WAF World Building of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

Heatherwick Studio’s grain silo art gallery, Zaha Hadid Architects’ Riyadh research centre and Kieran Timberlake’s US Embassy have all been shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival. World Architecture Festival (WAF) is an annual celebration of global architecture that sees practices around the world compete for the title of World Building of the Year.

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Future Project of the Year 2017 imagines Sydney fish market as “a new important public space”

Allen Jack + Cottier’s proposal for a new fish market in Sydney, recently named Future Project of the Year, aimed to “regenerate a whole section of the city”, according to architect Michael Heenan. Australian firm Allen Jack + Cottier designed Sydney Fish Markets as a public square on the harbourside, with a marketplace at its centre. Intended to replace

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World Landscape of the Year 2017 teaches people about China’s farming history, says Turenscape

The Chinese rice farm that was recently named World Landscape of the Year is designed to teach people about traditional agriculture, according to Stanley Lung of landscape architecture firm Turenscape.  Located in China’s Hunan Province, the farm forms part of the Chengtoushan Archaeological Park. It features a network of pathways that allow visitors to walk freely through paddy fields, observing

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World Building of the Year 2017 could help 100 million people, says Edward Ng

This award-winning prototype house developed for a Chinese village destroyed by earthquake could protect millions of people around the world, claims architecture professor Edward Ng in this movie Dezeen filmed at World Architecture Festival 2017. The rammed-earth house was designed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a team of seismic design experts at the University

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Norman Foster slates Brexit “madness” in World Architecture Festival speech

Norman Foster has lamented the UK’s departure from the European Union in a speech at the World Architecture Festival, adding that the diversity of nationalities found within his firm was a “cause of great celebration” in the face of Brexit. “Across all the different disciplines, we are something like 55 per cent European, and we’re 26 per cent UK,

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Image of swimming pool with vaulted ceiling named best architecture photograph of 2017

This shot of a dramatically lit swimming pool, taken by Terrence Zhang, has been named architectural photograph of the year. Shanghai-based photographer Zhang was named overall winner in this year’s Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards during the World Architecture Festival in Berlin last week. He was awarded the title for an almost symmetrical image, which

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Our latest Pinterest board features the best of WAF and Inside 2017

Our new Pinterest board is full of highlights from 2017’s World Architecture Festival and Inside events, which both took place in Berlin this week. It features the shortlist for best architecture photograph of 2017, as well as the World Building of the Year and Interior of the Year award winners. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Post-earthquake reconstruction of Chinese village house named World Building of the Year 2017

A house made using a rammed-earth construction technique developed to rebuild a village destroyed by earthquake has received the title of World Building of the Year 2017 at the World Architecture Festival awards. The Chinese University of Hong Kong developed the technique to help the residents of Guangming Village, which was badly damaged in the 2014 Ludian earthquake,

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Sydney Fish Markets named Future Project of the Year 2017

Plans for the replacement of Sydney’s “dangerous, odorous and dilapidated” fish markets have been named Future Project of the Year 2017 at the World Architecture Festival awards. A reflective, faceted canopy extends out over a harbourside boardwalk surrounding Allen Jack + Cottier Architects’ vision for the new Sydney Fish Markets. “The jury took the view that in this

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World Landscape of the Year 2017 goes to Chengtoushan Archaeological Park

A network of elevated pathways that takes tourists through paddy fields and over an 6,500-year-old archaeological site in China’s Hunan Province has received the title of World Landscape of the Year 2017 at the World Architecture Festival awards. Chinese landscape and architecture firm Turenscape designed the pathways to attract visitors to the archaeological site and surrounding agricultural land

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Watch Kim Cook talk about Burning Man live from World Architecture Festival

Kim Cook wraps up World Architecture Festival 2017 with this talk on building temporary cities for Nevada’s Burning Man festival. Watch the livestream here from 4.40pm UK time. The livestream is now live. You can watch it above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Cook, the director of Burning Man, explores how the festival sits in a wider context

