The Cynical Optimism of Living Architecture

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Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project - a joyful, democratically-minded concept to share quality architecture in the UK - was borne out of personal crisis. The Swiss-born philosopher and author gained fame in both popular and architectural circles following the release of his book, "The Architecture of Happiness."

The book was immediately successful (movie buffs may recall its brief cameo in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer), but the response unsettled Botton. “...However pleasing it is two write a book about an issue one feels passionately about," he explained to Assemble Papers, "the truth is that - a few exceptions aside - books don’t change anything. I realized that if I cared so much about architecture, writing was a coward’s way out; the real challenge was to build.”

More specifically, the real challenge was to

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Life House / John Pawson . Image © Gilbert McCarragher
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Erieta Attali’s Poetic Archaeology of Light Shows Architecture in Extreme Terrains

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Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali Kengo Kuma & Associate / Garden Terrace, Miyazaki, Japan. Image © Erieta Attali Erieta Attali has devoted two decades to exploring the relationship between architecture and the landscape at the edges of the world. Attali’s photography interrogates how extreme conditions and demanding terrains provoke humankind to re-orient and center itself through architectural responses. Her unrelenting and highly physical expedition has seen her traverse four continents, working in isolated and remote terrains from Iceland to the Indian Ocean.
Marc Mimram / Solferino Bridge, Paris, France. Image © Erieta Attali Marc Mimram / Solferino Bridge, Paris, France. Image © Erieta Attali

In Periphery | Archaeology of Light, Attali references the essence of ancient Greek cartology in which the edges of maps represented the outer limits of the known world. Attali's poetic and metaphorical photographs, in which architecture is depicted as a natural feature, inseparable from its context, present visual maps of temporal and spatial transformations at the outposts of human existence.

Paracas National Reserve, Peru. Image © Erieta Attali Paracas National
Aurlandsfjord, Norway. Image © Erieta Attali
Glenn Murcutt / Bundanon Trust, Boyd Education Center, Riversadale, Australia . Image © Erieta Attali
Neeson Murcutt Architects / Castlecrag House, Sydney, NSW, Australia . Image © Erieta Attali
Iguazu Falls, Brazil. Image © Erieta Attali
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BENFERRI Multifunctional Building / Rafael Landete + Emilio Cortes

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The geometry of the building responds to three main programs. A main volume sits by a diving wall hosting the auditorium and related programs. This space extends into two attached volumes: the social living room which is connected internally to the auditorium and the library separated by an outdoor plaza. This void acts as a gateway from which you can access the three programs independently.

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10 Years of WAF’s World Building of the Year

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In the ten years since its founding, the World Architecture Festival has gained a reputation as one of the most wide-ranging and influential architectural events. The festival, which will be held in Amsterdam following a five tenure in Berlin, brings together leading voices in the field from around the world, this year including Rem Koolhaas, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye, and Li Xiaodong.

While famed for its wide-ranging talks program, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) is also known for its awards, recognizing works from practices around the world. The past ten years of awards have honored buildings across 30 categories, culminating in the selection of the World Building of the Year. As this year's event approaches (it will be held in Amsterdam 28-30 November), it's a good moment

CUHKU. ImagePost-earthquake reconstruction and demonstration project of Guangming Village; Zhaotong, China / The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia. Image © John Gollings
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A Selection of the World’s Best Architects

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To rank architects, or to even pretend that any list or selection would be exhaustive and/or apply to the individual tastes of every architecture lover, seems, on the surface, a pointless task. However, as we move away from looking for inspiration from merely the great masters or the handful of contemporary firms studied in academic programs, it is important to shine a light on the works that we, as ArchDaily editors, have found particularly valuable. Of the thousands of architects whose projects have been selected to be published on our site, we occasionally notice firms whose work stands out. Whether we’re drawn to their innovative approach to practice, the role they play in contributing to their local communities, or their generosity, we are eager to display their work as an example, so that others

© Shu He. ImageHuangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects
© Iwan Baan. ImageThe Interlace / OMA / Ole Scheeren
© Richard Barnes. ImageGlassell School of Art / Steven Holl Architects
© Federico Cairoli. ImageQuincho Tía Coral / Gabinete de Arquitectura
© Siméon Duchoud. ImagePrimary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture
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100 Years of Change in New York’s Skyline: 1920 – 2020

