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Monday 20 Dec 2010

Your News In Pictures

Editorial by WAN Editorial
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20/12/10 Ralph Bennett, Washington
Of course accidents draw more attention than beautiful automobiles in traffic. With a couple of exceptions these projects are more sensational than serious, starting with Burj Kalifa.
20/12/10 KeesW, Hobart
Novelty! Look what I can do! Makes a good photo, doesn't it!

These are the hallmarks of current architecture.

Where can we find elegance? Buildings that improve the neighbourhood?

As the year draws to a close, WAN looks back at the 100 most viewed projects of 2010 

Ever wondered what everyone else is reading on WAN? Is it the latest in cutting edge design, the regeneration of traditional and historic architecture or possibly the unique projects sought out from smaller niche practices across the world? Well look no further because to round off the year we are pleased to bring you the 100 most viewed projects of 2010.

Unsurprisingly the top spots have been filled by some of the more hard hitting ‘starchitects’ including Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Lord Foster, and major practices SOM and HOK, as well as endlessly controversial schemes such as the Park51 facility in New York City. This said, 2010 has been a good year for smaller firms on WAN, with numerous one-off projects receiving a wave of support from regular readers, such as the Bamboo House in Costa Rica by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture. A personal project for the architect’s mother, Bamboo House generated a multitude of positive comments from our readership, from ‘Humble yet strong and sensitive’ to ‘Very unique handling and experimenting with bamboo as an envelope and a very poetic solution of environmentally friendly architecture for the tropical setting’.

Current global issues clearly play a major part in the average reader’s pick of projects, as our prime spot was stolen by an article detailing the concept designs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Shortly after Qatar was officially announced as host of 2022 the World Cup, WAN was inundated with viewers eager to get a sneak peak at the potential stadiums for this global sporting event. The congratulatory comments speak volumes on the level of architecture displayed here.

To check out the full Top 100, click here.


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