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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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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

10 Chapels in a Venice Forest Comprise The Vatican's First Ever Biennale Contribution

12:00 - 25 May, 2018
Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Aerial view. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

With the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale comes a look at the first ever contribution by the Holy See, an exhibition that brings together architects to design chapels that, after the Biennale, can be relocated to sites around the globe.

Located in a wooded area on the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, 10 chapels by architects including Norman Foster, Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Smiljan Radic, are joined by the Asplund Chapel by MAP Architects. This 11th structure serves as a prelude to the other chapels, while reflecting on Gunnar Asplund's 1920 design for the Woodland Chapel.

First Images Released of Foster + Partners Designs for Amaravati, the New Capital of Andhra Pradesh

06:05 - 16 May, 2018
First Images Released of Foster + Partners Designs for Amaravati, the New Capital of Andhra Pradesh , Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Design development of the new governmental complex in Amaravati is ongoing as Norman Foster makes a visit to Andhra Pradesh to oversee the progress and meet with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his team.

After being selected as winners of an international competition to design the new capital state of Andhra Pradesh in Southeast India in 2017, Foster + Partners will be designing the central area of the 217-square-kilometer city which includes numerous secretariat buildings, along with two key buildings: Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex.

Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Amaravati Government Complex. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 12

Foster + Partners Unveil Images for Towering DJI Robotics Headquarters in Shenzhen

12:00 - 10 May, 2018
Foster + Partners Unveil Images for Towering DJI Robotics Headquarters in Shenzhen, Dajiang innovation HQ, Shenzen, China. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Dajiang innovation HQ, Shenzen, China. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has unveiled their vision for the headquarters of DJI, the world’s leading robotics company, to be located in the Chinese technological powerhouse of Shenzhen. Symbolizing the “heart of innovation” for the robotics giant, the scheme seeks to alter the traditional concept of office architecture, generating a “creative community in the sky.”

Comprised of two towers, the scheme strikes a balance between research, development, office space and public amenities. The floors comprise floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by steel mega-trusses, ensuring maximum flexibility in large, column-free workspaces.

New Video Shows Foster + Partners' Vision for Cargo-Carrying Hyperloop Network

14:00 - 1 May, 2018
New Video Shows Foster + Partners' Vision for Cargo-Carrying Hyperloop Network, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released a video depicting their vision for a future high-speed transportation infrastructure, taking advantage of recent advances in hyperloop technology. Designed for DP World Cargospeed, a collaboration between cargo giant DP World and Virgin Hyperloop OneFoster + Partners’ vision for an infrastructural network seeks to create a new ecosystem where urban centers and rural landscapes are interconnected, as are humans and nature.

4 Takes on Why Sound Design Is Crucial to Good Architecture

09:30 - 10 April, 2018
reSITE's RESONATE conference was held at the MAAT Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Image © Joel Felipe
reSITE's RESONATE conference was held at the MAAT Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Image © Joel Felipe

What is the role of sound and acoustics in the work of leading architecture practices? In February this year, reSITE and MAAT in collaboration with Meyer Sound hosted RESONATE: Thinking Sound and Space, a conference focused exclusively on the intersection of architecture and sound.

Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Snøhetta's Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Michael Jones from Foster + Partners, the founders of Meyer Sound, and the pioneer of sound art Bernhard Leitner spoke with reSITE and Canal 180 at MAAT Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Below are the 4 episodes in the series, where they discuss the role of sound in designing cultural venues and concert halls and the changing role of the architect in an age of specialization:

Foster + Partners' Roman Antiquities Museum in Narbonne Nears Completion

08:00 - 8 April, 2018
Foster + Partners' Roman Antiquities Museum in Narbonne Nears Completion, Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partner’s Musée de la Romanité Narbonne (Roman Museum of Narbonne) has moved closer to completion, with the scheme's building envelope now fully constructed. The museum seeks to become one of the most significant cultural attractions in the Southern French region, hosting more than 1000 Roman artifacts. The scheme’s progress was celebrated at a topping out ceremony on 30th January 2018, with the installation of VELUX Modular Skylights marking the completion of the building envelope.

Once a major Roman port, the city of Narbonne has amassed an abundance of ancient buildings, relics, and archaeological sites. The Foster + Partners scheme, designed in collaboration with museum specialist Studio Adrien Gardere, centers on the prime exhibit for the museum: a collection of over 1000 Roman funerary stones recovered from the city’s medieval walls in the 19th century. The stones are to be placed at the heart of a simple rectilinear structure, separating the public galleries from private research spaces.

Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners Museum Narbonne. Image Courtesy of Nigel Young / Foster + Partners + 17

Foster + Partners Reveal "Sanctuary" Chapel for Vatican Pavilion at Venice Biennale

14:00 - 28 March, 2018
Foster + Partners Reveal "Sanctuary" Chapel for Vatican Pavilion at Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed chapel to form part of the Vatican’s inaugural entry to the Venice Biennale. The Holy See Pavilion will comprise ten chapels designed by ten architects, to be situated on the Venetian Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Among the architects contributing to the circuit of chapels are Foster + PartnersEduardo Souto de Mourao, and Francesco Cellini.

