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20 TED Talks to Help Architects Work Better

07:45 - 12 September, 2019
20 TED Talks to Help Architects Work Better, Bjarke Ingels at TED. Image © TED
Bjarke Ingels at TED. Image © TED

Since its founding in 1984 by architect Richard Saul Wurman, TED has been a powerful force in the fields of technology, entertainment, design, and beyond. Architects are among the millions of people around the world who frequently tune into TED's “ideas worth spreading” including talks by architects such as Bjarke Ingels and Jeanne Gang. With over 2500 talks to choose from, we have followed on from our previous lists to provide you with 20 talks to help you work better as an architect.

How to Design Comfortable and Efficient Offices: Individual Workspaces

04:00 - 3 September, 2019
How to Design Comfortable and Efficient Offices: Individual Workspaces, Cortesia de Herman Miller
Cortesia de Herman Miller

The way of working has changed, but most offices remain the same.

4 Unique Coworking Typologies, from Churches to Shipping Containers

07:00 - 2 September, 2019
4 Unique Coworking Typologies, from Churches to Shipping Containers, "Outpost" is Roam's Bali coworking and coliving space. Image via Roam
"Outpost" is Roam's Bali coworking and coliving space. Image via Roam

An established trend in the creative world and beyond, coworking is predicated on the idea that sharing space can offer both financial and productivity benefits. As demonstrated by Bjarke Ingels’ heavy involvement in WeWork, and the vibrant, dynamic workspaces created by Second Home, architecture and design play a heavy role in the effective design of coworking spaces.

ArchDaily Topics - September: Work

06:30 - 2 September, 2019
ArchDaily Topics - September: Work

The way we approach work has changed, and that is undeniable. Our profession no longer defines us as much as past generations, and new forms of work have been incorporated into everyday life. While technology has revolutionized our ability to perform a variety of daily tasks, many professions have disappeared, some will probably not last much longer and, while others were created.

13 Changes to Your Work Space That Could Improve Your Productivity (And Your Life)

05:30 - 21 June, 2019
13 Changes to Your Work Space That Could Improve Your Productivity (And Your Life) , This image was submitted to our "Sketch Your Workspace" reader challenge. To see all 42 submitted drawings, visit the full article <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/796178/42-sketches-drawings-and-diagrams-of-desks-and-architecture-workspaces'>here</a>. Image © Anne Ma
This image was submitted to our "Sketch Your Workspace" reader challenge. To see all 42 submitted drawings, visit the full article here. Image © Anne Ma

There’s no doubt that architects spend a lot of time in front of a desktop, be it virtual or three-dimensional. In fact, although this statistic is not exclusive to architects, the average time a person now spends sitting down per day is 7.7 hours; in the United States the average is an unbelievable 13 hours. Of course this includes time spent on the train, watching a movie on the sofa, or a whole range of other seated activities, but the vast proportion of this time is likely to be spent working by a desk or laptop.

11 Ways to Become a Better Architect (Without Doing Architecture)

04:30 - 2 May, 2019
11 Ways to Become a Better Architect (Without Doing Architecture), © Ariana Zilliacus
© Ariana Zilliacus

Architects are often noted for having bad work-life balance, a lot of stress and little free time. How can you take time off while still improving your skills as an architect? Can that time off even give you an extra edge? Compared to other fields, architecture stands out as a field in which you need to “know a little bit about everything." Thus, in order to live up to our name we must also do a little bit of everything, and as they say, a little goes a long way. So with that in mind, here are 11 activities which, while not obviously architectural, just might make you a better architect.

21 Ways Architects Can Work Smarter, Not Harder

06:30 - 19 April, 2019
21 Ways Architects Can Work Smarter, Not Harder, Courtesy of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Courtesy of Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

In their day-to-day work, architects face a lot of distractions and challenges: managing clients, collaborators and contractors; keeping up to date with the latest software and technologies; drafting planning applications and paperwork; and if you're lucky, even getting to design some things in between. Originally published by ArchSmarter, this article offers 21 tips on how to maximize your productivity and minimize unnecessary work.

9 Augmented Reality Technologies for Architecture and Construction

08:00 - 14 April, 2019
9 Augmented Reality Technologies for Architecture and Construction, © GAMMA AR
© GAMMA AR

A technological innovation is revolutionizing one of the oldest professions in the world. Augmented reality has just broken onto the scene and has already been transforming civil construction. The changes are seen not only in designing and modeling, but also in building. Augmented reality benefits the entire construction team: engineers, designers, architects, project managers and service providers.

Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying

05:00 - 4 April, 2019
Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying, Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli
Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli

Architecture, unlike other aspects of culture (such as fashion or music), can only really be experienced and understood in person. For highly branded companies, designing a new building can be a prime opportunity to signal taste and values - but also creates an interesting architectural conundrum. While the buildings will be inhabited (nearly 24/7) by company employees, they’re also very much populated by the imaginations of people across the globe. What is it like to be in these places?

Bringing Work Home: 9 Times Architects Designed for Themselves

13:00 - 20 January, 2019
Bringing Work Home: 9 Times Architects Designed for Themselves, The Tower House / Gluck+. Image © Paul Warchol
The Tower House / Gluck+. Image © Paul Warchol

Architects are often bound by the will of their client, reluctantly sacrificing and compromising design choices in order to suit their needs. But what happens when architects become their own clients? When architects design for themselves, they have the potential to test their ideas freely, explore without creative restriction, and create spaces which wholly define who they are, how they design, and what they stand for. From iconic architect houses like the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica to private houses that double as a public-entry museum, here are 9 fascinating examples of how architects design when they only have themselves to answer to.

12 Top Apps for Architects on the Construction Site

09:00 - 8 January, 2017
12 Top Apps for Architects on the Construction Site

We have previously published the best apps for architects, many of which try to boost creativity and productivity for project design. Now, we’ve put together a series of helpful apps for the development and management of construction projects. From digital measuring tools to instant software-generated reports of work progress, we hope this new construction technology will be most useful to you.

The Best Software Tutorials on the Web (According to ArchDaily Readers)

10:30 - 22 June, 2015
The Best Software Tutorials on the Web (According to ArchDaily Readers), via Shutterstock. © Max Griboedov
via Shutterstock. © Max Griboedov

In a world where architects can use computers to produce representations of designs with new levels of accuracy and artistry, software fluency is becoming increasingly necessary. With that in mind, last month we asked our readers to help us develop a comprehensive list of tutorials. After studying the comments and scouring the internet for more sources, we have developed this improved list, which we hope will help you to discover new work techniques and better ways to apply different programs.

22 Websites You Didn't Know Were Useful to Architects

01:00 - 13 February, 2015
22 Websites You Didn't Know Were Useful to Architects

Being an architect is hard. At times, you're expected to act as everything from a graphic designer to a handyman (or woman), from a data scientist to a writer, or from a computer programmer to a public speaker. And, you're expected to do all these things on little to no sleep and for a much lower wage than you're probably worth. But don't fear - the internet is here to help (it's not just a place to procrastinate, you know).