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Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?

07:00 - 20 March, 2019
Home Automation In Renovations: Is It Possible to Transform an Old Building into an Intelligent One?, ? Qingshan Wu
? Qingshan Wu

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Although the ability to install home automation in a practical way is associated with new projects, it is possible to adapt previously built buildings in a relatively simple way. In both small and large renovations projects these systems can deliver automated features that responds to the requirements and needs of its users. They can also improve the habitability and comfort of its spaces, increase their security and promote long-term energy and money savings. So, what considerations must be taken into account in order to transform an regular architecture project into an "intelligent" one?

? Eric Laignel ? Zooey Brown ? Adrià Goula Aquatio Cave Luxury Hotel & SPA / Simone Micheli, remodeled by AVE. Image ? Juergen Eheim + 14

Let There be Light: Key Indicators to Describe and Design Visual Comfort

04:00 - 20 March, 2019
Let There be Light: Key Indicators to Describe and Design Visual Comfort, Atelier_142 / Atelier Wilda. Image ? David Foessel
Atelier_142 / Atelier Wilda. Image ? David Foessel

Architects are increasingly aware of our influence on the well-being and good health of the users of our projects. Natural lighting –and how it?should be complemented with?artificial lighting– is an essential factor to consider for the visual comfort of interior spaces. But, do we know how to handle it correctly?

Maison Kochi / Meister Varma Architects. Image ? Praveen Mohandas The Heart in Ikast / C.F. M?ller Architects. Image ? Adam M?rk Scheune Minden / Architekten Stein Hemmes Wirtz. Image ? Linda Blatzek Photography ‘Hope’ Lavan’s Studio Apartment / MMGS ARCHITECTS. Image ? Ramitha Watareka + 13

30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

07:00 - 19 March, 2019
30 Plans, Sections and Details for Sustainable Projects

The dramatic?improvement in recent decades in our understanding of sustainable design has shown that designing sustainably doesn't have to be a compromise—it can instead be a benefit. When done correctly, sustainable design results in higher-performing, healthier buildings which contribute to their inhabitants' physical and mental well-being.

The benefits of incorporating vegetation in fa?ades and in roofs, as well as materials and construction systems that take energy use and pollution into account, demonstrate that?sustainable design has the potential to create?buildings that improve living conditions and respect the natural environment.

Below we have compiled 30 plans, sections and construction details of projects that stand out for their approach to sustainability.

"My Journey is Starting Now": Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York

07:00 - 18 March, 2019

Where does originality and independent thinking come from? The answer is prosaically straight forward – from an inquiring individual, and an experimental environment wouldn’t hurt to stimulate it. Rem Koolhaas is credited with fostering such an environment, both through building his practice, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a 300-architect network of seven global offices, and teaching at Harvard’s GSD, as well as lecturing all over the world. Koolhaas now has eight partners. One of the eight, since 2008, is Shohei Shigematsu who heads OMA New York since 2006. The studio originally numbered just a handful of people and over the years has grown into a large practice of 75 architects with a focus on projects in North America.

Born in 1973, in Fukuoka, Japan, Shigematsu likes to point out that his birth coincided with the moment when Japan’s economy started to decline. Still, the post-war generation of his parents believed that the economy was going to grow and keep modernizing. It did, and the process was very integral with new construction, so architecture was of interest from an early age. When Shigematsu was ten, his father was invited to teach science at an American university. That presented an opportunity for the whole family to spend one year in Boston, which also contributed to Shigematsu’s decision to study architecture. We met for the following conversation at OMA New York to discuss the architect’s role in the company, his search for personal identity, and, of course, architecture’s top priority – its concern with beauty.

Cornell Milstein Hall / OMA New York. ImageImage courtesy OMA; photography by Iwan Baan Audrey Irmas Pavilion / OMA New York. ImageImage courtesy of OMA New York Cornell Milstein Hall / OMA New York. ImageImage courtesy OMA; photography by Iwan Baan Audrey Irmas Pavilion / OMA New York. ImageImage courtesy of OMA New York + 41

Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

Tirana Vertical Forest. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti 24-hour school in Tirana. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti Tirana 2030 - Agriculture. Image ? Stefano Boeri Architetti + 19

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Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples

04:00 - 18 March, 2019
Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples, Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas. Image Cortesía de SO?
Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas. Image Cortesía de SO?