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via Liberty Cruises via Liberty Cruises Manhattan is known for its iconic skyline, brimming with skyscrapers, high rises, and some of the most impressive architecture in the world. But it wasn’t always that way; it took hundreds of years for New York City to become the structurally diverse, world-famous city that it is today. Some of the first skyscrapers to shape the Manhattan skyline included the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (built in 1909) and the Woolworth Building (built in 1913). The buildings stand at 700 and 792 feet respectively, and at the time, they towered above earlier structures such as the famous Flatiron Building which stands only 285 feet tall. Over the next 100 years, the skyline continued to grow and evolve, with many different architectural styles and influences from different time periods still visible today. This poster, created by Liberty Cruise NYC, gives us a glimpse of what the Manhattan
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Architecture Costumes For Halloween, Carnival and Office Parties

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When it's time to dress up for Halloween, Carnival or theme parties, people often choose costumes that resonate with their interests. This is especially true for architects, who are particularly well-suited to designing and building head-turning outfits. For students and young architects, the yearning to construct (and destruct) stems from the will to create elaborate headpieces and ingenious appendages. We recently polled ArchDaily readers from across the world, asking them to share their architecture-themed costumes with us. Want to submit yours? We'll be updating this post so send us your photo on Facebook or via the comments below!
Greek Temple by Thiciene Cintra Greek Temple by Thiciene Cintra
Rivergate Tower in Tampa by Patrick Thorpe Rivergate Tower in Tampa by Patrick Thorpe
The Taj Majal by Red Gonzales The Taj Majal by Red Gonzales
The Globe Theather by Chrissy Turek The Globe Theather by Chrissy Turek
Lebbeus Woods by Nadia Lloyd-Lister Lebbeus Woods by Nadia Lloyd-Lister
OCAD University's Sharp Centre for Design - Will Alsop by Rob Shostak OCAD University's Sharp Centre for Design - Will Alsop by Rob Shostak
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Leaning Tower of Pisa by Ashley Bell Davis
Empire State Building and King Kong - by Daniel Kidd and Bjarke Ingels
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Chrysler Building by Jason Molina
Toronto City Hall by Rob Shostak
Cleveland’s Marcel Breuer Building by Jonathan Kurtz
AutoCAD Error by Kaio Carvalho
"Low Cost Guggenheim Bilbao" by Rod Neto
Le Corbusier by Paula Rodrigues
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The Best Architecture Documentaries

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Culled from our annual documentaries posts, these films feature architecture and architects in more informative and intimate ways. With more and more film festivals dedicated to architecture itself, you can likely catch these on the big screen in a city near you!  The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) Director: Chad Freidrichs. 83 mins. In 1954, the newly constructed Pruitt-Igoe towers in St. Louis, Missouri, designed by WTC architect Minoru Yamasaki , were "radiant examples of Corbusian rationalism," symbols of the promise of Modernist architecture to renew our cities, particularly for lower class residents. A mere two decades later, the towers, hotbeds of violence and crime, were spectacularly demolished - becoming potent symbols of both social housing and Modernism's supposed failure.This fascinating documentary challenges this typical narrative, providing an expansive, poignant look at both Pruitt-Igoe's shortcomings and triumphs, showing us what they have to teach us about America itself.
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World Architecture Day 2018: Our Editors Celebrate with their Favorite Stories and Projects

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We approach architecture at ArchDaily with buoyed optimism. The transformative role that the discipline plays in our lives forms the core of our editorial strategy--to celebrate, acknowledge and champion the diverse ways architects around the world are contributing to the practice. But sometimes, we take a walk on the lighter side of things.  For most

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116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students

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Architecture, while a profession that is very visibly and tangibly realized, has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the surface of a structure. What urges architects to design the way they do? What are their motivations, their affiliations, their interests? For practitioners and students alike, books on architecture offer invaluable context to the profession, be it practical, inspirational, academic, or otherwise. So, for those of you looking to expand your bookshelf (or confirm your own tastes), we have gathered a broad list of 116 architectural books that we consider of interest to those in the field. 

In compiling this list, we sought out titles from different backgrounds with the aim of revealing divergent cultural contexts. From essays to monographs, urban theory to graphic novels, each of the following either engage directly with or flirt on the edges of architecture.

