According to Architect Nicholas Potts, what was old is new again. The new residential building trend is moving away from open floor plans, back to sectioned rooms.
According to Architect Nicholas Potts, what was old is new again. The new residential building trend is moving away from open floor plans, back to sectioned rooms.
The Friendship Hospital on the rural outskirts of Bangladesh received one of the most coveted architecture prizes globally, the 2021 RIBA International Prize.
California lives in the middle of a housing crisis, particularly in the Bay Area. They attack the problem by refurbishing old houses, changing zoning to allow multiple-unit splits in existing homes, and upzoning to construct larger buildings with lower rents. Yet, the problem persists.
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory Construction project named Dr. Željko Ivezić, a member of the International Scientific Council of the University of Rijeka in Croatia, to be its project director. Ivezić has been part of the program since 2018 when the institution named him Deputy Director in charge of data management, education, and public access.
Developers plan to finish converting a Miami skyscraper intended for medical tourism into the first COVID-19 conscious residential, hotel, and medical center.
Science fiction literature historically draws on metaverse concepts. Recent innovations, such as Facebook’s name change to Meta and the announcement of their metaverse, have inspired architects to build new creations—virtually.
Three organizations teamed up to present "Gingerbread Architecture: The Sweet Elements of Design," a class for students interested in architecture and engineering. The Stearns History Museum, Morrison County Historical Society, and Rethos: Places Reimagined held the class, all based in central Minnesota.
West African builders found promise in an ancient material after decades of neglect. Long gone builders used mud bricks in Burkina Faso and Morocco. Modernization replaced these bricks with concrete. Now, architects seek to return these cities to their roots.
For architect Earl Forlales, living in a bamboo house is second nature. "Filipinos have been using bamboo (for housing) even before colonial times, for thousands of years," he says.
Decades ago, French citizens spat on architect I.M. Pei in the streets of Paris for building the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre. Likewise, some French citizens and activists contest constructing a new glass pyramid—but this one is 42 stories tall.
Fodor’s, a famed international travel guide, cites notorious construction phenomena. Whether by poor site selection, lousy building materials, or oversights in architectural design, each of the guide’s featured buildings manifests spectacular problems.
One hundred fifty years after the inferno that swept Chicago, architects and historians explore the city’s rapid rebuild. They want to understand the fire’s impact on both Chicago’s landscape and national construction trends.
Most think of modular home development as high production of low-cost structures. But a report in The Real Deal cites a movement toward high-end customers in this space. Modular construction entices luxury buyers with quick turnaround times.
While architecture has always been built to resemble the natural world, biometric architecture, an emerging field in the industry, is looking to the way living flora and fauna thrive as a way to enhance construction. The architects in this field look at everything from mollusks to fungus for better ways to build.
While great economic times foster magnificent architecture—society builds few massive edifices during food shortages—two rising theories posit that booms in architecture could indicate a coming economic bust. More than that, one such theory blames architecture itself for the downturn.
Architecture thrives on a combination of multiple disciplines, such as structural engineering and quantity surveying. Many architects view archeology as a discipline of emerging importance to their craft. Designers use archaeology as a vehicle for sustainability and heritage.
Can architects patent or trademark their designs? Many debate the question of architectural ownership. Some designers find contentment in public recognition of their buildings as landmark achievements; others seek documented claims on their work.
Architectural masterpieces such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chunnel to the Burj Khalifa, and the Shanghai Tower may give the impression that modern design and capabilities surpass our ancestors' achievements. However, ancient architecture, impressive in its sheer ambition and logic-defying construction, competes with modernity based on its intricate beauty.
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, usually reserved for more fanciful and exciting architectural projects, for their more humble, yet no less impressive, transformative work: Grand Parc towers in France’s suburbs.
In her book, Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating (2019), Robyn Shotwell Metcalfe refers to the paradox of catching fish in New England, exported them to Japan, then shipping them back as sushi; this reveals a large and complex network, invisible to those who order Japanese takeout.
Having resigned from his job before the pandemic, architect Ross Logie had a lot of time on his hands during London’s lockdowns. He says the extra time gave him a chance to reevaluate his priorities.
Much has been written (even on this blog) about changes coming to architecture due to the pandemic. The 2021 building season indicates what consumers and designers desire for American homes in the future. The residential market reveals three immediate and significant architectural trends.
A new book from Thames and Hudson, ANIME ARCHITECTURE, edited and curated by Stefan Riekeles, showcases the history of architecture present in classic anime films going back into the 1980s. The book frames the prescient nature of filmmakers’ views of the future and even poses an idea of forthcoming architecture.
Aside from Amazon’s other major news, including Jeff Bezos’s decision to step down as CEO, the online behemoth made waves in the architecture community on Feb 2nd when it unveiled plans for an Arlington, Virginia office complex.
