We begin the year with a new addition to the Huffington Post Design Thursdays. The last Thursday of each month will bring a selection of buildings around a specific topic, location, programme or architect handpicked by myself, Adel Zakout (CEO of OpenBuildings.com), as well as invited curators. In my opinion, Architecture and the built environment play a major role in civic society; by providing happiness, pride and education to citizens while defining a brand to a place. I feel that we must learn to understand the importance of good, thoughtful and exciting architecture; after a decade of boom and bust, it is imperative that we celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes to ensure a more sustainable future. With my monthly collection, I will aim to inspire you with my favourite buildings and hopefully provoke some discussion and commentary.
My first selection may be slightly alien to many readers; I'm going to start with my top 10 in Eastern Europe.
The region has only just embraced democracy, was one of the fastest growing (before the financial implosion) then fastest declining areas of the world. Property development & speculation fueled this, with huge projects going from concept to sale then resale, in months. I feel that the credit crisis was actually a blessing in disguise; for its architects are now able to step back, asses the damage and hopefully build a more beautiful decade.