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Tune in to hear Terry Farrell’s talk live from World Architecture Festival 2017

British architect and planner Terry Farrell discusses city-making during this lecture at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. Watch the livestream here from 12.10pm UK time. The livestream has now ended. You can watch it above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page.  Terry Farrell is the principal of architectural firm Farrells. Among Farells’ most recent work is

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More of the year’s best architecture from day two of World Architecture Festival 2017

A “slightly ugly” shopping centre and a woodland holiday home shaded by two broad roofs are among the category winners announced on the second day of the World Architecture Festival 2017 awards. Now in its tenth edition, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) showcases the best architecture built around the world in the last year. The winner

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Watch the Pierre de Meuron and Charles Jencks discuss Elbphilharmonie live from World Architecture Festival

Herzog & de Meuron’s Pierre de Meuron and architecture critic Charles Jencks swap roles in this panel discussion at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. Watch the livestream here from 5.15pm UK time. The livestream has now ended, but you can still watch the talk in full above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. In

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Watch Jaime Oliver and Rossana Hu discuss designing for collective experience at World Architecture Festival

Architects Rossana Hu and Jaime Oliver discuss designing religious, arts and civic facilities for the collective experience at the World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. Watch the livestream here from 2pm UK time. The livestream is now live and you can watch it above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Jaime Oliver is the director of OHLAB, the

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Watch Will Alsop and John Marx talk about performative architecture live at World Architecture Festival 2017

Tune in to hear British architect Will Alsop and American architect John Marx in the first talk on on day two of World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. The livestream has not started yet. You will be able to watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page from 9.40am (UK Time). Alsop and Marx will discuss performative architecture, design

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Best architecture of 2017 revealed at day one of World Architecture Festival

A huge smile-shaped structure in London and a study centre in the Philippines are among today’s category winners at the World Architecture Festival 2017 awards. Now in its tenth edition, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) showcases the best architecture built around the world in the last year. Further category winners will be revealed tomorrow, with the

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Watch Matthias Kohler speak about robotic construction live from World Architecture Festival 2017

Matthias Kohler of Gramazio Kohler wraps up the first day of talks at World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin with his talk about the effect of robotics on the architecture and construction industries. The livestream has not started yet. You will be able to watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page from 5.15pm UK time. The

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Watch our livestream of Diébédo Francis Kéré’s lecture at World Architecture Festival 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré, designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, is the next architect to take to the main stage at World Architecture Festival 2017. Tune in at 12.00pm UK time to watch his talk live. The livestream has now ended, but you can still watch the talk in full above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Originally from

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Watch Alison Brooks and Jacob Kurek speak about performance spaces live at World Architecture Festival 2017

Architects Alison Brooks and Jacob Kurek speak on the theme of performance spaces in the second talk Dezeen is streaming live from World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. The livestream is now live and you can watch it above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page from 11.00am UK time. Alison Brooks, founder of Alison Brooks Architects,

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Watch Rafael Viñoly’s keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2017

Architect Rafael Viñoly discusses the concept of performance in architecture in the opening keynote seminar at World Architecture Festival 2017 in Berlin. Watch the livestream here from 9.20am UK time. The livestream has not started yet. You will be able to watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page from 9.20am UK time. Viñoly, the architect behind

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Shortlist unveiled for best architecture photograph of 2017

A concrete-framed gymnasium in China, a seemingly endless atrium in South Africa and a flag-covered facade in Singapore all feature among the images vying to be named architecture photograph of the year. There are 20 photographs recognised in the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2017. The photographer with the most entries on the list is Shanghai-based

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World Building of the Year 2017 shortlist announced

Architecture projects from 68 different countries have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival, including a concept for ever-expanding housing in Syria, a plant-covered hotel in Vietnam and a sprawling museum in Palestine. Dezeen is media partner for the World Architecture Festival 2017, which takes place in Berlin for a second time this November. World-leading firms including

