Here at CADdetails, we’re always on the lookout for design blogs filled with cutting edge and inspiring content. In this month’s issue CADdetails presents - in no particular order - 10 of our favorites “must read” blogs from the worlds of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture and interior design. Enjoy!
Arguably one of the world’s most successful online design and architecture blogs, when Dezeen launched in 2006, founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs aimed to bring readers a selection of the best buildings, design and interior projects from around the world. Today, Dezeen attracts over 1.75 million unique visitors every month and is widely regarded as one of the most influential design websites in the world. In addition to the blog, Dezeen has published two best-selling books: Dezeen Book of Ideas in 2011; and Dezeen Book of Interviews in 2014. You can also follow Dezeen on Pinterest. Read This | New York's first micro-apartment building to be completed in December
Surely the first and the biggest, Designboom started all the way back in 1999 and today, boasts a staggering 2.7 million unique readers monthly – from more than 190 countries. Updated countless times a day, it’s the number one source for the latest news in design, art and architecture. Our favorite feature - readers can not only enjoy the work of others, they can also share and promote their personal project through the DIY submission process. This interactive option has made designboom one of the most popular showcase sites for design enthusiasts. Read This | BIG reveals sliced towers proposal situated by New York’s high line
Why are fashion brands moving their flagship stores into shipping containers? Why are offices starting to look like bars? And why do architects want to design a house on legs these days? At a time when people and information move faster than ever before, cities themselves are now in a permanent state of change. They are no longer the product of master plans and fixed frame-works, but are increasingly being shaped by citizen-led initiatives and temporary projects by people hoping to make their cities better. Pop-Up City is a unique blog that explores the latest designs, trends and ideas that shape the city of the future. The Pop-Up City was founded by Amsterdam-based space marketing agency Golfstromen in April, 2008 and today, connects with a broad audience of more than 100,000 international urban tastemakers and innovators. Read This | Green Interventions: Steal This Forest!
The magazine that showcases the ‘stuff that refines you’, Wallpaper is a well-respected and established publication with a deliciously designed website and lots of beautiful inspiring content. Curated from the Wallpaper Magazine website, the sister Tumblr blog acts as a shortcut to the best inspiration and industry analysis articles from the magazine. The clean and crisp blog layout makes interesting articles and stirring inspiration easy to find. In addition to interior design, Wallpaper also covers architecture, graphic design, fashion and lifestyle. Read This | Building blocks: our edit of the most striking structures around the globe
Ready for your daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!)? An online magazine dedicated to modern design, Design Milk offers what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. Design Milk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, was one of the Google Reader Engineers’ Staff Picks and has been noted on Twitter’s “Who to Follow” list of influencers in Art and Design. It’s also been featured in books, and is read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers. Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world. Drink up! Read This | SOFTlab wins Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Inhabitat was founded in 2004 by New York City designer and architecture graduate Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum in which to investigate emerging trends in product, interior and architectural design. Mike Chino is the Managing Editor. Inhabitat covers topics on emerging technologies, green building, energy efficient interior design, emerging sources of renewable energy and sustainable product design. In addition to running the blog, Inhabitat also organizes the annual Greener Gadgets conference. Read This | 12 quirky temporary structures made from mostly repurposed materials
One of the most popular sites in the green blogosphere, TreeHugger covers the nexus of all that’s green and cool. They cover green tech, cars, science, design, building and fashion, and their huge stable of writers churn out more than 30 posts a day. TreeHugger is big, prolific, and it sets the standard for coverage of cutting-edge green information. Read This | Cradle to Cradle products could be key to a healthy house
Contemporist is an online community that celebrates contemporary culture, focused on architecture, design, art and travel. This blog drip feeds at least one large picture of some far-out, or downright pretty, building each day. But it's also an important source of news on innovative building and design. As the name suggests, the focus is primarily on contemporary and modern designs. Read This | Photos Of Concrete Homes From Around The World
The Dirt TM blog covers the latest news on the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. Published weekly by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), The Dirt explores design and policy developments related to land and water use, urbanization, transportation, and climate change. Read This | Design with Every Bee in Mind
Life of an Architect
Last but certainly not least! Five years ago, Texas-based architect Bob Borson decided to start a blog “as a creative outlet” and “to try something new”. Little did he know that within two years his blog would balloon to readership of over 250,000 views a month, making it one of the most visited blogs of an individual architect. Today, Bob has become a voice for architects as read by thousands of people. His daily experiences doing what he describes as “the best job in the world” draws from his wide array of project experience, encompassing large-scale commercial work, prototype retail design, historic preservations, and single-family residential products. His signature mix of humor, wit, and knowledgeable insight has attracted over 5 million readers from 237 countries and territories. Not surprisingly, in August, Bob won the Texas Society of Architect’s 2015 Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media.