Architect Valentines 2014

Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect

Thanks to the popularity of last year’s Architect Valentines, Jody Brown has come up with a whole new batch for you to enjoy in 2014. This article originally appeared in Coffee with an Architect.

Architects are a romantic bunch. But, we tend to be busy. We know we should stop working on this design for a while and go buy some flowers or chocolate or something. We know that. But, we have a deadline. Maybe we can pick up a card from the internet on the way home.

Here you go.

You’re welcome:

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If the Winter Olympics Were in NYC…

© ANGEL FRANCO and RICHARD PERRY, via The New York Times

The New York Times has run a fascinating thought experiment in rendered form: What would it look like if the winter were held in New York City? From luges through Times Square to ski jumps over Bryant park, the ideas are certainly fantastical – but also fun lessons in scale. See them all here.

MICROTOPIA to Stream Free on ArchDaily for 24 Hours

An awesome documentary that somehow didn’t fall on our radar in time to be included in our “40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014,” MICROTOPIA is an in-depth look at fascinating, provocative micro-dwellings and the people who design/live in them.

MICROTOPIA is usually available to rent for $3.99 from Vimeo, BUT ArchDaily readers are receiving an exclusive offer to stream the documentary – absolutely free – for 24 hours only. So make sure to tune in from 6pm EST on February 14th to 5:59PM EST February 15th for this one-time opportunity.

For more about MICROTOPIA, check out the awesome trailer above, and read more information on the doc, after the break.

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VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World’s 2nd Tallest Tower

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“We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new .”

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian “roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger” who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest).

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world’s fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the Shanghai skyline).

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

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Giveaway: Andre Chiote Illustrations of Iconic Buildings

© André Chiote

André Chiote, a Portuguese architect renowned for designing illustrations that represent some of architecture’s most iconic buildings, has agreed to give five lucky winners a copy of their favorite print. To participate, browse through Chiote’s collection on his online shop and tell us which you like the best in the comment section below.

You have until Wednesday, January 29th to submit your comments. Winners will be contacted the following day. Good luck! 

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Critical Round-Up: Reaction to the Folk Art Museum’s Demolition, MoMA’s Expansion

American Folk Art Museum exterior. Image © Flickr CC User Dan Nguyen

The flurry of criticism that erupted when announced its plans to demolish the American Folk Art Museum (in its new plans for expansion, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro) has yet to settle. After the break, we offer a more complete round-up of the critics’ reactions – including Paul Goldberger’s of Vanity Fair, Michael Kimmelman’s for The New York Times, and more…

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Archibet: An Illustrated Alphabet of Architecture

Courtesy of Federico Babina

Barcelona-based architect and graphic artist Federico Babina is at it again, this time creating an imaginary “Archibet City” guided by the language of architecture. From Alvar Aalto’s Riolo Parish Church to Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Centre in Vienna, the collection reimagines 26 famous works of architecture into a set of letters that, as Babina describes, expresses the “heterogeneity of forms and styles” that make up our profession. Each letter is drawn according to the interpretation of an architect’s style, forming part of the cityscape that Babina refers to as “Archibet”.

See the whole set, after the break…

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VIDEO: Peres Center for Peace

Architectural photographer Yohan Zerdoun has sent us this lovely that explores the Peres Center for Peace, by architects Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, in Tel Aviv. With a keen eye for detail and an understanding of the building’s human scale, Zerdoun sets up each shot so that the architecture – and its gorgeous context – can be truly appreciated. Enjoy!

Drawing Shadows by Gautam Bhatia

Courtesy of Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia is an architect based in New Delhi and one of the most well-known architectural writers in India, having written for The New York TimesOutlook magazine and Indian Express.

We live today the way we do because we know no other. Our lives fit the defined patterns of homes, streets, neighborhoods, cities. As an architect I try to understand and explore – through drawing – different possibilities of building and landscape. More and more, drawing has taken me away from the conventions of architecture, into more abstract realms. Drawing has helped define space as it doesn’t exist, and perhaps as it should. Not in a utopian way, but one that tries merely to describe a different way we may live.

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The 20 Best Articles of 2013

The following 20 articles are what we at consider the Best of 2013. They may not have received the most traffic, but they posed fascinating theories about the state of architecture and urbanism today, they gave us insight into the creative processes of innovative architects (from Bjarke Ingels to Peter Zumthor) and, most of all, they provoked us to question: What does architecture mean? For us architects, and for the world?

See all our editors’ picks for the best articles of 2013, after the break..

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The Most Popular Projects of 2013

From Zaha Hadid to Sou Foujimouto, from houses to pavilions, from South America to Europe; here are–as you were probably expecting–the 20 most popular projects of 2013.

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The Ten Most Read Articles of 2013

It’s that time of year again! The time when we round-up what you, our dear readers, most enjoyed this year. The following ten – from fun lists (30 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2013) to thought-provoking looks into the state of the architecture profession (Are Renderings Bad for Architecture?) – caught your attentions and provoked some great comments. See them all – including our record-breaking #1 article – after the break.

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Call for Classics Interns for Spring 2014

ArchDaily is in need of an architecture-obsessed, history buff to delve into the world of ArchDaily Classics for Spring 2013 (January 15th – May 15th)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…

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Seasons Greetings from the Architects!

Zaha Hadid Architects

Every year architects from around the world share their holiday greetings with us, applying their architectural creativity to an e-card format. Here we share some of our favorites from this year.

Happy holidays from all of us at to you!

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5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Website for Your Firm

Courtesy of http://www.archimelie.com/ – built with IM Creator

It’s unavoidable. In today’s world, in order to reach out to your target audience and promote your services, you need to have a website. And just any won’t do. Keep in mind that if you are an architect, people expect creativity out of you and from your website. An efficient, well-built, and good-looking website is the most convincing marketing tool you have at your disposal.

So, we’ve come up with five tips that explain (1) why a good website is so important; (2) what you should have in mind when creating your website (including what to avoid!); and (3) how to get started immediately, after the break…

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Introducing our Latest Innovation: ArchDaily Materials

Dear Readers,

continually strives to be the ultimate source of inspiration, knowledge, and tools for architects around the world. Every potential initiative that we conjure up, we launch only if it aligns with our mission. 

Which is why we’re so excited to introduce to you a fantastic new resource: ArchDaily Materials

We know that many of you already browse our site for inspiration for your work – whether at the very beginnings of a project, when the design is still forming in your mind, or later on, as source references for details, facades, , etc. 

However, once you’ve found the material that inspired you, you’re left to your own devices to procure it (maybe you even settle for something else along the way). 

Well, no longer. With ArchDaily Materials, when you find the feature you’re looking for, you’ll be instantly connected to its maker. It’s Inspiration, Materialized (and effortlessly, we may add).

We’re still in the early stages and so will be fleshing out ArchDaily Materials with even more products and materials over the next few months; however, we invite you to explore this inspirational new resource and start integrating it into your everyday practice today. Enjoy!

Sincerely, 

The ArchDaily Team

ARCHICINE: Illustrations of Architecture in Film

The Big Lebowski. Directed by Joel Coen. Image Courtesy of

Federico Babina, the mastermind behind ARCHI-PIX (Parts One and Two) has come up with  a fun new series  - ARCHICINE – representing iconic works of architecture that have played protagonists on . We’ve rounded up all the illustrations -check them out after the break!

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An Architect’s Journey to Brazil

Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in New York City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise modernism. The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.

Fifteen years later, on a journey to , I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.

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