Blog Profiles: Building & Architecture Blogs
Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, PR Newswire media relations manager Christine Cube selects an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting, contributing, and blogging about the space. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell Christine why on PR Newswire for Bloggers.
I love old buildings. In fact, a few years ago, when I was looking for a house in the DC area, I much preferred something extremely old and more fixer than upper.
My husband didn’t exactly share the same desire, and we compromised.
But my love of architecture and old buildings remains intact. So, I decided it was time to look at some quality blogs on the building, architecture, and design front.
BLDGBLOG provides an intriguing look at architecture, landscape, and urban speculation. It’s written by Geoff Manaugh.
BLDGBLOG caught my eye for several reasons.
First, it’s a very attractive site filled with art, photography, and renderings. Second, the writing is really accessible. Finally, the content is just fascinating.
In his post Under London, Manaugh says, “I’m a sucker for images of the human form stranded amidst the shadows of massive, dimensionally abstract spatial environments, so I thought I’d post these purely as eye candy.”
Follow @bldgblog on Twitter.
Dezeen’s mission is to bring readers a selection of the “best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world.”
According to the site, it was launched Nov. 2006 and since has rapidly grown, attracting more than 1.75 million unique visitors a month.
The site covers a ton of ground, including interiors, design, technology, and news. It also features jobs.
Some of the posts that I found interesting include 3XN reveals “dynamic, undulating” design for Swiss Olympic headquarters, Hiroyuki Ito completes Tokyo housing block with staggered concrete silhouette, and timber disks speckle the concave facades of Studio Gang’s Michigan college building.
Follow @Dezeen on Twitter.
A Daily Dose of Architecture provides “(almost) daily architectural musings and imagery from New York City.” It’s written and managed by architect and blogger John Hill.
It’s hard not to get caught up in the photos Hill takes for his posts. They’re pretty awesome; he’s got a great eye.
One of my favorite posts was Cooper Hewitt Unveiled, which covered the press preview of the unveiling of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s three-year reno. The museum opened to the public on Dec. 12.
Follow @archidose on Twitter.
Dwell happens to be one of my favorite magazines. My best friend – an industrial designer – introduced me to this awesome piece of journalism and design.
Dwell itself says it’s “staging a minor revolution.”
“We think that it’s possible to live in a house or apartment by a bold modern architect, to own furniture and products that are exceptionally well designed, and still be a regular human being,” the site says. “We think that good design is an integral part of real life.”
Narrowing down some noteworthy posts to just a few was nearly impossible. Some posts that caught my attention were Adventurous Apartment Building Made of 36 Shipping Containers, Fantastic Desks Complete These Inviting Home Offices, and A Modern House in Rural Spain.
In the latter post, writer Diana Budds says of the modern vacation home in central Spain of a pair of architects: “Though the structure is firmly planted in the 21st century, sheep from a farm across the road still meander to Churtichaga and de la Quadra-Salcedo’s house to graze—an enduring reminder of the region’s history and traditions.”
Follow @dwell on Twitter.
Planting Acorns takes pride in “developing value beyond the build.”
The site is a product of Stewart Perry, which provides commercial construction services in the southeast, southwest, and mid-Atlantic states.
On the site, company founder Merrill Stewart talks about how “people are so much more than their jobs.” Stewart uses the analogy of planting acorns.
“You start with a seed, find it a place to grow, give it a little nourishment and sooner or later it will sprout up into a tall oak tree loaded down with branches,” he said. “If you plant a variety of these acorns — employees, contacts, friendly business relationships — you’ll be amazed at the response you get.”
The blog is about “helping you find seeds of potential where others only see a blank space.”
Follow @mstewartjr on Twitter.
P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for building, construction, or design news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.
Christine Cube is a media relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her @cpcube.