4 Architectural Trends

I want to start this post by saying that I’m not a big fan of ArchDaily. For one, all of the posts are written by the architects who designed the building, so the text is often filled with jargon and doesn’t really ever critically evaluate the building. Another thing that bothers me is that the sheer number of posts per day makes it impossible to ever catch up if you ever miss a day or two. This usually bothers me because I like to do everything for completion: watch every show in a series, listen to every podcast, read every book. However, it does make it easy to do something like this: go back through every page for the last 4 weeks and see what is trending in the world of architecture.

Disclaimer: These are strictly surface comparisons based on visual style. I’m not saying that they are good or bad, only that they’re there.

Open-ended “Tubes”

This one is an old standard. I know plenty of people who have done some form of this in school, probably myself included.

Coded Windows

Someone somewhere is driving himself insane trying to figure out the meaning in “skinny window, fat window, skinny skinny fat …”

Black is the new White

I’m sure someone has thought of it, but black? On the exterior? I’m guessing it gets pretty hot.

Wonky Planes

I don’t have anything against wonky planes in principle, I just can never seem to find a use for the awkward spaces they create.

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6 thoughts on “4 Architectural Trends

    • I’ve always been curious about where insurance companies draw the line between the architect that does the design and the architect of record that does the actual CDs. If the design architect draws something that could never not leak, is the architect of record still on the hook? I may never know.

      Anyway, thanks for the follow and the comment, hope you’ll keep reading.

      • Raymond, unfortunately in the AEC industry, when something goes wrong during CA, or after the project is completed, the reaction of the “injured” party is to sue everything that moves, including unborn babies in wombs. For example, I know of a situation in the past involving a firm in Canada, where waterproof drywall was not used in the washrooms of a certain building, so the client had a “sue everything that moves” reaction. However, when the CDs were examined, the AOR didn’t show the waterproof drywall on his drawings, but the interior designer clearly indicated it on his. Guess who got targeted with the suit after that was discovered.

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