April Fool's Day is a weird time for the Internet. It's a day spent on edge, questioning every headline, reading through entire articles before realizing they're fake, and thinking about how certain cringe-worthy pranks could actually be true stories someday. There's always the impassioned commenters who post paragraph-long angry responses before having a big public "Oh" moment when they're told to chill out, it was just a joke. Although it's a mildly paranoia-inducing day for readers, it's a pretty fun day for writers. Below, we've compiled some of our favorite architecture-inspired April Fool's posts. Enjoy!
HotPads made light of the absurd San Francisco rental market, and joked Alcatraz Island was being converted into a "very luxurious" community featuring 336 prison cells turned micro-studios.
According to Archinect's secret celebrity history, Brad Pitt worked for Frank Gehry, Jack White was a promising architecture candidate at Harvard, and Kerry Washington interned at a starchitect's LA office as a model builder before she was spotted in protective goggles and offered a job in Hollywood.
ArchDaily's Cenotaph for Newton design piece mentioned the desire to establish a "world class" team to realize the "sublime homage" to Sir Isaac Newton, a call which apparently inspired seven readers to email their expressions of interest. Aw.
Planetizen invented a fake movie where Matthew McConaughey stars as an urban planner who discovers an international conspiracy involving property rights. The post also includes a random jab at The Wedding Planner, joking McConaughey's press agreed it was a "vapid and soul-destroying film."
Inhabitat turned star couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West into ultra villains with a story about how they purchased an entire micro-apartment building for affordable housing only to gut it and turn it into a "massive, urban mega-mansion."
Architectural Review named newly-fired Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, which one seriously appalled commentator called a "dire situation."
· All April Fools posts [Curbed National]