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The World's Most Instagrammed Cities and Architecture of 2016

16:00 - 5 December, 2016
The World's Most Instagrammed Cities and Architecture of 2016

In 2016, Instagram grew from popular picture viewing app to essential social media tool with over 300 million active users and 95 million photos and videos per day. A digital journal of sorts, the platform is now the best way to let your friends and followers know where you are, what you’re doing or what inspires you.

Our own instagram page, curated by our founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto, is a travel feed of fantastic architecture from around the world. But which places and buildings were Instagram users’ favorites this year? Check out the list of most geotagged cities, locations, museums and hotels below!

Experience the Beauty of Libraries Around the World Through This Instagram Series

08:00 - 16 September, 2016

Self-proclaimed “Instagram purist” Olivier Martel Savoie (@une_olive) has created #olive_libraries, a series of Instagram photographs portraying libraries around the world, using only the camera on his iPhone. Over the past two years, Savoie has traveled from his home city of Montréal, to Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Rome, Riga, Paris, Moscow, and several other cities photographing the stunning architecture of libraries. Encountering language barriers and even intense security, Savoie’s dedication to taking the perfect photo has resulted in a stunning collection of images.

Experience the beauty of libraries around the world, after the break.

National Library and Archives of Québec, Montréal. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Latvia National Library, Riga. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive National Library of Russia, St Petersburg. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive +34

25 Architecture Instagram Feeds to Follow Now (Part IV)

09:30 - 3 September, 2016

ArchDaily just reached 1 million followers on Instagram! To celebrate, we’re featuring 25 new Instagram feeds to follow. As with parts one, two and three of our Instagram round-up, we’ve selected a varied group of accounts which includes architecture photographers like Laurian Ghinitoiu, whose stunning images have appeared on ArchDaily countless times, and prominent architecture firms like Mad Architects, MVRDV, Sou Fujimoto and OMA. We’ve also added well-curated feeds on certain subjects like socialist_modernism, and perfectly symmetrical buildings via symmetrical_monsters which are sure to inspire you.

If you’re looking for daily inspiration, these feeds are definite must-follows.

Instagram Will Now Let You Zoom Into Your Favorite Buildings

14:00 - 1 September, 2016

A feature Instagram users have spent years longing for is finally here: Zoom. Just released today, the update to the iOS app finally will allow you to pinch to zoom in on photos and videos, just like you can in most photo viewing apps (no more screenshotting necessary!). This means you can now get a closer look at the architectural details of your favorite buildings on Instagram, from doorways to moldings to joints. Though be warned, just because you can make it bigger doesn’t mean it will necessarily be clearer - Instagram still will only support images 1080 pixels wide.

See it in action after the break.

Paperboyo Continues to Transform and Reimagine Architecture Around the World

06:00 - 11 July, 2016
Paperboyo Continues to Transform and Reimagine Architecture Around the World

Last year we covered the work of Rich McCor, aka paperboyo. Now, as his Instagram account approaches 170k+ followers, Rich tells ArchDaily how it all started, what keeps him going and how he's made his hobby into paid work. 

It began with one photo in London when I turned Big Ben into the London Eye. From there I created a series of photos from London, which then led to brands sponsoring me to create images for them in Europe and then from the start of this year I've been able to travel further a field with tourist boards. It's been great to transform familiar sights into something different and it's even more fun watching someone's reaction when they see my photos. I really enjoy it when other tourists come up to me and ask what I'm doing. When I show them the photo their faces go through a transition of confusion, to smiling and then laughing. 

Instagram Provides a Sneak Peek at 2016 Venice Biennale Exhibitions

15:15 - 23 May, 2016
Instagram Provides a Sneak Peek at 2016 Venice Biennale Exhibitions

As the 2016 Venice Biennale is set to begin this upcoming Saturday, May 28th, the first glimpses of the pavilions have begun to roll in through the social media wires. In addition to the event’s main exhibition, curated by this year's Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena, there will be 63 exhibitions held in country pavilions throughout the grounds responding to this year’s theme of “Reporting From the Front.” We've taken to Instagram to round up the best sneak peeks of the exhibitions coming together at architecture’s preeminent event—read on to take a look.

