Dive Into ArchDaily Materials, Our Latest Tool

Dear Readers,

In December of last year, we announced the launch of our latest innovation: ArchDaily Materials, our new US product catalog.

Materials will make more useful for you. When you come to our site to browse our projects, and come across certain facades, lighting, or any other kind of detail you admire, Materials allows you to instantly access the makers of those architectural products, so you can incorporate them into your own projects. It’s Inspiration, Materialized.

We wanted to update you now and let you know how Materials has grown over the last five months. Since launching, we’ve added 31 categories that let you easily explore our 286 products. We’ve added a useful link from the product page to the project page – allowing you to see the material applied in all its glory. Following your feedback, we’ve even added construction details and specs to project pages. And we’ve partnered with some amazing manufacturers, including: Hunter Douglas, Equitone, Sherwin Williams, Alucobond, VMZinc, and Big Ass Fans.

Today, we’re happy to report 466,000 pageviews and counting! However, we know we’re still in the early stages yet. Take a moment to explore this inspirational resource by clicking on Materials at the top of the page (between Articles & Interviews), share it with your friends, and let us know how it can be more useful to you!

Sincerely,

The ArchDaily Team

ArchDaily, Fast Company, CLOG, and More to Lecture at “Viral Voices III: Globalization” in NYC

The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “(dis)Covered Identities.” The theme aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identities through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives and trends of our time. “Viral Voices” will specifically explore the impact of social media, technology, and device culture on our design process and the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation?

Greg Lindsay, contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of Aerotropolis with David Basulto and David Assael of will come together for a lecture discussing the relationships between social media and the profession. Following the lecture, Robyn Peterson from Mashable, Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, Diana Jou from the The Wall Street Journal, Rafi Segal from MIT Architecture / Architect/Blogger, Mark Collins from The Project | The GSAPP CloudLab, and Kyle May from Clog will join the speakers for a panel discussion. Visit http://aianyglobaldialogues.blogspot.com/ for further information.

Call for ArchDaily Interns: Fall 2014

 is in need of a select group of awesome, architecture-obsessed Interns to join our team for Fall 2014 (August- December)! 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…

Submit Your Unbuilt Work to Pinup 2014!

Courtesy of Morpholio Facebook Page

Our friends at The Morpholio Project have just announced that submissions are open for Pinup 2014 - a free competition for students and young professionals to submit up to three digital images of their studio, 3D-printed, or unbuilt work. All work should acknowledge the existence of technology and question why/how “we harness it as designers.” The guest jury includes participants from Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, Columbia GSAPP, and even our very own Editor-in-Chief, David Basulto. Learn how to apply after the break!

One Month to Go! Join ArchDaily’s #CountdownVenice2014

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With the highly anticipated Venice Biennale just over a month away, is gearing up for what promises to be an impressive architectural display. All of the national pavilions will be organized under one theme: Absorbing Modernity. The event will also include Fundamentals, a look back at some of architecture’s most basic components as a means of examining the history of design in the evolution of societies. All in all, Koolhaas’ conception is for a Biennale that is more “a vehicle for research than an exhibition.”

With live, on-the-scene coverage on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts, ArchDaily will be giving you complete access to this year’s biennale events. We will also be crowdsourcing for content, finding out what our readers want to know from this year’s participants and curators. To get things started we will be sharing fun facts about the different countries, artists, and curators participating in the event. Starting today, May 7th, we will be uploading one fun fact per day and will be sharing whatever great content you bring to us!

Stay tuned to the #countdownvenice2014 hashtag and give us feedback, ideas, and suggestions for our coverage of #fundamentals. Let the countdown to #Venice2014 begin!

@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo

Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @ on Instagram

We recently went to Tokyo during the Sakura to visit the city’s incredible architecture: from Metabolist towers and the work of Pritzker laureates to the buildings of the new generation of Japanese architects. See the 27 photos we snapped after the break.

Also, leave your suggestions for our next Instatour in the comments below, and be sure to follow @ArchDaily on Instagram to travel with us through the world of architecture! Next destination: #Venice.

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Where You Work: The Offices of ArchDaily Readers

Courtesy of Bark Architects

In 2009 we wanted to find out where our readers work and create. We asked, you responded, and the results gave us a fascinating insight into your daily lives. And so, a few weeks ago, we once again asked our readers to send us pictures of their workspaces. We received submissions from all over the world – from beachside desks to a stark warehouse space to a stunning gallery.

Take a look at these creative spaces – you may even recognize your own workplace, or one quite like it – and keep following and participating by using the #wherewework hashtag on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for your help!

Where Do You Work? The Offices of ArchDaily Readers

BIG’s office in Copenhagen. Image Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

In 2009 we reached out to our readers across the globe and asked “What does your office look like?” From transparent tubes (like Selgas Cano’s popular studio) to wide-open spaces (like BIG’s offices in Copenhagen), we learned that the projects we publish every day are produced in all kinds of settings. But has anything changed over these few years?

Once again we’re crowdsourcing your workspaces. Post a photo of your office via Facebook or Twitter, tagging us @, by using the hashtag #wherewework and let us know what inspired the organization and/or layout. We’ll ask some renowned firms to give us a peek into their offices too. Then in a few weeks, we’ll compile all of them into one post on ArchDaily for you to enjoy. So let us know – where do you work?

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Are you subscribed to the best newsletter in architecture? By writing in your email below, you’ll receive an even more curated selection of projects, news, and articles every morning – because while you may love everything , sometimes, less really is more.

If you’re already signed-up, thank you! If not, what are you waiting for? For some extra incentive, if you sign up in the next twenty-four hours you’ll be eligible to win a pack of ArchDaily stickers. So, subscribe now!

Want to Intern for ArchDaily? Now’s Your Chance!

UPDATE: Applications have now closed.

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…

Infographic: ArchDaily, The Past 6 Years

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 BrasilArchDaily México and Plataforma Arquitectura (and a fourth coming soon!). This is our story.

Happy Birthday to Us: ArchDaily Turns 6!

Dear readers,

Six years ago, 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 and our fast-growing local versions: ArchDaily BrasilArchDaily 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

Winners of the 2014 Building of the Year Awards

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 during the past year.

This group of buildings is unique in several aspects, in their spatial qualities and , 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.

2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards: The Finalists

After an intense week of nominations, the collective intelligence of has evaluated over 3,500 projects and narrowed down the list to 5 finalists per category.

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!

Announcing the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

Dear readers,

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 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 Awards continue to be so important for us. As our audience has grown, so has your collective voice.The 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.

Click here to nominate your favorite projects

Full rules, including how your vote could win you an iPad Mini, after the break:

ArchDaily: What Happened in 2013, and What is Coming for 2014!

Dear readers,

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 :

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 BrasilArchDaily 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

The Ten Most Watched Interviews of 2013

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 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!