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Using Salvaged Building Materials in Detroit – Does This Really Make Sense?

  "We live in times of great turbulence. Movements that normally cannot be seen are now taking shape and happening unexpectedly. Things that appeared to be clear now become unclear. In the absence of external forces, friction within flows will self organize into a collection of so-called irrotational vortices.”  Architects: Raumlaborberlin   Some of Architect/Artist Tadashi Kawamata's Work: This radicalism...

Historical and Architectural Significance of Crown Hall by Mies van der Rohe

Crown Hall can be seen as a masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe because it expresses all of Mies’ philosophies he gained over time to the fullest extent. Crown Hall was not a peak for Mies but instead a stepping stone that brought Mies to reach even more truth and greatness in his architecture. Many people see the simplicity...

Latvian Academy of Sciences Building Architectural Gem

Architects: Osvalds Tīlmanis, Vaidelotis Apsītis, and Kārlis Plūksne The Latvian Academy of Sciences is the official science academy of Latvia and is an association of the country's leading scientists. The Academy of Sciences was built after World War II, between 1951 and 1961. The Latvian Academy of Science is widely regarded as the most prominent building representing the Stalinist architecture...

Fish Auction Hall Hamburg Germany (Altonaer Fischauktionshalle)

Materials: Brick Steel Structure and Dome Glass Originally Usage: Trade and shipping of fish Storage and repair of fishing gear Distribution of ice Built from 1895-96 Being part of the Altona region, The Fish Auction Hall was originally built to compete with the fish trading of its neighboring city Hamburg until Altona became apart of Hamburg in 1867. Location: Altona WW2 air-strikes left the...

Gdansk Poland Town Hall Architecture

Overall height: 83.45 m Floors: 5 Start of construction: 1346 The main town hall in Gdansk is a Gothic - Renaissance style, situated at the junction of Długa Street and Długi Targ Street. The building is the second highest building in the Main City, after St. Mary's Church. The first major expansion of the town hall building began in 1378 when the city...

5 things to do in San Jose

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica. Although it is not its main attraction, it is worth knowing some of the treasures of the most important city in the country. You will not be short of things to do in San Jose: from strolling down Central Avenue to disconnecting in La Sabana. In this post, we tell you 25 things...

Poetry Foundation by John Ronan Architects

The Poetry Foundation by architect John Ronan is in itself poetic in the way ones moves through the building’s material layers of zinc, glazing, and wood. One has a constant view of the heart of the building; the courtyard garden. The courtyard garden nourishes poets through audio performances of their work. One of the...

An Analytical Look into The Marina Towers In Chicago

  NAME: MARINA CITY BUILT IN: 1964 LOCATION: CHICAGO (RIVER NORTH) ARCHITECT: BERTRAND GOLDBERG As seen above, the floor plans all are organized to radiate around the central shaft-core. The balcony space proportionally large in comparison to the rest of the condos. The cyan lines indicate a unique organizational method as a result of the circular plan. The condos come in studio, one bedroom...

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Elvis Presley  bought Graceland for his family. He let his parents, Gladys and Vernon by the house house with is budget of $100'000 on the criteria of it being a "farmhouse".  After Gladys died in 1958, it became too much for Presley while his step mother redecorated. Graceland became a place for Presly and his clan. Presley would watch his...

Protecting Forrest Ackerman’s Ackermansion

Forrest J. Ackerman
Forest Ackerman was a well-known and famed man in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Community. He held numerous tiles over the years; writer, literary agent, magazine editor, film expert, creator of science fiction fandom, but most importantly the world’s most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia. Throughout his lifetime, Ackerman developed a collection of 300’000 items ranging from...

Symbolism of the Eiffel Tower

Paris Peace sign
Towers have evolved throughout history and cultural development and remain standing tall in the current age. They are our memories and a symbol of a future filled with hope and promise for all. There is no limit to how high we can build and travel as a society. After the Paris Attacks, Jean Jullien desired to capture solidarity among the...

