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Google’s Bay View Campus Designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio Opens in Silicon Valley, California

Google’s first ground-up campus, designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios in collaboration with Google’s design and engineering teams, opened in Silicon Valley. The campus’ mission is to create a human-centric design for the future of Google’s workplace and set new global sustainability standards for construction and office design. The site aims to operate entirely on carbon-free energy by 2030; it integrates the most extensive geothermal pile system in North America and is net-water positive. The campus also includes 17 acres of high-value natural areas, including wet meadows, woodlands, and marsh.

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Grafton Architects' Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, and Anna Wirz-Justice Receive the 2022 Daylight Award

On the occasion of UNESCO’s International Day of Light, The Daylight Award has announced the 2022 Laureates; Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects for their architecture, and Anna Wirz-Justice for her research. The winners were commended for their continuous exploration and prominent humanistic spirit regarding the celebration of daylight in their respective practices, allowing it to celebrate and enhance the quality of life.

Anna Wirz-Justice Venice Biennale 2014. Image © The Daylight AwardsUTEC University Campus Lima by Grafton Architects. Image © Iwan BaanUTEC University Campus Lima by Grafton Architects. Image © Iwan BaanUniversita Luigi Bocconi Milan by Grafton Architects. Image © Iwan Baan+ 18

Architecture and Aid: Reframing Research on Informal Settlements

Almost seven kilometers from the green of Uhuru Park in central Nairobi, lies the informal settlement of Kibera. It is an area whose urban character consists of corrugated iron roofs, mud walls, and a complicated network of utility poles. Kibera, at this point in time, is a well-known place. Much has been written and researched on this “city within a city,” from its infrastructural issues to its navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Informal settlements in Arequipa, Perú. Image © Silvia Pascual via ShutterstockInformal settlements in San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima, Perú. Image © Marco Rosales via ShutterstockKhayelitsha Township - Cape Town. Image © Olga Ernst under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.Kuku Town - Cape Town, South Africa. Image © Future Cape Town+ 12

Tambacounda Hospital / Manuel Herz Architects

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Tambacounda, Senegal

Carme Pinós Receives the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2022

Carme Pinós received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The four traditional Arts and Letters Awards were also presented to Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa, Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu, Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee, and Anthony Titus.

Le bâtiment descendant l’escalier Building / Elastico Farm

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Lido di Jesolo, Italy
  • Architects: Elastico Farm
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  7500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cable Impianti, Falegnameria Schiavon Domenico, Gr Strutture, Ialc Serramenti, Marazzi Group, +1

5280 Courtyard House / Barkow Leibinger

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What Does the Future Hold for Coastal Cities Following the Aftermaths of Climate Change?

Coastal cities have always been a point of attraction for residents, tourists, and businesses. Alongside the aesthetic features, their proximity to the sea has made these cities a focal point for maritime transportation with the construction of ports, as well as hotspots for recreational and aquacultural activities. However, the past decades saw these particular regions threatened with a shortened lifespan; rising water levels, floods, and recurring cyclones, along with other natural disasters, have endangered coastal communities, putting their population, ecosystem, and built environment at risk. 

Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj - COASTUNESCO Removes Liverpool’s World Heritage Status. Image Courtesy of Broadway Malyan, © webbaviation.co.ukUrban Requalification of the Colina Sagrada do Senhor do Bonfim / Sotero Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo FinottiChina's Sponge Cities. Image © Turenscape via Euronews+ 8

Martha Thorne on Francis Kéré: "He Gives a Powerful Message about the Expanding Role of Architecture"

Pritzker Prize 2022 Laureate Francis Kéré is known for “empowering and transforming communities through the process of architecture”, as the jury stated in its citation. In this recently published video, Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design and former executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, shares some of the reasons why Francis Kéré has won the Pritzker Prize 2022.

OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, and ELEMENTAL to Design Three New Museums in Qatar

Following Qatar's ambitious museum-building project to further promote cultural institutes in the country, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums has announced that OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, and ELEMENTAL will be designing three new museums in Doha that explore the themes of Islamic art, contemporary art, and evolution of the automobile industry respectively.

Qatar National Library / OMA. Image © Iwan Baan – OMAQatar National Library / OMA. Image © Iwan Baan – OMAQatar National Library / OMA. Image © Iwan Baan – OMA National Museum of Qatar / Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Iwan Baan+ 5

Understanding the Scales of Carbon Emissions: Who Makes the Most Impact?

Carbon footprints and CO2 emissions are large topics in our conversations about how we create a more sustainable future. Over time, different companies, organizations, and individuals have pledged to alter their lifestyles and habits to make changes that show that they are dedicated to combating climate change. Especially in the design industry, where buildings generate nearly 40% of annual CO2 emissions broken down between daily operations and construction/demolition, architects have long been feeling the pressure of exploring ways to prove that we are doing our part.

When we take a look at the different scales of emissions, one question commonly occurs- how can we measure the different levels of impact? Is it on us individually to recycle and ensure we never use plastic straws again? Does this even have a major impact? Do more car manufacturers need to find alternates for gasoline-fueled automobiles? Do architects need to only source sustainable materials? What are the actionable steps that truly have an impact?

Why Francis Kéré Won the Pritzker Prize?

Francis Kéré, 2022 Pritzker Prize Laureate . Image © Lars Borges
Francis Kéré, 2022 Pritzker Prize Laureate . Image © Lars Borges

Last Tuesday, March 15, Francis Kéré became the first African architect to win the Pritzker Prize, the most important award in the architecture discipline.

The election of Kéré is not only symbolic in a time of identity demands, where the institutions that make up the mainstream are required to more faithfully represent the social, cultural, and sexual realities that make up our societies, but it also confirms the recent approach of the Pritzker Prize jury.

Gando Primary School / Kéré Architecture. Image © Siméon DuchoudGando Primary School Extension / Kéré Architecture. Image © Erik Jan OuwerkerkSerpentine Pavilion / Kéré Architecture. Image Courtesy of Kéré ArchitectureStartup Lions Campus / Kéré Architecture. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture+ 8