Six years ago, we had a crazy idea: let’s create a platform to give architects exposure, no matter where they come from or how famous they may be. Let’s put them side by side with architectural greats. Let’s make that platform absolutely free and accessible to whomever wants to be inspired by it. Let’s give architects the inspiration, knowledge, and tools they need to make our rapidly urbanizing world a better place.
In six short years, we went from an idea to the most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 300,000 daily readers, a staff of over 50 people working in 9 different countries, and three local versions: ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura (and a fourth coming soon!). This is our story.
Six years ago, ArchDaily was nothing more than a little blog, started by two architecture grads with big dreams. Six years later, and beyond all our expectations, we’re the most visited architecture website in the world, with over 300,000 daily readers and a staff of over 50 people working throughout the world — on both ArchDaily and our fast-growing local versions: ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura (and a fourth coming soon!).
To celebrate these six amazing years, we’ve cooked up a doodle (see above), an ArchDaily original Infographic telling our story, and a post looking back at our 20 Most Visited Projects of All Time. Stay tuned for all of these throughout the day!
And of course, we’d like to use this occasion to thank you, ArchDaily readers. You’ve meant everything to us these past 6 years, and we’d love it if you could tell us what we’ve meant for you. So please share your thoughts in the comments below!
And have a very happy ArchDaily birthday!
The ArchDaily Team
ArchDaily is in need of a select group of architecture-obsessed, writing-loving interns to join our team for 2014 (April – August)! If you want to spend your days researching/writing about the best architecture around the globe – and find out what it takes to work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…
We are happy to present the winners of the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, a peer-based, crowdsourced, architecture award where the collective intelligence of 60,000 architects filter and recognize the best architecture featured on ArchDaily during the past year.
This group of buildings is unique in several aspects, in their spatial qualities and materials, yes, but also in terms of what they represent for the communities they serve. Each of these projects, in their own special way, solve unique social/environmental/economic challenges, and in so doing impart knowledge and inspiration to architects around the world. This is exactly our mission. So thank you, thanks for being a part of this amazing process, where the global voices of architects unite into one, strong, intelligent, forward-thinking message.
The practices with the most votes, and therefore the winners of the HP Designjet T520 ePrinter are Auburn University Rural Studio and Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. The winners of the iPad Minis are Alexander Munn and Kirsten Martins.
We were very happy to see the level of participation from our readers – over 15,000 individuals expressed what architecture means to them through the buildings they chose.
And we have to congratulate you, as the finalists are outstanding. From all over the world, by firms of all sizes and trajectories, ranging from community-built projects to large scale complex programs, these buildings all have one thing in common: excellent architecture that can improve people’s lives.
You can vote for your favorite projects starting today and until January 30th, 2014 (read the complete rules).
Remember that the two projects with the most votes will receive an HP Designjet T520 ePrinter, and that we are going to give away two iPad Minis to our readers during the final voting stage.
The winners of the two iPad Minis from the nomination stage are: Shelby Nease and Kristen Johnson (you’ll receive an email shorty).
Make your voice heard – vote for your favorite projects for the 2014 Building of the Year Awards!
For the 5th consecutive year, we are proud to announce the Building of the Year Awards.
During the past year our network of architectural knowledge has grown intensely. Not only did we reach over 300,000 daily visitors; almost 70 million page views per month; 160,000 followers on Twitter; 105,000 followers on Instagram; and more than a million fans on Facebook, but, moreover, our local versions – ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura – have grown exponentially as well.
This means that ArchDaily is now reaching every corner of the globe – and in many different formats. From the many lectures and events we attended this year to the launch of our new mobile version (which puts ArchDaily in pockets everywhere), we’re doing everything possible to spread our content – and our mission – around the world.
Which is why the Building of the Year Awards continue to be so important for us. As our audience has grown, so has your collective voice.The Building of the Year Awards are our chance to hear it. This is when you – whether you’re from the smallest town in Africa or the largest city in China – get to identify and recognize the most impactful/meaningful/inspiring project that was published on ArchDaily during the past year. This is an opportunity to tap into our global readership’s collective intelligence; an opportunity for you to judge over 3,500 projects from around the world, according to criteria and priorities that are important to you.
