Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

9 hours 17 minutes ago
Franklin Court, Philadelphia. Image © Mark Cohn Franklin Court, Philadelphia. Image © Mark Cohn

Through their pioneering theory and provocative built work, husband and wife duo Robert Venturi (born June 25, 1925) and Denise Scott Brown (born October 3, 1931) were at the forefront of the postmodern movement, leading the charge in one of the most significant shifts in architecture of the 20th century by publishing seminal books such as Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (authored by Robert Venturi alone) and Learning from Las Vegas (co-authored by Venturi, Scott Brown and Steven Izenour).

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What is the American Dream Home in 2018?

11 hours 47 minutes ago
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A recent survey done by Chicago-based digital marketing firm Digital Third Coast asked 2,000 current or prospective homeowners for their feedback on their realistic dream house, along with their opinions on homeownership in general.

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Early Call for Entries: A' Design Awards & Competition 2018-2019

12 hours 17 minutes ago
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The A’ Design Award was "born out of the desire to underline the best designs and well-designed products." It is an international award whose aim is to provide designers, architects, and innovators from all design fields with a platform to showcase their work and products to a global audience. This year's edition is now open for entries; designers can register their submissions here.

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5 Ways to Prepare for Architecture School Over the Summer

12 hours 47 minutes ago
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This summer a brand new class of eager architectural hopefuls are preparing to start their lives in design at architecture schools around the world. Entering a studio environment for the first time brings an exciting set of new creative challenges, but this thrilling new world of architecture can often be tough to anticipate for those who have yet to begin their journey — leaving newcomers feeling unprepared and nervous on their first day.

While most architectural skills are best developed under the coaching of experienced professors, here are some simple tasks that will help incoming architecture students feel ready on the first day:

1. Measure your world

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Hidden Architectural Gems to Visit this Summer

13 hours 47 minutes ago
Rachid Karameh Exhibition. Image © Anthony Saroufim Rachid Karameh Exhibition. Image © Anthony Saroufim

Summer. Vacation. Two magic words that will certainly ease all the pain and exhaustion of working/studying full-time. Now that it is that time of year, most people are busy planning their travel itineraries. Whether it’s a city trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, or a journey to walk on China’s Great Wall, the majority of travelers will choose to cross iconic landmarks off their bucket lists. However, there is a lot more to London than the London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, and there is a lot more to Barcelona than Gaudí. There are, in fact, hundreds of underrated, exquisite structures that go unnoticed.

If you are planning a getaway soon, here is a list of hidden architectural gems that are worth the visit.

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Cities are the one of the drivers of economic growth in the Commonwealth

13 hours 59 minutes ago

Representatives from the Prince’s Foundation, the Commonwealth Association of Architects, the Commonwealth Association of Planners, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum  met with The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at Marlborough House yesterday to discuss the opportunity provided by urbanisation to help deliver the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. They also discussed the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation, the need to build capacity, strengthen built environment policy and develop toolkits which are of practical use by communities and city leaders throughout the Commonwealth. The Secretary-General recognised that ‘Cities are one of  the drivers of economic  growth’ and offered her support to drive forward the cities agenda.

 

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Spotlight: Álvaro Siza

14 hours 17 minutes ago
The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

One of the most highly regarded architects of his generation, Portugese architect Álvaro Siza (born 25 June 1933) is known for his sculptural works that have been described as "poetic modernism." When he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992, Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: the jury citation describes how "his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest."

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Portushome Guesthouse / Barna Architects

14 hours 47 minutes ago
© Tamás Bata © Tamás Bata
  • Architects: Barna Architects
  • Location: Dörgicse, Hungary
  • Lead Architects: Barna D. Kovács
  • Area: 90.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Tamás Bata
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"Mind-Building": The Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

15 hours 47 minutes ago
© Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland © Alexander Mayes and Archinfo Finland

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Finnish Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries."

Conceived by Commissioner Hanna Harris, Director of Archinfo Finland, and Curator Dr Anni Vartola, the Finnish Pavilion presents Mind-Building at the 2018 Venice Biennale, an exhibition that explores the importance of the public library in Finnish culture. With exhibition design by Tuomas Siitonen and graphic design by Johannes Nieminen, it showcases Finnish libraries through a thematic selection of architectural designs, objects and specially commissioned sound and video work.

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Regional House Edeghem / BC architects

16 hours 47 minutes ago
Courtesy of BC architects Courtesy of BC architects
  • Architects: BC architects
  • Location: 2650 Edegem, Belgium
  • Area: 350.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Cooperation: Stramien landscape
  • Client: Edegem
Courtesy of Thomas Noceto Courtesy of Thomas Noceto

Text description provided by the architects. This project is framed within a wider masterplan for the Fort V site, aiming to strengthen the current function of public park. The 'bioclass' is known to locals, but needs a new infrastructure. It is conceived as a new reception centre for education of nature and ecology for the region.

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Casa K / Alessandro Bulletti Architetti

17 hours 47 minutes ago
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Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí

18 hours 47 minutes ago
La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada  Família La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) graduated from the Barcelona Architecture School in 1878, the director of the school Elies Rogent reportedly declared: "Gentlemen, we are here today either in the presence of a genius or a madman!" [1] Well over a century later, this tension is still evident in Gaudí's work; though he is widely regarded as a genius architect, his distinctive style stands as a singularity in architectural history—simultaneously awe-inspiring and bizarre, never fitting into any stylistic movement, and never adapted or emulated, except by those still working to complete his magnum opus, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Família.

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Shangqiu Museum / Atelier Li Xinggang

19 hours 47 minutes ago
South East Aerial View. Image © Zhi Xia South East Aerial View. Image © Zhi Xia
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Tony Fretton

20 hours 29 minutes ago
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LE PALACE hotel . Brussels Tony Fretton Architects PANDOX AB is a Swedish company that specialises in the hotel sector and is the owner of Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace, located in Place Rogier. They want to expand the hotel onto the adjacent plot, which has been empty for years and features high blind … Continue reading Tony Fretton
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Tirado Arquitectos

20 hours 51 minutes ago
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AYSÉN STATE MUSEUM . Coyhaique Tirado Arquitectos . + dezeen Inspired by the shearing sheds and the houses of pioneers who colonized the Chilean Patagonia, the new museum that will house the largest exhibition of the museum, is developed as a monolithic and tight volume, based on a conceptual reconstruction of successive “Gable-roof” houses that … Continue reading Tirado Arquitectos
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