Archinect - Features 2014-09-02T02:58:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/33243012/archinect-s-11-top-11-for-11 Archinect's 11 Top 11 for '11 Archinect 2012-01-03T19:01:00-05:00 >2012-01-10T14:45:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anikgt2wy5ecg8lj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As we enter another new year (<em><strong>Archinect's 15th!</strong></em>), we reflect back on the previous year and share the most trafficked pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of 11 top 11 lists for '11. As we always do, we're sharing the most popular pages from across the site, based exclusively on visits by unique page-views. There's no emphasis on quality or relevance here... we're simply providing a non-subjective reflection of what our valued readers are reading and sharing the most.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/32429010/contours-the-year-s-end-the-political-economic-and-social-perspective CONTOURS: The Year’s End: The Political, Economic, and Social Perspective Sherin Wing 2011-12-27T16:58:56-05:00 >2011-12-29T12:19:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cpxmnsggpg4g8s8x.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By Sherin Wing &amp; Guy Horton</em></p> <p> We sit here in the joyous wreckage of The Holi-<em>daze</em> listening to one of the forgotten tunes of 2011, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89UNel7Fav4" target="_blank">Soothe Me</a>&rdquo; by the London-based band, Yuck. We think, yes, <em>soothe</em> us. Please. Just give us some good news. <em>Anything.</em> ABI? Unemployment? A functioning Congress? How about some cool projects that give us some hope that architecture matters in more than just narrow aesthetic terms? Too much to ask for?</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/32418179/top-10-design-initiatives-to-watch-in-2012-for-the-public-good Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012—for the public good John Cary 2011-12-27T14:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T19:49:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1xdvl1q1ksa9c4m.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By John Cary</em></p> <p> Last week&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/31829593/top-10-design-milestones-of-2011-for-the-public-good" target="_blank">Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011</a>, published here at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from <a href="http://www.ideo.org" target="_blank">IDEO.org</a> and <a href="http://www.massdesigngroup.org" target="_blank">Mass Design Group</a> to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future&mdash;though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.</p> <p> With that in mind, this is not an exercise in trend spotting, but rather a simple meditation on initiatives poised to advance the field, and how they can be scaled up, refined, tweaked, borrowed, and leveraged. None of the following is entirely new; some are a long time in the making, while others are testing new directions. Some initiatives also evade mention, either because they&rsquo;re not yet public or because they haven&rsquo;t yet been dreamed up. One thing is for certain: the bar is higher than ever, even&mdash;and perhaps especially&mdash;for design efforts that c...</p>