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30 Impressive Female Architects Alive Today
                       
By Kelsey Fox

30 Impressive Female Architects Alive Today<br/>                       <br/>By Kelsey Fox | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
 30 Impressive Female Architects Alive Today By Kelsey Fox (2015 list)  hanrahan Meyers architects' Infinity Chapel wins 2011 AIA New York State Design Award Victoria Meyers AIA

The women in our list have contributed substantially to the field of architecture – through design, innovation, writing, and education. Directly or indirectly, they are leading the way for the next generation of women architects. 
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Brinda Somaya is a well-known Indian architect who works with the philosophy that “the Architect’s role is that of guardian – his is the conscience of the built and un-built environment.”

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Manuel Gallego Jorreto, Manuel González Vicente · Pilgrim’s Museum

Manuel Gallego Jorreto, Manuel González Vicente  · Pilgrim’s Museum | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.
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It requires a special touch to combine the old with the new in such a visually pleasing manner.
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THE ARCHITECT’S STUDIO
WANG SHU

THE ARCHITECT’S STUDIO<br/>WANG SHU | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

THE ARCHITECT’S STUDIO
WANG SHU
9.2.2017 - 30.4.2017
The Architect’s Studio is a new series of Louisiana exhibitions focusing on a new generation of pace-setting and prize-winning architects. The series intends to show developments among contemporary architects whose sustainable and socially aware practices take on the challenges of globalization.

The first exhibition of this series focuses on Chinese architect Wang Shu (b. 1963), who in 2012 was awarded the Pritzker-Prize, dubbed the Nobel Prize for architecture. Wang Shu and his wife Lu Wenyu stand at the head of the Amateur Architecture Studio based in Hangzhou in China. The name of the studio underscores the vision of letting spontaneity, the available materials and local culture and building traditions form the basis for architecture which in Wang Shu’s own words should be “a house rather than a building”.

The specific design of the exhibition is being created in collaboration with Amateur Architecture, and besides presenting selected projects will include a more general introduction to traditional Chinese culture and philo­sophy as declared sources of inspiration for Wang Shu. In addition Amateur Architecture’s installation At The Parallel Scene from the 2016 Venice Biennale will form part of the exhibition.


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"Amateur Architecture thus emphasizes simple functionality over spectacular form, restoration over new construction, tradition over modernism"
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These Sketches Show Calatrava's OCULUS Interpreted as Animals and Inanimate Objects

These Sketches Show Calatrava's OCULUS Interpreted as Animals and Inanimate Objects | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Since its opening in March, Santiago Calatrava's "Oculus" transport hub at the World Trade Center has garnered a lot of criticism for its exorbitant price tag. (The building cost nearly $4 billion to realize.) But look beyond the numbers, and there is something compelling about the physical form of the thing. Like all of Calatrava's work, the structure invites visual interpretations—spiky fish or a bird, a dinosaur or a hedgehog. Architectural designer and illustrator Chanel Dehond riffs on these and more in the following sketches.

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How Santiago Calatrava BLURRED the lines between architecture and engineering to make buildings move

How Santiago Calatrava BLURRED the lines between architecture and engineering to make buildings move | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
We live in the world of a sad separation that began some five hundred years ago when art and science split apart. Scientists and technicians live in their own world, focusing mostly on the “how” of things. Others live in the world of appearances, using these things but not really understanding how they function. Just before this split occurred, it was the ideal of the Renaissance to combine these two forms of knowledge. This is why the work of Leonardo da Vinci continues to fascinate us, and why the Renaissance remains an ideal.

So why did Santiago Calatrava, now one of the world’s elite architects, decide to return to school in 1975 for a civil engineering degree after asserting himself as a promising young architect?

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Bjarke Ingels on 2 World Trade and what makes for successful design

Bjarke Ingels on 2 World Trade and what makes for successful design | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging conversation at the New Yorker Fesrival—which also involved some impressive live sketching—Ingels tackled topics from what makes for good architecture, to creating dense urban housing, and the BIG design for 2 World Trade Center.
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Ingels...""Real life is already interesting enough that you don’t need to find metaphors to describe buildings," Ingels added. "Architecture is practical poetry."

