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Is Instagram Ruining Construction Design?

ArchDaily 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.

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New Residential Building Trend: Nobody Wants an Open Kitchen

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.

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Prize For Architecture Goes to Building That Collects Rainwater in Canals

The Friendship Hospital on the rural outskirts of Bangladesh received one of the most coveted architecture prizes globally, the 2021 RIBA International Prize.

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Controversy Raised Over New Construction Versus Preserving Old

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.

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New Director to Oversee Construction of World's Most Powerful Observatory

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.

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$500 Million "COVID-19 Conscious" Skyscraper Gets Funding in Miami

Developers plan to finish converting a Miami skyscraper intended for medical tourism into the first COVID-19 conscious residential, hotel, and medical center.

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Architects Are Finding a New Place to Ply Their Trade—and It Doesn’t Involve Builders

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.

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Students Learn About Architecture Careers with Gingerbread Houses

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.

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West African Architects Are Choosing Mud Bricks Over Architecture

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.

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Filipino Company Turns to Ancient Material for Safe and Sustainable Future

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.

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Paris Skyline Will Be Changing with Controversial Pyramid

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.

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Fodor’s Names Its Most Notorious Construction Projects

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.

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How the Great Chicago Fire Changed the City’s—and the World’s—Architecture

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.

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China’s Contest to Name Ugliest Buildings

China cites a contest, which began all in fun, as an argument to decree against “ugly” architecture.

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Modular Home Construction Has Gone High Class

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.

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Biometric Architecture Uses Biological Processes to Enhance Modern Structures

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.

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Architectural Booms May Signal Economic Slowdowns

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.

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The Link Between Architecture and Archaeology

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.

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Patents Shaped Early 20th Century Architecture

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.

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Ancient Architecture Just as Impressive as Modern

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.

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Teenager Becomes Unlikely Architecture Evangelist

One expects the most influential new voice in architecture to be a New Yorker columnist or a BBC critic. Not so. It seems a teenager with 2.8-million followers on her TikTok account tops the list.

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Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Public Housing Transformation

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.

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Three Interior Architecture Trends for 2021

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.

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ANIME ARCHITECTURE Shows Parallels Between Classic Anime Films and Future Architecture

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.

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Amazon Makes the News Again For 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.

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Modular Construction Makes Industry Safer for Workers

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.

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Architects Foresee Changes Coming to Hospitality Construction

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.

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Urbanization and Megacities: The New Future

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.

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Japanese Artist and Modelmakers Renew Interest in Castle Construction

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.

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How the Brain Responds to Architecture

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.

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How the Dutch Use Architecture

If you were to guess which country on earth had the highest agriculture exports, you’d probably pick the United States, and you’d be right. But if you were to pick second place?

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: More than Just a Slogan

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.

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Growing Up Instead of Out

As cities grow, it’s inevitable that they must begin to increase in density. Urban sprawl will always exist, but city centers grow, and there’s only one direction for a downtown to grow: up.

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Frank Gehry: Love Him or Hate Him

Despite being named “The Most Important Architect of Our Age,” by Vanity Fair, Frank Gehry got off to a shaky start. After deep soul searching he realized that what he liked best was art, museums, paintings, and music.

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The Glass House: by architect Philip Johnson

An icon of modern architecture, the Glass House stands out as both an example of minimalism and an art piece in and of itself. Made of steel, brick and glass—a lot of glass—the house is...

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House Iconic, Crumbling

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...

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