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Boston City Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Prepares for Major Renovation

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Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Boston City Hall in 1969, the brutalist icon is set to receive a major renovation by Utile Architecture + Planning and Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture has already begun a series of small changes and updates to the building with the hope of bringing new life to the commanding structure.

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Seven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen's Amager Nature ParK

3 days 6 hours ago
Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg Amager Nature Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT and Møller & Grønborg

A team of Danish designers and architects have won the competition to design seven new landmarks for Amager Nature Park near Copenhagen City Centre. ADEPT, Møller & Grønborg, SNC-Lavalin Atkins and BARK Rådgivning submitted a proposal for a series of structures featuring wooden roof forms around outdoor activities and experiences. The new landmarks are designed to create a holistic experience of the urban nature reserve and contribute to the park’s future growth.

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"I Believe in Questions that are Eternal": Dong Gong of Vector Architects

3 days 8 hours ago
Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Su Shengliang Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Su Shengliang

It is now expected of architects to turn away from designing iconic buildings/objects and focus instead on creating engaging built environments; from imagining idealistic, form-driven projects driven by the artistic pursuit to focusing on downright pragmatic solutions. China, of course, holds a large mirror to these tendencies, as so many Chinese architects quickly produced exactly the kind of projects that critics favor – modest in scale, straightforward in their expressions, reliant on indigenous construction techniques, and with inventive use of traditional materials. The results, however appealing, seem to lack both variety and risk-taking. There must be another way, not so formulaic.

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I’m Nine Years Old – The Birth Year

3 days 9 hours ago

Happy Birthday to me … and by “me”, I mean this website, Life of an Architect. On January 14th, 2010 my life was irrevocably changed, mostly for the better, when I decided to start a blog site and start talking about what it meant to be, and work with, an architect.

In my effort to recognize this milestone, I thought I would take this entire week and write a blog post where I will isolate a year (or two or three) and talk about what happened, what was important, and why it matters. Consider it the ultimate peek behind the scenes … you might just be surprised by what you find out.


Life of an Architect – Year One (2010)

Best decision I made was to name my site ‘Life of an Architect’ … a decision at the time I didn’t consider much. I came up with the name based on a class I took as a Freshman when I was in college. That class was Architecture and Society and was taught by the great (and extremely popular) Larry Speck, FAIA. On the first day of class, before any of us knew who Larry was and just how important a figure he is within the architectural landscape of Texas and beyond, he moseyed on stage and told us that we were in “Architecture and Society” and that he named the class this because the “Architecture” part was self-evident, we were going to be talking about architecture, and “Society” because this gave him the ground to talk about whatever else he wanted to talk about. I applied this same logic when naming my site because I am an architect, and the “Life” part would allow me to talk about whatever I wanted.

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M9 Museum Distric / Sauerbruch Hutton

3 days 9 hours ago
Alessandra Chemollo © Polymnia Venezia Alessandra Chemollo © Polymnia Venezia
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Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It

3 days 10 hours ago
Courtesy of Enscape Courtesy of Enscape

Virtual reality offers benefits that, just years ago, were hardly even imaginable. Projects can be walked through before being built; the interiors fully visualized before all the details are decided. It allows architects and clients the ability to work as true collaborators in the design of a project.

As firms continue to develop their expertise in the new medium, these benefits can only grow. The experts behind Enscape, a revolutionary real-time rendering software, are making this happen. Indeed, in one particularly successful VR experience, a client who was for years dissatisfied with a project worked with his architects using VR to come to a satisfying new design in just a few hours. Any architect who has struggled to satisfy a client knows what a dream this can be.

Enscape is a plugin that creates not just instantaneous, high-quality visualizations (no more waiting for the cloud) but also lets users continue to design and develop within a fully rendered model. This seamless process has obvious benefits, but new users may be unsure what to keep in mind as they get started. Here, the tips and insights from the experts:

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11 Online Courses for Architects and Students

3 days 11 hours ago
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Online courses have gained more and more recognition in the past couple of years. In addition to the flexibility and convenience of learning wherever and whenever you want, they provide access to content from well-respected professors and colleges. In the field of architecture and construction, online courses have grown exponentially. Last year, we compiled a list that focused mainly on constructive and material techniques. This time we selected 15 online courses covering a range of subjects. We hope this selection of courses can help you with your next project.

