Young Architects Poll

After the success of our earlier Green Architecture Poll, we asked our readers to select which so called, “Young Architect” they would choose. The results are in and can be found below:

  • UNStudio 62.5%
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro 25%
  • LOT-EK 25%
  • Asymptote 12.5%
  • Hariri & Hariri 12.5%

Later we will feature a five part mini-series spotlighting these young firms, their projects and profiles. Please continue to vote in our sidebar polls and leave us your thoughts on other young firms that you would like to see featured here.

Our Fave 20 Design Blogs

Earlier this year we set out to promote our favorite Top 10 Urbanism Blogs that we feature in our sidebars. In the spirit of our first review, our second centers on Design blogs. So what where our metrics for selection? The blogs are ranked in the order in which our editor finds them to be most relevant to design, their visual appeal, and by the frequency in which they are updated. In the event of a tie, we selected our favorite reads first. Some of the blogs will be easily recognizable, while others may be a bit more obscure but well worth your exploration. Of course, this is a highly subjective list and we welcome any comments or suggestions for blogs that are not featured here or elsewhere on our site.

01:: Design Observer

This blog is our overall favorite Design blog. The design is clean, the editing is superlative and the content is always enticing.

02:: DesignNotes

This is one of our overall favorite blogs for design, content, navigation and features.

03:: swissmiss

Another one of our top destinations for design folly is this fine blog. Let us face it the Swiss can flat out design.

04:: designspotter

A daily photo blog that offers plenty of eye candy for your design desires.

05:: David Report blog

This is perhaps the best written blog in our survey. The opinions and discourse are always worth the read.

06:: Design Sojourn

Yet another well-written eye-catching design that is well worth visiting.

07:: Le territoire des sens

Always an interesting French blog that always seems to capture our attention.

08:: incli(NATION)

This is a straight-forward and concise blog featuring Architecture and Design among other things.

09:: dezeen

Well-rounded and robust another must have bookmark in your search of design.

10:: Design Milk

If you are into eye catching blogs with a diverse focus on design, then you have arrived.

11:: Core 77 Design Blog

Core 77 is a visually stunning blog whose main focus is on industrial design.

12:: CoolBoom

This is an interesting Architecture + Design blog featuring a well-crafted dark theme and ease of navigation.

13:: we make money not art

This selection is a quirky, uniquely designed blog featuring all facets of design.

14:: things magazine

This intriguing blog is crafty in its writing and always makes us wonder why did not come up with the idea first. Tangential thinking never looked so good.

15:: Cool Hunting

Number fifteen features a well-designed blog that features all aspects of design.

16:: Curbly

Curbly is an easy to navigate, well-edited blog featuring commentary and insight into design.


If it is happening in Central or Eastern Europe and it is design related it is featured here.


An interesting Spanish blog that features a wide-range of design posts.

19:: designboom

A daily zine featuring photos, links and a plethora of other design related items for one to peruse.


Do not let the economy of the design fool you. The content is top-notch and the links are always worth a look.

Top 10 Urbanism Blogs

It is the beginning of 2008 and thus, time to review a few of our favorite sites as featured in our sidebars. Our first review centers around Urbanism blogs. The blogs are ranked in the order in which our editor finds them to be most relevant to the topic, by their visual appeal, and finally by the frequency in which they are updated. Of course this is a highly subjective selection and we welcome any comments or suggestions for blogs that we may not have featured here or elsewhere on our site.

01:: Where

“A blog about urban places, placemaking, and the concept of “place”.” Clearly one of the most comprehensive blogs regarding urbanism, the site features images, articles, reviews and a myriad of other writings pertaining to the subject. As the author indicates on the site’s homepage, “The professional planning and architecture communities are responsible for stewarding the most complicated — and, in terms of day-to-day impact — the most socially relevant area of the arts. But the importance of the work done in these fields is often overlooked by the public.”

Chilean blog regarding urbanism with a South American focus. The blog is a highly organized, visually stunning with an emphasis on quality writing as well as imagery and supporting diagrams.

Spanish blog featuring excellent photography, articles and presentations of both the built and un-built urban environment.

Recently revamped, this blog authored by Kazys Varnelis (Director of Network Architecture Lab, Columbia University) provides critical, in-depth analysis of issues both relating to and shaping today’s urbanism. The quality of the writing is among the best featured here.

Produced by Washington, DC native Richard Layman the blog in the author’s words, “…focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work–historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy–along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.” The site features articles on numerous happenings from both the DC metro area as well other urban regions in the United States.

A blog devoted to exposing, exploring and providing solutions to many of the housing crises found around our planet. The breathtaking photographs found here are sure to provoke reactions that hopefully will lead to better living conditions for those affected. Alternatively, many interesting and thoughtful designs are showcased as solutions to the overall problem.

Official blog for Architecture for Humanity: Minnesota featuring excellent articles, photographs and news articles pertaining to their organization. A must read for those familar with this AFH and their works.

A frequently visited site that features daily top photos, artworks, inventions, etc. that are both directly and indirectly related to urbanism. The tagline really says it all: urban design, culture, travel, architecture and alternative art.

Another mash-up style blog similar to Web Urbanist featuring photos, articles and “top” categories for your perusal and commentary.

Urban-ism is a blog that not only features photographs, videos and articles on urbanism, but also gives architectural criticism on projects predominately found in Canada.

Got Pencils?

So we asked our readers in our sidebar poll, “What would you like featured most on this blog?”; and many of you have responded modern design. In light of this fact, here is something we found today in our exploration around the net. Please continue voting in our poll and while you are at it please take a moment and vote for us in the sidebar poll at PartIV if you like our efforts. Thank you for your participation.

From the Boex website here is their explanation of the bench shown above:

Pencil Bench

Creative Solutions designed this award winning, quirky bench from a single conversation to see if they could incorporate an everyday office object into a piece of furniture.

The seat is made up of 1600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used.

Boex / 3D Creative Solutions Link

Green Architecture Poll Results

Months ago ecAr asked our readers to participate in a sidebar poll regarding, “Green” architecture. The results of the survey are as follows:

  • Yes 80.9%
  • No 6.4%
  • Too Soon To Tell 10.6%
  • Much Needed 21.3%
  • Green 10.6%

So it would seem that most readers are in favor of the pursuit of environmentally friendly architecture and design and that is, in fact, a long time in coming into vogue. Green building and sustainable architecture should not come as a surprise to any of our readers as methods to achieve more favorable development within our environment. There are many movements and organizations under way that are working to that end, the USGBC and Architecture 2030 to name a few. Listed below are some additional links to interesting websites on the subject.