"The secret to design success is a symmetrical plan and an asymmetrical section."

".....the box-on-rocks norm of modernism in the 20th century "
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MAD designs "building with SKIN and BONES" for Chinese fashion brand

MAD designs "building with SKIN and BONES" for Chinese fashion brand | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Construction has started on a human-body-inspired headquarters for Chinese fashion group Xinhee, designed by architecture studio MAD (+ slideshow).

Beijing-based based MAD has designed a building with a clearly distinguishable internal skeleton and external skin. It will house the offices of Xinhee and its six subsidiary brands in the coastal Chinese city Xiamen.

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Cherem Arquitectos builds rammed-earth house in Mexican highlands

Cherem Arquitectos builds rammed-earth house in Mexican highlands | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Cherem Arquitectos used soil to create the rammed-earth walls of this house in Mexico which was one of the winning houses in the Architizer A+ Awards.
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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, July 26, 2016 4:49 PM

Custom architecture allows for interesting projects, like this house, which used on-site materials for key components in the project. 

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Tadao Ando: Japan’s Master Architect

Tadao Ando: Japan’s Master Architect | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who talks about fighting against conventions and why there are too many architects in the world today
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Ando quote, "I believe that the emotional power in architecture comes from how we introduce natural elements into the architectural space. Therefore, rather than making elaborate forms, I choose simple geometries to draw delicate yet dramatic plays of light and shadow in space."
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Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers.

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transit terminal: converting tourists into consumers. | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

On a recent Sunday afternoon children sprawled on the gleaming white marble floor beneath the oculus in Santiago Calatrava's new transit and retail hub at the World Trade Center site. Young couples Instagrammed the white ribbed ceiling with light streaming through a strip of skylights. People hung out and marvelled at the space, a photo-worthy hall that at this moment serves no purpose at all. It was a rare moment in an un-programmed, un-planned, free space in a relentlessly commercial city increasingly defined by exclusion and surveillance.

 

Though on that day the hall resembled a public space, few will mistake it for one in the future. Referred to as the transit hub, Calatrava's largely underground building is, in fact, a vast shopping mall that happens to connect to a few commuter rail and subway lines. The signature oculus is actually an atrium that brings natural light — dramatically, even beautifully – into a two-storey shopping arcade that rings the space.

 

Early on, Calatrava hoped this space would bring light down to the train platforms running under the site. In the reality, the oculus serves as a magnet to pull in throngs of tourists from the plaza level below ground.

 

The all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it

Above ground, the all-white structure is dwarfed by the towers that surround it, including SOM's One World Trade, Rogers Stirk Harbour's Three World Trade, currently under construction, and Fumihiko Maki's tower Four. BIG's (or possibly Foster's) tower Two, for now, exists only on the boards. Calatrava gave his small peaked building greater presence with asymmetrical tines that crisscross over the skylights.

 

The relatively small number of riders exiting the platforms half a city block underground from the oculus/shopping atrium, which the Port Authority claims to be about 50,000 per day, are not enough to support all the retail space eventually planned for the site: 34,800 square metres. Revealingly, the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that built the complex, refers to the oculus at the Transportation & Retail Hub on its website for potential tenants.

This is where Calatrava's architectural theatrics do their real work. The thousands of New Jersey commuters are easily matched by the throngs of visitors milling around above ground who are there to see the 9/11 memorial and the country's tallest building, One World Trade. So Calatrava's task is to draw as many of those people down to the shopping concourses below as possible, converting tourists into consumers.


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I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out

I Am Not the Decorator: Female Architects Speak Out | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
We asked women to share their experiences working in the profession, and some 200 replied.
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It would be so nice to not have to revisit this topic, time and time again! The frustrating part is that it does not appear to be improving.....

Zaha Hadid ... 
“As a woman in architecture, you’re always an outsider…It’s okay, I like being on the edge.”

“As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.”

"Would they call me a diva if I were a guy?"


