Blogs are undoubtedly a great source of information and inspiration. Architecture is a thread that connects various parts of the world and brings different communities together with art and design. With the virtual world taking over the real world, to amplify the reach of information, blogs are a great way to nurture that cause. Inspirations are all around us, and when they come under one roof, it is easier to explore, access, and learn. Blogs also help in bringing multiple perspectives, angles on current topics, and scenarios that enable us to understand them in depth. Through this medium, we get to enjoy and analyze the works of architects all over the world and communicate our views effectively. Trends, inventions, research are significant in design and architecture, and blogs are an exciting amalgamation of all these presented engagingly.
Below are mentioned 10 blogs that every architect must follow:
1. Architectural Digest
The AD will be in almost every list of architectural blogs to look forward to as they hold a perfect mix of design, architecture, and interiors. Being one of the oldest in the industry, they know what viewers expect and host a variety of content in the form of ‘How-To’ posts, celebrity house tours, a great showcase of designs, etc. They also have a section called “The List” that comprises various interior design brands from all over India. They also have a magazine and newsletter subscription to inspire you and keep you updated on current trends in the field of architecture that is hard to miss.
‘Designboom’ blog, as the name proposes, has a more unifying and holistic approach towards all things art & design and their prosperity over the years. They provide great content of technology that is highly relevant to the current scenario of the design world. Their sections are sensibly categorized in terms of content and presentation that allows easy navigation. Another remarkable feature about this is they provide a ‘readers write’ section that enables artists and designers from all over the world to connect and express their views. Even if you are not into reading, they provide content in terms of videos that are insightful and interesting. They enjoy an active social media presence on almost all platforms and offer a variety of content. Also, they have some amazing competitions for architects all over the world to participate in.
First and foremost, my favorite section of the ArchDaily blog is their projects that are perfect for case studies that will be helpful for a lot of architecture students as you can become a member and save articles for future use. One of their most attractive features is that they are multilingual and provide content curated from all over the world. Nearly 40 new projects are updated daily in addition to allowing readers to submit their projects. They also have a section called city guides that might become an essential part of the itinerary for any traveling architect. Along with these features they also have a great set of competitions, events, exhibitions, and interviews. Their content is up to date contributing news on architecture in times of covid-19, climate-responsive architecture, and many necessary topics in the time of crisis. In their product section, they talk about soft wares and their spec along with discussing some great inventions all around the world in the field of design.
The most entertaining and insightful section of theirs has to be their interviews and opinions section that covers a great set of designers, architects around the world, and a wide range of topics respectively. They cover everything about design starting from automobile, fashion to interiors and architecture hence allows you to explore the field of design and architecture in a deeper and meaningful way. You can launch your products in their showroom section for it to reach all around the globe virtually. The events guide section of their blog have helpful filter options to make the search easier. This blog also has over 171k subscribers on youtube, rightfully so as their collection of video content is enriching and enjoyable. They also post job opportunities from all over the world and host awards to honor talent.
Architizer is a perfect blog to find inspiration as every category and section of theirs has subfilters which help you find accurately what you need. They have a finder for manufacturers, firms, and jobs all over the world that comes in handy and is extremely helpful. Their journal section has some wonderful content for you to go through, learn, and get inspired. They also hold monthly challenges that will help you hone your skills and explore the layers of architecture.
The tagline of the Archinet blog endorses connecting architects across the globe that they stand by through their content connecting designers, architects, architecture students from all over the world with a variety of content. Their academia section is very inspiring as it brings articles from students of architecture and gives us a glimpse of the young minds. You can look for colleges and courses in architecture with their forum. Their content not only focuses on architecture but also things that influence them socially and economically that need attention too.
Divisare is a blog dedicated exclusively to exemplary projects that happen around the world in the field of architecture and design. Another exciting feature of theirs is their books that are being shipped worldwide. The blog is great for inspiration and to find designers or photographers all around the world. The projects section has appropriate subcategories such as location, materials, etc., which makes searching so much easier and relevant.
8. Architectural Review
This blog is fitting for any architect or a student to improve their critical and disruptive thinking. The articles stand out in this blog as they have a storytelling narrative that amplifies the cause they express through the content. The blog is for anyone interested in architecture and who wants to learn from different points of view and perspectives. They have some millennial based content like films and podcasts that are distinctive and extremely engaging and truly entertaining.
9. World Architecture News
It is vital to stay in touch with things happening around you, especially in the field of architecture. Design and architecture are vast, it includes inventions, research, creations daily that define our future and to stay relevant. Hence this blog helps address that concern by bringing you exciting updates on architecture from all around the world.
10. Life of an Architect
On a lighter note, this is a podcast-based blog by an architect that discusses simpler, general topics on living the architect’s life. Architecture is more than creativity as it requires a lot of skills, knowledge, and practice. Hence amongst all the inspiration, it is necessary to understand the reality, purpose and understand what it’s like to be one. Therefore, this blog is a fun, slice-of-life kind insightful podcast for you to relish, and that it is being run by an experienced architect is a bonus.