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  • Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill unveils Al Wasl Plaza scheme for Dubai Expo 2020

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    After securing the commission in a fierce competition, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture revealed their design of the Al Wasl Plaza for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. As the Expo's last major design element to be finalized, AS+GG's building will stand among other major pavilions designed by Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, BIG, and Santiago Calatrava's falcon-like UAE Pavilion. Back in 2013, AS+GG had the winning scheme for the 2017 Astana World Expo site.

    According to the architects, Al Wasl Plaza is named after a historical reference to Dubai and also translates to “connection”, pertaining to the Expo's overall “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” theme. 

    Al Wasl Plaza will be a central event hub at the heart of the 4.38-square kilometer Expo site that is being masterplanned by HOK, Populous and Arup. It'll also connect the three sub-thematic districts, “Opportunity”, “Sustainability”, and “Mobility” — whose pavilions are being designed by BIG, Grimshaw, and Foster + Partners, r...

  • Announcing the 2017 winners of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers!

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    Six talented winners were revealed today for the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Established in 1981 by the Architectural League of New York, the Prize carries a legacy in that many now-well-known architects received the award at the start of their careers, like Steven Holl, Billie Tsien, Stan Allen, Shih-Fu Peng & Roisin Heneghan, J. Meejin Yoon, James Slade & Minsuk Cho, and several more.

    Open to North America-based designers who are no more than 10 years out of school, the juried portfolio competition had “Support” as its 2017 theme. Support “identified a present situation in which precarious forms and precarious social arrangements exist side by side. How does one clarify the modes of support in architecture today when the discipline’s role is obscured by a tangled network in which exchanges between built form and various systems of framing, assistance, and reinforcement are constantly in flux?”

    Here are the winners!

    Greg Corso and Molly Hunker - S...

  • The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status

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    Built in 1932, the VDL Research House designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California’s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, Sarah Lorenzen. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.

    Neutra’s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is “the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...

  • Aravena wins the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design

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    From winning the Pritzker to curating the Venice Biennale, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena had a pretty good 2016. Apparently, he’s still on a roll: Aravena has just been awarded the 2017 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Design. Awarded each year to people or organizations for “outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future”, the award comes with 1 million swedish krona (just over $100,000).

    “Mr Alejandro Aravena is an innovative Chilean architect that together with his colleagues in the ‘Do-Tank’ Elemental applies a design philosophy including citizens as part of the solution and not part of the problem, creating bridges of trust between people, government and business,” write the jury. “All three dimensions of sustainability are balanced in a participatory process; socially, environmentally and economically.”

  • From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture

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    Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today—well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a BIG tower, they’re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of Westbank and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma.

  • Maremma House by Studio Ponsi

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    The building is set on a hill surrounded by olive trees and vineyards near the ancient village of Pereta, in the Tuscan Maremma countryside. The landscape around it is characterized by gently rolling hills sloping down towards the sea. The view from the house sweeps over Monte Argentario and the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.

    The house is laid out as three layers of volumes stretching horizontally along the north-south axis. The linear shape of the three floors echoes the dominating horizontality of the land. The arrangement of the volumes corresponds to the distribution of activity in the house as well as referring to a metaphorical stratification of meanings.

  • Toronto Primary School, West Lothian, Scotland by Collective Architecture

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    As part of West Lothian Council’s ambitious schools programme, Collective Architecture has delivered a new purpose built extension at Toronto Primary School in Livingston.

    The proposed expansion and development of the school’s facilities has maintained the unique physical character and immediacy of the school’s grounds and green avenues whilst reinforcing the internal pedestrian street. The existing classrooms are formed around central sunroom clusters, with the central spine knitting together each level and activity zone. The proposed development interlocks with this inner street and in turn provide a new DDA compliant, accessible main entrance to the school.

    The development comprises of a new monolithic textured precast concrete Games Hall that opens to the school playing fields. The textured concrete band is punctured only at high level by way of a sandblasted pattern across Reglit apertures, conveying the pattern of the surrounding tree lined avenue. The concrete wraps the entire ...

  • "The Element of Time": Celebrating a Century of I.M. Pei

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    On April 26th, I.M. Pei turns 100 years old. From his former colleagues to Sir Norman Foster to the architect himself, here are remembrances, anecdotes, and a general celebration of the genius of one of the masters of architecture.

  • Min Hwi Jeong by On Architecture INC.

