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MGS and Turf Design $5 Billion University of Canberra Campus Masterplan Transformation

MSG Architects and Turf Design Studio have designed a 20-year masterplan for the University of Canberra in Australia. With an investment of over $5 billion of the university's Bruce campus, the project would include new light rail connections for the Belconnen community, as well as an indoor arena and sports center. In total, the project would include over 60,000 square meters of university facilities and over 200,000 square meters of commercial buildings.

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SO – IL’s New Art Campus in Brooklyn to Open this Summer

The SO – IL-designed 21,000 square foot multi-building “art campus” in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is set to open on June 5th, 2021, with construction projected to conclude by May 2021. Serving as the Amant Foundation’s new headquarters, the complex will host exhibitions, public events, archival projects, performances, and residency programs.

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Daniel Libeskind Revives his Polish Hometown with the ?ód? Architecture Center

Daniel Libeskind and inLodz21 Institution are designing Nexus21, an urban revitalization project of 21 structures that vary between residential and commercial buildings to urban spaces. The new cultural hub is located in particular neighborhoods to promote the creativity and innovation that lies in the city, such as architecture, textiles, fashion, and film, which are all part of its heritage. The master plan will also work on the spaces in between the revived structures, creating a vibrant nexus between the old and the new, while adding value to the historic neighborhoods of ?ód?, Poland.

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Russian Contribution to the Venice Biennale Explores Digital Environments and the Future of Cultural Institutions

The Russian Federation Pavilion for the 2021 Venice Biennale explores the role of cultural institutions across physical and digital spaces. Titled Open, the program investigates the subject on multiple fronts, from the renovation of its physical architecture to the research into the social role of virtual environments and a collection of perspectives on the new ways of thinking in the institutional realm. The contribution builds on the Open? project, which debuted in May 2020 and continued throughout the year as a virtual platform for creatives and thinkers.

Pavilion Renovation. Image ? Marco CappellettiA glimpse into the gamer installation. Image ? 2050.plusGamer station videogame - Sanatorium ?Anthropocene Retreat? . Image ? Mikhail MaximovMovie program - AIDOL . Image ? Lawrence Lek+ 16

What Is NFT Architecture and How Is It Different from Regular 3D Models?

Imagine yourself welcoming your colleagues to a business meeting at your home. The table is set next to the infinity pool, under the shadow of a huge curved metal structure reminiscent of Zaha Hadid's most audacious designs except for the complete absence of pillars. Hovering in the air, the roof completes an idyllic setting for this mansion on a rocky hillside. The house was recently acquired as an NFT and is digitally accessed via encrypted code. That's right, this is your virtual home. The physical one is a small 40m2 apartment in the center of one of the busiest and most polluted cities in the global south.

The Saudi Arabian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Spatial and Social Encounters in the Saudi Residences

Titled "Accommodations", the Saudi Arabian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, will analyze the spatial and social encounters of hosting and housing in Saudi Arabia, where histories, protocols, and gestures are intertwined. Curated by Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki, and Hessa AlBader, alongside Brooklyn-based curators Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali, the exhibition will be on display from May 22nd to November 21st, 2021.

Policeman Receives Immunization Shot, Qatif, 1950s. Image Courtesy of Saudi AramcoConceptual visualization of the the 'Islands' space of Accommodations, presenting a number of architectural, urban and territorial models indexing an atlas of quarantine accommodations and infrastructures through time.. Image Courtesy of Studio Bound 2021Mass Accommodation for Pilgrims at the Old Airport, 2012.. Image ? Stefan Maneval‘Funduk’ Al Yamamah - Riyadh / A perspective drawing illustrating the strategic location of Hotel Al Yamamah, serving as an extension to the forum of government spaces.. Image Courtesy of Studio Bound 2021+ 15

Koichi Takada Architects Designs Biophilic Marketplace Inspired by Shanghai's Forests

For its latest design in China, the Australian firm Koichi Takada Architects takes inspiration from Shanghai's forest-rich landscape and creates a series of architectural "trees" that branch out, forming a canopy above a new marketplace. Through its open, biophilic design, the Solar Trees Marketplace will be an extension of the outdoor public space, reinterpreting the traditional Chinese market as a community place.

