Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016
These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 – not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:One student's solution to the... View full entry
Last Call | Registration deadline for 2017 Fairy Tales Competition
This post is brought to you by Blank Space. Next Wednesday, November 2nd, is the last day for regular registration in the Fairy Tales competition! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see where your imagination can take you. The beauty of Fairy Tales is that there are absolutely no... View full entry
Fairy Tales 2017: Blank Space launches fourth annual architecture storytelling competition
This post is brought to you by Blank Space. After the record breaking success of last year’s competition which drew over 1,500 participants from 67 countries, Blank Space is excited to announce that the 2017 edition is open for registration. Now in its fourth year, Fairy Tales is the largest... View full entry
The Fairy Tales 2016 competition is now open for registration!
Brush up on those storytelling skills, the Fairy Tales Architecture Competition 2016 launches today! First started in 2014 by Blank Space, the competition invites the creatively inclined — architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and the like — to pen their... View full entry
How connected do architects still feel to the profession? More Dear Architecture letters explore that question
While it's just as important to have serious discussions about the future of architecture, so is taking a hard, honest look at its present state. And if the letters from the recently concluded "Dear Architecture" competition indicate anything about how individual architects perceive the field... View full entry
"Dear Architecture" winners write fictional letters addressing real problems in the field
We surely have loads to say about the architecture profession, but how would you compose all those thoughts into the good ol' classical form of a letter? The "Dear Architecture" ideas competition asked its participants just that.Created by Blank Space, the same people who organized the Fairy Tales... View full entry
Regular Registration for Dear Architecture ends June 24
The Regular Registration period for the Dear Architecture competition is coming to a close tomorrow, June 24. Afterward, the current $40 fee will go up to $50 until the final deadline on July 24.Presented by Blank Space — the creators of the successful Fairy Tales Architecture Competition —... View full entry
Articulate your feelings in the "Dear Architecture" competition. Register now!
Needless to say, effective communication is vital in architecture, but how often do architects get the chance to elaborate their own thoughts and feelings on the discipline itself — in the form of a letter? Blank Space (the creators of the successful Fairy Tales Architecture Competition) along... View full entry
"Treatise: Why Write Alone?" to debut at the Graham Foundation this Friday
The upcoming publication and exhibition "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" at the Graham Foundation in Chicago utilizes the architectural treatise as a platform for experimentation, theoretical inquiry, and debate through the collective works of 14 emerging designers.↑ Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez... View full entry
Winners of the "Writing Architecture" book giveaway
Written by Yale University lecturer and practitioner Carter Wiseman, Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication About the Built Environment is a guidebook recently published by Trinity University Press that discusses the techniques of writing architecture that is accessible and... View full entry
Win a copy of "Writing Architecture", a practical guide to sharpening your architecture writing skills
As we know, having the ability to communicate ideas behind an architectural design is crucial in the architectural profession. But perhaps what's more important is knowing how to write about architecture in a way that is accessible and appealing to non-architectural folks as well, considering that... View full entry
If We Talked About Architecture Like We Talk About Writing
“Where do you get your ideas for buildings?”
“Oh, I could never do what you do — you know, get up in the morning and go to my job and do my job there.”
“Sometimes I feel like I have a building in me.”
“What’s your favorite building to re-look at?”
“Oh, I’d love to design an office complex, but I’m just so busy.”
“The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry
Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition reveals the intricate ties between the written art form and architectural history, theory, and design — all by Cara Armstrong, a trained architect and poet who works as an educator, writer, and illustrator.
As an exhibition extra, the gallery is inviting everyone to a free talk on April 30 at 5 p.m. We can be sure this won't be like your typical poetry analysis class."The exhibition delves into the space of poetry by bringing it together with architecture history, theory and design, encouraging... View full entry
Art/Architecture critic Philip Kennicott wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism
Kennicott’s entry included several pieces published in the Style section last year. One was a review in June of an exhibit of creations by the architect Kevin Roche at the National Building Museum.
Assessing Roche’s work, Kennicott wrote, “In the end, Roche’s reputation will rise or fall depending on what becomes of the corporate world he served. If the end of corporate America is a dystopian hell of environmental catastrophe, vast economic inequity and social instability... View full entry
Why Don’t We Read About Architecture?
Buildings are discussed — indeed aspects of them obsessed upon — but almost exclusively in the context of economics. This building went over budget, that surplus of houses led to the foreclosure crisis, that condo broke the record for residential real estate, etc. To the layman, then, architecture is conveyed as little more than something that costs a lot and causes a lot of grief, rather than something with the potential to enhance our daily lives.
— New York Times