Dense cities mean small homes. With more and more frequency we are forced to adapt to spaces within which some elements simply do not fit. As architects, these restrictions actually provide us with opportunities and remind us that our goal is to give precise solutions to specific problems. Designing with infinite number square meters and/or an unlimited budget is practically unheard of.

What's the key to accommodating everything? Let's review some effective storage solutions for minimum, tight spaces.

END THE ROC / nook architects. Image ? Yago Partal Bazillion / YCL Studio. Image ? Leonas Garbac?auskas HB6B / Karin Matz. Image Cortesía de Karin Matz Gorki / Ruetemple. Image Cortesía de Ruetemple + 33

These 13 Designs by IKEA Make Life Easier (and More Equitable) for Differently-Abled People

11:00 - 17 March, 2019
These 13 Designs by IKEA Make Life Easier (and More Equitable) for Differently-Abled People, ThisAbles Project. Image ? IKEA / Milbat NGO / Access Israel
ThisAbles Project. Image ? IKEA / Milbat NGO / Access Israel

Architects' general ignorance about the needs and requirements for people with special needs is worrisome. Beyond complying with mandatory regulations (different in each country), the quality of life for different-abled people depends on specific and daily factors that go beyond a railing or a ramp, and are often left in the hands of professionals who have never dealt with such issues.

This Ables, a project developed by IKEA and the non-profit organizations Milbat and Access Israel, provides an excellent resource for how to create an equitable design in the smallest and simplest of details. From door handles that are can be opened with a forearm to a couch lift that enables users to sit down and get up easily, these 13 products are available to the general public on ThisAbles.com. Some products can even be 3D-printed independently.

See the video below for more details of the project.

12 Projects Shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands Awards

12:00 - 16 March, 2019
12 Projects Shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands Awards, Teaching and Learning Building, UoN. Image? Martina Ferrera
Teaching and Learning Building, UoN. Image? Martina Ferrera

Now in the midst of its annual awards program, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 12 projects shortlisted for recognition in its East Midlands district. RIBA has also recently announced its shortlists for new projects in its London, East, North East, and South West districts.

An Architect’s Creative Journey Between New York, New Haven, Istanbul and Ajman: Emre Arolat Shares his Experience

11:00 - 16 March, 2019
An Architect’s Creative Journey Between New York, New Haven, Istanbul and Ajman: Emre Arolat Shares his Experience, Emre Arolat Architecture Reveals Design for Nora Mosque Near Dubai
Emre Arolat Architecture Reveals Design for Nora Mosque Near Dubai

Emre Arolat has a long and distinguished career in architecture, marked by honors such as the Aga Khan Award for architecture and appointments such as the co-curatorship of the 2012?Istanbul Design Biennial. As both a practicing architect and an educator (he teaches at the Yale School of Architecture), Arolat spends a great deal of time traveling around the world. In this guest essay, Arolat shares his experience on the road, illuminating a personal creative process. - AD Editorial Team?

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30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

10:00 - 16 March, 2019
30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space, Forest View House / Sinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image ? Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Forest View House / Sinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image ? Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people?to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes?— eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building,?bathrooms have?become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy?— without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

? Sean Fennessy ? Luis Gordoa ? Shannon McGrath TreeVilla at Forest Hills / Architecture BRIO. Image ? Photographix + 37

Freehand Stadium Drawings by Mohammad Pirdavari

08:00 - 16 March, 2019
Freehand Stadium Drawings by Mohammad Pirdavari, ? Mohammad Pirdavari
? Mohammad Pirdavari

To anyone enrolled in an architecture school, final year projects tend to be the perfect time to go all in. Whether you go for 3D visualizations or build remarkable models, your final presentation is the chance to display every conceptual and technical skill acquired throughout the years.

For his B.A. Final project, architect Mohammad Pirdavari of Ati-Naghsh Hamraz Consultants, presented his modernist stadium proposal in a series of freehand Airbrush drawings. His intricate graphics helped accentuate the stadiums’ raw material and detailed relationship between the main exposed structure, and the smaller covered one.

? Mohammad Pirdavari ? Mohammad Pirdavari ? Mohammad Pirdavari ? Mohammad Pirdavari + 31

How Modular Construction Could Offer a Lasting Solution in the Affordable Housing Crisis

07:00 - 15 March, 2019

This article was originally published in Autodesk's Redshift publication as "How Building Modular Homes can Help Fill the Affordable Housing Gap."

“Modular” isn’t a construction product; it’s a construction process. This is according to Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), whose members include more than 350 companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of modular buildings, including multifamily homes.