In recent years, the construction industry has migrated toward modular construction. COVID-19 has escalated this shift. The data indicates an increase in worker safety for companies who use this type of construction.
An entirely different kind of construction project is just getting underway in the small town of Saranac Lake, NY. On January 28, 2021, volunteers began cutting more than 256 large blocks of ice from the lake in a ten-day-long project to build a Winter Carnival Ice Palace.
Forbes recently interviewed several major architecture firms to discover what these men and women envision for the future of the post-COVID-19 hospitality industry. Answers to the question varied, but all had a few things in common: more social distance, less contact, and more overt cleanliness. While it might not seem shocking, the specifics of their visions are interesting.
A new article from Architectural Digest envisions a post-COVID world influenced by what we have learned during long months of lockdown. The article poses four theories regarding the future of residential construction and design, inspired by lockdown conditions.
Futurists are making predictions about what is coming next for the world. One of the most significant speculation areas is that population growth will drive more urbanization, and cities will have to deal with more and more people.
Whether we’re looking at undersea tunnels, or bridges, or communication cables on the seafloor, human-made structures are encroaching on the seas and oceans at an ever-increasing rate. A recent study from Nature Sustainability has estimated that humankind has now built over 32,000 square kilometers or 12,000 square miles.
Even though reports of promising vaccines have emerged in recent weeks and there finally seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, many people look at the future through a very different lens than they did before Covid-19 hit in March. The ways that people want to live and work are changing in significant ways.
Two pieces of art have emerged simultaneously, spurring Japanese national interest in reconstructing that nation’s largest wooden castle, which was destroyed in a fire 360 years ago.
Emporis has revealed the winner of its annual Skyscraper Award, which recognizes the best in design, construction and innovation in structures worldwide. This year, honoring skyscrapers completed in 2019, the company has named the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, chosen from more than 700 buildings submitted to the competition.
This year, a leaked memo from the white house titled “Make Federal Buildings Great Again” stirred up controversy. The memo decided that all federal buildings will use classical or neoclassical style in their building processes and that particular styles, like brutalism and modernism, were to be avoided.
Jeffrey Mansfield, a design director who was born Deaf, is keenly aware of how some architecture serves to set the disabled free and some stifles and traps them. Influencing work at the MASS Design Group put him on course to enter a multi-year course of research exploring how deafness has shaped space (or been shaped by it). For his work, he was recently awarded the Disability Futures Fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
Celebrating New York’s Architecture and Design Month (referred to as “Archtober”), one of the activities (of 70 planned for this month) is the 10th annual Pumpkitecture Pumpkin Carving Competition. Because of the virtual forum this year, anyone and everyone is invited to participate.
According to an article published in Common Edge titled “The Mental Disorders that Gave Us Modern Architecture,” the history of modernism was an idealistic impulse that arose from the “physical, moral and spiritual wreckage of the First World War.”
The Tiny House Movement has been going for more than a decade. Recent world events have motivated some architects, builders and homeowners to build small, and a new competition is inviting any and all designers to make their mark.
Some cultures have architectural traditions that go back millennia (the first known architect in the world was Imhotep, who lived in Egypt in the 27th Century BC). It may be surprising to learn that China, which has a strong tradition of magnificent buildings, did not build with single architects or masterminds until the Ming Dynasty (roughly 1350-1650 AD). Before that, structures were created by a collective of builders and designers. This means that even the famed Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China were not overseen by a single master planner, but separated into small projects collaborated upon by teams of craftsmen.
Calling to mind images from The Abyss or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, undersea adventurer Fabien Cousteau (son of legendary Jacques Cousteau) is planning the Proteus, the first undersea research station to be built in 34 years. Jacques Cousteau, who once lived in an undersea research station as an “oceanaut” for 30 days, dreamed of a day when living and studying under the waves would become commonplace. And new plans may be taking us one step closer to that dream.
Icon, a startup based in Austin, Texas, made news (and an appearance in this blog) last year when it became the first company in the world to 3-D print an entire neighborhood. The project took place in Mexico, creating small two-room homes as part of an affordable housing effort to help the homeless. The $35 million experiment was such a success that the company has raised a further $44 million in funding to bring their work to America.
In a campaign organized by the European Architect’s Journal and backed by 14 Sterling Prize winners, a new push is being made to get businesses to renovate existing buildings rather than tear them down and rebuild—to fight climate change.
As densely packed as Manhattan is, it might surprise you to learn that 30% of the city's square footage is dedicated to roadways. But according to studies, less than half of New York residents make use of that space, as they don't drive and don't take taxis.
The World Architecture Festival announced on July 22nd the new Architecture Drawing Prize call for submissions. The prize, which was new in 2017, celebrates the skill and innovation of architectural drawing, both by hand, by computer, and hybrid drawing. The point of the award is to honor the way that architectural drawings—not necessarily blueprints, but all forms of architectural drawing, including elevations, artists’ renderings, re-imaginings, cutaways, perspective views, and anything related—influence the world of architecture, construction and art.