Commemorating Julia Butterfly Hill’s Environmental Influence

Born: Feb 18, 1974 Mount Vernon, Missouri Everyone can make a difference if even they don’t set out to. Julia Butterfly Hill is a voice in the environmental movement when she sat in a redwood for over 2 years. December 18, 1999, Julia sat in the canopy for the first time not knowing she wouldn’t set foot on the ground for 738...

The Shining’s Architecture Influence

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon Exterior shots for 'The Shining'
After 30 years of scaring audiences, the Timberline Lodges portraying The Overlook Hotel in The Shining finally has a museum.  While the majority of movie was spent inside, the interior was actually filmed in England. The exterior of the Timberline Lodges is located in the mountains of Oregon. For historical significance of the Timberline Lodges, the hotel is responsible for...

Church on the Water: Tadao Ando Japanese Architecture

Background of the Concepts: Wrapped in an aesthetic devoid of any ornament, many of the works of Tadao Ando base their richness in the relationship of the building with light and nature. In that sense, the Church on the Water, designed in 1985 and built in 1988, is one of its most celebrated achievements, in which nature has been involved...

Louis Kahn Famous American Architect

Intro to Louis Kahn Louis Khan was very unique in his designs. He was known for his fusion of contradictory sources into his architecture. His education from the University of Pennsylvania gave him a Beaux Arts influence with a modern style. He admired works of Greek and ancient Roman temples. To him Brunelleschi was to architecture as Bach was to...

The History and Architecture of Two Prudential Plaza

Two Prudential Plaza Two Prudential Plaza is currently the 6th tallest building in Chicago and the 13th tallest in the United States. Various companies are stationed in the massive building, including consulates and Chicago radio stations. Construction on the building began in 1988 and finished nearly two years later in 1990. The building is very visible in Chicago skyline from...

High Museum of Art by Richard Meier, Atlanta

Architect: Richard Meier Date / Location: 1983 Atlanta Georgia Form: The building is situated with a focal point directing towards the corner of two streets. Being 2 miles from downtown Atlanta, the building’s size is in accordance to the surrounding shorter buildings. The exterior includes a long ramp that extends to the street. The color is white; a signature style for Richard...

Architectural Gem: Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona Spain

The Barcelona or German Pavilion located in Barcelona Spain was designed and created for the 1929 International Exposition. Originally the building was constructed to be up only temporarily, yet being made of permanent materials such as golden onyx, green and blue marble, chrome, glass, and travertine; the building lasted for a while until it was demolished. In the 1980s it...

Coolest Architecture Firm Selgas Cano

Office in the Woods by Architect Selgas Cano If there is one type of building that should have the best architecture it should be an architecture firm itself! In this case the firm Selgas Cano does have very unique and interesting architecture that resembles the company in a good light. The building mainly consists of a 20mm thick clear acrylic curved window structure...

The History and Architecture of the Flatiron Building (New York)

What Makes the Flatiron Building so Cool to This Day When built over 100 years ago the Flatiron building in New York was famous not for it's height but for its unique architecture, structure-wise. Ever since 1902 photographers and media in general depict the Flatiron Building as an iconic building of New York because there is no other building like...

The History and Architecture of the Bank of America Tower

A Modern Building For New York's Great Skyline The Bank of America Building at One Bryant Park is known to be one of the most ecologically friendly and efficient buildings in the world. It rank the third tallest building in New York City, while it is the 5th tallest in the United States, and 26th tallest in the world. The...

A House That Hangs Off A Cliff Designed By Modscape

A House That Look Like It Could Fall Into The Ocean Recently, Australian design firm, Modscape created a concept house that will have you feeling a little uneasy once your inside. The company decided to make an edgy house that would allow for someone to live on the rigid landscape Australia offers. Just take a look at some of the pictures...

Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, USA

Donalds Trump originally made plans for the Trump Tower to be the tallest in the world but plans changed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It has beat the John Hancock Center but not the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower). It has been acclaimed to be the 12th tallest building in the world. The building hosts...

History and Architecture of 311 South Wacker Drive

311 South Wacker is post-modern designed building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It is currently the 7th tallest building in Chicago and the 16th tallest building in the United States. It is interestingly the tallest building in the world that is known by its address. The building is one of the most visible buildings in the Chicago skyline...