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Balfron Tower at night
Image courtesy Municipal Dreams.

Top Architecture Blogs

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We’ve compiled the Top 10 Architecture Blogs – our pick of the UK-based reads where buildings, design and urban geography are concerned. Spot an omission? You can submit your recommendations using the form on the right. Otherwise, get stuck into our favourite blogs listed here. 

1. City of Sound

The architecture of the cities we live in, from the accessibility of public space to the buildings that line our streets, is endlessly fascinating. If these are topics that sound, ahem, up your street, City of Sound is an online mecca. Designer and urbanist Dan Hill has a knack for producing meaty, well-researched posts; the sort to send you down a cosy rabbit-hole of new tabs and inspired ideas. Read it here.

2. The Mac Photographic Archive

A wonderfully meticulous archive of the Glasgow School of Art’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh building, which was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in May 2014. A work in progress, this archive is made up of submissions from former students and staff over the years. Scroll through floor plans to explore studios, lecture theatres and stairwells, as well as the famous Mackintosh Library and the Hen Run corridor. Read it here.

3. Wowhaus

The go-to for shameless modernist house porn, Wowhaus lists the latest art deco, mid-century and modernist properties from around the world for all of your house-hunting / vicarious living fantasies. Think Corbusier-inspired bolt holes in the American Deep South to apartments in the Barbican. Read it here.

4. Dezeen

A stalwart of the architecture and design landscape, Dezeen has been a go-to for design news from across the globe since 2006. Thomas Heatherwick’s latest projects, glorious Icelandic churches, left field design solutions to alternative workplace set-ups; it’s all here. Read it here.

5. C20 Society

The Twentieth Century Society champions and safeguards the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards, and its blog is a wonderful resource when it comes to celebrating a twentieth century aesthetic. Visit for photo series of glorious mid-century murals, and plans and photographs from the archives of influential city planners. Read it here.

6. Manchester Modernist Society

We do love Manchester Modernist Society. Counting Johnny Marr and Jonathan Meades among their concrete-loving patrons, this band of Manchester-based urban enthusiasts regularly host events, from special-interest walking tours to film screenings and talks. Their blog includes event listings alongside their side projects, such as quarterly magazine The Modernist, the Metro Modern Map, as well as their campus building residencies. Read it here.

7. Municipal Dreams

Municipal Dreams surveys the history of Britain’s post-war estates, their residents and the architects behind them. “I believe that the legacy of our early municipal reformers is unjustly neglected and often unfairly maligned,” says the little-known blogger behind Municipal Dreams. “This is a modest attempt to record their story and set the record straight.” Read it here.

8. London Architecture Blog

Carefully cataloguing a plethora of buildings in the capital city, the focus here is mostly on post-Victorian London. Churches, underground stations, temporary art spaces, public art and recent developments all feature. Read it here.

9. English Buildings

Georgian priories, petrol stations in Church Stretton, bus shelters in Leicester and prefabs in Brockworth; writer Philip Wilkinson’s blog honours all English architecture equally. English Buildings helpfully includes a series dedicated to different architectural eras, should you want to work your way from Saxon churches to Battersea Power Station. Read it here. 

10. RIBA journal

The online version of RIBA Journal, this blog isn’t quite as meaty as its paper edition, but it is pleasingly-designed (of course) and houses news, essays, book reviews and Q&As with leaders in the field. Read it here.

Read more top blogs: return to the Top 25 Arts & Culture Blog page.

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