New book tells the story of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center.

Last year, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a 1.28 million-square-foot complex built into an artificial hill in Athens, was inaugurated to great fanfare. The building will provide two institutions, the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, pristine new homes, and it is a significant addition to the Athens… Continue reading

MASS at Scale

Why devote an entire issue to the MASS Design Group? Not only is the nonprofit firm bringing architecture to communities in need, it’s piloting a profoundly more sustainable and ethical model of professional practice. Read the complete article in Architect Magazine… See also:… Continue reading

Manifesto: The New Empowerment – Architect Magazine special issue featuring all the work of MASS Design Group

Architect Magazine did a special issue featuring all the work of MASS Design Group whose work Iwan Baan has been covering for the last 8 years or so. Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group have a vision for how architects can better serve their… Continue reading

A new book explores John Portman’s influence on American architecture with photos by Iwan Baan

Photographer Iwan Baan traveled to Portman buildings around the United States, documenting his work in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and, of course, Atlanta. The images reveal a humanism that’s lost in the Hunger Games films and the Walking Dead television series, which exposed Portman’s work to most of America. Continue reading

Monsoon Architecture Festival aims to foster debate on sustainable living

Indian Institute of Architects’ Cochin chapter concludes its Living Monsoon series with a debate panel featuring Dr Ken Yeang, Philip Goad, Rahul Mehrotra, Kashef Chowdhury and other “starchitects” over the next two days in the southern Indian city. Iwan Baan participated in the panel of speakers. Read the complete… Continue reading

Huang Gongwang Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio

By Clifford A. Pearson – Since early in his career, when he worked on construction sites and got hands-on experience with vernacular building methods, Wang Shu has drawn inspiration from traditional Chinese attitudes toward architecture’s place within the larger context of landscape. So he and Lu Wenyu, his wife and partner in… Continue reading

‘Architecture of Independence’ in Africa’s Fast-Growing Cities

By Jason Farago – Did you make it to the eighth episode of “The Young Pope,” the one which sees our saintly Jude Law bring his pontifical dog-and-pony show to a country called Africa? Astounding, in 2017, that you can still get away with this: the anonymous land ruled by… Continue reading

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque

The design for a new mosque in an old structure southeast of Beirut explores the intersection of secular and religious ideas in Islamic sacred architecture. Read more in Architect Magazine…… Continue reading

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville by OMA

A crisscrossing library in France marks the spot for a regional center along a redeveloping riverfront. By Josephine Minutillo – Books are over,” Rem Koolhaas asserted slyly at the opening of the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen, France, on January 13. “That’s what everyone kept saying. Happily, on the contrary, books… Continue reading

Palestinian Museum by Heneghan Peng Architects

North of Jerusalem, reached by roads that are often narrow and winding, the Palestinian Museum first appears as a low-lying beacon set amid the surrounding hills. Composed of two shardlike limestone volumes joined above a low, triangular expanse of glass, the building crests a cascade of landscaped terraces. With its… Continue reading

Barbican presents The Japanese House: Architecture and life after 1945

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at Barbican Art Gallery is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to today, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of… Continue reading

Second Home by SelgasCano

SelgasCano designed a coworking space at the Mercado de Ribeira in Lisbon, which uses more than 1,000 plants to create natural privacy between teams. Read the complete article in Domus… More news coverage: Architectural Record, March 1, 2017… Continue reading