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World Trade Center Transportation Hub / Santiago Calatrava

World Trade Center Transportation Hub  / Santiago Calatrava | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

Architects : Santiago Calatrava

Location : African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA

Project Year : 2016

Photographs : Imagen Subliminal, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

 

From the architect. The Transportation Hub is conceived at street level as a freestanding structure situated on axis along the southern edge of the “Wedge of Light” plaza. As described in Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the site, the Plaza is bounded by Fulton, Greenwich and Church Streets to the North, West and East respectively and Tower 3 to the south. It links the procession of green, urban spaces that extend along Park Row from City Hall Park to St. Paul’s churchyard, to the gardens of the WTC Memorial and Battery Park along the Hudson River.


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Herzog & de Meuron adds underground gallery to Musée Unterlinden

Herzog & de Meuron adds underground gallery to Musée Unterlinden | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Herzog & de Meuron has completed an extension to the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, with an underground gallery and a monumental concrete staircase
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well executed...."The Swiss firm has added nearly 2,000 square metres of floor space to the museum, which occupies a cluster of historical buildings including a 13th century convent and an early-20th-century bathhouse."." Dezeen
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Pritzker prize for architecture won by little known Catalan trio

Pritzker prize for architecture won by little known Catalan trio | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The most prestigious award in architecture goes to three-person Spanish company who avoid the international limelight and ‘flee from fashions’
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via The Guardian and Olly Wainright ," Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, who founded their practice, RCR Arquitectes, in the small town of Olot in 1988, have built a reputation for projects that have an acute sensitivity to local context, taking great care with how they are sited in the landscape and masterfully using materials to play with light, shade, mass and fragility."

“The collaboration of these three architects produces uncompromising architecture of a poetic level, representing timeless work that reflects great respect for the past, while projecting clarity that is of the present and the future.” Glenn Murcott, Chair of the Pritzker Jury
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Les Abouts / Atelier Pierre Thibault

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Completed in 2005 in Québec City, Canada. Images by Alain Laforest . In order to understand the origins of the residence’s name, we have to go back on the story of one of its two inhabitants. During his childhood
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Dezeen's top 10 biggest architecture and design STORIES of 2016

Dezeen's top 10 biggest architecture and design STORIES of 2016 | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In the final instalment of our review of 2016, editor Amy Frearson recaps the 10 most read stories of the year, including the completion of a tiny, prefabricated mobile house, the death of Zaha Hadid and Bjarke Ingels' design for the Serpentine Pavilion.

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Moshe Safdie on Marina Bay Sands

Moshe Safdie on Marina Bay Sands | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Moshe Safdie spoke to Dezeen about the concept behind his triple-towered Marina Bay Sands hotel complex, which hosted this year's WAF event.
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"The Israeli-Canadian architect whose "signature geometric style of lavish curves and green space has made the self-styled Modernist an influential voice" ArchDaly

 Dezeen " Marina Bay is famous for its triple towers linked at the top with a dramatically cantilevered sky garden"

Safdie has enjoyed a long career and his Habitat 67 was originally intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie explored the possibilities of prefabricated modular units to reduce housing costs and allow for a new housing typology that could integrate the qualities of a suburban home into an urban high-rise.      bit.ly/2gcTgeV

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Jeanne Gang: “Without an Intellectual Construct Life is Boring”

Jeanne Gang: “Without an Intellectual Construct Life is Boring” | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Jeanne Gang, the founder of Studio Gang Architects, has made a name for herself as a designer who can design both show-stopping skyscraper
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Jeanne Gang: " I don’t think every project is about solving societal problems—sometimes there really isn’t a major problem, it’s just somebody who wants a building. However, I am interested in certain persistent problems and how architecture can be a medium we can use to speak about broader issues and actually make people think about them differently. Climate change and social connectivity are issues I find interesting and important to us and they happen to be very relevant in today’s society."
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Glass house designed by Mies van der Rohe’s grandson asks $1.2M

Glass house designed by Mies van der Rohe’s grandson asks $1.2M | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
This beam-and-glass cube of a house in Ada, Michigan features distinct architectural elements that may call to mind a certain modern master.
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Structure Photography

