2010 has been a great year for ArchDaily, and all thanks to you. During this year we doubled our traffic, our Facebook page grew to over 180,000 fans, we have over 24,000 active followers on Twitter and more than 40,000 photos in our Flickr group. But this is not just about numbers. It’s about sharing your projects with thousands of architects around the world, it’s about taking architectural discussion to new grounds, it’s about creating opportunities, it’s about being part of the world’s largest architecture network.
Last year we decided to celebrate this by instating the Building of the Year Award, which recognizes the best buildings around the world based on your votes. You nominated the top 5 in each category and you chose the final winners, which include renowned practices such as Asymptote and Bjarke Ingles Group (check them all here).
This year we have partnered with HP and Graphisoft to present you the 2010 Building of the Year Awards, starting today Jan 19th, 2011 at the following link:
The nomination stage will run for 2 weeks until Jan 31th, 2011. All buildings featured during 2010 are elegible for this round. You can nominate one building (in one category) per day.
This year we have decided to authenticate the votes using the registered users at My ArchDaily, so we can assure that the nominating and voting processes are conducted by the community. You can nominate once per day, so you can propose your favorite projects from Jan 19th to Jan 31th, after which 5 buildings per category will continue to the voting round, between Feb 1st and Feb 13th. The winners will be announced on Feb 15th, 2011.
Given that you are in charge of the selection process, we have decided to give away 2 iPads during the nominating/voting stages (more details on the rules below).
Once again I’d like to thank all our readers for your support in 2010, and rest assure that we are working on new ways to improve ArchDaily in 2011.
Official rules after the break.
- All buildings published between Jan 1st 2010 and Dec 31st 2010 under the “Selected” category are eligible for this award. - By submitting their works to ArchDaily, offices agree to enter this competition and to be present on the promotional material. - Authorship and copyright of each project belong to the offices and architects mentioned on each project’s page.
- The nomination process starts on January 19th and ends January 31th, 2011 at midnight EST. - The voting round starts on February 1st and ends February 13th, 2011 at midnight EST. - The winners will be announced on February 15th, 2011.
Eligibility to vote
- Everyone can register to vote. To do so, you must follow the registration link and complete the required steps to become a registered user. - The system will count only one vote per user per day, reset at midnight EST. - You can only vote for one building per day. After the system resets at midnight each day, you can vote for a different building. - To register you must use a valid e-mail address. Votes coming from users without a valid e-mail address will be discounted. - Offices and architects are encouraged to promote their works for voting, but no monetary or virtual gift compensation should be offered.
- Starting January 19th 2011, every registered user will be able to nominate their favorite project of the 14 categories included in the Awards. You can nominate the same or a different project each day throughout the nomination period. - At midnight of January 31th 2011, the top five projects from each category will go on to the voting round.
- On February 1st 2011, registered users will be able to vote once per day for their favorite project among the finalists. - After the system resets on midnight EST every day, each registered user can vote again, either for the same project, or a different one of their choice. - The voting round will end February 13th 2011 at midnight EST.
- Winners of each category will be announced at ArchDaily’s Home Page on February 15th, 2011. - The 5 finalists and the final winners of each category will be announced to the press and will be featured extensively on ArchDaily.com until March 1, giving each office a worldwide exposure (example of previous press coverage). - Winners of each category will receive a distinctive and unique plaque from ArchDaily. - Of all the 14 winners (one per category), the project with more votes will receive an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP printer (MSRP US$9,000) from our sponsor HP. HP will be responsible for shipping the printer to the winning office. - The 5 finalists and the winners of each category can use the respective title for their own purposes.
You could win an iPad
- We will give away two iPads, WiFi 16GB Model MB292LL (more info) during the awards process. - Every registered user who votes will automatically enter for a chance to win an iPad during each stage of the competition. - If you participated in the First Stage of voting, and were the winner of an iPad, you are still eligible to participate in the Second Stage of voting with the possibility of winning an iPad. - The winners of each iPad will be announced after each round. - ArchDaily will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winners, but won´t cover any additional costs related to local taxes, customs, etc.
- All data harvested in the user registration will be kept private and won’t be shared with 3rd parties. - After each stage, all votes will be checked. Every vote submitted by an invalid registered user will be removed from the final vote counting. - ArchDaily reserves the right to analyze the data during every stage of the Awards in order to assure a fair process. - All questions should be sent to David Basulto, director of this award through our contact form.