Spotlight: Peter Eisenman

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Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a> Wexner Center for the Arts. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3484952969'>Flickr user OZinOH</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/'>CC BY-NC 2.0</a> Whether built, written or drawn, the work of renowned architect, theorist and educator Peter Eisenman (born 11th August 1932) is characterized by Deconstructivism, with an interest in signs, symbols and the processes of making meaning always at the foreground. As such, Eisenman has been one of architecture's foremost theorists of recent decades; however he has also at times been a controversial figure in the architectural world, professing a disinterest in many of the more pragmatic concerns that other architects engage in.
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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
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100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US

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© Jeremy Bitterman © Jeremy Bitterman Considered one of the noblest building materials - and also a favorite of many global architects - wood delivers aesthetic, structural, and practical value in the most versatile of ways. Through different techniques, such as crafted or prefabricated wood, wooden construction remains relevant not only in the history but also in the forefront of architecture and design (thanks to new technologies that have expanded its possibilities). From temporary pavilions to single-family homes and multi-story, large-scale institutions, wood has shown its value at the same level as many other structural materials such as steel, brick, or even concrete. This is especially prominent in the United States, where renowned architects are using new techniques to advance the solutions that this material can provide. Also, new regulations are allowing architects to further explore the diversity and possibilities of building with wood.

With the help of ThinkWood, we’ve gathered 100 examples of the
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OPEN’s Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen Nears Completion

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Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture OPEN Architecture has released a new set of photos that documents the construction milestones of Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen, China. The project was initially announced in 2015 as the first theatre planned for the newly-developed Pingshan area. With its building envelope now fully formed and cladded in precision-engineered aluminium panels, the Performing Arts Center is set to open by the end of this year as one of the city’s most anticipated cultural venues.
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A simple cubic volume at first glance, Pingshan Performing Arts Center stands to challenge the “common architectural practices” in a market-driven China, according to OPEN Architecture, where cities are not short of monotonous spaces assigned with a single function, and buildings with "exaggerated formal appearances… far detached from the public and the urban life." To break away from these conventions, OPEN Architecture seeks

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“Thoughts Form Matter”: The Austrian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Martin Mischkulnig © Martin Mischkulnig As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Austrian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Austrian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on the Importance of "Free Space" in Urban Spaces."

Part of the Austrian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, Henke Schreieck’s “Layers of Atmosphere” installation creates two opposing but interconnected spaces; one features a simple wooden structure, whereas the other offers a simple light atrium whose walls are covered in thin layers of paper. Connected by a walking bridge, the spaces provoke questions about architecture as space and architecture that creates space.

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Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh's “Beauty=Function” installation sits in a small room off of the Schreieck installation and features a mirrored floor, atop which sits a circular, pink cushioned chair; the

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Top 300 Architecture Firms in the USA for 2018

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Architectural Record released the 2018 edition of its annual list of the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the United States. Compiled by Record's sister publication Engineering News-Record, the list ranks firms based on architectural revenue from services performed in 2017. Gensler remains at the top for the seventh consecutive year. For more insight and comments from the leading firms' leadership, see Architectural Record's announcement

Top 50 Architecture Firms Ranked by 2017 Revenue

1. Gensler; San Francisco, CA (Architect) 2. Perkins+Will; Chicago, IL (Architect) 3. AECOM; Los Angeles, CA (Engineer-Architect) 4. Jacobs; Pasadena, CA (Architect-Engineer-Contractor) 5. HKS; Dallas, TX (Architect) 6. HOK; St. Louis, MO (Architect-Engineer) 7. HDR; Dallas, TX (Engineer-Architect)  8. IBI Group; Irvine, CA (Architect-Engineer) 7. CH2M; Englewood, CO (Engineer-Contractor) 8. IBI Group; Irvine, CA (Architect-Engineer) 9. Stantec; Irvine,
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“Mind-Building”: The Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© 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.

With showcased examples from the Rikhardinkatu public library of 1881 to the upcoming Helsinki Central Library, the exhibition documents the historical and cultural significance of the library as a space for all. It also considers the potential of the

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The Benefits of Mass Timber Building on Show at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

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Brock Commons Tallwood House | Photo: KKLaw; Prefabricated panels aid in a project’s efficiency. Brock Commons Tallwood House | Photo: KKLaw; Prefabricated panels aid in a project’s efficiency. Wood as a building material is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Though elemental and deceivingly simple, applied technology has transformed the building material. If you have questions about how to choose and use wood, Think Wood's mission is to provide access to the expanding pool of research and information. In support of this year’s AIA theme, Blueprint for Better Cities, Think Wood is at the AIA Conference on Architecture to share research and resources on the benefits of wood and how it offers better solutions for the communities where we work, live and play. If you're at the conference be sure to stop by the Wood Pavilion at booth 757. If you can't make but are interested in learning more, read on to see the benefits of wood.
WREN in Los Angeles is a 515,700-sf project with five stories of wood-frame construction over two levels of concrete. Wood was chosen for its cost competitiveness and speed of construction. Photo: Kevin Korczyk WREN in Los Angeles is a 515,700-sf
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“The Place That Remains”:The Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, coverage, we present the completed Lebanese Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post  "Lebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through a Reflection on The Unbuilt Land."

