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Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Working on similar design principles as the Heavenly Water Service Center, the Earthly Pond Service …

"A Truman Show-Style Nightmare"? Critics React to BIG and Heatherwick's Designs for Google

In their designs for Google's new headquarters, released last week amid much excitement, Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick have taken cues from …

Architecture

The Science of Cities Applies to Ancient Mexico, Too

New research suggests the social benefits of dense urban areas might follow timeless rules.<p>The more scientists study urban development, the more they realize that cities are like nothing else in nature. The social interactions that occur in a dense setting have a multiplier effect: they create more …

Brilliant ideas: 5 of the smartest cities in Europe

What makes a city <i>smart</i>?<p>Is it the development and planning that go into it, or the innovative tech that emerges from its businesses and labs? Could it …

New Lady Cilento Children's Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Melbourne architectural and urban design practice Lyons in association with Brisbane architects Conrad …

When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office

Workplace design has undergone a radical transformation in the last several decades, with approximately seventy percent of today’s modern offices now …

Winners of the 2015 Building of the Year Awards

After two weeks of nominations and voting, we are pleased to present the winners of the 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, …

Architecture

East Asia's Massive Urban Growth, in 5 Infographics

If everyone who recently migrated to cities in the region were a country unto themselves, it would be the world's sixth largest.<p>Almost 200 million people in East Asia migrated from rural areas to cities between 2001 and 2010. If all these people were to band together and declare themselves a …

Urbanization and Smartphones Are Killing Car Culture

Cars once facilitated social outings. Has that role been filled by technology?<p>The Western world's century-old love affair with the automobile is coming to an end.<p>People are driving less than they did before the recession, and there are fewer cars on the road. In the U.S., the number of vehicles per …

Jaime Lerner on Common Sense Tools to Make Cities Sustainable | Smart Cities Dive

<i>by Sebastian Miguel</i><p><i>A review of Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life by Jaime Lerner. 2014. 143 pages. ISBN 13:</i> …

24 Clever Ideas Inside Virgin’s New Hotel

It’s the little things.<p>It’s the little things, and anyone who’s flown Virgin America knows it: the calming purple mood lighting, the food and drink orders you can place electronically from your seats, the entertaining safety video, the ticket stubs that are 50% smaller than the obnoxious industry …

Profit

Competition Entry: Pichler & Traupmann Fuses Two Axis to Envision Vienna High-Rise

The latest competition entry, "Gate 2 Tower" from Pichler & Traupmann Architekten examines the relationship formed between a high-rise building and …

Architecture

Artists Cover A Chinese Street In 13 Tons Of Candy

Graphic artists Craig & Karl have created the world’s sweetest street: in celebration of the Chinese New Year February 19, they’ve covered Chengdu Street, in the capital of Sichuan province in Southern China, with 13 tons of candy.<p>The 14,000-square-foot candy carpet blooms with sugary images of …

Chinese New Year

Softly contoured interiors lend cave-like aesthetic to lakeside cabin

This basalt-clad cabin with a curvaceous wood-panelled interior has been perched by Atelier Oslo on a wooded slope high over a Norwegian lake (+ …

Sinuous ESO headquarters by Auer Weber curves around courtyards and over gardens

German architecture office Auer Weber has extended an astronomic research facility near Munich by adding interconnected cylinders with hollow centres …

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

A tree-filled courtyard is glimpsed through the shimmering glass-brick facade of this house in Hiroshima, designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi …

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Co.Design talked to a slew of experts about how design is changing the way we experience cities, from where we live to how we eat.<p>Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won’t look …

CES

3D printed sculptures spin to Fibonacci sequence

John Edmark, a professor of design at Stanford University, has mashed together geometry and art to create these 3D printed kinetic sculptures based …

Mathematics

Code of Context: The Uneasy Excitement of Global Practice

<i>Global, the Winter 2014 issue of</i> ArchitectureBoston <i>magazine, out now, is an examination of the challenges and opportunities facing architects working</i> …

Human Rights

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.<p>It’s a well-worn sociological truth that the neighborhoods in which we live can have a powerful effect on our lives. But how do our neighborhoods affect our overall happiness and well being? And what might they reflect about our …

Vincent Laforet's Images of New York From Above Will Take Your Breath Away

Something he has “dreamed of capturing for decades,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer <b>Vincent Laforet</b> has released a stunning set of images that …

C.F. Møller Wins Vendsyssel Hospital Competition

Danish firm <b>C.F. Møller</b> has won first place in a competition to design an extension and renovation of Vendsyssel Hospital in Hjørring, Denmark. This …

Competition Entry: Sang-Uk & Heeyun's Proposal for Copenhagen's New Modern Library

Sang-Uk & Heeyun has shared with us their entry for the AWR Copenhagen New Modern Library Competition. Centered around park, sea, and the city, the …

Jardins House / CR2 Arquitetura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This residence in São Paulo is a project for a middle-aged couple and a daughter. Neighborhood residents …

Cardedeu Chapel / EMC Arquitectura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Nestled in the mountains surrounding Lake Coatepeque in El Salvador, "Cardedeu" is a place for events …

Architizer

Facebook looks to Frank Gehry for the design of its new California campus

Facebook has outgrown its campus in Menlo Park, just south of San Francisco, so Mark Zuckerberg hired famed architect Frank Gehry to design "the …

MOBO Streamlines Public Access to Cartagena's UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall

MOBO Architects has won a competition to refurbish the vertical and horizontal access structures of the UNESCO protected fortresses that surround …

Life’s Work: An Interview with Marc Newson

Trevor Ray Hart<p>Marc Newson studied jewelry making in his native Australia but went on to design products for some of the biggest companies in the world. Think Qantas A380 interiors, Riva boats, and Dom Pérignon bottles. A committed nomad, he’s now working part-time at Apple, where his friend Jony …

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