Learning from Noguchi's Lead

Insight 3. February 2017
By: John Hill
Isamu Noguchi. Poston Park and Recreation Areas at Poston, Arizona, 1942. Blueprint. 42 3/8 x 88 inches (107.6 x 223.5 cm). (Photo: ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York/ARS. Photograph by Kevin Noble.)
Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center, an exhibition that opened last month at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, examines how the months spent in a World War II internment camp impacted the life of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. 
All photos courtesy of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Of the 356 projects from 39 countries competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, we highlight some of the contending projects designed by World-Architects member firms.

Studio Visit: Gensler

Insight 9. January 2017
By: John Hill
Gensler's new NYC office (Photo: Garrett Rowland, courtesy of Gensler)
With more than 5,000 employees, Gensler is easily one of the largest architecture firms in the world, often topping the annual lists of architecture firms with the highest revenue. Founded by Art Gensler in San Francisco in 1965, the firm now has 46 offices on 4 continents.

Year in Architecture 2016

Insight16. December 2016
By: John Hill
A few of the people, buildings and stories we covered in 2016
For our last Insight feature of 2016, World-Architects looks back – month-by-month and week-by-week – at the most important headlines, projects, competitions, features and products we featured in the last twelve months. At the end we glance ahead to some projects slated for completion in 2017.

2016 Monograph Roundup

Insight 2. December 2016
By: John Hill
As the year draws to a close we're presenting a selection of monographs on World-Architects member firms. Like last year's list, this baker's dozen illustrates that the architectural monograph is alive and well.

WAF 2016 Highlights

Insight21. November 2016
By: John Hill
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects, unless noted otherwise
World-Architects was a media partner for the ninth World Architecture Festival that took place last week at Arena Berlin – the first time back in Europe after four years in Singapore. Here we present a handful of highlights from the three-day program of awards, seminars, tours, and other events.
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design opens tomorrow at The Jewish Museum in New York. Billed as "the first U.S. exhibition devoted to [the] visionary French designer and architect," the show is notable as well for its technological design by the architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R).
Fiona Shipwright

Book Review: Housing Cairo

Insight12. October 2016
By: Fiona Shipwright
All images courtesy of Ruby Press
Housing Cairo: The Informal Response, edited by Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, was published earlier this year by Berlin-based publisher Ruby Press. Recently it won a DAM Architectural Award 2016. According to the publisher, the book "illuminates the architecture of informality and its mechanisms of production through a series of theoretical essays and architectural design proposals." Here we present freelance writer and editor Fiona Shipwright's review of the book.
Interview with IDA14's Karsten Schmidt

An Inside View of Hotels

Insight 3. October 2016
By: John Hill
Lobby of Boutique Hotel Marktgasse (Photo: Studio Roth&Maerchy)
Earlier this year World-Architects met with Zurich-based interior designer Karsten Schmidt, an expert in the world of hospitality. We got a tour of one of his recent projects, the Marktgasse Hotel Zurich*, and sat down at the hotel's cafe, Delish, to talk about what is happening today in regards to the design of hotels.

Growing a New Society

Insight22. September 2016
By: Katinka Corts
The Footbridge, Ferdinand Ludwig and Oliver Storz, 2005 (Photo: C. Moro)
Baubotanik, “Living Plant Construction,” is an artificial word – composed of the German words “Bau” (construction) and “Botanik” (botany) – and a method of constructing living buildings with living plants. We spoke with Ferdinand Ludwig, who has applied himself to building with plants for more than ten years and has done research into this field at Stuttgart University since 2007.