The Art of Structural Engineering: Vaults

Created by: Princeton University
Language: English 
Subject: "In this engineering course, you will learn how to analyze vaults (long-span roofs). The course also illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art and the influence of the economic and social context in vault design."

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Alexandra Palace / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

3 days 12 hours ago
© Keith Armstrong © Keith Armstrong
  • Structural Engineers: Alan Baxter & Associates
  • Theatre Design: Charcoalblue
  • Acoustics: Max Fordham
  • M&E: Max Fordham
  • Quantity Surveyors: Mott MacDonald
  • Surveyors: John Burke Associates
  • Fire Engineers: The Fire Surgery
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
  • Client: Alexandra Palace
  • Internal Joinery – Stairs, Panelling, Doors: Suffolk & Essex Joinery
  • Architectural Metalwork – Stairs, Balustrades: Wilcox Fabrications

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Tiny Holiday Home / i29 interior architects + Chris Collaris

3 days 13 hours ago
© Ewout Huibers © Ewout Huibers
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Nanjing Times Mansion Metropolitan Aesthetic Center / Nanjing Tianhua Architectural Design

3 days 14 hours ago
The main entrance of the building hidden under the light and the "window of time" on the second floor. Image © Jianghe Zeng The main entrance of the building hidden under the light and the "window of time" on the second floor. Image © Jianghe Zeng
  • Architects: Nanjing Tianhua Architectural Design Company
  • Location: Crossing of Yongsheng Road and Tianxing Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Lead Architects: Jing Zhang, Angang Zhou, Ming Wang
  • Design Team: Xiaotong Lu, Shiliang Pan
  • Area: 1445.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Jianghe Zeng
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ANHS House / G+ Architects

3 days 15 hours ago
© Quang Tran © Quang Tran
© Quang Tran © Quang Tran

Text description provided by the architects. ANHS House is located in the newly developed residental area in the suburb of HCM City surrounded by weeds and canal, is the place of many insects impacts on community. The same as a life of human in Mekong Delta of Viet Nam, the enviroment with a variety of insects adversely affects their daily activities, they have to live depend on mosquito net. That challenge creates an opportunity for architect to design a place adapt to the surrounding environment.

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Campos Mendes

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Campos Mendes
new sports pavilion for a school . Sainte-Croix André Campos . Joana Mendes – Arquitectos La zone d’intervention est située au centre du village de Sainte-Croix, au nord de la gare (Avenue de la Gare) et au sud de l’actuel Collège de Sainte Croix. Contexte Analyse – La pente naturelle du terrain, au sud et … Continue reading Campos Mendes
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BAYONA-VALERO . CANTALLOPS-VICENTE

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BAYONA-VALERO . CANTALLOPS-VICENTE
CASAL TRINITAT NOVA . BARCELONA BAYONA-VALERO arquitectos asociados . CANTALLOPS-VICENTE arquitectos . fotos: © Jordi Surroca y Gael del Río El edificio emerge de la Urbanización, aprovechando la topografía de la calle para generar una nueva plaza mirador al final del recorrido del paseo. El edificio se mimetiza con la urbanización del lugar, materiales y … Continue reading BAYONA-VALERO . CANTALLOPS-VICENTE
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The Renovation of JiJiaDun Village Center / Yzscape

3 days 18 hours ago
Entrance space. Image © FangFang Tian Entrance space. Image © FangFang Tian
  • Architects: Yzscape
  • Location: Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Architect In Charge: Ming Yan
  • Design Team: Ming Yan, Mingxi Zhao, Xu Song, Rongjie Zhong
  • Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: FangFang Tian
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