Today, ArchDaily turns 5 years old! We’ve already shared with you our special doodle of the day and the 20 Most Visited Projects of ArchDaily history - now, let’s look back at the 5 posts that most caught your attention these past five years. From the ever-pressing topic of work/life balance to an underground Data Center lair, these five posts offer us a snapshot of what’s important to architects today. Enjoy!
The 5 Most Read Posts in ArchDaily history, after the break….
#5. Work/Life/Work Balance by Andrew Maynard
In this article, Australian architect Andrew Maynard, co-director of Andrew Maynard Architects, takes on the architecture profession, challenging the validity of its poor work culture, long hours and low pay. He calls on all architects to band together and end exploitative and exclusionary working practices in architecture.
#4. More about Foster + Partners’ new Apple Campus in Cupertino
Back in 2011, the world was waiting excitedly for news – any news of Apple’s new campus. When Foster + Partners’ plans, which had been shrouded in that typical Apple secrecy, were finally revealed, Steve Jobs called it “a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed.” Check out the comments – your reactions to the “donut” were decidedly mixed.
#3. 2012 Pritzker Prize: Wang Shu
Our announcement of the 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner, Wang Shu, brought us some of the highest volume of visitors we’d ever received – fitting for the most important annual event in architecture. As our Editor-in-Chief said of Shu in the article: “In my opinion Wang Shu’s architecture presents a contemporary and progressive approach that acknowledges the rich tradition of Chinese architecture. As the future generations of Chinese architects are influenced by his architecture, a generation that will be an active part of China’s growth, he will indirectly improve how millions will live in the next few years.”
It’s easy to see why Pionen – White Mountain, a Bond-like lair located 30 meters below ground in a former Cold War bunker, designed by Albert France-Lanord Architects, caught your imagination. Throw in the topical piece of information about the lair housing two Wikileaks data servers (the article was published in 2010), and it’s no wonder this article skyrocketed to our #2 position.
#1. The Indicator: 101 Things I Didn’t Learn in Architecture School
And, in our #1 spot, the 101 Things I Didn’t Learn in Architecture School, by Guy Horton and Sherin Wing. You guys really loved this post – it received over 70 comments, 827 tweets, and 10,000 likes on Facebook, and continues to be shared on social media today (two years after its original publication).