Proposed Bridge in Sweden Will Turn a River Into a Public Amphitheater

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Courtesy of Erik Andersson Architects Courtesy of Erik Andersson Architects Kalix, a small town in Northern Sweden, has plans to replace its current bridge over the river in 2019. As part of the process, The Swedish Traffic Administration commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to design an initial study for a bridge that would not only replace the existing bridge's functions, but also add new elements to turn the new bridge into a gathering space and public amenity for the town.

The resulting design by Erik Andersson is a simple but ingenious solution which sees car and bicycle traffic occupying the bridge's top deck, while pedestrians are separated onto a path below, on the south side of the bridge. By dropping the pedestrian path, the road deck can act as a roof for the pedestrians in bad weather.

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However, the design's signature move is in the bridge's supporting arches, which extend like buttresses to slope down to the river.

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Janet Echelman Suspends Time-Inspired Net Sculpture Over Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

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© João Ferrand © João Ferrand American artist Janet Echelman's latest sculpture is currently on display at Madrid's Plaza Mayor. Titled "1.78 Madrid," the piece is the latest of Echelman's suspended thread sculptures, and the newest piece in her Earth Time Series begun in 2010. On display until February 19th, the piece was unveiled on Friday to mark Madrid's 400th anniversary.
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Hanging above the plaza's statue of King Philip III of Spain, the piece explores the idea of time, and our interconnectedness with the physical systems which influence our relationship with time itself. The number 1.78 in the artwork's title refers to 1.78 microseconds, the amount of time that a day on Earth was shortened as a result of the 2011 Earthquake in Japan.

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“In the last four hundred years, people have gathered at Plaza Mayor to witness bull-fights and Spanish Inquisition burnings,” said Echelman. “Today we gather

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Snøhetta Designs Energy-Positive Lakeside Hotel in the Arctic Circle

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© Snøhetta/Plompmozes © Snøhetta/Plompmozes Snøhetta has unveiled its design for "Svart," a hotel for sustainable tourism company Arctic Adventure of Norway. Located within the Arctic Circle, on the edge of Norway's Holandsfjorden fjord at the base of the Svartisen glacier, the building is designed to the "Powerhouse" building standard, a system developed by Snøhetta and a group of collaborators for creating energy-positive sustainable buildings.
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Designed in a distinctive ring shape that allows visitors to feel in touch with the surroundings, the structure of the building was inspired by traditional Norwegian fishing structures: the “fiskehjell,” an A-shaped wooden structure for drying fish, and the “rorbue,” a type of seasonal house used by fishermen. These two references contributed to the building's supporting structure of poles that support the building above the water while making minimal contact with the ecosystem. These supports also enable a walkway around the ring of the hotel that visitors will be

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BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati Reveal Design for One of Singapore’s Tallest Buildings

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Bjarke Ingels Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have broken ground on 88 Market Street, a new skyscraper at the heart of Singapore's business district. Transforming a site which was previously occupied by a parking structure from the 1980s, the 280-meter-tall building will include plentiful greenery both on its facades and internally. Inside, the building will include offices, 299 serviced residential units, and ancillary retail space.

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The building's key design move is in the vertical fins rising the height of the tower, which are pulled open at certain locations to expose the tropical vegetation inside the building. At the ground floor, visitors to the building will be met with a public "rainforest plaza" and park, featuring a number of "activity pockets" which provide space for fitness sessions, art installations, or other community events. This park will flow into the "city room," a 19-meter-high entry space

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David Chipperfield Architects Selected to Design Tallest Tower in Hamburg

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David Chipperfield Architects has won a competition to design the Elbtower, a 230-meter tall building in Hamburg that will be the city's tallest. Located on the eastern edge of the Hafencity, the sculptural building has a strong presence on the riverfront, forming a counterpoint to Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie to the West. The building hosts office space in the tower, over a podium containing a bar, hotel, restaurant, retail and exhibition areas.

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The building comprises a podium which on one corner curves elegantly upward to form a glass tower. This tower tapers outward from its base, adding a powerful form to the Hamburg skyline. At its base, the building forms a number of connections to the city, linking to the train and underground station to the east and a bicycle-bridge over the canal to the north. At the meeting of these entrances, the

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UNStudio Selected to Design New Cable Car in Gothenburg

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© Plompmozes © Plompmozes UNStudio has won a competition to design a new, 3-kilometer long cable car in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The cable car's route, which will connect the old city on the south of the river with three locations to the north, will feature a total of six towers which have been designed around an adaptable, asymmetrical structural system intended to mimic the cranes in the city's shipyards. The expected opening date for the cable car is in 2021, with the new transportation system being inaugurated as part of the celebrations of Gothenburg's 400th anniversary.
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A cable car was proposed by the city as a way to significantly reduce travel times across the city with minimal impact upon the street level. The four stations, located at a bus and tram transfer node in Järntorget and at three other locations north of the river, feature faceted, floating roofs clad in wood provide a

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1 in 7 Women in Architecture Have Experienced Sexual Harassment in Past 12 Months, Reports AJ

