There are many reasons why traveling to visit architecture in distant cities can be difficult, the cost of travel has gone up significantly, it is hard to get time off work, you have obligations, you just don’t like to travel or you can’t afford it. In my case I recently had a baby thus realizing this is going to change how I travel and how much I travel as much as I didn’t want to believe it before. So I have been thinking about all the ways I can still get my architecture fix without travel and possibly without even leaving my house. Here are my suggestions:
I love books, let me clarify, I love big coffee table books. There are thousands of beautiful modern architecture books available with amazing photos and lots of information about architecture and their architects. Many books are compilation of architecture projects, Phaidon Press always creates awesome modern architecture books. My favorite recent book is The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture which features more than 1000 of the finest architecture completed since the year 2000 from around the world. And now that I think about it you don’t need to leave your house for books anymore either.
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For those who like to stay in the know regarding new architectural projects, awards, news, and events magazines are just the thing. They are also idea for flipping through while having your morning coffee, they are easy to digest, portable and not precious objects so they can be recycled when you are done. You can also subscribe to magazines so you don’t even need to think about it. Here are some good ones.
Digital Books and Magazines
Although there is nothing like a tangible book I am very fond of all things digital. If you have a Kobo, Kindle, or tablet you can purchase digital architecture books or magazines so if you are the type that doesn’t like a lot of stuff or don’t have a lot of space this is perfect. Plus you can order them anytime of day and get it instantly.
I always say that because architecture is three dimensional it should be viewed in person to understand the true space and to grasp the real nature of the architecture HOWEVER the next best thing is film. There are some outstanding Documentaries about architecture where you can learn about a series of projects by one architect or learn a ton about one building. Click here for a link to a bunch of architecture documentaries worth getting.
Check out your local architecture college / university they often run architectural lecture series through the school year bringing in some really fascinating architects to speak about their work. I have seen Elizabeth Diller, Tadao Ando, Craig Dykers from Snohetta, Kazuyo Sejima from SANNA,and so forth. Listening to the architect speak of the challenges, the inspiration and reasoning is priceless and I have found very inspiring. Other places to learn about lectures or events is in magazines, also check you local architecture associations website there is usually a list of events.
Youtube is not new but I feel like I have only recently realized its true value when it comes to architecture. There are countless interviews with architects and short documentaries about buildings on youtube, they vary in length and context but they are similar to lectures in that you can get the real scoop on process and design, challenges and my favourite is seeing how different the office environments are. I have a few blog posts that have several youtube links, see below, or you can just search youtube for whatever or whomever you are interested in.
There are lots of great architecture websites. I list a bunch in this blog post:
These are a few ways to have architecture come to you.