There's nothing more powerful when passionate architecture and design enthusiasts bond together to form a community! We believe it's this unstoppable force that drives people to connect, to start interesting conversations, and to foster meaningful relationships with others who embrace the same values.
When we met for the first time during one of our architect's local membership meetings in May of 2019, we never thought it would be the beginning of something magical - a contagious spark that would trigger a beautiful friendship and a marvelous partnership that would remain until today! (Our apologies for the blurry photo as that's the only one available from that said event.)
Joining the Hive social blockchain in 2020 was an excellent opportunity for both of us to prosper as a team. It was certainly a strategic milestone that aided in our learning experiences as we were freshly exposed to state-of-the-art technologies like cryptocurrency, blockchain, censorship-resistance, and decentralization.
Because of our love for creative writing, online communications, digital publications, plus the relentless pursuit of transforming our world for the better through architecture and design, we eagerly conceived and founded the Architecture+Design Community within the Hive blockchain on October 5, 2020. That launch date couldn't be more perfect as it coincided with the annual celebration of World Architecture Day!
We were nervous during those moments as we were not sure how the rest of the blockchain would respond. With our gratitude and appreciation, it turned out pretty well, beyond our expectations, as we started gaining followers, subscribers, and contributors - little by little. Our emerging community may be small today yet, it has been experiencing steady growth since Day One. And many thanks to your loyal patronage, most especially to the valuable support we've received from @acidyo and the @OCD team, we couldn’t be more grateful for these fantastic results! Furthermore, we truly desire to blossom even bigger by providing you with a special channel on the Hive where you can thrive with your awesome architecture and design content - a dedicated place that you could hold dearest to your heart.
Therefore, it's with tremendous pleasure that we warmly welcome all of our new subscribers, frequent visitors, and our ever-devoted content creators and active contributors to the Architecture+Design Community! Before we proceed with the rest of this publication, let's familiarize ourselves first with the "mighty glue" that would bind all of us together through thick and thin.
Behind every marvelous achievement is an authentic purpose! It's what keeps our mission's ball rolling and what fuels our journey's engine to faithfully pursue our dreams, goals, and objectives for as long as it takes.
The Architecture+Design Community, together with the others on the Hive, is one massive family! So, in the spirit of transparency, sincerity, camaraderie, and love, we humbly share with you our tribe's vision - the driving energy that serves as our beacon of light to lead us into the greatest possibilities of our lives. We gladly invite you to be one with our primary cause:
To empower content creators and enthusiasts of architecture and design on the Hive social blockchain with an important voice to fully express their unique selves, unleash their creative potential, grow immensely for the better, and be truly appreciated for their remarkable talents, passions. and contributions to the community.
To unlock the door, pave the way, and graciously host our community members to feel at home while mingling and staying connected with others on the tribe by developing significant friendships, enjoying wholesome engagement, plus cultivating precious relationships in the long run. (We are social beings, aren't we?)
To experience significance, joyfulness, and fulfillment by providing our community members the great opportunity to leave behind a memorably lasting legacy in the digital world for the next generations to look up to and savor.
And as much as we would desire to see you flourish in your respective pursuits, endeavors, and careers, we also wanted to continue serving you better by providing you with detailed guidelines to smoothen your enjoyable voyage here. Consider these helpful tips as your handy roadmap as we collaborate towards enhancing our digital experiences in our community.
As niche topics are such an extremely important aspect of our community, we have clearly defined the specific subject matters that fall within our scope. However, these specific subjects are not fixed in stone and are not permanent themes - as our world continues to evolve, we would be adding and modifying our content according to what suits us best.
For our current generation, benefit from this extensive list of interests to be the guiding reference for your various publications on the community.
