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The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World

06:00 - 4 September, 2018
The 25 Largest Sports Stadiums in the World, 1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com
1. Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea. Image via Viktoria Gaman / Shutterstock.com

In 776 BC, the Olympic Games of antiquity were hosted at the Olympia stadium in Peloponnese, Greece, an arena widely believed to be the world’s oldest stadium. The elongated U-shaped track and stand had a capacity of up to 45,000 people.

Almost 3000 years later, and the typology of the sports stadium continues to act as a gathering place for tens of thousands of eager spectators. As populations, and indeed revenue generated from sporting events continues to increase around the world, the design of sports stadiums is destined to follow suit.

This Week in Architecture: Our Faith in Design, from McDonalds' Golden Arches to Churches in Kerala

09:30 - 24 August, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Our Faith in Design, from McDonalds' Golden Arches to Churches in Kerala, © Stephanie Zoch
© Stephanie Zoch

As August draws to a close and our holidays - be they from work or school - already start to feel like distant memories, perhaps it's a good moment to reflect on our faith in what we do. Sometimes design affords us the ability to oversee massive and exciting change. Sometimes projects don't work out, despite our best efforts. And sometimes, design isn't as capable of making change as we believe it to be. This week's stories touched on our faith in design in a range of ways, from the literal (such as the bright churches of Kerala) to the more abstract (how much good taste in fast food design actually equates to good tastes.) Read on for this week's review. 

Courtesy of Foster + Partners © Jeroen Musch, Mei Architects and Planners Courtesy of Ennead Architects © DBOX for Foster + Partners + 9

Future of Foster + Partners / FR-EE Mexico City International Airport to be Decided by Public Vote

15:46 - 22 August, 2018
Future of Foster + Partners / FR-EE Mexico City International Airport to be Decided by Public Vote, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that a referendum will be held on whether or not the government should proceed with Foster + Partners’ proposed $13-billion Mexico City International Airport.

The scheme, already under construction, has been described by the incoming president as a “bottomless pit” and that “the plan is to provide the Mexican people all the relevant information, truthfully and objectively, so that we can all decide together on this important matter of national interest.”

10 Must-See Buildings to Discover at Open House London 2018

08:00 - 22 August, 2018
10 Must-See Buildings to Discover at Open House London 2018, Maggie's Centre Barts. Image © Iwan Baan
Maggie's Centre Barts. Image © Iwan Baan

Open House London 2018 has officially released the list of over 800 buildings open to the public this September. Now in its 27th edition, the weekend-long festival offers free guided tours and open doors to buildings and architecture across the city. This year, a range of exciting architecture will be featured, including the new US Embassy by KieranTimberlake, Maggie's Barts by Steven Holl Architects, and Bloomberg European Headquarters by Foster + Partners, the world's most sustainable office building. Find out our list of the top 10 must-see buildings to discover at this year's Open House.

Royal Academy of Music - Theatre and new Recital Hall. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 The Shard. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 Bloomberg European Headquarters. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 Bloomberg European Headquarters. Image Courtesy of London Open House 2018 + 26

Foster + Partners' MOL Tower Will Rise Despite Budapest's New Skyscraper Ban

16:00 - 20 August, 2018
Foster + Partners' MOL Tower Will Rise Despite Budapest's New Skyscraper Ban, MOL Campus. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
MOL Campus. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The Hungarian government is introducing a new skyscraper ban in the hopes of preserving the Budapest skyline. Gergely Gulyás, minister of the prime minister's office, recently stated that the ban will affect all new buildings in Budapest over 90 meters tall. The ban will not limit projects already approved with planning permission, including Foster + Partners' MOL Campus Tower, a high-rise being built as part of the new headquarters for the MOL Group. The 120 meter tower will be exempt because it has already won planning permission.

The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit

06:00 - 3 August, 2018
The 9 Bars That Every Architect Needs to Visit, The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes
The cafe and bar at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London / Zaha Hadid Architects. . Image © Luke Hayes

When you think of your favorite spot to grab a beer, what architectural features come to mind? Is it the swanky furniture, themed artwork, or the heavily designed cocktail menu? Today, the aesthetics of bars are now as much a draw as the drinks themselves. From movie set inspired spaces to rooftops that offer spectacular city views, we’ve compiled a list of nine bars and beer gardens that every architect needs to cross off their list.

Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store Opens to the Public With Dramatic Waterfall Entrance

14:30 - 26 July, 2018
Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store Opens to the Public With Dramatic Waterfall Entrance , Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple’s Piazza Liberty Store, designed by Foster + Partners, has opened to the public in Milan, Italy. The scheme is located under an existing piazza close to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan.

The store is defined by a dramatic waterfall which surrounds the entrance while forming the backdrop to a large outdoor amphitheater. Piazza Liberty is the first Apple Store to be constructed in Italy following their retail design collaboration with Foster + Partners.

Foster + Partners Revises Design for Apple’s Melbourne Store Following "Pizza Hut Pagoda" Backlash

14:00 - 24 July, 2018
Foster + Partners Revises Design for Apple’s Melbourne Store Following "Pizza Hut Pagoda" Backlash, The redesigned Apple Fed Square store. Image via ArchitectureAU
The redesigned Apple Fed Square store. Image via ArchitectureAU

New images have emerged of the revised Foster + Partners-designed Apple Global Flagship Store at Federation Square in Melbourne after the original proposal attracted criticism and comparisons to a “Pizza Hut Pagoda.”

The revised scheme has been the result of workshops involving Fed Square Management, the Victorian Government, the City of Melbourne, and Apple, with input from Donald Bates, chair of architectural design at the University of Melbourne.

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building

08:05 - 19 July, 2018
2018 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Announced for UK’s Best New Building, Bloomberg, London / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young
Bloomberg, London / Foster + Partners. Image © Nigel Young

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist of six projects competing for the 2018 Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for architecture, given to the building “that has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture in a given year.” Selected from the list of national award winners, the finalist buildings range from a highly-innovative new workplace in central London to a rammed-earth wall cemetery in Hertfordshire.

Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire / Waugh Thistleton Architects. Image © Lewis Kahn New Tate St Ives, Cornwall / Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev. Image © Nick Hufton Chadwick Hill, University of Roehampton, London / Henley Halebrown. Image © David Grandorge Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, Cambridge / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams + 30

Foster+Partners-Led Trailblazer Apprenticeships Bring Overdue Relief for Disenfranchised Architecture Students

06:30 - 19 July, 2018
Foster+Partners-Led Trailblazer Apprenticeships Bring Overdue Relief for Disenfranchised Architecture Students, Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin
Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin

Earlier this month, a “Trailblazer Group” comprising 20 leading architecture firms led by Foster + Partners announced the creation of the UK’s first Architecture Apprenticeship Standards. Supported by the RIBA, ARB (Architects Registration Board) and over a dozen UK universities, the group has structured a program which tackles the financial feasibility of an architectural education through paid apprenticeships, and addresses the disparity experienced by students transitioning between education and practice.

While doing little to alter the notorious seven-year length of the UK's accreditation process, the apprenticeship is a welcome and proactive step in reforming an education system which, on the ground, breeds an atmosphere of financial insecurity, mental health issues, and a disenchantment among students with the value of their £45,000 investment in architecture degrees.

Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin Foster + Partners will lead the Trailblazers Apprenticeships program. Image via Norman Foster Foundation Hawkins/Brown, who designed the new campus for UCL's Bartlett School, will take part in the program. Courtesy of The Bartlett School of Architecture <a href='https://www.archdaily.com/489721/lines-drawn-the-uk-architecture-students-network-discuss-the-future-of-architectural-education'>In 2014, the UK Architecture Student Network met to discuss the future of architectural education</a> Image © Vinesh Pomal / Zlatina Spasova + 6

RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

18:00 - 11 July, 2018
RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

© Sarah Blee © Peter Landers © Jack Hobhouse © Keith Barnes + 76

Norman Foster Receives 2018 American Prize for Design

16:00 - 6 July, 2018
Norman Foster Receives 2018 American Prize for Design , Foster + Partners 'SkyCycle' scheme for Transport for London.. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners 'SkyCycle' scheme for Transport for London.. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Sir Norman Foster has received the American Prize for Design, an award presented the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture and Urban Studies. The award, which was established in 2016, is presented to an individual for their lifetime achievement in the fields of design.

Life on Mars? Foster + Partners to Showcase Extra-Terrestrial Habitats at UK's Goodwood Festival

14:00 - 5 July, 2018
Life on Mars? Foster + Partners to Showcase Extra-Terrestrial Habitats at UK's Goodwood Festival, via Foster + Partners
via Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners will detail its vision of life on Mars and the Moon at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. Forming part of the festival's Future Lab event, the vision will be presented through a range of models, robotics, and futuristic designs exploring the future of life in space.

