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By the People, For the People: What is Public Architecture, According to our Readers

05:00 - 19 April, 2019
Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG. Image: © Rasmus Hjortshøj
Aarhus Harbor Bath / BIG. Image: © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Last week, we asked our social media followers, "What does public architecture mean to you?" These thoughts are intrinsic to the architectural debate and come into play in various types of projects, especially in those related to the planning of common-use spaces in cities.

The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019

07:30 - 8 April, 2019
The World's Most Liveable Cities in 2019, Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board
Strandbar Herrmann. Vienna, Austria. Image © Christian Stemper, via Vienna Tourist Board

For ten consecutive years, Vienna ranks first in the Mercer survey on cities with the best quality of life in the world. In this edition to the global ranking, eight Western European cities join the top ten, even when "trade tensions and populist undercurrents continue to dominate the global economic climate", as Mercer points out in its report.

Nikos Salingaros: 'Contemporary Public Spaces Are Designed For Lifeless Beings, Without Any Sex Or Sexual Desire'

07:00 - 4 April, 2019
Nikos Salingaros: 'Contemporary Public Spaces Are Designed For Lifeless Beings, Without Any Sex Or Sexual Desire', © Diego Hernández
© Diego Hernández

Within the framework of Espacios Oscuros research project, focused on observing and analyzing the experience of sexual diversity in public spaces of Santiago de Chile, architects María González and José Tomás Franco spoke with Nikos Salingaros, a mathematician and thinker known for his alternative theoretical approach to architecture and urbanism. Salingaros promotes design focused on human needs and aspirations, combining rigorous scientific analysis with a deep intuitive experience.

Our cities are, for the most part, hostile to the sensibilities of their citizens. (...) Almost everything has been aligned, standardized, emptied. So, how to meet different people, and how to expect a mix between strangers?

In this interview, Salingaros not only questions the way in which architects are designing the private and public spaces of our cities, ignoring –perhaps unconsciously– the human being in its diversity, but also suggests the emergence of a series of private community spaces that would be supplying the needs of expression and appropriation of all the inhabitants of the city.

24h competition 29th edition - hypermega

18:54 - 12 March, 2019
24h competition 29th edition - hypermega, Ideas Forward, hypermega
Ideas Forward, hypermega

AIM OF THE COMPETITION - 24H
A space where the time limit is used to stimulate your creativity.
The aim of this competition is to present answers in 24h to social problems, visionary ideas, humanitarian causes and sociologic problems of the contemporary societies.
Commitment, perseverance, inspiration and hard work are all the necessary bases to develop a proposal that meets the premises that will be released regularly in the brief of the competition.
We challenge you to prove your talent in 24 hours!
There is a period of registration on the competition, when it ends, starts the 24H competition!
You have 24H to develop a proposal that responds to the program contained on the brief that will only be available on the same day the competition starts.
Take the risk!

Porocity: Opening up Solidity

09:00 - 20 February, 2019
Porocity: Opening up Solidity

An exciting new manifesto from the Why Factory, Porocity: Opening Up Solidity makes a case for the intervention of the public realm into the private sphere of the city. The Why Factory raises a critique of the city as excessively closed off, and offers tools for the prying open and aerating of the city in such a way that is socially, environmentally and economically valuable to its citizens. How can we introduce pockets for encounters, for streams of circulation, for green areas, for tunnels of cooling? What structures can be imagined to allow for this openness? Creating grottos? Splitting towers?

Top 10 Architectural Photography Locations in Bogotá

06:00 - 4 November, 2018
Top 10 Architectural Photography Locations in Bogotá, Torres del Parque. Image © Stefanía Álvarez
Torres del Parque. Image © Stefanía Álvarez

If you're an architecture aficionado, the Colombian capital of Bogota should be high on your list. The city's architecture contains bits and pieces from throughout the country's history, from colonial structures to classical designs from the time of the Republic.

If you're a first time visitor to Bogotá —or a native tourist in your own city— we recommend this architecture guide for the top 10 locations to capture the city's best works.

Bogotá, Through the Lens of Leo Matiz

06:00 - 21 October, 2018
Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá
Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá

Bogota's modernization between 1940 and 1970 is featured in a wide array of books, magazines, and photo albums, as well as in the city's own public and private archives. Every one of these sources reveals a deliberate, as well as critical, approximation of how modern architecture reconfigured the city's center and brought together the new buildings and urban space with the already existing cityscape.

