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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.

Split Level House / D'Arcy Jones Architects

16:00 - 12 March, 2019
Split Level House  / D'Arcy Jones Architects, © Sama Jim Canzian
© Sama Jim Canzian

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian + 26

How Zena Howard Uses Design to Help Cities Heal

07:00 - 1 March, 2019
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image© Brad Feinknopf
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image© Brad Feinknopf

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Game Changers: Architect Zena Howard is Using Design as Urban Healing." Metropolis' annual Game Changers series highlights those in design who are pushing the field forward.

Transforming urban centers can be slow going when the process is rooted in community engagement. But within the next five to ten years, historically African-American neighborhoods in Charlotte and Greenville, North Carolina; Miami; Vancouver; and Los Angeles will experience major change, thanks to architect Zena Howard, who leads Perkins+Will’s cultural practice in North Carolina.

Herzog & de Meuron Release Final Design for Vancouver Art Gallery

09:00 - 24 January, 2019
Herzog & de Meuron Release Final Design for Vancouver Art Gallery, View across Queen Elizabeth Square. Image © Herzog & de Meuron
View across Queen Elizabeth Square. Image © Herzog & de Meuron

The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled the final design for its 300,000-square-foot building designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Designed to serve the Gallery’s ever-expanding collection of art and educational programs, the scheme will offer “a global platform for Vancouver’s and Canada’s thriving arts scene and play a vital role in establishing this city as one of the world’s most foremost cities for arts and culture.”

The scheme has been designed as a sculptural, symmetrical, upright building infusing opaque and transparent surfaces. The stacked scheme sees a minimal mass at the bottom contrast with larger volumes concentrated at the top, allowing light and air to filter down to an active, open-air courtyard below.

Gallery Courtyard view of entry pavilion at Cambie Street. Image © Herzog & de Meuron West Georgia Street at night. Image © Herzog & de Meuron Gallery Courtyard. Image © Herzog & de Meuron West Georgia Street entrance. Image © Herzog & de Meuron + 9

Studio Three / D'Arcy Jones Architects

16:00 - 18 January, 2019
Studio Three / D'Arcy Jones Architects, © Sama Jim Canzian
© Sama Jim Canzian

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian + 13

New Renderings Reveal Vancouver's 'Gateway Tower' Counterpart to BIG's Vancouver House

05:00 - 9 October, 2018
New Renderings Reveal Vancouver's 'Gateway Tower' Counterpart to BIG's Vancouver House, 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects
601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects

Shanghai-based JYOM Architecture and GBL Architects have released new renderings of 601 Beach Crescent, the 'Gateway Tower' counterpart to Bjarke Ingels Group's Vancouver House project. As the Daily Hive reports, developer Pinnacle International recently submitted its formal rezoning application to develop the vacant site on the north end of the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver. Conceptually, the tower was designed to replicate the motions of the dancing female form.

601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects 601 Beach Crescent. Image Courtesy of Jyom Architecture / GBL Architects + 18

UBC Quantum Matter Institute / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

19:00 - 19 September, 2018
UBC Quantum Matter Institute / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication  , © Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler + 14

BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver

12:00 - 3 August, 2018
BIG's Relocated Serpentine Pavilion Nears Completion in Toronto as Landmark Tower Tops Out in Vancouver, Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank
Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank

The collaboration of Bjarke Ingels Group and Westbank are celebrating two milestones in Canada, as the topping out of their innovative Vancouver House coincides with the advanced construction of their relocated Serpentine Pavilion in Toronto.

The two BIG-designed structures, located on opposite coasts, have both been recognized for their architectural innovation. The LEED-Platinum Vancouver House was awarded the World Architecture Festival’s Future Building of the Year in 2015, while the “unzipped wall” is the first Serpentine Pavilion to embark on a multi-city tour of this kind, before ultimately landing in a permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront.

Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Vancouver House. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank Unzipped Toronto. Image Courtesy of Westbank + 9

Cambie Apartments / Haeccity Studio Architecture

20:00 - 28 July, 2018
Cambie Apartments / Haeccity Studio Architecture, © Krista Jahnke
© Krista Jahnke

© Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke + 16

Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for High Rise 'Barclay Village' Project in Vancouver

18:05 - 10 July, 2018
Ole Scheeren Unveils Design for High Rise 'Barclay Village' Project in Vancouver, Courtesy of Ole Scheeren
Courtesy of Ole Scheeren

Buro Ole Scheeren recently revealed their design for two new towers to be built between Davie and Robson Villages in Vancouver, Canada. Named “Barclay Village,” the project combines residential units (with 30 percent of the units reserved for social housing), a variety of public amenities, and green terraces. The design was inspired by the "texture and scale of the surrounding urban fabric and folds the typologies of the two historic villages."

The Dock Building / Michael Green Architecture

13:00 - 23 June, 2018
The Dock Building / Michael Green Architecture, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 13

Drifter Way / Stark Architecture

17:00 - 30 April, 2018
Drifter Way / Stark Architecture, © Krista Jahnke
© Krista Jahnke

© Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke © Krista Jahnke + 18

Aperture / Arno Matis Architecture

13:00 - 15 April, 2018
Aperture / Arno Matis Architecture, © Michael Elkan
© Michael Elkan

© Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan + 19

UBC Aquatic Centre / MJMA + Acton Ostry Architects

08:00 - 4 April, 2018
UBC Aquatic Centre / MJMA + Acton Ostry Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 17

Pause / DBR | Design Build Research

15:00 - 10 January, 2018
Pause / DBR | Design Build Research, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter + 12

Even in Wealthy Cities, Architects Must Work for Social Justice in Every Way Possible

09:30 - 29 December, 2017
Woodward's Redevelopment. Image © Bob Matheson
Woodward's Redevelopment. Image © Bob Matheson

The "about" section of Vancouver-based studio Henriquez Partners Architects' website boldly states: "We believe that architecture should be a poetic expression of social justice." While empowering communities through socially conscious design is hardly a new concept, the term "public-interest architecture" tends to call to mind images of low-budget constructions. Rarely is it employed to describe the large, mixed-use projects that have come to characterize downtown Vancouver and Gregory Henriquez's firm.

However, experimenting with different models of social regeneration through architecture is the driving principle of the studio's work. Throughout the years, Henriquez has explored concepts such as affordable ownership and dignifying design for the city's disenfranchised communities. In partnership with local real-estate development and culture company Westbank, he has built a number of projects that seek to equalize living conditions for all in one of the world's most affluent and progressive societies. Here, in an exclusive interview with ArchDaily, Henriquez describes his firm's ethos, his stance on issues such as homelessness, affordable housing, and gentrification, and the lessons he's learned in over 30 years of heading Henriquez Partners Architects.

2211 Cambie / Arno Matis Architecture

13:00 - 22 December, 2017
2211 Cambie / Arno Matis Architecture, © Michael Elkan
© Michael Elkan

© Ed White © Michael Elkan © Leo Light Photography © Ed White + 23

The Exchange / Harry Gugger Studio

17:00 - 15 December, 2017
The Exchange / Harry Gugger Studio, Courtesy of Credit Swiss
Courtesy of Credit Swiss

Courtesy of Credit Swiss Courtesy of Credit Swiss Courtesy of Harry Gugger Studio Courtesy of Credit Swiss + 17