As architecture is a broad field, here are some relevant categories within the industry that would streamline the focused choices for your publications:
Architectural Design (Skyscrapers, Houses, including Hospitality, Corporate, Religious, Commercial, Institutional, Residential, Arts, Leisure & Entertainment, Industrial, Agricultural, Infrastructure, Educational, Civic, Transport, Military, Government, Exhibition, Convention, Healthcare, Miscellaneous Buildings, as well as other Habitable Edifices and Built Environments)
Underwater and Above Sea Level Human Habitats and Aquatic Built Environments (Excluding Boats, Yachts, Watercrafts, Cruise Ships, Ocean Vessels and Liners, Sea Equipment, plus other forms of Marine Transportation)
Living Capsules, Pods, Quarters in Deep Space as well as future Planetary Civilizations
Architectural Drawings and Technical Presentations (Site Development Plans, Perspectives, Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, Elevations, Sections, Schedules, Details, etc.)
Renowned and Influential Architects plus their Projects
Architectural Elements of Styles (Ancient/Prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Gothic, Classical, Baroque, Mediterranean, Medieval, Neoclassical, Victorian, Metabolism, Contemporary, Industrial, Vernacular, Organic, Modern, Post-modern, Deconstructivist, Minimalistic, Parametric, Futuristic, etc.)
The Standards of Professional Practices for Architects
Computer-aided Design & Drafting (CAD) Drawings, Still Renderings plus Animated Walkthroughs and Videos for Architecture
Scaled and Miniature Models of Architectural Projects
Hand-drawn Architectural Sketches, Drawings, and Illustrations
Construction Development and Rough-in Process (incorporation of mechanical, electrical, electronics, and plumbing/sanitary utilities)
Materials and Finishes for Building Exteriors
Historic & Heritage Building Restorations and Conservations
Civil Engineering Works (Roads, Communication Towers, Bridges, Subways, Canal & Drainage Projects, Railway & Train Networks, Tunnels, Dams & Reservoirs, Irrigation and related Water Systems, Skywalks, Retaining Walls, Deep Wells, Flyovers, Utility Pipelines, Aqueducts, Site Surveys, etc.) Seismic Design, and Structural Design
Technological and Scientific Advancements, Breakthroughs, and Innovations in Architecture
Building Code Programming, Applications, and Standards for Architecture
University or College Thesis Proposals and Class Presentations for Architecture
Architectural Discovery and Investigation of Ancient Building Ruins
Modular & Shipping Container Homes and similar Structures
This is one specialized field of architecture that targets the design and construction of indoor spaces and other interior environments. Take note of the following scope of work:
Interior Architecture and Design (Indoor environments of Skyscrapers, Houses, including Hospitality, Corporate, Religious, Commercial, Institutional, Residential, Arts, Leisure & Entertainment, Industrial, Agricultural, Infrastructure, Educational, Civic, Transport, Military, Government, Exhibition, Convention, Healthcare, Miscellaneous Buildings, and other Habitable Interior Spaces)
Interior Design Drawings and Technical Presentations (Perspectives, Floor Plans, Ceiling Plans, Furniture Layout Plans, Wall Elevations, Sections, Schedules, Spot Details, etc.)
Renowned and Influential Interior Designers plus their Projects
Mood Board Presentations and Proposals
Computer-aided Design & Drafting (CAD) Drawings, Still Renderings plus Animated Walkthroughs and Videos for Interiors
Scaled and Miniature Models of Interior Design Projects
Hand-drawn Interior Design Sketches, Drawings, and Illustrations
Materials and Finishes for interior environments
Space Programming, Planning, and Design
Exhibition and Convention Display Design
Production and Set Design for movies and other films
Industrial Design (specifically for interiors)
Anthropometrics and its relationship to interior spaces
Color Selections and Therapy for Interior Design
The Standards of Professional Practices for Designers
Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF & E) Management and Selections
Construction Development and Rough-in Process for Interior Spaces (incorporation of mechanical, electrical, electronics, and plumbing/sanitary utilities)
Decoration, Fabrication, and Installation of Event Venues (Indoor & Outdoor)
Interior Artworks and Indoor Sculptural Exhibitions
University or College Thesis Proposals and Class Presentations for Interior Design
Discovery and Investigation of Ancient Ruins of Interior Spaces
Technological and Scientific Advancements, Breakthroughs, and Innovations in Interior Design
This is a highly focused niche of interior design and deals with all the necessary details in designing and crafting furniture pieces and other interior elements that are directly utilized and habituated by people. Some of these include:
Furniture Design Concepts and Applications
Renowned and Influential Furniture Designers plus their Projects
Materials and Finishes for Furniture Design
Furniture Drawings and Technical Presentations (Perspectives, Orthographic Views, Isometric Views, Elevations, Sections, Schedules, Close-up Details, etc.)