Full rules, including how your vote could win you an iPad Mini, after the break:
In the last hours of 2013 we wanted to share with you some of the best things that have happened during this year, our fifth, at ArchDaily:
We are now reaching more than 300,000 readers every day, creating a gigantic network of architectural knowledge accessible to the whole world, including our local versions at ArchDaily Brasil, ArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura.
We are very proud of our editorial content during this year, raising important issues for our profession and opening the debate and exchange of ideas with professionals around the world, connected via Facebook and Twitter. Here you can check the most read articles of the year, and also the selection made by our editors.
During 2013 we have done lectures and covered events around the world, documenting our intense trips on Instagram. Some of our destinations: New York, Beijing, Shenzhen, Moscow, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Singapore, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, among others.
During this year we launched our new mobile version, to deliver our content properly to your phone and few weeks ago we launched ArchDaily Materials, a section to help you find the right materials and products for your next project.
And what’s next for 2014?
We will be announcing a new ArchDaily local edition during the first quarter, and a brand new MyArchDaily to help you organize and collect information. We already have a great lineup of interviews and events to cover around the world. In a few days we will announce the 2014 Building of the Year Awards, an instance where you will have the chance to recognize the best buildings featured during the year.
Thanks for helping us make ArchDaily the valuable resource that we all deserve as architects, and rest assured that every decision taken in 2014 will strictly follow our mission:
To improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them.
- David Assael, David Basulto and the Global ArchDaily Team
Our mission is to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to face the urban growth of the next 40 years.
We understand that each of the thousand of projects that we feature every year can transfer knowledge from the firms to other architects around the world, through the photos, details, diagrams and their own descriptions.
But we feel that there is a very important structural layer in these projects that can only be understood by actually knowing the architects behind them. And that’s why we started our interview program when we launched ArchDaily in 2008.
During this year we have had the opportunity to interview an incredible group of architects, ranging from Toyo Ito -an exclusive interview the same day he was announced as the 2013 Pritzker Laureate-, Wolf D. Prix, Iñaki Ábalos and Reiner de Graaf, to young upcoming firms from all over the world. But we have also interviewed business men who influence cities, synthetic biologists who are thinking in the future of architecture, sociologists analyzing the future of the urban world, and curators of the most influential museums of the world.
Here you will find the list of the ten most watched (or read) interviews of 2013.
And be ready for 2014, as we have some great interviews lined up for next year!
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…
ArchDaily 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, materials, 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).
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!
The ArchDaily Team
3D Printing has opened up a whole new world for architecture. Technology that was once restricted to fabrication labs is now available to the end user – and at an affordable price. Of course, this new technology has also created the necessity to easily share 3D data over the web.
With this in mind, we partnered with Gigabot – the biggest, most affordable 3D printer (it can print models up to 60x60x60cm) – and with Sketchfab, a new platform that is bridging the gap between the 3D models on your desktop and on the web.
We invited our readers to model their favorite architectural classic, and today we are announcing the two winners who will recive a real-life physical model, printed with the Gigabot.
The Gigabot team chose the Villa Savoye modeled by by Luiza Lense as their pick, and our readers also voted this model as the most popular. According to the rules, the People’s Choice goes to the second most voted model: the Lotus Temple by Elijah Wood. We will document the printing process to show you how they go from bits to atoms!
Thanks to everyone who submitted their 3D Models. You can see all the submissions in our 3D Printing Challenge page.
We have been working hard since we launched our redesign, but most of our improvements have been under the hood. We understand that architects access ArchDaily not only when sitting at their offices, but at any time where inspiration and knowledge is required. Our creative minds don’t work on a fixed schedule, and it starts operating when we are commuting, walking down the street, traveling, visiting a building, or when looking out the window.
And it was in the mobile devices (phones and tablets), that accompany us all the time, where ArchDaily was falling short.
Today we are happy to announce that our new responsive design is live, replacing our outdated mobile version and eliminating all the issues our tablet visitors were having. This new layout will adjust to the screen of the device that you use to visit ArchDaily.
