Some of the best architecture is lauded as a reflection for it's surrounding environment's culture and social ongoings. But for those who can't experience these pieces in person, another medium comes into play to understand this effect: photography. 

For the winner of this year's Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra, captured the bustling movements of the dwellers of Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés' EPFL Quartier Nord in Ecublens, Switzerland. Captured at dusk, the image shows people leaving their apartments five minutes after the close of a televised soccer game, with the profiles of their bodies moving across segmented portions of color in a five-story building. This type of image helps the viewer understand the character of the environment by focusing on the character and how people interact with it.

Just as architecture takes on different trends, photography responds to it. While Dutch photographer Iwan Baan, arguably the most heralded in today's media, highlights the details of what makes a building great, he also emphasizes the people in the environment as well. For the past 10 years, Baan has looked at OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, which employs over 10,000 construction workers to develop the site, that also live there—a phenomena that speaks for the entire city.

To learn more about said photographers, and other influential artists, head over to CNN.

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