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Architectural style of this front door? (see pic)

We're redesigning the porch to our front door and I'd love to get some ideas online, but I don't know how to describe the angular style of our front door. Here is a photo. Thanks for any help!
posted by okay-quiet-time on Aug 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Help us find a freelance architect (around Montclair, NJ or NYC)

My wife and I just bought our first house and it needs some renovations on a small budget. We’re not going to be able to afford a full-service architectural firm (handling permits/contractors/project-management/etc), but we think consulting an architect will be money very well spent. We’d like someone to do a walkthrough with us, discuss and improve the changes we’re considering, and then put together detailed/accurate drawings for the remodel. [more inside]
posted by ethand on Aug 2, 2015 - 5 answers

update on the Barier, floating soccer-ball dwelling?

I'm trying to find out what's up with this structure, designed for maximum resistance to earthquakes and flooding. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Need quick thoughts - apartment hunt crisis!

Apartment hunting in Brooklyn moves a mile a minute and we have a quick decision to make. There's a good apartment in park slope. We love the idea of it but there's one weird thing: there's a "bump" in the ceiling. The ceiling is sort of tiled, and the area under the light fixture buckles down into a ~meter wide contact lens-like shape. It's odd, and the landlord doesn't plan to "fix" it because he says there's no problem. There's no sign of mold or leaking there or anywhere else in the apartment for that matter. Questions: 1) What concerns should we have and 2) should we sign a lease? For those who don't know NY housing hunts, if you don't decide, someone else will and then you're back to square 1, so hoping folks can weigh in with everything we should be thinking about! (and I don't know how to post a picture, but will if someone tells me how!)
posted by jenbo1 on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

History Steel Pier in Atlantic City

Google challenge: Name the architect who built the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Career questions: how to fix a part of the world?

I want to work on projects that will change the world for the better. I think I know what kind of work I want to do. I'm not sure how to get there. Thoughts/ideas? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Little known American city perfect for a lone woman of colour tourist?

I would like to visit a city in the US that is not commonly thought of as a vacation destination, but still has a lot to offer a tourist. However, as a woman of colour that does not drive and will be travelling alone, I would like a safe and friendly choice. I would like ideas for places with a lot of history and fine dining, which are easy to travel by foot/ public transportation, and friendly towards different looking people. Examples of what I am and am not looking for inside... [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on May 17, 2015 - 26 answers

Ideas for building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home?

I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

What could this building be?

I have a photo of my grandfather from the 1930s standing in front of the doorway of a building. I'd like to figure out what the building is and have a few hints that may help narrow it down, but I haven't had any luck just yet. [more inside]
posted by laze on Apr 23, 2015 - 14 answers

The Psychology of Theatrical Illusion

This is a long shot, but I am writing a paper on the psychology of theatrical design (or at least trying to) and am having a hard time finding good resources on the subject. Looking for books, films, scholarly articles, ANYTHING discussing how any and all aspects of live concerts or theatrical productions (music, lighting, architecture and theater design, etc) effect the audience to create a "magical" or transcendent group experience. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Apr 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Why do most businesses have flat roofs?

It seems like wherever I go, businesses have flat roofs, while houses have sloped ones. I've always heard bad things about flat roofing, but presumably they have some sort of reasoning for not going with the sloped. [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Jan 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Can we have a small secret cellar?

We're building a small house on a small budget. We want to dig a small cellar (maybe 6'x6') into the ground below the crawl space entrance and support its walls with a wood framework. Is this feasible? Or will the house cave in if we do this? You are not our architect, you are not our structural engineer. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jan 25, 2015 - 19 answers

What would you expect to see in a book like this?

Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?
posted by omar.a on Jan 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Utrecht: small church courtyard?

I'm trying to identify a church in central Utrecht that is roughly 700 years old; is NOT especially tall or ornate; and has (or had as of the late 90s) a small inner courtyard with a simple, spare garden built around a little round pond or raised round pool. Any ideas re. which this is or where I could look for clues? I've browsed lots of google images but haven't recognized it that way.
posted by kalapierson on Jan 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Visit Fallingwater before or after building a Lego model of it?

We're taking our 8 & 12 year old kids to Fallingwater this spring. We're also planning to build the Lego Architecture model of it. Looking for opinions on whether it is better to build beforehand or after we return. Kids are already gung ho for both Lego and architecture, so this isn't really a question about which one will spark interest for the other -- I'm looking for insight into which order will help them understand the building best. [more inside]
posted by apparently on Jan 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Houses that are open for all the world to see

I never was fond of houses with picture windows, or too many windows at all, but then I fell in love with this home... [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Oct 28, 2014 - 26 answers

What should I see during Open House Chicago?

It's Open House Chicago this weekend. Last year I focused on my area, Lakeview & Lincoln Park, and saw the churches, war memorial and some classic apartment buildings. What cool buildings should I go see this time around? My preference is for ones that are only available for the Open House. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Designing our (little) kitchen

After months of drawing and re-drawing, we have draft floor plans! Now we need more eyes on the kitchen layout. Looking especially for specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Sunset Park/Bay Ridge for the brownstone-Brooklyn-loving single lady

What in Sunset Park and/or Bay Ridge Brooklyn would make me want to live there? I'm going to go exploring, but give me somewhere to start. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Architectural Horror?