Titled “The Place that Remains” the Lebanese Pavilion, in the country's first participation in the Venice Biennale, showcased the characteristics and prospects of unbuilt Lebanese territories, and how these lands can improve the built environment and its living conditions. Curator Hala Younis chose to focus on Nahr Beirut (Beirut River) and its watershed, evaluating its bedrock and the challenges that come with it, such as the “fragile nature of territory, scarcity of resources, and commodification.”

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Situated in a dark hall, a 3D relief map of the topography takes center-stage as landscape photography and video surveillance

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We’re Looking for ArchDaily China’s Next Content Editor!

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We're hiring! Our team works with the most prestigious and influential architectural practices around the world in order to deliver specific and valuable content to a premium readership of architects. ArchDaily quickly established itself as one of the leading architectural websites in the world due to our editorial staff’s meticulous understanding of what our audience is really looking for: the best architecture around the world, as soon as possible. And now, we're looking for another bright, enthusiastic and motivated member to join us.  The editor we're looking for is passionate about producing content about local, emerging practices and publishing the work of China's talented architects. This proactive, vocal and articulate individual will help shape the space for debate around important topics. If you're fluent in Chinese and have excellent writing skills in both English and Chinese, this is the opportunity for you! Job title: ArchDaily China Editor 
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“Vardiya (the Shift)”: The Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Turkish Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published posts, "Turkey's Entry to the 2018 Venice Biennale to Offer Space for Creative Encounter" and “Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Host a Series of Student Workshops

Kerem Piker of the firm Kerem Piker Mimarlık curated this year’s Pavilion of Turkey entitled Vardiya (the Shift). Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and installed at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale, the pavilion functions as a space for gathering, conversation and sharing ideas, with a series of video installations projected on draped fabric screens as well as a lecture and meeting space designed to host the 122 architecture students invited from around the world to participate in workshops, discussions and keynote lectures in the space.

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Pre-Announcement: International Tender For the Architectural Design of Qianhai International Financial Exchange Center

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“Mnemonics”: The Romania Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Romania Pavilion. Below, the curatorial team describes the exhibition in their own words. Mnemonics proposes a contemporary take on the event’s theme and takes an ultimately optimistic snapshot of the public urban space that Romanian society has seen transforming over the past decades. It raises the question of the social and cultural functions of the free public space in Romanian cities.
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The concept uses a scenographic approach to describe a vast territory of freedom for several generations in Romania – the freedom of movement and imagination and the freedom to remember childhood and reconnect its playfulness to adulthood.

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Mnemonics appeals to the ancient technique of collecting memories – ars memoriae, based on the connection between thoughts and a visual support invested with meaning, which is impossible to forget. We reflect on

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“Sunyata: The Poetics of Emptiness”: The Indonesian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Indonesia Pavilion. Below, the curatorial team describes the exhibition in their own words.  What if architecture has no form and shape? It will be freed.
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Emptiness here is comprehended as an active entity; a singularity that functions as a prominent agency in life and at the same time, as a void which demands to be conquered. This conquest expresses in various ritualization. Emptiness is a concept strongly rooted in Indonesia’s Architecture. The elaboration of this concept disperses in various ethnics, with various implementations. While always being observed as establishing tacit order in particular space and time, the understanding is yet, always in the same tone.

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Geometry is the primitive ritualization instrument of human triumph over void, establishing cosmos over chaos. It is the marking device to constitute order in space;

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Is Burning Again

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Image <a href='https://twitter.com/81Rocco/status/1007755133336346626'>via Twitter user @81Rocco</a> Image <a href='https://twitter.com/81Rocco/status/1007755133336346626'>via Twitter user @81Rocco</a> For the second time in 4 years, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Building is ablaze. The BBC reports that the fire began at 23:00 BST and it has engulfed a large portion of the building. Thankfully no casualites have been reported, but one eye-witness said the building is ”going up like a tinderbox.” For more information see the BBC and The Guardian. We will continue to update as more news comes in. Read our coverage of the 2014 blaze here: Fire Breaks Out at Glasgow School of Art Cause Of Glasgow's Mackintosh School Of Art Fire Revealed

“Together and Apart”: The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Latvian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design.

Black walls and an exposed concrete floor create a mysterious and eerie backdrop for Together and Apart: 100 Years of Living—the Latvian Pavilion curated by urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējānem and director Gundega Laiviņa.

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A series of large conceptual models; accompanied by writing, photos and diagrams on the adjacent walls; aim to represent the development of the apartment typology, making reference to Latvia’s surprisingly high ratio of apartment dwellers.

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Separated by downlit, mesh curtains that are hung from the exposed roof structure, each section of the exhibition

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