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105 Valentines for Architects (And Architecture Lovers)

07:00 - 13 February, 2017

If there was ever a time when the world needed a bit of extra love, that time is now. And even though Valentine's Day is a celebration of romantic love, we know these uplifting messages of affection will resonate with peers, friends, and family members, alike. 

ArchDaily's mission is to improve the quality of life of the world's inhabitants by publishing content for architects, designers, and decision-makers. We also realize how important tolerance, acceptance, and love are to the process of building a better world. So, from us to you, and from your fellow readers to the world, may you feel a wealth of love on this Valentine's Day.

Gif submitted by Vilma Picari

Immigration-Themed Valentine's Day Heart Erected in Times Square

14:00 - 8 February, 2017
Immigration-Themed Valentine's Day Heart Erected in Times Square, © Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
© Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

The Office for Creative Research's winning design for the 2017 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, We Were Strangers Once Too, has officially opened in New York City's Times Square. A celebration of New York City’s rich immigrant culture, the sculpture takes the form of 33 metal poles inscribed with the origins of foreign-born NYC residents. As visitors travel around the sculpture, the red and pink blocks come together to create an iconic Valentine’s Day heart.

Winning Times Square Valentine's Day Installation Will Celebrate NYC's Immigrants

14:00 - 1 February, 2017
Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research
Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research

The Office for Creative Research has been announced as the winners of the 2017 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. Their winning design, titled We Were Strangers Once Too, is a public data sculpture in the shape of a heart that “highlight[s] the role that immigrants have played in the founding, development, and continued vibrancy of New York City.”

Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research Courtesy of The Office for Creative Research +4

Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card 2017

07:00 - 1 February, 2017
Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card 2017, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

Roses are red, violets are blue; we'd love to receive a valentine from you!

The Best Submissions to Our Valentine's Day Card Contest

07:30 - 12 February, 2016
Submitted by Joanna Jossif
Submitted by Joanna Jossif

From heart-shaped plans to sweet "buttresses," we're really feelin' the love! Out of over 250 submissions to our Valentine contest, these are our favorites. (Beware, puns ahead!)

Happy Valentine's Day from the ArchDaily Team!

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square, Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card

07:00 - 2 February, 2016
Call for Submissions: Architecture-Themed Valentine's Day Card

Roses are red, violets are blue; we'd love to receive a valentine from you!

We have long admired our reader's creativity, so we wanted to celebrate this Valentine's Day by featuring the most lovely, architecture-themed cards submitted by our readers. Whether you're looking for Mr. Wright or you love someone Gehry much, we hope you will share your witty and beautiful valentines with us. <3

Collective-LOK Designs Mirrored, Ring of Hearts Pavilion for Times Square

16:00 - 17 November, 2015
Collective-LOK Designs Mirrored, Ring of Hearts Pavilion for Times Square, Courtesy of Collective–LOK
Courtesy of Collective–LOK

Collective-LOK’s design for a circular pavilion made up of giant mirrored hearts has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart installation. Their "Heart of Hearts" proposal features a faceted ring made up of nine mirrored, golden hearts that will “create an alternative pavilion that reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square.” Spaces within each heart will form “kissing booths where couples will find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity.”

Stereotank’s HeartBeat Transformed into Times Square HeartSeat

18:00 - 5 March, 2015
Stereotank’s HeartBeat Transformed into Times Square HeartSeat, © Stereotank
© Stereotank

Stereotank’s HeartBeat filled the air in Times Square this past Valentine’s Day. Now that the love season is over, the Brooklyn-based practice has turned their clever installation into a welcoming “HeartSeat” by simply opening up their heart-shaped sculpture to the public and transforming it into a bench. The installation will remain on view through Sunday, March 8th. See a video of HeartSeat, after the break. 

Send These Valentines To the Architects You Love

00:00 - 14 February, 2015
 Send These Valentines To the Architects You Love, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

Spread the love and send these Valentines to your favorite architects, because nothing says “I love you” more than cheesy puns. View them all, after the break. 