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Courtesy of The Architects' Journal Courtesy of The Architects' Journal Around 1 in 7 women in UK architecture practices has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past year alone, according to the results of the annual Women in Architecture survey conducted by The Architects' Journal. The poll of nearly 1,500 architects also found that more than half of women have experienced some form of discrimination ranging from bullying to workplace rules that leave them disadvantaged in the same period. The AJ's survey, which in previous years has largely focused on issues such as pay disparity between men and women, focuses this year more broadly on gender discrimination and sexual harassment—a response to the global shift in awareness organized around movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp.
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Another question from the survey asked respondents whether they had witnessed sexual discrimination against another person in the past 12 months; once again, over

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Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo Selected to Design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

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Interior render. Image © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera Interior render. Image © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera London's Serpentine Gallery has announced Mexican architect Frida Escobedo as the designer for the 2018 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park. Escobedo, known for her work in activating public spaces, will be the youngest architect to have participated in the Serpentine Pavilion program since it began in 2000. Her design features an enclosed courtyard created by two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. With its interplay of light and water, the design is intended to evoke the sensation of Mexican domestic architecture, while using British materials and containing references to its London context.
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The pavilion will be constructed of cement roof tiles—chosen for their texture and dark color—stacked to form a celosia, a form of permeable wall common in Mexico. While the pavilion's courtyard will feature a triangular

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The Rock Is Starring in a New Action Movie Called “Skyscraper,” and it Looks Crazy

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Fans of absurd architecture, over-the-top action, and wrestling-stars-turned-beloved-actors are in for a treat this summer thanks to the recently-announced film Skyscraper. The movie’s central character is “The Pearl,” an imagined 1,067-meter-tall skyscraper in Hong Kong—although apparently some guy named “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” also plays a pretty big role with his character Will Sawyer, a former FBI Hostage Rescue operative who lost a leg in the line of duty and now reviews building security for a living.

The plot, as revealed in the trailer and a single-paragraph synopsis on the official website, sees Will Sawyer criticizing the security of the “vertical city” billed as the tallest, most advanced, and safest building in the world. His concerns are immediately shown to be well-founded, as a group of (what are presumably) terrorists set fire to the 96th floor of the building, trapping Sawyer’s family and somehow framing Sawyer for the whole

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Photos Show the Light and the Dark in Zaha Hadid Architects’ Vienna Library

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© Edwin Seda © Edwin Seda In Zaha Hadid Architects' description of their Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna, they describe the exterior of the building as "characterized by two elements of contrasting colors separated by a glass joint: shell and shadow." For that reason, the building was a perfect subject for architect and photographer Edwin Seda, who says he is fascinated by the effect light has on buildings. "Design is created to work with natural light but is never really in control of this aspect," says Seda. "This set of images therefore explores light as a medium for architectural transformation, a sort of fourth dimension, that only materializes once the building is complete and the seasons begin to change." Seda's photoset captures the Library and Learning Centre throughout the course of a day: from the daytime when the building's light and dark elements are clearly distinguished;
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How MASS Design Group’s Approach to Data Could Save the Architectural Profession

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On Thursday, December 22nd, an email arrived in the inboxes of ArchDaily’s editors that made us sit up, shake off our holiday-induced lethargy, and take notice. MASS Design Group’s Year in Review email might initially have blended in with the many other holiday wishes and 2016 recaps we receive at that time of year—it recapped such highlights as Michael Murphy’s TED Talk in February or the launch of the first African Design Center—but it had one thing that we hadn’t seen from other firm’s years-in-review: detailed statistics about the firm’s achievements that year.

In recent decades, certain aspects of architecture have become increasingly open to scientific analysis, most notably when it comes to a building’s environmental impact. It’s no surprise, therefore, to see MASS Design Group’s claims that their work uses 74% less embodied carbon than typical building projects, or that 78% of their materials are

A section of the email sent out by MASS Design Group in December. Image Courtesy of MASS Design Group
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MASS Design Group's Umubano Primary School in Kigali, Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan
MASS Design Group's Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan
MASS Design Group's Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan
MASS Design Group's Butaro Doctor's Housing in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan
MASS Design Group's Umubano Primary School in Kigali, Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan
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These GIFs Compare Cities’ Metro Maps to Their Real Life Geography

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Metro and subway maps can tell us a lot about cities. For example, by comparing metro maps from different cities, you might be able to understand those cities' relative size or level of development. Or, by comparing a metro map to an earlier version from the same city, you can learn about the pace of development being experienced in that city. What these "maps" rarely tell you with any reliability, though, is the actual geography of the city itself. In a fascinating series of posts over at /r/dataisbeautiful earlier this year, Reddit users created GIFs comparing the official metro maps of cities around the world with the real geography those maps correspond to. The results show the incredible changes that cities are subjected to in the name of visual clarity: in cities such as London, Tokyo, and Berlin, transit maps expand the urban core, masking the density at these regions' centers; in other cities
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2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Approaches Closing Date

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© Tom Harris © Tom Harris The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is drawing to a close next week after almost 4 months of exhibitions, discussions, tours, film screenings, and other events. The second edition of the event, which opened on September 16th and is based upon the theme of "Make New History," will round out with two final events before the exhibition finally closes on Sunday, January 7th. Read on for more about the remaining events. On Friday, January 5th at 5:30 pm, the Biennial will host a screening of Nathan Eddy's recent documentary "Starship Chicago," which recounts the history and uncertain future of the Helmut Jahn-designed Thompson Center, the home for many of the government agencies of the State of Illinois. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion; click here to find out more and RSVP. Following this, on Saturday, January 6th at 2:30 pm is a panel discussion
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Can You Guess the Names of These Architects From the Emoji Clues?