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Virtual Classes: Will 3D Models Replace Hand Drawn Renderings?

Render simulating a concrete model. Image ? Arq. Julio Andrés Pinedo Agudelo
Render simulating a concrete model. Image ? Arq. Julio Andrés Pinedo Agudelo

2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic forced architectural students around the world to go virtual with their classes and coursework, transforming the way architecture was both taught and learned. Once based primarily on in-class participation, and collaboration, architectural workshops had to take on whole new methods of instruction. Conversations and debates between students and their instructors, a key element of architectural education were relegated to phone and video calls as well as written documents, making digital formatting an essential tool for students to share their ideas and receive feedback on their work.

Arches in Interior Design: 26 Projects that Reimagine the Classical Shape

Although the use of arches in architecture dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C., it was the Romans who solidified them as both an engineering element and a symbol of military victories, which we now see excessively as memorial arches. Shortly after, different civilizations and cultures adopted the arch for their own purposes, bridging together structural necessity and aesthetics. In this article, we look at how arches evolved from significant structural elements to captivating decorative details.

Samna Restaurant / YOD Group. Image ? Andrey BezuglovGarden Tour / PADSTUDIO. Image ? Rongkun ChenSSAB Flagship Store / Bogdan Ciocodeica Studio. Image ? Vlad Patru ARKA Flower Shop / Maly Krasota Design. Image ? Dmitriy Sergienko+ 30

Brisbane Office Block to Hover Above Historic St. Patrick’s Church

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has unveiled plans to build an eight-story office block adjacent to the city's historic St. Patrick’s Church in Australia. Designed by architecture practice BVN, the project was made to respond to both the existing church and the urban fabric of Fortitude Valley. The proposed development would preserve views to the church from James and McLachlan streets with over 11,000 square meters of office space.

OMA / Jason Long's New York Greenpoint Landing Towers Reach Highest Point of Construction

Situated at the northern part of Brooklyn where Newton Creek and the East River intersect, OMA New York / Jason Long's Greenpoint Landing residential towers have reached their latest phase of development; The North Tower is currently at 300 ft. and the South Tower is at 400 ft. The buildings are expected to provide 745 units of mixed-income housing, and will expand an acre beyond the existing esplanade, creating a new section of public waterfront that overlooks the Manhattan skyline.

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Finnish Pavilion Presents the Country's History of Prefabricated Wooden Houses at the 2021 Venice Biennale

For the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Finland's Pavilion revisits a moment in local history when a refugee crisis led to new ways of building and a reconfiguration of domestic space, which ended up influencing different places around the world. Titled New Standards, the exhibition curated by Laura Berger, Philip Tidwell and Kristo Vesikansa presents the story of Puutalo Oy, an industrial enterprise specialized in prefabricated wooden buildings that set new standards for residential design in the 20th century and created Finland's most widespread architectural export.

Assembling a Puutalo house. Image ? ELKA ArchivePuutalo brochure 1940. Image ? ELKA ArchivePuutalo House in Helsinki. Image ? Juuso WesterlundPuutalo houses in Nekala Finland in the 1940s. Image ? ELKA Archive+ 6

Rojkind Arquitectos, Esrawe Studio and Slade Architecture to Design a Beach Club in New Jersey

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Rojkind Arquitectos, Esrawe Studio, and Slade Architecture have unveiled their proposal for a 2,685-square-meter beach club in New Jersey, United States. According to the firms, the project seeks to activate the beachside of the street and provide amenities and services to the beach in this town resort.

