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The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History

08:00 - 26 March, 2015
The World's Tallest Buildings Throughout History, Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle
Burj Khalifa. Image © Flickr CC user Colin Capelle

Graphic artist and designer Martin Vargic of Halcyon Maps has created a fascinating set of infographics that showcase both the cultural typologies of each continent's architecture as well as the evolution of its tallest buildings throughout history. Exploring the progression of height differences of the tallest buildings in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania, Vargic's visually-striking charts detail 5,000 years of building history, from ancient to modern times.

Check out the charts, after the break.

Infographic: The World's Most Expensive Skyscrapers

00:00 - 3 December, 2014
Infographic: The World's Most Expensive Skyscrapers, Courtesy of Emporis
Courtesy of Emporis

It may or may not be the tallest building in North America, but one thing's for sure: when it comes to costs, no other skyscraper comes close to New York's One World Trade Center. This is the conclusion of Emporis, whose list of the world's top ten most expensive buildings puts 1WTC way out in front at $3.9 billion. Originally estimated at just half that cost, this sets a trend in the top ten list, with many of the featured buildings suffering staggering overruns. The second-place Shard, for example, overshot it's original £350 million ($550 million) budget nearly four times over (although this is to be expected in London).

1: One World Trade Center. Image © Khalid Mahmood 2 (joint): The Palazzo. Image © Ed Lewis 2 (joint): The Shard. Image © Eric Smerling 4: Taipei 101. Image © Michiel van Dijk +12

Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

00:00 - 30 September, 2014
The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all other majors (excluding  with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution
The median total lifetime earnings of architecture graduates (highlighted red) compared to all other majors (excluding with graduate degrees). Image Courtesy of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution

Using information collected from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution has created a set of interactive infographics comparing the lifetime earning potential of graduates of 80 majors. With so much debate over the earning potential of architects, the tool provides us with an invaluable insight into the long-range outlook for members of our profession, charting the both the total lifetime earnings of architects and their average earnings per year over a 42-year career.

Read on after the break for analysis of what the infographics tell us

Infographic: The Evolution of the Office

00:00 - 24 June, 2014
Infographic: The Evolution of the Office, © Sunica de Klerk
© Sunica de Klerk

Learn about the evolution of the workplace, from the very first office developed by the De Medici family to today's open collaboration spaces, after the break!

Infographic: ArchDaily, The Past 6 Years

00:00 - 11 March, 2014
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. 

A New Tool for Comparing Cities

00:00 - 27 July, 2013
A New Tool for Comparing Cities , Population Density © The Urban Observatory
Population Density © The Urban Observatory

For the last fifty years Richard Wurman - architect, graphic designer and founder of the TED Conferences - has been dedicated to creating a platform that compares cities.  In Wurman's early studies, he quickly learned that comparing global cities was no easy task. Cities use very different languages to describe their assets, from planning principles to land use types to social statistics. "They don’t collect their information the same way. They don’t describe themselves with the same legend," he tells Nate Berg of Next City.  

Thanks to sophisticated mapping tools, delving into the statistical data of numerous cities has become far more manageable than in 1962, when Wurman produced his first comparative analysis using clay models of 50 different cities. Wurman's analog-driven statistical analysis has turned into the Urban Observatory, a website that allows users to choose from 15 variables and easily compare the public data of up to 16 cities around the world in real time.

More about the platform after the break.