We live in the most significant times of technological advancements with all the entertainment as well as intellectual, knowledgeable and all the array of contents available to us in a click. The wide array of OTT (Over the Top) platforms has brought along with it the concept of binge-watching and provided numerous options for an individual to choose from.

Let’s explore the ten binge-worthy shows that all architects and designers must watch to learn something new.

1. Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix)

The series takes us into the minds of prolific designers of varied fields and acts as an introduction to their design fields which is presented extremely innovatively in every episode.

Some of the artists who take us into their workspace are illustrator Christoph Niemann, architect Bjarke Ingels, footwear designer Tinker Hatfield among many others. The two-season series beautifully and successfully appreciates the art and the artist behind the work.

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2. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (Netflix)

The award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property developer Caroline Quentin comprehend the most fascinating houses from across the world. The outer-worldly houses from being earth-bermed to being at the far-off  sea coast to the top of the mountain are all brought forth by the hosts in their meticulous designs as well as in the relatability in use of spaces.

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3. Tiny House Nation (Netflix)

With the growing demand for smart and affordable housing, the series offers practical and innovative solutions to small spaces under 500sqft. The renovation experts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America and offer help in designing and constructing these tiny homes. The series offers interesting insights into tiny houses right from conception to construction and finally delivery.

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4. Grand Designs (Netflix)

The series covers some of the most ambitious construction projects taken up by ordinary people. The audacious task undertaken is portrayed as realistically as the construction process happens. Kevin McCloud hosts the show and carries the entire narration from the design to the science of construction. 

Grand designs are the complete unfolding of drama from dream to realization and hence offering viewers satisfaction and enjoyment of accomplishment of a task and a journey from start to finish

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5. Stay Here (Netflix)

A fun beautifully shot property makeover show hosted by Real Estate Expert Peter Lorimer and Designer Genevieve Gorder who travels through different parts of America. The show very well sets the stage for the importance of research at the design stage and other valuable lessons to be learned by rental property owners for a better guest experience.

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6. Amazing Interiors (Netflix)

As the name suggests, the series gives a peek into the most spectacular and unexpected interiors of seemingly simple and ordinary-looking houses. From having to do scuba diving in the living room to the building of the world’s largest shipping container home this series is full of the most eccentric ideas one cannot have comprehended and hence a must-watch.

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7. Cabins in the Wild (Netflix)

The series comprising four episodes is a competition to build a portable pop-up hotel in the wild comprising eight stunning and unique themed cabins. Engineer Dick Strawbridge and craftsman Will Hardie tour eight unique cabins in Wales, and construct No. 9 on their own.

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8. Lego House- Home of the Brick (Netflix)

Lego House, designed by the Danish firm BIG which took seven years in its completion, has been presented of its entire journey from conception to its opening in the form of the 47-minute-long movie. 

Home of the brick provides an insider perspective in the development of the project depicting building in various phases of construction and also the challenges encountered along the way. It is an overall enjoyable behind the scenes of an iconic project to watch

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9. Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Netflix)

Dream big is a celebration of engineering marvels from all over the world. It highlights the wonders mankind has created from the great wall of china to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart cities. It underlines the artistry of engineering that will shape the future of the planet and encourages viewers to be curious and aware of the pivotal role of engineering.

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10. The Minimalist: Less is Now (Netflix)

This is an inspiring 53-minute film that talks about adapting an alternative lifestyle approach of minimalism narrated by American authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. It implores viewers to question the choices we make of piling up the stuff and adding clutter to be happy. It helps to provide a thoughtful and fresh outlook on the way we lead our lives and what needs to be changed to be truly happy.

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Author

Trupti Agrawal is an architect by profession, an artist from the heart. She is an ardent reader and a believer in the power of art, being a great tool in uplifting human consciousness. She strives to tap into intangible aspects of human psychology through her art, which makes her a keen learner and an earnest listener, and a deep observer.

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