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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.

17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects

08:00 - 8 September, 2018
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects, Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra
Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra

Landscape architecture is responsible for the transformation and resignification of the landscape, either by enriching architecture or by bringing forth the history of the site. As with buildings, when we design with vegetation it allows us to work a series of stimuli, qualities, and functions.  

Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys

13:45 - 26 August, 2018
Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys, Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice
Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice

Casa La Quinta / Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Blas Treviño, Jorge Quiroga . Image © Rafael Gamo Casas Catalinas / Agustín Lozada. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte MK5 House / ORTRAUM. Image © Marc Goodwin Unleashed Dog Spa / Square One Interiors. Image © Ihor Pona + 33

Are you a cat or dog lover? At ArchDaily we know that you're as big an animal lover as we are. They inspire us, keep us company, and in the case of architectural photography, give us an idea of a structure's scale. We previously made a collection of photographs starring cats and architecture, and we could never forget our dog-loving readers. We bring you a collection of photographs where dogs take center stage.

The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive

06:00 - 23 August, 2018
The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive, Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Plants are excellent elements to add in architecture and built spaces. However, when it comes to indoor environments, which usually receive less natural light and ventilation, certain species are resistant to adaptation. 

Therefore, when thinking about species for indoors – be it a home, apartment or commercial space – some species are better than others. We have selected the best 13 indoor plants for your home. 

6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

18:15 - 29 July, 2018
6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro
Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro

Minutes ago in Detroit, Director Dirk Denison and 2018 MCHAP Jury Chair Ricky Burdett announced the six finalists of the 2018 edition of the Mies Crown Hall America Prize. Selected from a longer list of 31 projects announced earlier this summer in Venice, these outstanding works of architecture will compete for the top honor, the MCHAP Award, which will be announced in October. The authors of the winning award will take home $50,000 to fund research and a publication and will be recognized as the MCHAP Chair in IIT’s College of Architecture.

The six finalist buildings were completed between January 2016 and December 2017. The descriptive texts, provided by the MCHAP jury, celebrate the merits of each individual project.

CM Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

15:00 - 26 July, 2018
CM Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 27

  • Architect

  • Location

    Santo Antônio do Pinhal, Brazil
  • Authors

    Henrique Reinach, Maurício Mendonça
  • Coordinators Architects

    Tony Chen
  • Area

    408.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographer

    Nelson Kon

Hidden Gems of Latin American Architecture

06:00 - 19 July, 2018
Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos
Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos

Teatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi e Edson Elito. Image © Nelson Kon Portal del cementerio de azul. Image via Wikipedia User Elciri Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 Centro Cultural García Márquez. Image © Alejandro Ojeda Galería IK LAB / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de IK LAB + 24

Vacation time is near. Would you like to visit some of the most enchanting places in Latin American architecture? We know you're an architecture aficionado and that your passion takes you places that inspire and awe. Even though a visit to the classic tourist sites can result in an amazing trip, visiting lesser-known places can make for an unforgettable experience. It is because of this passion for parts unknown that we have compiled this list of some of Latin America's hidden architecture gems for you to consider as you plan your next trip. Keep reading for the complete list. 

45 Construction Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

09:30 - 16 July, 2018
45 Construction Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know, Dune Art Museum. Image Courtesy of Open Architecture
Dune Art Museum. Image Courtesy of Open Architecture

For most recent graduates, it quickly becomes evident that what you learn in architecture school is not necessarily enough to become a confident architect. Some things can’t be taught in classrooms at all; instead, they're acquired through years of work on site and solving construction problems first-hand. Among the many things you learn on site are the terminologies used by construction workers that can sound like absolute nonsense to architects at first.

An architecture dictionary might seem like a superb idea, but in practice wouldn't be convenient on a construction site—unless you can memorize the useful entries out of the 25,000 terms in Cyril M Harris' Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Alternatively, here’s a more manageable list of 45 construction terms and concepts every architect should know.