CTBUH Names Norway's Mj?st?rnet the Tallest Timber Building in the World

04:05 - 15 March, 2019
CTBUH Names Norway's Mj?st?rnet the Tallest Timber Building in the World, Courtesy of CTBUH
Courtesy of CTBUH

The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced that Norway's Mj?st?rnet tower is, at 85.4 meters, officially the world's tallest timber building. Beyond the unique distinction, the tower is also Norway's tallest mixed-use structure and third tallest building.

Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects

07:00 - 14 March, 2019
Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects, ? Photographix
? Photographix

There are few things that fascinate us more than the sea. Its contemplation arouses a sense of peace, while its colors, textures, movements and amplitude provide a scientifically proven effect of relaxation in our nervous system. Above all, it makes us realize how small we are in the universe. It is not by chance that a house facing the sea is a dream of consumption for many, let alone with a pool right in front of it. Infinity pools play with this feeling of infinite sea and sky. Through a well-elaborated set of levels and plans, they create an optical illusion that leaves everyone speechless, making pool water appear as if merged with the horizon, overflowing at one or more edges. But before you plan your photo on Instagram with a glass of sparkling wine in your hand, let's take a look at how these pools are built.

? Hiroyuki Oki ? àdria Goula ? àdria Goula ? Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 20

From Climate Change to Global South: 11 Editors Choose 11 of our Best Articles

05:30 - 14 March, 2019
From Climate Change to Global South: 11 Editors Choose 11 of our Best Articles, Sergei Tchoban's drawing inspired by ArchDaily's logo back in 2017. Image ? Sergei Tchoban
Sergei Tchoban's drawing inspired by ArchDaily's logo back in 2017. Image ? Sergei Tchoban

Back in 2008, ArchDaily embarked on a challenging mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge, and tools to the architects tasked with designing cities. In an effort to further align our strategy with these challenges, we recently introduced monthly themes in order to dig deeper into topics we find relevant in today’s architectural discourse. From architects who don't design to reframing climate change as a global issue, we are celebrating our 11th birthday by asking 11 editors and curators to choose ArchDaily's most inspiring articles.

24 Projects Shortlisted in 2019 RIBA East Awards

04:00 - 14 March, 2019
24 Projects Shortlisted in 2019 RIBA East Awards, Kintyre, nr St Albans, by Tate Harmer. Image? Kilian O'Sullivan
Kintyre, nr St Albans, by Tate Harmer. Image? Kilian O'Sullivan

As part of the RIBA annual Regional Awards programme, 23 architectural works and one masterplan have been shortlisted for the RIBA East awards. These projects cover a range of types, from homes to schools to follies, and represent some of the finest work produced in Britain in the last year.

Wesley House Theological College, Cambridge, by Cowper Griffith Architects. Image? Peter Cook St Albans Museum and Art Gallery, by John McAslan + Partners. Image? Nick Guttridge Black Barn, nr Woodbridge, by Studio Bark. Image? Lenny Codd Marmalade Lane Cohousing, Cambridge, by Mole Architects. Image? David Butler + 26

50 AutoCAD Commands You Should Know

08:30 - 13 March, 2019

After spending countless hours in front of AutoCAD working on a project, you’re bound to have your own set of favorite commands to standardize a few steps. We also bet that you don’t have them all memorized or often forget them. To help you remember, we've made a list of 50 commands that can help you speed up your work game, discover new shortcuts, or come in use as a handy tool for when you forget what the command you need is called.

The following listing was developed and corroborated by our team for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 versions of AutoCAD in English. We also prepared a series of GIFs to visualize some of the trickier ones.

When you’ve finished reading, we would love to know what your favorite commands are (including those that we didn’t include). We will use your input to help us update the article!

Happy 11th Birthday to ArchDaily!

05:30 - 13 March, 2019

11 years ago, ArchDaily set out on a mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge, and tools to the architects tasked with designing for the 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years. A bold vision for a rapidly changing world.

Since then, the?way we consume architecture has changed. Projects on the other side of the world no longer feel quite so far away, and inspiration can come from any project, at any scale, anywhere. The mission we set out with so many years ago has captured the passion of architects and architecture lovers worldwide: nearly half a million people visiting our sites daily in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.?