I love looking at photos of buildings or cityscapes that are so ornate, intricate, or overbuilt as to give me a sense of vertigo and/or looming existential horror. Things like the Kowloon Walled City or aerial views of Shanghai or, to a lesser extent, the new Executive Office building in DC. What else is out there? I'm interested in any or all eras and styles.
posted by capricorn on Aug 17, 2014 - 31 answers

Life in a large and wealthy Victorian home

I want to know more about the material culture of a large English country house or great house in the Victorian era. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 answers

House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Creating an architectural digital archive

I'm looking for a solution to create a digital archive, primarily for an architectural practice with an extensive project history. [more inside]
posted by panboi on Jul 16, 2014 - 1 answer

One good, print, architecture journal or magazine.

What is your favorite print architecture magazine or journal? One that is more intellectual/in-depth and wordy, instead of a being full of glossy images or ads. [more inside]
posted by wym on Jul 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for heavyweight grid paper.

Paper Nerds Assemble! I'm looking for heavyweight paper (~100lbs / 150gsm or thicker), either bound or looseleaf, with a smooth finish... that has light grid lines (square or isometric) or a dot grid. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jul 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Summer Fun and Structural Integrity

So I'm the proud owner of a new above-ground swimming pool. I set it up in the corner of my building's rooftop and filled it with water. Everything's perfect, but there's one nagging thought: should I be worried about the floor not holding up? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jun 27, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me find this half-remembered house design.

OK, hive mind. Hoping you can help me out here. A while back, say, probably six or seven months ago, I saw a blog post... somewhere... about a cool house design in Europe. I think the design firm was Dutch or Belgian. The blog I saw it on may have been Design Sponge or Building a Wolf, but searching those sites yields no results. Here's what I remember: [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Jun 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Career suggestions for burnt-out Architect?

Posting for Mr. Chocotaco: Licensed architect burned out on architectural practice. After 10 years in the field working for high profile firms, I have concluded that architecture is not for me. Although the low pay, high stress aspects of the job are contributing factors, the primary reasons for deciding to pursue other career options are lack of fulfillment, clear purpose, opportunity for growth, and healthy work/life balance. [more inside]
posted by chocotaco on May 3, 2014 - 9 answers

I want to rebuild my grandparents' house... in miniature

I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

I want my European vacation more brutal!

My husband and I love pictures of old modern and brutalist weird architecture in Eastern Europe. We'd love to see it. But travel agents and tours focus on blue waters and quaint villages. Is there a "show me the concrete weirdness" travel option I'm missing for two people who don't like the traditional postcards, but both almost failed college Russian? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Apr 18, 2014 - 10 answers

[Architecture Filter] How much natural light is ideal?

I'm trying to research the effect of natural light availability on apartment price, i.e. Does a south-facing apartment rent for more than a north facing apartment, and if so by how much? Along with a corollary of how much natural light would be considered ideal vs. the minimum. I found some rules on minimums through various city regulations, but I haven't found anything that talks about ideals, or price differentials based on desirability. Any pointers on research papers, books, organizations that may have information (I'm going to contact the AIA, but are there others?) would be extremely helpful.
posted by gofargogo on Apr 18, 2014 - 5 answers

CareerFilter: for life or money?

Help me navigate a tricky career dilemma! I have two similar but different offers; I'm qualified for both. In the absence of a choice I'd take either one. One is less certainty but more pay and better long-term, the other feels better but the pay and long-term advancement are poor, i.e. I'd have to change jobs to get promoted significantly. I'm 28. Snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by a halcyon day on Feb 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Culture and economy of late medieval Central Europe

I'm working on an architectural research project on late gothic Germanic churches (from about 1500-1650), and feel hamstrung by my ignorance of the cultures and economies in which the architecture was produced. [more inside]
posted by sakahane on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Basements and Attics in North America

I've been wondering about this for a long time- how prevalent are basements and attics in houses in North America? It seems like I'm always hearing about people doing projects in their basements (or dwelling in them!)- or having all sorts of treasures stashed away up in their attics. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Feb 7, 2014 - 59 answers

Second story rollup doors — why?

Industrial buildings frequently have rollup doors on the second or even third story. The ones in question don’t have a horizontal I-beam or timber to hang a winch or block & tackle from, (like you’d see on a hayloft,) so they’re not for day-to-day loading/unloading. The ones I see in the city are generally facing a sidewalk, not a dedicated open space like a loading bay or parking lot. What are these doors for? The only guess I’ve come up with is occasional installation of equipment that’s too big for a freight elevator. But large-scale machinery usually comes in pieces and is assembled on-site, and the stuff that can’t be (e.g. large pressure vessels, crucibles, this thing) isn’t stuff that’s ever installed upstairs in a general-purpose light industrial building. I’m stumped.
posted by El Mariachi on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Where are all the ancient architectural drawings?

