280 pages and 500 images of the best architecture from all around the world lifestyle
Architizer: The World’s Best Architecture, the latest illustrated gem from Phaidon publishing house, includes the most innovative, influential, exciting and inspiring technological architecture projects of 2019.
They say it’s a huge honour to receive the A+ Award from Architizer, the architecture community of the future. These are the words of David Benjamin, founder of The Living and winner of a special award from Architizer for his technological innovations.
The awards presented by this platform and renowned online architecture bible, founded by Marc Kushner in 2009, are now in their seventh edition and the period for entries to the eighth edition has just closed. The aim of the awards is to showcase projects that use innovative approaches, materials and technologies to create enduring spaces and cities for the next generations. A decision most likely prompted by these turbulent times and the challenges they bring.
And it’s not just because it reaffirms the recognition of industry. It’s also because it has the endorsement of the general public. With over one hundred categories representing different aspects of architecture and industrial design and a jury including Christian Benimana, director of the African Design Centre; Neri Oxman of MIT Media Lab; Dong-Ping Wong, founder and director of FOOD; and environmental activist David de Rothschild, the public also has a say in the A+ Awards. A manoeuvre that, according to Marc Kushner, seeks to “bring to the table the power and obligation to influence people’s daily lives. You don’t need to be an architect, critic or academic to know that good architecture is not just something to delight in looking at; it also has a profound and beneficial impact on our lives. That is why everyone should play a role in celebrating the best of global architecture, and this has led to communities from all around the world participating in the A+ Awards jury.”
And now, Phaidon publishing house is compiling and showcasing these jewels of our changing world’s evolutionary architecture in a 280-page volume, with 500 images, every single one of which is frame-worthy. This is the fifth book to be published by the Austrian publishing house, together with other gurus in the sector, such as the NYCxDESIGN international festival and the Royal Institute of Architecture of Canada, all of which echo the transformations of architecture. Previous editions have featured wonders such as the Hunters Point Library by Steven Holl in Queens, New York, or the wonderful and futuristic VITAE bathroom collection by NOKEN, designed by Zaha Hadid exclusively for the PORCELANOSA Group brand. In fact, VITAE by NOKEN found double acclaim, taking home both the jury prize and the people’s favourite award.
The tome is a must-read for anyone interested in architecture –or in treating themselves to the views–, the book can only be described as the definitive guide to the creators currently pushing the limits of what architecture can do in the social and environmental realms. “This book highlights the power of buildings and spaces to excite, enthuse, intrigue and inspire, as they have been chosen by the people who live in them on a daily basis,” writes Marc Kushner. “That’s what Architizer is about, and that is why we created this program: to recognise those who transform the existing environment, not just for us, but for future generations. This book represents a global platform to showcase their work, regardless of size, location or nature”, says the American businessman, because its pages were compiled by popular vote too, from a private home perched on the hills of Mallorca to a non-denominational chapel nestled in a South-African ranch, inspired by reference to the wings of God in Psalm 36:7.
“We are not here to build for other architects. We are here to build for all of humanity.” Opening the book with this line by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is anything but coincidence.
Written by Laura Irigoyen