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Best of 2012: Most Read Articles

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.

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.

Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh © Filip Dujardin
Reading Between the Lines / Gijs Van Vaerenbergh © Filip Dujardin

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.

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard © Andrew Maynard Architects
Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard © Andrew Maynard Architects

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.

Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com
Oscar Niemeyer in front of the Palazzo Mondadori. Photo via Mondadori.com

#5 Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe This ArchDaily infographic celebrates 126 years of the legendary Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu © Zhu Chenzhou
2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu © Zhu Chenzhou

#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.

Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe
Infographic: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe

Infographic: Women in Architecture This ArchDaily original breaks down the history and current status of women in architecture.

10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School by Linda Bennet
10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Architecture School by Linda Bennet

The Factory / Ricardo Bofill Architect Ricardo Bofill turns a disused, overgrown cement factory into a stunning headquarters for Taller de Arquitectura.

Infographic: Women in Architecture
Infographic: Women in Architecture

The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats  Thanks to the students of UC Berkeley, these memorable kittens have sparked an internet phenomenon known as architectural LOLCats.

The Factory / Ricardo Bofill
The Factory / Ricardo Bofill

Cheers to architecture and the new year!

The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats
The Invasion of Architectural LOLCats

Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Best of 2012: Most Read Articles" 30 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/312553/best-of-2012-most-read-articles/>