We are especially proud of our global reach. With more than 40,000 new articles and 4300 projects added to our site in the last year alone, we are committed to providing the most relevant resources to our readers to better their knowledge and appreciation for the field we all love. We are proud and excited to reach readers in every corner of the world, and we savor the opportunity to continue sharing the inspiration, knowledge, and tools needed to design a positive urbanizing world.

Glass in Retail & Commercial Architecture: Texture, Brightness and Color

03:30 - 13 March, 2019
Glass in Retail & Commercial Architecture: Texture, Brightness and Color, Pier 17 South Street Seaport. Image Courtesy of Bendheim
Pier 17 South Street Seaport. Image Courtesy of Bendheim

Nowadays, new technologies for the treatment of glass provide new ways to use this material in architecture. Applied indoors, specifically in retail stores, glass in its different?textures, colors, finishes and levels of transparency can allow the unobstructed view of certain products, hide more private areas without?blocking the passage of light, and attract the attention of customers as focal points, among many other uses.

Review below a selection of applications in commercial projects.

When the Best Laid Plans Go Awry: What Went Wrong with New Orleans' Make It Right Homes?

07:00 - 12 March, 2019
When the Best Laid Plans Go Awry: What Went Wrong with New Orleans' Make It Right Homes?, Make It Right homes in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Used under Creative Commons. Image ? Flickr user drewzhrodague licensed under CC BY 2.0
Make It Right homes in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Used under Creative Commons. Image ? Flickr user drewzhrodague licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published on CommonEdge as "Rob Walker on the Mistakes of Brad Pitt's Make it Right."

I will start with a confession: I was part of the fawning media swarm that lauded and applauded the accomplishments of Make It Right, Brad Pitt’s bold attempt to rebuild a portion of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The project was, it seemed once, one of the few post-Katrina success stories coming out of that flood-ravaged community.

ArchDaily's Top 11 Projects in 11 Years

15:00 - 11 March, 2019
ArchDaily's Top 11 Projects in 11 Years, ? Hufton+Crow
? Hufton+Crow

ArchDaily turns 11! To commemorate the occasion, we want to share with you the 11 projects most visited by our readers during this incredible journey. From the indisputable and timeless classics from of designers like Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to the pioneering works of architects such as Zaha Hadid and OMA, passing through the delicate work of Gabinete de Arquitectura, these 11 examples teach us valuable lessons about architecture, most importantly: how to design for specific requirements without losing the creativity and beauty of architectural design.

On behalf of ArchDaily, we want to thank you for sharing with us the best architecture in the world, helping us to inspire professionals from all over the world to build better cities.

Sir Terry Farrell Speaks to Monocle on Design About His Six Decade Career in Architecture

05:15 - 11 March, 2019
Sir Terry Farrell Speaks to Monocle on Design About His Six Decade Career in Architecture , Sir Terry Farrell's SIS Building at Vauxhall Cross
Sir Terry Farrell's SIS Building at Vauxhall Cross

Sir Terry Farrell to speak about his long and varied career in architecture. Farrell, who is known for his exuberantly?postmodern works in Britain, tells of how he became interested in architecture, the role architects will play in our rapidly urbanizing world, and speaking openly about our cities.?

Architecture for Landscape: Lectures and Internships with Internationally-Renowned Architectural Firms

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Architecture for Landscape: Lectures and Internships with Internationally-Renowned Architectural Firms, Courtesy of YAC Academy
Courtesy of YAC Academy

YACademy launches the second edition of Architecture for Landscape, a high-level training course offering 8 scholarships and internships in internationally-renowned architectural firms.

101 hours of lessons, a 32-hour workshop and internships/lectures held by internationally-renowned architectural firms like Stefano Boeri Architetti, Sn?hetta, Hhf Architects, Rodrigo Duque Motta, Jean Nouvel Design, Rintala Eggerston, and Jensen & Skodvin.

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Copper Cladding: A Glittering Room With Baroque Twists

12:00 - 10 March, 2019
Copper Cladding: A Glittering Room With Baroque Twists, Courtesy of Peter Ebner
Courtesy of Peter Ebner

This renovation project by?Peter Ebner and friends ZT GmbH is about?the history of a place and changing tastes and times. It is about not needing a large scale to radically improve the space around. It is about the beauty and character of the city with its reflected sparkling life, gloomy evening sky, raindrops and lights of passing cars. It is about people who are mostly in a hurry, but who still sometimes stop for a few seconds to take note of a special, glittering room.

? Paul Ott ? Paul Ott ? Paul Ott ? Paul Ott + 21

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