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The word activist, long part of the vocabulary of social causes and political engagements, is an identifier gaining currency in architecture. As an era of “star architects” fades to be replaced by a generation eager to tackle local issues for everyday citizens, the shift has become the calling card of Santiago-based Grupo TOMA. Produced by ArchDaily as part of our partnership with The Architectural Review, the above film profiles the group of five friends – Mathias Klen

Courtesy of Parka – Architecture & Design Architects: Parka Location: Saint-Apollinaire, QC G0S, Canada Client: Saint-Apollinaire City/ Town Council Project Year: 2015 Photographs: Courtesy of Parka – Architecture & Design Courtesy of Parka – Architecture & Design From the architect. On June 7th, Saint-

MUPPette. Image Courtesy of Gensler In manufacturing, the dramatic recent expansion in the capabilities of 3D printing has threatened to revolutionize the way that things are made. In architecture though, while 3D printing has been received with enthusiasm its translation to the increased scale of buildings has been challenging. Most solutions to this problem have focused on increasingly large printers and the incorporation of existing principles of prefabrication - how

mode:lina architekci designed the D79 House in Poznań, Poland to accommodate a family with small children that would be heading off to school soon. This led to a multifunctional design plan that would perform both domestic and school duties for each family member. The layout allows for the children to have plenty of space for play but also storage for the toys to be put away. The interior’s streamlined color palette centers around medium tone woods, white, and black, creating

With sustainability top of the architectural agenda, one of the most pressing issues in many designers' minds is how to extend the life of buildings. While the old-fashioned methods of robust materials, adaptable structures and careful maintenance will undoubtedly play a role in this future, one of the biggest advances made in recent years has been the development of self-healing materials. In the past few years, we've seen demonstrations of self-healing asphalt, concre

View across Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Image © Herzog & de Meuron Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled plans for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. Aiming to become a "vibrant new cultural destination" that utilizes the last vacant lot in the City's downtown, the new 230-foot-tall facility will serve the Gallery's expanding collection, featuring work from local and international contemporary artists. Designed as a stacked wooden structure whose bulk is lifted high above the str

© Juan Solano Ojasi Architects: Rubio Arquitectos Location: Asia District, Peru Architect In Charge: Antonio Rubio Design Team: Harold Farro, Víctor Chávarry, Fernando Niño Area: 300.0 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano Ojasi Structures: Jorge Bautista Inst Health: Sergio Sánchez Inst Power: Diego Leó

© ZHA Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed an office tower in Beijing that is said to have the "world's tallest atrium." As the Architects' Journal reports, the Leeza SOHO project features a 200-meter-high atrium that extends the building's full height, visually splitting the cylindrical structure in two. If built, it will be anchored by an underground promenade that connects to a subway station below and public park to the west. 

Located in Switzerland, Jewel Box is a residence, designed by Design Paradigms, situated on a long, narrow property with a significant slope. The design focuses on the lakefront views that open up towards the rear of the house. From the front, it looks fairly modest, but just take a look at how this jewel box opens up: To compensate for the incline, a long structure was decided on that would play out over split levels. An outer shell was designed to absorb the early morning heat, wh

© Wiel Arets Architects Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) has revealed plans for a mixed-use "Bahrain Bay Tower" in Manama. Reaching heights up to 170-meters, the project is comprised of two residential towers connected by a plinth of retail, office, parking and public park space. "The plinth’s ground floor is publicly accessible and is mostly composed of retail and public lobby space," says WAA. "Due to a division of these ground floor spaces, along the site’s southern edge, a

Hidden behind this unassuming facade is U House, designed by Materia Arquitectónica, a 590 square meter (6350 square feet) residence located in the suburbs of Mexico City on a steep lot. The challenge was to create a design that worked with the hills, which led to the simple front exterior that opens up to a much larger house behind the front door. The entrance of the house begins on the top floor with the private and social areas built below. Once you enter, you’re led to a br

© Joergen True Architects: C.F. Møller Location: Aalborg, Denmark Area: 170000.0 sqm Project Year: 2015 Photographs: Joergen True Landscape: C.F. Møller Landscape Engineer: COWI Lighting Design: ÅF Hansen & Henneberg © Joergen True From the architect. The master plan for Aalborg

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