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Basé à Dallas, le photographe Nikola Olic nous propose de découvrir ses superbes clichés d’architecture conceptuels. Chaque photographie, aussi dérou
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Olic, "Abstract structural photography affords conceptual excursions and playful imagining of what massive solid immovable city structures might represent, both in a real urban sense and a personal experimental one, drawing us closer to the cities we explore by assigning these structures a purpose and meaning that reflects us, our stories, and our h
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Design for the One Percent | Jacobin

Design for the One Percent | Jacobin | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
brilliant article on Zaha Hadid and the elitism of contemporary architecture: https://t.co/rNf0RdO7E3
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This is a very interesting read, made me think about the points Alex Cocotas raises..."Zaha's passing also offers a moment to reflect critically on the state of contemporary architecture. Not so long ago, the world’s leading architects debated how architecture could be used to transform society by providing housing for workers, improving public health, and fostering social solidarity. Today, global architecture is peopled with “starchitects” like Hadid who specialize in mega projects for the global elite."
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Architecture's New Feminist Activism Tackles the Profession's Gender-Bias

Architecture's New Feminist Activism Tackles the Profession's Gender-Bias | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
News, Information and Reviews for the design community
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Metropolis Magazine / March 2016 / The Attrition Problem The Attrition Problem Despite their healthy representation in architecture schools, many women still end up leaving the building profession. That’s a loss of talent architecture can’t afford.

I long for the day when gender bias is no longer a headline.....
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Tour Some Of Zaha Hadid's Iconic Buildings On Google Street View

Tour Some Of Zaha Hadid's Iconic Buildings On Google Street View | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
“My work is not within the accepted box,” Hadid said in a past interview with HuffPost. “Maybe because I am a woman. Also an Arab."
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Take some time to explore some of Zaha's most famous architecture.
" Famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid's legacy lives on in iconic buildings all over the world. Hadid constantly pushed the boundaries of design and was rewarded for her effort with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first woman — and the first Muslim — to win the a highly prestigious award. “She combined her vision and intellect with a force of personality that left no room for complacency,” Tom Prtizker, the chairman of the foundation which awards the prize, said in a statement Thursday. “She made a real difference.” “The world of culture has lost a standard-bearer for the art of architecture,” the statement continued. “Zaha Hadid fought prejudice all her life with great success. And this, in addition to her genius as an architect, will secure her legacy for all time.” Tour some of Hadid’s work."

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Dezeen's top 10 Zaha Hadid stories of all time

Dezeen's top 10 Zaha Hadid stories of all time | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
With the design world still reeling from Zaha Hadid's unexpected death, here's a look back at 10 of her projects that have been popular with Dezeen readers
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RIP Zaha Hadid
Born: October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq Died: March 31, 2016, Miami, FL Awards: Pritzker Architecture Prize, Stirling Prize, Glamour Award for The Architect-In-Chief, Structural Steel Design Award "Her architecture was modern and futuristic with very noticeable sensuous lines, she brought a femininity to Modernism." BBC.com

image: Guangzhou Opera House, China
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Editor's Choice: 50 ESSENTIAL Projects From Our Database

Editor's Choice: 50 ESSENTIAL Projects From Our Database | Today's Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Yesterday, ArchDaily celebrated 8 years online. And, while every birthday is a special occasion, this year feels to us to be particularly special: in the past year we've achieved many milestones, including the launch of both ArchDaily China and ArchDaily Perú, a move to a new platform and a new design and so many other steps forward; at the same time, in the Pritzker Prize, the Venice Biennale, and other organizations around the world, we're seeing the acceptance of a type of architecture that has always been a key part of our mission statement.

With those things in mind, now seems like a very good time to look back at how we got here - in particular, to look at some of the most notable architectural projects that have defined our time so far on the web. Our selection of 50 projects includes buildings by Pritzker Prize winners (and a number of architects who are sure to be future Pritzker Prize winners), it includes Building of the Year award winners and runners-up, and of course it includes projects that have inspired architects around the world.

This collection of projects also demonstrates the power of ArchDaily's database - an immense library of over 21,000 projects which we are adding to every day, but one which we are also working hard to give you the tools you need to make use of. With our My ArchDaily platform and our faceted search, these and many, many other projects are always at your fingertips for your inspiration, education and enjoyment.

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fun and fabulous architecture tour...congrats to ArchDaily for your anniversary....
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