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The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019

It is, once again, the time of year where we look towards the future to define the goals and approaches that we will take for our careers throughout the upcoming year. To help the millions of architects who visit ArchDaily every day from all over the world, we compiled a list of the most popular ideas of 2018, which will continue to be developed and consolidated throughout 2019.

Over 130 million users discovered new references, materials, and tools in 2018 alone, infusing their practice of architecture with the means to improve the quality of life for our cities and built spaces. As users demonstrated certain affinities and/or demonstrated greater interest in particular topics, these emerged as trends. 

The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year

For those in the northern hemisphere, the last full week in January last week kicks off with Blue Monday - the day claimed to be the most depressing of the year. Weather is bleak, sunsets are early, resolutions are broken, and there’s only the vaguest glimpse of a holiday on the horizon. It’s perhaps this miserable context that is making the field seem extra productive, with a spate of new projects, toppings out and, completions announced this week.

The week of 21 January 2019 in review, after the break: 

LocHal / Mecanoo. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode © TMRW, courtesy of Gensler ©Jaime Navarro The Week in Architecture: Blue Monday and the Aspirations of a New Year + 11

Why Reusing Buildings Should - and Must - be the Next Big Thing

Sustainability awards and standards touted by professional architecture organizations often stop at opening day, failing to take into account the day-to-day energy use of a building. With the current format unlikely to change, how can we rethink the way what sustainability means in architecture today? The first step might be to stop rewarding purpose-built architecture, and look instead to the buildings we already have. This article was originally published on CommonEdge as"Why Reusing Buildings Should be the Next Big Thing."

At the inaugural Rio Conference on the Global Environment in 1992, three facts became abundantly clear: the earth was indeed warming; fossil fuels were no longer a viable source of energy; the built environment would have to adapt to this new reality. That year I published an essay in the Journal of Architectural Education called “Architecture for a Contingent Environment” suggesting that architects join with both naturalists and preservationists to confront this situation.

Hangzhou Liangzhu Mengxi Town / CUC·zoyo

© ZYStudio
© ZYStudio

© ZYStudio © ZYStudio © ZYStudio © ZYStudio + 41

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: CUC·zoyo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  21140.39
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

This Week in Architecture: Reduce, Reuse, Rethink

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the massive production of architecture today. Scroll through ArchDaily for more than a minute and even we'd forgive you for losing track of it all. But what seems like an endless scroll of architectural production doesn't quite fit with the popular movements surrounding resource sharing and community. 

Hidden among the mass production that has defined architecture in the last century is a germ - one that seems to be marching to the forefront of practice today. More and more designers seem to be taking on locally-focused and/or adaptive reuse works. Award shortlists today highlight not icons by recognizable names, but sensitive international works that are notable for their process as much as their product. 

The common image of the architect may be of one obsessed with ego and newness, but practice today doesn't bear that out as much as it used to. This week's news touched on issues of reduction, reuse, and a radical rethink what architecture is in the 21st century. 

Phoenix Plaza Renovation Design / UA GROUP

After Renovation_View of 24-hour store from Zhongyang Road. Image © Bowen Hou
After Renovation_View of 24-hour store from Zhongyang Road. Image © Bowen Hou

After Renovation_Intersection of Hunan Road and Zhongyang Road. Image © Bowen Hou After Renovation_View of 24-hour store from Zhongyang Road. Image © Bowen Hou After Renovation_Interior of 24-hour store. Image © Bowen Hou After Renovation_Interior of 24-hour store. Image © Bowen Hou + 38

  • Architects: UA GROUP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4693.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

“Re-Habit” Transforms Empty Big Box Stores into Housing for the Homeless

Los Angeles-based KTGY Architecture + Planning’s Research and Development studio has unveiled an idea to reuse millions of square feet of empty retail stores as housing for the homeless. The “Re-Habit” concept calls for the installation of bathrooms, dining, sleeping, gardening, and job training facilities, transforming obsolete big-box stores into agents of social change.

The concept comes at a time when vast big box stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney, and Sears are closing in record numbers, leaving large vacant footprints throughout the urban landscape.

© KTGY © KTGY © KTGY © KTGY + 11

Snøhetta to Renovate Avant-Garde Theater in Nanterre, France with Dynamic Extension

Snøhetta has been announced as the winner of a design competition for the renovation of the avant-gardist Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Nanterre, France. The renovation seeks to breathe new life into the 1960s theater, known for its high-quality performances and global collaborations.

The renovations will include the addition of a 200-seat theater, and the reconfiguration of the building’s restaurant, bookshop, and atrium space, with an emphasis on flexibility and natural light.

Carlo Ratti Associati Places 30-Foot-High Tree Inside Renovated Italian Farmhouse

Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled the "Greenary," a renovated farmhouse designed around a 10-meter-high tree in the countryside near Parma, Northern Italy. The scheme marks the first step of CRA’s winning 2017 masterplan for the Mutti tomato company, driven by a closer integration between nature and the built environment.

The 50-year-old Ficus tree, situated within the main living area, is encircled by stepped areas rising to the treetop, creating six domestic spaces. The house will be coupled with a factory developed in close architectural continuity, due to their physical proximity.

Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati + 5

The Renovation of CRRC 1897 Center / PROJECT

© Haiting Sun © Haiting Sun © Haiting Sun © Haiting Sun + 39

Beijing, China

Renovation of the Multi-Function Hall in Central Academy of Fine Arts / Architecture School of CAFA

Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin Lobby. Image © Weiqi Jin Bathroom. Image © Weiqi Jin Detail. Image © Weiqi Jin + 25

Beijing, China
  • Architects: Architecture School of CAFA ; Designers: Wenqiang Han, Yang Zhao
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1400.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Mom Restaurant / AML Design studio

Courtyard night scene. Image © Weiqi Jin Courtyard. Image © Weiqi Jin An interior part. Image © Weiqi Jin An indoor stage area. Image © Weiqi Jin + 22

Dali Baizuzizhizhou, China