The Promise of Generative Design

Insight 5. April 2017
By: Marc K. Howe
MaRS Generative Design: design options (All images courtesy of Autodesk)
From CAD to BIM, 3D printing, and virtual reality, technology's influence upon architectural production is pervasive and increasingly rapid. Much talk of the next big thing focuses on generative design. But what is it and how will it impact architects? Marc K. Howe spoke with Danil Nagy of Autodesk Research Group's The Living, which is at the forefront of generative design, about the potential of generative design software and how it is being used on one particular project.
ISH 2017

Life = Water + Energy

Insight 3. April 2017
By: Thomas Geuder
Water and Energy: Once again, there was much to be discovered at the ISH trade fair. Pictured: a soft spray by Axor. (Photo: Mathias Duerr / World-Architects)
Over five days we battled our way through the ISH trade fair jungle and found much to be stimulated by. Along with the digitalization of buildings, the sanitary and heating sector is increasingly changing – and is looking for answers to the questions of our time. Our review of the trade fair.

An Introduction to RCR Arquitectes

Insight 7. March 2017
By: Jaume Prat
Athletics track Tossols-Basil, Olot, 1991-2001 (Photo: Pep Sau)
On March 1st, the world of architecture celebrated RCR Arquitectes when it was announced the studio's founders, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, are the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates. For many people, though, RCR is a mystery. Jaume Prat, who has collaborated with the Catalan architects, provided us with an introduction to the studio's work.
Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio

Inside 'The Architect's Studio'

Insight 6. March 2017
By: Christian Schittich
Installation shot of "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio" (Photo: Poul Buchard)
The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio is on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark until 30 April 2017. The exhibition is the first in the museum's new series of monographic exhibitions devoted to architects. Critic Christian Schittich visited and filed this review.

Peter Zumthor, Beneath the Surface

Insight20. February 2017
By: John Hill
All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects
On Friday evening architect Peter Zumthor spoke with architecture critic Paul Goldberger in front of a packed house at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The event was the 34th iteration of Surface magazine's Design Dialogues series.

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.