(The Unilever headquarter building in Hamburg, Germany, received the newly established HafenCity EcoLabel in gold. Photo: http://architecturelab.net/2009/11/27/unilever-germany-headquarters-by-behnisch-architekten/)
Review of Architecturelab.net
by Rilwan Kujenya
Architecturelab.net may be the next solid architecture website that everyone will all be talking about. The website is definitely something that users will be happy about. An online "architecture and urban design magazine,” Architecture Lab is “dedicated to everything related to architecture, urban design, research studies, and sustainable design."
(The Tote in, Mumbai, India, by Serie Architects. Photo: http://architecturelab.net/2009/12/08/the-tote-mumbai-by-serie-architects/)
And there are plenty of stories. Posts include a video of a SAANA installation at Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, an article about the Unilever headquarter building in Germany, and an interview with Dutch architect Michiel Riedijk. It is great that the website embraces a variety of media.
(Adelaide Wharf in Hackney, London, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Photo: http://architecturelab.net/2009/12/13/adelaide-wharf-by-allford-hall-monaghan-morris/)
Other than its pretty impressive collection of videos and interviews, Architecture Lab lists competitions and events, archives, and image galleries. The site even offers links to other publications that would be useful to the viewer.
(The 486 MINA EL HOSN, the ‘mirror-tower,’ was designed by LAN in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: http://architecturelab.net/2009/10/31/tower-486-mina-el-hosn-beirut-by-lan-architecture/)
Architecture Lab is up to par with its peers, in terms of online user-networking and connectivity. There are tabs that allow you to become a fan of the site using Facebook and ones that allow you to follow them of Twitter.
This website is definitely worth checking out. Subscribing to the page with online RSS Reader or Twitter wouldn't be a bad idea either.