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Selected Projects of Pritzker Laureates’ in 2020

This year, architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, has been granted to Grafton Architects, a Dublin-based architectural firm mainly ran by female partners Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. For the first time ever in its 42-year history, due to the constraints set by Covid-19 global pandemic, the organizers of the Pritzker Prize decided to use Livestream the award ceremony. Having reached the end of 2020, ArchDaily has summed up what current and previous Pritzker Prize winners have accomplished during this turbulent year.

Shomaj Biggyan Chattar at University of Dhaka / STHANIK Consultants

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Mirpur Ceramic, Rhino

​Civic Works: Iconic Dallas Landmarks Rethinking Design in Texas

Dallas is home to a high concentration of structures by world-renowned architects. With some of the most iconic architecture per square mile of any American city, Dallas boasts designs by six Pritzker Prize Laureates, all within close distance to the up and coming Arts District. From Norman Foster’s Opera House to Thom Mayne’s Museum of Nature and Science, these projects are emblematic of a larger city-wide design culture.

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Architecture in Mexico: Projects that Highlight the San Luis Potosí Territory

The Surrealist Garden of Edward James in Xilitla, Mexico. Image © Victor DelaquaCowork Karakorum 701 / OCUPAR.estudio. Image © alberstudioCerrada de Cortés / Dcpp Arquitectos. Image © Onnis LuqueLas Margaritas Social Center / Dellekamp Arquitectos + TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales + Comunidad de Aprendizaje. Image © TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales+ 13

San Luis Potosí has become one of Mexico's busiest destinations for both national and international tourism. Thanks to a population boom throughout the state, Mexican architects have dedicated themselves to designing residential, cultural, and recreational buildings that highlight the region's architectural style and traditions. In this article, we present a few of these projects to illustrate a portion of Mexico's vibrant and varied architecture.

Architecture of Mexico: Projects that Demonstrate the Style and Culture of Sinaloa

Botanical Garden / Tatiana Bilbao S.C.. Image © Iwan BaanCarpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano. Image © Onnis LuqueCondesa Apartments / MZMX taller de arquitectura. Image © Marcos BetanzosClaussen Hotel / EPArquitectos. Image © César Béjar+ 13

Sinaloa is a state located in the northwestern part of Mexico bordered by the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, and by the Gulf of California to the west. It consists of over 58200 km² of territory and is the agricultural hub of Mexico.

ICA Miami Museum / Aranguren&Gallegos Arquitectos

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YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten / MAD Architects

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10778
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Bringing the Outdoors Inside: The Benefits of Biophilia in Architecture and Interior Spaces

If a person were to imagine a setting of complete relaxation, odds are the first image that comes to mind is a place surrounded by nature, be it a forest, the mountains, the sea, or a meadow. Rarely does one imagine an office or a shopping mall as a source of comfort and relaxation. Still, the majority of people spend almost 80-90 % of their time indoors, going back and forth from their houses to their workplaces.

Architects and designers are now searching for design solutions that will resonate well into the future, turning to 'biophilia' as an important source of inspiration that promotes well-being, health, and emotional comfort.

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Bamboo Formwork and Exposed Concrete in Architectural Projects

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

While concrete is without a doubt the world's go-to building material thanks to its durability, malleability, and ability to withstand a wide range of climates, it is also the principal source of CO2 emissions within the realm of construction. To combat this and reduce their creations' carbon footprint, many architects have begun experimenting and innovating in a bid to optimize concrete's technical qualities while diminishing its impact on the environment. Among these efforts, there are several projects that have explored the possibility of replacing traditional frameworks with more sustainable materials like bamboo, a resource that grows in abundance throughout many regions of the world and, along with having minimal environmental impact, renders high quality textured detailing on a variety of architectural surfaces.

Stone Garden Apartment Building / Lina Ghotmeh Architecture

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Fass School and Teachers’ Residences / Toshiko Mori Architect

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