The Barcelona Pavilion, Mies van der Rohe's iconic work of modern architecture, is a unique perceptual experience shaped using techniques such as symmetry, staging, and reflectivity.
The IECC requires Commercial Roof Replacements to comply, some think this is bad, I for one think that most building owners will benefit from compliance.
This article will help you learn how to find the bulk specific gravity and volumetric thickness of asphalt cores, in order to find out how effectively a patch of asphalt has been compacted.
The Ruins of Tulum, near Cancun, Mexico, have many stark similarities to Solomon's Temple in the Old Testament. These similarities are too great to be mere coincidence.
This ASTM standard will help you learn how to properly sample freshly mixed concrete from truck mixers and stationary mixers.
When it comes to designing your home, one of the major steps is to decide on a rough shape for the house. There are four major shapes that are easy to design for and cheap to build, regardless of material or location.
This guide will teach you how to perform the slump test on hydraulic cement concrete. It covers the reasons you are performing this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C143. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM as well as a study tool for the ACI exam.
This article showcases my art collection of river rock homes in Southern California. Most of these homes were built between 1900 and 1920 and are located in the San Gabriel Valley near the mountains where the rocks are located.
An architectural tour of Chicago's historic Michigan Avenue Hotels. This article includes the Hilton Chicago, Blackstone, Congress, and Auditorium Building.
10 'nail houses' - examples of buildings which have remained in place long after their neighbourhood has changed - the result of great obstinacy or business acumen. A fun page of quirky buildings!
Chicago architect George W. Maher was influential in the development of the Prairie Style of architecture for which Frank Lloyd Wright was more famous. This is a photo gallery of 23 of his Chicago area homes.
Was Frank Lloyd Wright really as great as we claim him to be? Learn how Wright forever changed American architecture - and why the home you now live in could be one of his descendants.
Church architecture refers to the architecture of buildings of Christian churches. It has evolved over the two thousand years of the Christian religion, Given below are the fundamental features which are used in church architecture.
Chicago's Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Terminal was an architectural masterpiece in a city noted for its brilliant buildings. So why do so few Chicagoans know about this amazing building?
The monolithic churches of Ethiopia are some of the greatest architectural marvels in Africa. These churches are carved out of single rock structures.
This guide will teach you how to cast concrete cylinders for compressive strength testing. It covers the reasons you are performing this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C31. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM as well as a study tool for the ACI exam.
Learn about the arts and crafts or craftsman style Milwaukee Bungalows and their characteristics and features.
Chicago is known for it's iconic buildings. Take a self-guided walking tour in Downtown Chicago to discover these 1920's era gems.
ASTM C617 discusses how to cap concrete cylinders in order to create a plane, level surface to break them on. This guide will help you learn how to cap cylinders with molten sulfur mortar, including safety tips, the equipment you will need, and the ASTM C617 procedure itself.
Major plans are afoot to turn the Los Angeles drainage ditch into a real river. One section has already been restored and the city has funding for the rest. This could be a cool tourist spot soon.
This guide will teach you how to test the air content of concrete with a roller meter. It covers the reasons you are performing this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C173. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM as well as a study tool for the ACI exam.
19th century female authors, George Eliot and Charlotte Brontë use the image of Cleopatra to show their own female protagnists' moral sensibilities and frustration with the roles available to women.
This guide will teach you how to take the temperature of freshly mixed concrete. It covers the reasons to perform this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C1064. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM standard as well as a study guide for the ACI exam.
No other major architect in history has had so many prominent buildings fall to disaster as Minoru Yamasaki, the designer of the World Trade Center, the Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing Project, and several other ill-fated buildings. Was it due to his vision and design principles, working during a period of architectural design changes, or just very bad luck?
Ancient Roman architecture adopted the external language of classical Greek architecture for the purposes of the ancient Romans, but differed from Greek buildings, becoming a new architectural style.
Here are the Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world and taller skyscrapers already being planned. Learn how high man is willing to build. Will it be possible to construct a skyscraper over a mile high? The article includes video of the ten tallest buildings between 2010 and 2050.
Throughout history different populations have occupied the Iberian Peninsula. The most influential group that occupied what is now Spain were the Middle-Eastern and North African Islamic peoples that entered from the Maghreb, bringing their styles of art and architecture with them.
Some consider architecture the mother of all arts, combining artistic beauty and scientific precision. Here are ten examples of strange buildings and unconventional designs that became famous, even landmarks.
A look at some of the more classic Manchester architecture, and the influence of gothic in architecture in Manchester that form an interesting juxtaposition with the citys' more modern architecture.
The historic Esperson Buildings in downtown Houston get their names from Niels and Mellie Esperson. The first one, the Niels Esperson Building, constructed in 1927, was the tallest in Texas at the time!
A look at some excellent examples of modern contemporary architecture in Manchester, England focusing on the architectural styles of the 21st century. We take a look at some of the finest new buildings that have gone up in the city since the turn of the century.
When you want to build your own home, there are many styles to choose from. Here are five of the more rustic, traditional styles that will serve well when you are looking to create a natural retreat.
Maine has over 60 lighthouses located along its rocky coastline. They come in all sizes and shapes and offer visitors numerous opportunities to admire these popular seaside towers.
It began not with a computer-aided programme or even an architectural drawing board. The first design for the Scottish Parliament was scribbled on a piece of paper one day in 1998.
Sometimes we defeat ourselves through the common practice of making it just good enough, while focusing on excellence makes us standout among others in the field.
When designing your dream home, you must never forget the foundation that it will be built on. Your foundation is not just determined by your need for a stable building surface or desire for storage; the type of plot you build on has a say in it too.
This guide will teach you how to perform compressive strength testing. It covers the reasons you are performing this test, the equipment needed, and the procedure of ASTM C39. It is intended to be a supplement to reading the ASTM as well as a study tool for the ACI exam.
For anyone without an art background in Architecture school, model making is a daunting process. Fret no more!
Balinese architecture is strongly influenced by traditional Balinese Hinduism beliefs. This photo gallery shows a collection of gates and gardens found in homes and temples across the island. The photos were taken by the author in Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Lembongan in Bali, Indonesia.
How do artists or architects visually present ideas in their works? How does the audience understand the message? Read on to find out more about how to derive meaning from art and architecture.
Today, the White City is a trendy section of Tel Aviv, Israel and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Originally, parts of the large urban area were built by German-Jewish architecture students after they had fled Nazi Germany.
When building a home of your own, the plot you are going to build on is the most important decision you will make. It will inform a lot of the decisions to be made for the house, and what options you can include or not.
Architects are in most cases not interested to design economical buildings for their clients. When you've plans to build a home for yourself, you should know some of the basics for cheap building.
Have you ever wondered what organic architecture looks like? Does the name Frank Lloyd Wright ring a bell? Wonder no more as you check out this short list of organic architectural marvels.
When it comes to designing your home, one of the major steps is to decide on the roof style and material you want for your house. Here are five shapes of roof to consider, as well as some considerations for the materials you can use.
There are different types of interior walls in a shipping container that is being converted into a shipping container home, restaurant, emergency hospital, shipping container pool, among others. This article takes an in-depth look at some of the shipping container interior walls that can be used.
The American foursquare house is present in almost every urban neighborhood developed in the first half of the 20th century. Due to its inexpensive, yet practical, spacious, and attractive design, the American foursquare became the dwelling of choice for families looking to buy or build new homes at a reasonable price across the United States.