the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer

According to the global affairs magazine Monocle, Britain's cultural cache is at an all-time high.

The magazine's latest annual Soft Power Survey (which measures the "Soft Power" of a country, or "the ways in which a nation can shape the world without relying on financial muscle and overwhelming force") placed the UK as the world's greatest cultural influencer, dethroning the US for the first time.

The magazine cites the UK's action-packed year, which included the Queen's Jubilee, the success of pop-culture phenomena (like Adele and James Bond), and the Summer Olympic Games, as the catalyst which put them on top.

But let's not underestimate the role that architecture has played as a symbol of Britain's cultural import. Despite financial difficulties (which have put London's burgeoning skyline in doubt), the year was nevertheless a good one for Britain's architecture and architects - Renzo Piano's controversial Shard hogged the spotlight in London's Olympic coverage; Dame Zaha Hadid, Glamour's Woman of the Year, has been non-stop in the media thanks to her Aquatics Centre and Galaxy Soho; and, to top it off, British megafirm Foster + Partners will soon be responsible for many of New York's latest skyscrapers. Talk about the Empire striking back.

Find out who else made the list of most influential countries, after the break...

The power of the Olympic Games can also be seen in Brazil's rise from #21 to #17 and in the first-time inclusion of Turkey, a country which has been cultivating its bid (and its architecture) for the 2020 Olympics. Other countries to make the list include the design and architecture heavyweights of Northern Europe: Finland (#13; Helsinki has been this year's World Design Capital), Denmark (#7), and Sweden (#5).

Story via The Week and the Daily Mail

About this author
Vanessa Quirk
Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "UK Dethrones US As Greatest Global Influencer" 20 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.