2018 Pritzker Prize To Be Announced March 7th

The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced on Wednesday, March 7th at 10am EST. Past Laureates include a roster of architecture’s most influential names, including Philip JohnsonZaha HadidRem KoolhaasOscar NiemeyerNorman FosterPeter ZumthorToyo ItoAlejandro Aravena and, most recently, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes (full list).

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Submit Your Project for the 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards

It’s time to get your applications ready! Now in its 11th year, the World Architecture Festival will take place in Amsterdam from  November 28 to 30. Organizers expect nearly 500 architectural practices to compete for prizes in over 30 categories. The event moves to the historic Dutch city following two years in Berlin.

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3D Printing Fuses Thai Craftsmanship to Create Habitable Concrete Structures

Siam Research and Innovation Company (SRI) is a Thailand-based cement manufacturer that has been developing innovations to push the limits of 3D printing in architecture. Their project ‘Triple S’ –developed in 2017– is based on traditional Thai craftsmanship to generate Surface, Structure, and Shelter in a single process; its specific artisanal form creating beautiful framework for structural purposes, easily building living spaces.

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Ateliereen Architecten Create Playful, Permeable Structure Using Metal and Wood

Ateliereen Architecten has proposed a metal and wood configuration for an observation tower in Peize, Netherlands. Their plan is to construct a resistant, permeable and playful structure.

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Architects Create Affordable “Exoskeleton” Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints

“Exoskeleton” is a pavilion that shows how Computer Aided Manufacturing can create rapid prototypes. This manufacturing process allows for real-scale construction and experimentation with limited resources. 

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“Unbuilding Walls”: German Pavilion at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale to Probe Architecture of Division and Integration

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the proposal for the German Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition 2018 La Biennale di Venezia. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words. 

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MVRDV Reveals Design For Dawn Bridge, A 80m-Long Dual Use Crossing in Shanghai

The 24-m wide crossing, located near the historical town of Zhujiajiao, will feature spaces for gatherings and scenic views. MVRDV’s competition-winning design for a pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be completed by 2019. 

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Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

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Show Us Your Best Architectural Model Photos!

For a lot of architects, models hold a special place in our hearts. Whereas a building can take years to construct and usually can’t be drastically altered as it nears completion, a model provides architects with the immediacy and flexibility we crave as designers while also allowing us to feel like we’re really making something—a feeling that digital modeling software can rarely provide.

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Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides.” 

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Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

As one of the key figures of midcentury Modernism and perhaps Finland‘s most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. For his characteristically Finnish take on architecture, Aalto has become a key reference point for architecture in the Nordic countries, and his commitment to creating a total work of art left many examples of his design genius not only in buildings but also in their interior features, including furniture, lamps, and glassware design.

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Urban Equipment for Public Spaces Helps to Build a Bike-Friendly City

Designing public spaces without considering the circulation and parking of bicycles is no longer an option in today’s world. Accessibility for the free traffic of cyclists must also be accompanied by adequate security conditions, incorporating these devices in the best possible way to parks, sidewalks, parking lots, and the streetscape as a whole. 

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AIA Responds to Actions Taken by 25 States to Reduce Architectural Licensure Requirements

With a growing number of states choosing to rollback professional architectural licensure requirements, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has issued a “Where We Stand” statement calling for the reinforcement of the practice, which they believe stand to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and shield consumers from unqualified practitioners.”

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Neat and Tidy or Messy and Cluttered: Which Inspires More Creativity?

While architects are known for promoting sleek, clutter-free spaces, we have to ask: is this the best way to inspire creativity? Personal preference certainly plays a large part in how you respond to a stark table-tops with nary a stray pencil–maybe this is your nirvana. Or perhaps it’s theoretically preferable but once you have to sit down and work, you find yourself uninspired.

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Fact Check: Which of These Architecture Rumors are Actually True?

Fact-checking website Snopes (also known as the internet’s first fact-checking website) has now been debunking Urban Legends and setting the record straight when it comes to “questionable” and/or fantastic stories for 23 years. In its two decades of operation, it has amassed not only thousands of well-researched explanations to perplexing myths but has also garnered the praise of news outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes. So what can Snopes tell us about our dear profession? Get your facts right with our list of dubious (and some not-so-dubious) claims about architecture, buildings, and city design.

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Free Resume Templates for Architects

What’s a better way to follow up on one of our most popular posts (of all time) than by providing a key design tool: the mighty template. Many of you enjoyed seeing the examples of CVs and resumes submitted by ArchDaily readers, but you also asked for a simple, fast way to jump start inspiration for your own creations. 

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Micro-Scale Modeling: How to Construct Tiny, Intricate Worlds From Ordinary Materials

Joshua Smith, a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in South Australia, constructs tiny, intricate worlds for a living. His work, which exhibits astonishing observational and representational skills, focuses on the “overlooked aspects of the urban environment – such as grime, rust and decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti,” all recreated at a scale of 1:20. Smith, who has been making model kits for around a decade, only recently chose to move away from a 16-year-long career creating stencil art. With his creative talents now focused on model-making, and all those skills which accompany the craft, ArchDaily asks: how do you do it?

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