Cross Bracing. Image <a href='https://pxhere.com/en/photo/970928'>via pxhere</a> (public domain)  Precast Concrete blocks used in Frank Lloyd Wright's Tonkens House. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Example_of_precast_concrete_blocks_in_the_Tonkens_House._Photo_courtesy_of_Toby_Oliver..jpg'>Wikimedia user Factfile8</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> Virtual Design & Construction. Image <a href='https://pxhere.com/en/photo/547880'>via pxhere</a> (public domain) Diagrid. Image <a href='https://unsplash.com/photos/VIrwcwdr2Bc'>via Unsplash</a> (public domain) + 11

Christian de Portzamparc Selected as 2018 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

12:00 - 11 July, 2018
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel
House of Dior, Seoul. Image © Nicolás Borel

French architect Christian de Portzamparc has been named the 2018 laureate of the the Praemium Imperiale Arts Award for Architecture. The prize, given by by the Japan Art Association (JAA), recognized de Portzamparc for his “imaginative architectural style...known for its distinctive features such as bold designs, an artistic approach and the creativity that comes from his work as a watercolor painter.”

Forma Itaim Tower / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

13:00 - 28 June, 2018
Forma Itaim Tower / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Min. Jesuíno Cardoso, 148 - Vila Nova Conceição, São Paulo - SP, 04544-050, Brazil
  • b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos Team

    Fermin Vazquez, Francesc de Fuentes, Sonia Cruz, Aline Foltran, Marc Pi, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, David Sebastian, Miguel Yurrita
  • Area

    11533.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Systems to Incorporate Natural Lighting in Your Projects

06:00 - 18 June, 2018

There is nothing more rational than taking advantage of natural lighting as a guarantee to improve the spatial quality of buildings, as well as saving energy. The awareness of the finitude of natural resources and the demands for reducing energy consumption has increasingly diminished the prominence of artificial lighting systems, forcing architects to seek more efficient design solutions. With this goal in mind, different operations have been adopted to capture natural light.

These systems can also guarantee excellent spatial properties if projected correctly. Below we have gathered five essential systems for zenithal lighting.

How to Calculate Spiral Staircase Dimensions and Designs

08:00 - 17 June, 2018
How to Calculate Spiral Staircase Dimensions and Designs, © Matheus Pereira
© Matheus Pereira

Spiral staircases save valuable square meters because they occupy a much smaller area than a conventional staircase. With daring shapes and diverse configurations, they can also be iconic objects in projects. However, the design of these staircases requires careful attention so that you can prevent an uncomfortable or dangerous outcome. Although BIM software simplifies this process, it's always important to understand the restrictions and the underlying concepts.

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

12:00 - 3 June, 2018
Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

Spotlight: Norman Foster

04:00 - 1 June, 2018
Spotlight: Norman Foster, Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935)—or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank of Reddish, OM, HonFREng—gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 46

Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi

06:00 - 22 May, 2018
Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi, Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.
Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.

Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi is one of the most important figures of Brazilian design. Her ability to blend architecture, politics and popular culture made her an icon throughout the country and world, while her relentlessness to break from traditionalisms made Brazil the ideal location for her work.

Bo Bardi's architecture incorporates both materiality and culture. In addition to the concrete and solidified elements, she designed pieces based on cultural factors and intense political discussions. She wished to break the barriers between intellectuals and everyday people.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo / Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Eduardo Colonelli + Weliton Ricoy Torres

09:00 - 20 May, 2018
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo / Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Eduardo Colonelli + Weliton Ricoy Torres, ©  Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon + 35

Aqwa Corporate / Foster + Partners

03:00 - 18 May, 2018
Aqwa Corporate / Foster + Partners, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © André Nazareth © André Nazareth + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Via Binário do Porto, 299 - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
  • Team

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Spencer de Grey, David Summerfield, Juan Frigerio, Pedro Haberbosch, Filomena Russo, Rui Alves, Anthony Cestra, Chris Farmer, Daniel Gaertner, Domingos Garcia, Jai Krishnan, Courtney Hunt, Consuelo Manna, Sebastian Mendez, Alonso De Garay Montero, Elke Pedal, Jorge Pereira, Maro Riga, David Santamaria, Nathan St. John, Anthony Stahl, Jose Vargas-Hidalgo, Francisco Waltersdorfer
  • Area

    223000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

06:00 - 5 May, 2018
Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman
Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high-profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

The French Embassay, Berlin. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin,_Mitte,_Pariser_Platz,_Botschaft_Frankreich.jpg'>Wikimedia user Jörg Zägel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/borkurdotnet/5696828844'>Flickr user borkurdotnet</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Saint-Émilion. Image © Erik Saillet La  Musée Hergé, Louvain-la-Neuve. Image © Nicolás Borel + 17