Stereotank’s HeartBeat Fills the Air in Times Square

00:00 - 13 February, 2015
Stereotank’s HeartBeat Fills the Air in Times Square, © Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts
© Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts

New York City is celebrating the opening of its seventh annual Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. As part of Times Square Alliance’s heart design competition, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank has constructed their heart-beating urban drum in hopes to bring New Yorkers together through music. 

Stereotank Designs Heart-Beating Urban Drum for Times Square

00:00 - 15 December, 2014
Stereotank Designs Heart-Beating Urban Drum for Times Square, © Stereotank
© Stereotank

Come February 9, New York City will be celebrating the opening of its seventh annual Valentine’s Day installation in Times Square. As part of Times Square Alliance’s heart design competition, Brooklyn- based and Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank will be constructing a heart-beating urban drum in hopes that it will bring together New Yorkers through music. 

Architect Valentines 2014

00:00 - 14 February, 2014
Architect Valentines 2014, Courtesy of Jody Brown, Coffee with an Architect
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:

A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over

01:00 - 14 February, 2014
A Dozen Red Details Worth Swooning Over, Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan
Theatre Agora / UNStudio © Iwan Baan

Rather than a bouquet of roses, we wanted to express our love with a dozen seductive images of architecture dressed in red. Because nothing steals an architect’s heart like a well designed, beautifully detailed structure.

Our 12 most loved projects in red, after the break...

House in Normandy / Beckmann-N’thepe Architectes RATP Bus Center in Thiais / ECDM Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli GASP! Stage 2 / Room11 © Ben Hosking +20

Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Young Projects Play “Match-Maker” in Times Square, © Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts
© Ka-Man Tse for Times Square Arts

Young Projects will be spending the week playing “Match-Maker” in New York City, as the Brooklyn-based studio has debuted their interactive Valentine’s Day installation in the heart of Times Square. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammetal, as part of Times Square Alliance’s sixth annual heart design competition, the interactive heart-shaped sculpture is designed to cosmically connect people based on their zodiac signs by arranging curious passerby's at twelve points surrounding the installation.  

As Young Projects describes, “Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer's four most ideal astrological mates, offering potentially novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers.”

Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
Young Projects to Design “Match-Maker” Heart for Times Square, © Young Projects
© Young Projects

Trailing Situ Studio’s recycled lumber heartYoung Projects has been chosen to design the annual Times Square Valentine’s Day installation for lovers in the Big Apple. Made in collaboration with fabricator Kammental, “Match-Maker” will debut early February. 

For the Love of Stairs

01:00 - 14 February, 2013
For the Love of Stairs, Apartament P1 / MAP/MX
Apartament P1 / MAP/MX

On this day of love, we bring you a compilation of eye candy capable of meeting or exceeding the specifications of any architect. These seductive staircases demand a double take. From curvaceous to straightforward or no-strings-attached (literally), we’ve got something for everyone. 

They're yours to gaze at after the break. 

How Our Cities Keep Us Single (And Why That Has to Change)

00:00 - 14 February, 2013
How Our Cities Keep Us Single (And Why That Has to Change), BIG's 2012 Valentine's Day installation in New York City. Image © Ho Kyung Lee
BIG's 2012 Valentine's Day installation in New York City. Image © Ho Kyung Lee

In 1969, zoologist Desmond Morris released a book titled The Human Zoo; in it, he argued that human beings, tribal by nature, aren’t wired to live in the big, crowded modern-day cities we find ourselves in:

“Some people call the city a ‘concrete jungle’ — but jungles aren’t like that. Animals in jungles aren’t overcrowded. And overcrowding is the central problem of modern city life. If you want to look for crowded animals, you have to look in the zoo. And then it occurred to me: The city is not a concrete jungle — it’s a human zoo.

Humans in a city are like animals in a zoo. It’s a fascinating claim, one that led me to a rather unusual thought. 

If we take for granted Morris’ claim that the city is essentially a human zoo, and that, as we are all aware, it’s far more difficult for animals to mate in captivity, then - could cities actually limit our capacity for love? As our world becomes more and more urbanized, will it also become more lonely? 

Is there any way to stop it?