When analyzing the impact of photography from the street, it's impossible not to talk about Leo MatizArmando Matiz, and Hernán Díaz. These three photographers have captured the personalities, events, and urban life of Bogotá. Here, we've compiled some of their most noted works featuring the streets, plazas, crosswalks, and landmarks of Bogotá. Through their photography, modern heritage finds a place on the stage of collective memory, where architecture and urban spaces are the stars. 

In this edition of Bogotá in 10 photographs, we will come to know the legacy of Leo Matiz:

Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá Bogotá. Image © Archivo de Bogotá + 7

The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

12:34 - 14 September, 2018
The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

In this joyful new book Monocle unpacks what makes a great city, whether you’re looking for a new place to call home or need help fixing your own.

The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine

06:00 - 31 August, 2018
The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine, Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower

In Metropolis Magazine's latest - and last - installment in their annual design cities review, the focus is not on output or culture but on cities themselves as the point of inspiration. For the designers surveyed, these were the cities that made their hearts beat a little faster; the ones that remained in their minds and wormed their way into their work.

The Top 10 Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine

06:00 - 18 August, 2018
The Top 10 Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine, Bund Finance Centre / Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. Image © Laurian Ghintiou
Bund Finance Centre / Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. Image © Laurian Ghintiou

For this year's annual city listings, Metropolis Magazine took an unusual approach: they took the analysis to the streets, surveying nearly 100 design professionals across the globe to get their opinions. The result? A list that boasts not just the cities you'd expect (Milan, London, Berlin) but the under the radar powerhouses you might not have anticipated.

Call for Papers: FRAGILE TERRITORIES / Landscapes_Cities_Architecture

14:00 - 19 June, 2018
Call for Papers:  FRAGILE TERRITORIES / Landscapes_Cities_Architecture, POSTCARD IFAU2018
POSTCARD IFAU2018

UPDATE: The new deadlines for Abstract submission is SEPTEMBER 5th, 2018

2nd International Forum on Architecture and Urbanism
FRAGILE TERRITORIES/Landscapes_Cities_Architecture

Call for Submissions: N A R R A T I V E S

14:46 - 30 May, 2018
Call for Submissions: N A R R A T I V E S , Call for Submissions Poster, The Architects’ Project
Call for Submissions Poster, The Architects’ Project

ABOUT NARRATIVES
/narratives/ publication is an annual print publication with a quarterly digital output, narratives features architectural projects, products, places and people tapping into the contemporary built environment in Ghana and abroad.

/narratives/ present its readers with the platform to contribute their stories and experiences. The publication is both reflective and critical, plotting the shifting and emerging narratives of architecture at the intersection of politics, economics, society, culture and the environment.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
We are looking for essays, musings, interviews, reviews, photo essays, creative criticisms and short videos about:

– a project (from speculative to built projects, and everything in-between)

– a product (from tried

These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life

16:00 - 20 May, 2018
These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jikatu/20111772669'>Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr]</a>, licensed under  <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay
© Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay

Mercer, the multinational consultancy recently announced that Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world, for the ninth year in a row. In a ranking that is dominated by European cities in the highest positions, this year Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest-ranking cities in North America, Asia, and Africa, respectively.

So, what is happening in Latin America? Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, once again occupies the top position. "Although they are challenged by economic and political turmoil," experts at the consultancy explain, "cities in emerging markets are catching up with major cities, after decades of investment in infrastructure, recreational facilities, and housing for the purpose of attracting talent and multinational businesses," they add.

In its twentieth edition, the consultancy, which specializes in advising multinational companies in employee transfers, evaluates more than 450 cities around the world, analyzing 39 factors divided into 10 categories, including political and economic environment, socio-cultural status, hygiene, educational institutions, leisure, housing, the market, and natural disasters.

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/beck32/7175474491'>Roberto C. [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">CC BY-ND 2.0</a>. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/deensel/39921091035'>Deensel [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a>. ImageBuenos Aires, Argentina © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/armandolobos/23193056943'>a l o b o s [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageSantiago, Chile © <a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/bz3rk/5731101473'>James Willamor [Flickr]</a>, licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageSan Juan, Puerto Rico + 11

6 Upcoming Projects that Will Improve the Quality of Life in Colombia

14:00 - 20 May, 2018
6 Upcoming Projects that Will Improve the Quality of Life in Colombia, Museo Nacional de la Memoria / MGP + estudio.entresitio. Image Cortesía de MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo / estudio.entresitio
Museo Nacional de la Memoria / MGP + estudio.entresitio. Image Cortesía de MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo / estudio.entresitio

Colombia is a country whose architecture continues to surprise us with projects that seek to improve the quality of life of its residents, which in turn tends to attract individuals to learn and contribute to proposals that generate and create much more vibrant cities.