Compact Luxury: Exploring the Future of Urban Living

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As global urbanization accelerates at a rapid pace, living spaces in contemporary cities and the projected cities of the future grow ever smaller. To anticipate these changes, product design firm AXOR has partnered with The Future Laboratory, a leading international consulting firm for future trends, for the development of their project 'Compact Luxury.' Aimed at uncovering the major influences of urbanization and adapting luxury spaces for these anticipated global changes, the Compact Luxury project identifies trends in contemporary living and projects a future for compact design.

Vertical Urbanism: Milan Highrises Reaching New Heights

Milan’s urban fabric has long been defined by change. In a city known for its historic monuments, from the Piazza Duomo and Milan Cathedral to works like Velasca Tower, contemporary architecture must balance many existing contexts. Emerging as a global center for design and culture, Milan has become home to new buildings and structures addressing this condition as iconic landmarks and expressive forms. Actively building upon its legacy, Milan has turned its attention to the sky.

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Sir David Adjaye's New Residential Tower Presents Gaggenau-Equipped Kitchens

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When it comes to built-in kitchen appliances, German firm Gaggenau has always set the highest of standards – and in the case of Sir David Adjaye’s 130 William tower in Manhattan, quite literally, too.

Yugoslav Architect Svetlana Kana Radevic's Legacy on Postwar Architecture Highlighted in the 2021 Venice Biennale

Part of the Collateral Events of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, the extensive built work of Yugoslav architect Svetlana Kana Radevic? (1937-2000) is brought to light from May 22 until November 21 at the Palazzo Palumbo Fossati. Entitled “Skirting the Center: Svetlana Kana Radevic? on the Periphery of Postwar Architecture”, the exhibition curated by Dijana Vucinic and Anna Kats, aims to highlight the architect’s work and expand her representation.

Architect Svetlana Kana Radevic, Hotel Podgorica, personal archive. Image Courtesy of APSS Institute Architect Svetlana Kana Radevic, Monument to Fallen Fighters of Ljesanska Nahija, Barutana Podgorica, built in 1980, photographer Luka Boskovic. Image Courtesy of APSS InstituteArchitect Svetlana Kana Radevic,Bus station, Podgorica 1968, private archive. Image Courtesy of APSS InstituteArchitect Svetlana Kana Radevic,  Petrovac Apartment Building, built in 1967, photo from APSS archive. Image Courtesy of APSS Institute+ 14

Perkins&Will Transform Sacramento Valley Train Station into Regenerative Master Plan

Global architecture firm Perkins&Will, in collaboration with ARUP, Grimshaw Architects, EPS , AIM Consulting, and the City of Sacramento, have transformed the city's historic train station into a self-reliant and regenerative transportation hub, making it one of the most sustainable public areas in California. The design team worked alongside the local community to create a people-centric 31-acre master plan that reflects what the community envisions for a public train station and gateway to the city of Sacramento.

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Swiss Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores the Political and Social Implications of the Country's Border

Titled Or? -Experiences on the Border, (or?, Latin for “borders”) the Swiss contribution to the 17th Venice Biennale explores the spatial and political dimension of the country’s border, investigating the social implications of this inhabited territory. Created by a Geneva-based team of architects and artists comprising Mounir Ayoub and Vanessa Lacaille from Laboratoire d’architecture, as well as filmmaker Fabrice Aragno and artist sculptor Pierre Szczepanski, the exhibition details a series of participative processes performed along the Swiss border that investigate the frontier and its inhabitants, revealing the poetic character of the space.

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Who Are We Making Hyper-Realistic Renders For?

The question may seem straightforward, but the answer can be very complex, leading to a whole series of issues related to the target audience of hyper-realistic architectural renderings, as well as to what their goals are.

Vessel Public Landmark / Heatherwick Studio. Courtesy of Getty Images / Forbes MassieRender by Nicholas Holanda. Image Courtesy of CURAZaha Hadid Architects to Design CECEP's HQ in Shanghai. Render by Negativ.com. Image ? Zaha Hadid ArchitectsLazy Sunday morning, rendered in Lumion by Gui Felix (project by Marcio Kogan of MK27)+ 7

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