An in-depth article in The New Yorker last month described the history of modern architecture and came to the conclusion that much of what we view as “modern sensibilities” can be traced back to the tuberculosis epidemic of the early 20th century. Specifically, a groundbreaker was the 1933 Paimio Sanitorium, a hospice for tuberculosis patients in Finland, designed by Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, was a big shift away from the 1920s and 1910s. What had been the norm: dark buildings lit with lamps and fires, covered with fabrics and draperies, was all gone. The new sanitorium was “rigidly geometric, with long walls of expansive windows wrapping its façade, light-colored rooms, and a wide roof terrace with railings like the ones on cruise ships—all the hallmarks of what we now know as modernist architecture.” In fact, this rigid geometric shape and long expansive windows can describe just about every skyscraper being built for the last seventy years, in true Bauhaus tradition.
Australian software company Atlassian is putting its new headquarters in a mass timber and steel 40-story building, which will be the world’s tallest “hybrid tower.”
In a new book about architecture education, Draw in Order to See: A cognitive history of architectural design, author Mark Hewitt takes the stance that architecture education is in need of reform, resulting in structures that are inefficient, unimaginative, and don’t properly suit form or function. In the book he lays out twelve reforms that he says architecture schools should implement—some of which are being taught here and there, but none of which are mandated by national National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) standards. These twelve reforms are:
ArchDaily recently tackled a topic that may seem odd at first, but which they make a solid case for, providing a surprising amount of evidence to deal with: architecture and construction are being driven not just by form or function but by photographability, to accommodate the culture of Instagram and Pinterest.
Architecture is an exciting field—behind every building there is a whole team of architects working on each and every detail. If you’ve ever looked at blueprints and thought “I could do that” or looked at a building and said “Why not me?” then this article is for you.
A new policy, put forward by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, has decreed that so-called “copycat architecture” or architecture plagiarism is strictly prohibited. It also severely limits the height of skyscrapers.
In the annual Evolo design competition, this year focused on skyscrapers, the magazine made a timely decision to name the Epidemic Babel the 2020 winner. The skyscraper, which is designed by Chinese architects in response to the COVID-19 crisis, is designed to be built at a moment’s notice at the site of an outbreak—a kind of pop-up hospital that can take mass casualties.
Frank Lloyd Wright is undeniably the grandfather of architecture in America, considered by many to be America’s best and most influential ever. Architects, builders, and even just art lovers travel to see his buildings like a pilgrimage, and many of even his lesser-known works have been turned into small museums dedicated to him and his Prairie Style.
Opened in 2014, One Central Park in Sydney Australia looks at first like a building overrun, the ruin of a high rise that has been overgrown in some future apocalypse. A park at the foot of the building literally continues all the way up the structure, as vegetation from more than 250 different plants and flowers cover the building. They look pretty, provide shade, and send a statement: this building is sustainable.
ArchDaily is sponsoring a design competition for designing a city in post-pandemic times—specifically, urban designs. We’ve seen all too well, from Italy to China to New York City, how a tightly-packed population can spread disease rapidly to devastating effect. It is with this in mind that the Pandemic Architecture Competition is being held to look for innovative new designs that manage to house many people while keeping them safe.
In a town of 10,000 people, surrounded by farmland, is not where you’d expect to see the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. But in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal, about 100 kilometers north of Oslo, you’ll find just that.
In the 1960’s there was the so-called “white flight” movement, which drove middle-class Americans to the suburbs and left cities for the poor. New York City, famously, was denied federal bailouts in 1975 and spiraled into chaos and crime.
We all know that we respond emotionally to architecture. The style and quality of a building can brighten moods, put people at ease, or depress and cause anxiety. But recently research psychiatrists have been studying the effects of architecture on the mind, and the results are intriguing.
In recent weeks, the architecture community has been in a tizzy over a document that was released from the Whitehouse entitled “Making Federal Buildings Great Again.” As can be guessed from the title alone, the proposal was presented by the Trump administration, and it was controversial. But what does it all mean and why is there a controversy at all?
The school of Architecture at Taliesin will shut its doors in June after 88 years producing some of the greatest architects in America. The school was founded nearly 90 years ago by arguably the greatest architect in American history, the man behind Falling Water, the Guggenheim, and hundreds of other Prairie-Style homes and buildings around the world.
"The Danish meaning of architecture is the art of building," Bjarke Ingels said. "I think, unlike the art that is displayed in a museum or in a gallery, is that architecture is more representational. What defines architecture is that it actually produces reality."
High-tech “smart cities” are becoming all the rage over the last twenty years, but there is currently pushback on many fronts saying that what we need are “dumber” cities—ditching the data and embracing the lessons learned over the past millennia.
