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Forensic Architecture and Heatherwick Among Winners of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018

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Forensic Architecture has been crowned overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018, with their exhibition “Counter Investigations.” The firm has undertaken sterling work in recent years, uncovering miscarriages of justice and international war crimes through architectural analysis of imagery, from official news, satellite footage, and crowdsourced information.

The spatial investigation group, based in Goldsmith University London, is currently nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize. The interdisciplinary group of architects, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, and scientists have devoted their energy to investigating state and corporate violations worldwide.

Skywalk / Arc Designs

© Stephen Ball, courtesy of Bovis-Koala JV © Stephen Ball, courtesy of Bovis-Koala JV
  • Architects: Arc Designs
  • Location: Upper Rock Nature Reserve, Gibraltar
  • Lead Architects: Arc Designs
  • Architect: Arc Designs, in collaboration with Mayice Studio at concept design stage
  • Area: 140.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Stephen Ball, courtesy of Bovis-Koala JV

The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools

New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects

According to architect and academic Frank Locker, in architectural education, we keep repeating the same formula from the 20th-century: teachers transmitting a rigid and basic knowledge that gives students, no matter their motivation, interests, or abilities, little to no direction. In this way, says Locker, we are replicating, literally, prisons, with no room for an integral, flexible, and versatile education.

"What do you think of when you're in a space with closed doors and a hallway where you can't enter without permission or a bell that tells you when you can enter and leave?" asks Locker.

XXXII edición de los Premios Macael

Pasarela en ‘El Rastro’ diseñado por el interiorista Javier Martin, del estudio Debut Design. Premio Diseño Macael 2018.

Se han entregado los los Premios Macael, que reflejan la actividad de las empresas de mármol de Andalucía. Antonio Sánchez, presidente de la Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía subrayaba que su objetivo es dar a conocer “la importante industria y conocimiento que esta tierra posee sobre el tratamiento y usos de la piedra”.

Hospital Provincial de Almeria. Premio Institución Macael 2018 a la Diputación Provincial de Almería y al Ministerio de Cultura.

Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced in equal measure for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

A Selection of the World’s Best Architects

© Ossip Van Duivenbode. ImageTianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute © Ossip Van Duivenbode. ImageTianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute

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 may be inspired to challenge the status quo.

With editors from Brazil, the US, Mexico, Chile, China and Northern Ireland, and thanks to the extensive network that we have forged with institutions in Africa, Asia and beyond, we have the rare opportunity to go beyond a purely western-focused overview of the state of today’s architecture.

Africa’s Tallest Skyscraper Set to Begin Construction in Morocco

Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos Bank of Africa Tower. Image Courtesy of Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos

Africa’s tallest skyscraper is set to begin construction in two weeks time. Designed by Spanish architects Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos and Moroccan firm CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun, the 820-ft tall Bank of Africa Tower will take the title of tallest tower from the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. Aiming for LEED Gold and HQE ratings, the tower will begin construction on November 1 and is expected be complete by May 30, 2022.

Piercing Images: 10 Shockingly Extreme Body Modifications

[ By Marc in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]


Body modification is a broad category that covers anything from socially acceptable ear piercings to culturally mandated circumcisions, but there’s a small niche in this category that involves the most extreme manipulation of the human body. Some trendsetters treat their bodies like a work of art and some cultures are simply handing down tradition, but all of the following examples are shocking in their own way, so brace yourself. Here are 10 shockingly extreme body modifications that aren’t for the faint of heart (or stomach).


This Week in Architecture: Buildings as Identity, Lost and Found

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It is in moments of disaster - natural, military, or otherwise - that the value of our built environment as a form of cultural identity comes most noticeably and tragically to light. The fire that ripped through Brazil’s Museo Nacional on Monday night destroyed not just invaluable historic artefacts, but a building that stood as a symbol for both a country and a people. The erasure of the urban landscape is the erasure of identity, culture, and people.

It is notable, then, that new construction is often advertised as way for neighbourhoods to form or revitalize local identity. Skyscrapers in particular are considered icons around which urban and even national identity can hinge - imagine New York without the Empire State Building, Paris without the Eiffel Tower, Kuala Lumpur without the Petronas Towers. This week’s stories touched on the ways in we entwine our identities with our built fabric. Read on for this week’s review.

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