The city's advances in architecture and urbanism in recent years have materialized in a series of programs and projects in other cities, awakening the interest of professionals and academics from architecture and global urbanism.

The development of projects such as the Metro Cable in Medellín, TransmiCable in Bogota, or the series of parks and libraries that have been built throughout the country after the success achieved in the first two cities, makes the idea of betting on much more innovative projects a more attractive prospect, which dares citizens and designers of all kinds to dream, stoking the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the country and much of Latin America. To reflect this, we have chosen 6 projects that will undoubtedly change and improve the quality of life in Colombia.

Museo Nacional de la Memoria / MGP + estudio.entresitio. Image Cortesía de MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo / estudio.entresitio SuperCADE Manitas / Arquitectura en Estudio. Image Cortesía de Arquitectura en Estudio Nuevo centro recreativo del Parque Metropolitano El Tunal en Bogotá / FP Arquitectura. Image Cortesía de FP Arquitectura Segunda fase del Corredor Verde de Cali / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos + OPUS. Image Cortesía de Espacio Colectivo + OPUS + 7

IAAC Global Summer School 2018

16:47 - 16 May, 2018
IAAC Global Summer School 2018, GSS18
GSS18

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is pleased to inform you about the Global Summer School 2018, 11th edition of the international summer educational program about the future of our cities, that will take place in Barcelona and in other nodes worldwide simultaneously from the 2nd to the 14th of July 2018.

This two-weeks intense program brings together experts from around the world to discuss the future of urbanism and the impact of technology on spaces exploration through a series of workshops, global lectures, presentations and a final ceremony.

What Makes a City Livable to You?

09:30 - 28 April, 2018
© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/132839384@N08/17241901246'>Flickr user Hafitz Maulana</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageA music festival in Singapore
© Flickr user Hafitz Maulana licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageA music festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

To be clear, Mercer is a global HR consultancy, and their rankings are meant to serve the multinational corporations that are their clients. The list helps with relocation packages and remuneration for their employees. But a company’s first choice on where to send their workers is not always the same place you’d choose to send yourself to.

And these rankings, calculated as they are, also vary depending on who’s calculating. Monocle publishes their own list, as does The Economist, so the editors at ArchDaily decided to throw our hat in as well. Here we discuss what we think makes cities livable, and what we’d hope to see more of in the future.

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

06:00 - 5 April, 2018
These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria
© Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageViena, Austria

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna has placed first in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten.

This is the 20th edition of the Mercer Rankings. The consultancy, which specializes in advising multinational companies in the transfer of employees, evaluated more than 450 cities around the world. Their rankings take into account 39 factors divided into 10 categories, including political and economic environment, socio-cultural status, sanitation, educational and leisure opportunities, housing markets and natural disasters.

At the regional level, Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th), Montevideo (77th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest ranking cities in North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa respectively. According to Mercer, the twenty cities with the best quality of life in the world are:

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/mark-gunn/28426846501/'>Mark Gunn [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a>. ImageZurich, Suiza © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/patarika/35144631252'>PATARIKA [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageAuckland, Nueva Zelanda © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/mariano-mantel/10354531996/'>Mariano Mantel [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">CC BY-NC 2.0</a>. ImageMunich, Alemania © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/gord99/15967566717'>Gord McKenna [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageVancouver, Canadá + 20

Studies Show Ridesharing Services Like Uber, Lyft Actually Increase Congestion in Cities

14:00 - 27 February, 2018
Studies Show Ridesharing Services Like Uber, Lyft Actually Increase Congestion in Cities, Traffic on the freeway in Los Angeles. Image <a href='http://https://pxhere.com/en/photo/622467'>available in the public domain</a>
Traffic on the freeway in Los Angeles. Image available in the public domain

Despite being heralded as services that will reduce congestion on our streets, ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft actually are making traffic problems worse, a new study from Boston’s Northeastern University has revealed.