The books on this

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“the CITYisEVERYWHERE”: The Kosovo Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Jetmir Idrizi © Jetmir Idrizi As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Kosovo Pavilion. Below, curator Eliza Hoxha describes the exhibition in her own words. The ‘90s in Kosovo under the Milošević regime are known as times of repression, a time when ethnic Albanians were expelled from all state-run institutions and thereby removed from public life. Funded by the 3 percent income tax mainly from Albanian Diaspora, Albanians created a parallel system of education, culture and healthcare in their private houses, which citizens offered for free. These private houses provided space for public life for almost ten years in Pristina, the capital and other cities in Kosovo. In the ‘90s, life that the city center provided for everyone ended for Albanians, and all activity was dislocated to the periphery. The entire Albanian community shrank into private houses. The house became a school, a restaurant, a promotional
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The Best Structures of Burning Man 2018

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As Burning Man 2018 comes to a close, snapshots and glimpses of the event have begun to emerge in the mediasphere. The most recognizable among these is, perhaps, BIG's Orb, a hovering sphere representing a scaled version of the earth itself.

For many a highlight of the event is the installations, this year following the theme "I, Robot." Referencing Isaac Asmiov's short story of the same name, installations include the Orb, Baba Yaga's House, the Cosmic Voyager, and the Temple Galaxia. 

Check out some of our favorite snapshots from the event below.

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Energy Harvesting: Charge Your Car in 3 Hours at This Solar Powered Electric Station

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In recent years, solar energy has become a very popular method to power electric vehicles. This emerging technology has motivated the development of new architectural typologies. An evident evolution of traditional gas stations, it could be foreseen that solar-powered charging stations will begin to significantly grow in numbers in our cities in both public and private spaces.

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In response to this development, MDT-Tex – a manufacturer of textile-membrane structures – has designed a 'Solar Carport' that harvests the Sun's energy for charging electric vehicles.

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The tulip-shaped structures have a central mast that spans an area of 5.3 x 5.3 meters, providing a sheltered parking spot for two cars. Each structure is equipped with 15 poly-Si solar panels that have a total installed photovoltaic power of approximately 4 kWp. With integrated fast chargers, the solar carport can charge a new

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Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart & Creative Bookcase Designs

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Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi Sharing your shelf is, in a way, sharing yourself. Every element - from the titles you choose to the way you organize them - says something about your personality and your interests.  Images of bookcases have become explosively popular online in recent years, tapping into trends around hygge and #architectureporn. Who wouldn't want to cozy up in a library filled with dusty books and lush plants? But these images typically present bookcases just as a decorative element, superfluous to the actual design of the space.  Like many things, when architects take on the design of bookcases they can become so much more: recessed and hidden, cantilevered, patterned, embedded...the list goes on! We've rounded up some of the finest examples of bookcases that combine practicality with ingenuity. Read on for more: 