Industrial Design (specifically for furniture)
Fabrication Process of Furniture pieces
Computer-aided Design & Drafting (CAD) Drawings, Still Renderings plus Animated Walkthroughs and Videos for Furniture
Scaled and Miniature Models of Furniture pieces
Hand-drawn Furniture Sketches, Drawings, and Illustrations
Technological and Scientific Advancements, Breakthroughs, and Innovations in Furniture Design
This covers the planning and design of cities, metropolitan centers, and other urban locations including developed rural areas that require the skills and expertise of an urban planner and designer. These niches would cover:
Urban Conceptual Design and Research Studies
Town, Municipality, and City Planning
Renowned and Influential Urban Planners and Designers plus their Projects
Urban Design Drawings and Technical Presentations (Site Development Plans, Master Plans, Floor & Layout Plans, Elevations, Sections, Schedules, Details, etc.)
Real Estate and Infrastructure Development
Urban Transportation Network, Utility Systems, and Street Planning and Design
Public Housing and Community Development
Local Building Code Awareness and Implementation
Urban Artworks and Exterior Sculptural Exhibitions
This specific industry concentrates on our natural as well as built surroundings and how they exist in a harmonious relationship with Mother Nature and the various ecosystems of our planet. The relevant fields that would fall under this topic would touch on:
Environmental Planning and Design
Environmental Design Drawings and Technical Presentations (Site Development Plans, Master Plans, Topographic Maps & Plans, Floor & Layout Plans, Elevations, Sections, Schedules, Details, etc.)
Renowned and Influential Environmental Planners and Designers plus their Projects
Environmental Impact Systems and Studies (Deals with the direct effects of human activities like building construction, infrastructure process, landmass consumption, vegetation, soil erosion, and property development to the environment)
Environmental Sociology (Interaction between built societies to their natural spaces)
Environmental Psychology (Covers the relationship between human beings to their built and natural surroundings)
Ecological Sciences in relation to the Built Environment
Geology in Architecture
Landscape Architecture and Design including Garden Projects
Biophilic Design and other nature-themed disciplines
Sustainability Planning and Green Design
Because we're only human, it's absolutely impossible to achieve perfection! And as much as we wanted to be free from flaws, it's certainly not attainable. The same holds true in the world of digital media! That's the reality so, let's face it!
On the other hand, regardless of being imperfect, we can always achieve outstanding works with the different types of architecture and design content we produce and deliver here. Let the following criteria be your useful framework for the quality of posts we're encouraging everyone to create and publish on the Architecture+Design Community.
There are no fixed rules in choosing which is better - short or long-written content? Again, it greatly depends on the quality of the writing. Does that make sense? But, for the sake of consistency in maintaining our community standards, as well as for our active content creators and contributors who wish to gain bigger points, upvotes, and more reblogs, we'd highly encourage you to create and publish blog posts having our preferred minimum standard of 500 WORDS for English language content or 1,000 WORDS for bilingual content (posts in a different language with the provided English translation) for our long-term benefits.
Photos and Images
A publication is never complete without its visual appeal. It's for this reason that photos and images are extremely important in giving more life to written content. We have no problem with visual elements sourced out from other websites and online locations as long as their references are properly indicated on your publication as links, watermarks, or other types of attributions.
On the other hand, we look forward to seeing and experiencing more photos and images posted and legally owned by our publishing authors. To earn more favorable ratings, we definitely recommend the use of Original Photography, Screenshots, and Pictures to increase your chances of being considered quality content.
Videos and Slideshows
Videos are now one of the hottest and most popular tools of digital media. In fact, some content creators on the Hive prefer this vital format because its content is easier to digest and consume. If you're publishing videos and slideshows in our community, please include written information or a story to make it more attractive to readers.