These 15 Second Videos Teach You “How to Architect”

14:00 - 24 February, 2016

Covering everything from the definition of a volute to a look at Eero Saarinen’s Dulles international airport, Doug Patt’s “How to Architect” videos offer 15 second glimpses into the world of architecture.  Posted on his Instagram account daily, each video explores one fact related to architecture. At the end of each week, the facts are compiled into a longer video on YouTube. 

Check out a selection of videos after the break.  

The Beauty of Symmetry in 12 Photos

08:00 - 6 January, 2016
The Beauty of Symmetry in 12 Photos, Hong Kong. Image © @andreknot [IG]
Hong Kong. Image © @andreknot [IG]

Symmetry has always been a source of obsession in architecture. In Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and later during the Renaissance, symmetry was used as a way to find true beauty, while in the early Modern movement its eradication was an essential part of breaking with history.

Without a doubt there is something beautiful in symmetry, and popular Instagram accounts like @symmetricalmonsters collect photos that best capture symmetry in the architecture of everyday life. 

View our selection of images after the break.

Columbia GSAPP Showcase Award-Winning Student Portfolios on Instagram

04:00 - 16 November, 2015

Earlier this year the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAPP) at New York City's Columbia University took to Instagram to showcase a collection of their "award-winning" student portfolios across a week of posts. Nineteen stop-motion films highlight the highly individual nature of the architectural portfolio, demonstrating a wide range of graphic styles and methods of book-binding. From hardback-bound theses to gold foil embossing and 'box-in-box' constructions, you can get a taste of some of what the school considers its finest work from 2015 graduates, after the break.

25 Architecture Instagram Feeds to Follow Now (Part III)

04:00 - 2 October, 2015
25 Architecture Instagram Feeds to Follow Now (Part III)

In 2013 and 2014, we published two posts rounding up some of the best architectural Instagrammers out there. Now, with the #ArchDaily hashtag recently surpassing 500,000 posts across the whole of Instagram, we thought it was high time for an update. Our latest list, of course, includes many very talented photographers that are sure to fill your stream with great architectural images. Also included though are a number of photographers who fill more niche areas of interest: from updates on major New York construction projects from field_condition, to updates from filmmaker tomaskoolhaas as he creates his documentary on his father Rem; and from dailyoverview's captivating images of our Earth from above, to sejkko's charming photographs of Portugal's "Lonely Houses," there's something to interest everyone.

Instagram Breaks Away from the Square

13:53 - 27 August, 2015

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The "perfectly proportioned" Instagram square has redefined the way people photograph their world. Starting today, Instagram users are no longer required to adhere to the square; landscape, portrait and even panoramas can all be uploaded onto Instagram - making it easier for architects to photograph their buildings. This means you no longer have to rely on finicky third-party apps to upload your uncropped images. Keep in mind, the images will appear as centered-cropped squares on your Instagram profile. However, in the live feed photos of all shapes and sizes will be shown in full. Read Instagram's official statement for more on the change. 

Show Us #YourArchDaily: Share Your Photos Now!

10:50 - 29 April, 2015

At ArchDaily, we work hard to give you the best overview we can of architecture around the world, publishing inspiring work and intriguing points of view from all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica). But of course, there are also hundreds of thousands of much-loved buildings in city centers, on residential streets and in rural communities that we can't cover.

That's why we need you, the ArchDaily community, to show us what inspiring architecture means to you - whether that's where you live or a place you have traveled to see. From the skyscrapers of well-known metropolises to the cottages of quaint villages, send us your Instagram and Twitter photos of the architecture that motivates you every day.

It’s easy to participate! On Instagram and/or Twitter, submit photos or videos of the architecture you encounter on a daily basis using the hashtag #YourArchDaily and mentioning @archdaily.

Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress

05:00 - 24 March, 2015
Milan Expo 2015: Photographic Updates Of The Pavilions In Progress, Pavilion of Vanke. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers
Pavilion of Vanke. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers

This tour - made possible through the Expo's Instagram account - gives us fresh insight into the development of projects like Daniel Libeskind's pavilion for Vanke, which is clad in a self-cleaning, air purifying, metalised tile, to Nemesi's 'smog-eating pavilion' for Italy. With the opening of the 2015 Universal Exposition set to take place in a little over one month's time Milan, for a six month period, will become a global showcase for the thematic study of food. With over 140 participating nations tackling the question of "how to be able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium," new innovations in architecture, engineering and material design will be central to the exhibitions.

See snapshots of the pavilions under construction after the break.

Childrens' Park. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Pavilion of Uruguay. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Pavilion of Slovenia. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers Rice Cluster. Image Courtesy of Milan Expo 2015 / Archilovers +5

Architect Yener Torun Documents Contemporary Istanbul on Instagram

16:38 - 2 March, 2015

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"Istanbul is exotic and modern," says architect Yener Torun, who has spent the last year documenting Istanbul's most contemporary and brightly colored spaces on Instagram. "It is funny, because my photos of Istanbul do not really look like Istanbul. And that is what I exactly wanted to do - to show a different site of the city, a side that was never focused on."

Critiquing Istanbul's recent explosion of growth and "bad" architecture, Torun set out to discover the city's lesser known, brightly colored spaces that have had a positive influence on day-to-day life. Now with nearly 40,000 followers, his quest is proving to have an affect and is inspiring him to spread his explorations beyond Istanbul to Ankara, Bursa, Izmir and Kocaeli.

See a selection of Torun's images, after the break.

A Preview of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Broad Museum, Courtesy of Instagram

01:00 - 16 February, 2015

Here's The Broad 3rd floor gallery space before the art walls are installed #broad2015 #huftonandcrow @thebroadmuseum

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Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Los Angeles' Broad Museum is due to open September 20th. However, in an attempt to ease the tensions surrounding the building's many delays and legal problems, this past weekend members of the press and a small number of ticketed members of the public where invited to view the unfinished building, offering a preview of the long-awaited addition to LA's Grand Avenue museum scene.

As LA Times Critic Christopher Hawthorn reports, the previews were initiated by Elizabeth Diller herself, with the architect meeting giving reporters a tour of the space on Friday. On Sunday 3,000 members of the public were allowed to enter, after tickets for the event sold out after just 30 minutes. Now that the previews are over, the Broad will remain off limits until its official opening later this year and the rest of us will have to make do with the many Instagram and Twitter shots from those lucky enough to attend - after the break, we've collected 12 of the best.

MOMA Partners with Instagram for Largest-Ever Latin American Architecture Exhibition

00:00 - 4 February, 2015
MOMA Partners with Instagram for Largest-Ever Latin American Architecture Exhibition, Iglesia del Cristo Obrero, Atlántida, Uruguay, Eladio Dieste. Image © Leonardo Finotti
Iglesia del Cristo Obrero, Atlántida, Uruguay, Eladio Dieste. Image © Leonardo Finotti

MoMA's largest-ever Latin American architecture exhibition will feature an official partnership with Instagram. The project invites the Instagram community to share their photos of buildings as part of the Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 exhibition.

One of the year's most awaited exhibitions,  Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 will display key architectural works for understanding modernism in Latin America, featuring remarkable buildings from all over the continent, designed by prominent architects like Oscar Niemeyer, Clorindo Testa, Luis Barragán, Vilanova Artigas and Eladio Dieste.

Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

00:00 - 26 September, 2014

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture - Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the "Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza" exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra's photographs after the break.

@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo

00:00 - 7 May, 2014
@ArchDaily Instatour: #Tokyo, Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily on Instagram
Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma via @archdaily 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.