The firm's showcase will include a virtual reality experience, allowing visitors to explore the inside of a proposed state-of-the-art habitation pod.

Stone, Glass, and Bamboo Meet in Foster + Partners' Recently-Opened Apple Store in Macau

12:30 - 2 July, 2018
Stone, Glass, and Bamboo Meet in Foster + Partners' Recently-Opened Apple Store in Macau, Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - exterior at night with the cube illuminated and bamboo planting framing the entrance with people. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - exterior at night with the cube illuminated and bamboo planting framing the entrance with people. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has published photographs of their recently-opened Apple Store in Macau, intended as a “new oasis of calm” against the city’s buzz and excitement. The store, opened on June 29th, was designed in response to a brief calling for “an inviting, contemplative space, where technology, entertainment, and arts come together to make a positive contribution to the city.”

Apple Cotai Central was designed in a close collaboration between Foster + Partners and Apple’s chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive, a collaboration which has previously produced Apple stores at Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and Regent Street in London.

Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - interior with bamboo planters rising up through the cube lantern. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Macau, Sands Cotai. Looking up into the light lantern framed with densely planted Bamboo. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - interior at retail level with stone stairs descending from the cube. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Apple Store, Sands Cotai Central, Macau - retail floor inside the cube lantern with bamboo rising from the planters below. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young, Foster + Partners + 8

A Man, a Suit, and a Window: The Strange World of the Luxury Skyscraper Promotional Video

06:00 - 21 June, 2018
A Man, a Suit, and a Window: The Strange World of the Luxury Skyscraper Promotional Video , Image via screenshot from video
Image via screenshot from video

A new genre of film is emerging: the luxury skyscraper promotional video. Usually released before a new building is even finished, these filmic renderings follow an uncannily standard format: A stirring soundtrack reliably accompanies a time lapse of a city’s skyline; viewers ascend a rendered building until we reach the top floor. There, we see some variation of the most common scene found in these videos: a businessman silently overlooking the expansive city below. The figure tends to be pensive, well-dressed, white, and male. Read on to see three prime examples of this odd trend.

Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid

12:00 - 20 June, 2018
Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building in Madrid. Located at a historically significant site in Madrid, the scheme will see the transformation and revitalization of the existing structure to “create a new iconic landmark.”

Located at the junction of Madrid’s main north-south and east-west arteries, the building occupies one of the most important intersections in Madrid and forms a key part of the city’s long-term urban vision. The building also faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public spaces in Madrid, while linking three distinct districts containing luxury shopping, finance, art, and historic tradition.

The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues

09:30 - 14 June, 2018
The Evolution of the Stadium: How the World Cup Has Influenced the Design of Sports Venues, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

When the Greeks carved stone steps into the side of a hill, they were aiming to create a seated area for people to rest and from which to have an excellent view of the stage at the amphitheater's center. over two millennia later, these objectives are still key to stadium design principles, however, with an ever-increasing global reach and the need for multiple functions, the goal posts for what makes a successful arena are always being moved. As you prepare to watch the 2018 World Cup hosted in Russia, take a look at this list of notable stadium designs in World Cup history which have influenced the evolution of stadium design.

© <a href='https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/357819'>Geograph user Merv Payne</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OitaStadium1.JPG'>Wikimedia user 大分帰省中</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wembley_Stadium_during_London_2012_Olympic_Games.JPG'>Wikimedia user Richard Johnson</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 11

These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums

06:00 - 13 June, 2018
These Time-Lapses Capture the Construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadiums, via screenshot from video
via screenshot from video

As the 2018 World Cup approaches, we architects can already look ahead to the next tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar offers the most exciting opportunity in stadium design for decades, with the competition relying on an almost entirely new footballing infrastructure. Several world-renowned designers have submitted proposals, and the following set of newly released time-lapse videos show the progression of each stadium, as we approach four years to the competition’s start. Emphasising the structural shells, the videos highlight a sometimes overlooked facet of stadium design. To materialize the effortless magic of the initial renders - like those produced by Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects - phenomenal levels of engineering and problem solving are required, and in the early stages of construction, this becomes the visual focal point. Read on to see the beauty of these structural marvels, but be warned - you may develop World Cup fever.

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