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    Yugok Dong Housing Market (MinHwi Jeong)
    This is a project looking for another architectural alternative to the housing market located in the innovative cities that are currently being developed. 
    The building site that is located in the Innovation City is located in the T intersection. The location of shopping mall is good, but for the location of the house is unsecure of the privacy. To solve this problem, we use the cube block as a screen device on the residential sector. As a commercial building, at night, it had an unique lighting feeling and gaining awareness became an advantage. Also, it’s located about 15m lower side of the road and the opposite side has an advantage of the view of urban landscapes and mountains. Considering this surroundings, at the 1st floor was external court and the entire floor was glass mass to give an enjoyment to the users. But, the biggest problem is that if the street block is form as a commercial type house only, then the 2nd floor and 3rd floor has...

  • Venice House by Walker Workshop

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    This two story home is our first in Venice California and our two young clients gave us one simple directive: “don't f*ck it up”.  Given such freedom, we created a solid mass punctuated by welcoming voids.  We tucked the stair to the side, allowing a long uninterrupted vaulted kitchen to run through the center of the house.  This cedar clad space connects the front yard to the back yard while blurring the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces.  This 2,700 s.f. house features a small plunge pool, a guest cabana, and a roof deck.

  • Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage

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    The family of Brutalist Maps architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: Brutalist Sydney Map—launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of @Brutalist_Project_Sydney and Senior Associate Architect at PTW Architects—helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler & Associates and many others.

    "The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children’s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the émigré architects Hugh an...

  • Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb humanitarian team for temporary-housing project

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    Sinclair has been working with Airbnb over the past year on various pilot projects, with the official [temporary housing] project launching this summer. The ultimate goal is for one million Airbnb users to register as “hosts for good,” signaling that they will provide housing for people impacted by natural disasters or otherwise displaced.

    Sinclair will lead Airbnb's in-house humanitarian team as part of the company's goal to provide free, short-term housing for 100,000 people in need over the next five years. Airbnb announced the #weaccept project in a commercial (linked below) that aired at this year's Super Bowl, not long after Trump's travel ban was issued and also in light of Airbnb guests reporting that they experienced racial discrimination from hosts on the website.

  • Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform?

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    Good walls make good neighbours – but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of “near constant surveillance”.

    In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market. 

  • Holy Rosary by Trahan Architects

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    This rural campus features simple volumes rising out the flat Louisiana landscape to create a strong sense of place. The design presents the spatial embodiment of spiritual experience.

    Secular components of the campus occupy the edges and frame a courtyard - the sacred space in which the oratory is located. The oratory, or chapel, is skewed to create a sense of expectation and further underscore its importance. The oratory is a cube with all sides equal in size, color and texture, resulting in an interior space that feels pure, encompassing, protective and mysterious.

    A meditative environment is created through balanced spatial relationships; a limited palette of cast-in-place concrete, plate glass and cast glass – and the play of light on these humble materials – create a meditative environment of balanced spatial relationships. Apertures carved from the wall thickness channel beams of natural light across the spaces – yet the source of the beams is obscured, symbolic of the Paschal ...

  • Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame by Trahan Architects

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    The Louisiana State Museum is located in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Set on the banks of the Cane River Lake, the project is inspired by the riverfront setting, early sustainable practices and the 17th century bousillage building technique brought to the region by French settlers.

    The Museum’s interior reflects the region’s fluvial geomorphology – the transformation of the landscape from centuries of carving by the meandering river. Sculpted from 1,150 unique cast stone panels, the interior seamlessly integrates building systems and serves as a canvas for exhibitions and films.

    The simple, orthogonal container contrasts with the sinuous interior, highlighting the dialogue between the city and the natural environment. The exterior cladding of pleated copper panels employs surface articulation alluding to the louvers found in nearby plantations, used to control light, views and ventilation.

  • AIA awards $100,000 to five intriguing Upjohn Research Initiative projects

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    From a Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool to Trashwalls, the AIA has announced the five projects it has selected for its 10th annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants, and they're all fairly promising. Speaking broadly, the projects each propose investigating a particular aspect of the built environment in an effort to try and improve the quality of life of that structure's likely daily inhabitants. For example, the Trashwalls from a team of researchers from Washington State University are "fabricated using materials harvested from the local solid waste stream, are designed to reduce heat loss from rented apartments, improve the comfort of those spaces during hot or cold weather, and save renters money on their utility bills, while reducing pollution. The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and examine prototypes of interior insulating walls that are attractive, have an R-value of R-10 (US) or greater, cost less than ten cents per square foot, are built fr...

