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Win a Postcard Set of Federico Babina's Archibet, the Illustrated Alphabet of Architects

00:00 - 12 January, 2015
Win a Postcard Set of Federico Babina's Archibet, the Illustrated Alphabet of Architects, Archibet / Federico Babina. Image Courtesy of Laurence King
Archibet / Federico Babina. Image Courtesy of Laurence King

UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Robert, Angelo, Nathaniel, Enasaveva, and Avi! We will be contacting you via email. 

When Italian architect Federico Babina released his Archibet set this past year, it was an instant hit; no surprise, considering Babina’s illustrations depict the styles of 26 famous architects, from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid, in a clever way unlike anything else. Now, thanks to Babina and publisher Laurence King, five of our readers can win their very own Archibet set.

Official rules: Check out Babina’s complete Archibet set (here) and let us know your favorite “letter” in the comment section below. Five winners will be chosen at random from entries received between Monday, January 12th and Sunday, January 18th 11:59 EST. Anyone in the world is welcome to participate. One entry per person. ArchDaily will enforce verification and remove duplicated ones before choosing the winner.

Bonus: ArchDaily readers can purchase a copy of Archibet by Federico Babina at a discount of 30% when ordering from www.laurenceking.com. Enter the code ARCHIBET30 at the checkout.

Good luck! 

Start the Year the Right Way With 18 Illustrations of Architecture Classics

00:00 - 2 January, 2015
Start the Year the Right Way With 18 Illustrations of Architecture Classics, © Xinran Ma
© Xinran Ma

To celebrate the start of 2015, Xinran Ma, a New York-based architectural designer and illustrator, has created this brutalist-inspired greetings card. Based on his work illustrating over 50 of the classic projects of modernist and brutalist architecture, this card features pieces of these recognizable buildings, remixed and adapted to create a typeface.

Xinran says that the buildings he illustrates all have one unfortunate thing in common: "they are extremely attractive and inspiring to me," he says, but "ironically they have been somehow gradually forgotten." As a result, the illustrations he produces are not just a hobby, but part of an obligation he feels "to defend, memorize and deliver the classics that I believe are immortal." Xinran has shared 18 of these illustrations with ArchDaily to spread the word about these buildings; check them out after the break, and click on the images to find out more about each one.

House-monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Image © Xinran Ma Makedonium / Jordan Grabulovski and IskraGrabulovski. Image © Xinran Ma Central Research Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics. Image © Xinran Ma St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer. Image © Xinran Ma + 19

ARCHIQUOTE: 13 Billboards Advertising Architecture’s Most Influential Concepts

00:00 - 9 December, 2014
ARCHIQUOTE: 13 Billboards Advertising Architecture’s Most Influential Concepts, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina is at it again, this time creating a series of 13 Las Vegas-inspired billboards that advertise architectural concepts of the profession’s most prolific contributors. The idea behind ARCHIQUOTE, as Babina describes, was to put words into manifest examples of architectural concepts and aesthetics from Mies van der Rohe to Rem Koolhaas.

“The words can be considered as architecture,” says Babina. “Simple concepts with deep meanings and complex thoughts explained with simplicity…Billboards that evoke a Las vegas of architecture where the phrases guide us to understand a little more the idea hidden behind the work done with volumes and space… In these 13 illustrations are mixed, intersect and integrate aphorisms and shapes in a communicative game.”

The complete series, after the break.

Cybertopia: The Digital Future of Analog Architectural Space

00:00 - 7 December, 2014
Cybertopia: The Digital Future of Analog Architectural Space, 2. Cybertopia. Death of analogous cities. Image © Egor Orlov
2. Cybertopia. Death of analogous cities. Image © Egor Orlov

"Cyberspace, filled with bugs and glitches – the components of its natural habitat – will form a completely new and previously unknown location when released into a real city – Cybertopia," says Egor Orlov, a current student at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. According to Orlov, the physical world is on the brink of a major technological breakthrough that will revolutionize the way architects conceive of space – closing the gap between analog and digital.

Cybertopia - completed while he was a student at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering under tutors Akhtiamov I.I. and Akhtiamova R.H. and nominated for the Archiprix Madrid 2015 - exists as another dimension for Orlov, where fairy tales come to life and science harmonizes with engineering and architectural design. "Future of an Architecture Space. Cybertopia. Death of Analogous Cities," delves into a fantasy world where the "possibility to fly or walk from one planet to another" becomes an illustrated reality using a combination of drafting-based techniques and a wild imagination.

Enter the hybrid technological-analog world of Cybertopia after the break

© Egor Orlov 6. Housing of the future city. Program section. Image © Egor Orlov 10. Model of the future city. Image © Egor Orlov 29. Postcards from the future. Image © Egor Orlov + 42

Gastro-Architecture: Nicholas Blechman Illustrates Architecture as Food

00:00 - 23 October, 2014
Gastro-Architecture: Nicholas Blechman Illustrates Architecture as Food , © Nicholas Blechman
© Nicholas Blechman

Have you ever had the urge to squeeze a lemon on the dome of St. Peters Basilica? Or perhaps, crack a beer with Kohn Pedersen Fox’s “bottle opener”? New York-based designer Nicholas Blechman has put into illustration what we’ve all been thinking, landmark architecture as the food-related items they resemble. Check out Blechman’s “Gastro-Architecture” series here on the New York Times and preview a couple of our favorites, after the break.

