century later, this tension is still evident in Gaudí's work; though he is widely regarded as a genius architect, his distinctive style stands as a singularity in architectural history—simultaneously awe-inspiring and bizarre, never fitting into any stylistic movement, and never adapted or emulated, except by those still working to complete his magnum opus, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Família.

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Construction of Sagrada Família Accelerated by 3-D Printing Technology

14:00 - 25 March, 2015
Construction of Sagrada Família Accelerated by 3-D Printing Technology, © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
© Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

As reported by the BBC, construction of Antoni Gaudí's already 133-year-old Sagrada Família in Barcelona is now being accelerated by one of the most modern technologies around: 3-D printing. As a matter of fact, the construction process in Barcelona has been utilizing 3-D printing for 14 years, introducing the technology in 2001 as a way of speeding up the prototyping of the building's many complex components.

The process uses powder-based stereolithographic 3-D printers, which build prototypes layer-by-layer, resulting in a material similar to plaster. This is important to the workshop at the Sagrada Família, because it allows craftsmen to easily alter the prototypes by hand, to meet the demanding specifications of the building.

Eiffel Tower and Burj Khalifa Listed Top 3 in Global “Selfie” Rankings

00:00 - 8 February, 2015
Eiffel Tower and Burj Khalifa Listed Top 3 in Global “Selfie” Rankings, Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven
Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven

New research has found that (unsurprisingly) the Eiffel Tower and Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest building - are among the top three most popular backdrops for “selfies.” The study, conducted by attractiontix, used data from Instagram to come up with the list, of which the Colosseum in Rome and Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia seems to have also secured a top spot.

The top 10 “selfied” attractions (in order) are:

The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid's Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

Gaudí's Sagrada Família To Reach Another Milestone

00:00 - 23 September, 2014

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona have laid out their planned milestones for the forthcoming year, visualising it in a short film that begins to piece together Antoni Gaudí's incredible vision. The Sacristy and Raking Cornice will be constructed between this year and next, while new stained glass windows will be installed flooding the interior spaces with evermore coloured light.

AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí, The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

Construction of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família began in 1882, more than a century ago. The temple is still under construction, with completion expected in 2026. It is perhaps the best known structure of Catalan Modernisme, drawing over three million visitors annually. Architect Antoni Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in full anticipation he would not live to see it finished.

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