  • This architect embellished a building with emoji ornament

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    Emoji are going to be some of the most recognizable icons of the 21st century, says architect Changiz Tehrani, which is why he decided to cast 22 of them in concrete and use them as decoration for a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort.

    “In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the façade,” Tehrani told The Verge. “So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say ‘hey this is from that year!’” The answer was obvious: emoji.

    The emojis cover only one side of the mixed-use building. Tehrani, who works for the Dutch practice Attika Architekten, based the emojis on the WhatsApp standard. "Only faces were chosen as they were the most expressive and recognizable emoji," the Verge reports. In his view, all architecture is timely—not timeless—so better to have fun with what's in vogue at the moment.

    Started at the Gigantomachy frieze, now we're here. Thoughts?

  • 'The New Inflatable Moment' at BSA Space will explore the role of pneumatic architecture in envisioning utopia

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    Pneumatic architecture—aka inflatables—have been a mainstay of avant-garde and experimental architecture for decades. Back in the ’60s, figures like Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto, alongside radical practices like Haus-Rucker-Co, Utopia and Ant Farm, pioneered the use of these structures. They’ve also been used by more mainstream studios, from Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Grimshaw.

    Now, they’re the subject of an exhibition at BSA Space in Boston. Entitled The New Inflatable Moment, the exhibition, which opens on May 3, “will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art, and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon,” with a particular focus on their role in “envisioning utopia.”

    The exhibition is inspired by a recently-released book, The Inflatable Moment: Pneumatics and Protest in ’68. It looks at renewed interest in the architectural media within this historical context. 

    “With this exhibition, we revisit the moment of the 1960s explored by Dessauce to sugges...

  • The Proust Questionnaire: Peter Eisenman

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    For this iteration of the Proust Questionnaire, we're talking with the noted theorist and architect Peter Eisenman, who reflects on having not written a book, disliking Scandinavian buildings, and Charlie Brown. With this one, we changed up the questions a bit, per Eisenman's request.

  • A+D Museum to host the Free School of Architecture in 2017.

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    Tuition free architectural education to launch June 1, 2017 in the Los Angeles Arts District.

    The Free School of Architecture (FSA) is honored to announce that the A+D Museum will host the school in its first year of operation from June 1 - July 15, 2017.  Located in Los Angeles' Arts District, the A+D Museum will act the inaugural home to the school’s 36 students and 10 teachers, extending FSA’s ambitions to promote diversity and free access to knowledge.

    "The A+D Museum is Los Angeles' premier cultural venue for progressive and pertinent architectural exhibitions and discussions as well as community and educational programming," says FSA Founder Peter Zellner. "We are very grateful for the museum's spirit of collaboration.  “In particular, I am especially honored by A+D Executive Director Dora Epstein-Jones' vision, generous support and advocacy for the Free School of Architecture."

    "The A+D Museum is excited to host the inaugural session of the FSA. We intrinsically support the miss...

  • Foster + Partners plan redundancies due to uncertainty in the construction market

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    Britain’s largest architectural firm, Foster + Partners, plans to lay off nearly 100 people, and blamed the uncertainty around construction projects caused by last summer’s Brexit vote. The company, whose London projects have included the Millennium Bridge, the Great Hall redevelopment at the British Museum and the Gherkin tower, said the cuts would mainly affect staff at its headquarters in Battersea, south-west London.

  • This week's picks for London architecture and design events

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    Returning once again, the Tate opens its doors wide this Friday night to mark the end the month. Expect the usual views and sunsets from the Switch House tower, as well as workshops and talks throughout the building. What better start to the bank holiday?

    The Bartlett's talk New London Vernacular/Urban Qualities, hasn't yet been fully booked, so make sure you register before all the tickets are gone.

    Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

    Image credit: RIBA Collections

    James and Jazz | 2 May

    James Stirling may be world-renowned for his contributions to architecture, but he was also well known for his 'larger-than-life character'. His love of jazz music will be celebrated in this evening of live music, top DJs, and hearing from Stirling's life-long friends including Robert Maxwell, who studied alongside the great architect at Liverpool. This event is part of the Circling the Squareexhibition.

