With its 32 million inhabitants, Tokyo is by far the biggest metropolis of the developed world. However, it is not necessarily its size as much as its relentless pace and extraordinary capability to adapt to new conditions that makes the city so unique. Like Kenzo Tange and his fellow Metabolists famously noted, Tokyo has the appearance of a sophisticated organism with a highly developed metabolism, constantly modifying its own urban fabric.
More often than not it tends to be the work of the architectural photographers that shape our view and opinions of a building. It lies on them to fill us with impressions and emotions and to animate the inanimate through the sheer power of their images.
Much in the same way as Rem Koolhaas has become synonomous with modern Dutch architecture, Herzog & de Meuron represents something uniquely, distinctly Swiss. The works of the Basel-based practice express conceptual precision, formal clarity and immaculate detailing and craftsmanship. What truly distinguishes them, however, is their commitment to challenging the Modernist ornament-aversion.
With their unique ability to instantly communicate complex concepts, architectural drawings and sketches are unparalleled in their capacity to anticipate the esthetic appearance of a building after its completion.
While most buildings remain in their place for decades, they can still express dynamic movement and fluidity. At least that is what the latest work one of the world's leading female architects, wants you to believe. With bundles of flowing curves around every corner, Hadid's new University of Economics Library and Learning Centre (LLC) in Vienna resembles a fancy stream-lined car rather than a traditional building. Situated at the center of a new university campus in Austria's capital, it is the biggest, tallest and most striking piece of architecture of the entire campus area.