Before we welcome the new year, lets take a look back at ArchDaily’s most popular articles of 2012. From inspiring projects to influential editorials, this top ten list illustrates some of the year’s most important moments. Review them all, after the break.
#1 Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Belgium multidisciplinary practice Gijs Van Vaerenbergh transformed the notion of a traditional church into a transparent object of art with the construction of a 30 ton steel ‘church’ on the rural landscape of Limburg.
#2 Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard
Australian architect Andrew Maynard went viral with this persuasive editorial that lays out the issues and challenges the profession faces to end exploitative and exclusionary working practices.
#3 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil’s Modernist Icon, Dies
ArchDaily co-founder David Basulto breaks the news of Oscar Niemeyer’s death, along with highlights from his work and life, just days before his 105th birthday.
#4 2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu
Reporting from Beijing, ArchDaily announces the selection of Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio as the 2012 Pritzker Prize recipient. The comprehensive editorial also features a well crafted selection of Wang Shu’s work.
#5 Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe
This ArchDaily infographic celebrates 126 years of the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
#6 10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School
Every potential architecture student should read this list of advice by Linda Bennet of Archi-Ninja. It won’t disappoint.
#7 Infographic: Women in Architecture
This ArchDaily original breaks down the history and current status of women in architecture.
#8 The Factory / Ricardo Bofill
Architect Ricardo Bofill turns a disused, overgrown cement factory into a stunning headquarters for Taller de Arquitectura.
#9 The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats
Thanks to the students of UC Berkeley, these memorable kittens have sparked an internet phenomenon known as architectural LOLCats.
Cheers to architecture and the new year!