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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.

This Week in Architecture: More than Visual

© Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro © Beat Widmer. ImageCourtesy of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

Architecture is a profession deeply dependent on the visual. It’s imagined, sold, critiqued and consumed almost entirely on the strength (or lack thereof) of drawings. We pick and prod at images presented at angles we’ll never be able see, admiring the architectonic qualities of elements we’ll never actually experience.

And yet, when it comes to the experience of architecture (which, lest we forget, is what it’s all about) the visual plays only a small part. What stays with us is how a building facilitates its purpose and affects our quality of life. Is it easy to navigate? Is the floor always slippery after it rains? Does light reach into the deepest layer of offices? Are the materials responsible for the headache that simply won’t go away?

Architecture is about more than just the visual. But perhaps the visual can also be elevated to meet architecture. This week’s stories touched on issues of branding, drawing, and the sense.

Eyes off Design

Hidden Gems of Latin American Architecture

Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos Nido de Quetzalcóatl / Javier Senosian. Image © Marcos Betanzos

Vacation time is near. Would you like to visit some of the most enchanting places in Latin American architecture? We know you're an architecture aficionado and that your passion takes you places that inspire and awe. Even though a visit to the classic tourist sites can result in an amazing trip, visiting lesser-known places can make for an unforgettable experience. It is because of this passion for parts unknown that we have compiled this list of some of Latin America's hidden architecture gems for you to consider as you plan your next trip. Keep reading for the complete list. 

Mexico

Edward James' Surrealist Garden

50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan

As architects, we often use a niche set of words that are sometimes unnecessarily complex and confusing to our non-architect friends. In 2015 we compiled a list of these, ranging from “typology” to “Blobitecture.” Here we’ve rounded up 50 urban planning terms that might be a bit less familiar but just as important to know. 

From weird portmanteaus such as “Boomburb” to cute-sounding acronyms such as "YIMBY", here is a fun A to Z in urban planning language that will make future collaboration easier. 

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Abutter: Means the same as “adjacent landowner.” Usually, the person who hates progress and wishes everything still looked the same as it did in 1800.

Arcology: What happens when you splice the words “Architecture” and “Ecology.” Used to describe self-contained megastructures that reduce human impacts on the environment (basically, the conceptual projects that architects love to design and no-one loves to pay for.)

LEGO House and Bicycle Snake Honored in 2018 Danish Design Awards

© Kim Christensen / DISSING + WEITLING Architecture © Kim Christensen / DISSING + WEITLING Architecture

Bjarke Ingels Group’s LEGO House and DISSING + WEITLING’s Bicycle Snake have been recognized by the 2018 Danish Design Awards, an initiative which “highlights the impact and value of design, celebrates companies and designers across the country and showcases the difference their solutions make to industry, everyday life, and society at large.”

The LEGO House was victorious in the “Feel Good” category, while the Bicycle Snake was awarded the “Icon Award.”

Explore These Architecturally Innovative Bookcases

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode

At first, books were kept in chests but as they became published in bulk they moved into the cupboard. The doors came off and the bookcase began to evolve. Today, bookcases can be integral architectural elements that shape space and, in some cases, even light. In celebration of International Day of the Book on April 23rd, ArchDaily compiled this round-up of architecturally, innovative bookcases.

Scroll down to see inventive architectural book storage from Alberto KalachARCHSTUDIOToyo Ito, and more. 

Jose Vasconcelos  Library / Alberto Kalach

Qatar National Library / OMA

© Iwan Baan – OMA © Iwan Baan – OMA
  • Design Team Sd, Dd And Cd: Sebastian Appl, Laura Baird, Andrea Bertassi, Helen Billson, Benito Branco,Nils Christa, Daniel Colvard, Tom Coronato, Anita Ernodi, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Dina Ge, Mauricio Gonzales, Bermy Ho, Vincent Kersten, Keigo Kobayashi, Dimitri Koubatis, Jang Hwan Lee, Oliver Luetjeus, Bimal Mendis, Joaquin Millan Villamuelas, Barbara Modolo, David Nam, Sebastian Nau, Rocio Paz Chavez, Francesca Portesine, Teo Quintana, Miriam Roure Parera, Peter Richardson, Silvia Sandor, Tjeerd van de Sandt, Louise Sullivan, Anatoly Travin, Yibo Xu
  • Executive Team And On Site Team: Vincent Kersten, Gary Owen
  • Sub Consultants: ARUP Acoustics

MoMA Sells Iwan Baan Photo for Sandy Relief

Iwan Baan’s photograph, titled “The City and the Storm,” is on sale at the MoMA Design Store for $20.

Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture / by CCA

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, announces the launch of the book and website related to its current major exhibition, Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, on view in the CCA’s main galleries for an extended run until 15 April, 2012. © CCA / Lars Müller Publishers Produced by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Lars Müller Publishers, the book, in French and English editions, bears the same title as the exhibition and is available from March 2012.

Curso intensivo sobre la arquitectura moderna (Parte 2)

High Line, Nueva York, es un gran ejemplo de lo que viene. Imagen © Iwan Baan

Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup es profesor asociado de la Real Academia Danesa de Bellas Artes. Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en GRASP.

Te perdiste la Parte 1? Encuéntrala aquí.

La arquitectura es inseparable de la planificación, y el gran desafío para la generación actual es el crecimiento y la contracción de las ciudades. Algunas ciudades, principalmente en el hemisferio sur, están creciendo a un ritmo exponencial, mientras que los antiguos centros mundiales en el norte se están convirtiendo en campiñas. En el sur, las poblaciones siguen creciendo mucho, mientras que en Europa, Rusia y el norte de Asia están disminuyendo. El sueño del efecto Bilbao se basa en la esperanza de que podría haber una solución rápida a estos dos problemas. Bueno, no lo hay.