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South Melbourne Primary School will feature no formal classrooms says architect Ann Lau

In our final movie from the World Architecture Festival 2016, architect Ann Lau explains how Australian firm Hayball plans to create collaborative learning spaces in the Melbourne school that was named Future Project of the Year last month. South Melbourne Primary School, due to be completed in early 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, is billed by

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World Landscape of the Year 2016 is “about respect for water” says landscape architect Grant Bailey

In our next exclusive movie from this year’s World Architecture Festival, Grant Bailey of Isthmus explains how the Auckland firm’s award-winning Kopupaka Reserve was informed by local Maori culture. Kopupaka Reserve, which was named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin last month, consists of a series of stormwater wetlands on

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World Building of the Year 2016 is part building, part topography says architect Robert Konieczny

In this exclusive movie, Polish architect Robert Konieczny discusses the hybrid form of his National Museum in Szczecin, which was crowned World Building of the Year 2016 last month. Completed by Konieczny’s firm KWK Promes earlier this year, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy is a largely subterranean building, which features an open

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Best architecture photograph of 2016 revealed

A shot of a brick reservoir in London’s Finsbury Park has been selected as the best architecture photograph of the year at the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2016. The image, taken by British photographer Matt Emmett, captures the brick arches of the covered reservoir, which was designed by the East London Waterworks Company in 1868. Emmett’s

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National Museum in Szczecin named World Building of the Year 2016

A subterranean museum in Poland with a huge public space on its roof has won the title World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. The National Museum in Szczecin was designed by Polish architect Robert Konieczny, who leads a studio called KWK Promes. The structure was built using one material: pre-cast concrete. Its sunken

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“Vertical school” in Melbourne named Future Project of the Year 2016

A proposal for a five-storey school in Melbourne has won the title Future of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Architecture firm Hayball describes South Melbourne Primary School as “Victoria’s first vertical school”. It will incorporate both education resources and community facilities. These will include an early learning centre, and indoor and outdoor multi-purpose

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Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

An Auckland wetlands reserve featuring “woven” timber structures has been named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Designed by New Zealand firm Isthmus, the Kopupaka Reserve is a 22-hectare landscape made up of five stormwater wetlands. The designers added a series of timber structures around the edges of three ponds, creating forms that weave their way across

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Patrik Schumacher calls for social housing and public space to be scrapped

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher has mapped out a solution to London’s housing crisis that involves getting rid of regulations, privatising all public space and scrapping social housing. Speaking at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, the architect presented an eight-point plan for what he would do if elected mayor, in a bid to

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More of 2016’s best buildings revealed at day two of World Architecture Festival 2016

The award winners from day two at the World Architecture Festival include a stone church in Germany, MVRDV’s glass-brick shop and a shiny silver building by Zaha Hadid Architects. The awards aim to showcase the best architecture of the last 12 months. All of the category winners from today will go on to compete for the titles

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Watch Patrik Schumacher’s keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2016

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher gives his take on housing in this keynote seminar at World Architecture Festival 2016. Tune in to watch it live from Berlin. Watch a live stream of the presentation, which is chaired by World Architecture Festival curator Jeremy Melvin, here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Related story Best buildings of 2016 revealed at

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Alan Balfour’s seminar on Berlin opens the second day of World Architecture Festival 2016

Architecture writer and academic Alan Balfour reflects on how Berlin became the city it is today in the opening seminar from day two of World Architecture Festival 2016. Watch a live stream of the talk here from 9am UK time. Balfour is discussing how the vision for Berlin that emerged after the fall of the

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Best buildings of 2016 revealed at day one of World Architecture Festival 2016

A Mallorca house made up of four white blocks, a Swedish cultural complex and a renovated Turkish library are among today’s category winners at this year’s World Architecture Festival awards. The awards aim to showcase the best architecture of the last 12 months. A second batch of category winners will be revealed tomorrow. Completed buildings will then go