Courtesy of Norman Foster Courtesy of Foster + Partners Chapel Plan. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Chapel Section. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 6

Why Does The Gender Pay Gap Issue Make People Uncomfortable?

06:00 - 19 March, 2018
Why Does The Gender Pay Gap Issue Make People Uncomfortable?, Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin
Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin

Last week, ArchDaily covered a story about the gender pay gap at Foster + Partners. We thought such a story was "unsurprising" given that the gender pay gap is something that is widely reported on, and present in almost every industry, and we wanted to share a case of it happening in an architectural firm many of us are familiar with. What we did not expect was that readers would think it is a non-issue, or that such reporting was sensational. Is it possible for us to talk about gender in the workplace without being up in arms? Why does the gender pay gap issue make people uncomfortable? 

Some of our editors discussed how gender plays into their workplace experiences as well as some hopeful recent signs that we are on a path to change.

There’s a Gender Pay Gap at Foster + Partners (Unsurprisingly)

16:00 - 7 March, 2018
There’s a Gender Pay Gap at Foster + Partners (Unsurprisingly), Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin
Foster + Partners' London office, Riverside. Image © Marc Goodwin

Disparity between men and women in the workplace has long been cause for concern, both within the architectural profession and beyond. To raise awareness of the need for gender pay equality, the British government in 2017 demanded that UK-based organizations with more than 250 staff publish annual reports of the gender pay gap within their offices.

As one of the largest architecture firms in the world, and based in Battersea, LondonFoster + Partners has released their report into gender pay issues, becoming one of the first architecture firms to do so. The report reveals significant under-representation of women at senior level resulting in a pay gap across the firm, and outlines a commitment to encouraging gender diversity at all levels of management.  

Employees Keep Walking into the Glass Walls at Apple's New Campus

12:00 - 16 February, 2018
Employees Keep Walking into the Glass Walls at Apple's New Campus, A shot of the Apple Park Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
A shot of the Apple Park Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Apple’s unwavering love for glass and seamless edges is one of the reasons designers flock in masses to purchase their products. But that aesthetic has caused a bit of a snafu at the company’s new Foster+Partners-designed headquarters in Cupertino, where employees are running into the highly transparent glass walls at an alarming rate.

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

Foster + Partners Designs Lakeside Headquarters for the PGA Tour

14:00 - 19 January, 2018
Foster + Partners Designs Lakeside Headquarters for the PGA Tour, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has revealed designs for the new headquarters of the PGA TOUR to be located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Located on a large freshwater lake at the TPC at Sawgrass resort, the 187,000-square-foot building will create an “uplifting and inspiring” environment for employees and visitors through its transparent walls, lush greenery and all-encompassing roof structure.

© Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners + 4

Norman Foster Named Next President of the UK's Royal Fine Art Commission Trust

16:00 - 15 January, 2018
Norman Foster Named Next President of the UK's Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, Lord Norman Foster speaking at the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust’s annual lecture in Manchester last year. Image Courtesy of Royal Fine Art Commission Trust
Lord Norman Foster speaking at the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust’s annual lecture in Manchester last year. Image Courtesy of Royal Fine Art Commission Trust

Lord Norman Foster has been named the next President of the UK’s Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, an independent charity aimed at promoting “visual awareness and public appreciation of high-quality design” within the United Kingdom.

Chaired by one of architecture’s foremost patrons, Lord Peter Palumbo, the organization was established in 1987 as a complement to the Royal Fine Art Commission (since absorbed into the UK Design Council), the Government’s advisor on matters affecting public amenity and aesthetics in England and Wales.

Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process

16:00 - 4 January, 2018
Melbournites Protest Plans for Apple's First Southern Hemisphere Flagship Store Over Secrecy of Approval Process , Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Plans announced last month for Apple’s first global flagship store in the southern hemisphere have prompted outrage among Melbournites, who are criticizing the complete lack of public input in the project’s approval process.

The new three-story building, designed by Foster + Partners, would require the demolition of the existing Yarra Building, and would change the character of Federation Square, a popular public location for gatherings and events. But before being announced, the project was already fast-tracked through the first stage of planning approval, thanks to a partnership with the city.

Apple’s New Foster+Partners-Designed Chicago Flagship Store Battered by Winter Weather

14:30 - 2 January, 2018
Apple’s New Foster+Partners-Designed Chicago Flagship Store Battered by Winter Weather, Photo by Matt Maldre. Via the Verge.
Photo by Matt Maldre. Via the Verge.

Just a few months after the opening of Apple’s first town square concept retail store, the Foster + Partners-designed glass-box structure is facing the wrath of its first Chicago winter – and it doesn’t appear to be handling it so smoothly.

As reported by the Verge and 9to5Mac, nearly all of the store’s riverfront outdoor space has been roped off due to the presence of large and potentially dangerous icicles that have formed on the edge of the building’s MacBook-shaped roof. Signs reading “watch for falling snow and ice” now surround the store and at the entrance on Pioneer Court.