I do quite a bit of drawing and designing; when I read about ancient (b.c.e.) construction projects, I really, really want to see what ancient design drawings looked like. So far I've found next to bupkis, but still pretty fascinating stuff for what little it amounts to. Where can I find more of that, from any culture b.c.e.? I can't imagine that e.g. Hatshepsut's Temple or the Palace at Knossos were not drawn out beforehand, especially since simple groves like the one at that Met Museum link were. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jan 15, 2014 - 11 answers

A total 180

Why does 3ds Max flip my camera 180 degrees when I open a file on another machine? [more inside]
posted by KMoney on Dec 3, 2013 - 1 answer

What do we need to know before we build our house?

We are preparing to build a house. We've been doing this for many months, have talked to architects, contractors, and our city's planning and building department, and we still have lots of questions. Lend us some expertise on foundations, design, and construction? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Best book on art deco or architecture in Mexico City

Am looking for a book recommendation or three. I am really getting into the architecture of Mexico City but I really don't know all that much about architecture, particularly Mexican architecture. I'm not much into colonial or contemporary stuff but everything in-between, from the Porfiriato French Empire stuff to the 1960s, and particularly the Art Deco and Art Noveau periods and whatever it is that came just before. Amazon is kind of skimpy with recommendations. So anybody read any really great books on either Art Deco architecture, Art Noveau architecture, Mexico City architecture, 20th century architecture, or one of these art movements as a whole if they are really good? Preferably in English, but Spanish would be good too.
posted by pynchonesque on Nov 25, 2013 - 0 answers

Software architecture optimized for sharing?

This is very video-game centric. I've worked on lots of games in a half dozen studios, and I've noticed that the architecture of game code with respect to sharing between projects is often ad-hoc and unplanned... [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Please help us find an interesting, older US city to visit

Dear Mefites, My sister and I have an opportunity to get away for a few days in the next couple of months, and we need your help. [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on Sep 11, 2013 - 34 answers

Look ma, no walls!

Where can I find more pictures of houses "without" walls like the ones in this link? Also, it would be awesome if I could get some names of architects that share a similar style.
posted by pakoothefakoo on Sep 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Where in the world is this castle?

I just accidentally deleted a much loved picture on my pinterest and despite a lot of searching, cannot find it anywhere. Does this building sound familiar? It was old, white and European and had amazing brown line drawings of architectural details painted around the doors and windows. I think it might have been a minor Swedish or German castle but everything I find when googling with those terms is a lot grander than what I'm looking for. The trompe l'oeil was almost convincing from a distance but up close it had a simple hand painted charm - there was no shading or rulers involved. I really enjoy looking at buildings with hand painted exteriors (eg. Burkina Faso houses) so if you can suggest some others for me to look at, that would be fantastic too.
posted by Wantok on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

The relative safety of large buildings during massive earthquakes

How many people during the Tohoku 3/11 earthquake actually died from the earthquake itself, and not the tsunami? Also subtract elderly heart attacks, people being fatally crushed under bookshelves/the like, and the collapse of rickety old traditional houses that would have been knocked out during a smaller quake too. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

The ceiling above the ceiling

When and how did exposed ductwork along the ceiling become "a thing" in interior design for restaurants and shops? I'm fairly certain you didn't see this sort of modern touch in the 1950's, so something happened between then and now where this became more common and I'm really curious as to how it came about. Any interior design/architecture buffs out there know the answer?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Architectural magazines in Spanish?

I'm (re-)learning Spanish and am finding the stories in my "First Spanish Reader" to be somewhat lacking in interest. Since I enjoy thumbing through architectural/interior design magazines, I thought a print subscription to one in Spanish would be a fun way to learn. I've encountered the Spanish version of Architectural Living ("Arquitectura Viva"), which seems alright. I'd like to know if there are other options. For reference, my preferred aesthetic is stark modern with aged materials (examples: wabi sabi, Scandinavian and excessive concrete). Muchas gracias!
posted by FiveSecondRule on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

What are your recommendations for contemporary fixtures and finishes?

I am beginning the process of building a home that is going to be fairly contemporary in style. However, we are on a budget, so I am looking for your suggestions regarding the best budget-friendly, fixtures, finishes, appliances, etc. that would go in a contemporary home. I am really interested in clean lines, stuff that is well made, looks nice, but is affordable. [more inside]
posted by bove on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

EPS (expanded polystyrene) building cladding. Any advice welcome.

Orange Board is a "fully compliant insulated cladding system". Basically, it's sheets of a foam-like plastic material that gets covered with mesh and stucco / render to serve as the external skin of buildings. I'd like to know how this or similar cladding systems compare to traditional building materials, particularly single-brick (brick veneer) and concrete. How does the longevity compare? Energy efficiency? How easy is it to restore the surface, and how often would it be necessary? I'd be happy for any information people can provide.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 22, 2013 - 8 answers

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