90 of Mankind’s Greatest Architectural Achievements

01:00 - 25 September, 2014
90 of Mankind’s Greatest Architectural Achievements, © Pop Chart Lab
© Pop Chart Lab

Hagia Sophia, Guggenheim Bilbao, and Burj Khalifa are amongst 90 structural feats in which Pop Chart Lab has deemed to be “mankind’s greatest architectural achievements since prehistory.” Each are hand-drafted and presented on this blueprint-style infographic to commemorate great architecture.

Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: "The Happiness Machine"

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Artist Mark Lascelles Thornton On His Completed Masterwork: "The Happiness Machine", All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton
All 8 panels of The Happiness Machine. Image © Mark Lascelles Thornton

Over a year ago, we shared a work-in-progress drawing project that captured our imagination with its combination of huge size and meticulously small details. Now, "The Happiness Machine," Mark Lascelles Thornton's 8-foot by 5-foot, three year long drawing project is complete, after over 10,000 hours of painstaking work.

Lascelles Thornton, a self-taught London-based artist who describes himself as "one of those kids that was drawing before I was talking," created the artwork as a response to the global financial crisis, focusing on themes of socio-economics, consumerism, globalism, resource shortages, urbanism and architecture. We spoke to Lascelles Thornton about his artwork, discussing the themes of the piece and the commitment - or, as he describes it, "emotional engineering" - required for such a colossal undertaking.

For the full interview - and detailed images of the drawing - read on after the break

© Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton © Mark Lascelles Thornton + 21

ARCHIZOOM: Close-Ups of Architectural Favorites

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
ARCHIZOOM: Close-Ups of Architectural Favorites , Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina is back with his latest illustration! This time, he explores 23 works of architecture through the lens of one interesting or intense detail that speaks to the character of the work as a whole. Seeing these illustrations as movie posters, which use visual imagery to suggest, insinuate, and convey "the essence" of the film, each illustration reflects the work and the architect's aesthetic overall. See all 23 after the break!

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina + 23

The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
The World Cup Stadiums of Brazil, In Awesome Illustrations, © André Chiote
© André Chiote

In celebration of the Brazil World Cup, architect and illustrator André Chiote has created a series of illustrations featuring the tournament's most iconic stadiums. Comparing the social importance of these stadiums to cathedrals, Chiote believes that "the new architectural objects are landmarks in the cities that will perpetuate in the future as a cultural and social legacy," and there are few better ways to envision this legacy than to treat the structures with his abstracted, colorful aesthetic - in Brazilian green and yellow, of course. Check out the full illustration set after the break.

ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
ARCHIMUSIC: Illustrations Turn Music Into Architecture, Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina's released his latest series of illustrations: Archimusic, architectural representations of 27 songs, from Miles Davis to Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse. See all 27 after the break!

Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina Courtesy of Federico Babina + 28

CASA: Architecture’s Most Famous Houses Confined to a Cube

00:00 - 24 May, 2014
CASA: Architecture’s Most Famous Houses Confined to a Cube, Courtesy of Yannick Martin
Courtesy of Yannick Martin

French-born, Colombian-based architect Yannick Martin of WHAT has shared with us his latest series of illustrations that reimagines some of architecture’s most famous confined within a box.

“The idea,” describes Martin, “was to deform and stretch houses made by some of the most known architects, put them inside a cube, and reveal what makes them so singular, starting with the decisions the architects made concerning the proportion of their houses and the defining elements that makes them so unique and famous.”

The complete collection, including Casa Vanna Venturi and the Farnsworth House, after the break...

Artist Fills Paris' Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations

00:00 - 9 May, 2014
Artist Fills Paris' Negative Space with Whimsical Illustrations, © Lamadieu Thomas
© Lamadieu Thomas

When you're surrounded by buildings on all sides, what do you see? In his SkyArt series, French artist Lamadieu Thomas gives us his answer. He takes claustrophobia-inducing photographs of urban landscapes through a fish-eye lens, framing the sky with rooftops and filling the negative space with playful illustrations. Thomas describes his whimsical approach to art as an attempt to show "what we can construct with a boundless imagination" and "a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us." To see more from the collection, continue after the break.

© Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas © Lamadieu Thomas + 10

ARCHIMACHINE: 17 Countries Illustrated as Architectural Machines

00:00 - 6 May, 2014
Courtesy of Federico Babina
Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the extremely popular ARCHIPORTRAIT (portraits of architects done in that architect's particular style), ARCHIST (fictional works of architecture in the styles of particular artists) and ARCHICINE (illustrations of architecture in famous films), has just released his latest: ARCHIMACHINE.

The Latest Illustration from Federico Babina: ARCHIPORTRAIT

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
The Latest Illustration from Federico Babina: ARCHIPORTRAIT, Toyo Ito. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina
Toyo Ito. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina

Federico Babina, the illustrator behind the extremely popular ARCHIST and ARCHICINE, has just released his latest project: ARCHIPORTRAIT, "an artistic representation of 33 architects, in which the faces and the expressions are made of their architecture." As Babina says, "The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the protagonist through his aesthetic."

See all the portraits - from Corbu to Foster to Gehry and more - after the break.

Le Corbusier. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Mario Botta. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Daniel Libeskind. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina Norman Foster. Image Courtesy of Federico Babina + 33

The Happiness Machine: The Detailed Drawings of Mark Lascelles Thornton

00:00 - 5 April, 2013

With just a Rotring Isograph pen on arches paper, artist Mark Lascelles Thornton completed this scrupulously detailed architectural drawing project titled "The Happiness Machine". Each sheet represents a city - such as Chicago, Shanghai, London and New York - and is stylized in red and gray ink.

In addition to the meticulous detail of the buildings, the work is even more amazing considering the scale: the final piece will spread across eight panels measuring 8 by 5 feet.

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