Podcasts and Audio Files
Additionally, some digital consumers do not have the extra time to read articles or watch videos. Thus, they would prefer listening to sound media while doing something else or while on the go. With today's hectic lifestyle, this is one of the easiest ways to absorb content and learn fast. Hence, if you're planning to publish podcasts in our community, make sure that there's also written content accompanying it for a better user experience.
English Translations for Bilingual Content
The Hive is a global network of people from all walks of life. The number of nationalities that are active on the blockchain is numerous and is increasing daily. To acquire international appeal, we gladly accept and welcome all foreign languages published within our community as long as their English translations are also provided. This would ensure more convenience and wider audience reach for your content.
Connecting with each other is what makes us social as human beings! And because that's a fundamental ingredient for our community's continuous growth, we encourage all our members to explore outside of their shells and interact with each other. Let's break the ice and collect as many fantastic friendships and relationships as we could possibly can. Isn't that the true essence of why we're here on the Hive in the first place? However, as we're still a small group, we've intentionally postponed the creation of our discord channel and would like to use Twitter instead, in the meantime.
There are plenty of Hive content creators who currently live on Twitter, and the figures are increasing every single day. So, why not benefit from one of the largest social media networks, right?
If you have any concerns, questions, or would like to be in touch with us in private, we would be more than happy to converse with you and attend to your community needs. Here are our Twitter accounts:
We take moral conduct, ethical behavior, and positive values seriously in our Architecture+Design Community! As our tribe consists of people from different beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures, it's our compassionate duty to handle others with care, respect, dignity, and empathy. Especially nowadays, where it's much easier for individuals to freely express their personal opinions compared to some decades ago, the Internet has also become the tragic graveyard where one's valuable reputation could meet its sudden death! We don't want that to happen in our community, do we?
Thus, for a peaceful, harmonious, and smooth-sailing online social platform, let's do our very best in observing and implementing the following legal conditions:
Anyone with a Hive username and account can publish their architecture and design content in our community. There are no special requirements or prerequisites needed to be part of our tribe. Regardless of your profession, occupation, or status, whether you're an architect, designer, engineer, artist, educator, student, entrepreneur, housewife, etc., we're open to basically anyone who's interested to join in the fun!
However, this is absolutely what we do not tolerate here. We highly discourage people from pretending to be someone they're not! Let's illustrate a clear scenario. If you're a Civil Engineer and are personally practicing professional duties and responsibilities that are supposed to be legally performed by an Architect - this is one major example that's strongly not permitted within our community. The same applies to the other industries, disciplines, and fields of study too. Let's, therefore, respect each other's professions as we further progress on the Hive!
While it's simply not easy to please every single person in our community, we really do not need to! Even if we wanted to initially, it would merely be a waste of time and would result in utter failure, burnout, and frustration. Moreover, the intimidation, aggression, and harassment of other people would only cause trouble, destroy relationships, as well as disturb the peace - certainly a far cry from what we really wanted to pursue here!
So, let's bring out the best in our community by spreading the love while we still can!
We invite all our community members to truly respect the intellectual properties of fellow authors, writers, bloggers, content creators, storytellers, artists, and others who invested their time, talent, and treasure in crafting their original content. Unless we have their willing permission, we do not possess the right and freedom to copy their creative works. Plagiarism and the violation of copyright laws have legal implications and may be escalated to court. Hence, let's stick to originality as much as possible because that's the perfect essence of genuine creativity.
Wow, this has been a long article indeed! And if you will, let's not call this a blog post but rather, let's look at this collection of words as a dedicated letter of love from the both of us to you - our community of architecture and design enthusiasts! We believe we've already said everything we wanted to say here yet, if you think we've missed some important points, please feel free to write down your thoughts in the comments section. We'd be more than happy to address your concerns and bring them up on the Hive and our tribe for the most valuable experience and the ultimate benefit of everyone!
Organizing an online community is obviously not an easy task! We've only just begun, and what an excellent start it was! However, we still have a long voyage ahead of us, filled with countless obstacles that challenge our commitment to thrive for excellence. Rest assured, we'll eventually live up to our community's core purpose, and successfully transform our world into a much better place. We can do this!
Long live the #Hive!