The History and Architecture of the John Hancock Building

A Chicago Marvel Stand Tall its Skyline The John Hancock Center was erected in 1969 after four years of construction. This Chicago icon is known for its architecture and style. The super tall structure was at one point the tallest building in Chicago (1969-1973). It was the third building in the world to be built above 1,000 feet, after the...

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...

Guest Author Josh Traynere on Solar Roadways

The beginning of the future is here. In the Netherlands, the world’s first solar bike path is being built. Although the path itself is only 230 feet long, it can power 3 Dutch homes. Because the solar roads cannot tilt to effectively maximize their output, they receive their benefits of practicality from being able to not require large plots of...

Ferguson in Flames as Michael Brown Protesters Protest

Michael Brown's killer officer Wilson was not indited on charges in Ferguson, Missouri today. Protests have broken out in Ferguson and have led to looting and arson around the city. You can see pictures of the protests below. What do you think of theses aftermath protests? Should officer Wilson been indited on charges of manslaughter?

Human Poop-Powered Bus Created In the UK

A Bus That Runs on Poo? Yes Did you ever think poo could be used to power your car? Well it can actually happen believe it or not. A company in the UK have made a bus that runs on sewage and poop. It currently runs from Bristol Airport to Bath in England. One person’s annual food and sewage waste is...

Protected Intersections for Bicycles May Change Cities

Urban Planners have found that the benefits of bicycle traffic throughout the city are much greater than previous thoughts. Bicycle traffic lightens up a city and makes urban living more suitable, as urban living is more efficient than suburban living. The only issue that urban planners face is that most cities in America are not well equipped with efficient...

This Urban Algae Farm Eats Up Highway Air Pollution

Implementing Environmentally Friendly Algae Farms on Highways A French firm has completed a design for an algae farm suspended over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. This algae farm has the ability to obtain nature's energy in a clean way. Algae can generate energy from photosynthesis using sunlight and carbon dioxide, churning out oxygen along the way. Since CO2...

Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in America (Architecture and Population)

The architecture profession is more promising in cities that are experiencing an increase of population, whereas in cities that are decreasing in population (Detroit) the architecture profession is bare and not promising. There are exceptions as some cities are stable population wise but increasing in economic opportunities. Therefore the following list is based on the opportunity growth rather than...

How Architecture Will Change in 50 Years

The World of Architecture in 50 Years Architecture is a constantly changing art form, yet any era of architecture can be admired and some prefer historical architecture for many different reasons. The construction materials have stayed fairly constant over the years with slight modifications along the way. Some of these modifications include fire resistant materials, double pained windows, and double-pane...

A Civil Engineering Internship Experience

Just Some Hands On Work Before You Launch You Career When looking for an internship, many people look for one that concerns their professional field, pays well, and is fairly close. Being able to advance your skills in your own professional area is amazing and even better when you can get a salary as well. Many students all over the...

The History and Architecture of the Willis Tower in Chicago

The World's Tallest Tower in the 80's is Still Very Stunning The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower was constructed in Chicago, Illinois. In 1973 when the building was completed, it was the tallest building in the world. It stayed this way from 1973 until 1998. The building took the title from the World Trade Center in New...

What Eminent Domain is and Why Its Important to Know About it

What is Eminent Domain? Eminent domain is the power for the government to take private property for public use. Over the past few years eminent domain has been used by plenty of municipalities around the United States. It has been used in the past to build government buildings like schools and court houses. Recently eminent domain has been used for...

Masdar City near Abu Dhabi, Dubai: A Zero Carbon City

Masdar City is a project that is being built in Abu Dubai. The city is planned to be zero-carbon emitting, this means no cars. Electricity is provided by the photo-voltaic towers located throughout the city. The city is "walled" meaning that no cars are able to come in, yet there is local public transportation available in any area of...

The Architecture and History of Moscow

The New York City of Russia: Moscow Moscow, Russia is not a simple city by all means. It is not only the most populated city in Russia, but it is also the capital city. According to Forbes Magazine, Moscow has the most billionaires in the world. The city has an enormous transit system that includes four international airports, nine railway terminals,...

Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary

A Different Type of Urban Planning Portland, Oregon deals with urban growth management, political issues concerning citizens, and environmental issues. The most interesting of all three of these concepts is definitely urban growth management. Portland not only is using some form of this, but it is revolutionizing the idea. Portland planners are part of a planning commission called Metro, a Metropolitan...

How Urban Design Influences People

Urban Design Is A Key Factor In Deciding On A City To Reside Urban design is a concept that influences more people than you would think. There are various reasons the design of a city could attract or repel citizens. Aesthetics, open spaces, and the way streets are laid out are just a few aspects of design on large scale. What...

Why The Golden Gate Bridge Is An Engineering Marvel

The Most Beautiful Bridge In America This bridge is more than a way to get to work every day, it is an engineering marvel. The bridge spans over the three mile long straight that is in between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. US Route 101 runs through the bridge and continues up the Pacific coast. Specifications: Location: San Francisco,...

Architecture and History of Shanghai

A City With So Much History and Architecture Shanghai, China is one of the most influential commercial and financial centers in the world. It ranks fifth in the 2011 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index . There are many flourishing industries in the metropolitan area. Architecture in Shanghai varies from historic to modern. The skyline shows that the city has...

Devil’s Bridge (Rakotzbrücke) Germany

Devil's Bridge is a term applied to the dangerous looking bridges throughout primarily Europe that were built during the Medieval Time (1000-1600 A.D.). The bridges are sometimes mis-categorized as built during the Roman time period because of their magnificent Roman style Engineering. The Devil's Bridge has been a term attributed to these skimpy yet strong bridges because the construction...

Architecture of the Lincoln Memorial

A Special Memorial for a Special President The 99 foot monument dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is not only just a tourist trap, it is an architectural wonder. The building may not seem that amazing from afar, but if you see the detail put into the building you will instantly be stunned. The memorial holds...

What You Did Not Know About the St. Louis Gateway Arch

An American Monument The St. Louis Gateway Arch is a modern marvel of American architecture. It is currently the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The 630 feet structure was capped off in 1967 and opened to the public. The interesting part about the building is that it has an observation deck at the top. Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, designed...

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...

Amazing Minneapolis Skyline and History

The Second City of the Midwest Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and has many industries that lure people in to live in the metro area. Minneapolis is the 48th largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly 400,000. The city is known for its timber industry specifically and is a major trade city between Chicago...

Sydney Opera House Architecture

The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened on October 20th 1973 an exists to be a great architectural achievement today. The architecture of the building has a modern style with large concrete shells. The design was completed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The architect was young at the time, but understood how to...