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Courtesy of What Building? Courtesy of What Building? Is your knowledge of the world's most notable architects the best of the best? Can it stand the test of cryptic emoji-based clues? In lieu of their usual daily building identification quiz, online architecture quiz What Building? has created a fun knowledge test, converting the names of 20 famous architects into strings of emoji. Covering architects both past and present, the quiz is a great test of both architecture knowledge and lateral thinking. How many can you get? Guess the answers from the image above and see all the answers over at What Building? here.
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Architecture “Snowflakes” Created from World-Famous Building Plans

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Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada In the foyer of their London offices, architecture firm Allies and Morrison is displaying "Archiflakes," a series of snowflake designs inspired by the floorplans of famous structures from around the world. Developed by staff member Maria Spada, the series was a response to an internal competition to design the office's seasonal decorations.
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Much like KOSMOS Architects' poster series from last year, the designs draw a connection between unique and delicate patterns of snowflakes and the graphical appearance of architectural floor plans.

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The snowflakes were created by adapting the floorplans of buildings suggested by other Allies and Morrison employees, with the country in which the buildings are located representing the various nationalities of people working in the practice. The buildings selected as part of the series include world-famous designs such as Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes and Mies van der

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Architecture “Snowflakes” Created from World-Famous Building Plans

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Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada In the foyer of their London offices, architecture firm Allies and Morrison is displaying "Archiflakes," a series of snowflake designs inspired by the floorplans of famous structures from around the world. Developed by staff member Maria Spada, the series was a response to an internal competition to design the office's seasonal decorations.
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Much like KOSMOS Architects' poster series from last year, the designs draw a connection between unique and delicate patterns of snowflakes and the graphical appearance of architectural floor plans.

Courtesy of Maria Spada Courtesy of Maria Spada

The snowflakes were created by adapting the floorplans of buildings suggested by other Allies and Morrison employees, with the country in which the buildings are located representing the various nationalities of people working in the practice. The buildings selected as part of the series include world-famous designs such as Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes and Mies van der

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This Carefully Crafted Minimalist Sketchbook Is Perfectly Designed with Architects in Mind

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As all architects know, there are few things in life more valuable than a good sketchbook. That's why the Architools Notebook, a sketchbook now raising funds on Kickstarter, was designed from the ground up to suit an architect's workflow and sense of style. From the design of the covers (which incorporates the golden ratio) to the type of binding (which allows the open book to lay flat for double-page sketching or scanning), the Architools Notebook has considered all the little things that can help make a sketchbook the perfect companion. The minimalist design features 300 gsm white covers with 140 sheets of A5-sized 100 gsm paper. The sketchbook uses a Smyth sewn binding to allow it to lay flat when opening, making it perfect for scanning, while the covers are accented with a copper edging designed to protect the sketchbook's corners (while also developing an appealing patina over time). There is also a
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Foster + Partners Selected to Design Marseille Airport Extension

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Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Foster + Partners has won the competition to design a new extension to Marseille Airport that will allow the building to process up to 12 million passengers a year. The 2-phase design will add a new central pavilion to the existing building—which comprises the original 1960s structure designed by Fernand Pouillon, and a 1992 extension by Richard Rogers—and a new pier to provide access to the planes.
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Phase one of the design, which forms the building's new "cœur" (heart), consists of a 22-meter-tall entrance pavilion which aims to simplify passenger flow through the building. Taking cues from the structure of the original 1960s building, the addition will feature large skylights and indoor planted areas to create a light, relaxing environment.

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"Marseille airport has grown extensively and incrementally over the last 60 years," said Grant

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Zaha Hadid Design Creates Shoe and Transparent Clutch Bag for Charlotte Olympia

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design This week, Zaha Hadid Design released a new platform wedge shoe and accompanying clutch bag with British shoe and accessory brand Charlotte Olympia. The limited edition pieces, which sport the familiar flowing forms perfected by Hadid in her architecture, are both constructed using a combination of transparent perspex and rose gold accents.
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The collaboration between Hadid and Charlotte Olympia began in 2015 but was interrupted by Hadid's death last year. "Zaha Hadid Design and Charlotte Olympia have meticulously realized these pieces as Zaha originally envisioned," said the design team in a press release.

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"Zaha Hadid was a phenomenal person to have known and her work and aesthetic are constant sources of inspiration for me," said Charlotte Olympia Dellal, the founder of the Charlotte Olympia brand. "It was an honor and privilege to have worked with her and to

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