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Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2018

11:00 - 14 November, 2018
Architect Magazine Selects the Top 50 Architecture Firms in the US for 2018, Intuit Marine Way Building / WRNS Studio + Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image © Jeremy Bittermann
Intuit Marine Way Building / WRNS Studio + Clive Wilkinson Architects. Image © Jeremy Bittermann

Architect Magazine has unveiled the 2018 edition of the “Architect 50,” their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States. This year saw more entrants than ever before, with 160 completed submissions calculated along three categories: business, sustainability, and design.

Topping the list this year was WRNS Studio, followed by Brooks + Scarpa, and William Rawn Associates. Below, we have republished the full list, along with links to their ArchDaily archive of work. Visit the official website here for more information on the methodology, details, and 2019 submission notes.

7 Sites in Havana That Tell the Story of Cuba’s Rich Architectural History

09:30 - 23 May, 2018
7 Sites in Havana That Tell the Story of Cuba’s Rich Architectural History, © Evan Chakroff
© Evan Chakroff

Havana is often referred to as a time machine that transports visitors to a particular moment in history, seemingly frozen in time. While it is a city that boasts an exhaustive timeline of imported styles, Havana in the present day is not defined by a singular historical era—either in its political climate or in its architectural zeitgeist.

Over the decades, the Cuban Revolution has had powerful domestic and international repercussions. In particular, it transformed Cuba’s relationship with the United States. But efforts to improve diplomatic relations have gained momentum in recent years, with the teetering lift of the embargo that exacerbated a David and Goliath situation and left a lasting economic impact on the Cuban people. Havana’s skyline has hardly altered since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the city became shut off from the rest of the world, having to rely heavily on its own resources. Today, the government in Havana occupies the gap between the last stance of post-Cold War communism, and the looming influence of Capitalism, a situation which reveals itself in the variety of distinct architectural styles. These seven sites in the island nation’s capital best explain the story about where Havana has been, and offer a prediction as to where it may head next.

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