    Image: Design Museum

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  • After a tough couple years, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has a new lease on lifeā€”and a new name

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    The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has had a rough go of things the last few years. The school, which is located at the historic winter home of Wright, Taliesin West, almost lost its accreditation because it wasn’t financially independent from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Things got so bad that they temporarily suspended new enrollment.

    Then, the critic Aaron Betsky took over the deanship and was able to fundraise enough to keep the school accredited. Now, to mark their new, more-removed relationship to the Foundation, the school has been renamed the School of Architecture at Taliesin. 

    “Adopting this new name, the School of Architecture at Taliesin, helps us to secure our identity as an experimental, forward-looking architecture program that is deeply rooted in the Taliesin Fellowship,” Betsky states. “The process in which we developed our new relationship with the Foundation and our accreditors has been an opportunity to closely examine who we are as a school and ho...

  • When architects build homes for themselves

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    Architects use the design of their own homes both as a design experiment and as a representation of their own beliefs and ideals. Their grounding through education and experience may form a base or starting point, but the influences of their culture, lifestyle and the environment of their upbringing are naturally integrated into their architecture.

    "The size of an architect's own home is often an expression of their professional commitment. There is a small but current movement towards the micro unit, an expression of a need to achieve home ownership, however small. At the opposite scale, the McMansion is still popular, but architects' homes tend to be more responsible and they generally scale the size of their home as a direct relationship to their needs."


  • This week's picks for LA architecture and design events

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    It's the start of another week in Los Angeles. If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering around town, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design events that are worth checking out. Check back regularly so you don't miss out on our latest recommendations. 

    This week's LA recommendations start off with a Hitoshi Abe lecture at the UCLA A.UD and a new survey on artist Peter Shire's design work at the MOCA Pacific Design Center. The Getty Center's upcoming exhibition “Berlin / Los Angeles: Space for Music” spotlights Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonic, while The Broad will debut its four-month “Oracle” installation — which visualizes the effects of globalization in contemporary society.

    A.UD Lecture Series: Hitoshi Abe | April 24

    Photo via Flickr.

    Start off this week with a lecture from architect Hitoshi Abe, as part of UCLA A.UD's Spring '17 lecture series. Don't miss out!

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  • "Future-Use Architecture", a project by faculty members at Northeastern, wins $100K Latrobe Prize

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    Awarded every other year by the AIA College of Fellows, the Latrobe Prize is a major award—$100,000—granted to a two-year project that leads “to significant advances in the architectural profession.” This year, the award, which is named after architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, was given to a team of three faculty members of Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory.

    Their project is titled “Future-Use Architecture”, and focuses on “the balance between flexible and fixed building systems to respond to unforeseeable contingencies while conserving the essential architectural design and performance.” In other words, the project seeks to study how to design for unknown futures, with a focus on adaptive reuse and regeneration. The researchers are examining the tectonic and performative attributes of a building within the purview of its future use in the long-term, acknowledging persistent change as fundamental. According to the press release, the jury ...

  • This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events

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    Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering around town, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design events that are worth checking out. Check back regularly so you don't miss out.

    For this week, the School of Visual Arts will host a lecture with “Dirty Furniture” co-founding editor Elizabeth Glickfield and another talk that highlights the untold stories of the people running NYC's waste management systems. B. Alexandra Szerlip will give a talk about her new book about designer Norman Bel Geddes, and you can sign up for an exclusive tour of the St. Patrick's Cathedral renovations led by architect Jeff Murphy. If you haven't seen it, it's the last week for the can't-miss “John Hejduk Works/Jan Palach Memorial” exhibition.

    School of Visual Arts Lecture: Elizabeth Glickfield, co-founder and editor of “Dirty Furniture” | April 25

    Dirty Furniture Founding editors Pete Maxwell, Anna Bates...

  • Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work

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    It is one of history’s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.

    "He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."

    The author, Inga Saffron, reviews You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser’s You Say to Brick is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn’s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.

  • Enjoying architecture with Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

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    They may not have even reached their paper anniversary, but Kwong Von Glinow Design Office has already made waves having won a few high-profile competitions including the 2016 Chicago Prize. Founded by Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow in December of 2016 (which for those that are counting, is all of 5 months ago!), the two Harvard GSD grads have impressive CV's including stints at Herzog & de Meuron, Wang Shu, and SOM.

    For obvious reasons, we have included them in our weekly-series, Small Studio Snapshots. Read on as the duo discuss collaborative working models, getting clients to support innovative design, and simply, enjoying architecture.