From Frank Gehry giving the finger and claiming that today’s architecture is 98% “pure shit,” to the Guggenheim Helsinki competition receiving 1,715 entries and becoming the most popular architecture competition in history, 2014 has been an eventful year. The following 20 stories were the most read of the year, generating discussion among readers and provoking interesting comments. Ranging from lighthearted lists (25 Free Architecture Books You Can Read Online) to articles analyzing how future cities might look (Hamburg’s Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years), here are the top 20 stories of 2014.
20. Hamburg’s Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years
19. Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into "Cycling Utopia"
18. 25 Free Architecture Books You Can Read Online
17. The World’s 10 Tallest New Buildings of 2015
16. The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time
15. 6 Finalists Revealed in Guggenheim Helsinki Competition
14. Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?
13. 40 Architecture Docs to Watch In 2014
12. Introducing "Potty-Girl," The Architect of the Future?
11. Europe’s Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design
10. From Friends to Frasier: 13 Famous TV Shows Rendered in Plan
9. And the Best US Architecture Schools for 2015 Are…
8. Free CAD Files of 241 Major World Cities
7. Want to Land a Job at One of the Top 50 Architecture Firms? Here Are the Skills You Need to Have...
6. See all 1,715 Entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition Online
5. Does Italy Have Way Too Many Architects? (The Ratio of Architects to Inhabitants Around the World)
4. An App That Draws Impressively Accurate Floor Plans In Minutes
3. Four Ways to Learn About Architecture For Free
2. 21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture
1. Frank Gehry Claims Today’s Architecture is (Mostly) “Pure Shit”