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Maria Carolina / Sub Estúdio + Pedro Ivo Freire + Flávia Torres. Image © Tomás Cytrynowicz
Casa DL / URBAstudios. Image © Joao Morgado
CZ7 Loft / 5ft2 Studio. Image © Sonia Mangiapane and Peik Li Pang
Greville Road Studio / Syte Architects. Image © James Morris
Eaves House / mA-style architects. Image © Kai Nakamura
The Long Brick House / Foldes Architects. Image © Levente Sirokai
Bookshelf House / Shinsuke Fujii Architects. Image © Tsukui Teruaki
Lincoln Roof Extension / Notan Office. Image © Maxime Delvaux
Photographer’s Loft / Desai Chia Architecture. Image © Paul Warchol Photography
Architect's Workshop / Ruetemple. Image courtesy of Ruetemple
Casa Ortega / Estudio A0. Image © Sebastián Crespo
CRID San Miguel Capiata / OCA. Image © Federico Cairoli
casa da escrita / joao mendes ribeiro. Image © do mal o menos
CY Residence / Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture. Image ©Amit Geron
Casa Bacopari / Una Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
SlrSrf / Open Source Architecture. Image © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
Estudio Mike / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques. Image © Federico Kulekdjian
Casa Varanda / Modo Designs. Image © Bharat Aggarwal
Apartamento Terracota / AR Arquitetos. Image © Maira Acayaba
Little House Big City / Office of Architecture. Image ©Matthew Williams
Apartamento Sacadura Cabral / Morim Santos Ailva Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House in Takatsuki / FujiwaraMuro Architects. Image © Toshiyuki Yano
Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins Architects. Image © Lisbeth Grosmann
Casa em Estoril / TARGA atelier. Image © Francisco Nogueira
Apartamento Santos Dumont / Ateliê de Arquitetura. Image © André Nazareth
Chameleon Villa / Word of Mouth House. Image Courtesy of Word of Mouth House
Paulista Apartment / Triptyque. Image © Roberto Wagner
Casa Lopera / David Ruiz Molina. Image © David Frutos
Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana. Image ©V.Vincenzo
House 1101 / H-arquitectes. Image © Adrià Goulà
TRN /JRKVC. Image © Peter Jurkovič
Earth Box / Equipo de Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Mendez
House Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne. Image courtesy of Honkarakenne
Casa no Jardim Paulistano / Grupo SP. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft Space in Camben / Craft Space. Image © Armando Elias
Haffenden House / PARA. Image © Nathan Rader
House for Booklovers and Cats / BFDO Architects. Image © Francis Dzikowski
Kobiler House / Architextit-Einat Erez-Kobiler. Image © Hagar Doppelt
Harcombe / forresterarchitects Image © Adam Scott
Casa GMG / Pedro Gadanho. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa Sumaré / Isay Weinfeld. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft no Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Fran Parente
Apartamento Pamplona / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design. Image © Maíra Acayaba
Sursock Apartment / platau. Image © Wissam Chaaya
Lishin Elementary School Library / TALI DESIGN. Image © Hey! Cheese
Apartamento na Luciano Cordeiro / Aurora Arquitectos. Image © do mal o menos
Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau. Image ©Adrien Williams
Casa no Morro do Querosene / gruposp. Image © Nelson Kon
ZTUDIO / mfrmgr. Image © Grzegorz Sztybel
BHMM House / Estudio JI Arquitectos. Image © Mariela Apollonio
Casa Tetris / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Shelf-Pod / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio. Image © Shinichi Watanabe
GAD 511 / Patrícia Martinez Arquitetura. Image © Fran Parente
Own House / Metaforma. Image © PION Fotografia
Casa Librería / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Casa Juranda / Apiacas Arquitetos. Image © Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico
Cotia Library Garden / IPEA. Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas
Bookshelf House / Andrea Mosca Creative Studio. Image courtesy of Andrea Mosca Creative Studio
Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts
Casa Scout / BAAG. Image © Courtesy of BAAG
Apartamento POSSAMAI / Sbardelotto Arquitetura + Atelier Aberto Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
HOUSE 3/6 in Dongducheon / Y GROUP. Image © Namsun Lee
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Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

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After receiving degrees in architecture from Cornell and Columbia universities and then a PhD from Cambridge university, Eisenman rose to fame in the late ‘60s, as part of the New York Five, a group that shared an interest in the purity of architectural form and

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Repair: Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

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© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Australian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Australian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Architecture's Relation to Endangered Plants." The theme for the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale is Repair. Created by Baracco+Wright Architects in collaboration with Linda Tegg, it consists of a living installation, Grasslands Repair, that presents more than 60 species of Western Plains Grasslands plants from South East Australia. By covering the ground of the pavilion with these plants, it explores the relationship between architecture and the natural environment, especially in regards to the ecologically sensitive landscape of Australia and the cultural importance of the land for the Indigenous people.  Since the first European settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, nearly 99% of the country's native grasslands have disappeared -
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6 Projects in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and USA Selected as Finalists for the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

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Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro Tepanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico / PRODUCTORA + Isaac Broid. Image © Jaime Navarro Minutes ago in Detroit, Director Dirk Denison and 2018 MCHAP Jury Chair Ricky Burdett announced the six finalists of the 2018 edition of the Mies Crown Hall America Prize. Selected from a longer list of 31 projects announced earlier this summer in Venice, these outstanding works of architecture will compete for the top honor, the MCHAP Award, which will be announced in October. The authors of the winning award will take home $50,000 to fund research and a publication and will be recognized as the  MCHAP Chair in IIT’s College of Architecture.  The six finalist buildings were completed between January 2016 and December 2017. The descriptive texts, provided by the MCHAP jury, celebrate the merits of each individual project. 

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Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Eduardo Souto de Moura (born 25 July 1952), the Portuguese architect that won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, is known for designs that are formally simple yet serious and at times, dramatic, created through his thoughtful use of colors and materials. His architecture is both versatile and consistent, contextual yet universal, and rarely affected by current trends or styles.
Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira. Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.
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Born in Porto, Souto de Moura enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Porto, studying sculpture and later transferring to architecture at the University of Porto—a decision he credits to a meeting with the artist Donald Judd. While still a student, Souto de Moura interned in the studio of Álvaro Siza, where

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27 Dwelling in Sete Cidades / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Adriano Pimenta. Image © Luis Ferreira Alves
Casa da Musica Subway Station. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
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Convento Das Bernardas. Image © Luis Ferreira Alves
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