A Daily Dose of Architecture

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archidose.blogspot.com
John Hill, 34, New York
First post: February 2004
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 2,010
Unique visitors in May 2007: 15,000–30,000

Dished out in illustrated spoonfuls, architecture glides right down the hatch. John Hill's Daily Dose of Architecture, an offshoot of his earlier Weekly Dose of Architecture, comprises a revolving gallery of hand-selected design artifacts, where photos of gorgeous structural details complement architectural field trips and choice literary excerpts. Free of hyperbole and cheap sarcasm, the site functions as a soothingly minimal vessel for a sip of content. Hill is a registered architect with a decade of experience at DeStefano and Partners in Chicago. Having just completed the graduate program in urban design at the City College of New York, he is currently mapping his next move. “Even though I don't take everything on my page seriously,” he says, “I take architecture, urbanism, and design in general very seriously.”


Inhabitat

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www.inhabitat.com
Jill Fehrenbacher, 30, New York
First post: March 2005
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 1,500
Unique visitors in May 2007: 350,000

Inhabitat aims to bridge the gap between green design and good design. Founder and editor Jill Fehrenbacher spent seven years as a commercial graphic and web designer before refocusing on something she found more inspiring: “design that makes a difference in the world.” With a large audience and an upbeat tone, the blog is well positioned to perform the role of educator and promoter of enlightened innovations such as green-roof tiles, wind microturbines, and prefab homes. The prolific site, which has a dozen modestly paid freelance contributors, is equally adept at explaining San Francisco's ban on plastic bags, identifying the most stylish LED light fixtures, and pointing you to a Barcelona nightclub made of recycled industrial tanks. Fehrenbacher is currently completing the M.Arch program at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Life Without Buildings

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lifewithoutbuildings.net
Jimmy Stamp, 26, San Francisco
First post: July 2004
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 380
Unique visitors in May 2007: 5,000

Resisting the possible onset of intellectual hunger following his 2004 graduation from the School of Architecture at Tulane University, Jimmy Stamp created his blog to extend the academic spirit of inquiry and discourse. Life Without Buildings offers a worldwide sweep of captivating projects and media, from a 258-truck concrete pour in San Diego to North Korea's monumental urban spaces. Stamp will post on any topic he digs, but he admits, “I have a definite bias toward anything that involves gigantic statuary.” He is employed by the San Francisco studio Mark Horton/Architecture and currently finds inspiration in the work of British architects David Adjaye and FAT (Fashion, Architecture, Taste).


Miss Representation

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www.missrepresentation.com
Anonymous, 38, New York
First post: March 2004
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 500
Unique visitors in May 2007: 4,000

Miss Representation offers some of the web's most biting architectural commentary. While architects are not unique in having a responsibility to improve society, says the blogger, “their failings are simply far more evident than most.” The blogger who writes as Miss Representation prefers to remain unidentified, noting in an e-mail that “my words (in [the blog's] context, at least) aren't ‘mine.' ” Anonymity, says the blogger, gives the persona of Miss Representation the freedom to embody a critical voice that “people can both celebrate and attack, or even appropriate and evolve.” Questioning the willy-nilly transformation of Lower Manhattan, the blog's home turf, Miss Representation challenges the agendas of developers, preservationists, and hipsters. Before becoming an architectural and graphic/branding consultant, the blogger studied architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design and worked as a junior architect at a Savannah firm—“the best work experience I've had”—for two years.


Subtopia

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subtopia.blogspot.com
Bryan Finoki, age withheld, San Francisco
First post: December 2005
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 250
Unique visitors in May 2007: 10,000

If enclosure, warfare, and surveillance form an all-too-real netherworld of contemporary architecture, Subtopia is its unflinching scribe. Dispatches from fortified borders, data bunkers, and floating prisons scrutinize the social conditions that fuel the proliferation of militarized space. Although Bryan Finoki once thought he would become an architect, “My urge to write was as strong as the urge to draw.” He is currently earning a master's degree in psychology, but created the blog to overlay his converging cultural and political interests with the notion of “architecture as a spatial dimension of power.” (As for why he refuses to give his age or the name of his school, Finoki says, “I would rather just play with the whole mystique around bloggers and their culture of anonymity, and keep the audience curious on some level.”) Subtopia underscores Finoki's belief that architecture has daily political relevance in an age of gated communities, armored skyscrapers, and a worldwide “border fence– building boom.”


Super Colossal

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Marcus Trimble, 29, Sydney
First post: May 2004 (Gravestmor)/ July 2007 (Super Colossal)
Total posts as of June 30, 2007: 450
Unique visitors in May 2007: 16,000

Super Colossal is the new website by veteran blogger Marcus Trimble that fuses the DNA of blog, portfolio, and research tool. It inherits a large readership from Trimble's previous site, the cheeky Gravestmor. Conceived as a satirical comic strip to mock architectural clichés, Gravestmor emerged as a well-rounded design blog with a distinctly Australian twist. Trimble recently quit his job at the large Australian architecture firm BVN to launch his own practice, and he decided to merge his blogging and professional activities. Super Colossal features an openly accessible online product library and links to other Australian architects. Trimble has also been a leading proponent of Pecha Kucha (www.pecha-kucha.org), a rapid-fire design-presentation format devised in 2003 by Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture that–has since caught on the world over.


In early June, as the editors considered a feature on architecture-related blogs and websites, we ran an online poll to help inform our decision. Here are the questions and results.

(1) Which of the following blogs/websites do you read on a regular basis? (1,064 responses; multiple responses permitted)

  • (1) Which of the following blogs/websites do you read on a regular basis? (1,064 responses; multiple responses permitted)
    (1) Which of the following blogs/websites do you read on a regular basis? (1,064 responses; multiple responses permitted)

(2) Do you think blogs are:

  • (2) Do you think blogs are:
A good forum for information and discussion
A worthwhile diversion
A waste of time
    (2) Do you think blogs are: A good forum for information and discussion A worthwhile diversion A waste of time