The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture

By Nicky Rackard, Arch Daily (Read the original story here) Looking back on architectural history, you could be forgiven for thinking that women were an invention of the 1950’s, alongside spandex and power steering – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Big names like Le Corbusier, Mies, Wright and Kahn often had equally inspired female peers, but the rigid...

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...

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...

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...

Victorian Architecture Influence Worldwide

Victorian Architecture refers to the era the Queen Victoria had power between 1830-1910. Victorian architecture has been admired because of it detailed beauty. Many architects of today envy the Victorian style, but are never able to completely recapture the style therefore many resort to rehabbing old houses. It seems as though architecture of the Victorian era just put together...

The Marshall Fields Building Chicago Architecture

Overall Structure Although the building seems to be one complete building, its actually 5 separate ones blinded together seamlessly. The original building was burnt in the Chicago fire, so Fields occupied another building which also burnt down. Fields opened again in 1879, he them kept acquiring buildings until he took up the entire block. The lady that...

Moss-Covered Cottage in Ireland

// // I like the natural over-grown look in certain buildings. In this case is really looks good in my opinion. I would live here any-day  as long as the roof is stabilized with supports. Doesn't it remind you of Shrek? An abandoned cottage with a roof practically taken over by plant life is bathed in spooky light in County...

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...

Beautiful Boston Skyline Photos

A City With Much Pride: Boston Boston, Massachusetts is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in what is known as New England. Boston is one of America's most historic cities as areas nearby were where America's founders landed centuries ago. Boston is an icon today for many reasons, including its architecture, pride, and amazing schools. Some of the schools Boston is...

Once a Home, Now just Abandoned Mess

// // Once a Home, Ohio Perhaps the most stunning thing about this abandoned home in Pike County, Ohio is the surprisingly massive pile of aluminum cans dumped in front of the house.* When the house was found along a 4 miles dirt driveway officers were discussed and shocked with disturbing images. As an officer opened the front door he uncovered the...

Commemorating Rachel Carson’s Environmental Influence

Born: May 27, 1907 Springdale, Pennsylvania Died: April 14, 1964 Silver Spring, Maryland Our planet needs more people to bring light to the environmental impacts of our ignorant behavior as Rachel Carson has. Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and a very influential American environmentalist that published the award-winning book Silent Spring in 1962. Her book is world wide known and is noted...

Controversal Destruction of Lanthrop Public Housing Chicago

History During the lowest points of the Great Depression livable affordable housing was in high demand. During this time federal government decided to build a much needed public housing project near the Northwest area of Chicago in 1938. At this time segregation was still in effect leaving the projects to only white citizens. Later on the area became one of the most...

City destinations for architecture enthusiasts

For those who arrange their vacation itineraries around the appreciation of architecture, here are three cities that score highly on the world’s list as having some of the most interesting and beautiful buildings.   Florence Renaissance architecture abounds in this vibrant Italian City. It is difficult not to become overwhelmed by the scale and richness of what is on offer. With all...

Chicago’s Union Station – Historical Architecture

Union Station was masterfully designed by renown Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and opened in May 1925 after ten years of construction at a cost of $75 million dollars. That would equal more than $935 million in 2010 dollars. Burnham died before construction began and the work was completed by the firm Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Burnham's successor. Chicago's Union...

Architect, Mary Jane Colter’s Buildings

Mary Jane Colter is one of America's prized woman architects. Born on April 4, 1869 and died on January 8, 1958, made her a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her trademark is buildings that capture the history and materials of their environment. She was affluent in Native American cultures, and typically would incorporate traditional symbols and design into her masterpieces. If...

The Castles of FRANCE

It amazes me that all of these historic castles still exist today. Castles brings you back to the medieval times. Fighting dragons and Shrek! It is quite  popular now-a days to incorporate the castle look into people homes. Who doesn't want to live in a Castle? // //

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...

Roman Mosaic Found Under Farmer’s Field

A massive pool-side mosaic displaying elaborate geometrical designs has been discovered in the southern part of Turkey, exposing the far-reaching influence of the Roman Empire at its peak. // // The mosaic, which at one time decorated the flooring of a bath complex, abuts a 25-foot (7-meter)-long pool area, which would have been open to the air, said Michael Hoff,...

The Top Influential Architecture Talks from “Ted Talks”

If you are looking to absorb some information regarding architecture right now then watch the following videos of amazing people talking about amazing things! You are sure to learn something new today. Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities Before agriculture, permanent settlements did not and could not exist. Architect Carolyn Steel discusses how food has shaped the cities we live...

Richard Buckminster Fuller’s Architecture Influence

Buckminster Fuller is a historically famous architecture, scientist and inventor that is known for making 28 patents, authoring 28 books and he received 47 honorary degrees. His designs are revolutionary and still very present within today's architectural landscape. He is most famously known for his geodesic dome. The design consists of triangles that all interlock to spread the stress equally...

Pullman: Unique Historic Town in Chicago Neighborhood

Initially constructed to house workers of his railcar company, George Pullman’s model community is one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods. In its prime, this ‘town within a town’ had its own amenities catering to citizens of Pullman’s French-inspired row houses and colonnade apartments. Today, an information center and the country’s first African-American labor history museum serve visitors to this...

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...

Lady Gaga Purchases Mansion in Scotland (Pictures)

Lady Gaga purchase of her new house is belated because of her continuous on the road lifestyle. She splurged on this megamansion just a couple years ago. Modern celebrity Lady Gaga has allegedly bought Yester House, a 17th century mansion near Gifford in East Lothian in Scotland - much to the bewilderment of local inhabitants!  The 60 room mansion and...

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...