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The NY vs. Venice Dilemma
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The Art of Intervention (on architecture)
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The Evolution of the Elevator and How It Has Transformed the Silhouette of Our Cities
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Inspiration, or Something More?
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The Lesser-Known Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff
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Architects Who Weren't
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Visionary Clients
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My concerns about online architecture content

I started WikiArquitectura in 2007 with no other goal than to satisfy my curiosity about the digital world, and what better way to do it than by combining a website with my other passion, architecture.

So, for nearly 20 years I've been immersed in the world of digital content creation, and let me tell you something, I don't like what the internet is turning into...

Today, the internet is like a bazaar, impossible to navigate.

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And what's even worse, if you want to get any readers you have to write about what's trendy, because if no one is searching for it, no matter how interesting or important what you have to say is, no one will find it, and no one will read it.

There is no longer room for critical thinking, for asking difficult questions, for reflecting, generating debate...

In my opinion, this is doing a lot of harm to architecture.

Architecture websites

This means that in the end everyone publishes the same content. No one works on anything that deviates from what everyone “is talking about at the moment” because it doesn't pay off.

Websites that once promoted reflection and critical thinking, like ArchDaily, today only publish press releases almost as they are handed to them by architectural studios, or articles sponsored by brands that pay and take control of the editorial line.

And of course, nobody publishes anything original. The article you might read on ArchDaily, you will also find almost identical on DesignBoom, Dezeen, Architectural Review, Architizer...

Social media, on the other hand, as far as architecture is concerned, is nothing more than a collection of pretty pictures, practically without any context, that you look at for half a second. Preselected and retouched images that present a distorted view of reality.

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