In April of 2019, an electrical fire in the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris, a cathedral that has stood as a national and international landmark for 850 years, sparked a blaze that tore through the ceiling beams and partially collapsed the roof. However much a tragedy, architects are turning lemons into lemonade by using the reconstruction process to determine just how, exactly, the magnificent cathedral was built and stood so solidly for so many centuries.
There are many shake ups in the world of architecture in the last year. Africa’s tallest building was completed. Europe’s first underwater restaurant launched. Architects and regular citizens alike watched in horror as the Notre Dame de Paris burned.
A slogan that we heard as kids in school has entered a more professional lexicon: the world of architecture. Now it’s taking on a whole new meaning as modern architects increasingly look for ways to make their buildings environmentally friendly, cheaper, and even more beautiful.
Competitive video games are growing like crazy around the world, particularly in East Asia, but now the first ever free-standing esports arena is being built in the Western Hemisphere, set to house the Overwatch League of the Philadelphia Fusion, with a target start date of 2021.
The observatory of One World Trade Center, the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex, has a distinct smell to it. Aside from offering 360 degree views of New York City, the observatory has piped in the smell of trees and plants native to New York: beeches, mountain ashes, and red maples.
We’ve all seen it, though we may not have realized what we’re looking at: there are fixtures all over a city that are designed to keep people from being comfortable. And there’s a movement underway to return these public spaces to the public.
It’s an old axiom in business that you must understand the minds of your employees, but that is being taken to the next level in architecture, where architects are being forced to envision a world of the future.
Gone are the days when a “green” building was merely covered in creeping vines. In a new trend that is part of both urban beautification and environmentalism, “living walls” are appearing all across downtown areas in the United States and abroad.
A new house built in Switzerland, designed by the ETH Zurich University, could be one of the first steps in a construction revolution. The DFAB house (digital fabrication) was developed by the university and two dozen partners as part of the Next Evolution in Sustainable Technologies (NEST)project.
Not much has changed in the home construction industry in the last fifty years. Workers show up to a site, dig, pour, frame, sheath, and finish a house, with a nationwide average cost of $428,000 a piece. And that’s when there’s proper space to find that jobsite and enough skilled laborers to do the work.
In what may seem counter-intuitive to progress, there is a global resurgence of so-called “tall wood” buildings, which are defined as structures that are made primarily from timber framing and are more than fourteen stories or fifty meters tall.
We’ve all seen a construction project tear up existing grass, trees, shrubs and earth—temporarily, to be replanted and “restored” later. But what impact does the temporary disruption really have on the landscape, fauna, and human usage?
Parks and plazas are designed as gathering places for communities, meant to enrich lives and cultural experience, but recent studies show that that is not the case. While the elderly make up 20% of the population, only 4% of park users are elderly. The problem, according to one study, is accessibility.
With all the talk of modernizing the industry, it’s also important to take a look at the amazing new innovations that are coming out of modern architecture. Here are some of the greatest new buildings that have flown under the radar. And many of these aren’t in grand operahouses or libraries, but are in quiet, utilitarian uses.
In what is expected to be harsh conditions, a New Zealand construction company is undertaking a $250 million development on the Scott Base of Antarctica. The 10,000 square foot base, comprising three buildings, is expected to house 100 personnel against the freezing temperatures.
With such rapid advances in technology, the options for something as basic as glass are no longer simple. There are extensive selections to choose from when building your project, and your purpose, geography, and usage play an essential role.
Ten years ago when the economy dropped, not only did many workers leave the industry, but many students fled the architecture and surveying programs in college. Now, when those students would normally be maturing in the job field, there is a stunning lack of experienced and new people to fill those roles.
With a population of more than twelve million, the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil, is a thriving metropolis with a bustling economy and miles after miles of concrete, asphalt, and steel. But one architecture firm is doing its part to make an oasis deep in the heart of the city.
The Green Movement is creating a bit of a time warp in Australia, as builders just revealed they’ll be constructing a nine-story building made entirely of wood. While it isn’t the tallest wooden building in the...
My grandparents live on a hill overlooking the Salt Lake City valley. They have an amazing view: their second-floor balcony has always been the place to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. I remember in 2002...
Although best known for his iconic Prairie Style (flat or low-sloped roofs, long cantilevers and a strong sense of integration with the landscape), groundbreaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright was also the designer of...
Architects are always looking for new and wild ideas that, though completely impractical, will stretch the art of construction. The Great American Architect himself, Frank Lloyd Wright, famously proposed...
By now we’ve heard of the circular economy, a process for making the world more sustainable, creating a cycle that reuses and captures resources. Now, circular economies are turning to urban planning to make our cities into circular cities. Right now, more than half of the population lives in a city, and by 2050 that will rise to two thirds. If we’re going to continue to build up and out, we need to figure out how to better use resources.