Our design and development team has worked hard on this version, and we know there are many things we can improve, but we wanted to get it out as soon as possible in order to get all your feedback.
So please, let us know what you think about this version, how it looks on your device, if something doesn’t work, etc. Our team will be reading the comments as always :)
David and the ArchDaily team.
In the following months, we at ArchDaily will be publishing Nikos Salingaros’ book, Unified Architectural Theory, in a series of installments, making it digitally, freely available for students and architects around the world. In the following paragraphs, Salingaros explains why we’ve decided to impart on this initiative, and also introduces what his book is all about: answering “the old and very disturbing question as to why architects and common people have diametrically opposed preferences for buildings.”
ArchDaily and I are initiating a new idea in publishing, one which reflects the revolutionary trends awaiting book publishing’s future. At this moment, my book, Unified Architectural Theory, 2013, is available only in the USA. With the cooperation of ArchDaily and its sister sites in Portuguese and Spanish, it will soon be available, in a variety of languages, to anyone with internet access. Being published one chapter at a time, students and practitioners will be able to digest the material at their leisure, to print out the pages and assemble them as a “do-it-yourself” book for reference, or for use in a course. For the first time, students will have access to this material, in their own time, in their own language, and for free!
The book itself arose from a lecture course on architecture theory I taught last year. Students were presented with the latest scientific results showing how human beings respond to different types of architectural forms and spaces. At the end of the course, everyone was sufficiently knowledgeable in the new methods to be able to evaluate for themselves which buildings, urban spaces, and interior settings were better suited for human beings.
This approach is of course totally different from what is now known as “Architectural Theory.”
In keeping with our “Less Is More” philosophy, we rolled out a new, streamlined version of our daily newsletter a few weeks ago. By easily writing in your email below, you’ll receive an even more curated selection of projects, news, and articles every morning – the perfect complement to your daily cup of coffee. If you’re already signed-up, thank you! If not, what are you waiting for? Sign up for our new and improved newsletter now!
UPDATE: Submissions now closed. ArchDaily is looking for some awesome, architecture-obsessed Interns to join our team for Fall 2013 (August 19th – December 6th)! If you want to research/write about the best architecture around the globe – and find out what it takes to work for the world’s most visited architecture website – then read on after the break…
Last year, we spoke at a packed lecture at the Center for Architecture, along with Bjarke Ingels, the Morpholio team and moderator Ned Cramer; we were discussing the impact social media and technology have on our profession and the way in which we design.
And now, thanks to the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, we are happy to invite you to a new event taking place at the Center for Architecture on May 2nd, 2013 at 6:30PM, where together with Mark Wigley (Dean Columbia GSAPP) we will address the present and future of architecture education. The lecture will be followed by a panel with our friends Carlo Aiello (eVolo), David Fano (CASE), Jill Fehrenbacher (Inhabitat), Toru Hasegawa (Morpholio), Tim Maly (Wired Magazine ) and Cliff Kuang (Fast Company / Co.Design).
More details and RSVP form here, more information after the break. See you on Thursday!
Back in 2006, we saw that there was a very strong generation of young architects that weren’t part of the traditional circle of printed publications. So, we had this crazy idea that we could create a platform to give those architects the exposure they deserved, spreading the knowledge and innovations they were producing to the rest of the world. At a time where Web 2.0 shifted how media was produced and consumed, we saw an opportunity to embrace the web for to achieve this goal.
Very soon we realized that we were on the right track: that we were making available to the world a whole new corpus of architecture knowledge, having a positive impact on the speed of innovation in our field, and generating a new, virtuous circle.
Then in 2008, the world entered the urban era with more than 50% of its population living in cities, 3 billion people, a number that is expected to double by the year 2040. This growth is expected to happen particularly in parts of the world where architecture is required the most, and we understood that our global exchange of knowledge was part of that dynamic.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the next 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years, by providing inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects who will have the challenge to design for them.
In the span of five years, we went from an idea to the most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 7 million monthly readers, and a staff of over 50 people working in 9 different countries. This is our story.
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….