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Filmmaker Hubertus Siegert discusses the changing architecture of Berlin live from World Architecture Festival 2016

Filmmaker Hubertus Siegert discusses the reconstruction of the German capital since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the second keynote presentation Dezeen is broadcasting live from World Architecture Festival 2016. Siegert is revisiting his acclaimed 2001 documentary Berlin Babylon. You can watch the live stream of the talk above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Related story Watch Ben van Berkel’s

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Watch Ben van Berkel’s opening keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2016

UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel’s opening seminar at World Architecture Festival 2016 will examine how architects can support new egalitarian ideals for living. Tune in here from 9am UK time to watch it live from Berlin. Titled Superliving, Van Berkel’s seminar will kick off three days of talks and panel discussions exploring the festival’s theme this year of

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World Building of the Year 2016 shortlist announced

World Architecture Festival 2016: a Brazilian rainforest house, a spiralling university building in Tenerife and a bulbous blue drawing studio are among the 343 projects shortlisted for awards at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin this November (+ slideshow). The WAF 2016 shortlist includes entries from 58 countries, with buildings by well-known firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG, More

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The Interlace by Ole Scheeren was designed to “build a sense of community”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Eric Chang of Buro Ole Scheeren discusses the importance of the communal courtyards in The Interlace, the “vertical village” that was crowned World Building of the Year 2015 last week. The Interlace is a large residential complex in Singapore consisting of a series of apartment blocks stacked […]

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Robots will transform the building industry in 50 years says BIG’s Kai-Uwe Bergmann

World Architecture Festival 2015: the architecture industry is at the start of a “maker revolution” that could see robots transform construction, according to BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Speaking at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore last week, Bergmann told Dezeen he is “extremely excited about how robotics can influence the future”. “I think we’re going […]

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Ole Scheeren’s “vertical village” named World Building of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: Ole Scheeren has won World Building of the Year 2015 for The Interlace, a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another to frame terraces and gardens. Conceived as the antithesis to tower blocks, The Interlace is made up of 31 apartment buildings that have been arranged and stacked in a honeycomb arrangement to frame eight large hexagonal […]

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BIG’s twisted Vancouver tower named Future Project of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: BIG’s proposal for a 150-metre-high twisted skyscraper in Vancouver has won the title Future Project of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. Bjarke Ingels’ firm contorted the form of its 49-storey Vancouver House, creating a 30-metre setback from the adjacent motorway flyover that prevents any windows or balconies from overlooking it. Nine floors at the base […]

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World Landscape of the Year 2015 prize goes to Chinese wetlands park by Turenscape

World Architecture Festival 2015: a natural wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s Zhejiang Province has won the World Landscape of the Year prize. Designed by Chinese landscape firm Turenscape, the 26-hectare Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua features flood-resistant topography, natural wildlife habitats, and a network of meandering pathways and bridges. The aim of the project was to preserve […]

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Football club building with rooftop seating wins Small Project of the Year 2015

World Architecture Festival 2015: a Swedish football club facility with a roof that doubles as spectator seating is the 2015 winner of the Small Project of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival. Named Lidingövallen, the facility was designed by Swedish firm DinellJohansson to provide a gallery, cafe and office for Lidingö Football Club. […]

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Peter Cook pans “awful” redevelopment of Kings Cross

World Architecture Festival 2015: architect Peter Cook has attacked the redevelopment of Kings Cross in London, describing the huge regeneration scheme as “boring, unbelievable, really dour”. Speaking on the first day of the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, Cook told the audience he was “embarrassed” by the 67-acre redevelopment. “It’s awful, boring, boring stuff,” he […]

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World Building of the Year 2015 shortlist announced

A ribbon-like chapel in Japan, a cavernous wooden grotto in Canada and an Australian house designed to look like a village are among the 338 projects shortlisted for awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival (+ slideshow). The WAF 2015 shortlist includes entries from 46 countries, with buildings by major international firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, OMA and […]

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